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Important message from NRCC regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated on April 27, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND IS ONLY APPLICABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as decisions regarding college operations are being made following guidance provided by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Governor’s office, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and broader community are of the utmost importance.

The most current information will be updated on this page. However, if you would like to see past communications sent to students we have made those available as well.

Past Student Communications

Spring 2020 COVID-19 Grading Options for Students

In response to the effects of COVID-19, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) issued a policy whereby Pass (P+ or P-) and W grades will be the assigned grades for the spring 2020 semester. However, you have the option to request your earned letter grades. The information below explains the grading options and the process for requesting letter grades.

Option 1: Pass (P+ or P-) and W Grades

Grades for the 14-week, 10-week, and second 7-week courses will be recorded as follows and will not affect your GPA:

Grade Description
P+ Pass with a grade of "C" or higher
P- Pass with a grade of "D"
W Withdraw

Notes:

  • A grade of W will be assigned to courses in which you withdrew and to courses for which you do not achieve a passing grade.
  • The Pass (P+ or P-) and W option does not apply to the first 7-week session; these courses followed the standard grading system of assigning letter grades.

Option 2: Requesting Letter Grades (A, B, C, D, F)

You may request your earned letter grades (A, B, C, D, F) for some or all 14-week, 10-week, and second 7-week courses. For example, you may request a letter grade for some courses and select to receive P+, P-, or W grades for other courses. The choice is yours. Letter grades will affect your GPA in accordance with the standard grading system.

How to Request Your Letter Grades

The letter grade request portal is now available at https://www.nr.edu/gradechoice. To request letter grades, you will be required to log in with your VCCS username and password. The online portal will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020. Please double-check your request for accuracy. Once submitted, your request is final and may not be changed or revoked.

You may only access the online portal once to request your letter grades. Once your submission is made, your request is final and may not be revoked.

If you choose not to request your earned letter grades, you will receive a P+, P-, or W grade for each course.

Notes:

  • All letter grade requests must be made through the online portal. Email requests to instructors will not be accepted.
  • The last day for students to withdrawal and receive a "W" grade has been extended to Friday, May 8, 2020.
  • Students enrolled in NOVA Shared Services courses must follow the dates established by Northern Virginia Community College.
  • High school dual enrolled students must follow the grading policy and the dates established by their high school.

No Action Taken

If you take no action and choose not to request your earned letter grades, you will receive a P+, P-, or W grade for each course.

Other Considerations

There are other, specific considerations not included in this brief summary. Please see the full details for specific guidance that may apply to you.

Full Details of the Spring 2020 Grading Options

NRCC Facilities Closed

In response to the Governor's Stay at Home Order, NRCC classrooms, labs, and other facilities are no longer open to students (This includes the few small groups that have previously been allowed to meet on a limited basis). Faculty and staff will be working remotely, and college buildings will be closed until further notice.

Please refer to the full text of the Governor's order for more information.

Continuity of Instruction

As a reminder, the following is in place until further notice:

  • Current online classes will continue as planned. Faculty will communicate any changes in assignments, due dates, testing requirements, etc.
  • Most in-person classes have been moved online via Canvas or to another remote delivery format (emails, videos, Zoom meetings, instructional packets, etc.). Faculty will directly communicate delivery format information to their students. The Department of Online Learning has compiled a list of tips and resources to help you out as you transition from in-person classes to Online/Remote classes.
  • Please continue to check your VCCS email daily for college updates and communications from your faculty.
  • If you have not already done so, please register for the NRCC Alert at https://www.nr.edu/alert/.

Accessing Support Services, Resources, and Campus Facilities

While the college is closed, Wi-Fi access is available in most of lot H and a small section of lot G on the main campus in Dublin. The red highlighted areas in this map show the coverage area.

Student success continues to be our number one priority. Though staff will be working remotely, we are committed to providing the same level of support services and resources. Each student has an assigned Student Services Advisor who will be reaching out to you to offer assistance and to ensure you know how to contact them. We have wonderful faculty at NRCC and they are ready and willing to assist you however they can. Please contact them immediately with any questions you may have.

You CAN do this and we are here to help! The following offices are being staffed remotely, but are still available during this time of remote instruction and remote support:

Please continue to check your VCCS email daily for updates and important information from your faculty. The college website also has current information. We thank each of you for your patience and understanding as we all continue to deal with the effects of COVID-19. Additionally, thank you for doing your part by adhering to social distancing guidelines.

All NRCC Events Have Been Canceled or Postponed

All scheduled events have been canceled or postponed, including NRCC's May Commencement.

We are sorry the May ceremonies had to be canceled, but hope everyone understands that necessity. We do plan to hold graduation sometime later this year and are now reviewing possibilities. Please stay tuned for more information.

Volunteer to Help

You may have heard that volunteers are needed to help out with challenges related to the current healthcare situation. The Virginia Department of Health has more information about how to get involved with the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps.

Social Distancing and Other Guidance For Everyone's Safety

First and foremost, your health and well-being are of our utmost importance. In accordance with requests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the President of the United States, and the Governor of Virginia, the college also asks that you practice social distancing. Everyone is responsible for doing his/her part to slow the spread of COVID-19. To that end, it is critical that you avoid gathering in large crowds. Social distancing does not mean it is a holiday, a time to throw a party, or a time to go to the beach with friends. It is not life as normal; however, the sooner we all adhere to social distancing guidelines will hopefully mean a sooner return to our normal routines. More information is available from the CDC and the official Virginia State website. In addition:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asks that everyone take steps to minimize the chance of contracting any illness, including coronavirus (COVID-19). The CDC provides these specific guidelines:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizers (greater than 60% alcohol) can be used if you aren’t able to wash your hands.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue (then discarding the tissue promptly).
  • Regularly clean and disinfect objects and surfaces (ex: door handles, desk phones, cell phones, desktops, computer keyboard and mouse).
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and other people.

NRCC Alert Instructions

NRCC provides free emergency notifications to students and the community in the event of a campus emergency or closure. Sign up for NRCC Alert to be notified in the event of a campus closure.

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If you are having trouble logging in or have other questions about NRCC Alert, please contact the NRCC Help Desk at (540) 674-3600 x4400 or nr4help@nr.edu.

Important Links

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Virginia Department of Health

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If you are having trouble logging in or have other questions about NRCC Alert, please contact the NRCC Help Desk at (540) 674-3600 x4400 or nr4help@nr.edu.

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