NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE CLASSES WILL REMAIN ONLINE AND CONTINUE
DISTANCE LEARNING THROUGH THE SUMMER SEMESTER, 2020.
STUDENT SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND MOST STAFF
ARE TELECOMMUTING WHILE THE "STAY-AT-HOME" ORDER REMAINS IN PLACE.
STUDENTS: PLEASE VISIT STUDENT SERVICES, RESOURCES,
AND CONTACTS LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
The novel coronavirus, now called COVID-19, continues to make headlines in the U.S. and around the world, and the situation continues to evolve. Napa Valley College has an existing Infectious Disease Outbreak Plan in place and we are in close contact with county and state health officials who are monitoring the situation closely. Symptoms of this virus are similar to influenza, most commonly causing fever, cough and shortness of breath. While this virus can cause severe illness or even death, many cases have been mild and some of those infected never experience symptoms. This page will be updated as the situation changes to keep our campus community informed. For the most up-to-date information, visit the Napa County Health Department, California Health Department, Chancellor's Office and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). You will find links at the bottom of this page as well as all updates that have gone out to staff and students.
Yesterday, we shared the updated Napa County Shelter-at-Home Order and highlighted the differences in the new order from the one issued previously. The amended Order includes the strong recommendation of the wearing of face coverings while in public settings.
The governor said it is still too soon to reopen the state’s economy but he did announce plans to resume delayed health care, including surgeries and preventative care, that were deferred during the initial COVID-19 response. Gov. Newsom said this is a first step towards loosening restrictions but said the state must continue to expand testing before a specific timeline can be established. The governor also said President Trump has personally committed to sending the state 100,000 testing swabs next week and 250,000 swabs the following week. On that note, we are expecting an announcement this afternoon about expanded testing in Napa County.
Gov. Newsom will be on the next edition of 60 Minutes on Sunday, April 26. He will discuss how he made the decision to shut down California in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the state turned to the tech industry to use the computing power of artificial intelligence to help map the spread of the disease.
Napa County issued an updated Shelter-at-Home Order this morning and I wanted to provide a brief summary of the new order and highlight what is different in this new order from the one issued previously. Please note, Appendix A: Social Distancing Protocol, which was shared with everyone previously, remains in effect.
UPDATED SHELTER AT HOME ORDER: Summary of New Shelter at Home Order Issued on April 22, 2020, which extends the earlier order to Shelter at Home.
NEW! What is different in this order from the one from April 3, 2020?
The amended Shelter-At-Home Order requires continued compliance with the orders issued on March 20, 2020 and amended on April 3, 2020. The order includes the following revisions:
- Strong recommendation of the wearing of face coverings while in public settings.
- Permits all construction with proper physical distancing protocols.
- Permits drive-in religious services with proper physical distancing protocols.
- Permits In-person real estate agent-client residential viewings with proper protocols.
- Permits landscaping and gardening maintenance that is not purely for cosmetic purposes
- Allows the use of golf courses and driving ranges with documented protocols that are outlined Appendix C of the revised order.
- Restricts bocce ball and corn hole sports.
- Empowers the police chiefs and city attorneys to ensure compliance of all aspects of this order within their jurisdiction.
I hope this finds you all well. Returning from the spring break normally means re-engagement with colleagues and students, a refreshed outlook and sharing of stories of what we did and where we went while we were away — this one was a tough one. As I learned more about this pandemic, I moved through a variety of emotions including hope and distress. But now, I am a more optimistic about the future of NVC and our students. And that’s because of you.
It’s clear to me that our students are receiving engaging and meaningful instruction. In conversations with students, many have shared how appreciative they are with the support services and instruction they are receiving. Thank you all for creating a learning environment where students look forward to participating in an engaging class.
Reporting some good news, direct financial support to our students seems to be making a difference. The Chancellor’s office, the legislature, our own College Foundation, and other community groups are providing needed funds and support that seems to be having a positive impact on keeping our students in class to continue on their educational pathways.
Here’s where we are:
Our staff and faculty are engaging students. My thanks go to you for all you’ve done. Your outstanding efforts in direct communication with a majority of our full-time students is demonstrating your care and support.
Students have access to financial support. The Napa Valley College Foundation has raised nearly $85,000, including a $30,000 contribution from NVC Equity & Inclusivity and another $15,000 from the NVC District Auxiliary Services (DAS) for an emergency program of one-time hardship grants of $350.
Our 2020 Summer Sessions will be online. We didn’t arrive at that conclusion lightly — I consulted with many of you about the timing, scheduling, and anticipated COVID-19 conditions, and I believe this option will best serve our students and allow us to move forward with planning.
Many of our traditional spring semester, end-of-year activities, and annual celebrations have been modified, postponed, or in some cases, cancelled. Next week, I’ll be sending you specific information on plans for these. My personal commitment is to recognize students, faculty, and staff in ways that are meaningful while supporting the restrictions issued by the state and county officials.
NVC’s Fall Semester (August 2020) is a topic of deep conversation throughout the system and here at our college. We’re not yet ready to make a definitive decision on what the final plan will be, but it’s likely that we will be operating under a modified plan of online and face-to-face instruction and support services where permissible and appropriate. I will try to get this you as soon as possible so you can plan and organize for your courses and schedules, but much is dependent on decisions made by county officials and the Governor.
At yesterday’s press conference, Gov. Newsom laid out a framework for altering the current stay-at-home mandate. He unveiled six critical indicators the State will consider before modifying the Stay-at-Home Order and other COVID-19 interventions.
