NCTC Coronavirus Updates

Stay Home. Stay Safe

Please consult this page for the latest campus updates, most common FAQ’s, and links to Community Resources.

UPDATES:

  • Students impacted by COVID can apply for multiple types of financial assistance-log into your MyNCTC account, select the Student Services tab, and then NCTC COVID Student Resources from the left-hand menu.
  • Want to help? SUPPORT our students in this time of need.
  • For NCTC’s Cares Act Disclosure, visit this page

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Community Resources

NCTC has compiled a list of Community Resources to assist during this challenging time. This list will be updated as new resources or services become available.

Schools Closed: 2019-2020 School Year

Governor Abbott has issued an Open Texas Order which keep schools closed for the 2019 - 2020 school year, effective April 17, 2020. In response, access to our Denton Exchange, Flower Mound, Gainesville, Corinth, Bowie, and Graham campuses will not be allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions

In response to providing virtual campus resources, NCTC has compiled FAQ’s to address the most common questions from students and staff during this time. For any questions or concerns please contact us – we are here for you!

Page last updated: May 11, 2020, 2:00 a.m. CDT

Chancellors Update #4

April 14, 2020

Dear NCTC Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Friends,

Extraordinary times require equally great responses, and we thought you should know about several key efforts helping NCTC and its communities thrive amidst the uncertainty and separation we are all facing.
First, let me just say we all sincerely hope you and your loved ones are in good health and remain so. If there is something we can do to assist you, we are interested in helping and have provided all sorts of links and options for finding help locally and online.

The health and safety of all our NCTC communities continues to be our number one priority

With that as our focus, faculty and staff have worked non-stop to transition classes to eLearning (even career and technical classes) so students can isolate and yet belong, learn, and grow. The effort has been remarkable, and I have never been prouder of our faculty for their response.

Online education has become an even bigger reality and if you are looking for certificates and degree pathways, you will now find them online via our web site and MyNCTC pages. If you aren’t finding what you need, you may always email advising@nctc.edu or text (940) 251-0701.

Additionally:

Safety is still Job #1
Campus closures are at the heart of our social-distancing efforts, including the cancellation of musical, civic, and sporting events. There’s no employee travel and all but a few of our staff and faculty are working from home. Everyone has email access and are checking their campus phones from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.

Students can use your help
Whether sheltering in place in our dorms, or staying in apartments or family homes, a good many of our students are facing the pressures of loss of jobs, and emergency food, housing and living and expenses. Our Covid-19 Resources page addresses some solutions for all, but you can personally help with a gift to our Student Emergency Fund. We have shared over $80,000 so far and anticipate even greater need in the coming weeks so every dollar counts.

And finally, thank you for your support
From our alumni, friends, donors and amazing family of employees, the support in time, dollars, and kindness has been an overwhelming gift. At a time when isolation and distancing are the prominent themes, we have never been closer.

On behalf of the Board of Regents and NCTC leadership, I wish you a safe journey and robust health and blessings. We’re looking forward to seeing you face-to-face very soon.

G. Brent Wallace,
Chancellor
North Central Texas College

Previous Updates


North Central Texas College (NCTC) will continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus as cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries.

NCTC will continue to use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Texas Department of State Health Services to aid in decisions involving the college community. North Central Texas College Administration continues to meet, discuss, and plan as the stages of this virus continue to change.

We are prepared and committed to the safety of our staff, students, parents, and community. We encourage you to use the resources produced and communicated by the CDC, HHS and follow the guidance provided as we partner together to keep our NCTC community safe.

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is thought to spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of coronaviruses from the CDC's transmission website.

What Is the Risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance. Stay educated on the disease by reading the CDC website.

Symptoms & Transmission of COVID-19

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Person-to-person spread is occurring although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

How Can I Protect Myself from the Virus?

Stay educated on the disease by reading the CDC website.

Take care of yourself and others by:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Where Can I Get Updated & Accurate Information On COVID-19?

For updated and accurate information, refer to:

Travel Guidance

Where should I avoid travel? add

The CDC Information for Travel has travel notices and recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These travel notices and are based on potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area.

CDC still recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel.

  • Level 3 (Warning): CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with level 3 travel notices because of an increased risk of getting COVID-19.
  • Level 2 (Alert): COVID-19 can be more serious in older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, if you are in these groups, consult with a healthcare provider and consider postponing travel to destinations with level 2 travel notices.
  • Level 1 (Watch): If you travel, take the following routine precautions:
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.
I've been to an affected area on the CDC's COVID-19 travel advisories page. What should I do now? add

If you have traveled from or through any country that is designated as a Level 1, 2 or 3 by CDC for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, follow the recommendations below for Students and Faculty/Staff.

Students/Faculty/Staff: We are asking our students, faculty, and staff to be mindful of our community and self-report any family/self-travel to Level 1, 2 or 3 areas to the NCTC Recent & Planned Travel Survey.

If you do not feel well following travel to a Level 2 or Level 3 area, we ask that you please stay at home. In such an event, please contact a medical professional and follow the medical professional’s advice, including any encouragement to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Additional Resources

NCTC will continue to use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Texas Department of State Health Services to aid in decisions involving the college community. North Central Texas College Administration continues to meet, discuss, and plan as the stages of this virus continue to change.

For updated and accurate information, refer to: