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Summer 2021 Re-Opening Plan    Fall 2021 Re-Opening Plan


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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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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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COVID-19 update 8.23.20

Recent changes for NVCC Danbury Campus ONLY  

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has noticed a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Danbury. In an effort to help the State stop the spread of the virus, and with the recommendation of the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, NVCC has made the difficult decision to not open the DANBURY campus for the next two weeks (Monday, August 24 to Sunday, September 6).  

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COVID-19 update 8.6.20

Message from Interim CEO of NVCC, Lisa Dresdner, Ph.D. | Phase 3 Re-opening Plan

August 6, 2020 

Dear NVCC Students, Colleagues, and Community Partners,  

I am pleased to share NVCC’s Phase 3 Reopening Plan for the fall 2020 semester. We have worked hard to develop a plan in accordance with current CDC guidelines, Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders related to COVID, CT Reopens Office plans, and guidance provided by the System Office, so that are able to reopen and repopulate our Waterbury and Danbury campuses gradually. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the development of our reopening plan, and special thanks to our maintenance staff who have been busy preparing the campus for our reopening. 

The plan is quite detailed and I encourage you to take time to read it in full. Divided into four sections, it addresses NVCC’s fall 2020 plans to:  

  • Repopulate the NVCC Waterbury and Danbury Campuses  
  • Monitor the health of NVCC students, faculty and staff 
  • Plan for containing cases that may develop; and 
  • A plan for shutdown of the campuses – should it become necessary 

To minimize the risk of COVID-19 on our Waterbury and Danbury campuses: 

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COVID-19 update 7.9.20

Message from NVCC President Daisy Cocco DeFilippis
Campus Reopening

My Dear Colleagues: 

Please read this entire email. It contains updated guidance about your returning to work. 

Campus offices have prepared detailed plans of operation and staffing that ensure compliance with State of CT Phase 2 requirements. Supervisors have worked with staff to develop a schedule that combines their on-campus presence and teleworking based on the needs of the office, while meeting contractual hours (FT/PT). 

However, continuing uncertainties about COVID-19 have shown that campus reopening will be gradual and that conditions may require changing our plans. 

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COVID-19 update #2 7.2.20

Message from NVCC President Daisy Cocco DeFilippis
Details of General Rules for Re-opening Campus

Dear NVCC Colleagues:

Our thanks to Interim Dean of Administration Dana Elm for sharing these details, as we plan our Tuesday, July 14 campus reopening.

It is important for everyone to know that we are working hard to make the campuses as safe as possible for your return. While we cannot guarantee a disease-free environment, we will use a variety of recommended strategies to make it as safe as possible. We all must work together to achieve this; each of us plays an important part in re\opening safely and protecting the health and well-being of ourselves and each other.

GENERAL RULES

1.     Face masks or coverings*  Everyone must wear a covering that covers the nose and mouth. Upon request, you will be provided with five reusable, washable face masks. You may choose to wear your own face mask or covering.

2.     Social distancing  A six-foot distance between people must be maintained at all times. This may take some coordinating among staff members.

3.     Shared equipment  If possible, sharing equipment should be avoided.  However, equipment like copiers or printers must be shared among office staff. Disinfectant wipes will be available after each use.

4.     Testing Positive  If you test positive for COVID-19, are presumed to be positive by a medical professional, or a household member tests positive, you must notify your supervisor.

5.     Stay home if you are not feeling well.
 

OTHER SAFETY MEASURES

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COVID-19 update 7.2.20

Message from NVCC President Daisy Cocco DeFilippis  
Update on Re-Opening Campus

My Dear Colleagues,

NVCC has been approved to reopen campus beginning on Tuesday, July 14, with limited hours in most areas, for a three-day weekly cycle from 9:00 to 5:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. A few offices will continue to be open for the entire week and others will open later in the summer, as arranged in their respective plans for reopening. 

The three-day schedule allows us to provide services within established safety guidelines and social distancing required within offices of various sizes. Faculty and staff will no longer need special authorization to have access to campus.

Campus offices have prepared detailed plans of operation and staffing that ensure compliance with State of CT Phase 2 requirements. Supervisors have worked with staff to develop a schedule that combines their on-campus presence and continuing teleworking based on the needs of the office, while meeting contractual hours (FT/PT). However, continuing uncertainties about COVID-19, have shown that campus reopening will be gradual and that conditions may require changing our plans. 

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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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