If you have any questions pertaining to the College's response to Coronavirus or any updates, please email us at email@example.com
June 29, 2020
In an effort to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, the College has implemented instructional methods for the fall 2020 semester that will limit face-to-face contact. When viewing the fall 2020 schedule in Schedule Planner, each course has an instructional method listed. The instructional methods and definitions are:
- TRAD – traditional on-ground courses. This includes courses that will be held on campus and clinical rotations that are held at area hospitals.
- HYBR – hybrid courses that are a combination of on-ground and online learning. On-ground class meetings will be held until the Thanksgiving break. After Thanksgiving break, these courses will finish the semester online.
- ONLA – online asynchronous courses will be held completely online.
- ONLS – online synchronous courses will be held online with virtual class meetings at designated days and times.
Any courses held face-to-face will be required to adhere to social distancing and class sizes will be monitored. The College will continue to monitor the pandemic and make changes as necessary.
May 28, 2020
CARES ACT Student Grants - 30-day report
West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) was awarded $366,159 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. WVNCC provided emergency financial aid grants to students to comply with section 18004 (c) of the CARES Act. The grants were expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).
In accordance with Department of Education guidelines, it was determined that any student eligible for Title IV funds would be eligible to receive these funds. The estimated total number of students that could be eligible was 900. Of the 900, 805 were actually eligible for distribution on May 13, 2020.
WVNCC had notified all students of the CARES Act student grants through a regular student newsletter distributed via email. The information was also posted on the WVNCC website on its ‘Coronavirus Update’ page, which is highlighted at the top of the College’s homepage. These communications highlighted the eligibility requirements, instructions on how to apply for eligibility and contact numbers to two top-level administrators for questions. Furthermore, 74 students who were not immediately eligible, but were identified as most likely eligible if a FAFSA was completed, received an email invitation to complete the process in attempt to make as many students eligible as possible.
WVNCC opted to distribute funds to the 805 students who were eligible on May 13, 2020. Each student’s grant amount would be equivalent to 1.) 50% of the College’s student activity fee ($18.75) plus 2.) 50% of the College’s Facility Fee ($40.00) plus 3.) 50% of the student’s program fee (varies by student), plus 4.) $26.75 per credit hour enrolled on March 13, 2020. Calculations of this grant distribution totaled $366,307.25.
BankMobile, WVNCC’s third-party partner engaged to distribute financial aid refunds, was contracted to execute the distribution. All students were notified at the beginning of the school year instructing them on how to establish a preferred method for receipt of funds, i.e. direct deposit or check, from BankMobile. In the email alerting students of the distribution, directions were provided on how a student could update the preferred delivery method if desired.
BankMobile confirmed the distribution to 805 students in the amount of $366,307.25, and average of $455.04. There were 647 direct deposits and 158 pending checks. The checks are slated to be sent on approximately June 1, 2020. The 158 students expecting checks were emailed on May 13, 2020, and provided directions on changing their preferred delivery method if they wished to receive their funds sooner than provided by a paper check.
WVNCC has acted with due diligence to the best of its ability and current knowledge to satisfy all requirement and will continue in this manner.
May 15, 2020
Dear students - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided eligible WVNCC students’ emergency grants from the federal government for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). WVNCC’s obligation was to determine the amount of grant funds for each eligible student and distribute the funds. Though WVNCC used familiar costs, such as fees, to calculate each student’s grant, these funds were not refunds; the formula used was based on WVNCC's current fees.
All CARES funding has been distributed. WVNCC's student fees remain in effect and will appear on financial statements and bills. The College will continue to provide all services either on campus or virtually to ensure a holistic College experience.
May 7, 2020
West Virginia Northern will receive approximately $732k from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a federal stimulus package enacted to provide relief to higher education. Funds from the CARES Act will be received in two equal disbursements. The first half of the funds is to be distributed in emergency grants for students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. The second half is designated for direct institutional use and has not been released to colleges yet.
