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Important message from NRCC regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated on July 22 2021 02:11 PM

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as decisions regarding college operations are being made following guidance provided by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Governor’s office, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and broader community are of the utmost importance.

The most current information will be updated on this page. However, if you would like to see past communications sent to students we have made those available as well.

Past Student Communications

NRCC Dashboard

New River Community College has created a dashboard to report confirmed on-campus COVID-19 positive cases. The metrics are updated daily based on data reported to the Dean of Student Services and the Director of Human Resources and Business Operations at NRCC.

NRCC COVID-19 Dashboard

NRCC Announces Plan for the Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony

The college will hold in-person graduation ceremonies based upon the Governor’s Office guidance released on March 17, 2021 related to graduation ceremonies. An overview of the plans is included below.

  • Three ceremonies will be held to honor graduates within their specific program areas, and to ensure all aspects of the guidance are followed.
    • Wednesday, May 12, at 6:00 p.m.: Associate Degree Nursing (spring 2020 and spring 2021 graduates), and Practical Nursing (summer 2020 graduates)
      *Note: A ceremony for Summer 2021 Practical Nursing graduates will be held later.
    • Friday, May 14, at 5:00 p.m.: Division of Arts and Sciences (fall 2019 – summer 2021 graduates)
    • Friday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m.: Division of Business and Technologies (fall 2019 – summer 2021 graduates)
  • Graduates and faculty only will be permitted to attend their designated ceremony. All ceremonies will be livestreamed for family, friends, and others to view off-campus.
  • Graduates are required to RSVP to attend their designated ceremony, and only those who RSVP will be permitted to participate.
  • Graduation apparel (gowns, caps, and tassels) are available for purchase on the NRCC Bookstore website.

More details and the Graduate RSVP Form are available on the May 2021 Graduation Information page. All graduates attending a ceremony must RSVP no later than Friday, April 30, 2021. We look forward to honoring our graduates with these ceremonies.

The full announcement released from the Governor’s Office on 03/17/21 is available on the governor's newsroom.

May 2021 Graduation Information

NRCC Announces Plan for the Spring 2021 Semester

Spring semester classes, which will begin February 1, will be offered online with the exception of some career/technical, performance-based, and workforce development classes/labs that require hands-on or clinical experiences.

For the first two weeks of the semester, all instruction will take place online, including the early portions of classes that will later meet in person. Beginning February 15, classes that include face-to-face instruction will begin meeting while following COVID-19 protocols for small groups. All other instruction will continue to be offered remotely.

NRCC’s academic calendar has been adjusted so that the spring semester will begin a week later, on February 1, and this year’s spring break has been eliminated.

While college offices will remain closed to the public until further notice, staff are available online at nr.edu and by telephone at 540-674-3600 to assist with registration or other matters. Registration for spring and summer classes begins on November 4. Spring class listings will include identifiers so students may readily determine the format in which they are offered.

New River Community College Reopening Plan

Spring 2021 Information and Updates

Students should visit the Spring 2021 Updates page for a wide array of information regarding the changes coming in Spring 2021 and how it impacts classes, changes in the academic calendar, registration tips, and more. The Fall 2020 Updates page remains available as well.

Srping 2021 Updates
Fall 2020 Updates

Video Guidance from the CDC

Please view the following videos to help prepare you for your time on-campus and other public places.

CARES Act Funding

New River Community College received an allocation from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Information has been posted regarding the funding, student eligibility criteria, and distribution.

CARES Act Funding

Summer 2020 Grading Returning to Normal

Use of the spring 2020 grading policy of awarding default grades (P+, P-, and W), which was implemented by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in response to COVID-19, has concluded. Effective summer 2020, the standard grading policy of awarding letter grades has been reinstated.

Full details of the Spring 2020 Grading options remain available to those interested, but this grading policy is no longer in effect.

NRCC Facilities Closed

In response to the Governor's Stay at Home Order, NRCC classrooms, labs, and other facilities are no longer open to students (This includes the few small groups that have previously been allowed to meet on a limited basis). Faculty and staff will be working remotely, and college buildings will be closed until further notice.

