NORFOLK – With the one-year anniversary past of Nebraska’s first COVID-19 patient, a community college in northeast Nebraska has made plans regarding next school year.
According to an early March release from Northeast Community College, they’ll plan on returning to regular college operations beginning with the Fall 2021 academic semester.
Similar to most colleges and universities, Northeast Community College was forced to shift instructional methods in March of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to disrupt everyday life across the world. Within a week, faculty worked to adjust the format of their courses in the context of community mitigation strategies, such as asynchronous and on-line learning, social distancing, enhanced sanitization and the avoidance of large groups. Campuses were initially closed with a number of offices operating remotely for the safety and health of students and employees. In addition, the College’s career and technical education classes have been held in socially distanced, face-to-face settings with other classes conducted in a virtual or remote environment.
Deans and instructors are currently developing Fall 2021 academic schedules for classes and delivery options with the intent of resuming to full-college operations.
Northeast’s COVID-19 Recovery Team, formed last spring, continues to meet and is providing guidance for the next academic year based, in part, on the College’s COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures and any Directed Health Measures that will be in place in the fall.
Face masks will continue to be required at all Northeast Community College locations – on campuses in Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City and West Point as well as in regional offices in Ainsworth and Hartington. Also beginning in the fall, 100% capacity will be allowed with social distancing encouraged. In addition, sanitization and disinfecting protocols for instructional and college spaces will remain in place.
Residence Life staff are prepared to fill on-campus housing facilities with students in Norfolk for the 2021-22 academic year. Residence Life will open all rooms for regular capacity to begin the fall semester. Contracts have already been distributed to current residents to reserve their room for next year, and will be distributed to new students who have applied for housing for the Fall 2021 semester in April. Students may still apply for housing for fall by downloading the application at northeast.edu/Campus-Housing.
Fall classes at Northeast Community College begin August 23, 2021.