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Naugatuck Valley Community College and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, in coordination with the Governor's office, have provided the following guidance to take every precaution to mitigate any potential impact on our campuses:


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Messages to Community

COVID-19 | January 6, 2022

A message from Terrence Cheng, President, CSCU | Return for Spring 22 Semester

 Dear CSCU Community,

  • Beginning January 10, employees at the universities, community colleges and at system office who have not already done so will return to their regular on-ground schedule or approved telework arrangement.
  • At the state universities, student move-in will take place as scheduled on January 17 and 18. In-person classes will begin on January 19.
  • At the community colleges, in-person classes will begin on January 21.
  • Charter Oak’s employee schedules will meet the needs of their rolling start dates.
  • The vaccination requirement for students and employees remains in place. Those who have been granted a medical or nonmedical exemption will be required to submit to weekly testing. This includes both unvaccinated residential and commuter students.

COVID-19 | December 30, 2021

A Message from Lisa Dresdner, CEO Naugatuck Valley Community College | Remote Services through 1/7/22

Good Afternoon,

With the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of students and employees, NVCC’s campuses in Waterbury and Danbury will be conducting all operations remotely the week of January 3, 2022. 

All full- and part-time employees will be expected to telework, provide regularly offered services, and continue significant planned outreach to ensure access to enrollment and support services.  

Those employees who may need to come to campus to gather materials that are essential to their job functions may do so on Monday, January 3 between 8 am and 1 pm. Kinney, Tech, and Founders Halls will be the entry points in Waterbury. Danbury employees should use the main entrance. Employees are also asked to keep these visits to a maximum of thirty minutes. 

Employees are reminded that masks are required to be worn covering mouths and noses and they should not be removed at any time while on campus. We ask that you stay within your own office space, and limit interactions with others while entering and exiting the buildings. Maintenance and Public Safety employees should follow instructions from their supervisors.  

We encourage you to get a vaccine if you have not already done so. If you’ve been vaccinated, but not yet boosted, you should check your eligibility for the booster shot. It is also vital that you stay home if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms.  

Thank you, all, for your patience and flexibility as we navigate the safe return to campus in 2022.  

Warm regards,  

Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D. 
Chief Executive Officer  

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COVID-19 | December 16, 2021

A message from Human Resources Shared Services CSCU | Winter Break COVID Testing Schedule

Dear Colleagues:

All staff who are subject to the testing requirements should continue to test during the winter break. Faculty who are not teaching during the winter break will not be subject to the testing until they return for the spring 2022 semester. If your status changes and you become fully vaccinated, please contact the HR Generalist assigned to your campus. 

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COVID-19 | November 1, 2021

A message from Terrence Cheng, CSCU President | Spring semester vaccine mandate implementation

Dear CSCU Community,

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COVID-19 | August19,2021

A message from Terrence Cheng, CSCU President | Fall Semester Reopening Guidelines

Good morning. 

This morning I issued the attached memo to the community college leadership on COVID 19 related expectations for the start of classes.   I wanted to share with you as well and assure you that we will continue to work closely with the state to monitor the pandemic and provide updated guidance if there are changes in state/federal guidelines or additional details about how we are mitigating the virus on our campuses. In addition, institutions may need to adjust practices to address local conditions during the semester working closely with the CSCU system office.  Watch for those messages directly from your campus leadership.  

It remains our hope that, with increasing rates of vaccination, we will be able to relax or eliminate some restrictions for vaccinated individuals during the semester.   As I said in my message to the campus leaders, let’s continue to work in a spirit of patience and cooperation. As a community we will keep each other safe and provide a teaching and learning environment that is transformative.

Best of luck in this new semester!  I look forward to meeting you all this fall as I conduct campus visits and learn more about the great work going on with our students and communities. 

President Terrence Cheng
CT State Colleges and Universities (CSCU)

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COVID-19 update 5.26.21

A message from Jane Gates, CSCU Interim President | Reopening June 1 Guidelines

Community College and System Office Personnel,

Memorial Day and the start of summer is just around the corner and thanks to planning by campus leaders and significant improvements in our state’s public health outlook and widespread vaccinations, we will start repopulating our campuses and system office in June. Throughout the pandemic, CSCU has demonstrated that it is a safe and low risk place to work, and, thanks to our combined efforts, that will continue to be the case. We will keep COVID-19 protocols in place, aligning our plans to those of state facilities, and continue to update you on our plans for fall 2021 as the public health guidance evolves over the summer months.   

First and foremost, if you haven’t yet received a vaccine, they are safe, highly effective, free, and widely available. I received my shots, had no side effects, and now have strong protection against COVID-19 illness. It is easy and convenient. If you have not already done so, now is the time to schedule an appointment.

