COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATES AT NC

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The health and safety of our students and employees are top priority. We encourage you to stay informed and monitor this web page, Navarro College’s social media accounts and the College email as the primary source for Coronavirus updates at NC.

RECENT QUESTIONS

How are May mini, Summer and Fall courses being affected? UPDATED 04.06.20

April 6, 2020

Dear Bulldog Community,

Pre-registration for summer and fall classes opens on Monday, April 13, 2020.  Due to ongoing health concerns surrounding COVID-19, all Navarro College May mini and summer courses will be conducted in modified formats. All indications from the federal government, the state of Texas, and local authorities regarding COVID-19 lead us to believe this is the best decision.  We are making this announcement now to ensure students and faculty are aware of the change from face-to-face to online and hybrid instruction to allow time for planning.

The term dates and course delivery methods are as follows:

  • May Mini (May 11 – 28, 2020) – online instruction only
  • Summer I 6-week (June 2 – July 7, 2020) – online instruction only
  • Summer 12-week (June 2 – August 12, 2020) – online and hybrid instruction
  • Summer II 6-week (July 9 – August 12, 2020) – online and hybrid instruction

Hybrid classes will allow for an online start as necessary.  Please check the Navarro College homepage for updates and information.

At this time, we plan for campuses to be open this fall, with classes being conducted in all previous formats including face-to-face, hybrid and online.

Students, your academic preparation and progression towards your career is our priority. Despite the switch to online and hybrid classes for summer, we will continue to offer high quality education to keep you on track with your education and career goals.   If you have any questions or concerns about summer courses, please call 903.875.7397 or email advising@navarrocollege.edu.

 

We understand that online learning may be challenging for our students in some situations, but please know that we are here to help you succeed. Our faculty and staff will continue to work closely with their students to provide the support they need to fully benefit from online instruction.

Thank you for your continued commitment to your personal, academic, and career goals at Navarro College.  Your positive, can-do attitude makes all the difference!

With BULLDOG PRIDE,

 

Dr. Kevin G. Fegan

District President

 

What do I do if I need to meet with an advisor to register for May-mini, Summer or Fall? UPDATED 04.13.20

 

During the COVID 19 pandemic, all Navarro College Academic Advising staff are currently working remotely.

Please review ALL of the information below to ensure you are connected with the proper advisor.

If you are a NEW STUDENT to Navarro College, please complete the following steps: 1. To connect with the appropriate advisor, complete this form. Also, you can call (903)875-7397 or email: advising@navarrocollege.edu

2. To prepare for your appointment with an advisor, please complete the following steps:

  • Submit all transcripts.
  • Submit Bacterial Meningitis (All students 22 and younger).
  • Complete and submit TSI scores if required. § Visit https://www.txcte.org/resource/texas-genuine and review different career and program options. § Complete and save this career assessment http://assessment.texasgenuine.org/.
  • Write down any questions you may have for your advisor.
    •  Educational & Career Goals
    •  Transfer questions
    • Timeline to completion or transfer

If you are a CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENT in Navarro College, please reach out to the appropriate campus through one of the following email addresses:

Corsicana – Advising@navarrocollege.edu

Waxahachie – Waxahachie.advising@navarrocollege.edu

Mexia – Mexia.advising@navarrocollege.edu

Midlothian – Midlothian.advising@navarrocollege.edu

How are commencement activities affected? UPDATED 3.27.20

Bulldog Students, Faculty and Staff,

 

While tremendous work and effort throughout our Bulldog community continues with modified instruction and operations for the completion of spring semester, not all opportunities are able to continue and/or occur in many of our traditional formats.  One of those is our spring commencement events and activities.

 

Due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, guidelines on mass events, and working to provide our graduates and their families with time to prepare for the end of the spring semester, Navarro College has decided to postpone May graduation ceremonies in lieu of cancellation.

 

Navarro College is preparing to host commencement ceremonies and activities on August 6 and/or 7 for those wishing to celebrate in person.  We will communicate information as it becomes available. We know the effort and time that each of you individually have committed to earn this recognition, and we are looking forward to celebrating with you in August.

 

As the spring semester ends, the college will continue to mail diplomas to graduates, process transcripts, and respond to all opportunities that occur upon the completion of a student’s degree and/or certificate work.

 

We realize postponing the commencement ceremony this spring semester is not ideal. What is most important is you, our students, completing the coursework and requirements needed to become a Navarro College Bulldog graduate and continuing the pursuit and attainment of your personal and professional goals!

 

With BULLDOG PRIDE,

 

Dr. Kevin G. Fegan

District President

Are all classes moving to an online (virtual) format? UPDATED 3.25.20

All Navarro College classes are operating 100% virtually, and the majority will remain so for the remainder of the semester; however, classes in the following programs may be required to come to campus at some point in the semester (as allowed by local, state, and federal government regulations) to fulfill hands-on course requirements: MLT, PTA, OTA, EMS, Cosmetology, Petroleum Technology, Massage Therapy, Welding, Fire, and Police Academy. All students should contact their course instructors for specific course information.

Are residence halls open? UPDATED 03/20/20

Governor Abbott’s declaration does apply to Colleges and Universities, however, Residence Life and Dining operations are allowed to still serve limited student needs. Therefore, students who have submitted a request to return to campus will be notified through their Navarro College email by Saturday, March 21, 2020 after 2:00 pm. Please fill out this form at:https://forms.gle/X5B9JvGBDsVcCdYZ8) in order to know who is on campus in case of emergency (fire, tornado, etc.). If you choose not to return to residence life, please contact us at housing@navarrocollege.edu.

Remember, there will be limited dining operations and all meals will be provided in to-go boxes only. There will also be no visitation allowed in the Residence Halls – only people who are registered to the room are allowed to be in each room. This is a 24 hour a day policy until things return to normal.

Keep in mind, we are still encouraging students to stay home if you have a suitable alternative to returning to campus. This is to limit the chance of COVID-19/Coronavirus being introduced to our Navarro College campus community.

Thank you for your patience as we work out the details – this is truly a situation no one could expect and changes hourly. Stay safe!

For all questions not addressed above, follow these procedures:

At this time, we are opening a status form for you to fill out. This form is available here, and we ask all students to fill it out by Friday, March 20. (If you are unable to use the link, copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://forms.gle/vYCUWjF1LjDKqTno7 ). One of the first questions this form asks is if you would like to request housing accommodations through the remainder of the spring semester. Your answer of “yes” or “no” to this question will direct you to more questions pertaining to each situation.

 

The safety and welfare of our students and staff is the college’s utmost concern, and we will be practicing the social distancing protocol at all campuses. We strongly encourage students who can remain at home to complete their classes in the online format that will be delivered through April 13th. Please refer to the email from Leslie Smith on behalf of President Fegan March 17th. We understand that there may be some housing students who have no other options but to return to housing. We would like to connect with you and have a discussion about your concerns and work with you regarding your housing needs. Campus dining is limited to Rick and Rosie’s Deli and is available in to-go boxes only.

 

Should face-to-face classes resume after April 13, 2020 you will be allowed to return to your residence hall room even if you have previously come to campus and turned in your room key. If you prefer to wait and see what happens before removing your belongings, you are welcome to do that, but they must be retrieved by Tuesday, May 5, which is the last day of finals week for the Spring semester. If belongings are left in your room after May 5, you will be considered an improper checkout and will receive substantial fines.

 

We understand that you may not be able to pick up belongings during regular business hours (Monday – Friday from 8 am – 6 pm). To aid in your ability to retrieve belongings, we are opening weekend times for picking up items. Those dates will be released soon. In the meantime, should you need to pick up belongings from the residence halls, please schedule a time with your Area Coordinator between the hours of 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm Monday – Saturday. Appointments must be made in advance to schedule a time by contacting your Area Coordinator. AC phone numbers are listed below.

