On this page you will find a copy of all communications published and distributed through CWI channels related to the Coronavirus. CWI is taking a proactive approach in its dissemination of information, the best approach is to be aware so appropriate precautions may be taken. 

  • August 19, 2021 - Updated COVID-19 Guidance

    Dear Faculty and Staff,

    In preparation for classes to start, and in consideration of current COVID-19 cases continuing to be on the rise, the COVID -19 Response Team met to review guidance and has updated the following:

    • Masks or face coverings required while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 
      • Masks will be available at building entrances/security desks.

    Additional guidance remains in place, the Be Safe, Be Mighty webpage is updated with all current guidance, resources, and communications. Thank you for taking time to stay informed. In addition, a manager town hall has been scheduled for today, Aug. 19, at Noon. We realize many employees may have questions regarding these updates. This forum will provide an opportunity for managers to inquire and provide the best guidance as possible to their employees. 

    This updated guidance is focused on ensuring a safe return to campus, will be in effect immediately, and is subject to change. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to COVID19_Questions@cwi.edu.

    Stay safe and best regards! 


    DeniseAberleCannata_Sig_Email

    Denise Aberle-Cannata

    Interim President and Provost

    College of Western Idaho

    P.O. Box 3010, MS1000

    Nampa ID 83653

  • August 6, 2021 - COVID-19 Updates

    Dear CWI Community, 

    I hope this email finds you all enjoying some summer fun as we head into the start of fall term and planning for the college address and in-service activities. The COVID-19 environment continues to evolve and change almost daily, causing us to review our response to COVID-19.  

    I would like to take a minute to reinforce and call attention to our updated Be Safe, Be Mighty protocols: 

    • Wearing a mask is strongly recommended while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. 
    • Safe distancing and hand washing is recommended. 
    • Individuals are asked to stay home when experiencing any symptoms.  
    • Employees can work with their managers regarding a work schedule inclusive of time in the office and remote. 
    • College travel is restricted. 
    • Indoor meetings and events must offer a virtual element and limit in-person capacity. 
    • Disinfectant supplies may be utilized to sanitize areas in use on campus. 

    Following these protocols and overall guidance will help protect our CWI community, family and friends, and those who are vulnerable. Calendar appointments for the 2021 College Address will be updated to reflect a virtual address. 

    In addition, keep in mind we have invested in a number of efforts in campus locations to ensure a safe and healthy environment:  

    • Disinfectant fogging equipment 
    • Complete building ionization 
    • Touchless faucets, towel dispensers, and toilets 

    Rapid Trace continues to be our partner to report a positive or probable case. Please call the self-reporting call center. This is a free service and is available to students, staff, and faculty to help with providing follow-up contact tracing services, available resources, and guidance. Reporting is available 24 hours/day; 813.699.3551. 

    These updated protocols are effective immediately and will continue to be in effect until further notice. Visit cwi.edu/BeSafe for updated guidance, resources, and more information.  

    For questions contact COVID19_Questions@cwi.edu

    Respectfully, 

    DeniseAberleCannata_Sig_Email

    Denise Aberle-Cannata
    Interim President and Provost
    College of Western Idaho

  • May 18, 2021 - COVID-19 Updates for CWI

    Dear CWI Community,

    College of Western Idaho (CWI) has decided to update its current mask and face covering protocol to optional, effective May 19, 2021. This change is in response to the latest CDC guidance. CDC's guidance is based on strong encouragement to get vaccinated; individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine are still encouraged to wear a mask or face covering and for those who choose to continue wearing a mask or face covering, please feel free to do so. Campus safety measures have been updated on the CWI Be Safe webpage to reflect this new guidance.

    In addition, CWI has taken action to invest in a number of initiatives to assist in our response to COVID-19. These action items will also help ensure our campus locations continue to be a safe and healthy environment to work and learn in.

    Following are a few of the most recent items either purchased or installed:

    • Disinfectant fogging equipment
    • Complete building ionization
    • Touchless faucets/towel dispensers/toilets

    We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly for fall. This update brings hope and a renewed excitement that we are moving in the right direction and will be able to safely experience a new normal again. I want to express a sincere appreciation for everyone's commitment and dedication. Together we experienced some challenging and extra ordinary times and together we conquered it! We will progress to the next phase and stay committed to providing the best experience for our students.

    Thank you again for all you do! Please feel free to reach out to your supervisor with questions or email covid_19Questions@cwi.edu.

    Denise Aberle-Cannata, Interim President

  • April 8, 2021 - Return to On-Campus Operations

    Greetings Staff and Faculty,

    Welcome April, spring weather, and the home stretch of spring term! First of all, thank you for your diligent efforts and support of our Be Safe, Be Mighty campus campaign. We are proud to report our COVID-19 response and established protocols, along with everyone’s commitment, resulted in a successful 2020-2021 academic year. Campus operations have been able to continue, COVID-19 cases have remained low, in addition to no community spread. All of these factors provide us the opportunity to begin planning for a return to full, on-campus operations.

    Vaccinations

    Another key factor in our ability to resume in-person operations is access to vaccinations. According to the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Data Landing Page, 22.2% of Idaho’s population 16+ have received complete vaccination as of April 5, 2021. We are encouraged by these numbers and hope with continued progress in the area of vaccinations, along with case numbers declining, our community will move forward safely and with confidence. Learn more about how to sign up for vaccinations by visiting Idaho’s COVID-19 Vaccine page. Vaccinations will not be required for CWI students nor employees, however, we encourage everyone to use their best judgment and do what is best for their personal health and safety. For more on this topic and protocols across other state institutions, check out a recent KTVB news story,“Will Idaho colleges, universities require students to get the COVID-19 vaccine?”

    Ionization

    In addition to CWI’s current protocols proving to be effective, the College has also invested in ionization installation in five buildings. As part of phase two, five additional sites will soon have ionization technology installed including NADM, NCMP, AMAL, AQUL, and ALYN. Through a combination of all of these efforts, we are thrilled to be able share with all of you a timeframe for a safe return to campus and in-person engagement.

    Return to Campus

    As of June 1, managers may begin transitioning their teams back to work on-campus with an expectation of full return or a telecommuting plan in place by June 30. Please reference the updated HR 320 – Telecommuting and Flexible Work Schedule Policy for guidance. Specific details, planning, and management for the return of each team will be led by supervisors and may look different depending on what works best to meet the business need and support continuity of business operations. We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, the state, and our local health districts as we get closer to our return, making adjustments as necessary.

    President’s Cabinet believes continuing to be flexible and accommodating in our approach remains extremely important as the health and safety of our CWI community still prevails as our number one goal.

    Course Delivery

    For summer and fall terms, all five modalities will be offered, however there will be more of an emphasis on the in-person course delivery style.

    Resources

    The Operational Guidebook is still relevant and proves to be a valuable source for information and guidance. Current protocols for campus operations are still required and will continue to be until further notice.

    Please help to communicate the following protocols to your teams:

    • Frequent hand washing
    • Face coverings while on campus and in common spaces
    • Physical distancing
    • Heightened sanitizing practice

    Employees in need of accommodations as they return on campus should reach out to their managers and work with Human Resources to discuss their individual situation.

    Once again, I thank you all for your dedication and commitment to serving our students, while surviving and thriving in our extraordinary environment. We’ve experienced twists and turns, challenges and opportunities as well as accomplishments. Please take a moment to reflect on all that has been accomplished and appreciate the fact that we did this together and we will conquer our next transition, together.

    We have much to look forward to! Like our students. We boldly choose to meet the future, greet new challenges, and rise above them. Let’s not forget – we are bold, we are fearless, and together we are College of Western Idaho.

    Sincerely,

    President’s Cabinet

    Bert Glandon, President

    Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost

    Craig Brown, Executive Vice President Operations

    Mark Browning, Vice President College Relations

    Karl Spiecker, Vice President Finance

    Ryan Herring, Vice President, Human Resources

  • January 25, 2021 - COVID-19 Updates

    Greetings All Employees, 

    I hope this communication finds you off to a wonderful start to the semester. We have a number of updates to share with you related to CWI’s response to COVID-19.

    The following email will address: 

    • Emergency Relief Measures 
    • Higher Education Employee Vaccination Prioritization 
    • Ionization Project Update 
    • Manager Town Hall

    As you may recall, on Dec. 31, 2020 some employee specific COVID-19 relief measures originally put forth by Congress expired. President’s Cabinet (PC) is committed to supporting employees and recognizes that though the vaccine is being distributed, there will continue to be challenges associated with COVID-19. In that spirit, PC is pleased to announce that CWI will continue to provide emergency relief measures originally put in place with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  These emergency relief measures will be in place as of Jan. 16, 2021 through the Spring Term; status will be reassessed at that time. 

    In summary, the emergency relief measures make available to employees, the following: 

    • COVID Emergency Relief Paid Sick Leave – Up to 80 hours of paid leave provided to any employee unable to work due to COVID-19 specific implications.   An employee is eligible for this additional paid leave before using any accrued sick time. 
    • COVID Emergency Leave of Absence – Up to 12 weeks additional leave provided to employees that have been employed for 30 days or more who is unable to work because of number 5 below.  Of these 12 weeks the first 2 weeks would be unpaid but the remaining time would be paid at ⅔ of the employee’s regular salary.    

    To qualify to use these benefits employees must be unable to work or telework due to one of the below reasons.

    The employee: 

    1. is subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19; 
    2. has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19; 
    3. is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking a medical diagnosis; 
    4. is caring for an individual subject to an order described in (1) or self-quarantine as described in (2); 
    5. is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed (or child care provider is unavailable) for reasons related to COVID-19; or 
    6. is experiencing any other substantially-similar condition specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Treasury. 

    Employee Action: 

    If you are unable to work or telecommute for one of the six reasons listed above, communicate with your manager and email  HR Benefits (HRBenefits@cwi.edu).  After receiving your email, HR will provide you with instructions and information on next steps moving forward.  

    CWI Human Resources department is working hard to determine placement of CWI employees in reference to vaccination prioritization. Information will be updated and shared college wide, as well as with managers, when available. 

    Work on the ionization project is progressing smoothly. Three buildings have been completed and we expect the project to wrap up by mid-February. 

    manager town hall meeting is currently being scheduled for early February. Please keep in mind COVID19_questions@cwi.edu is always available for questions or concerns.  

    Thank you for all your hard work throughout the last year and continued dedication to move forward and keep our students, fellow colleagues, and community first. 

    Take Care, 

    Dr. Bert Glandon

    President

  • January 7, 2021 - Be Safe, Be Mighty in 2021

    As we turn our calendars to the New Year, we also look forward to the start of a new semester. Providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff remains a top priority for CWI. Feel confident the operational plan and protocols put in place related to CWI’s response to COVID-19 continue to be valid.

    As science has raced to address vaccines, additional technologies have been identified and developed to further mitigate the spread of the virus. One such technologies is the use of ionization to improve the air quality in occupied spaces. CWI has made the decision to introduce ionization into five of the College’s buildings:

    • Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB)
    • Nampa Campus Micron Education Center (NMEC)
    • Nampa Campus Aspen Classroom Building (NASP)
    • Ada County Pintail Center (APIN)
    • Canyon County Center (CYNC)

    Installation will begin immediately and is expected to create little to no disruption. Once installed, these systems will further augment the College’s previous work to help control the spread of COVID-19 and further improve the overall air quality in these buildings.

