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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcements

See below for Northeast Community College's official communications in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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College Status: Summer classes are presently underway. Buildings are closed to the public until further notice, however, services for students and employees are still available. Call (402) 371-2020 for assistance.

May 14, 2020 5:55 PM

President Barrett provides an update on College operations in the months ahead under COVID-19:

Hello,

In late March, Northeast Community College adopted distance learning delivery of its courses for our faculty and students and allowed many other employees the option to work remotely in anticipation of a possible stay-at-home order as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Although the order was never issued, the College has been developing a plan to operate with a limited number of employees and students through the summer and is looking at additional measures for the fall semester.

We need to return to a more personal business approach based on a philosophy of academic excellence and the safety of our faculty, staff and students. As the pandemic progresses, Northeast Community College is evaluating various ways to resume some of the services on our campuses to accommodate the needs of our students and constituents. The Northeast COVID-19 Recovery Team has been working on designing a business continuity plan that includes facility adjustments and guidelines, practices and procedures to ensure that the College functions effectively and safely.

Since late March, buildings at all Northeast locations have been closed to the public. Under the new business continuity plan, there will be public access to a limited number of facilities beginning in June. Instruction over the summer will mainly occur in a remote format, with some students on campus in hands-on classes with social distancing in place. By June 1, academic departments will have finalized their course plans for the fall semester so that new students will know the instructional delivery format when they register for classes. This will include hands-on options, synchronous delivery and online delivery formats.

We want to take the next month to prepare our campuses to ensure everyone feels safe and is comfortable working in this new environment. This preparation includes placing partitions in frontline areas and make certain social distancing measures are in place for reception areas, service counters, and in open office areas. The College will also take additional measures to ensure classrooms and lab areas are reorganized by incorporating social distancing in the context of the learning environment.

Also, in June, Northeast Community College will bring a limited number of employees back to our campuses in a staggered or staged approach incorporating a combination of work from home and work in College offices. This method of work will likely be in place as the threat of COVID-19 persists, which could be for several weeks, most of the summer, and even into the fall. We will continue to seek guidance from state and area public health agencies which may mean an increase or decrease in the number of employees on site and the number of buildings open.

This has certainly been a challenge to plan for the months ahead not knowing how long the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 will last. What we look like on June 21 may be very different than September 1, but academic excellence and the safety and the health of our College community will be at the forefront of opening and in the management of facilities and the number of employees working on our campuses. We will need to be nimble and flexible as we progress through these uncharted times. However, I am confident our business continuity plan approach to reopening can bring some normalcy back into our lives.

Stay safe and stay strong, Northeast!

Leah A. Barrett,
President

Apr 27, 2020 11:56 AM

President Barrett updates faculty, staff, and students on how Northeast Community College continues to do its part to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus:


Greetings,

I cannot say thank you enough for your efforts and your courage over the past month. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives in ways that we could have never imagined.

The faculty and staff at Northeast Community College have stepped up to the challenge to ensure our students continue their education. As to the students, I am so impressed and inspired in your extra efforts to finish the spring semester. It is really incredible in what you have all accomplished. If you need assistance in finishing the semester, I encourage you to contact your instructor or advisor, or log on to the Northeast website at https://northeast.edu/Coronavirus/Student-Assistance.aspx for more information.

Unfortunately, this crisis is not over. Over the weekend we received word that the number of confirmed cases in the four-county-area that makes up the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health District (ELVPHD) continues to increase and has escalated substantially in just the past week. Other counties and communities in our service area may be at different stages in dealing with this pandemic, but we must make our decisions in the best interests of the entire college.

Statewide, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is now more than 3,000. And as some areas of Nebraska have seen some directed health measures eased, that is not the case in portions of our service area. As Gov. Ricketts said Friday, “Just because we are able to relax some measures, does not mean life returns to normal.”

Northeast Community College must continue to do its part in order to stop the spread of the virus. Here are some of the ways we are working to help minimize the spread:

  • College operations will continue remotely with all college facilities closed to the public until at least May 31.
  • All previously scheduled events in the month of May have been canceled.
  • Summer courses will be offered in virtual learning formats. Most of internships and cooperative experiences are still planned. If there are questions, students are asked to contact instructors and/or academic deans.

Planning for the Fall 2020 semester continues as options are explored to continue to protect the health and safety of our college community members. The Northeast Covid-19 Response Team is leading these efforts as we plan for the weeks and months ahead. Members of this group are working to ensure that we will operate in a safe environment in accordance with social distancing and other guidelines. The team will be sharing more information in the weeks ahead.

We continue to provide our thoughts, prayers, and grace to community members directly impacted by Covid-19. We also extend our sincere appreciation to healthcare providers and first responders who continue to deliver care and compassion during these trying times.

Northeast Community College is not alone in weathering this storm. Assist where we can, send virtual hugs, and follow health and safety guidelines.

Stay Strong Northeast!

Leah A. President
President

Apr 17, 2020 1:20 PM

President Barrett announces that Northeast Community College will host a virtual commencement ceremony in May.

Commencement Information  |  Video

Mar 31, 2020 3:45 PM

President Barrett extends her appreciation to Northeast faculty and staff as they continue to meet the mission of student success.

https://youtu.be/BrZ3rAbyCGQ

Mar 25, 2020 7:16 PM

Registration for summer classes previously delayed to open on March 30, will now open on April 6. Registration for fall classes is still scheduled to begin on April 14. The deadline to withdraw from a spring semester class has been extended from April 9 to April 24, 2020. The last day to withdraw from second eight-week classess will continue to be April 24, 2020.

