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First day of class for Western Technical College students

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The first day of school at WTC is much different than last semester. The hallways at school were barren with few students walking around campus.

Dr. Roger Stanford, President of Western Technical College, said enrollment figures show that more than half of the students are taking online classes. The remainder of the students attend classes every other day.

Faculty and students on campus must take daily temperature checks at one of the check-in stations on campus. Students are asked to stand in front of a no-contact temperature check machine and then use their smartphone to answer safety questions. If students do not have a smartphone, they can answer questions on cards.

"We trust students to do the right thing and get checked every day. Temperature checks help stop the spread of the virus," Stanford said. "We are aware that this is going to be different for kids, and we are in this together to get used to this new normal. We are handling things as best as we can."

The WTC campus is typically open for all, but Stanford said indoor areas are for students and staff only during the pandemic.

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford is a multi-media journalist.

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