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WALLACE STATE TRANSITIONING TO REMOTE DELIVERY OF INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES

COVID-19 Guidance and Interim Policies for Wallace State

Updated 03.27.20

Faculty & Staff Online Resources 
Student Online Resources

In accordance with Governor Kay Ivey’s directive and guidance by the Alabama Community College System, Wallace State is discontinuing on-campus instruction as well as non-essential on-campus services, and transitioning to remote delivery of services through the end of the semester, to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, employees and the communities we serve.

NOTE: Students should check the College’s website, Blackboard and/or their Wallace State email prior to returning to campus.

College faculty and staff will remain accessible to students throughout this crisis.

Faculty will communicate a flexible schedule of instruction and alternative method(s) of delivery for your class to ensure that core competencies of the course are achieved. Many classes at Wallace State were already available in a hybrid or online environment, and others have transitioned to these modes of instruction during this crisis. A plan for compressing time to completion of the semester for students who are enrolled in programs that require competency check-offs, labs, and clinical hours will be communicated with students by their departments. 

Students should please make note of the following information:

Student Services: Through the myWallaceState portal, students may register for classes, view their schedule, access personal and financial aid information, make payments, and more — 24/7/365.

Lion Central will be available by phone at 256.352.8000 or 256.352.8236 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or by email at lioncentral@wallacestate.edu during regular business hours.

Registration for Summer Semester begins April 14.

Other Student Services offices will also be working remotely and may be reached as follows: 

Lions' Kitchen, Wallace State’s emergency food pantry, will be available for emergency food supplies for students by contacting Campus Police at 256.735.9975. The Cullman Area United Way is open and available to provide food through their Food Pantry and emergency need funds as well. 

Blackboard and Student Email: IT staff are available to provide support to students having trouble accessing Blackboard or student email. Requests should be sent to helpdesk@wallacestate.edu. Contact your instructor with class-specific questions.

Wi-Fi: Comcast and Charter/Spectrum are among the providers who are currently offering free Wi-Fi for students and others. The Wallace State Future Foundation will also accept applications for students to check out free mobile Wi-Fi hotspots (contact suzanne.harbin@wallacestate.edu or call 256.352.8144).

Library: The Wallace State Library is an Alabama Virtual Library partner, and access to online materials will remain available to students through that online platform.

Dorms: Basic services for students living on campus who do not have alternative accommodations will continue.

Campus Security: The Wallace State Police Department will continue to maintain a 24/7 presence on campus during the crisis, just as it does throughout the year. Call 256.735.9975 for assistance.

IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing symptoms, call your primary care physician, urgent care facility, or emergency room in advance of your visit. Cullman Regional is the hospital closest to Wallace State's campus, and their COVID-19 hotline is 256.735.5530. Know the facts and symptoms of COVID-19, and what to do if you get sick.

Travel restrictions for all College-related international and domestic travel continue until further notice. All non-essential College-related meetings, gatherings and events on campus are cancelled for the remainder of the crisis. An interim employee sick leave policy has also been issued. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving and, as a result, our response continues to evolve. Any updates to our schedule, method of class delivery, and interim policies will be communicated via the College’s website, Blackboard, and email. This information will be updated as circumstances require.

Questions/Concerns:  If you have questions, concerns or suggestions about how we can better serve you during this crisis, please email wallacecares@wallacestate.edu.

REMINDER

Everyone is encouraged to follow CDC guidelines to Stop the Spread of Germs:
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
2. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
5. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
6. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Video)

The College is following CDC Recommendations for Institutions of Higher Education and engaging in enhanced disinfecting practices consistent with CDC recommendations during the duration of this emergency.

CDC flyers about COVID-19 symptomsfacts (Video), and disease prevention (Video) have been posted across campus and below.

COVID-19 Facts Community Resources Online Resources

  

COVID-19 Facts (IVideo)
WHO Handwashing Technique
 (Video)

In addition to the resources listed above:
Hunger
Emergency Needs Fund 
Health Care
Filing for Unemployment  
Jobs Updates -  Alabama Works
Cullman Career Center: 256.734.5580


 



 

For the latest COVID-19 information:
www.accs.edu/coronavirus
www.coronavirus.gov
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
www.alabamapublichealth.gov
www.who.org

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