    As our approach to building safety continues to adapt, so has our approach to instruction with added flexibility. The five delivery styles, or modalities, of instruction, introduced during the fall term, help provide options and the ability to adapt as circumstances dictate through spring term as well. Our faculty have excelled in leading this effort which speaks directly to our core purpose; serving students. In addition, employees have been flexible in working from home, and for those deemed essential, working on-campus; again to better serve students. Continue to follow the Be Safe, Be Mighty commitment to keeping yourself and your community healthy.  

    Following are some key resources and points of communication to help you in navigating your work at the College. 

    Website:  Be Safe, Be Mighty 

    Resources:  COVID-19 Operational Guidebook for Employees

    Guidebook updates include:

    Faculty Training:  Spring In-Service Training for COVID-19 Protocols has been updated. Faculty, please review this training prior to the start of classes. 

    COVID-19 Vaccine 

    Shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Idaho. The state is working with public health districts, hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other facilities who will be receiving and administering early vaccine doses.  

    The estimated timeline for when Idahoans can get a COVID-19 vaccine is now available. When the vaccine is available to your priority group, it is anticipated you will be able to receive the vaccine through normal vaccination locations such as your employer, physician’s office, local public health district, or local pharmacy. For additional information about the vaccine, please visit Idaho's COVID-19 Vaccine page.

    Please continue to wear your mask, wash your hands, use sanitizer, and practice safe distancing (even after receiving the vaccine). We, as an institution, have done an amazing job of adapting. We will continue to do whatever we must to serve our students and each other in the safest manner possible.

    For questions about CWI’s response to COVID-19, contact COVID19_Questions@cwi.edu

    Best Regards,

    Dr. Bert Glandon

    President

  • November 19 - A Well Deserved Break

    As the semester draws to a close, we are all preparing for a well-deserved fall break next week. The word unprecedented has become a cliché, so I will limit myself to saying that the efforts put in by each and every one of you to master new ways of learning, excel in new course modalities, and continue to move toward your academic goals during a period of time that will certainly have its own chapter in history books is nothing short of inspirational. The conversations I have had with students from programs across the College constantly reinforce the commitment, determination, and sheer drive to succeed that make the students at CWI truly mighty.

    Staying Safe and Healthy

    As we look forward to fall break, and the Thanksgiving holiday, our excitement is tempered somewhat by the increasing number of cases of COVID-19. If you plan to travel, be sure to take all of the appropriate precautions to protect yourself, as well as those you are visiting. Wear your mask, sanitize frequently, and stay home if you feel sick. The CDC recommends that we celebrate with the people we live with, and celebrate with extended family remotely. If you choose to host a larger gathering, follow the guidelines from the CDC for a safer celebration, and be aware of the latest order from Governor Little, restricting gatherings to 10 people or less (Page 3, Section 1.a.).

    Testing is available at no cost for students, staff, and faculty. BINAX Now will be providing low-cost rapid testing in Caldwell. You must be symptomatic to be tested and you must call 208-296-1030 to make an appointment. Albertsons is also offering at-home testing kits to students, staff, and faculty. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or may have been exposed, follow the directions on the COVID-19 Test Voucher to obtain an at-home kit at no cost to you.

    To stay up to date with the latest information from CWI about COVID-19, be sure to check the COVID-19 Communications page often.

    Support CWI Student Research

    A group of students in the CWI/Boise State Research Bridge programs need your help. Below, you will find a link to a brief survey about social media use, mental health, and social support in college students. The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. If you choose, you may be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of four $25 gift cards to Amazon. To begin the survey simply click on the link here: https://boisestate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e2Jj8veSJnwdNWJ

    Support Those in Need

    Brighten the holiday season for children in the Treasure Valley by participating in College of Western Idaho's (CWI) 12th annual Giving Tree. This year, CWI's Criminal Justice department, Psi Beta Honor Society, Psychology Club, and Veteran's Association have partnered with 3rd District Guardian Ad Litem Program, a non-profit program advocating for abused and neglected children, to gather gifts for children in foster care. Unwrapped gifts will be collected now through Dec. 11 at ALYN, CYNC, NASP, and NCAB. You can sign-up to donate toys and find more information about the project.

    Looking Ahead

    As this semester comes to a close, it's time to start thinking about the spring term. Spring 2021 registration is now open. Be sure to sign up for classes early for the best range of options and don't forget to set up a meeting with your Student Success Advisor to stay on track and make every credit count.

    A Closing Note of Hope

    I recently had the opportunity to speak with an old friend of mine, who is a far better student of history than I am, and she pointed out something that I had never realized. The glamorous parties and raucous decadence of the so-called Roaring Twenties, so vividly captured in The Great Gatsby, took place in the summer of 1922, just two years after the last great, global flu pandemic ended in 1920. I share that bit of trivia with you to illustrate that as we finish the semester we face soaring numbers of new COVID-19 cases, limitations on the number of people we can gather with, and the possibility of a long winter spent trying to avoid both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu, but there is hope on the horizon. New vaccines appear to be effective and will likely begin being distributed soon. If we continue to be cautious, to protect each other, and to put all of us ahead of each of us, then history tells us that we may emerge from the long, dark night that has been 2020 into the dawn of a new era with a renewed appreciation for the importance human connections and a greater respect for our shared humanity.

    I hope that each of you will take time next week to rest, finish your semester strong, hold tight to those you love, reach out for help when you need it, and lend a helping hand when you are able. In short, I hope that you will BE MIGHTY!

  • November 18 - Be Safe, Be Mighty, Be Informed

    Greetings,

    Thank you all for your dedication and commitment to keeping each other, our students, and our campus open and safe. Included in the email you will find information on very important and relevant topics to help you continue to stay healthy. These efforts, in addition to continuous self-screening, and symptom awareness, will help ensure we are able to stay open and serving students.

    Thanksgiving

    When making plans for Thanksgiving, keep in mind the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. However, if you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, visit the CDC website in advance to learn how to take steps to make your celebration safer. The CDC provides guidelines for those hosting, attending, and traveling this holiday season.

    FLU vs COVID-19

    As we enter into the winter months, flu is also a concern. What is the difference between influenza (FLU) and COVID-19?

    There are some key differences between flu and COVID-19. COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. Another important difference is there is access to a vaccine to protect against flu.

    Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis.

    Testing

    Southwest District Health reached out to share some new channels for testing, specific to students, staff, and faculty of schools. BINAX Now testing will be providing no cost rapid testing at the Caldwell location for students and staff.  Please keep in mind:

    • You must be symptomatic to receive a test.
    • Walk-in visits cannot be accommodated at this time. 
    • Please call 208.296.1030 for an appointment.

    Albertsons Companies are working to ensure the safety of area school’s staff and students. Free testing for all teachers, school staff, and students --regardless of insurance status -- will be available through the COVID-19 Test Voucher. Visit scheduletest.com or call Southwest District Health 208.455.5300.

    COVID-19 Vaccine

    Developing and planning for a vaccine has been a priority since the pandemic started. The federal government, through Operation Warp Speed, has been set on making one or more COVID-19 vaccines available as soon as possible.

    Although CDC does not have a role in developing COVID-19 vaccines, CDC has been working closely with health departments and partners to develop vaccination plans for when a vaccine is available. With the possibility of one or more COVID-19 vaccines becoming available before the end of the year, CDC has developed 8 things you need to know about status of those plans. Closer to home, Gov. Little has established an advisory committee to plan how to distribute the vaccine in Idaho. 

    Thank you all for taking time to stay informed and if you have questions, please feel free to reach out to COVID19_Questions@cwi.edu.

  • November 13, 2020 - What's Next? College Update

    Greetings CWI Faculty and Staff,

    What’s Next? 

    Careful how you answer that question! It is 2020, after all!! It is, however, the question we have been getting the most here in the president's office, throughout senior leadership, and Cabinet. 

    Let’s start with what we know: 

    We will stay the course for Fall 2020 instruction and campus operations. We have been purposeful in our approach; the five modalities of instruction give our students the ability to adapt as their circumstances dictate. Our faculty have been great in leading this effort that speaks directly to our core purpose; serve students. Gov. Brad Little addressed the state on 

    Friday, the 13th, (please hold your comments!) and moved us back to a Stage 2. I have re-confirmed with the Governor that higher education gatherings (classes) are not subject to this protocol, so we can and will continue with our in-person class offerings and on-campus essential employees only, so long as we follow COVID-19 protocols.  

    How many of you have watched The West Wing? I love that show! The energy, the writing, the frenetic pace- it reminds me of CWI! I love when President Bartlett, played by Martin Sheen, knocks the table or desk with his ring and says, “What’s Next?” It is his way of telling those around him, "We’re moving forward!" 

    So moving forward to Spring 2021, it HAS to be better than 2020, right? We hope! But hope is just that- hope. In the meantime, we work. Work for this Spring term will mirror our approach for this past Fall term, while fully utilizing the five modalities of instruction: 

    1. In-person 
    2. Online 
    3. Hybrid  
    4. Remote 
    5. Hyflex 

    COVID-19 restricts us in many ways, but we as an institution have adapted and we will continue to do whatever we must in order to serve our students and each other in the safest manner possible. I implore you as we begin to move through these colder months- please practice strict protocols that can best protect you, all with whom you come in contact with,  and your loved ones.  

    Continue to follow the Be Safe, Be Mighty plan:  

    • Wash your hands.  
    • Wear a mask.  
    • Use sanitizer on surfaces both in the home, your vehicle and in the workspace.  
    • Avoid any gathering where physical distancing is not being practiced or enforced.  
    • Avoid large gatherings.  

    I know this will be difficult during the upcoming holidays. It will. We must do all we can to best position ourselves to continue our work of serving students. If we do these things, we will not be forced to pull a number of these instructional options back and go fully-online. This is what our students have clearly said is their desire: give us in-person, give us options. Their dreams must not and cannot be derailed during this pandemic simply because we refuse to do some measures that are squarely within our control. It is in our control to be mindful of our actions, our travels, the size of our gatherings, how we interact with friends and family over this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  

    So, what are we controlling? Our expenses and operations for starters. I am proud of the way we have responsibly responded to this crisis. We at CWI are in very sound fiscal shape. We are not talking furloughs, layoffs, and/or further cutbacks. We are making the sound decisions that allow us to continue to support our students, staff, and faculty in a way that best provides success in these conditions.  

    We are turning the page to a new chapter. Next Tuesday, we will have three new trustees join our governing board. We will have a board that proudly represents a diverse composition that is un-replicated anywhere in Idaho; five women, three women of color; all five, along with the 1000+ employees, dedicated to the success of our 32,000+ students. I ask you to join me in this journey, to do all you can to be proactive, be positive in your outlook, your speech, your approach to your craft, and do all you can so that we, collectively, can keep “doing” for our students through this fall, next spring, and beyond. 

    Now, What’s Next? 

    Best Regards,

    Dr. Bert Glandon

    President

    College of Western Idaho

  • August 28, 2020 - Contact Tracing Now Available

    Faculty and Staff,

    I want to take a moment to update you all on our efforts concerning contact tracing. As we have been advised by our local health districts and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the ability to accurately report where a person has physically been, with whom they have had contact, and then advise those affected persons in a timely manner is crucial in helping limit the spread of COVID-19.