Northern is planning to use a formula-based distribution to disburse the CARES aid to eligible degree-seeking students. Additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Education defines an eligible degree-seeking student as a student who is eligible for Title IV aid. Additionally, a student is not eligible if they were enrolled in programs that were exclusively online before COVID-19 changes to academic offerings.
To determine Title IV aid eligibility, students were required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 academic year in order to determine eligibility for the CARES emergency grants. In order to be eligible, students must:
- Have a Social Security Number;
- Be an eligible citizen or eligible non-citizen;
- Be registered with Selective Service (if born male – you must register between the age of 18 and 25);
- Not be in default on a prior student loan or owe a grant overpayment;
- Not have a state or federal conviction of possessing or selling drugs where the date of the conviction occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving any title IV grant, loan, or work-study funds;
- Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress;
- Be enrolled as a regular, degree-seeking student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
- Sign the certification statement on the FAFSA form stating that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes, and
- Have a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate or have completed homeschooling.
Refunds amounts will vary from student to student. Students will receive:
- $18.75 – Representing 50% Activity Fee.
- $40.00 – Representing 50% Facility Fee.
- 50% of their program fee, which varies for each student.
- $25.75 per credit hour enrolled on March 13, which varies for each student.
Eligibile students do not need to apply for these funds. If a student qualifies, the funds will automatically be disbursed through BankMobile.
Students should receive their CARES Funding from WVNCC before the end of May.
Additionally, students who withdrew from the Spring semester, officially or unofficially, before March 13, are not eligible.
Questions about the emergency grants can be directed to:
Janet Fike at 304-214-8845 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Sayre at 304-214-8809 or email@example.com
This information is based on the latest guidance available from the Department of Education and may not be the final update to how the government requires colleges to distribute the funds.
May 5, 2020
WVNCC SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY through COVID-19
SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATIONS
WVNCC is encouraging you to donate high need items to local hunger relief organizations in our communities. Many of our community members have been financially impacted by COVID-19. WVNCC wants to do our part to make sure local organizations are stocked with food items to sustain the increased need resulting from COVID-19. If you know of additional food assistance organizations in need of items, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to this list.
Brooke and Hancock Counties
Community Bread Basket - Weirton (304-748-7595)
- Accepting food donations Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Family Resource Center Community Food Pantry – Weirton (304-748-7850)
- Accepting donations Monday – Friday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Please call before dropping off items.
- High need items: Food and cleaning supplies.
- They accept food, supplies, and clothes donations.
Salvation Army - Weirton (304-748-4310)
- Accepting donations Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- High need items - cereal, soup, and canned meats.
- Salvation Army - Wellsburg (304-737-0071)
- Accepting donations Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Please call before dropping off items.
Blue and Gold Christian Center - Cameron (304-686-2210 or 304-686-3530)
- Accepting food donations Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please call before dropping off items.
- High need items: fruit, canned goods, snacks for school aged children.
Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen – Moundsville (304-780-7266)
- Accepting food donations Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- High need items: canned fruit, vegetables, and meats; creamed soups, and pasta sauce.
Salvation Army - Moundsville (304-845-0510)
- Accepting food donations Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please call before dropping off items.
- High need items – butter, milk, and eggs.
Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center – Wheeling (304-232-7157)
- Accepting food donations Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling (304-233-2992)
- Accepting food donations Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- High need items – boxed/pre-packaged snack foods and canned goods.
House of Carpenter - Wheeling (304-233-4640)
- Accepting food donations Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- High need items - canned fruit, rice, toilet paper, pancakes, and syrup.
Salvation Army - Wheeling (304-233-4400)
- Accepting donations Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- High need items - boxed and canned foods.
Wetzel County Community Resources (304-455-0120)
- Accepting food donations Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please call before dropping off items.
- High need items: frozen foods, peanut butter, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.