Mar 20, 2020 10:53 AM

I have learned that Northeast Community College has been through major hailstorms that cause damage to buildings, significant snow events that closed campuses for multiple days and even the floods of 2019 that forced us to evacuate the Norfolk campus for 36 hours. While each were significant in their own right, none can compare to the magnitude of the challenge that has invaded our lives in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This virus does not impact our buildings or systems, it impacts our people, the most precious asset of Northeast. In my short time serving as President, I have witnessed how Northeast Community College is a family that cares deeply for one another. In times like these, families come together to help and support each other.

Below are several important updates that specifically address the safety and health of our employees.

By Monday, March 23, all Northeast building doors will be locked, and a sign posted on them noting the reason. The College phone number will be posted for the guest to call to connect with an office.

From the initial activation of Northeast’s incident command team, the goal has been and continues to be to minimize the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Going forward, we want to reduce the number of employees on campus. We have several jobs that cannot be completed remotely. We will arrange for more employees to work from home to reduce the risk to individuals who will continue to be working on campus.

To support our employees during difficult personal times, Northeast Community College has generous leave policies. These will be combined with the new legislation that was signed by President Trump earlier this week: the Families First Coronavirus Response Act or FFCRA. The leave for these purposes is "job-protected" meaning the employee must be restored to the same or equivalent position following the expiration of leave. Under this new legislation, leaves are defined as the following employee conditions:

  • An employee needs to care for children under 18 because of school or childcare closures or unavailability of provider.
  • An employee is ill or in a high-risk category, has been isolated or quarantined.
  • The employee needs to care for family members who are ill.
  • There is a federal, state or local authority that declares an emergency with respect to COVID-19.

Northeast will expand the definition of the College’s sick leave procedure to address these conditions. This will apply to all employees who have been employed for more than one year. For those who have been employed at the College for less than one year and those who are part-time, we will work closely with you following the requirements in the FFCRA to ensure you have job protection, partial salary, and benefits. More information will be provided as we review and implement the legislation.

As the uncertainty continues, the College is finalizing its business continuity plan that identifies essential functions from each division in order for Northeast Community College to continue to operate during a 30-90 day period if we are mandated to shelter in our homes by a federal, state or local authority.

Please check back to this website often. It contains information to many of your frequently asked questions.

Our faculty and staff are so vital to achieving our mission of student success. It is impossible to reach this goal without their dedication and commitment. I am so appreciative of all of their work and patience. I know it is not easy to live with so much unknown. We as a college are in this together. I look forward to a more typical day in the life of the college where we can celebrate the work of our most valuable resource. Thank you.

All the best,

Leah A. Barrett,
President

Mar 18, 2020 5:50 PM

All credit classes will move to an online format beginning Monday, March 23 and continue in this format through the end of the spring 2020 term.

Students who need to pick up personal belongings from building lockers and labs must make appointments with instructors to collect these items.

College housing and food service will be closed for all students except those who are unable to return to a permanent residence during the remainder of the spring term. Students will have until March 27 to move out of their rooms. Housing and meal plan refunds will be calculated based on the closing date of March 20.

In addition, all activities and events that were scheduled to be held at any Northeast location have been cancelled through the end of the semester. No decision has been made at this time on the May 16 commencement ceremony.

Mar 15, 2020 8:45 PM

These are unprecedented times and I want to reinforce that the health and safety of the members of our college community is paramount. Northeast Community College is committed to following the guidance presented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and regional health departments to curb the spread of the coronavirus. We are asking that our employees and students practice the following community mitigation strategies:

  • If you are ill, stay home.
  • If someone in your household is ill, stay home.

Northeast Community College is also committed to additional community mitigation strategies as our faculty return to our campuses with the intention of moving the academic program to alternate forms of delivery. These strategies include reducing close contacts in our community and at work. We have and will cancel large gatherings, implement teleworking and tele-learning options, and create social distancing in our interactions.

I recognize that we each are balancing the care of our families, our work obligations, and our own personal health. There is an incredible amount of uncertainty in our world, and I encourage you to make decisions that are in the best interest of those you love and care for. Northeast Community College has a responsibility to serve our students and our region to the best of our ability. We will get through these challenging times as a team.

Please check this website for the most up-to-date information.

Leah A. Barrett
President

Mar 12, 2020 6:48 PM

Northeast Community College continues to monitor how it can assist in minimizing the risk to its students and employees. The College has moved into a planning and response phase in dealing with the local and regional impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Our team has been working all day to identify the Northeast response for the next 7-10 days. After meeting with the response team late this afternoon, I am announcing the following decisions related to our operations next week.

  1. The winter break for students only will be extended until March 22, 2020. Faculty and staff are to report for normal operations on Monday, March 16.
  2. Students who are currently residing in campus housing are being encouraged to return to their permanent residence to minimize the potential risk of exposure to the Coronavirus. Students who are unable to leave our housing facilities will continue to be supported with residence life and food service.
  3. All Northeast events and activities and those that are being held at any one of the College's locations by external groups are suspended after 8:00 a.m., on Friday, March 13, 2020 through March 22, 2020.

This situation continues to evolve hour-by-hour and I encouraged everyone to continue to monitor the Northeast COVID-19 website page at https://northeast.edu/Coronavirus/ for additional information and resources.

Leah A. Barrett
President