    This effort, known as contact tracing, is a major part of our commitment to you through the Be Safe, Be Mighty effort to ensure the safest workplace possible during this pandemic. As a leadership team, we have extensively evaluated all the available options to conduct contact tracing and determined that contracting with an outside firm is the best and most effective course of action.

    In addition to the work this outside firm will be doing, each of us will have a role to play. Our consent to be contacted and have our various places where we may have physically been on campus reported is key to the success of this process. I understand some may have concerns about data security and confidentiality. In today’s world, we are well served to be vigilant in this regard. However, we are confident our information in this process will only be used to establish whereabouts and help notify persons with whom an infected person may have come in contact.

    Visit Be Safe, Be Mighty to read further details about the College’s contact tracing efforts as well as review and complete a contract tracing release form.

    I encourage each of us to be a part of the effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 not only on our campuses but within the community in which we live.

    Thank you for your attention to this matter.

  • August 21, 2020 - Face Coverings Required on Campus

    Dear Student,

    As we begin a new semester, I wanted to reach out and emphasize that everyone coming to any CWI Campus, Building, or Center is required to wear a face covering. This can be a mask, face shield, bandana, scarf, or other covering that covers (at a minimum) the area from the bridge of your nose to the point of your chin. For a demonstration of proper mask wearing and safety, please watch this short video and for more information about masks, please refer to the CDC Guidance. Anyone who chooses not to wear a mask will not be permitted to visit CWI facilities, engage with in-person services, or attend face to face classes.

    Requiring masks, along with other steps that CWI is taking, such as increased cleaning and adding hand sanitizer stations, are in place to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus. These steps are also central to avoiding the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, which is key to ensuring that we can continue to safely offer classes in person. Personal protective equipment kits, which include a mask, hand sanitizer, and a large pack of sanitizing wipes, will be available next week for all students. You can get your kit starting Monday at the entrance to most campus buildings where classes are held, at any security desk, or at Student Affairs in Willow Building C on the Nampa campus.

    While opinions on wearing masks may vary, this requirement stems from a commitment to our shared values of Caring and Respect. Please join us as we show care for the health and safety of one another, as well as respecting the fact that many students and employees live with or care for someone in a high-risk category and should not be forced to choose between their safety and continuing their education.

    If you have questions or need assistance in complying with this policy, please email dos@cwi.edu and someone will gladly assist you.

    Be Safe and Be Mighty,

    Chad M. Trisler
    Dean of Students
    Title IX Coordinator
    College of Western Idaho

  • August 21, 2020 - Welcome to Fall Semester

    Dear Student,

    We are excited to welcome students back for the fall semester at the College of Western Idaho! Classes begin Monday, August 24th. To help you prepare, please read through these important reminders and complete the checklist to get your semester off to a successful start.

    GET PREPARED

    • Check your schedule in MyCWI to review the location and format of your courses. CWI recently made changes to the format of some of our courses. This video discusses the changes and how to view them on your schedule.
    • Check your CWI student email. If your course(s) changed formats, your instructor is contacting you. Don’t know how to login to your CWI student email?  Check out these instructions or contact the Helpdesk.
    • Questions? For course specific questions, email your instructor. For other questions, contact One Stop Student Services.

    START THE SEMESTER STRONG

    • Login to Blackboard. All courses will be live and available in Blackboard on Monday morning, August 24th.
    • Follow new health and safety protocols when on campus.
      • All students, staff, faculty, and guests are REQUIRED to wear a cloth or disposable mask or face covering. This is being strictly enforced for the health and safety of all.
      • Be Safe, Be Mighty welcome back kits are being provided to all students when classes begin (available at all security desks). Kits include a bottle of hand sanitizer, some sanitizing wipes, and a reusable mask.
      • Based on recommendations from local community health professionals, we encourage you bring your own food and beverages, as our vending services are limited until further notice. Bottled water will be available.

    HEALTH AND SAFETY

    • Check out our Be Safe, Be Mighty webpage. It has the most comprehensive and updated information about our policies and protocols aimed at maximizing a learning and working environment.

    STUDENT SERVICES

    • In order to reduce density in our facilities, we request that only students or prospective students enter One Stop locations at this time.
    • One Stop locations in the Nampa Micron Center and the Ada Lynx building will be open on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for any last-minute needs.
      • The Bookstore will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22.

    Admissions and One Stop (available via phone (208.562.3000), email, and in One Stop locations)

    Advising & Student Success (available via phone, email, and other online options)

    Bookstore (available via phone currently, curbside pickup is available; 208.562.2401)

    Center for New Directions (available via phone (208.562.2150), email, and onsite)

    Community Learning Center (Basic Skills Education) (available via phone (208.562.2068) and email currently, and in person as of September 1)

    Counseling Services (available via phone (208.562.2200), email, and onsite)

    Disability Services (available via phone (208.562.2496), email, and onsite)

    Dual Credit (available via phone (208.562.3371) and email currently)

    Financial Aid­ (available via phone (208.562.3000), email, and in One Stop locations)

    IT Help Desk (available via phone (208.562.3444), email, and online)

    Library (available via phone (208.562.3115), email, and online)

    Math Solutions Center (available via phone (208.562.3140) and email currently)

    Registrar­ (available via phone (208.562.3000), email, and in One Stop locations)

    Student Accounts (available via phone (208.562.3000), email, and in One Stop locations)

    Student Affairs (available via phone (208.562.2416), email currently, and in Willow C)

    Testing Center (available via phone (208.562.2542), email, and onsite)

    Tutoring Services (available via phone (208.562.2233), email, and online)

    Veterans Services (available via phone (208.562.3211), email currently, and in Willow C)

    Workforce Development (available via phone (208.562.2700), and email, with limited onsite courses currently, and an anticipated return to full onsite instruction and services on October 1st)

  • July 29, 2020 - Welcome Back to CWI

    Dear Student,

    As we all prepare for the fall semester to begin on August 24 at the College of Western Idaho (CWI), there are a few updates that we'd like to share. Further updates are located on our website.

    Numerous protocols and safety measures will be in place to ensure a safe return to campus. We are following the current COVID-19 case rates in Idaho, and we continue to follow and support strategies to increase community health by requiring face coverings, encouraging hand washing, allowing for physical distancing, and educating everyone to recognize symptoms and stay home. We continue to monitor local information sources, and we are in touch with healthcare and community health professionals to ensure that we are doing our best to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in all our policies, practices, and procedures.

    Health and Safety Updates

    • Be Safe, Be Mighty Kits - All students, staff, faculty, and guests are required to wear a cloth or disposable mask or face covering at CWI; this is being strictly enforced for the health and safety of all. We are providing Be Safe, Be Mighty welcome back kits to all students when classes begin. These kits will include a personal-sized bottle of hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and a reusable mask. Masks are also being provided to all employees and will be available for all guests.
    • First Day of Class - The semester begins on August 24 to in-person, hybrid, and online courses. Additionally, all faculty are preparing for a possible transition to remote instruction if necessary and as content allows. If this occurs, students will be notified and courses will be converted within 24 hours.
      • Room capacities have been reduced to allow for increased physical distancing.
      • Employees will go through mandatory health and safety training before the semester begins and will be required to read the new COVID-19 Operations Guidebook.
      • o Faculty are planning to host office hours online or on the phone so as to reduce density on campus.
    • New Protocols - In addition to maintaining physical distancing, washing/sanitizing hands, and wearing a face covering, students will be asked to do a health self-assessment before coming to campus each day and are advised to stay home if any symptoms are present. Additionally, students will be asked to wipe down their desk and work area at the end of each class session with CWI-provided wipes.
    • Safety Measures - We continue to clean in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) standards. Sanitizer stations will be placed in all facilities. Desk shields will be available as an added protection for faculty and students. We are working with the appropriate professionals to increase outside airflow coming into our buildings.

    Student Services Availability

    ** In order to reduce population in our facilities, we request that only students or prospective students enter One Stop locations at this time, and that family and friends wait for the student outside of these areas.

    Admissions Currently available via phone (208.562.3000) and email. One Stop locations with in-person service as of August 10th.

    Advising & Student Success Currently available via video chat appointments, phone, and email.

    Bookstore Currently available via phone (208.562.2401) and email. Curbside/lobby pickup is also available.

    Community Learning Center (Basic Skills Education) Currently available via phone (208.562.2068) and email. In-person service is anticipated for September 1st.

    Counseling Services Currently available via phone (208.562.2200) and email. Onsite locations with in-person service as of August 10th.

    Disability Services Currently available via phone (208.562.2496) and email. Onsite locations with in-person service as of August 10th.

    Dual Credit Currently available via phone (208.562.3371) and email. In-person service anticipated for August 17th.

    Financial Aid Currently available via phone (208.562.3000) and email. One Stop locations with in-person service as of August 10th.

    • We are planning to support eligible students through additional financial aid as funds are available.

    IT Help Desk Currently available via phone (208.562.3444), email, and online.

    Library Currently available via phone (208.562.3115), email, and online.

    Math Solutions Center Currently available via phone (208.562.3140) and email.

    Registrar Currently available via phone (208.562.3000) and email. One Stop locations with in-person service as of August 10th.

    • CWI is monitoring course registrations to respond quickly to student needs. We are offering more hybrid and online sections than in the past to support our students who will be more comfortable continuing in remote learning.

    Student Accounts Currently available via phone (208.562.3000) and email. One Stop locations with in-person service as of August 10th.

    Student Affairs Currently available via phone (208.562.2416), and email. Onsite locations with in-person service as of August 10th.

    Testing Center Currently available via phone (208.562.2542), email, and onsite.

    Tutoring Services Currently available via phone (208.562.2233), email, and online.

    Veterans Services Currently available via phone (208.562.3211), and email. Onsite locations with in-person service as of August 10th.

    Workforce Development Currently available via phone (208.562.2700), and email, with limited onsite courses. A return to full onsite instruction and services is anticipated on October 1st.

    We are eager to begin the semester and support you in pursuit of your goals! Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to support you in generating your success.

  • July 9, 2020 - Follow-Up COVID-19 Update for Campus Community

    This communication is intended to provide an update for on-going protocol, to communicate the current state of COVID-19 on-campus related incidents

    Just as our state has seen a significant increase in the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), there have been additional confirmed cases throughout College of Western Idaho campus locations. To better inform the campus community of these reported cases, this information will be logged on the cwi.edu/coronavirus page. Information previously shared through a college-wide email will now be published on this page.

    As a reminder, it is incumbent upon all of us to take precautions to minimize the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Wearing masks, practicing safe distancing of at least six feet, and washing of hands is extremely important. By following all of these precautions, you are avoiding close contact, which greatly reduces exposure.

    As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Idaho, the college asks for your continued assistance in supporting the Governor of the State of Idaho’s rebound efforts. For additional information about how to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19, as well as other information and updates relating to the college’s response to COVID-19, please visit cwi.edu/coronavirus.

  • July 8, 2020 - Return-To-Work Adjustments

    Good afternoon,

    I am writing to you today to update you on several of the adjustments we are making in the Return-To-Work plan for all CWI employees.

    The President’s Cabinet with the Executive Operations Team have modified directives given the changes in confirmed COVID-19 cases in our immediate service area of Ada and Canyon Counties. As you know it is our intent to plan for in-person coursework, while also scheduling a number of online and hybrid courses for the Fall term. By limiting the number of staff and faculty on campus, it greatly enhances our ability to provide a safe environment for students who choose in-person courses and for employees who are designated on-campus essential in the support of all students.