SUPPORT WVNCC STUDENTS
In place of a food donation, monetary contributions are also accepted and appreciated. Monetary donations are handled by the WVNCC Foundation (WVNCCF) which has established a COVID-19 Student Emergency Relief Fund. WVNCCF will use the funds to support local students with exceptional needs brought on by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
ABOUT THE WVNCC FOUNDATION
The WVNCC Foundation was founded along with the College in 1972. It seeks, receives and manages private funds to increase the College’s capabilities in the areas of institutional development, professional development, capital facilities and equipment, and financial assistance to students. If you are interested in supporting the Foundation, please contact Rana Spurlock at 304-214-8906, or email@example.com
SUPPORT OUR LOCAL CHILDREN
The Restaurant-to-School (R2S) initiative is a collaborative effort among schools, local businesses, and nonprofits working to provide nutritious, scratch-cooked meals to local kids who lack equitable access to nutritious foods. The goal is to deliver nutrient-dense fresh food to children during the time when COVID-19 has interrupted our usual food systems, to create improved business outcomes for local restaurants struggling with COVID-19 shutdowns, and to help farmers weather the pandemic.
WVNCC is providing logistical leadership and program oversight. Grow Ohio Valley is taking the lead on all meal distributions, fundraising, and partner coordination. Ohio County Schools is making this possible through the school-based “At Risk Supper” program, and is providing project leadership and creativity in an effort to deliver nutrition to as many kids as possible, while supporting hometown businesses.
April 17, 2020
Watch video of WVNCC President Dr. Mosser update on 2020 Spring Commencement Ceremony.
April 16, 2020
We all have faced professional, personal and emotional stress brought on by this pandemic. It is imperative that we stick together, help each other and get through this as best we can. By now, every WVNCC student should have received a personal phone call from one of our employees. We have attempted to reach out to each and every one of you personally to simply see how you are doing. We care about you and are here to help you get through these challenging times. Below is some information and resources we wanted to share with you.
The CDC has some great resources about dealing with stress and coping. They can be found here:
In addition, WVNCC’s Mental Health Committee continues to work hard to update our local resources. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need support.
Special Populations Counselor
Have Dinner On Us!
I hope you are continuing to take part in some great virtual events that our Student Activities Director, Sara Wood, has planned for you. Make sure to mark your calendars for Friday, April 24. All WVNCC students can order curbside takeout, up to $10, at a local restaurant just by showing your Northern Student ID upon pickup. This is a great way for you to grab a meal and for us to continue supporting local businesses that are vital to our community. The participating restaurants are:
Wheeling – Tacoholix • Weirton - Mario's • New Martinsville - PJ's Pizza
Continue to check out the event calendar on our website or app for additional details.
We have moved all of our summer classes online. Classes begin May 26, and there is still time to register. If you haven’t done so yet, please visit https://www.wvncc.edu/future-students/summer-classes/7338
Withdraw Deadline -- We have extended the deadline to drop a class or completely withdraw from the college for the spring semester to Friday, May 1.
Public Gatherings – We have extended the suspension of public gatherings on WVNCC campuses to May 15.
It was great to see some of you recently during the Student Government Association meeting that we held by Zoom. Although I would much rather see all of you on campus, it was reassuring to know that our students are still engaged and working harder than ever to finish the semester strong, while still helping to move the college forward. We are at a very critical time in the battle against COVID-19 right now. Please stay diligent in doing your part – social distancing, proper hygiene – and keep yourself and your loved ones safe. I think I speak for all our employees when I say we are proud of you, Thundering Chickens!
April 9, 2020
I hope all of you have settled into the final stretch of the spring semester. For those who are teaching and learning online for the first time, I hope the transition went smoothly for you. Northern faculty and staff worked hard to ensure that all students have a meaningful learning experience this semester. I hope you have found this transition easier than you may have thought possible.