Whitney Smith  (Buildings 1, 2, 3, 10, 11)
(903) 467-6007

 

Sylvia Richardson (Buildings 12, 13, 14, 30, 31, 32)
(903) 467-4335

 

Kathryn Thomas (Buildings 8, 9, 15, 16, 21)
(903) 467-2319

 

Van Nelson Buildings (4, 5, 6, 7)
(903) 467-6356

 

Stan Wong (IOOF)
(903) 654-0018

Regarding Mail Delivery

Students who receive mail on campus have the option of having mail forwarded to the address at which they are staying. Please email housing@navarrocollege.edu with the address to which mail should be forwarded, including first and last name, street address, and city/state/zip code.

 

Should a student prefer to come to campus to pick up a package that has been delivered, please email housing@navarrocollege.edu in advance so staff can confirm receipt of the package. The package will then be made available for pickup in the Housing Office in Gibson Hall.

 

30 days after the mailroom initially receives a package, it will be returned to sender if no arrangements have been made for delivery to student.

 

Should you have any further questions, please refer to the College’s COVID-19 update page by clicking here or pasting this URL into your browser: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/covid-19/ . Should you have a question that is not answered on that page, please email housing@navarrocollege.edu.

 

Again, thank you for your patience at this time.

STUDENTS

Are all classes moving to an online (virtual) format? UPDATED 3.25.20

All Navarro College classes are operating 100% virtually, and the majority will remain so for the remainder of the semester; however, classes in the following programs may be required to come to campus at some point in the semester (as allowed by local, state, and federal government regulations) to fulfill hands-on course requirements: MLT, PTA, OTA, EMS, Cosmetology, Petroleum Technology, Massage Therapy, Welding, Fire, and Police Academy. All students should contact their course instructors for specific course information.

Since I won’t be using my dorm room and using my meal plan, will I be reimbursed?

As the situation is evolving and we continue to monitor the need for all online classes, a final decision regarding the cancellation of housing contracts and proration for the remainder of the semester has not yet been made. We are cognizant of the various situations our students and residents are in during this difficult time, and are considering all options to provide needed support.

What are the College’s policies for personal travel?

Navarro College is requesting the disclosure of information from students, faculty, and staff, as well as the travel of any individuals that live in your household, regarding personal international and/or domestic air travel as recommended by the CDC.

Are there any travel restrictions in place for Navarro College sponsored travel?

College-related air travel for employees and students is suspended at this time through April 13.

What if I return from travel and I am feeling ill?

If you were in a location with a COVID-19 outbreak and have felt sick with fever, a cough or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left, you should do the following:

  • Seek medical advice – Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel on public transportation while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Employees must notify their supervisor immediately.

Coronavirus: What should I do if I return to campus from travel?

Faculty and staff who travel to a high risk area— whether for personal or college business — are required to notify the college regarding that travel immediately by contacting Marcy Ballew in HR at marcy.ballew@navarrocollege.edu

 

Students who travel to a high risk area— whether for personal or college business — are required to notify the college regarding that travel immediately by contacting Maryann Hailey at maryann.hailey@navarrocollege.edu

 

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO AIRPORTS SPECIFIEDAny faculty, staff and students returning from international travel on or after March 14 and arriving in-country to clear customs at the Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), New York City (JFK), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Honolulu (HNL), Newark (EWR), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW) or Washington, D.C. (IAD) international airports should consider themselves as having returned from a Level 3 COVID-19 location and self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival before returning to campus.

 

ALL OTHER TRAVEL: 

Domestic travelers through all airports and international travelers from non-level 3 countries arriving at airports other than those listed are required only to self-monitor at this time, for development of COVID-19 symptoms.

 

According the CDC website, self-monitoring includes taking temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, you should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider. Employees must notify their supervisor immediately.

Coronavirus: What countries are at-risk with COVID-19?

The CDC has established geographic risk-stratification criteria for the purpose of issuing travel health notices for countries with COVID-19 transmission and guiding public health management decisions for people with potential travel-related exposures to COVID-19. A number of factors inform the geographic risk stratification, including size, geographic distribution and epidemiology of the outbreak. View a risk assessment map.

 

For up-to-date health notices, visit the CDC and U.S. State Department websites.

Will graduation still take place as planned? UPDATED 06/29/20

Per a communication to students, staff and faculty on 3/27/20, Dr. Fegan announced the following:

While tremendous work and effort throughout our Bulldog community continues with modified instruction and operations for the completion of spring semester, not all opportunities are able to continue and/or occur in many of our traditional formats.  One of those is our spring commencement events and activities.

Due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, guidelines on mass events, and working to provide our graduates and their families with time to prepare for the end of the spring semester, Navarro College has decided to postpone May graduation ceremonies in lieu of cancellation.

Navarro College is preparing to host commencement ceremonies and activities on August 6 and/or 7 for those wishing to celebrate in person.  We will communicate information as it becomes available. We know the effort and time that each of you individually have committed to earn this recognition, and we are looking forward to celebrating with you in August.

As the spring semester ends, the college will continue to mail diplomas to graduates, process transcripts, and respond to all opportunities that occur upon the completion of a student’s degree and/or certificate work.

We realize postponing the commencement ceremony this spring semester is not ideal. What is most important is you, our students, completing the coursework and requirements needed to become a Navarro College Bulldog graduate and continuing the pursuit and attainment of your personal and professional goals!

Caps and gowns for ceremony participants will be available on July 9 -23 at any of the Navarro College Bookstores or Beautiques & Books.

EMPLOYEES

What is Navarro College going to do for students that work in departments that are going to be open while the campus has moved to an all online platform?

Work study students are not eligible to work while the college is closed.  The student will continue to be paid based on the spring approved hours.  The student will be required to remain enrolled in a minimum of six hours to be eligible to participate.

Are there any travel restrictions in place for Navarro College sponsored travel?

College-related air travel for employees and students is suspended at this time through April 13.

What are the College’s policies for personal travel?

Navarro College is requesting the disclosure of information from students, faculty, and staff, as well as the travel of any individuals that live in your household, regarding personal international and/or domestic air travel as recommended by the CDC.

Where should I avoid travel?

CDC provides travel notices and makes recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on an assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available at on the CDC website travel page.

 

  • Warning Level 3: CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with level 3 travel notices because of the risk of getting COVID-19.
  • Alert Level 2: Because COVID-19 can be more serious in older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, people in these groups should talk to a healthcare provider and consider postponing travel to destinations with level 2 travel notices.
  • Watch Level 1: CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices because the risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low. If you travel, take the following routine precautions:
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

What if I return from travel and I am feeling ill?

If you were in a location with a COVID-19 outbreak and have felt sick with fever, a cough or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left, you should do the following:

  • Seek medical advice – Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel on public transportation while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Employees must notify their supervisor immediately.

Do we have to make up lost instructional time?

We do not plan to extend the spring 2020 semester to accommodate any missed instructional time.  Faculty should work to adjust their course schedules to include any class time missed.  The important thing is that all learning outcomes are met for the courses you teach.  You might consider spending less time on a topic than you normally would, reduce the number of assignments, adjust test dates/due dates, and plan to upload some or all of your course materials into Canvas. Please work with your chairs and/or deans to make adjustment.

Are there new policies in place for employee leave of absence of coronavirus?

Navarro College’s existing protocols for leave for employees remain in effect at this time. However, we know this is a concern.

Part Time Employees

Please contact your supervisor before reporting to work.

Does the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) apply to absences due to COVID-19.

Yes, COVID-19 qualifies as a “serious health condition” under FMLA allowing eligible employees to take FMLA leave if either the employee or an immediate family member is diagnosed with the disease. Please contact Human Resources for questions or assistance with FMLA.

If I am displaying signs of respiratory symptoms such as coughing or other symptoms identified by the CDC, can my supervisor require me to go home?

Yes, employees can be sent home; however, they can use accrued leaves to make up for lost time or work with their supervisor to possibly work remotely.

If I am displaying signs of respiratory symptoms such as coughing or other symptoms identified by the CDC, can my supervisor require me to go to a doctor?

Supervisors should encourage employees to seek medical advice, but they cannot require them to go to the doctor.

Coronavirus: What should I do if I return to campus from travel?