    This effort to enable employees to continue working remotely, will continue through the remainder of 2020 or until further notice.

    Our priority is to position the College to be ready to serve students in the fall, while maintaining our protocols for health, cleanliness, and safety for all; students, faculty, and staff.

    Effective Immediately: CWI employees will work with their direct supervisor to continually reassess the designation of on-campus essential. Supervisors will be working with their Executive Operations Team (EOT) member and following President’s Cabinet (PC) guidance, to assist in this assessment of employee designation. This directive supersedes all prior directives and is effective immediately.

    If you are designated on-campus essential, you will work with your supervisor to ensure that your schedule, workspace, and interaction with other CWI team members and students is the safest possible.

    On-campus essential is defined as: Your duties are primarily forward-facing in service of students for the Fall 2020 semester and/or critical to maintain college business functions. 

    If your position is not considered on-campus essential, you will continue to work remotely as you have been since mid-March. Should you have any questions as to your position’s designation, please reach out to your direct supervisor.

    The criteria that PC used in assessing this new work dynamic stems from a commitment to keep our students and fellow CWI teammates as safe as possible while balancing the capacity for thorough cleaning, available supplies, and social responsibility in curbing exposure among all of us where possible.

    I believe open, honest communication is paramount to helping us navigate in the best of times and especially through this pandemic. Please, reach out if you have any questions. We are continually evaluating and modifying our approach as conditions warrant. For now, we will continue this path of remote work with the exception of specifically designated on-campus essential positions through the end of 2020 semester or until further notice.

    I want to thank you for your dedication and commitment to our students who have clearly expressed their desire to return to campus in-person to the degree that we are able to accommodate with a culture of safety.

    Lastly, I implore you all - wear a mask, wash your hands, be kind, and limit your exposure with others. I am proud of our efforts here at CWI and know we will continue to be an institution that serves its students and community responsibly.

    Thank you and be safe,

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    Dr. Bert Glandon

    President

  • June 29, 2020 - Alert: Positive COVID-19 Case

    On Monday, June 29, 2020, the College was notified an individual on campus June 23, at the Canyon County Center (CYNC), has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

    Individuals who visited the Canyon County Center on or around June 23, should be aware of this information. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you should alert your healthcare provider that you may have been in contact with an infected individual.  

    Please remember it is important to report a positive case of coronavirus immediately to your supervisor, instructor, or CWI staff member. Visit reporting protocols for more information. 

    Additional information about how to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19, as well as other information and updates related to the College's response, may be found at cwi.edu/coronavirus

  • June 26, 2020 - Positive COVID-19 Case

    On Friday, June 26, 2020, the College was notified an individual on campus June 18, at the Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB), has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

    Individuals who visited the Nampa Campus Academic Building on June 18, should be aware of this information. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you should alert your healthcare provider that you may have been in contact with an infected individual.  

    Please remember it is important to report a positive case of coronavirus immediately to your supervisor, instructor, or a CWI staff member. Visit reporting protocols for more information. 

    Additional information about how to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19, as well as other information and updates related to the college's response, may be found at cwi.edu/coronavirus

  • June 22, 2020 - CWI Alert: COVID-19

    On Monday, June 22, 2020, the CWI Office of the Provost was notified an individual on campus between June 2 and June 17 at the Canyon County Center (CYNC), has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Individuals who visited the Canyon County Center on or between these dates may have come into contact with the individual who tested positive. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you should alert your healthcare provider that you may have been in contact with an infected individual.

    Please remember it is important to report a positive case of coronavirus immediately to your supervisor, instructor, or a CWI staff member. Visit reporting protocols for more information. 

    Additional information about how to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19, as well as other information and updates related to the college's response, may be found at cwi.edu/coronavirus

  • May 27, 2020 - Fall Classes on Campus

    With many questions surrounding course delivery for the fall semester, we wanted to communicate to you our current Instructional plan so that you are well informed and can enjoy the summer.  We will continue to share more details with you within the next few weeks. 

    Please know that our priorities continue to be the health and safety of all students and employees, high-quality instruction, and advancing student success.  As you arrive on campus in the fall, you will find that the foundational aspects of CWI have not changed and are enhanced to include protocols ensure the safety of all who attend CWI.

    CWI plans to return to face-to-face instruction for Fall 2020.  We are also crafting alternative plans in preparation for the college to quickly adapt as needed if external circumstances warrant a change.  Some details for our return in the fall are outlined below:

    Instruction

    1. CWI intends to return to regular course delivery for the fall semester.  Class sections will be delivered face-to-face, online, and in a hybrid format.  The delivery format is noted in the course offerings, so please check this when you register.  In addition, each Instructor has been asked to prepare a plan that allows learning to continue in the event institutions are required to revert back to quarantine measures implemented in Spring 2020.  CWI is spending the summer making modifications throughout all facilities for increased sanitizing, physical distancing, and other recommendations as put forth by local, regional, state, and federal authorities.  As a result of these measures, some class sizes will be reduced from previous semesters, which makes it important to register early.

    All Facilities

    1. Physical distancing and appropriate hygiene will be encouraged through wall signs, markings on floors, and other reminders.

    a.    Classrooms, computer and tutoring labs, testing centers, and other student services will function at limited capacity to meet physical distancing recommendations.

    b.    Common areas and gathering places will encourage physical distancing due to removal of furniture in these areas.

    c.     We are assessing all office areas to ensure that faculty and staff are appropriately physically distanced.  This also includes break areas.

    d.     All students, faculty, and staff will likely be directed to utilize specific building entrances, exits, and corridors to minimize contact and possible exposure.

    2.      Hand sanitizer is now available in corridors and student services locations.

    3.      Masks are now required of all students, faculty, and staff.
           a.    We are exploring the possibility of how we can take students’ temperatures upon arrival to campus each day.

    4.      Plexiglas has been installed in student service areas.

    5.      Employees will be required to do a self-assessment before reporting to work each day.

    a.     We are currently assessing the need for faculty and staff to physically report to campus.  It is likely that many will be working from home at least a few days each week to minimize contact and exposure.

    6.     Cleaning protocols have been increased and include more frequent cleanings of commonly used areas.  Additionally, we have new protocols for commonly used computer hardware items such as keyboards and computer mouses.

    a.     We have been and will continue to utilize professional cleaning techniques such as ‘fogging’ an entire building to sanitize it if we hear about possible virus exposure.

    One Stop Student Services (Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Accounts)

    1.     We intend to return to regular hours, with both our on-site staffing as well as our staffing of incoming phone lines by mid-July.  Our website will have updates regarding hours for each location.

    a.    Until we open for in-person services, all One Stop services are available via phone at 208.562.3000 and email (onestop@cwi.edu).  Virtual connections via Zoom can also be established upon request.

    Additional Student Services

    1.     New Student Orientation – students currently have the option to complete the Orientation experience online at cwi.edu/nso.  We also intend to host face-to-face orientation sessions in July and August, while maintaining sanitizing and physical distancing requirements.

    2.     Student Advising – students currently have the option to virtually connect with advisors (online and via phone).  Some advisors intend to hold face-to-face office hours starting in July.  Please don't hesitate to reach out and determine what would work best for you. 

    3.     Counseling Services, Veteran Student Services, Student Disability Services – students currently have the option to virtually connect with staff members in these areas.  Some staff intend to begin holding face-to-face office hours starting in July.

    4.     Computer Labs – students may register to schedule a time at a computer lab starting June 1.  This will allow students without access to computer/internet at their place of residence to work on summer courses and prepare for fall courses as well.  Students may choose between three different locations.  All labs are staffed and follow strict procedures for sanitizing and physical distancing.

    5.      Workforce Development – students are directed online for all questions.  Additionally, students can call 208.562.2700 for individual questions.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this journey together and work to ensure your education at CWI is amazing.  For updates and more information, please visit the CWI COVID-19 page.

    Thank you for partnering with us to create a safe environment for learning.  We are all looking forward to the first day of fall classes on August 24 when we can welcome you to a dynamic and exciting campus community that is focused on student success!

     

    Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost Signature

    Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost

    Instruction & Student Services

    College of Western Idaho |  PO Box 3010, MS 1000, Nampa ID 83653  |  6056 Birch Lane, Nampa ID 83687   Office:  208.562.3218   |  denisecannata@cwi.edu

  • May 22, 2020 - Return-to-Work

    To All CWI Employees,

    In alignment with the State of Idaho’s Rebound plan, guidance to support CWI employees transition from remote to on campus work has been established. Following is a summary of the first two phases of this approach, you will also need to review the supporting materials for more detailed guidance, these may be found at CWI’s coronavirus page:

    Please note the following guidelines are dependent on State and Federal requirements and in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and corresponding health districts.

    CWI Phase 1

    Starting now – June 12, those able to work remotely, will continue to work remotely unless EOT/PC has decided otherwise. Employees who support summer student needs (instruction and services), fall student enrollment, and employees who cannot reasonably conduct all work remotely, are allowed to return to campus locations and will be expected to follow social distancing and sanitation protocols. All meetings are to be continued online. Visitors will be limited to those required to provide essential college business. In addition, tracking of individuals and activities taking place on campus will be maintained. 

    CWI Phase 2

    Beginning June 13 – Fall Semester start, which aligns with state reopening stage four, focuses on additional services opening and employees entering into a phased plan to return onsite, as appropriate. Students may return to campus to access limited services and summer session courses, based on capacity of space, if social distancing can be achieved and maintained. Non-essential travel continues to be restricted. Public access to CWI buildings will be allowed with PC approval. More specific tracking of individuals and activities taking place on campus will continue.

    Training for managers on these new procedures will be provided to those that supervise employees.  As we move forward resuming more onsite campus operations, employees will be trained through a variety of means, including by their manager and information will be made available to all employees. More information on CWI Phases 3 and 4 may be found in the Operational Plan.

    Our goals in reopening campus locations is to protect employees, students, and the public; support sustainable college operations; maintain a healthy work and learning environment; and assist everyone in taking personal responsibility to ensure success in reopening.

    I thank you all for your assistance in staying informed, understanding and following the guidelines, and ultimately achieving our number one goal of ensuring everyone stays healthy.

    Sincerely,

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    Dr. Bert Glandon

    President

    College of Western Idaho

    Nampa Campus Administration Building
    6056 Birch Lane, Suite 201

    Nampa, ID 83687

    Main: (208) 562-3200

    Cell: (208) 866-5179

    Fax: (208) 562-3555

    bertglandon@cwi.edu

    www.cwi.edu

  • May 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Positive Test

    On Friday, May 15, 2020, the CWI Human Resources Department was notified that a member of the campus community tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). CWI is working diligently to strategically exercise targeted sanitizing. This team member visited the Canyon County Center on May 5 and the Pintail Building on May 8. Both buildings are currently closed, with a re-opening set for Monday, May 18. 

    If you were in either of these buildings on these dates, and although the risk is low, if you experience symptoms of COVID-19, you should alert your healthcare provider that you may have been in contact with an infected individual.

    For other information and updates relating to the college’s response to COVID-19, please visit cwi.edu/coronavirus.

    Thank you for your diligence and commitment to keep yourself and each other safe, healthy, and together we will keep CWI moving forward!

    Dr. Bert Glandon
    President
    College of Western Idaho
    Nampa Campus Administration Building
    6056 Birch Lane, Suite 201
    Nampa, ID 83687
    Main: (208) 562-3200
    bertglandon@cwi.edu

  • April 23, 2020 - Operations Update

    April 23, 2020

    Once again, I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for the dedication and commitment you demonstrate daily, and especially during this time of pandemic.

