NORFOLK – After closing in March, the Northeast Community College campus will reopen on Wednesday, June 17 with limited operations.
According to a release from NECC, they’re ready to begin to implement strategies that will allow increased access to facilities and services. Faculty and students concluded the spring semester using alternative delivery methods of instruction while many employees have been working remotely over the past three months.
More employees and the public will be welcomed back to the main campus in Norfolk along with extended campus operations in O’Neill, South Sioux City and West Point as well as regional offices in Ainsworth and Hartington Wednesday. The Northeast COVID-19 Recovery Team have been working diligently to create a three-phased business continuity plan that features guiding procedures that will allow NECC to begin to incrementally reopen their campuses.
The procedures consider the health and safety of faculty and staff, students and the general public as the country continues to confront this health crisis in the months to come. It will take the commitment and cooperation by everyone to accomplish the goals of the plan.
Limited operations will be offered in the College Welcome Center, the Lifelong Learning Center and the Library/Resource Center/Hawks Shop on the Norfolk campus, at the extended campuses and regional offices also Wednesday. All other buildings will remain locked to the general public, except for those who may have instruction on-campus during the summer.
The fall semester at Northeast will begin a week earlier than originally scheduled. The August 17, start will allow the semester to end at Thanksgiving and is designed to reduce the risk of any health hazards associated with COVID-19 due to travel.
In addition, signage, extra hand sanitizing stations and plexiglass barriers for front line staff have been installed in the buildings that will open beginning next week. The wearing of face masks is encouraged when working with members of the public or if social distancing is not possible.
Teaching and learning will be divided among on-campus classes, scheduled distance learning classes (synchronous virtual learning) and online instruction. On-campus classes will abide by 10 participants or 25% occupancy of a room (whichever is higher) while maintaining social distancing of six feet between participants.
For the fall term, Northeast residence life facilities on the Norfolk campus will house less students than normal and spaces have been reserved in the student apartment buildings as isolation and quarantine areas for students who may become COVID-19 symptomatic.
Furthermore, events may be scheduled at each Northeast campus based on the local Directed Health Measure with no more than 10 individuals or no more than 25% of the normal occupancy of space (whichever is higher). The athletic department will continue to work closely with the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association to determine plans for intercollegiate athletic practices and competitions.
Northeast Community College’s business continuity plan has been crafted with the best resources and information available and is based on guidance from local and regional health partners.