Faculty and staff who travel to a high risk area— whether for personal or college business — are required to notify the college regarding that travel immediately by contacting Marcy Ballew in HR at marcy.ballew@navarrocollege.edu

 

Students who travel to a high risk area— whether for personal or college business — are required to notify the college regarding that travel immediately by contacting Maryann Hailey at maryann.hailey@navarrocollege.edu

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL TO AIRPORTS SPECIFIEDAny faculty, staff and students returning from international travel on or after March 14 and arriving in-country to clear customs at the Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), New York City (JFK), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Los Angeles (LAX), Atlanta (ATL), Honolulu (HNL), Newark (EWR), Dallas (DFW), Detroit (DTW) or Washington, D.C. (IAD) international airports should consider themselves as having returned from a Level 3 COVID-19 location and self-isolate for 14 days after their arrival before returning to campus.

 

ALL OTHER TRAVEL: 

Domestic travelers through all airports and international travelers from non-level 3 countries arriving at airports other than those listed are required only to self-monitor at this time, for development of COVID-19 symptoms.

According the CDC website, self-monitoring includes taking temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, you should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider. Employees must notify their supervisor immediately.

Coronavirus: What countries are at-risk with COVID-19?

The CDC has established geographic risk-stratification criteria for the purpose of issuing travel health notices for countries with COVID-19 transmission and guiding public health management decisions for people with potential travel-related exposures to COVID-19. A number of factors inform the geographic risk stratification, including size, geographic distribution and epidemiology of the outbreak. View a risk assessment map.

 

For up-to-date health notices, visit the CDC and U.S. State Department websites.

What does it mean to work remotely during this time? UPDATED 3.20.20

Working remotely during this time means that employees will be expected to work their regularly scheduled hours but will do so from their home. Employees must be responsive to calls, texts, and instant messages within one hour of contact; review and respond to emails; work with supervisor for assignments and project completion and accountability; and available for regular check-ins with supervisors and colleagues or meetings as requested.

When will my work schedule and/or location go back to normal? UPDATED 3.20.20

That is an unknown at this time. We will continue to reassess daily, and each supervisor will be responsible for determining the best work situations for their department in accordance with guidance set out by the Leadership Team and communicating any changes in work schedules and/or locations to their employees.

How do I submit my gold timesheet while working remotely? UPDATED 3.23.20

An online attendance form has been created to replace the gold time sheet used by our full-time non-exempt employees. This form can be accessed by logging on MyNC. When the form is accessed for the first time, the employee should designate their supervisor. The first week of this pay period is March 16, 2020 through March 22, 2020. Monday was an extended holiday for most of the employees; therefore, the employee will enter zero in each field except holiday and enter 8 in the holiday field. This form is very similar to the gold timesheet form. For questions, please contact payroll at Deanna.hendriks@navarrocollege.edu, suzie.mcgee@navarrocollege.edu or Kathy.kistler@navarrocollege.edu.

Will I be paid on time? How can I pick up my pay check? UPDATED 3.20.20

The College is committed to payroll being processed on the regular distribution schedule. The majority of our payroll is processed electronically directly to employees’ bank accounts, which allows for on-time delivery. Payroll that is processed using paper checks will be available for pick up on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Those checks not picked up on March 31 will be mailed the next day, April 1, 2020. If you receive a paper check that you would like to have mailed and you have an on campus or foreign mailing address please email deanna.hendriks@navarrocollege.edu with the address you would like your check sent. For April payroll, we will be allowing all student employees to have their pay checks direct deposited. All employees who are not currently having their payroll deposited directly into their bank account are strongly encouraged to contact the Human Resources representative on their campus between now and April 10 to complete the appropriate paperwork to transition to direct deposit.

How will this affect my compensation? UPDATED 3.20.20

Compensation during this altered operations period is intended to provide all full time employees with their normal base compensation as described below. However, in order for that to occur, employees MUST be Available for Work or be on authorized leave.

 

The definition of Available for Work is as follows:

  1. Working onsite – These employees may work in areas such as police, safety/emergency, housing staff, dining services, maintenance, lab support, etc. These areas will be specifically requested and approved by a Leadership Team member. These employees will work their regularly scheduled hours unless otherwise requested by their supervisor.
  2. Working remotely – Employees will be expected to work their regularly scheduled hours but will do so from their home. Employees must be responsive to calls, texts, and instant messages within one hour of contact; review and respond to emails; work with supervisor for assignments and project completion and accountability; and available for regular check-ins with supervisors and colleagues or meetings as requested.
  3. Availability to respond – Employees must be able to arrive onsite within two hours of being contacted to report.

 

Your supervisor will notify you if you are considered essential personnel and are required to remain onsite or if you will be allowed to work remotely. A combination of working onsite and working remotely may also be required. ALL full time employees not on approved leave are expected to fit one of the criteria of Available to Work as determined by their supervisor.

STAYING HEALTHY

What is COVID-19 and how does it spread?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus, which can cause illness in humans and animals. Those who have become sick are reported to develop cough, fever, breathing difficulties and tiredness. In severe cases, organ failure has been reported.

  • What experts know about COVID-19, a relatively new virus, is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. The World Health Organization named this illness “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated COVID-19).
  • Person-to-person: The CDC says that the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person, which means those who are in close contact with one another, and/or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • CDC officials say that it is possible a person can contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes, but they said this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19? UPDATED 03/19/20

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the United States. In addition to CDC, many public health laboratories are now testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.

What is Navarro College doing? UPDATED 03/20/20

Navarro College leadership is meeting regularly to discuss and review the rapidly evolving situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.

 

Per letter sent to Students, Faculty & Staff on Friday, March 20 from Dr. Kevin G. Fegan, District President:

 

The patience and flexibility that all Navarro College stakeholders have exhibited during this evolving opportunity has allowed the College to strategically prepare for and address our diverse group of stakeholders and their variety of educational, workforce and socioeconomic needs, outcomes and expectations.

The strategic objectives for Navarro College during the past two weeks have been:

  • (6.) To protect the health and safety of our students and employees
  • (7.) To be prepared to resume classes and begin completing the spring 2020 semester through online, hybrid, and alternate classwork, depending on the type of course and national and/or state accreditation and licensing requirements
  • (8.) To keep students on track for completion
  • (9.) To enable the majority of the College employees to work remotely, while continuing to provide necessary services, with as few employees working on site as possible
  • (10.) To facilitate a return to normal operations in the future, by ensuring our full-time and part-time employees are retained and able to focus on work

 

Based on the work completed in pursuing those strategic objectives and per Governor Abbott’s executive order and his comments during his virtual town hall on Coronavirus on March 20, beginning Monday, March 23, and through the end of spring semester, the following altered operations will be in effect:

  • The majority of courses will be delivered online.
  • Courses in the following programs will be delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face delivery by appointment, and in groups of no more than 10 people total: MLT, PTA, OTA, EMS, Cosmetology, Petroleum Technology, Massage Therapy, Welding, Fire, and Police Academy. Faculty will deliver specific details to their students.
  • College faculty and staff will work remotely unless otherwise directed by their supervisor beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice.
  • Per Governor Abbott’s Executive order and comments, he made the evening of March 20, all Navarro College campus locations are closed to the general public until April 3. Employees will be performing essential functions during this time. Please refer to our FAQs about Academic and Campus Operations, FAQs for Employees, and FAQ’s for Students pages for additional information. These FAQ sites are being updated daily as decisions are being made and plans are being implemented.

What is the campus doing for infection control?

The Navarro College custodial teams are conducting extensive cleaning and sanitation efforts at all campus/site buildings during the extended Spring Break and beyond. IT is sanitizing computer labs and equipment as well.

What if my roommate has a cough?

It is important to remember that this is cold and flu season, and regardless of an individual’s travel history, coughs and other upper-respiratory symptoms are much more likely to be signs of a bad cold or seasonal influenza than the new coronavirus. You can protect yourself in the same ways you would normally do to avoid getting sick:

  • Clean your hands, and remind others to do the same. Wash your hands for 20 seconds frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t share towels. Use paper towels after washing your hands, or use a cloth towel that isn’t shared with anyone else.
  • Clean common surfaces. Use a standard household disinfectant, and wash your hands after cleaning the area.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick.

