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COVID-19 Information

Stay Updated
COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Important Update 11.24.20

Good afternoon Brightwater students,

First, I want to wish all of you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. As we all prepare to celebrate the upcoming holiday with our families, our loved ones and friends, I want to let you know what to expect when you come back to Brightwater during the week of November 30, 2020. We will be shifting class to an online format beginning Monday, Nov. 30th through Friday, Dec. 4th and will resume in-person classes on Monday, Dec. 7th.

Please look for a communication from your instructors about your individual classes and how you will log onto the Microsoft Teams meetings associated with those classes. Your instructors will be covering valuable course materials and will be taking attendance during this shift to online delivery. We look forward to seeing everyone back safe and healthy when we return to in-person classes on Dec. 7th.

Brightwater has made this decision out of an abundance of caution for your safety and the safety of the staff and faculty. If you are traveling, please take a moment to read and follow the guidance below from the NWACC Public Relations team.

- Marshall Shafkowitz, Executive Director

As the holidays approach, please remember that traveling and attending large gatherings can be high risk for exposure to COVID-19 and spreading COVID-19. According to the CDC, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Learn more on the CDC website.

When returning to campus after a holiday break, be mindful of any possible COVID-19 exposure or symptoms, and do not come to campus if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have reason to believe you have been exposed to any positive persons.

To understand the risk level of attending events, given size and location, feel free to use COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool.

If you have experienced ANY of the following: 

  • Symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 and/or
  • May have been exposed to (in close contact with) another person who has tested positive to COVID-19.

DO NOT come to campus until you have been directed to do so by the Dean of Students office (if student) or Human Resources (if an employee).

If you are a student:

  • Report this information by emailing the Dean of Students office at deanofstudents@nwacc.edu
  • Email your instructor(s) to let them know you have experienced one (or more) of the items on the list above and cannot come to campus

If you are an employee: 

  • Report this information by emailing Human Resources at COVIDhelp@nwacc.edu
  • If you are an instructor and have an in-person/face-to-face class on campus, notify your students that the class is moving online or to remote synchronous.

If your job or clinical rotation for your degree requires that you be exposed to those with COVID-19 (such as a job in health care), and you wear the proper PPE, there’s no need for you to report exposure to HR or Dean of Students.

Please note that if you send an email to Dean of Students/HR after business hours, on the weekend, or during a holiday break, there may be a delay in response but you will still get a response. More COVID-19 information can be found at  www.nwacc.edu/coronavirus.

 

Brightwater Safety Protocols 

In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Brightwater has implemented the following safety protocols:

  • The college's facility is currently closed to the public.
  • Class sizes have been reduced from 16 students to 12.
  • Masks are mandatory for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Any person who enters the building must complete a digital contact tracing form and have their temperature taken.

Brightwater is a deparment of NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC). For more information on NWACC's response to COVID-19, visit their coronavirus web page.

NWACC's COVID-19 Website

 
Protocol for
Culinary, Baking & Pastry and Ignite Students 

Entering the building:

  • Students will enter at the back of 8th street market.
  • Your instructor will open the door to let you into the labs.

While you wait:

  • There is a sign on the door with a link and a QR code. On your mobile device, type the link or scan the QR code to access and complete the required contact tracing form.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others.

As you enter:

  • You must be wearing a Brightwater-approved mask to enter the labs or classrooms. Brightwater will supply each student with one mask on the first day of class. Students must purchase any additional approved masks from the NWACC bookstore.
  • Your instructor will take your temperature before you enter the building. If you have a temperature of 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit or above, you will not be allowed to enter the building. Your instructor will work with you to ensure you are able to complete your coursework remotely.
  • You will go directly to your classroom where you will work at an assigned station.
  • You will put on a face shield in addition to your mask. Face shields stay in designated classrooms and are disinfected daily.


Butchery and Seasonal
Students

Entering the building:

  • Students will enter through the side door near the patio. 
  • Your instructor will open the door to let you into the building.

While you wait:

  • There is a sign on the door with a link and a QR code. On your mobile device, type the link or scan the QR code to access and complete the required contact tracing form.
  • Stay 6 feet apart from others.

As you enter:

  • You must be wearing a Brightwater-approved mask to enter the labs or classrooms. Brightwater will supply each student with one mask on the first day of class. Students must purchase any additional approved masks from the NWACC bookstore.
  • Your instructor will take your temperature before you enter the building. If you have a temperature of 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit or above, you will not be allowed to enter the building. Your instructor will work with you to ensure you are able to complete your coursework remotely.
  • You will go directly to your classroom where you will work at an assigned station.
  • You will put on a face shield in addition to your mask. Face shields stay in designated classrooms and are disinfected daily.

 

Questions?

Email brightwater@nwacc.edu or text 479-323-2928.