WiFi is Now Available in WVNCC Parking Lots and Elsewhere
Our IT Department has made available WiFi to students and employees via our parking lots on each campus from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Wifi is available in Wheeling in the parking lots closest to the B&O Building). If you are having challenges with your internet connection, please feel free to use this resource. In addition, there are a additional WiFi hot spots in our communities. You can find WiFi locations here:
New Online Chat Feature and 24-Hour IT Hotline
I want to remind you that we have a new Chat feature on our website. You can use this chat feature to reach out to our IT department or other departments here at Northern. IT is also operating a 24-hour hotline at 304-214-8826.
We have Chromebooks available for loan to students and employees. Please do not hesitate to call IT if you have any technology needs. We are standing by and here to help!
WVNCC on Social Media
We have been posting a lot of resources on our social media channels. This is also one of the best ways to contact staff who are working remotely. Please check our social media accounts and make sure to reach out and stay connected. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
Dr. Daniel Mosser
March 25, 2020
I hope this finds everyone well! We certainly miss having you on campus, but I hope you are taking the government and health officials warnings to heart and staying at home to protect yourself and your loved ones. We look forward to having everyone back healthy and on campus soon.
As you know, our current online classes resumed this week, and I hope they are going well for all of you. I encourage the rest of you to take time this week to make sure you are prepared and ready when your face-to-face class transitions to online starting on Monday, March 30. I know many faculty have reached out to their students already. If you have not heard from your faculty feel free to reach out to them and let them know you are ready, or, if you have a need or concern, please let them know. Faculty and staff are here to help you!
Just a reminder that computer access is available in the libraries by appointment only this week. If you need access to a computer this week during regular hours and the week of March 30 through April 3 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, please reach out to them. Librarians will schedule a time to meet with you on any of our campuses. Also, we have some Chromebooks available on each campus to checkout and use at home. If you need to use one the rest of the semester, please reach out to the library or our IT department. Both can be reached via the new chatbox on our website or IT can be reached by calling the 24-hour call center (304-214-8826). If you need a Chromebook, have trouble logging onto your portal, or have any technology question, don’t hesitate to reach out to them.
The Coronavirus Task Force continues to meet regularly and today we decided to cancel all on-campus events through April 30. No decision has been made yet on Commencement (May 15), but we are exploring our options. As soon as a decision is made, we will let you know. It certainly is not a decision we are taking lightly because we realize Commencement is a memorable and meaningful celebration of the successful culmination of hard work and many sacrifices.
We have also decided to temporarily suspend all clinicals at area hospitals. If you were attending a clinical site, your faculty member will be reaching out to you. We felt this was the best decision right now to protect those who were attending.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us by calling, via email or the chatbox on our website. Please know you are not alone in this and we are in this challenging time together.Please let us know how we can help!
Stay well Thundering Chickens!
Dr. Daniel Mosser
March 19, 2020
As you enjoy an extended spring break, March 23-27, and prepare for our converted face-to-face classes to commence on March 30th, we wanted to provide some additional information. Note that our fully online classes currently scheduled to start on March 23 will start on the 23rd, as planned.
In an effort to protect our college community, we have temporarily suspended all on campus student services starting Monday, March 23. Any service that a student might need such as applying for admissions, course registration, financial aid, advising, etc., can now be easily accessed remotely on our website. If you need personal assistance, please refer to the staff listing or the WVNCC Go App to obtain contact information for any college employee or department. Our friendly staff is standing by and ready to help you over the phone or via e-mail.
Also, we have launched a brand-new chat feature on our website. You will notice when you open our home page that a chat box will pop-up in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. You can chat with Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Services and more. This is another great way to connect with student support services.
WVNCC libraries remain open by appointment only, March 23-27, exclusively for Northern students. You can access your portal or the Internet, print, and have access to any normal service you would need from the library or our computer labs. You must call ahead to schedule an appointment to use the libraries.
9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday
9 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday
8 AM to 5 PM Monday to Thursday
8:30 to 4:30 Friday
We know that many of you have questions about labs, clinicals etc. Your instructor will be in touch with details soon. Or, please feel free to reach-out to your instructor with any questions or concerns. In addition, no decision has been made regarding our Commencement ceremony at this time. When a decision is reached, we will communicate that to you immediately. It is our desire to hold our Commencement this spring. However, your safety is our top priority.
