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Naugatuck Valley Community College and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, in coordination with the Governor's office, have provided the following guidance to take every precaution to mitigate any potential impact on our campuses:

Messages to Community

COVID-19 update 5.18.20

Message from CSCU President, Mark E. Ojakian | What May 20 Means for CSCU

Dear CSCU Community,

As we wind down an unprecedented semester, I want to thank you once again for your incredible efforts to transition as seamlessly as possible to an entirely new means of educating our students. I know it wasn’t easy, but I remain awestruck by your adaptability during extremely challenging times.

As you may know, CSCU has played a major role in Governor Lamont’s task force looking into the safe re-opening of our higher education system, which recently released guidelines to create appropriate conditions for public and private institutions within the state to begin the process of re-opening physical campuses.

I know there has been some confusion about exactly what is happening on May 20, which the governor has identified as the date for the first stage of opening the economy. That day, restaurants, hair salons, offices, and some retail establishments will be permitted to resume operations with significant safety precautions. Colleges and universities – are allowed to open their administrative offices and some specific research programs under that guidance.  However, CSCU's current temporary telework arrangements will continue beyond May 20 while we wait for guidance from the Governor's office on the opening of state offices.  We do anticipate opening some non-residential programs across the system in phases over the summer.  You will be apprised of those openings by your campus leadership. 

We will move to reopen our colleges and universities only we are able to meet all safety standards outlined by public health experts and adopted by the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group:

·       The prevalence of the disease must be low enough to allow the safe resumption of campus operations;

·       Institutions that will be housing students 24/7 must have access to enough COVID-19 tests so that entering students can be tested upon arrival, and those students testing positive must be immediately isolated; and

·       An adequate capacity for contact tracing must be provided to the higher education institutions.

We will continue to keep you updated as we work toward the eventual re-opening of our campuses and resumption of in-person instruction.

Thank you once again.

Mark E. Ojakian

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COVID-19 update 4.22.20

Message from NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. regarding pass/fail procedure for Spring 2020

My Dear Students:

We know that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented you with a new set of challenges as you pursue your education. Naugatuck Valley Community College is committed to doing everything in our power to help you succeed. That’s why I am happy to report that at the direction of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities President Mark Ojakian, NVCC and the other Connecticut community colleges have adopted a pass/fail (credit/no credit) procedure for the spring semester.

That means you now have the option to convert any of the grades you earn in your spring 2020-semester courses to Pass (Credit) / Fail (No Credit) grading so that the courses do not affect your grade point average (GPA).

Please go to the Spring 2020 Grade Conversion website for more information and instructions about how to apply for the Pass (Credit) / Fail (No Credit) grading option.

Spring 2020 Grade Conversion (ct.edu)

Should you have any questions about the pass/fail process, please contact the CAPSS (Center for Academic Planning and Student Success) Office at CAPSS@nv.edu.

I hope this option gives you some peace of mind as you approach the end of the spring semester. Please continue to work hard in your spring classes and reach out to your professors and the ACE if you need assistance. 

Mil gracias y bendiciones,

Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
President
Naugatuck Valley Community College

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COVID-19 update 4.9.20

CSCU INSTITUTIONS PARTNER TO CREATE FACE SHIELDS AND DEVICES FOR CONNECTICUT HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS

(HARTFORD, CT) – With courses moved online as a result of COVID-19, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) institutions have repurposed advanced manufacturing technology centers to help meet the state’s need for personal protective equipment (PPE). Responding to the immediate and critical need, community colleges, including Asnuntuck, Housatonic, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern, and Tunxis, have begun to produce face shield frames for area hospitals and nursing homes.

Utilizing additive manufacturing technology, including 3D printers, the colleges are using approved designs to manufacture the plastic frames. The 3D printed items are designed so a piece of polyethylene sheeting can be attached and provide a protective barrier between health care workers and their patients.

Western Connecticut State University has also donated a 3D printer to a local hospital. 

“Connecticut’s health care workers – many of whom are graduates of CSCU institutions – are on the front line, combatting this virus every day,” CSCU President Mark Ojakian said. “With critical shortages of PPE, CSCU institutions, employees, and students are stepping up and making a difference in the state’s response to the outbreak. It is a small part of the overall solution, but we are proud to be part of this concerted effort.”

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COVID-19 update 3.25.20

March 25, 2020 | Message from NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.