What does it mean to self-isolate?

If you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to self-isolate after returning from a country listed on the CDC’s COVID-19 travel advisories page as Level 3, you should stay off campus and remain home.

 

Do not go to campus including work, residence halls and apartments, classes, athletic events or other social gatherings until 14 days after leaving the Level 3 country in question. Likewise, avoid public places and gatherings in the community.

 

Please contact your Community Director if you live on campus and will not be returning due to the requirement of self-isolation.

 

Please follow these guidelines for self-isolation:

  • Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical provider – preferably by calling to get advice and instructions.
  • Stay in your room or apartment. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days after your return to the United States from the country in question.
  • Limit contact as much as possible. This also means limiting close contact with others including persons living in your residence.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate.
  • Keep your surroundings clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant wipe. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms at least daily including measuring your temperature. Any symptoms of COVID-19 should be reported to your physician. To download the CDC Check and Report Every Day (CARE) Booklet which helps you understand how to self-monitor your health and how to check your symptoms daily visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19_CAREKit_ENG.pdf
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.

 

What does it mean to self-monitor?

According to the CDC, self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, you should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider.

 

Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?

Medical experts across the globe are rushing to find a cure. However, there is not one at this time. The disease is viral, which means antibiotics will not help; the antiviral drugs that work against the flu do not work against coronavirus. Those with a weak immune system and those who already are sick are urged to be especially cautious.

Where should I go to get accurate information on COVID-19?

Keep checking the college’s COVID-19 page at: website

as well as the following:

What should I do if I feel ill?

  • If you are feeling ill, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.
  • Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other healthcare facilities without calling first. Your provider may need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.
  • Check with your health insurance provider. If you have symptoms such as a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your primary care doctor first.
  • Do not go to an emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • Practice social distancing. Stay indoors and avoid contact with others, just as you would with the flu. Those with contagious diseases should stay home from work or school until they are well. People with fever, cough and respiratory issues should seek immediate medical attention.

What is the risk for developing the coronavirus in Texas?

The Texas Health and Human Services said the risk for all Texans, including those in Commerce, remains low. Continue to avoid close contact with people who are sick; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; stay home when you are sick; cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; avoid shaking hands; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

What countries are at-risk with COVID-19?

The CDC has established geographic risk-stratification criteria for the purpose of issuing travel health notices for countries with COVID-19 transmission and guiding public health management decisions for people with potential travel-related exposures to COVID-19. A number of factors inform the geographic risk stratification, including size, geographic distribution and epidemiology of the outbreak. View a risk assessment map.

 

For up-to-date health notices, visit the CDC and U.S. State Department websites.

Should I wear a mask?

The WHO suggests people with no respiratory symptoms, such as a cough, do not need to wear a medical mask, but those who do have symptoms of COVID-19 and those caring for individuals who have symptoms (coughing, sneezing) should wear a mask.

How can I protect myself from the virus?

Stay educated on the disease by reading the CDC website. Most people who become infected experience a mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others.

Take care of yourself by doing the following:

  • Stay home if you don’t feel well. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call ahead to the medical office.
  • Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand rub. This helps kill viruses that might be on your hand.
  • Stay at least three feet away from someone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Follow good respiratory hygiene, which means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue immediately.

What do I do if I think I may have or have been exposed to COVID-19?

· If you are feeling ill, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.

· Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other healthcare facilities without calling first. Your provider may need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.

· Check with your health insurance provider. If you have symptoms such as a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your primary care doctor first.

· Do not go to an emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.

· Practice social distancing. Stay indoors and avoid contact with others, just as you would with the flu. Those with contagious diseases should stay home from work or school until they are well. People with fever, cough and respiratory issues should seek immediate medical attention.

I have a specific question about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), is there someone I can contact?

For further information you would need to contact your personal healthcare provider.

I have questions about self-isolation and novel coronavirus (COVID-19), where should I go?

If you are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 and are asked to self-isolate after returning from a country listed on the CDC’s COVID-19 travel advisories page as Level 3, you should stay off campus and remain home.

Do not go to campus including work, residence halls and apartments, classes, athletic events or other social gatherings until 14 days after leaving the Level 3 country in question. Likewise, avoid public places and gatherings in the community.

Please contact your Community Director if you live on campus and will not be returning due to the requirement of self-isolation.

Please follow these guidelines for self-isolation:

  • Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to your medical provider – preferably by calling to get advice and instructions.
  • Stay in your room or apartment. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days after your return to the United States from the country in question.
  • Limit contact as much as possible. This also means limiting close contact with others including persons living in your residence.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate.
  • Keep your surroundings clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant wipe. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms at least daily including measuring your temperature. Any symptoms of COVID-19 should be reported to your physician. To download the CDC Check and Report Every Day (CARE) Booklet which helps you understand how to self-monitor your health and how to check your symptoms daily visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19_CAREKit_ENG.pdf
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.

What if I return from travel and I am feeling ill?

If you were in a location with a COVID-19 outbreak and have felt sick with fever, a cough or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left, you should do the following:

  • Seek medical advice – Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel on public transportation while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Employees must notify their supervisor immediately.

ONLINE CLASSES

Are all classes moving to an online (virtual) format? UPDATED 3.25.20

All Navarro College classes are operating 100% virtually, and the majority will remain so for the remainder of the semester; however, classes in the following programs may be required to come to campus at some point in the semester (as allowed by local, state, and federal government regulations) to fulfill hands-on course requirements: MLT, PTA, OTA, EMS, Cosmetology, Petroleum Technology, Massage Therapy, Welding, Fire, and Police Academy. All students should contact their course instructors for specific course information.

I’m having an issue with my online class, who do I contact?

Please contact your instructor first. If you need further technical assistance, email servicedesk@navarrocollege.edu or 903-875-7416.

What should I do if I’m experiencing issues with my Canvas account?

The Service Desk is designed to assist student inquiries and technical assistance with online platforms such as Canvas, Office 365, Self-Service and MyNC. The Service Desk is open Monday – Friday, 8 am – 11 pm, by emailing servicedesk@navarrocolllege.edu or calling (903) 875-7416. Please be sure to include your full name, Navarro College ID number or full date of birth, and details on what you need assistance with.

I forgot my user ID and password. What do I do?

-To login, use the following:

-Go to mync.navarrocollege.edu

-Your MyNC login username is:

– firstname.lastname (lowercase)

         – Example: jane.doe

-Your default password is the year you were born (4-digit birth year = YYYY) + last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSSS– Example: YYYYSSSS) or Ncyyyyssss!    where yyyy=birth year and ssss=last 4 of social.  Don’t forget the ! at the end

 

Note: Students who do not have a Social Security Number (i.e., some International students) will use the last 4 digits of their Navarro College Student ID Number

 

If you need further technical assistance, email servicedesk@navarrocollege.edu or 903-875-7416. (Be sure to include full name, student ID and date of birth)

Are all classes moving to an online (virtual) format? UPDATED 3.25.20

The majority of classes are 100% online for the remainder of the semester; however, classes in the following programs may be required to come to campus at some point in the semester (as allowed by local, state, and federal government regulations) to fulfill hands-on course requirements: MLT, PTA, OTA, EMS, Cosmetology, Petroleum Technology, Massage Therapy, Welding, Fire, and Police Academy. All students should contact their course instructors for specific course information.

ACADEMIC AND CAMPUS OPERATIONS

I don’t have a computer at home to use for online classes, what should I do?

As long as the college remains open, students will have access to laptop kiosks or PCs in the library. Students can use facilities individually, or in small groups, if they are not exhibiting any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 and observe all CDC hygiene protocols.

I don’t have an internet connection at my house, what should I do to access online classes? UPDATED 03.20.20

Below is information that our IT department was able to obtain FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots. Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months

 

To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:

 

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

 

Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

 

Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

 

Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees. AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement. Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow). T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).

How can I access my online courses?

Courses may be accessed through CANVAS at canvas.navarrocollege.edu

As a music major, how will I do my juries performance?