Please use your extra time on spring break wisely and make sure you have everything that you need and are ready to learn online by the time that spring semester resumes on March 30th.
We understand that the transition to online learning is a brand-new adventure for many of you. We also realize that you may be unsure or anxious about online learning or feel that it is not quite the same experience. After meeting with faculty and our academic team, I am more confident than ever that they will deliver the same high-quality, engaging learning experience that you have come to expect from WVNCC. I know that this will be a new experience for some of you, but many of our faculty have been teaching online for years and will guide you through this journey. Our employees have been working diligently since we made the decision to transition to online to make sure that you are getting the education and training you need to succeed in your career while remaining safe.
We understand your anxiety, concerns and confusion; we all are experiencing the same uncertainty during this time. However, we are deeply committed to you and our college community. This is a tremendous opportunity for growth for all involved and we will be with you every step of the way!
I want to remind you that this pandemic is serious for all age groups. It is unwise for you to travel and gather in large groups. Staying at home and avoiding groups is crucial to mitigating the spread of the virus. Please heed the warnings that have been issued by doctors and local, state and federal officials to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Enjoy your spring break and please be safe.
March 18, 2020
If you have college students or are a college student yourself who may be having some anxiety about COVID-19, here are some helpful tips and sites to keep you on track during the time you may be out of work/school, and a few things you can be doing with any free time you may have at home.
- FALL 2020 Students: File your 2020-2021 FAFSA online at www.FAFSA.gov. You will use your 2018 tax information (taxes filed in 2019). If you are a WV resident, complete the FAFSA by April 15th, 2020 to meet the WV Higher Education Grant Deadline.
- If you have questions concerning your FAFSA or Federal Student Aid programs, but your school’s financial aid office is closed or limiting visitors, call 1-800-4FED-AID or access 24/7 online help at: https://studentaid.gov/help-center/contact.
- The College Foundation of West Virginia also has an online 24/7 chat help that can answer basic questions regarding federal and state aid. Follow this link: https://secure.cfwv.com/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships/_default.aspx and click on “Questions? Ask SAM” in the lower right-hand corner.
- Use your time at home wisely. NOW is a great time to apply for scholarships! CFWV is a great place to start. Follow this link to create a scholarship profile and apply for awards that pertain to you: https://secure.cfwv.com/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships#/Landing . Also check out your institution’s web page to apply for institutional scholarships. Other useful search engines include Fastweb, CollegeBoard and Unigo. Just remember: never pay to apply for a scholarship!
- If you have already graduated but are currently out of work and having trouble making student loan payments, you will want to contact your loan servicer and ask for a forbearance. A forbearance allows you to postpone payments on your student loans due to hardship for a period of time. If you aren’t sure how to find your loan servicer information, visit https://studentaid.gov , log in, and click on “view loan servicer details” in the lower right-hand corner of the My Aid box in the middle of the screen. You could have multiple loan servicers, so make sure to check each loan’s servicer.
- WVNCC Students: Don’t forget you can review and follow your Financial Aid status 24/7 online through your NOW account at www.wvncc.edu. More details on communication from the Financial Aid Office will be posted on our website and/or sent by e-mail to your Northern e-mail address.
- Did You Know? The WVNCC Financial Aid Office has several virtual assistance options available to you. Please email or call us for more details:
- Chat with us online at www.WVNCC.edu (lower left corner of homepage)
March 16, 2020
As you know, the country is facing an unprecedented challenge from Coronavirus (COVID-19). I am writing to share some decisions we have made at West Virginia Northern Community College in the interest of your safety.
WVNCC is on spring break this week, March 16-20. We are extending spring break for one additional week through March 27. We are converting all current face-to-face classes to online instruction effective March 30 and continuing through the end of the spring semester. Faculty will communicate directly with students in each class. All online classes will meet at their regularly scheduled day and time.
