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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:


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Messages to Community

COVID-19 update 7.9.20

Message from NVCC President Daisy Cocco DeFilippis
Campus Reopening

My Dear Colleagues: 

Please read this entire email. It contains updated guidance about your returning to work. 

Campus offices have prepared detailed plans of operation and staffing that ensure compliance with State of CT Phase 2 requirements. Supervisors have worked with staff to develop a schedule that combines their on-campus presence and teleworking based on the needs of the office, while meeting contractual hours (FT/PT). 

However, continuing uncertainties about COVID-19 have shown that campus reopening will be gradual and that conditions may require changing our plans. 

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COVID-19 update #2 7.2.20

Message from NVCC President Daisy Cocco DeFilippis
Details of General Rules for Re-opening Campus

Dear NVCC Colleagues:

Our thanks to Interim Dean of Administration Dana Elm for sharing these details, as we plan our Tuesday, July 14 campus reopening.

It is important for everyone to know that we are working hard to make the campuses as safe as possible for your return. While we cannot guarantee a disease-free environment, we will use a variety of recommended strategies to make it as safe as possible. We all must work together to achieve this; each of us plays an important part in re\opening safely and protecting the health and well-being of ourselves and each other.

GENERAL RULES

1.     Face masks or coverings*  Everyone must wear a covering that covers the nose and mouth. Upon request, you will be provided with five reusable, washable face masks. You may choose to wear your own face mask or covering.

2.     Social distancing  A six-foot distance between people must be maintained at all times. This may take some coordinating among staff members.

3.     Shared equipment  If possible, sharing equipment should be avoided.  However, equipment like copiers or printers must be shared among office staff. Disinfectant wipes will be available after each use.

4.     Testing Positive  If you test positive for COVID-19, are presumed to be positive by a medical professional, or a household member tests positive, you must notify your supervisor.

5.     Stay home if you are not feeling well.
 

OTHER SAFETY MEASURES

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COVID-19 update 7.2.20

Message from NVCC President Daisy Cocco DeFilippis  
Update on Re-Opening Campus

My Dear Colleagues,

NVCC has been approved to reopen campus beginning on Tuesday, July 14, with limited hours in most areas, for a three-day weekly cycle from 9:00 to 5:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. A few offices will continue to be open for the entire week and others will open later in the summer, as arranged in their respective plans for reopening. 

The three-day schedule allows us to provide services within established safety guidelines and social distancing required within offices of various sizes. Faculty and staff will no longer need special authorization to have access to campus.

Campus offices have prepared detailed plans of operation and staffing that ensure compliance with State of CT Phase 2 requirements. Supervisors have worked with staff to develop a schedule that combines their on-campus presence and continuing teleworking based on the needs of the office, while meeting contractual hours (FT/PT). However, continuing uncertainties about COVID-19, have shown that campus reopening will be gradual and that conditions may require changing our plans. 

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COVID-19 update 6.1.20

Message from NVCC President, Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D. 

My Dear Colleagues and Students, 

As you know, the CSCU System Office announced on Friday that CSCU colleges and universities will reopen our physical campuses for fall 2020 courses. I share President Ojakian's communication below in case you may have missed it. 

At NVCC we are currently working on the plans for our campuses to reopen in the fall. NVCC is using the standards established for institutions of higher education by Governor Lamont's ReOpen CT Advisory Committee as guidance as we draft our plans, and the health and safety of NVCC students, faculty and staff remains our priority. In order to ensure that we consider all aspects of health and safety on both campuses we ask that you share your thoughts and concerns with your respective dean over the next few weeks. Your input will be a valuable part of this process. We will share a draft of NVCC's plan with the campuses when it is complete and allow time for your feedback.  

Mil gracias y bendiciones, 

Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.

President 
Naugatuck Valley Community College 

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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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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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