April 1, 2020 – In continuing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Thomas Nelson is stringently following state and local guidance to ensure the wellbeing of our community.
April 1, 2020 – In continuing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Thomas Nelson is stringently following state and local guidance to ensure the wellbeing of our community. In these unprecedented times, the College strives to provide as much information as possible to keep our students, faculty, staff and community aware and prepared.
In compliance with Virginia Governor Northam’s Executive Order 55, effective March 30, 2020, the College has extended the public access restriction to its facilities through at least Friday, June 12, reopening on Monday, June 15, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order. The College is taking the following measures effective immediately:
- Campus facilities in both Williamsburg and Hampton will remain temporarily closed to the public through at least June 12, reopening on Monday, June 15, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order. Thomas Nelson offices remain operational, and employees who can work remotely will continue to telework. Employees should continue to be in touch with supervisors for their assignments;
- Campus Food Pantries in Williamsburg and Hampton closed March 25 until further notice. This is an unfortunate decision, but necessary to protect the health and safety of customers and staff at this time;
- Student coursework will continue virtually, or through alternative delivery through the end of the semester. Students should continue to work with their instructors to discuss instructional delivery options. Additional resources for online learning are available at tncc.edu/students;
- Student services remain available online. Students have access to myTNCC, Navigate, and transcripts via Parchment. Students should sign up for advising appointments through Navigate. Advising staff and additional information are available on the Thomas Nelson Advising page;
- Registration for summer and fall classes is now open. Services including registration and tuition payments are available online. Summer term courses will be delivered virtually, or through alternative delivery methods;
- College events and mass gatherings of 10 or more individuals are now cancelled until at least June 10, unless amended or rescinded by further executive order;
- Thomas Nelson Veteran Services continues to follow guidelines from the U.S. Department of Veterans Services which assures that GI Bill payments will not be interrupted. For clarity, please see the College's responses to frequently asked questions at https://tncc.edu/sites/default/files/content-documents/FAQ_VeteranServices_COVID19.pdf;
- All Virginia Community College Commencement Ceremonies are cancelled. Thomas Nelson is exploring ways to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020. Additional information about these plans will be announced.
This is a very fluid public health situation. Thomas Nelson applauds the efforts of students, faculty and staff for working together and being flexible to ensure the success of our students during this time. As reminder to all, one of the most important ways to safeguard personal and community health and safety is proper hand washing.
Please see a CDC supported video at https://youtu.be/fgBla7RepXU for information on recommended techniques for hand washing and more. Take care of yourselves and remain patient during this time.
Understanding how to flatten the curve.
Watch this CDC recommended video about measures being taken to slow down COVAID-19:
Thomas Nelson is monitoring an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus termed “2019-nCoV,” or “COVID-19.” As always the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority.
As part of a transient community, it's important we each do our part to stay healthy. The direct risk coronavirus poses to the College remains low; however, this remains a dynamic and evolving public health situation.
The decisions the College makes rely on guidance from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health and are intended to protect the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, and local communities.
Below, we have shared travel information and standard precautions that each of us can take to slow, prevent and/or stop the spread of this and other more common viruses.
Thomas Nelson will update this page as the situation evolves.
- The CDC maintains a Travel Information website related to COVID-19, and specifically recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to countries at Warning Level 3. Note that these ratings can change rapidly.
- We urge students, faculty, and staff who have personal or professional plans to travel either internationally or to affected areas in the U.S. to reconsider their travel. In doing so, we ask each of you to consider the possibility of travel delays, future quarantines, or prolonged self-isolation when returning from travel to our Hampton Roads communities.
- If you have travel insurance, you should closely review your plan to assure it does not exclude epidemics/pandemics in the case of a necessary medical evacuation and/or unannounced mandatory quarantine.
- We strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff to share any travel plans with your professor/instructor, department chair, dean, or manager in order to support the College’s situational awareness and/or offer assistance, as appropriate, if the need arises.
What can you do to help protect yourself, your family and friends?
Consider the necessity of your travel plans and participating and/or attending events with large group gatherings. We are not saying to avoid these activities; however, your situational awareness of your surroundings and this evolving situation are critical factors to helping reduce potential risk:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, you can carry a small container of alcohol-based hand rub to use as you determine appropriate
- Avoid touching your face and/or placing you fingers/hands in your mouth
- Be aware of what you touch, particularly in public spaces, sometimes it is as simple as wiping the handle of the shopping cart with a disinfectant cloth or wipe before doing your shopping
- Consider using appropriate social interaction precautions as necessary; no hugging, shaking hands, etc.
- Maintain social distancing (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing;
- Cover your cough and/or sneeze and wash/disinfect hands as quickly as possible if you cough or sneeze in them
- Drink plenty of water, eat regular meals, and get a full night’s rest
Additional Resources and Information:
March 25, 2020 - Thomas Nelson continues to follow the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 and state and local guidance to mitigate community spread. Our priority remains the overall wellbeing of the Thomas Nelson community.
March 16, 2020 - As Thomas Nelson continues to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19 to the College community, and following state and local guidance to mitigate community spread, the College is taking the following measures effective Tuesday, March 17:
March 12, 2020 - At Thomas Nelson, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff and community is our highest priority.
March 11, 2020 - I hope you are enjoying your spring break. We wanted to take a moment of your time to provide you with a brief update regarding COVID-19, and Thomas Nelson’s preparedness and mitigation efforts.
March 5, 2020 - Since our last College-wide communication on February 27, the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases nation-wide continues to increase. We are not aware of any cases in Virginia at this time.
February 27, 2020 - Thomas Nelson officials are monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus termed “2019-nCoV.” First detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, it continues to expand in many areas of the world, including the Un
February 2, 2020 - Thomas Nelson officials are closely monitoring information regarding the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”). The direct risk coronavirus poses to the College remains low; however, this remains a dynamic and evolving pu