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MEDIA ALERT: Waukesha County Technical College relaxes mask requirements for vaccinated staff, faculty and students

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PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Tuesday, May 18, 2021) – Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), starting today Waukesha County Technical College will no longer require students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear masks while on the main Pewaukee or Waukesha campuses. Additionally, social distancing will no longer need to be practiced by those who are fully vaccinated. For individuals who have not been vaccinated or are considered high risk, however, face coverings are highly recommended.

“The CDC’s most recent updates affect several components of the College’s Covid-19 safety protocols,” said Richard Barnhouse, Ph.D. WCTC president. “We are following the CDC’s lead and are no longer requiring those who are fully vaccinated to wear masks or other face coverings. If the CDC changes its recommendations, the College will reevaluate its Covid-19 protocols and adjust accordingly.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic in spring 2020, WCTC has been diligent in adjusting its operations to protect members of the WCTC community and reduce the spread of Covid-19. This has included limiting campus hours and access; a shift in course delivery options; the utilization of alternative technologies in place of in-person meetings; strict safety, cleaning and disinfecting practices; and implementing face covering and social distancing guidelines.

The College has been slowly opening its campuses in stages and will be fully open to students, staff, faculty and the public in August. As part of the fall reset and return to campus, WCTC is looking forward to welcoming back students with in-person classes and labs at pre-COVID-19 levels, business hours returning to normal and support services being available in person. Additionally, classes will also be offered in online and hybrid formats.

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