Re-Opening Plan | Thomas Nelson Community College

Re-Opening Plan

At Thomas Nelson, the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community remains our highest priority. We know that if we work together this fall we can have a successful semester.


As articulated by Governor Ralph Northam on June 11, 2020, in anticipation that conditions at the state, regional and local levels are conducive to an institution of higher education conducting in-person instruction and on-campus educational operations in academic year 2020-21, that institution must, by July 6, 2020, submit a campus reopening plan for state compliance review. Thomas Nelson submitted the plan on July 6, 2020.

As of Friday, July 24, 2020, the plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the 'Higher Education Reopening Guidance,' which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health. The updated plan is below.

Thomas Nelson Plan for Reopening-Updated per DOLI September 2020

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Here’s what you need to know:


  •  The majority of our Fall 2020 courses are online
  • Courses will be in one of three formats:  synchronous online, asynchronous online, and, possibly in a few cases, hybrid.
  • Synchronous online courses have a meeting pattern listed and this is when the synchronous online instruction will take place. In a synchronous class, attendance at the scheduled sessions is required.
  • Asynchronous online courses will not have a meeting pattern listed and will not require students to meet at any specified time.
  • Hybrid delivery will only be offered in a few courses and only as health regulations allow.
  • Students will need access to a computer and a reliable Internet connection to successfully complete fall courses.
  • Students can contact with questions.


Additional Resources:



Online Learning Support
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Virtual Quick Help Guide
Find student services online to help you with enrollment, advising and more.


Emergency Preparedness Updates
Find the latest updates regarding COVID-19.