Please refer to the full text of the Governor's order for more information.

Continuity of Instruction

As a reminder, the following is in place until further notice:

  • Current online classes will continue as planned. Faculty will communicate any changes in assignments, due dates, testing requirements, etc.
  • Most in-person classes have been moved online via Canvas or to another remote delivery format (emails, videos, Zoom meetings, instructional packets, etc.). Faculty will directly communicate delivery format information to their students. The Department of Online Learning has compiled a list of tips and resources to help you out as you transition from in-person classes to Online/Remote classes.
  • Please continue to check your VCCS email daily for college updates and communications from your faculty.
  • If you have not already done so, please register for the NRCC Alert at https://www.nr.edu/alert/.

Accessing Support Services, Resources, and Campus Facilities

While the college is closed, Wi-Fi access is available in most of lot H and a small section of lot G on the main campus in Dublin. The red highlighted areas in this map show the coverage area.

Student success continues to be our number one priority. Though staff will be working remotely, we are committed to providing the same level of support services and resources. Each student has an assigned Student Services Advisor who will be reaching out to you to offer assistance and to ensure you know how to contact them. We have wonderful faculty at NRCC and they are ready and willing to assist you however they can. Please contact them immediately with any questions you may have.

You CAN do this and we are here to help! The following offices are being staffed remotely, but are still available during this time of remote instruction and remote support:

Please continue to check your VCCS email daily for updates and important information from your faculty. The college website also has current information. We thank each of you for your patience and understanding as we all continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19. Additionally, thank you for doing your part by adhering to social distancing guidelines.

All NRCC Events Have Been Canceled or Postponed

All scheduled events have been canceled or postponed, including NRCC's May Commencement.

We are sorry the May ceremonies had to be canceled, but hope everyone understands that necessity. We do plan to hold graduation sometime later this year and are now reviewing possibilities. Please stay tuned for more information.

Volunteer to Help

You may have heard that volunteers are needed to help out with challenges related to the current healthcare situation. The Virginia Department of Health has more information about how to get involved with the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps.

Social Distancing and Other Guidance For Everyone's Safety

First and foremost, your health and well-being are of our utmost importance. In accordance with requests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the President of the United States, and the Governor of Virginia, the college also asks that you practice social distancing. Everyone is responsible for doing his/her part to slow the spread of COVID-19. To that end, it is critical that you avoid gathering in large crowds. Social distancing does not mean it is a holiday, a time to throw a party, or a time to go to the beach with friends. It is not life as normal; however, the sooner we all adhere to social distancing guidelines will hopefully mean a sooner return to our normal routines. More information is available from the CDC and the official Virginia State website. In addition:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asks that everyone take steps to minimize the chance of contracting any illness, including coronavirus (COVID-19). The CDC provides these specific guidelines:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizers (greater than 60% alcohol) can be used if you aren’t able to wash your hands.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue (then discarding the tissue promptly).
  • Regularly clean and disinfect objects and surfaces (ex: door handles, desk phones, cell phones, desktops, computer keyboard and mouse).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and other people.

NRCC Alert Instructions

NRCC provides free emergency notifications to students and the community in the event of a campus emergency or closure. Sign up for NRCC Alert to be notified in the event of a campus closure.

Register for NRCC Alert
Manage Your NRCC Alert Settings

If you are having trouble logging in or have other questions about NRCC Alert, please contact the NRCC Help Desk at (540) 674-3600 x4400 or nr4help@nr.edu.

Important Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Virginia Department of Health

NRCC Employee Resources

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NRCC Alert

NRCC provides free emergency notifications to students and the community in the event of a campus emergency or closure. Sign up for NRCC Alert to be notified in the event of a campus closure.

Register for NRCC Alert
Manage Your NRCC Alert Settings

If you are having trouble logging in or have other questions about NRCC Alert, please contact the NRCC Help Desk at (540) 674-3600 x4400 or nr4help@nr.edu.



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