Music faculty teaching applied lessons will continue teaching lessons for the duration of the fully online period, likely by Zoom, Skype, or similar format. Should the need arise, end of semester juries may be handled the same manner. Please stay in contact with your studio instructor or Mr. Buckrucker for the latest information.

Part of my class is lab-based, how will I complete lab work?

Each instructor will offer alternative methods for labs to students based on the nature of those labs. For labs that require specialized software or other resources, the campus is not closed, and students can use facilities individually, or in small groups, if they are not exhibiting any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 and observe all CDC hygiene protocols.

If I have other questions about accessing online courses, where do I go for additional information?

To login, use the following:

-Go to mync.navarrocollege.edu

-Your MyNC login username is:

– firstname.lastname (lowercase)

         – Example: jane.doe

-Your default password is the year you were born (4-digit birth year = YYYY) + last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSSS– Example: YYYYSSSS) or Ncyyyyssss!    where yyyy=birth year and ssss=last 4 of social.  Don’t forget the ! at the end

 

Note: Students who do not have a Social Security Number (i.e., some International students) will use the last 4 digits of their Navarro College Student ID Number.

If classes are going to be online only, will this impact my veteran’s housing benefits?

We do not anticipate that veteran housing benefits will be impacted as this change to online classes is due to mitigating circumstances. The college will work with our veteran students in order to work through any issues that may arise from this change in course delivery.

When will I hear from my professor about my courses? What am I supposed to be doing?

All instructors are being asked to contact their students as soon as possible. Instructors will communicate to their students their plan (i.e. specific tasks, tools, timing, etc.) for moving their face to face courses fully online.

Is the College shutting down? UPDATED 03/20/20

Per Governor Abbott’s Executive order and comments, he made the evening of March 20, all Navarro College campus locations are closed to the general public until April 3. Employees will be performing essential functions during this time.

· The majority of courses will be delivered online.

· Courses in the following programs will be delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face delivery by appointment, and in groups of no more than 10 people total: MLT, PTA, OTA, EMS, Cosmetology, Petroleum Technology, Massage Therapy, Welding, Fire, and Police Academy. Faculty will deliver specific details to their students.

· College faculty and staff will work remotely unless otherwise directed by their supervisor beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice

 

Effective March 23 until April 13, instructional activities and faculty office hours will utilize virtual (online) platforms. This means face-to-face lectures, seminars, labs and other classroom settings, as possible, will take place virtually. Please be aware this period may be extended based on continued developments of federal and/or state authorizations. 

 

Effective immediately, the college is following social distancing guidelines. We encourage students to first email or call the appropriate office (for example: dining services, residential housing, and academic/student support) before visiting campus.

Has Navarro College made changes to class schedules, attendance policies?

Please contact your professor for questions about specific classes.

Does this include Adult Ed classes?

AEL has canceled all of its classes for the week of March 16-20. Classes may resume on Monday, March 23.  Students should be doing their online learning through Burlington English and Essential Education.

 

Students should remain in contact with their instructor and aide through Remind or email for additional information.

Does this include dual credit classes? UPDATED 03/20/20

Effective March 23 until April 13, the majority of Dual Credit Courses will utilize virtual (online) platforms. This means face-to-face lectures, seminars, labs and other classroom settings, as possible, will take place virtually. Please be aware this period may be extended based on continued developments of federal and/or state authorizations.

Are all classes moving to an online (virtual) format?

All classes except the following have been moved to an online (virtual) format. Please contact your instructor for more information.  The following types of classes still have at least a partial face-to-face component:  OTA, PTA, MLT, Welding, Cosmetology, EMS, Petroleum Technology, Massage Therapy, Science labs, Education, ADN and specific co-requisite courses.  Once again, please contact your professor for more information.

Will all campus tours be canceled?

In abiding with the CDC’s social distancing guidelines, all Navarro College campus tours and group visits have been rescheduled to April 20 or later. If you have any questions please email student.recruiting@navarrocollege.edu.

Where do I go for official college information regarding updates on the situation?

Official college information will be posted at navarrocollege.edu on the COVID-19 section (https://www.navarrocollege.edu/covid-19/), official Navarro College social media pages as well as email sent to Navarro College email addresses. Please rely on these sources as the official word coming from Navarro College, and no other sources.

Are all intercollegiate sporting events canceled?

With the direction from the NJCAA all Navarro College intercollegiate athletics events are canceled through the remainder of the spring semester.

RESIDENCE HALLS

Are residence halls open? UPDATED 03/20/20

Governor Abbott’s declaration does apply to Colleges and Universities, however, Residence Life and Dining operations are allowed to still serve limited student needs. Therefore, students who have submitted a request to return to campus will be notified through their Navarro College email by Saturday, March 21, 2020 after 2:00 pm. Please fill out this form at:https://forms.gle/X5B9JvGBDsVcCdYZ8) in order to know who is on campus in case of emergency (fire, tornado, etc.). If you choose not to return to residence life, please contact us at housing@navarrocollege.edu.

Remember, there will be limited dining operations and all meals will be provided in to-go boxes only. There will also be no visitation allowed in the Residence Halls – only people who are registered to the room are allowed to be in each room. This is a 24 hour a day policy until things return to normal.

Keep in mind, we are still encouraging students to stay home if you have a suitable alternative to returning to campus. This is to limit the chance of COVID-19/Coronavirus being introduced to our Navarro College campus community.

Thank you for your patience as we work out the details – this is truly a situation no one could expect and changes hourly. Stay safe!

For all questions not addressed above, follow these procedures:

At this time, we are opening a status form for you to fill out. This form is available here, and we ask all students to fill it out by Friday, March 20. (If you are unable to use the link, copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://forms.gle/vYCUWjF1LjDKqTno7 ). One of the first questions this form asks is if you would like to request housing accommodations through the remainder of the spring semester. Your answer of “yes” or “no” to this question will direct you to more questions pertaining to each situation.

 

The safety and welfare of our students and staff is the college’s utmost concern, and we will be practicing the social distancing protocol at all campuses. We strongly encourage students who can remain at home to complete their classes in the online format that will be delivered through April 13th. Please refer to the email from Leslie Smith on behalf of President Fegan March 17th. We understand that there may be some housing students who have no other options but to return to housing. We would like to connect with you and have a discussion about your concerns and work with you regarding your housing needs. Campus dining is limited to Rick and Rosie’s Deli and is available in to-go boxes only.

 

Should face-to-face classes resume after April 13, 2020 you will be allowed to return to your residence hall room even if you have previously come to campus and turned in your room key. If you prefer to wait and see what happens before removing your belongings, you are welcome to do that, but they must be retrieved by Tuesday, May 5, which is the last day of finals week for the Spring semester. If belongings are left in your room after May 5, you will be considered an improper checkout and will receive substantial fines.

 

We understand that you may not be able to pick up belongings during regular business hours (Monday – Friday from 8 am – 6 pm). To aid in your ability to retrieve belongings, we are opening weekend times for picking up items. Those dates will be released soon. In the meantime, should you need to pick up belongings from the residence halls, please schedule a time with your Area Coordinator between the hours of 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm Monday – Saturday. Appointments must be made in advance to schedule a time by contacting your Area Coordinator. AC phone numbers are listed below.

 

Whitney Smith (Buildings 1, 2, 3, 10, 11)
(903) 467-6007

 

Sylvia Richardson (Buildings 12, 13, 14, 30, 31, 32)
(903) 467-4335

 

Kathryn Thomas (Buildings 8, 9, 15, 16, 21)
(903) 467-2319

 

Van Nelson (Buildings 4, 5, 6, 7)
(903) 467-6356

 

Stan Wong (IOOF)
(903) 654-0018

Regarding Mail Delivery

Students who receive mail on campus have the option of having mail forwarded to the address at which they are staying. Please email housing@navarrocollege.edu with the address to which mail should be forwarded, including first and last name, street address, and city/state/zip code.

 

Should a student prefer to come to campus to pick up a package that has been delivered, please email housing@navarrocollege.edu in advance so staff can confirm receipt of the package. The package will then be made available for pickup in the Housing Office in Gibson Hall.