The Governor noted that the progress in flattening the curve, increased preparedness of our health care delivery system and the effects of other COVID-19 interventions have yielded positive results. However, these actions have also impacted the economy, poverty and overall health care in California. Any consideration of modifying the stay-at-home order must be done using a gradual, science-based and data-driven framework. He likened the process to a dimmer switch that would increase/decrease rather than needed as opposed to an on/off switch. Read more about his statements in EdSource.
Napa County will be issuing an updated Shelter-at-Home Order soon, and in this morning’s Emergency Operations Center briefing, Dr. Relucio, Napa County’s Health Officer, suggested the County’s order would be very much in line with the State’s. Sonoma County recently issued an order requiring members of the public to wear facial coverings; however, Dr. Relucio said she is following CDC guidelines and has no current plans to change the current face covering recommendation to an order.
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Center for Urban Education will provide a six-part webinar series that will provide strategies for faculty and administrators to exercise agency on behalf of the most vulnerable students. The first webinar is: The Importance of Equity-Minded Virtual Practices during COVID-19 and is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 from noon-1:30 pm. Register for the webinar here.
The Chancellor’s office is also hosting a virtual advocacy day next week to send a clear message to the Legislature and the Governor that it is more important than ever to invest in California’s Community Colleges. Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley wrote a very powerful op ed this week: “Don’t let California’s Community College System be devastated by the coronavirus recession.”
Thank you for your hard work, flexibility, and innovation to ensure Napa Valley College students are provided the resources, tools, and knowledge to successfully continue their educational journey.
Per the Napa County Public Health Department, as of today, April 3, 2020, the shelter-at-home order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has been extended through April 30. This order has some additional restrictions including a requirement that all Essential Businesses must post a “Social Distancing Protocol” and provide a copy of the protocol to any employee working onsite. We will be emailing Napa Valley College’s protocol to everyone on Monday and encourage you to read it and print a copy to have on hand if you are on campus.
I’ve heard from many of you, read your emails, and attended (so many) Zoom meetings! I am happy to state that our telecommuting efforts are quite successful. We’re all learning how to better connect and organize our time to be effective. Overall, I believe that what we are continuing our work to support our students while helping assure each of us stays as healthy as possible. The College will be continuing the current telecommuting protocol through April 30, 2020. So please, keep up your spirits – and your great work.
As previously announced, the College will continue remote instruction through the end of the spring semester. We have also decided to extend online instruction through the summer semester. More information will be coming after the spring break.
Again, thank you for all you are doing during these challenging times to support our students. I encourage you to take time during the spring break for yourself and your family. Stay healthy and be well.
Yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced California Health Corps, a major initiative to expand the state’s health care workforce to fight COVID-19. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join. Staff will be paid and be given malpractice insurance coverage. Read the full executive order here, and read Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley’s statement on the initiative here.
Gov. Newsom will be holding daily news conferences every day this week at noon. All news conferences will be streamed live on his Twitter page and the California Governor Facebook page. The state has launched a website to provide useful COVID-19 information to all residents. It highlights critical steps people can take to stay healthy and includes public service announcements from state health leaders. The website can be found here.
Updates from Napa County:
For situational status, there is a page dedicated to the County’s updates as the COVID-19 response evolves. These are posted in both English and Spanish.
The Local Assistance Center website has launched. Visit https://readynapacounty.org/ to find a consolidated place that connects visitors to food, financial and health assistance, and information.
Test data and information can be viewed on the County's website and is updated by the Public Health Division, Monday-Saturday by 10:30 am.
The County is making a significant effort to be innovative and engage our community. Here is a video they recently made (English and Spanish) for medical surge and why social distancing is important to flatten the curve:
Flatten the Curve Video (English) and Flatten the Curve Video (Spanish).
The County is hosting Facebook Live events daily at 3 pm, each one focused on a different topic/aspect of COVID-19 and its effects on our community. You can view the Napa County Facebook page without having an account. We are also reposting much of their content on the College's social media channels.
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- Protect the health and safety of our students and employees
- Support our students’ academic progress towards educational and career goals
- Value the work and dedication of our employees
- Refer to primary, reliable and approved data sources, such as Chronicle of Higher Education, Centers for Disease Control, County Office of Public Health, Chancellor’s Office, Governor’s Office, CA Department of Public Health
We Have Implemented the Following Changes:
- Spring NVC Community Education classes are cancelled Monday, March 16 through June 1.
- The Upper Valley Campus is closed for instruction, classes and events through June 1.
Study Abroad Programs
- All Study Abroad programs and Trips and Tours are cancelled through the summer.
- All special events including end-of-term celebrations and ceremonies on campus are cancelled until June 1
- To ensure the safety of the Napa Valley College community, all business travel (in California, out-of-state, and international) for students and employees is suspended until further notice. If you have future travel booked, please be in touch with Business Office to address any question about cancellations and refunds.
- Step up your hygiene game. Hand washing, covering coughs with your elbow or a tissue, and staying home when sick are the most important things you can do to protect yourself and others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20, seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating or preparing food, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Soap and water are best, but if these are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Get a flu shot if you haven’t already. The flu is still circulating and the symptoms are similar to COVID-19. Many pharmacies offer flu shots for free for those who have insurance. If you do not have health insurance call Napa County Public Health (707) 253-4540 for an appointment. (The college health center has used up its supply of flu vaccine.)
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with a regular household cleaner.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- If you are sick, and think you might have the flu, do not come in to work/school!
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