COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update at NC


Letter from Dr. Kevin G. Fegan to Students, Faculty and Staff on March 20, 2020.

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 on Monday, 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

 


What all is included in Governor Abbott’s order regarding school closings?

Below is a memo from Governor Abbott’s office.

Good evening Chancellors and Presidents,

The Office of Governor Abbott has asked that I share the following memo regarding today’s executive order:

This memo will provide additional guidance on the continued operation of your institution of higher education in light of the Governor’s Executive Order Number GA 08 issued on March 19, 2020. Educating future generations is a crucial feature of any society, second only to ensuring public safety. In the executive order, institutions of higher education are directed to operate in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. As described in the text of the

order, the state is following guidance from the CDC to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent practicable. Please continuously monitor the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education for any updates. Texas’ institutions of higher education have already taken on this responsibility and acted swiftly in responding to this unique crisis. The work your institutions have already done is admirable and for that we are grateful.

It is our understanding that your institutions have already taken numerous precautions to protect your students, faculty, and staff. Those precautions include moving nearly all instruction to an online modality. There will be of course some instruction and operations that cannot be moved entirely online, and we expect that administrators will make the best decision on a case-by-case basis that incorporates adequate social distancing, limits on the total number of people in one space, and includes proper disinfection. This office also appreciates that institutions have made housing and food services available to a limited number of students for whom it is necessary. While we encourage you to use teleworking as much as possible, we also expect that certain staff must remain in their work environment, and specific offices located on campus may need to remain open to ensure the continuity of your operations. Again we ask that you take any and all necessary precautions.

Please accept my gratitude for everything you do for the students and residents of this state. While there will always be unique circumstance specific to each campus, we hope that this memo and CDC guidance for higher education are of assistance as you work through this situation. If you feel there are additional areas in which further discussion is necessary feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

Brady Franks

Deputy Budget and Policy Director

Office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott