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. In these everchanging times, it is the goal of the College to provide as much information as possible to provide clarity to our students, faculty, staff and community.
Thomas Nelson will continue to take all necessary measures to protect the health and wellness of our entire community. Last week, the College announced plans to restrict public access to facilities until March 30. Given the advice of federal, state and local government and health officials, the College will take the following additional measures effective immediately:
- Campus facilities in both Williamsburg and Hampton will remain temporarily closed to the public through at least May 1, reopening on Monday, May 4, provided no further guidance is received. Thomas Nelson offices remain operational, and all employees who can work remotely should continue to telework. This measure is part of a coordinated effort to support social distancing and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our area. Employees should not be on campus simply because they prefer to work from campus offices. Additionally, any member of the College community who has been asked by public health officials to self-quarantine or self-isolate must follow those directives and should not be on campus. Employees should continue to be in touch with supervisors for their assignments;
- Campus food pantries in Williamsburg and Hampton are closing today, 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. Thomas Nelson is grateful to all who have contributed to this important campus resource, which provided food to more than 300 people last week alone;
- 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;
- Priority registration for currently enrolled students began March 23. Registration for summer and fall classes opens online on March 30. Summer term courses will be delivered virtually, or through alternative delivery methods;
- Thomas Nelson’s Veteran Services team notes that the U.S. Department of Veterans Services has provided some relief for our veterans impacted by having their courses moved to online delivery and alternatives. The new guidelines provide special authority to colleges for the period beginning March 1 and ending December 21. See the FAQs at https://tncc.edu/sites/default/files/content-documents/FAQ_VeteranServices_COVID19.pdf.
- College events and mass gatherings of 10 or more individuals remain cancelled until at least May 9;
- All Virginia Community College Commencement Ceremonies are cancelled. Thomas Nelson is working on ways to celebrate the accomplishments of the class of 2020. Additional information about these plans will be announced at a later time.
This is a dynamic and evolving public health situation. Thomas Nelson applauds and thanks 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.
Keep up with the latest news related to COVID-19 and Thomas Nelson by visiting tncc.edu and the Thomas Nelson Emergency Preparedness page.