 

30 days after the mailroom initially receives a package, it will be returned to sender if no arrangements have been made for delivery to student.

 

Should you have any further questions, please refer to the College’s COVID-19 update page by clicking here or pasting this URL into your browser: https://www.navarrocollege.edu/covid-19/ .

Should you have a question that is not answered on that page, please email housing@navarrocollege.edu.

 

Again, thank you for your patience at this time.

Since I won’t be using my dorm room and using my meal plan, will I be reimbursed?

As the situation is evolving and we continue to monitor the need for all online classes, a final decision regarding the cancellation of housing contracts and proration for the remainder of the semester has not yet been made. We are cognizant of the various situations our students and residents are in during this difficult time, and are considering all options to provide needed support.

STUDENT SERVICES

What do I do if I need to meet with an advisor to register for May-mini, Summer or Fall? UPDATED 04.13.20

 

During the COVID 19 pandemic, all Navarro College Academic Advising staff are currently working remotely.

Please review ALL of the information below to ensure you are connected with the proper advisor.

If you are a NEW STUDENT to Navarro College, please complete the following steps: 1. To connect with the appropriate advisor, complete this form. Also, you can call (903)875-7397 or email: advising@navarrocollege.edu

2. To prepare for your appointment with an advisor, please complete the following steps:

  • Submit all transcripts.
  • Submit Bacterial Meningitis (All students 22 and younger).
  • Complete and submit TSI scores if required. § Visit https://www.txcte.org/resource/texas-genuine and review different career and program options. § Complete and save this career assessment http://assessment.texasgenuine.org/.
  • Write down any questions you may have for your advisor.
    •  Educational & Career Goals
    •  Transfer questions
    • Timeline to completion or transfer

If you are a CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENT in Navarro College, please reach out to the appropriate campus through one of the following email addresses:

Corsicana – Advising@navarrocollege.edu

Waxahachie – Waxahachie.advising@navarrocollege.edu

Mexia – Mexia.advising@navarrocollege.edu

Midlothian – Midlothian.advising@navarrocollege.edu

 

 How do I get counseling services? UPDATED 03/20/20

In order to promote the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, we are providing personal counseling to students via telephone or through a HIPAA compliant video platform. Please click the link below to schedule an appointment.

 

To request a counseling appointment click here.

How do I get Tutoring services? UPDATED 03/20/20

To ensure the health and well-being of students, we are providing online tutoring services.

We will have Navarro College tutors available through Upswing our online tutoring platform.

Click here for Online Tutoring (Upswing).

For help finding a tutor online watch this Video.

For additional assistance with tutoring, please email the person listed below for each campus.

Waxahachie: Fawn.Trotter@navarrocollege.edu

Corsicana: Walter.Sheffield@navarrocollege.edu

Mexia: Marissa.Santos@navarrocollege.edu

Midlothian: Erika.Roland@navarrocolleg.edu

How do I get academic advising services? UPDATED 03/20/20

In order to promote and ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff, we can advise students via phone, email, or through TEAMS video meeting.  Below, are emails for each campus’ advising office.  We will see students face-to-face who are not able to utilize another advising option, but an appointment would be necessary to help reduce crowds on our campuses.  To arrange advising, please call the appropriate campus to connect with an advisor.

Corsicana-Advising@navarrocollege.edu

Waxahachie- Waxahachie.advising@navarrocollege.edu

Mexia- Mexia.advising@navarrocollege.edu

Midlothian- Midlothian.advising@navarrocollege.edu

Advising for Career & Technical Education (CTE) students pursuing a Certificate (CT) or AAS degree:

Contact the CTE Success Center by phone at (903) 875-7444 or email perkins@navarrocollege.edu to set up an advising session via email, phone, or video messaging.

Summer & Fall Registration Opens April 13th! Please contact us soon to secure your courses!

Are the Testing Centers open? UPDATED 3/23/20

Testing Centers will not be proctoring any tests for the week of March 23rd through March 27th.

What tests are available?  We are offering Navarro Course exams, GED, HiSET, and Pearson exams on a limited basis.

Can I take the TSI test? UPDATED 06/19/20

We are able to give the TSI Test both in person and remotely.  Complete the form at https://bit.ly/39M8WAX to set up a test.

Can I take the TEAS test now? UPDATED 06/19/20

We are able to give the TEAS tests please call one of our testing centers for information.

Have Adult Ed classes been affected?  UPDATED 03/23/20

AEL classes will be held virtually beginning March 23rd and continue until further notice.  Students should remain in contact with their instructor and aide through Remind or email for additional information.  Online learning through Burlington English and Essential Education is still required.

I’ve always come to the Testing Center for my proctored exams for my online courses, will I still do this? UPDATED 06/19/20

Many instructors have redesigning testing assessments to where you may not have to come to a proctored location. Some classes are using Respondus Monitor to proctor tests.  Keep in mind that there are technical requirements such as broadband internet access, webcam, microphone etc.  Please see the Respondus Student Guide for details.

What will I need to bring on the day of my test? UPDATED 06/19/20

This varies depending on the specific test, but always come with a valid picture ID.

Will I be allowed to test at the Testing Center if I feel ill?  

Do not come to our campus if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness.

How do I make an appointment to test? UPDATED 03/23/20

Please call to make an appointment at the testing location in which you want to test. Ore complete the Testing form at https://bit.ly/39M8WAX

Corsicana                  903-875-7457       corsicana.testing@navarrocollege.edu

Waxahachie              972-923-6429       waxahachie.testing@navarrocollege.edu

Midlothian                972-775-7208       midlothian.testing@navarrocollege.edu

Mexia Testing           254-562-3848       mexia.testing@navarrocollege.edu

How do I access my course through Canvas?

There are four options to receive support with Canvas and accessing your course.

  1. Review the following videos & guide:
  2. Call the Service Desk at (903) 875-7416
    • Monday – Friday, 8am—11 p.m.
  3. Email the Service Desk at servicedesk@navarrocollege.edu.
    • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.—11 p.m.

How do I send an email?

There are four options to receive support with Canvas and accessing your course content and materials.

  1. Click here for instructions.
  2. Call the Service Desk at (903) 875-7416
    • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.—11 p.m.
  3. Email the Service Desk at servicedesk@navarrocollege.edu.
    • Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m.

What are Library Hours UPDATED 05.11.20

The libraries on Corsicana and Waxahachie campuses will be open for May Mini students during the times of 10am-2pm and 5pm-8pm, Monday through Thursday.

Students entering the library will follow the CDC screening guidelines (CDC Screening Guidelines)

QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19?

 

If you have questions about NC’s reponse to COVID-19 that are not answered on this page or covered in our frequently asked questions, please submit them through this form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note, that we’re not in a position to answer scientific questions about the virus. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control for those questions.

April 6, 2020Letter from the District President

Dear Bulldog Community,

Pre-registration for summer and fall classes opens on Monday, April 13, 2020.  Due to ongoing health concerns surrounding COVID-19, all Navarro College May mini and summer courses will be conducted in modified formats. All indications from the federal government, the state of Texas, and local authorities regarding COVID-19 lead us to believe this is the best decision.  We are making this announcement now to ensure students and faculty are aware of the change from face-to-face to online and hybrid instruction to allow time for planning.

The term dates and course delivery methods are as follows:

  • May Mini (May 11 – 28, 2020) – online instruction only
  • Summer I 6-week (June 2 – July 7, 2020) – online instruction only
  • Summer 12-week (June 2 – August 12, 2020) – online and hybrid instruction
  • Summer II 6-week (July 9 – August 12, 2020) – online and hybrid instruction

Hybrid classes will allow for an online start as necessary.  Please check the Navarro College homepage for updates and information.

At this time, we plan for campuses to be open this fall, with classes being conducted in all previous formats including face-to-face, hybrid and online.

Students, your academic preparation and progression towards your career is our priority. Despite the switch to online and hybrid classes for summer, we will continue to offer high quality education to keep you on track with your education and career goals.   If you have any questions or concerns about summer courses, please call 903.875.7397 or email advising@navarrocollege.edu.