    In accordance with the new guidance from the State of Idaho, Governor Brad Little; I have been working closely with our President’s Cabinet, Trustees, and stakeholders on how we at CWI will adapt and adjust our operations.

    Effective April 23, 2020, our current state of remote work will remain in effect through May 31. Positions that necessitate on-site presence will be evaluated by the corresponding vice president member of Cabinet. If approved, those positions will be re-integrated to on-site campus work in a coordinated fashion to help ensure employee safety, while continuing our commitment to curb community spread of COVID-19.

    Should conditions warrant, close to June 1, more employees may be re-integrated to on-site work on a limited basis, again with vice president approval and in-coordination with facilities.

    More detailed guidance on the exact parameters and timing will be forthcoming from our Human Resources professionals, so please watch for those communications.

    I know our current state of uncertainty is challenging. I have been so impressed and so proud of the positive, forward thinking and supportive nature of this CWI campus community; not only towards our students but with each other. We will come out of this stronger, better positioned to serve our students and communities! We are mighty! We are fearless! We are CWI!

    Stay Safe,

    Dr. Bert Glandon

    President

  • April 23, 2020 - Virtual Commencement Ceremoy

    With a number of events in the near future either being canceled or postponed, CWI has been in discussion on the status of our commencement. While current times and the need to practice social distancing does not allow for a large in-person gathering, we are still committed to celebrating the amazing accomplishments of all of our students!

    After careful consideration we have decided to celebrate this year's graduates with a virtual ceremony, tentatively scheduled for June. The Commencement Team is researching and looking at the logistics of hosting a virtual ceremony that will be celebratory and meaningful for our students. While we take great pride in our traditional CWI ceremony, we are excited we can still create a memorable, unique, and personal experience for our graduates to share with their families and friends. We feel this was the best decision for our students and our community, given the special circumstances and current state guidance we are following.

    Virtual Ceremony Benefits

    • Ability to acknowledge and celebrate graduates’ accomplishments in a digital platform (ADA compliant)
    • Opportunity for pre-recorded speeches
    • Individual recognition of graduates through personalized slides
    • A platform is created to virtually experience commencement and engage via social media, allowing graduates to also share the experience with family and friends

    Additional Details

    • A graduation keepsake will be distributed to each graduate
    • Graduates will receive an invitation to the 2021 May ceremony

    The Commencement Team will be finalizing plans for the virtual ceremony and sharing details to students, faculty, and staff through CWI communication channels, as well as posting updates on the Commencement website in the coming weeks. Please encourage students to monitor their email and check the webpage for more details and an opportunity to RSVP soon.

    Stay tuned for ways that YOU can engage and share in this celebration and thank you all for your flexibility and dedication during these very challenging times.

  • April 15, 2020 - State of Idaho Amended Stay-Home Order

    Dear CWI Community,

    First I want to thank each and every one of you for following the State of Idaho’s Stay-Home Order, the state is realizing some favorable results by following the recommendations and guidance provided by the CDC. As you know College of Western Idaho (CWI) has also transitioned operations to support the practice of social distancing through working remotely and moving instruction to online delivery.

    President Cabinet’s recent decision to continue remote work for faculty and staff until May 1, already aligns College of Western Idaho (CWI) with the governor’s amended order. During an April 15 press conference the Governor amended the current stay-home-order through April 30, 2020. Governor Little and public health officials will reassess before April 30, 2020. Final  Amended Statewide Stay-Home Order and a list of essential businesses and additional state guidelines available at coronavirus.idaho.gov.

    Spring term is in-progress and while on-campus, in-person events are canceled, be sure to check the events calendar to participate in future virtual events. We will continue remote operations and provide service and instruction online. Keep in mind the semester was extended a week, ending on May 16. Summer term will begin June 1, also completely online and registration is currently open.

    CWI’s website is a great place to find the latest news, as well as online learning information and resources and information related to CWI’s response to COVID-19.

  • April 1, 2020 - Welcome Back and Moving Online

    Dear Students,

    As eager as we are to welcome you back to your studies on Monday, April 6, it is important that you know we are even more concerned for your safety and well-being. These are trying times for each of us in many ways. Some of you have lost part or all of your wages. Some of you have friends and family who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Many of you are trying to juggle care for loved ones with many other commitments, and you do this with very little certainty. This is not lost on us. We know that many of you were navigating a lot before we began social distancing measures, and now you are preparing to tackle these last few weeks of a college semester with this added burden. We know that this is not easy. It is because of all of this that we're committed to continuing to offer services to help you succeed online and we have custom built a web page dedicated to providing you with learning guides and resources to assist you in this transition.

    In addition, all of your instructors have been working feverishly to transition course content online, so that you can learn the essential learning outcomes of each course and successfully complete before the end of the term.

    You have received updates on CWI's response to COVID-19, however if you would like access to this cataloged information, as well as new information being distributed, visit cwi.edu/coronavirus. All of the information below can be found there, but I'd like to mention a few highlights regarding decisions made recently:

    • CWI faculty and staff are working remotely to deliver operations and services online. You can access One Stop by calling, 208.562.3000 or by emailing onestop@cwi.edu, or contact your student success advisors online.

    Classes Online:

    • Online learning resources
    • Classes will resume online Monday, April 6, 2020 and the semester has been extended one week, ending Saturday, May 16, 2020.
    • The majority of CWI course instruction will take place online for the remainder of the extended semester. Any exceptions will be communicated to you through your instructor or department chair.
    • CWI is deemed an essential business, for students who must complete hands-on work in specific labs, it is our intent to begin offering face to face opportunities in May utilizing the social distancing guidelines that are currently in the Computer Lab protocol. This includes Career and Technical Education(CTE) students. (edited 4/2/20)
    • CWI faculty and staff are committed to helping all students transition to an online learning environment as easily and seamlessly as possible. Guidelines and resources are available prior to the start of classes on April 6 to ensure all students are prepared, as well as ongoing support throughout the semester to keep you on track.
    • Currently all on and off campus events are canceled.
    • The originally scheduled commencement date of May 15 has been postponed. CWI is exploring options and plans are being made to celebrate students, for more information, visit cwi.edu/commencement.
    • Concerns have been raised regarding lack of access for internet and/or computer hardware, due to financial or other reasons. Learn more about external technology resources that may be available to students who do not currently have access. To learn about the possibility of aid to help; contact financialaid@cwi.edu.
    • Open Lab Access - students will have access to open computer labs:
      • Days - Monday, Wednesday, Friday
      • Locations - Canyon County Center, the Boise Center Pintail Building, Nampa Campus Aspen Classroom Building
      • Time - 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Time in the lab may be scheduled in 1 hour blocks with a max reservation of 2 hours in a day. Visit the Open Lab page to schedule your time.
      • Social Distancing will be in effect and strict cleaning measures enforced. Students will also be able to call 208.562.3000 to sign up.

    We are confident you will find the information and resources available to help you be successful, as well as a team of individuals ready to support you in this transition and complete the semester!

    Visit our new playlist on YouTube and watch our welcome back video to help prepare you for your online classes.

    Be Safe and Be Mighty!

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Tanner
    Assistant Vice President
    Enrollment & Student Services
    patricktanner@cwi.edu

  • March 25, 2020 - Remote Work Extended

    In our continuing effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19, College of Western Idaho (CWI) is extending remote-only work status until the stay-at-home order as directed by Gov. Brad Little is lifted for Ada & Canyon Counties.

    Please make yourself familiar with the conditions of this order:

    • Stay in your home
      • Only go out for medical care
      • necessary trips to grocery or food pick up,
      • gas for vehicles and
      • drive-up banking that cannot be done online.

    Additionally, The order that all CWI events, both internal on-campus and external are canceled through April 17, 2020, is now extended under the stay-at-home order and will be indefinite until that order is lifted.

    Each of your Executive Operations Team (EOT) members have compiled a list of select members of teams who will have very limited access to their workspace buildings. Your EOT member will let you know if you are one of those team members. If you are not on the list, your keycard access will not work; either to your building or to any CWI building. This should not be interpreted as a measure of your value or perceived worth to the department operation or to CWI. 

                                                                                 ** EVERYONE is of the highest VALUE to CWI **

    Controlling through limited access to buildings is just one of the ways we can make the utmost use of existing cleaning supplies and most importantly available personnel to perform that essential and critical function of building cleaning and maintenance at this time.

    You are probably asking; What about IT support through this digital period? Our IT team is working to ensure all of us have the necessary tools we need to take care of our essential duties. Please focus Help Desk tickets on your needs, not wants.  

    We want to assure everyone; CWI is managing through this pandemic with the help and support of each and every faculty member, every staff member, every student, every Trustee, every community supporter—everyone. We need each other. We need to continually reassure each other through distance means. Call, text, video chat- tend to each other. That caring, that humanity, that support is what will help us all get through this and be even more mighty, more fearless on the other side.

    Bert A. Glandon 
    President
    College of Western Idaho

    President’s Cabinet:

    • Bert Glandon, President
    • Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost Instruction Administration
    • Craig Brown, EVP Operations
    • Mark Browning, VP, College Relations
    • Lillian Talley, VP, Human Resources
    • Tony Meatte, VP, Finance & Administration
  • March 24, 2020 - Reporting Protocol

    A College of Western Idaho(CWI) student has reported testing positive for coronavirus. The student first reported this to their instructor, which was then reported to leadership earlier today.

    The student’s last visit on campus was on March 10 and was in the Boise Center, Pintail (APIN) Building. The College reached out to Central District Health and they communicated this unconfirmed case is now outside of the two-week contamination window. Though the risk is low, anyone who believes they may have come into contact or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should alert their health care provider.

    As more and more cases throughout Idaho are being reported, we want to communicate COVID-19 Reporting Protocols for CWI.

    For students

    If a student reports to you as a faculty member or as staff, please gather the following information from the student:

    • Name
    • Consent to use name for internal purposes only, not for public release; yes or no
    • Address (geography is important as it determines which health department we work with)
    • Class Schedule
    • Places, dates, and approximate times of last visits on campus

    Report this information immediately to Provost, Denise Cannata, denisecannata@cwi.edu.

    For CWI faculty/staff

    If you or someone you are in close contact with tests positive for COVID-19, please report the above information immediately to VP of Human Resources, Lillian Talley, lilliantalley@cwi.edu.

    These protocols are effective immediately, March 24, 2020.

    As you know, CWI has been proactive in making organizational decisions to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Through the help of our entire student, staff and faculty community, CWI has been able to follow the guidance and recommendations and has initiated the following:

    • Established an early Spring Break beginning March 16, extending through April 4.
    • Is moving all credit instruction to online delivery when classes resume April 6. Note WD and BSE student’s class schedules may be different, please check FAQ’s or program web pages for specific details.
    • In addition, effective March 20, CWI moved all student and public-serving functions to remote-based work in all locations and buildings. CWI is open and working remotely to continue to provide services and access online.

    Visit cwi.edu/coronavirus for more information and updates.

  • March 19, 2020 - Student Services Communication

    To all students,

    The College of Western Idaho (CWI) will move all student and public serving functions to remote based work in all locations and buildings from March 23-28. CWI is OPEN, but the buildings are closed during this time. 

