Updated May 4, 2020 at 4 pm
Like people and organizations across Wisconsin, the Nicolet College community is doing its part to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Our first priority, of course, is safety. To that end we are closely following the terms of the Governor’s Safer at Home Orders which now extend to May 26, 2020. Both Orders and an FAQ page can be found here.
Our second priority is to continue delivering Nicolet programs and services to the extent possible. Although College facilities are closed to the public and face to face services are suspended, the Governor’s Order allows Nicolet College to remain open for instruction and related services in a virtual environment.
We are monitoring the situation daily and will continue monitoring the situation and will post updates on this page. In the meantime, we’ll do our best to answer all of your questions. Please refer to our frequently asked questions page, send us an email anytime email@example.com or call 715.365.4493.
Businesses and their employees are feeling the impact of the pandemic too. We’re hearing from students who are suddenly out of work and without income because of closures and falling demand for certain goods and services. In response, the Nicolet College Foundation has established a Student Emergency Assistance fund to help them cover basic living expenses.
- If you are in a position to help, I guarantee your gift couldn’t be more welcome or more impactful. Donations may be made online or by mail to: Nicolet College Foundation, P.O. Box 518, Rhinelander, WI 54501.
- If you are a student in serious financial need, apply for help here or call 715.365.4493
Links to reliable sources of global, U.S and Wisconsin information can be found below. Thank you for staying informed, for working together to keep our friends and neighbors safe, and for your help in moving us forward with determined optimism.
- In accordance with Governor Evers’ Safer at Home Order, all Nicolet College employees are expected to work from home as of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 25 until 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 26 or until it is superseded.
- Wisconsin has developed a plan, called The Badger Bounce Back, to reduce the number of COVID-190 cases, increase the capacity of our health care system, and proceed with a phased reopening of businesses. The WEDC has published a convenient summary of Required Safe Business Practices.
- The Governor’s order allows three exceptions. Employees may work on campus if such work is required to:
(1) facilitate distance learning, or
(2) maintain minimum basic operations, including security and payroll, or
(3) perform other essential functions
- As many of us are new to remote work, we have a terrific resource guide here: https://nicoletcollege.libguides.com/RemoteWorking#s-lg-page-section-7390220
- As we adapt and make do to get our work done, we can also become more vulnerable to cyber-scams and attacks. Our IT team is ready to answer your questions. A fact sheet on how to work securely from home from SANS.org (a cybersecurity training company) can be viewed and downloaded here: https://security-awareness.sans.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/02-SSA-WorkingFromHome-FactSheet.pdf.
- Employees who believe their work falls under one of the exemptions should obtain verification from their supervisor or a member of the Executive Leadership Team prior to coming on campus.
- Employees doing essential work on campus must depart campus upon completing that work.
- Employees should perform essential work on campus between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. unless responding to an urgent need.
- All Nicolet College facilities are presently closed to public access. Buildings are locked and face-to-face services are unavailable until further notice.
- College personnel will be available to provide assistance online and by telephone, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Call 715.365.4493 with questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students with questions specific to their classes or schedules are encouraged to contact their instructors, an advisor or call/email as noted above.
- All face-to-face instruction, on campus and off, is suspended until further notice.
- Online classes are continuing and face to face classes have been adapted for remote delivery wherever possible. Instruction will remain in this delivery mode until at least May 26, 2020. We recognize that not all instruction can be delivered online. Students should monitor their College email for further information from their instructors, advisors and the College.
- The Nicolet College Board Appointment Committee meetings, scheduled for March 23 will be rescheduled as soon as practicable and appropriate notice will be provided.
- All forms of College-sponsored travel are prohibited except for essential travel as defined in the Governor’s Safer at Home Orders.
- All travelers may be subject to self-isolation prior to returning to the workplace.
- All travelers must make a good faith effort to comply with social distancing requirements at all times.
- Nicolet College expects all employees to comply with the Governor’s Safer at Home Orders, which prohibit all non-essential travel.
- Social distancing is the most effective way to protect yourself and others. When you must go out, take extra care to avoid places and situations where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
- Employees who travel out-of-state are prohibited from returning to the workplace until after a completing a self-isolation period of 14 calendar days or presenting documentation of negative results on a government approved COVID-19 test. Essential travel to adjacent counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is excluded.
- Employees who have immediate family members or cohabitants who have traveled out-of-state are prohibited from returning to the workplace until after a completing a self-isolation period of 14 calendar days or presenting documentation of negative results on an approved COVID-19 test. Essential travel to adjacent counties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is excluded.
- Employees who have had contact with an infected person or who believe they have had such contact or who show COVID-19 symptoms are expected to immediately self-isolate, contact a health care provider, and follow all instructions exactly.
EVENTS & GATHERINGS
- All Nicolet College events, on campus and off, are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
- Face-to-face gatherings on College grounds, except as permitted under the Governor’s Safer at Home Order, are prohibited until further notice.
EMERGENCY STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The Nicolet College Foundation announced a new Emergency Financial Assistance Application: https://nicoletcollege.tfaforms.net/96
If you can help a student in financial need, please follow this link to donate:
STATE, NATIONAL, & GLOBAL INFORMATION
World Health Organization (WHO)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
News, resources, and information from the CDC
Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
General information on COVID-19
Current information on the status of the outbreak in Wisconsin
UW-Madison Center for Health Enhancement System Studies
Information, support and resources organized in seven sections: Resource Center, Covid-19 Fact Checker, Calming, Coping, All About Covid-19, Prevent and Protect, and Discussion Rooms. Mobile apps for Android and IOS to be out soon.
Nicolet College COVID-19 FAQs
Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
Vilas County Public Health Services
Oneida County Health Department
Lac du Flambeau Tribe Community Update
Forest County Potawatomi Community
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMSHA) - National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Northwoods Business Resources
The GRID at Nicolet College: https://www.nicoletcollege.edu/business-industry/grid
Vilas County Economic Development Corp.: https://www.vilascountyedc.org/covid-19-business-resources/
Remote Working Blog
LINKS TO NICOLET COLLEGE COVID19 UPDATES