My Dear NVCC Colleagues and Students,    

I am writing today to inform you that, because of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the transition to online education, all Connecticut community college students will have the option to convert any and all of the letter grades earned during the spring 2020 semester to credit/no credit grading – also known as pass/fail. Students will have until June 1, 2020 to make this decision. Opting for pass/fail will not impact a student’s GPA, and credits earned will be eligible for transfer to the state universities through the Transfer and Articulation Policy.   

Click here for the full procedures the college will use for the pass/fail system, as well as the form students should use to opt-in. Please take a moment to read it over. Note that students who choose to pursue the pass/fail option will need to fill out the form, obtain the electronic signature of their course instructor, and submit the form to the registrar’s office at records@nv.edu

Students with any questions about this process should contact Sarah Gager, Dean of Student Services, or Bonnie Goulet, Director of Student Development Services.

I know that transition to online-only education presents a number of challenges, and the credit/no credit option is an important step to give our students and employees some peace of mind during these turbulent times. 

Mil gracias y bendiciones,  

Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.
President  
Naugatuck Valley Community College 

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COVID-19 updates 3.23.20

March 23, 2020 | Message to Students from NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.

My Dear Students, 

We realize that this is a stressful and uncertain time.  All of us in the CSCU system are committed to supporting you as we finish out the semester. 

We have currently placed a hold on processing withdrawals.  This is a temporary measure to make sure you have the time to speak to the right staff on campus to determine the best move for you.  Should students receiving federal financial aid withdraw from classes, they may be required to repay the funds awarded to them, and we want to make sure you understand if that will be the case. 

You will be able to withdraw from classes effective on the date you wish, but no withdrawals will be processed before April 3. 

Please stay tuned for more information.  In the meantime, remember to reach out to your faculty for help and support as we make the change to our learning environment, and Student Support Resources for the transition may be found here on our website. 

Mil gracias y bendiciones, President Daisy  

Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. 
President 
Naugatuck Valley Community College 
Waterbury and Danbury Campuses 

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COVID-19 update #2 3.20.19

March 20, 2020 | 2nd Message from NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.

My Dear Colleagues and Students, 

Many of you have reached out over the past week with questions regarding textbook rentals, returns, and access to materials as we move to online classes only for the rest of the spring semester. 

Today we received an email from Follett with guidance on how they will be supporting our faculty and students during this time.  

Free Online Shipping Offer: Visit the NVCC George D. Yonan Memorial Bookstore website for Free Shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more.  

Access to eBooks at No Additional Charge: Visit the NVCC George D. Yonan Memorial Bookstore website to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. You can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge. 

Free Access to Lumen Learning OER Courseware: Lumen Learning, Follett’s Open Educational Resources (OER) partner, is offering FREE access to courseware to help supplement content, and offer additional resources to faculty, 

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COVID-19 update 3.20.20

March 20, 2020 | Message to Students from NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.

My Dear Students, 

I am following up to messages from earlier this week with additional details on our transition to becoming a fully online institution for the remainder of the semester. Such a rapid move of course presents a number of challenges, but after continuous discussions with our faculty, staff, and students, I am confident that we are in great position to deliver the high-quality education you deserve. Please carefully read the below information, as it is important for the next phase of our educational conversion. 

Regional presidents continue to work with campus leaders, academic deans, and faculty to determine whether courses can continue in an online format. The good news is that the vast majority of classes – a higher number than initially expected – will be able to continue remotely. 

Classes that cannot be delivered entirely online. 
In the event that one or more of your classes cannot completed online, we will reach out to you directly. 

Refunds 
Naugatuck Valley Community College is converting to an online instruction model for the remainder of the term in order to complete the coursework that our students have begun this semester.  NVCC will not refund tuition and fees as a result of this change. In the unlikely event that a class is cancelled by the college, we will provide further information about refunds to impacted students.  

Here is a list of resources that may assist you as we all adjust to the restrictions that COVID-19 presents. 

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COVID-19 update 3.19.20

March 19, 2020 | Message from NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.

Dear Members of the NVCC Family:  
The first lines of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens sets the stage for my brief remarks today: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….”  One understandably could argue that these are the “worst of times.” Yes, the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the illnesses and deaths, the economic hardships, and the increasing uncertainties can make us sad and fearful. They are testing us internationally in ways most of us have not seen since previous world wars and major natural disasters.  

However, we are seeing the “best of times” among those around us who demonstrate kindness, patience, and resilience during these challenging times. The calls for helping each other have been heard around the state and in our communities. Each day we hear about family helping family and neighbors helping neighbors, especially for our most vulnerable citizens.    