    CWI Facilities will be using this time to accelerate their work in cleaning the buildings.

    I want each of you to know: CWI is standing by our people. We will support our work-study students, as well as our full and part-time employees, staff, and faculty. 

    As with our normally scheduled Spring Break, services are limited, so please visit cwi.edu for more information. 

    As this situation develops, please continue to look for further communication coming to you. Please take the time to read it thoroughly. The details are important now and as we move forward.

    We will be updating our Frequently Asked Questions on cwi.edu/coronavirus. And as always, please practice the strictest of hygiene, social isolation and distancing, and curtail your travel to imperative short trips only; health care and food restocking.

     

    All my best to you—

    Bert A. Glandon

    President

    College of Western Idaho

     

    And President’s Cabinet:

    · Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost Instruction Administration

    · Craig Brown, EVP Operations

    · Mark Browning, VP, College Relations

    · Lillian Talley, VP, Human Resources

    · Tony Meatte, VP, Finance & Administration

    Dr. Bert Glandon

  • March 19, 2020 - Fully Remote Operations & Services

    Dear Staff & Faculty,

    Effective Friday March 20, 2020 7:00am

    The College of Western Idaho (CWI) will move all student and public serving functions to remote based work in all locations and buildings.

    CWI is OPEN, as you know students are on an extended Spring Break and are scheduled to resume course work on Monday April 6th. 

    CWI’s regular Spring Break is scheduled for the week of Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27. CWI Facilities will be using this time to accelerate their work in cleaning, to ensure the best possible environment for those who use our buildings.

    Again, we are OPEN and working remotely. I, along with the President’s Cabinet and Trustees, recognize that there are challenges associated with this effort. I personally thank you for yo​ur patience, your support and understanding during this time. The Help Desk will be available for support through phone and computer.

    I want each of you to know this: CWI is standing by and fully supports our people; full and part-time employees, staff and faculty, everyone. I ask each of you to assume positive intent and be prudent in repeating hearsay, gossip or innuendos. Conjecture and supposition can be just as harmful as this pandemic we are fighting. We will get through this and we will do it together.

    Please take time to read through all communications, the details are important now and as we move forward. As you have questions, please share with your supervisor so we can help address these in future communications and on our webpage, cwi.edu/coronavirus. We will be updating our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) here as well. 

    And as always, please practice the strictest of hygiene, social isolation and distancing, and curtail your travel to imperative short necessary trips only; health care and food restocking.

     

    All my best to you—

    Bert A. Glandon

    President

    College of Western Idaho

     

    And President’s Cabinet:

    ·        Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost Instruction Administration

    ·        Craig Brown, EVP Operations

    ·        Mark Browning, VP, College Relations

    ·        Lillian Talley, VP, Human Resources

    ·        Tony Meatte, VP, Finance & Administration

     

    Dr. Bert Glandon

    President

    College of Western Idaho

    Nampa Campus Administration Building
    6056 Birch Lane, Suite 201

    Nampa, ID 83687

    Main: (208) 562-3200

    Cell: (208) 866-5179

    Fax: (208) 562-3555

    bertglandon@cwi.edu

    www.cwi.edu

  • March 19, 2020 - Administration Building & Multipurpose Building Closure

    ** Effective 10 a.m. MDT March 19, 2020 **

    CWI is closing our Nampa Campus Administration Building (NADM) and Nampa Campus Multipurpose Building (NCMP) effective 10 a.m. MDT March 19, 2020. 

    This is a precautionary measure as a CWI employee who frequents the buildings has reported a fever and has wisely taken the steps to immediately self-isolate. 

    All services housed at the Nampa Campus Administration Building (NADM) and Nampa Campus Multipurpose Building (NCMP) are available online.

    Please utilize email, phone, and other virtual services as methods through which we continue to serve our students, communities and each other during this time. 

    During the building closure, Facilities will be efforting a complete clean as well as their continued efforts to maintain the excellent level of service they have been providing across campus. Let us all do our part to help in whatever way we can. The buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, March 23.

    For more information and updates please visit cwi.edu/coronavirus.

    I greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation and dedication.

    Bert A. Glandon,
    President
    College of Western Idaho

    CWI Crisis Management Team

    • Bert Glandon, President
    • Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost Instruction Administration
    • Craig Brown, EVP Operations
    • Mark Browning, VP, College Relations
    • Lillian Talley, VP, Human Resources
    • Tony Meatte, VP, Finance & Administration
    • Jeff Flynn, Executive Director, Facilities Planning & Management
  • March 15, 2020 - Early Spring Break for Students

    Email Distribution: March 15 2020

    To All CWI Employees,

    Effective 6 a.m. MDT, Monday, March 16, 2020 - All College of Western Idaho (CWI) STUDENTS will be on Spring Break through Saturday, April 4, 2020. This includes the following areas of education at CWI:

    • Academic Transfer and Career & Technical Education
    • Dual Credit on-campus and contingent on K-12 high school closures
    • Workforce Development
    • Basic Skills Education

    We are extending Spring Break for students immediately to include:

    • Week of March 16-21
    • Regularly Scheduled Spring Break March 23-28
    • Week after March 30-Aprill 4

    During this time CWI is open per regular business hours and operations will proceed as follows:

    Full-Time and Part-Time Staff:  If you normally work during Spring Break, you will continue to do so as scheduled.  IF — you have concerns related to your health, or exposure, please contact your immediate supervisor and work towards any possible remote solution that can minimize loss of service(s) to students and community, and fellow CWI peers.

    Full-Time and Adjunct Faculty:  Provost Cannata is working with the Deans and Department Chairs to accelerate all work to move as much of instructional content/delivery online as quickly as possible. If you normally are off during the actual week of Spring Break (March 23-27), you will still have the actual week of Spring Break off as-usual.

    Work Study and Part-Time employees:  Please continue to arrive for work or make arrangements with your supervisor to work remotely if possible. CWI is committed to you during this unprecedented time. President’s Cabinet has already made the decision that you will be paid your regular average of scheduled hours in the event that the College should close. Please know- we are open and as of this release, all of us will continue to work to the extent we can, but in the event of a full closure, CWI is committed to seeing that you receive your expected pay so you can meet your obligations as well. If you have specific questions please reach out to your direct supervisor.

    Building Hours & Services:  Hours will be updated on building pages on cwi.edu, regular Spring Break week hours will be slightly different and should be noted online.

    Travel:  All business travel has been canceled until further notice. As we have asked of students, we ask the same of employees: If you decide to travel during Spring Break, or weekends or have time off scheduled - Please exercise significant prudence and caution in traveling. Please consult all Center for Disease Control  & Prevention (CDC) information on travel and restricted areas. Additionally, we want to remind everyone to  practice social distancing and reasonable isolation measures as part of our collective responsibility to curtail exposure and spread of COVID19.

    COVID-19 Exposure & Symptoms:  If you believe you have been in contact with persons who are COVID-19 positive or you are exhibiting symptoms, please contact your supervisor. DO NOT COME TO YOUR WORKSPACE to gather computers, or needed items, etc. We will arrange to retrieve any necessary items and get them to you.  Please be mindful as to your actions with focus on limiting spread/contact.

    Please turn to your direct supervisor for questions or clarifications and keep in mind that updates are rapidly changing as we adapt to our environment and recommendations from authorities. We ask for everyone’s cooperation, understanding, and patience as we continue to work to best serve everyone. Remember to visit cwi.edu/coronavirus for updates.

    Best Regards,

    President’s Cabinet:

    • Bert Glandon, President
    • Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost Instruction Administration
    • Craig Brown, EVP Operations
    • Mark Browning, VP, College Relations
    • Lillian Talley, VP, Human Resources
    • Tony Meatte, VP, Finance & Administration

    Continue to follow these guidelines:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
      • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
    • For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website
  • March 13, 2020 - Student Technology & Resources Information

    Amended April 17, 2020: All major cell phone providers have signed on to an FCC agreement making all Wireless Hotspots available to anyone regardless of carrier or contract.  As many of these hotspots are located in public areas, please observe social distancing and other precautions.

    Announcement – March 13, 2020

    CWI does not endorse any one of the following vendors or providers, this is meant as informational only.

    As we continue to have discussions surrounding COVID-19 and the possibility of moving some or all traditional courses to on-line or other remote formats, concerns have been raised regarding internet and computer access for students who do not currently have one or both for financial reasons.  Below are resources that may be available to our students who do not currently have/cannot afford internet access or computers which may be of assistance, particularly if courses are moved on-line for a period of time. 

    Please share these with your teams, students, organizations, etc. and anyone else you think may benefit from this info.

    Everyone-On:  Everyoneon.org provides location-specific resources based on zip code for discounted internet access either through local providers (Spectrum, Comcast, Etc) or through a non-profit (PCsforPeople) which provides prepaid wireless hotspots with unlimited data ($90 initial cost) with prepaid services for as low as $11.25 per month.  It also shares options for low-cost computers through PCsforPeople with options for refurbished computers as low as $60 which come pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro and have very reasonable prices for upgrades ($20 for an adtl. 1 TB hard-drive, $20 for MS Office Student to be preloaded, $25 for an LCD Monitor, etc).  They have similar offers for laptops starting at $99.  Finally, they provide information on local Digital Literacy Training Locations for students needing help getting their computers up and running.  These programs all have income eligibility requirements, but most require that students be under 200% of the Federal Poverty Line ($49,000 for a Family of 4, $25,520 Single) so it is a fairly broad definition, relatively speaking.  There are other ways to qualify as well, including SNAP eligibility, some military/veteran benefits, Medicaid participation, National School Lunch Program participation, etc.

    Computers For Kids:  For students not qualifying for PCsforPeople, Computers for Kids (cfkid.orgprovides computers for students k-14 with computers for at a reduced rate as well ($185 for desktops, $250 for laptops) however these come ready-to-go with monitors, peripherals, and preloaded with MS Office.  This program does not have income eligibility cut-offs but does require a copy of a student ID from a K-12 school or community college to be included with the application.

    FCC LifeLine: The FCC operates the Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers as part of the Universal Service Fund which provides assistance in paying for broadband internet access.  To qualify, students must be under 135% of the Federal Poverty Line ($17,226 single, $35,370 for a Family of 4) or utilize SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, receive Federal Public Housing Assistance, or fall under the Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit Programs.  This provides a $9.25 service credit to families to off-set the price of high-cost broadband internet.  The FCC has implemented a fairly easy on-line verification process that can be accessed at www.CheckLifeline.org which will give an immediate determination of eligibility for the program (there is also a paper form available, however it can take several weeks to be processed). 

    Provider-Specific Information: Below are links to provider-specific products and resources (usually between $10 - $20 per month of service) that may be helpful, particularly when combined with the FCC LifeLine Credit.  Each has different eligibility requirements, (though National School Lunch Program seems to be universal) and program inclusions and exclusions (Free installation, no equipment rental fees, no deposits, etc.).  This is not an endorsement of any particular companies or exclusion of others, this is simply information I was able to find about discounted programs from the largest service providers within CWI’s district area.

    Please reach out to the Student Affairs team if you need assistance in accessing these resources or need assistance.

