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Student COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Response: It is recommended for all students and employees to get vaccinated. Due to the current high spread status, WDT is encouraging all students and employees to wear masks. Please follow this guide should you test positive for COVID-19 or come into close contact with a positive case of COVID-19.

Western Dakota Technical College's (WDT) current student COVID-19 protocol:
  • Vaccination:
    • We strongly recommend students get the COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccinations are available at many locations free of charge, including pharmacies in the region. 
    • COVID-19 vaccination location information is available from the SD Department of Health here:  https://doh.sd.gov/Covid/Vaccine/ProviderMap/default.aspx
  • If you have COVID-19 Symptoms:
    • If you have any COVID 19 symptoms, especially if you are NOT vaccinated, stay off-campus and get a COVID-19 test.
    • Follow the directions of your health care provider based on your test results and vaccination status and keep your teachers informed of absences.
    • Check with your teacher or your course syllabus for attendance expectations and the impact of absences on your grades and program completion.
  • If NOT FULLY VACCINATED & Exposed to COVID-19:
    • Contact your health care provider, take a COVID-19 test, and stay off campus until cleared to return by your health care provider.
    • Keep your teachers informed of absences. 
    • Check with your teacher or your course syllabus for attendance expectations and the impact of absences on your grades and program completion.
  • Wearing masks/face coverings:
    • Western Dakota Technical College HIGHLY recommends that students, employees, and campus visitors wear masks at all times while on campus to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. We are asking you to wear your mask while on campus in an indoor setting. These efforts will:
      • Help prevent the spread of illness
      • Keep campus open helping all students step closer to graduation (and avoid the move to virtual!)
      • Prevent mask mandates in upcoming weeks
  • Social Distancing:
    • Students who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to maintain social distancing while on campus.
  • Hand Washing:
    • Frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer are recommended.
  • Sanitizing:
    • We will continue high levels of sanitizing, including sanitizing rooms and offices after a known COVID-19 case, as well as high levels of sanitizing in bathrooms and all other areas of campus.
    • Hand sanitizing stations will continue being available throughout the facilities.
    • Signs will be posted if classes or labs are moved to other rooms.  
If the situation with COVID-19 requires changes to the protocols listed above, students will be notified. Please continue to watch your student email for any updates.
  • Delta Variant
    • Spreads 5 to 6 times faster than the other version of COVID-19
    • Tends to affect young people (Monument testing records show a spike in the 25-29 age group with 19.2% positive and 30-39 age group with 26.4% positive)
    • Local hospital ICU’s are full, so even if you don’t get COVID-19, we all need to hope that we are not in any serious accidents or experience an illness that would require ICU care.

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