 

We understand that online learning may be challenging for our students in some situations, but please know that we are here to help you succeed. Our faculty and staff will continue to work closely with their students to provide the support they need to fully benefit from online instruction.

Thank you for your continued commitment to your personal, academic, and career goals at Navarro College.  Your positive, can-do attitude makes all the difference!

With BULLDOG PRIDE,

 

Dr. Kevin G. Fegan

District President

 

March 31, 2020Letter from the District President

Dear Bulldog Students, Faculty and Staff:

Today, March 31, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Orders that follow the decision by the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance social distancing guidelines, extend the deadline for these guidelines to April 30, and require schools to remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance through May 4, 2020.  Navarro College will abide by these orders and will continue to utilize waivers for essential services and personnel to operate from campus locations in limited and defined instances.

Navarro College has been preparing for modified instruction and operations to continue through the end of spring semester 2020, but we also hoped to have in-person classes if permitted.  Navarro College trustees, leadership, faculty and staff have worked to be timely with decisions while remaining conscientious  of the education, workforce and socioeconomic needs of those we serve which, in some instances, still require a traditional opportunity.  However, today’s Executive Orders require all Navarro College modified instruction and operations to continue through the completion of spring semester 2020.

BULLDOG PRIDE embodies  the history, tradition, values and legacy of Navarro College trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and students.  It is the cumulative effect of generations of Bulldogs competing, persevering, and tackling opportunities head on with an attitude of determination and a focus on completing the task.  Bulldog Pride is the result of people being successful in the pursuit of their personal and professional goals.  The resolve of one’s Bulldog Pride must never waiver.

Continue your support of each other and our communities, and let us complete the spring semester of 2020 by modeling Bulldog Pride!

With BULLDOG PRIDE,

Dr. Kevin G. Fegan

Navarro College District President

 

 

March 27, 2020Letter from the District President

Bulldog Students, Faculty and Staff,

 

While tremendous work and effort throughout our Bulldog community continues with modified instruction and operations for the completion of spring semester, not all opportunities are able to continue and/or occur in many of our traditional formats.  One of those is our spring commencement events and activities.

 

Due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, guidelines on mass events, and working to provide our graduates and their families with time to prepare for the end of the spring semester, Navarro College has decided to postpone May graduation ceremonies in lieu of cancellation.

 

Navarro College is preparing to host commencement ceremonies and activities on August 6 and/or 7 for those wishing to celebrate in person.  We will communicate information as it becomes available. We know the effort and time that each of you individually have committed to earn this recognition, and we are looking forward to celebrating with you in August.

 

As the spring semester ends, the college will continue to mail diplomas to graduates, process transcripts, and respond to all opportunities that occur upon the completion of a student’s degree and/or certificate work.

 

We realize postponing the commencement ceremony this spring semester is not ideal. What is most important is you, our students, completing the coursework and requirements needed to become a Navarro College Bulldog graduate and continuing the pursuit and attainment of your personal and professional goals!

 

With BULLDOG PRIDE,

 

Dr. Kevin G. Fegan

District President

 

March 25, 2020Letter from the District President

Dear Bulldog Students, Faculty and Staff:

I have never been prouder and more honored to be a member of our BULLDOG FAMILY than I have been since modified instruction and operations started on Monday, March 23rd.  The many opportunities that have been shared with me illustrating the tremendous efforts of compassion, professionalism, cooperation, and most importantly listening by our students, faculty, staff, education and community partners has been very impressive, but not surprising.  BULLDOG PRIDE continues to lead and guide through this evolving opportunity.

On Monday, March 23, the City of Corsicana declared a local state of disaster that mandates a shelter in place order due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The order defines the effective time as 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.  On Tuesday, March 24, Judge H.M. Davenport issued a Stay Home, Stay Safe Declaration for Navarro County that is effective for the same time as the City of Corsicana.  In addition, on Tuesday March 24, Ellis County Commissioners issued a similar order with an effective time as 11:59 p.m Wednesday, March 25, through 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 3.  These declarations are a few of a number declared, not only within our region but also throughout the state of Texas.

In my March 17 update to you, I shared that effective March 23 until April 13, Navarro College was transitioning most instructional activities to virtual platforms and canceling all campus events and travel.  Prior to that update and since, the Navarro College Leadership Team, faculty and staff have been preparing to operate virtually in all instruction and operations activity throughout the end of spring semester.

Navarro College is prepared to serve our diverse group of stakeholders and their educational, workforce and socioeconomic needs, outcomes and expectations during the declarations that have mandated shelter in place orders.  Employees will continue to perform instruction and operations remotely, and Navarro College will abide by the shelter in place orders and utilize waivers for essential services and personnel to operate from campus locations in limited and defined instances.

Please continue to monitor the College website for information and read all communication sent to you from the College, faculty and staff members.

Continue your support of each other and our communities by modeling Bulldog Pride.

With BULLDOG PRIDE,

 

Dr. Kevin G. Fegan

Navarro College District President

 

March 20, 2020Letter from the District President

Dear Bulldog Students, Faculty and Staff:

 

As I share with you in this letter specific information about the resuming of classes and modified campus operations starting onMonday, March 23rd, I want to again thank you for your unwavering and unconditional commitment to each other, our Bulldog Family, and the communities that Navarro College serves.  Navarro College will be successful in keeping our students on track for completion because of the professionalism and extraordinary effort and cooperation of our students, faculty, staff, education and community partners.

 

The patience and flexibility that all Navarro College stakeholders have exhibited during this evolving opportunity has allowed the College to strategically prepare for and address our diverse group of stakeholders and their variety of educational, workforce and socioeconomic needs, outcomes and expectations.

 

The strategic objectives for Navarro College during the past two weeks have been:

1.      To protect the health and safety of our students and employees

2.      To be prepared to resume classes and begin completing the spring 2020 semester through online, hybrid, and alternate classwork, depending on the type of course and national and/or state accreditation and licensing requirements

3.      To keep students on track for completion

4.      To enable the majority of the College employees to work remotely, while continuing to provide necessary services, with as few employees working on site as possible

5.      To facilitate a return to normal operations in the future, by ensuring our full-time and part-time employees are retained and able to focus on work

 

Based on the work completed in pursuing those strategic objectives and per Governor Abbott’s executive order and his comments during his virtual town hall on Coronavirus on March 19, beginning Monday, March 23and through the end of spring semester, the following modified instruction and operations will be in effect:

  • The majority of courses will be delivered online.
  • Courses in the following programs will be delivered through a combination of online and face-to-face delivery by appointment, and in groups of no more than 10 people total: MLT, PTA, OTA, EMS, Cosmetology, Petroleum Technology, Massage Therapy, Welding, Fire, and Police Academy. Faculty will deliver specific details to their students.
  • College faculty and staff will work remotely unless otherwise directed by their supervisor beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice.
  • Per Governor Abbott’s Executive order and comments, he made the evening of March 19, all Navarro College campus locations are closed to the general public until April 3. Employees will be performing essential functions during this time.

 

Please refer to our FAQs about Academic and Campus OperationsFAQs for Employees, and FAQ’s for Students pages for additional information. These FAQ sites are being updated daily as decisions are being made and plans are being implemented.

 

Please continue to monitor the College website for information.  This is a fluid opportunity and details are rapidly changing, and it is critical that you read all communications sent to you from the College and from faculty and staff members.

 

Our Navarro College communities continue to proactively adapt and find productive and effective solutions to ensure that our students are fully prepared to continue their pursuit and achievement of their personal and professional goals.  You continue to model our Bulldog Pride and it is providing leadership to and for many!

 

With BULLDOG PRIDE,

 

Dr. Kevin G. Fegan

Navarro College District President

March 17, 2020Letter from the District President

Dear Bulldog Students, Faculty and Staff:

 

First, let me thank all of you for your professionalism and caring for our entire Bulldog Family during the past 10 days.  Bulldog Pride has never been more evident and more needed. I thank you all for your individual commitment to the larger common good.