Current online classes will not be impacted – they meet online as scheduled and will resume on March 23. All campus events, activities and other public gatherings have been suspended until April 10.
Students can reach out to their professor or instructor with questions regarding their online classes. Also, if you have technology needs or concerns please contact your professor or instructor and we will do our best to help you adapt.
All WVNCC student are urged to prepare immediately for online instruction. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Internet service providers are offering free Internet services. Below is a list of providers offering this free support.
We will share details with you in the days ahead. Thank you for choosing WVNCC.
March 13, 2020
Following is the latest information on the COVID-19 situation here at the college. Please remember that we are posting these updates to our webpage now so you will have a single source for the latest information. www.wvncc.edu
Employee Travel Restrictions
All out-of-state college-sponsored employee travel is suspended for the next 30 days (thru April 10, 2020). Nonessential travel within WV is likewise suspended. This includes travel that was previously approved. This does NOT include travel between the three WVNCC campuses.
Personal Travel Concerns
In addition, the Governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice, has recommended that residents of West Virginia consider cancelling or postponing all nonessential personal travel outside of the state. The college may have to take action to protect students and employees if you travel to an area of sustained growth of the Coronavirus. Currently the areas of concern within the US include the states of Washington, California and New York.
Before you travel, please consult the CDC website and the section on travel - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html
Restrictions on the Use of College Facilities
All college events, gatherings, receptions, and student activities that would result in large gatherings (i.e., 30 or more people) are suspended for the next 30 days (thru April 10, 2020). This includes college-sponsored activities and any external use of college facilities. For smaller gatherings, employees are urged to assess the risk of convening any group at this time, especially gatherings that might include individuals over 60 years old and other high-risk populations. If in doubt, please ask us for advice.
We have discussed and are preparing to move face-to-face instruction to online, if the need arises. At this point, there has been no decision to do so.
WV COVID-19 Hotline
The State of West Virginia has set-up a free 24/7 information hotline to address COVID-19 concerns at: 800-887-4304
We continue to closely monitor the situation and will provide regular and frequent updates to this information.
March 11, 2020
Dear West Virginia Northern Community College Community –
We are continuing to closely monitor the situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). With your safety as our top priority, we have been meeting, planning and preparing and I want to provide you with an update. We will be posting updates to this page as information becomes available.
Currently, there are zero cases of novel coronavirus in the State of West Virginia. The College is working closely with state and local health officials to monitor the situation and follow recommended protocols. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to categorize the virus as “low risk to Americans.” Unless you have recently traveled overseas or to an area with sustained or widespread transmission or have been around someone who has been to one of those areas and is exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus, your risk of getting sick is low.
We have taken the following steps to ensure your health and safety thus far.
- I have appointed a task force of WVNCC employees, including faculty from our Allied Health programs. They will meet on a weekly basis to guide us and provide specific recommendations.
- The Task Force and others have met with local and state health officials. We will continue to maintain contact with them throughout this process.
- We are cleaning and disinfecting high-contact surfaces more frequently on all of our campuses.
- We have been preparing and planning in the event it becomes necessary to close the college and/or switch instruction exclusively to online learning.
As always, it is important to remember that the best way to prevent any respiratory illness is to practice routine good hygiene habits:
- Wash your hands and avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
- When greeting others, avoid hand-shaking, hugging, etc.
- Stay home at the first sign of symptoms. If you are sick, don’t go to school or work.
- Avoid others who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently.
- Take care of yourself. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.
With Spring Break next week, I wanted to remind you to adhere to any travel alerts and health advisories that could impact your travel, especially those related to the COVID-19. It is important to refer to the CDC website in advance of any planned travel, especially travel outside of the United States. You should also check for any travel advisories or restrictions on the local health department website before you travel.
This situation is evolving quickly, sometimes on a hourly basis. Our top priority is the health and safety of our college and our community. We will continue to provide regular updates as the situation warrants.
Dr. Daniel Mosser, President