Here at NVCC, we are striving for the best of times amid this seemingly worst of times. Our faculty continue to prepare online classes so students can complete them on time, as conditions allow. Thanks to our technology experts, students have the internet tools to access the content and class interactions to benefit from the revised ways of teaching and learning. Web access to tutoring and academic advising will keep them on track toward their course responsibilities and graduation goals.    

As of this writing, both NVCC campuses are closed through the end of the spring semester.  However, NVCC staff are available by email and phone to address financial aid, records, payments, and other concerns. While we are on Spring Recess this week, our hard-working facilities staff are cleaning classrooms and buildings to maintain a healthy environment when campus-based classes and activities are cleared to resume. The NVCC Family on the Waterbury Campus and the Danbury Campus are taking care of our own.  

On Tuesday, Mark Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System, issued directives to all 17 institutions in the system, designed to responsibly minimize exposure to the Coronavirus while also making sure that our students continue their studies this semester. Therefore, classes will resume online on Monday, March 23 and remain online through the end of the semester. We are preparing for continued academic success and students will receive further details about these classes shortly.  

As you are all aware, these are unprecedented times for higher education. I am working closely with my senior leadership team to consider ways in which we might be able to celebrate our wonderful students and their multitude of successes while complying with the guidance issued by President Ojakian and in keeping with the best practices recommended by the CDC. Please be patient as we work to plan the rest of the semester and how NVCC moves forward together.  

 Below you will find updates from the college units. Mil gracias to the unit leaders for providing us with the information. We will continue to update everyone as more information becomes available, please be on the lookout for further communications.

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COVID-19 update 3.18.20

March 18, 2020 | Message from NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.

My Dear Colleagues and Students, 

As we work to become a virtual Naugatuck Valley Community College for the remainder of the spring semester, I recognize that many of you have questions about what this will look like and how it will work. While teaching and learning online – and teleworking – is a novel concept to many of us, our institution has been actively preparing for such a move and is in a good position to continue providing quality educational opportunities while allowing our students, faculty, and staff to practice social distancing as recommended by state experts working to “flatten the curve” of the virus.  

As President Ojakian mentioned in his note to the community yesterday, I will be providing you with additional details before the end of the week on several important areas, including:  

  • Classes that cannot be delivered entirely online.  

  • How to receive critical supports such as academic support, advising, and disability services.  

  • How to access food pantries with campus closed.  

  • How to contact tech support to continue your studies online.  

  • Information on free internet offers for those who don’t have access during the outbreak.  

  • Resources to assist with the transition.  

This is an incredibly stressful time for everyone, and I want to remind you to take a deep breath and prioritize the health and safety of yourself and your family. Even while practicing social distancing, a number of free services are available online to help you manage the stress of this pandemic, including exercise, yoga, and meditation classes.  

I will provide you with further updates very soon.  

Mil gracias y bendiciones, President Daisy  

Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.  
President  
Naugatuck Valley Community College   

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COVID-19 update 3.18.20

March 18, 2020 | Message to Employees from NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.

Dear NVCC employees: 

As we move online for the balance of the semester, our default mode of work will become telework, and we wanted to be clear regarding employee presence on campus: 

  • No employee is to come to campus unless they have been informed by their manager that they are designated as Level 1. This may be communicated through email, direct phone contact, text, or other electronic means.  

  • Our goal will be to minimize Level 1 designation to the greatest extent possible. 

  • Level 1 designation status is subject to evolve as we move through the semester in our new operating model. Your status may change so maintain regular contact with your manager. 

  • If you are designated as a Level 1 and are unable to come to campus due to child, eldercare or personal health issues inform you manager of these issues as soon as possible. 

  • All other employees NOT designated by their manager as Level 1 should continue to telework as previously directed. 

Please contact your respective deans with any questions regarding this guidance. 

Mil gracias y bendiciones, Daisy  

Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.  
President  
Naugatuck Valley Community College 

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Precautions to Safeguard Yourself

Precautions to Safeguard Yourself

Hand washing:

All students, faculty, and staff can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by regularly washing hands for at least 20 seconds. To learn more about proper hand washing, visit the CDC’s website page When and How to Wash Your Hands (CDC)

Other Precautions To Take:

In addition to frequent hand washing there are many other steps you can take to help prevent the spread of disease. These steps include:

  • Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or kissing as a means of greeting.
  • Do not share food or beverages.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
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