    Chad M. Trisler

    Dean of Students
    College of Western Idaho
    Nampa Campus Willow Building C
    PO Box 3010, MS 2020
    Nampa ID 83653
    Office:  208.562.2106
    Email: chadtrisler@cwi.edu

  • March 12, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

    Email Distribution: March 12, 2020

    Dear CWI Community,

    In our on-going effort to balance effective student learning and college operations numerous accommodations are being made to adapt to our rapidly changing environment. Please know that CWI leadership is heavily engaged in minute by minute developments which are impacting all aspects of how we serve our students and communities. We ask for your cooperation, flexibility, and understanding as this situation is very fluid and so too must our approach be in mirroring these shifting circumstances.  For all updates and information visit cwi.edu/coronavirus.

    Programs

    All CWI Registered Nursing classes will move to online starting Fri., March 13, 2020.

    This move allows us to evaluate a number of different modalities as we prepare and test for the possibility of additional programs also incorporating full digital delivery, as well as minimize any potential exposure to high-risk persons.

    Events

    All CWI events on or off campus are suspended until 4/17/20.

    CWI Travel

    No business travel until further notice.

    Personal Travel

    CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. According to the CDC, the majority of cases of COVID-19 reported in the United States are travel-related.

    If you are planning to travel, you are strongly encouraged to check the following sites for up to date travel advice and information before departing:

    While CWI has not set requirements for personal travel, we strongly urge you to forgo travel to areas with active community transmission or high-risk areas as designated by the CDC.

    If you choose to travel to a country or a domestic area with widespread, sustained transmission, or sustained community spread as designated by the CDC; We encourage you to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time you left these areas. Please refer to the Workforce Guidance document located at cwi.edu/coronavirus.

    We are asking that all staff, faculty, and anyone associated with CWI please practice the highest levels of hygiene, and decision-making when considering travel. If you are traveling to locations within the United States that are experiencing active transmission, please exercise extreme caution and diligently monitor health symptoms upon your return. 

    Best Regards,

    Berton Glandon 

    And President’s Cabinet:

    • Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost Instruction Administration
    • Craig Brown, EVP Operations
    • Mark Browning, VP, College Relations
    • Lillian Talley, VP, Human Resources
    • Tony Meatte, VP, Finance & Administration

     

    Dr. Bert Glandon
    President
    College of Western Idaho
    Nampa Campus Administration Building
    6056 Birch Lane, Suite 201
    Nampa, ID 83687
    Main: (208) 562-3200
    Cell: (208) 866-5179
    Fax: (208) 562-3555
    bertglandon@cwi.edu
    www.cwi.edu

  • March 11, 2020 - Workforce Guidance Regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus

    Email: March 11, 2020 

    Good afternoon CWI employees,

    While the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is currently low, I want to address your questions and concerns about your well-being while at work.  CWI is following guidelines posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which we have posted on our CWI webpage.

    We want employees to use their health, wellness, and leave benefits to stay healthy or recover from sickness.  Though Idaho currently has no reported cases of the Coronavirus it is CWI’s desire to be proactive in planning and responsive to potential needs.  The following two options have been outlined as guidance for when an employee needs to stay home:

    Option 1:  Telecommuting
    Employees in some roles may have the option to continue working while on leave through the utilization of Telecommuting.  This should be discussed with your supervisor before a decision is made to allow an employee to telecommute.  If an employee requests the option to telecommute,  the manager will consult with Human Resources and take into consideration:

    • Job responsibilities.  The employee and manager will discuss the employee’s job responsibilities and determine if the job is appropriate for a telecommuting arrangement.
    • Equipment needs, workspace design considerations, and scheduling issues.  IT can provide VPN access for telecommuting with a helpdesk ticket.

    For more information on setting up telecommuting please refer to the Telecommuting and Flexible Work Schedule Policy (HR 320).

    Option 2: Leave of Absence
    Should an employee be unable to telecommute or unable to work due to the Coronavirus the option available to employees would be some form of Leave of Absence.  If an employee needs to take a leave as a result of the Coronavirus either for themselves or to care for a family member, they should speak with Human Resources so the appropriate leave can be administered. 

    Employees who are approved to take leave or stay home to avoid getting others sick and lack the necessary paid sick leave to cover the time away from work may be allowed to borrow against future sick leave accrual.  Employees and managers who find themselves in this situation should contact HR and Payroll to discuss this process.  Additionally, part-time, non-benefited employees who may be impacted should contact Human Resources to review options.   Remember our first concern is the health of our employees.  If you have questions please reach out to Human Resources for additional information.

    Additional recommendations:

    • Employees should stay home if they have a fever and cough and to seek care for severe respiratory distress and to not return to work until they are free of fever and other symptoms, such as frequent and severe coughing, for at least 24 hours without the use of medicines (e.g., aspirin and cough suppressants).
    • When considering travel, follow the CDC guidance.  CDC maintains a list of countries with U.S. travel restrictions based on community spread of COVID-19.
    • Employees do not need to provide documentation from their medical provider before taking leave related to COVID-19 and respiratory illness at this time, to avoid unnecessary stress on healthcare staff. 
    • The CDC encourages employees to use telehealth services rather than visiting a doctor's office or clinic to limit the spread of the virus.  Telehealth information can be found on the Office of Group Insurance homepage at https://ogi.idaho.gov/.
    • Maintain privacy regarding the medical conditions of employees and coworkers (potential or actual).
    • Consult HR and with your manager with questions or concerns.

    We understand that this is a rapidly evolving situation and new information may come over the next several weeks.  Updates will be made as needed and posted to the CWI webpage.

    Dr. Bert Glandon
    President

  • March 11, 2020 - Novel Coronavirus Guidance FAQ

    Email Attachment: March 11 2020

    Novel Coronavirus Guidance Frequently Asked Questions

    What is novel coronavirus?
    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause illness in people and some that are found in animals that can spread to humans. The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has not been seen in people before, so it is called new (novel). There are other known human coronaviruses that cause mild respiratory illnesses like the common cold, which more frequently occur in fall and winter.

    Coronaviruses are thought to spread from person to person, similar to other respiratory viruses such as through coughing, sneezing or talking. They might also be spread by touching a contaminated surface then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

    Idaho public health officials are monitoring the situation very closely and working with federal, state, and local partners. They are prepared to respond if someone is sick or has been exposed.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates its website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) nearly daily with the latest information. The World Health Organization is also a trusted source of information about COVID-19. For information on COVID-19 in Idaho, see Idaho’s novel coronavirus page, coronavirus.idaho.gov.

    Continue your current workplace practices and report to work as usual. Should an employee become ill, they should follow normal call-in procedures. 

    Where can I go for up-to-date information about coronavirus/COVID-19 in Idaho?

    Visit coronavirus.idaho.gov for updates, resources, and guidance for Idaho.

    What can I do to protect myself?
    he CDC recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with the crook of your elbow or a tissue; then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaner spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. (For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
    • If traveling, follow the CDC’s guidance for travelers.

    I am having flu-like symptoms. What should I do?
    You should stay home when you are sick to help prevent the spread of illness to others.
    If you need to seek medical care, call ahead to a healthcare provider if you:

    If an employee feels they do not need to be seen in-person by their doctor for an illness or concern, telehealth is an option. Visit ogi.idaho.gov to learn more about telehealth benefits. Using telehealth, when appropriate for your particular concern, can reduce your exposure to others, decrease wait times, and provide access to an additional number of healthcare providers.

    All CWI employees enrolled in the state’s medical plan have access to telehealth through MD Live, as well as enrolled family members. Visit ogi.idaho.gov to learn more about your telehealth options.

    Can I wear a facemask at work to help prevent infection from coronavirus?
    The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

    What kinds of environmental precautions should employees take for conference rooms and shared equipment?
    Like influenza and the common cold, the CDC states that it may be possible that a person can get COVID19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. 

    The CDC recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases which includes cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaner or disinfecting wipes.

    What are my telecommuting options if I would like to work from home? 
    Talk with your supervisor about telecommuting options for you. If you are sick, let your work know and stay home. If you or a family member become ill with COVID-19, follow the advice of public health.

    CWI will be reviewing additional recommendations regarding telecommuting and administrative leave in the event of prolonged school closures that may result from COVID-19.

    Can I request to work in a position with less interpersonal contact until the concerns with COVID-19 are resolved?
    Generally, no. However, if you are an employee with a qualified FMLA condition, please consult with your human resources representative to explore possible accommodations.

    I went on a vacation and was isolated by public health officials for two weeks after my planned vacation. What should I do? 
    Although you are isolated, the expectation is that you contact your supervisor or Human Resources and notify them of your status and anticipated return to work. In this scenario, you may be able to use sick leave and FMLA, if eligible, or other accrued leave.

    Can I impose a self-isolation on myself after traveling abroad?
    You should discuss your concerns with Human Resources, and they will base their recommendations on advice from public health.

    What if a co-worker is showing signs of illness and is still coming to work?
    At this time, most people in the United States have little immediate risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 and the risk in Idaho is considered low.

    Employees should follow normal call-in procedures and stay home anytime they are sick to help prevent the spread of illness to others. If you are concerned about a co-worker showing signs of illness and still coming to work, talk to your supervisor or HR. Nonetheless, employees need to be cautious to ensure that they are not violating their co-worker’s rights, discriminating against them, and/or interfering with their privacy.

    Will I be covered under worker’s compensation if I contract COVID-19 from a co-worker?
    Anytime you believe you have acquired an illness at work, either you or your supervisor should complete and submit the First Report of Injury. The State Insurance Fund will review your claim and determine whether worker’s compensation applies.

    Am I required to help a customer (student, staff, faculty or visitor) who is showing signs of COVID-19 or another communicable disease?
    In some circumstances, employees have a right to refuse to perform their work if they believe it is not safe to do so. Employees should discuss their concerns with their supervisor and/or Human Resources.

    Additional information is available through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration website. Employees with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act may also have additional options available to them.

    I am scheduled to travel for work. Can I choose not to go due to COVID-19?
    Check with your supervisor to determine if your travel is necessary. In some circumstances, employees have a right to refuse to perform their work if they believe it is not safe to do so. Additional information is available through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration website.

    Where can I go for support related to my stress, anxiety, and fears related to the coronavirus?
    The current coronavirus outbreak and constant media coverage can be anxiety-producing. While it is important to stay informed, there are things we can do to manage our mental well-being:

    Are there additional resources?
    The 2-1-1 CareLine is available to field coronavirus questions by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588. The Southwest District Health Department also established a hotline for coronavirus, which can be reached at (208) 455-5411 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Please check your local health districts for their hours.

  • March 6, 2020 - Information for Students

    Email: Students March 6, 2020

    To all Students,

    The College of Western Idaho, like other institutions across the globe, is actively engaged in efforts to understand, prepare for, and mitigate the impacts of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). I write to you today to share specific information:

    1. Risk and Prevention Methods
    2. CWI Health and Cleanliness Efforts
    3. Student Resources
    4. Community Values
    5. COVID-19 Management

    Risk & Prevention

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers this new virus a public health concern, based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC and World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

    The CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus and to take these regular precautions for any flu-like illness:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    CWI Health & Cleanliness Efforts

    We have an amazing team of professionals who are working daily to keep our facilities not only in good working order, but also clean and free of health hazards. In addition to following recommendations by the CDC, our facilities staff have implemented the following protocol for the foreseeable future:

    • Disinfecting surfaces twice daily (handrails, doorknobs, light switches, elevator buttons, restroom surfaces, etc.)
    • Procuring additional disinfectant dispensers for various buildings and sanitizing wipe stations for computer labs
    • Daily discussion of CDC procedures and verification of cleaning chemicals in relation to CDC standards

    Student Resources

    We know that some in our community have family and friends that are directly impacted by COVID-19. If you'd like to process this information and your emotions, please seek out a trusted faculty member, Student Success Advisor, or anyone at CWI with whom you have a connection. If you're not sure who to contact, please start with your advisor or the Dean of Students, in Willow C, across the parking lot from the Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB).