CSCU has been meeting regularly with representatives from the Department of Public Health (DPH) and Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to receive feedback on our planning efforts.  Based on that input, effective June 1, all employees will report to the office at least 50% of their workweek (minimum of 2 days a week), observing 6 feet of social distancing, and wearing mask in all public spaces, regardless of vaccine status.     Campus and system office leaders have identified if there are any offices, cubicles or common areas that should not be fully utilized at this time and will work to make alternate arrangements or schedules to accommodate staff this summer.   

Rules to follow:

  •   Employees and students who do not feel well should stay home and seek medical attention. Please notify your campus COVID Coordinator if you test positive for the virus. The COVID Coordinator will continue to work closely with the local public health department to monitor positive cases and potential exposures on campus.
  • Masks must be worn at all times EXCEPT in your office or cubicle. Masks should always be on hand and worn whenever walking in and out of buildings, moving around common areas, and to and from your work stations.
  •  Masks must be worn at all times by employees who work in open office spaces or areas open to public unless they are able to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others.
  • In small meetings or joint offices, employees who are all fully vaccinated can agree, by mutual consent, that wearing masks is optional in those spaces/times. 
  • For summer classes, CSCU classrooms will require the wearing of masks and 6 feet of physical distance to the greatest extent possible. 
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COVID-19 update 11.13.2020

Message from Interim CEO Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D. | COVID-19 Guidance for Thanksgiving

Dear NVCC Faculty and Staff, 

Thanksgiving is fewer than two weeks away, and as the positivity rate in Connecticut and around the country continues to increase, we all need to do our parts to help reduce the spread of the virus. In preparing for the holidays, the state has provided NVCC with the following guidance from the Department of Public Health. Taking these steps will not only help keep you safe but will also help avoid spreading the virus to your loved ones. 

  • If you get tested because you think you have been exposed to COVID, please stay home until you receive the test results.  

  • If you plan to socialize with family members at high risk of complications from COVID-19 infection (over age 60 or with chronic medical conditions), you should consider quarantining for 14 days prior to doing so for their safety.  

  • It is important that you not attend large social gatherings or reunions, since that poses a substantial risk for spreading COVID-19. Follow travel restrictions if you plan to travel out of state.  

  • Always wear a mask in public settings and on public transportation. If you are infected with COVID-19, have symptoms, or are within a mandatory quarantine period due to close contact with a known case, you should avoid public transportation. 

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COVID-19 update 9.9.20

Message from Dana Elm, Interim Dean of Administration and COVID Coordinator | Reopening Danbury Campus on Sept. 14

After careful review, the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) advised us that the Danbury campus can open on Monday, September 14. All on-ground classes should meet in person next week.

Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of each other for more than 15 minutes. Our strict protocols (e.g., social distancing methods, wearing masks, handwashing/sanitizer use) are intended to prevent close contact. Consequently, we significantly mitigate our risks or spread on our campuses. The DPH believes exposure will primarily come from extracurricular activities.

 

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COVID-19 update 9.9.20

Message from Dana Elm, Interim Dean of Administration and COVID Coordinator | Reopening Danbury Campus on Sept. 14

After careful review, the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) advised us that the Danbury campus can open on Monday, September 14. All on-ground classes should meet in person next week.

Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of each other for more than 15 minutes. Our strict protocols (e.g., social distancing methods, wearing masks, handwashing/sanitizer use) are intended to prevent close contact. Consequently, we significantly mitigate our risks or spread on our campuses. The DPH believes exposure will primarily come from extracurricular activities.

 

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COVID-19 update 9.8.20

Message from CEO Dresdner: Changes Still in Effect for the NVCC Danbury Campus ONLY

Out of continued caution for the Danbury campus, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Governor Lamont, and President Ojakian have determined that NVCC’s  Danbury Campus will remain closed this week. Faculty and students will continue to take their courses virtually.

Students: If you have not already done so, please connect with your professor(s) through Blackboard to be sure that you stay on track with all coursework and assignments!

We hope to hear soon that we’ll be able to return to the campus and that classes will be able to resume in a traditional, on-ground format.

As we learn more, we’ll share that information. Updates about campus re-opening plans and COVID-Communications are posted at this link: Covid-19 Information 

Thank you for your patience and your understanding as we work toward keeping everyone safe and healthy.

 

Kind regards,
 

Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D.
Campus CEO
Naugatuck Valley Community College

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Precautions to Safeguard Yourself

Precautions to Safeguard Yourself

Hand washing:

All students, faculty, and staff can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by regularly washing hands for at least 20 seconds. To learn more about proper hand washing, visit the CDC’s website page When and How to Wash Your Hands (CDC)

Other Precautions To Take:

In addition to frequent hand washing there are many other steps you can take to help prevent the spread of disease. These steps include:

  • Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or kissing as a means of greeting.
  • Do not share food or beverages.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
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