Updated May 18, 2020 at 3:30 pm
Nicolet College is doing its part to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Our first priority has been, and continues to be safety. Now that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has invalidated the Governor’s Safer at Home Order and Wisconsin is without an official plan, Oneida County announced its intent to rely on information from the WEDC, the WI Dept. of Health Services, Opening America Again, and the Centers for Disease Control. Nicolet will adopt a similar approach to reopening, with decisions informed by good science and sound medical advice.
Our second priority is to continue delivering our superior educational programs and services to all with a desire to learn. Although College facilities are closed to the public and most face-to-face services are suspended, the College is open for instruction and a full menu of support services is available. Whatever your questions might be, we want to answer them. Please refer to our FAQ page, call 715.365.4493, or send an email anytime to email@example.com.
The economic impact of the pandemic on businesses and their employees is unprecedented. Unemployment is higher than at any time since the Great Depression of the 1930s. In response, Nicolet College and the Nicolet College Foundation are doing everything possible to provide financial and other assistance to students in need.
- If you are a student in serious financial need, apply for help here or call 715.365.4493
- If you are in a position to help, your gift couldn’t be more welcome or more impactful. Donations can be made online or by mail to: Nicolet College Foundation, P.O. Box 518, Rhinelander, WI 54501.
Links to reliable sources of global, U.S., and Wisconsin information can be found below. Thank you for staying informed, for working together to keep our friends and neighbors safe, and for your help in moving us forward with resolve, optimism, and kindness.
- On May 13, the Wisconsin Supreme Court invalidated the Governor’s Safer at Home Order. It is important to know that the Court objected to how the Order was implemented, not to its content. The ruling does not say that the public health risk posed by the virus has passed, or that we should now return to pre-COVID routines and activities.
- The Court ruling did nothing to change our knowledge of how the virus spreads, the transmission risk factors, or the best epidemiological advice on control. Pending further guidance from Madison, Nicolet will stay the course with a safety-first approach to re-opening. Decisions will be made based on the best information from CDC and/or other recognized authorities.
- In the wake of the Court’s decision the Oneida County Health Department issued a statement urging people to continue staying home as much as possible, go out only for essential needs, and practice physical/social distancing, good hand hygiene, and enhanced cleaning practices. The County and the CDC recommend the use of face coverings in public when physical/social distancing is difficult to maintain.
- Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who have or believe they have had contact with an infected person within the previous 14 days, or who show COVID-19 symptoms, are expected to immediately self-isolate, contact a health care provider, and follow all instructions exactly.
- The remote work expectations for Nicolet College employees that began on March 25 remain in effect. Employees may work on campus if such work is required to:
(1) facilitate distance learning, or
(2) maintain minimum basic operations, including security and payroll, or
(3) perform other essential functions
- Employees who believe their work falls under one of the exemptions should obtain verification from their supervisor or a member of the Executive Leadership Team prior to coming on campus.
- Unless responding to an urgent need, essential on-campus work should be done from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Employees doing that work must depart campus upon its completion.
- As many of us are new to remote work, we have a terrific resource guide here: https://nicoletcollege.libguides.com/RemoteWorking#s-lg-page-section-7390220
- As we adapt and make do to get our work done, we can also become more vulnerable to cyber-scams and attacks. Our IT team is ready to answer your questions. A fact sheet on how to work securely from home from SANS.org (a cybersecurity training company) can be viewed and downloaded here: https://security-awareness.sans.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/02-SSA-WorkingFromHome-FactSheet.pdf.
- All Nicolet College facilities are presently closed to public access. Buildings are locked and most face-to-face services will be unavailable until further notice.
- Online classes are continuing and most instruction will remain in this delivery mode until announced otherwise.
- We recognize that not all instruction can be delivered online. Subject to comprehensive safety measures, a very limited amount of in-person instruction is now approved to begin.
- Students should monitor their College email for the latest information. Questions about classes or other services can be directed to instructors, success coaches or advisors. Also, College staff are available by phone 715.365.4493 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Nicolet College Board Appointment Committee meeting, scheduled for March 23 has been rescheduled to June 8 and will be conducted virtually. Contact Anne for more information (email@example.com).
- All forms of College-sponsored travel, except that which is determined to be essential, is prohibited until further notice. Employees planning to travel using College resources and/or for College purposes must have those plans reviewed and approved in advance by a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
- All travelers may be subject to self-isolation prior to returning to the workplace.
- All travelers must make a good faith effort to comply with social distancing requirements and good hand hygiene practices at all times. Per CDC recommendations, Nicolet College encourages the use of face coverings in all situations where social distancing cannot be assured. It’s a smart choice.
The College neither controls nor seeks to control what employees do on their own time. The only purpose of this section is to assure, to the extent possible, a safe and healthy environment for all members of the Nicolet College community. Travel to adjacent counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is exempt from the requirement in this section.
- Nicolet College expects all employees to comply with CDC travel recommendations.
- Employees who intend to travel out-of-state on personal time should discuss their plans with their supervisor in advance. Supervisors will consult with the Risk Manager to determine whether self-isolation upon return is likely to be in order. This applies also to employees with co-habitants who intend to travel out of state.
- Employees who travel out of state on personal time without informing their supervisor in advance should do so before returning to campus. They should be prepared to complete 14-day self-isolation or present acceptable documentation of negative results on an approved COVID-19 test.
- Employees with cohabitants who have traveled out of state should inform their supervisor before the cohabitants return to a shared residence. They should be prepared to complete a 14-day self-isolation or present acceptable documentation that the cohabitants have tested negative results on an approved COVID-19 test.
- Employees who fail to inform their supervisor or an Executive Leadership Team member of out of state travel, either their own or that of a cohabitant, as outlined above will be asked to leave campus, self-isolate for 14 days, and may be subject to disciplinary action.
Always remember that social distancing is the most effective way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. When you must go out, avoid places and situations where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
EVENTS & GATHERINGS
- All Nicolet College public events, on campus and off, are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
STATE, NATIONAL, & GLOBAL INFORMATION
World Health Organization (WHO)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
News, resources, and information from the CDC
Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
General information on COVID-19
Current information on the status of the outbreak in Wisconsin
UW-Madison Center for Health Enhancement System Studies
Information, support and resources organized in seven sections: Resource Center, Covid-19 Fact Checker, Calming, Coping, All About Covid-19, Prevent and Protect, and Discussion Rooms. Mobile apps for Android and IOS to be out soon. https://covid.chess.wisc.edu/#/home
Nicolet College COVID-19 FAQs
Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
Vilas County Public Health Services
Oneida County Health Department
Lac du Flambeau Tribe Community Update
Forest County Potawatomi Community
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMSHA) National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service available in English and Spanish.
NORTHWOODS BUSINESS RESOURCES
The GRID at Nicolet College
Vilas County Economic Development Corp.
Remote Working Blog
LINKS TO NICOLET COLLEGE COVID19 UPDATES