 

As of March 15, many Texas agencies and municipal governments have established social distancing and visiting restrictions per CDC guidelines. These include restricting gatherings to no more than 10 people together in a public setting in order to slow the threat of local and regional exposure of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Navarro College’s Leadership Team, faculty, staff, education and community partners have been in communication for many days working on a transition plan for completion of the spring 2020 semester.  Navarro College serves a diverse group of stakeholders and a variety of educational, workforce and socioeconomic needs, outcomes and expectations.  Each of those needs, outcomes and expectations are important to Navarro College and have been carefully deliberated while working on our transition plan.

 

In our efforts to enhance social distancing and respond to federal, state and local recommendations/regulations to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; to create and maintain a safe living and learning environment for each member of our Bulldog Family; and to do our part to protect the health of our region and those who may be especially vulnerable to this highly contagious virus, the following list contains Navarro College’s next steps:

 

  • Effective March 23 until April 13, instructional activities and faculty office hours will utilize virtual (online) platforms. This means face-to-face lectures, seminars, labs and other classroom settings, as possible, will take place virtually. Please be aware this period may be extended based on continued developments of federal and/or state authorizations.  See FAQ’s -Attending Classes on line here.

 

  • Effective immediately, the college is following social distancing guidelines. We encourage students to first email or call the appropriate office (for example: dining services, residential housing, and academic/student support) before visiting campus. Contact Us

 

  • All campus events and travel from March 23–April 13 are canceled/postponed. See FAQ’s – Events here.

 

  • All residence halls, dining facilities and academic buildings are being disinfected regularly following CDC guidelines for colleges and universities. See FAQ’s – Staying Healthy here.

 

  • The NJCAA and NCA have suspended all intercollegiate athletic events for the remainder of the spring season. . See FAQ’s – Events here.

 

The most up-to-date, verified information can be found on the college’s COVID-19 webpage, including answers to frequently asked questions. There’s also an online form to submit new questions.

 

This situation is being monitored on a daily basis, and additional guidance, changes and recommendations will most certainly be forthcoming.

 

Canvas provides assistance via live chat for students who need help with learning resources, and a Canvas support hotline — 1-833-444-2087 — is available around the clock.  Canvas Resources

 

For technical support, contact the One Stop Service Desk by email servicedesk@navarrocollege.edu or call 903-875-7416.  Service Desk

 

Additional questions or needs by students, family members or college employees can be submitted via an online form included on the college’s COVID-19 webpage.  

 

The following weeks will continue to test our resolve in many ways, but I know that our ability to model Bulldog Pride in all that is presented to us will carry us through these difficult and uncertain times.

 

With BULLDOG PRIDE,

 

Dr. Kevin G. Fegan

Navarro College District President

March 13, 2020- The health and wellness of Navarro College students, faculty and staff are paramount as college officials plan for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how it might impact the remainder of the spring semester. In preparation for the completion of the spring 2020 semester, we have decided to extend students’ spring break on all campuses for an additional week (March 16-20). Classes will resume on Monday, March 23rd.

 

Staff (full and part-time) on all campuses have a one-day extension to spring break (March 16) and will report back to campus on March 17 (unless instructed by supervisor to report back to campus sooner) to prepare for the remainder of the semester. The extension will help us plan for service to students and to mitigate risk of exposure to COVID-19.

 

The health and safety of our students and employees are top priority. Please note, there currently are no reported cases of the Coronavirus among our Bulldog students, faculty or staff. However, as reports of COVID-19 continue to spread, our priority continues to be the current and future well-being of all Bulldogs.

 

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to monitor the college’s social media accounts and their email as it will be the primary source for updates.

 

Navarro has created a mandatory reporting form for all students, faculty and staff traveling from or through any country designated as Level 2 or Level 3 by the CDC for COVID-19. Please contact Housing or HR if you need to complete the form. Students who have been away from campus are encouraged not to return and await further information. If students have no other choice than to return, contact housing@navarrocollege.edu.

 

All upcoming college events and activities are cancelled or postponed through Monday, March 23. Updates for future events will be communicated as information is available.

 

This is a rapidly developing situation and additional details will be communicated as they become available. We continue to use the best advice and guidance available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and county and regional health professionals and emergency management.

March 6, 2020- Bulldogs- (Students, Faculty & Staff)

 

Navarro College’s Leadership Team continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 with regular assessment and evaluation for our college community.  At this time we are not aware of any student or staff member who has contracted or who has been in contact with an individual with the virus.

 

We want to assure you that we continue to work closely with our health experts to monitor the situation.  This includes our local partners with the Navarro County Public Health Department and Navarro Regional Hospital, as well as frequent updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services, for instance.

 

TRAVEL

Over Spring Break and throughout this period of time, we urge faculty, students, and staff who are traveling to keep in mind travel restrictions and to take basic precautions.  Travel restrictions have and can change rapidly with little notice, so be prepared for some challenges, allow extra time, and stay abreast of potential changes.  The CDC has provided the following website with updated travel information:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

 

Below you will find some additional information on how the virus is spread, symptoms, prevention, what to do if you think you could be infected, along with some links to additional resources.

We continue to use the best advice and guidance available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html)  (CDC), World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/).

 

PRECAUTIONS

If you develop symptoms after traveling – such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath – within 14 days of your return from an area with a COVID-19 outbreak or have been in direct (face-to-face) contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19, please take the following precautionary steps:

  • Call your health care provider in advance. Do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, or health facility without calling first. Your health care provider may need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.
  • Monitor your symptoms closely by taking your temperature daily.
  • Stay home until at least 24 hours after your fever ends. If you must go out of the house or be around others, avoid close contact. Be especially careful around people who have compromised immune systems and/or are over the age of 65.
  • Take care of yourself. Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.

 

As you know there are a few easy things we can all do:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

February 28, 2020- Bulldogs- (Students, Faculty & Staff)

 

As we hear more about the latest coronavirus, COVID-19, we want to assure you that we continue to work closely with our health experts to monitor the situation.  This includes our local partners with the Navarro County Health Department, Navarro Regional Hospital, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  At this time we are not aware of any student or staff member that has contracted or been in contact with anyone who has contracted the virus.  Below you will find some additional information on how the virus is spread, symptoms, prevention, what to do if you think you are infected, along with some links to additional resources.

 

Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19?

COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in China, and limited spread among close contacts has been detected in some countries outside China, including the United States. At this time, however, this virus is NOT currently spreading in communities in the United States. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in China or people who have traveled to China. Risk of infection is dependent on exposure. Close contacts of people who are infected are at greater risk of exposure, for example health care workers and close contacts of people who are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC continues to closely monitor the situation.

 

How does COVID-19 spread?

Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.

 

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

 

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

 

Early on, many of the patients in the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, it is now clear that person-to-person spread is occurring. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19, and investigations are ongoing.

 

Helpful Resources:

Here is information about Coronavirus Disease: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

 

Here is information that is local to Texas: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

 

Here is a CDC link for travel to affected areas: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

 

Here is a current CDC handout on what you should know: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

TRAVEL

 

Over Spring Break and throughout this period of time, we urge faculty, students, and staff who are traveling to keep in mind travel restrictions and to take basic precautions. Travel restrictions have and can change rapidly with little notice, so be prepared for some challenges, allow extra time, and stay abreast of potential changes. The CDC has provided the following website with updated travel information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

 

Below you will find some additional information on how the virus is spread, symptoms, prevention, what to do if you think you could be infected, along with some links to additional resources.

 

We continue to use the best advice and guidance available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html), (CDC), World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/).

PRECAUTIONS

 

If you develop symptoms after traveling – such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath – within 14 days of your return from an area with a COVID-19 outbreak or have been in direct (face-to-face) contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19, please take the following precautionary steps:

 

  • Call your health care provider in advance. Do not show up at a clinic, urgent care, or health facility without calling first. Your health care provider may need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.
  • Monitor your symptoms closely by taking your temperature daily.
  • Stay home until at least 24 hours after your fever ends. If you must go out of the house or be around others, avoid close contact. Be especially careful around people who have compromised immune systems and/or are over the age of 65.
  • Take care of yourself. Rest as much as possible. Drink lots of fluids.

 

As you know there are a few easy things we can all do:

 

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.