    Community Values

    CWI strives to create a campus community with a richly diverse intellectual and social environment where opportunity, equity and protection are afforded to all. Instances such as COVID-19 and the relevant global impacts should foster in each of us more support, a greater capacity for compassion, and a deeper respect for one another. Attempting to provide calm in the midst of this storm by utilizing humor may be seen as insensitive, so please take responsibility for creating an inclusive environment as we all address this urgent situation.

    If you see someone wearing a mask, do not assume that the individual wearing it has symptoms or is at risk. Wearing a mask is a widespread preventive habit in a variety of countries and cultures, and is most often viewed as a gesture of consideration for others.

    COVID-19 Management

    From the earliest reports of the novel coronavirus, College officials have been discussing mitigation efforts. Such conversations continue now on a daily basis through both the Crisis Management Team and Crisis Communications Team. These individuals will keep students, faculty, staff, and our communities informed about ongoing considerations that include continuity of course delivery, enrollment contingencies, event management, travel, and the like. Updates will be shared as events evolve.

    As of this writing, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Idaho, but we've already felt the impacts of these very real concerns.

    Thank you for your continued patience as we do our best to provide a safe and healthy environment for learning. Thanks also for your diligence and vigilance as you adhere to the recommendations from the CDC regarding preventative measures. I am confident that as a CWI community we will continue to be an outstanding network of support for each other as we navigate this challenging situation.

    Sincerely,
    Patrick Tanner
    Assistant Vice President
    Enrollment & Student Services
    patricktanner@cwi.edu

  • March 6, 2020 - Facilities Additional Cleaning Protocols

    Email: Building Administrators March 6 2020

    The Division of Facilities Planning and Management Operations Team are taking greater precautions with the threat of the Coronavirus. The following steps are being taken in addition to regular cleaning routines.

    • Disinfecting the following surfaces twice per day when possible.
      • Handrails
      • Drinking fountains
      • Door touch plates and knobs
      • Door lock stiles
      • All restroom surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant except mirrors
      • Light switches
      • Elevator control panels
      • Table tops are limited to once per day as many classrooms are occupied during our custodial first shift
    • In addition to the extra disinfecting steps, we are addressing our teams daily through email communication or one on one coaching sessions.
      • We discuss the current state of the Coronavirus
      • Review prevention procedures as directed by the CDC
      • Verify our cleaning chemicals and materials are rated to the CDC standards and in good condition
    • Areas cleaned by contract cleaning.
      • At the request of CWI here is an expert from Clearview Cleaning to CWI facilities. 
        • During our normal cleaning procedures Clearview Cleaning employees clean all high touch surfaces such as light switches, door handles, drinking fountain handles, faucets, flush handles, elevator buttons, and handrails and so on. These surfaces are cleaned and then wiped with a disinfectant as a final step and left to air dry for maximum dwell time and kill rate. We are using a hospital-grade disinfectant, which qualifies under the EPA Emerging Viral Pathogen protocol as being effective against the COVID 19 Coronavirus strain.
        • Please note **our staff does not disinfect electronics such as keyboards or the computer mouse. These are the responsibility of the user. (Any good disinfectant wipe can be used.)
    • An audit was performed on all our disinfectant dispensers located throughout the campus. 
      • All units were tested for functionality and to assure they were filled with the proper product.
      • 16 additional dispensers were ordered for various buildings to provide convenient coverage to our students,  faculty and staff.
      • 22 Sanitizing wipe stations were ordered to place in computer labs.

    These steps will help reduce risk but cannot guarantee the campus will remain free from the Coronavirus.  We have limited staff and it is impossible to disinfect every table top, keyboard or door knob after every use. To further reduce the threat of this virus, the following is strongly recommended;

    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 second intervals.
    • Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you.
    • Wipe down keyboards and mice with a sanitizing wipe or spray with Lysol before using.
    • Use sanitizing wipes on door handles and other frequently touched surfaces.
    • Be vigilant and educate yourself about the Coronavirus.

    Facilities Planning and Management

  • March 6, 2020 - Campus Operations

    Email Distribution: March 6 2020

    Dear Colleagues,

    While there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the State of Idaho, global and regional conditions are evolving rapidly.  In response, College of Western Idaho (CWI) has mobilized a number of focused efforts to prepare for a range of possible impacts on campus community members and operations. 

    The purpose of this email is to bring you into that planning process, relative to instructional and department-level activities. 

    Specifically, we want to address three important issues:

    1. Accommodating student absence
    2. Preparing for alternative instructional delivery
    3. Developing unit, division, and departmental continuity of operations plans

    1.  Carriers of the COVID-19 virus can be asymptomatic, so monitoring and controlling exposure is of critical importance to the prevention of transmission.  More important yet, an individual who exhibits symptoms of the virus is advised by CDC guidelines to self-isolate for fourteen days, except to receive medical care.  Because this is potentially a global-scale pandemic scenario, faculty must implement appropriately adjusted attendance protocols, to minimize the risk of infection of others.  We cannot create any disincentive for potentially infected individuals to voluntarily isolate themselves.  Therefore, course-specific attendance requirements must be adjusted to remove any deterrent, while also providing support for an absent student's course progress.

    2.  CWI is in a great position to be able to conduct many of our face-to-face classes in an online environment if necessary. Currently, all CWI Academic Transfer, Career and Technical, Workforce Development, and Dual Credit classes all have a Blackboard course shell and our faculty make great use of this option through their online and hybrid courses. However, in order to support any students who are self-isolating due to possible exposure, and to prepare for a situation that requires vacating premises, (temporarily creating a situation where employees must work from home) all instructors must be prepared to move course content and assignments online in programs that allow.  We realize the online environment may not facilitate the programs that require hands-on and lab components.  A plan for making up the missed lab and hands-on components will need to be prepared by affected schools.  Faculty who would like to discuss specific contingency plans in moving content online are encouraged to reach out to the Center for Teaching and Learning by email at ctl@cwi.edu.

    3.  If one or more members of a department experience an extended absence, due to exposure or confirmed infection, or because of voluntary isolation, it will likely become necessary to adjust the level of work being done in the department.  Knowing which services and activities to suspend in which order of priority – and how the remaining responsibilities are distributed among the remaining staff – forms the basis of a continuity of operations plan (COOP).  Some areas on campus already have a formal COOP worked out, but most do not.  Units, divisions, and departments should begin to devise a COOP, should it become necessary to adjust workloads due to absences.

    The thought of a global-scale pandemic can be overwhelming, particularly when considered in light of the profound complexities involved in executing the mission and day-to-day work of a college like ours.  We want to assure you that concentrated efforts are underway to assist affected students, employees, and units, today and on an ongoing basis.  We encourage you to remain engaged and informed as we work through this evolving situation together. 

    You can expect additional communication from CWI regarding other aspects of our work and life on campus, as they might be affected by COVID-19. In addition, all communications in regard to the Coronavirus Disease, will be housed at cwi.edu/coronavirus.

    Thank you,

    CWI Crisis Management Team

    • Bert Glandon, President
    • Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost Instruction Administration
    • Craig Brown, EVP Operations
    • Mark Browning, VP, College Relations
    • Lillian Talley, VP, Human Resources
    • Tony Meatte, VP, Finance & Administration
    • Jeff Flynn, Executive Director, Facilities Planning & Management
  • March 3, 2020 - Bulletin COVID-19

    Email Attachment: March 3, 2020

    College of Western Idaho (CWI) is actively monitoring information regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19); we are committed to keeping our campus community informed.

    COVID-19, is primarily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes and through close contact (within 6 feet) of someone that is infected. It may be possible to be infected by touching infected surfaces then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

    CWI is currently taking a proactive approach by implementing:

    • Closely monitoring the Health Department and Center for Disease Control and is following recommendations for the control and prevention of COVID-19.
    • Increasing cleaning and disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces during cold and flu season and will continue the practice during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Providing trash receptacles for used tissues in classrooms and other common areas.
    • Providing adequate hand washing supplies and easily available hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol in corridors and common areas.

    Guidelines for CWI departments and community to prevent the spread of infection:

    • Have tissues and hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol available.
    • Encourage staff and students to stay home when they are sick. Call your medical provider and seek care for fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Encourage employees and students to not return to campus until at least 24 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine (Tylenol, Advil, etc.).
    • Practice and encourage prevention strategies to those around you, see attached fliers.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, when visibly dirty, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Practice respiratory hygiene
      • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
      • Dispose of the tissue in the nearest waste receptacle.
      • Clean hands after contact with respiratory secretions or contaminated objects/materials.
    • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, and mouth).
    • Avoid sharing food, drinks, cosmetics or personal care items (lip balm, eye drops, etc.)

    Above guidelines published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    For additional information, please follow these resources:

  • March 3, 2020 - Coronavirus Information & Resources Memo

    Email Distribution:  March 3, 2020

    MEMO:

    To all Faculty and Staff,

    College of Western Idaho (CWI) is actively monitoring information regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19); we are committed to keeping our campus community informed.

    The Coronavirus bulletin (attached) includes great information related to CWI’s proactive approach and guidelines for CWI departments to help prevent the spread of infection. In addition, two fliers are attached which help communicate symptoms and prevention. The bulletin and fliers may be found in these locations:

    • Attached to this email
    • Distributed across all campus locations
    • Included in the newsroom

    Please find below and attached additional resources to help you stay informed:

  • February 28, 2020 - General Information Regarding Coronavirus

    Published Bert's Alerts: February 28, 2020

    IDAHO MONITORING AND TRACKING OF CORONAVIRUS - Information provided by Central District Health, updated 2/27/2020. 

    Idaho remains at zero confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. Public health officials and community partners are monitoring this outbreak closely and are coordinating and communicating accordingly.

    Though COVID-19 is a new (novel) coronavirus, disease outbreaks are not new territory in public health, and Central District Health has response plans, relationships and agreements in place within our jurisdiction to respond accordingly. A big part of that is working with community partners – from county emergency managers, to area hospitals, law enforcement, first responders, local and state public health, our year-round relationships and planning for potential outbreaks are critical in times like this, where an outbreak can rapidly change direction.

    Public health officials want people to be aware so they can take appropriate precautions. We’re asking people to follow steps they may already be taking for flu – stay home if you’re sick, avoid sick people, and cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue (not your hands). Wash your hands frequently, especially after you have been in the public and touched door handles, stair railings, money, grocery carts, elevator buttons, and other items that people may also have touched.

    Idaho Southwest District Health Department will communicate directly with CWI regarding implementing additional preventive measures, if needed. CWI would then share the necessary communication with our community as appropriate.

    To reiterate, at this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Idaho. College of Western Idaho is actively consulting and following these resources:

    Additional Resources in Idaho Idaho Department of Health and Welfare COVID - 19 webpage
    Guidance for Idaho Schools

    National Center For disease Control (CDC) - for up-to-date information on the 2019 coronavirus.
    Johns Hopkins University has set up a disease spread mapping application tracking the Wuhan coronavirus in real-time.

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