LATEST UPDATE: March 25, 2020
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
Late yesterday Fort Bend County Judge KP George issued a stay-at-home order to help to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020 and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 3. Only essential businesses are to remain open. This means that only essential employees and only students with a scheduled appointment to utilize the open computer lab, engineering design lab, and testing services will be allowed to report to Wharton County Junior College’s Richmond campus. Those employees deemed essential for the Richmond campus have been notified by the vice president over their area.
Since Wharton County Junior College has already been operating with essential staff, we are prepared to comply with the order. Information is provided below for students regarding scheduled appointments to allow them to be on the Richmond and Wharton campuses:
Open Computer Labs
For students with limited/no computer or internet access, WCJC will have Open Computer Labs available for use at our Wharton, Richmond, Bay City, and Northside locations Monday through Friday from 9am - 2pm.
Students who need to use the computer lab at the Wharton or Richmond locations must schedule a reservation using one of the following links. Reservations are limited to an hour at a time. Space is limited.
Engineering Design Labs
Engineering design students will be communicated with directly by their instructors for use of the engineering design lab.
We encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on steps to prevent illness, symptoms, and what to do if you are sick. It is important that everyone follows safe distancing practices and sanitation practices to prevent the spread of the virus. Please stay home if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of illness.
Please find below a recap of information already provided to you as well as updates:
- As of today, March 25, the college's administration has not been notified of any student or employee confirmed with having COVID-19.
- College facilities are closed to the public.
- Students may schedule open computer lab sessions online and engineering design students will be contacted by instructors for engineering design lab use.
- Beginning today, March 25, a stay-at-home-order is in effect for Fort Bend County until April 3. Only essential personnel and students registered for open computer lab and engineering design lab use may be on the Richmond campus. No additional persons are allowed to be on the Richmond campus without written permission by a vice president.
- Protocols are being developed to monitor points of entry for the Richmond campus.
- 16-week courses resume online on March 30.
- The May mini term, summer I and summer II terms, and fall semester are on schedule for registration and class start dates. If necessary, instruction will continue to be provided online. Please review Catalogs and Schedules for details and revised dates.
- Barnes & Noble has closed its on-campus bookstores at the Richmond and Wharton campuses until April 6. Students may purchase books online with Barnes & Noble by accessing the College Bookstore webpage.
- Shipping fees have been waived for WCJC students through April 3. Information is subject to change, so please continue to monitor the bookstore webpage for updates.
As we all work through challenges during this time, I would like to personally thank our employees, students, and the community for your patience and commitment to the institution. Please know that the measures we have taken are in the best interest of everyone to keep the college community safe and prevent the broader spread of the virus.
Betty A. McCrohan