Reopening Plan

Spring 2021

For almost nine months, the college has been operating under Phase I and II of the Emergency Operations plan in compliance with federal, state and local regulations. This also includes the Texas Education Coordinating Board recommendations for reopening established in August. Please read the following information regarding upcoming holidays and the Spring 2021 semester.

Continued Policies and Procedures

The college will preserve our current social distancing procedures for the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester and the Spring 2021 semester. Maintaining space from others is still one of the most effective tools in slowing the spread of COVID-19. In order to continue to support this effort, NCTC will encourage virtual meetings using tools such WebEx and will continue to restrict face-to-face meetings. Also, the institutional mask policy will continue indefinitely.

  • In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, College employees and students will continue to be required to wear a mask or other appropriate cloth face covering, over the mouth and nose, at all times in College buildings or within other indoor College facilities.
  • Employees or students who feel at risk by wearing a mask or cloth face covering must contact Human Resources or the office of the Dean of Students immediately to discuss alternative options, or reasonable accommodations.
  • Employees or students are permitted to remove the mask if working alone in an enclosed private space, assigned residence hall room, or office. However, masks must be worn at all other times as described above.
  • Should a student or employee wish to eat or drink, he or she may remove the mask to do so provided they are situated more than six feet from others.
  • While following appropriate social distancing guidelines, the use of masks in the College’s outdoor areas is encouraged, but not required.
  • This policy will be strictly enforced. Failure to follow the policy may result in student or employee discipline.

To further insure health and safety, travel will be restricted between campuses and NCTC will continue to limit official travel to that deemed essential by the appropriate Vice Chancellor. No out of state travel will be approved and any in state travel must be deemed mission critical and approved by the appropriate Vice Chancellor.

The college will still have social distancing practices in place. 

Occupancy of restrooms will continue to be limited based on facility size to ensure at least 6 feet of social distancing between individuals, and signage will be posted to indicate the appropriate capacity. Restrooms will be cleaned at least every two hours during the day and will undergo a detailed cleaning each evening. Please wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom.

NCTC will continue to require self-certification in compliance with the THECB guidelines for the Spring semester that requires employees and students, prior to returning, to self-certify that within the last 14 days they have not been COVID positive, do not have COVID symptoms, and have not been in the presence of anyone known to be COVID positive. If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” that individual will be required to notify NCTC, self-isolate for 14 days, and return to campus only if symptom-free at the end of that period. No employees will be allowed to return to work until they have self-certified. This will also be a requirement to return to work post-Thanksgiving and Christmas Breaks (SINE Pro Software).

Those employees testing positive for the COVID-19 virus will receive appropriate treatment and place themselves in self-isolation as dictated by evidence-based public health protocols for the control of infectious disease. This will be conducted in conjunction with local medical and public health professionals, and where possible, those testing for COVID-19 will complete their self-isolation at their permanent residence. 

Residence hall students will be returning to the campus in the spring. However, those who test positive for COVID-19 who are unable to relocate to their permanent residence will be moved to a separate facility the College has established specifically designated for self-isolation. Students requiring medical care will be treated as appropriate by medical professionals.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 may return to NCTC classes and activities after testing negative and after their return has been cleared by their health care provider or in accordance with the most recent local public health and medical guidance. 

Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to work remotely or take sick leave or other appropriate leave in accordance with NCTC policies and regulations. These individuals will place themselves in self-isolation as determined by local health officials at the time of testing, returning to NCTC only after testing negative and being cleared to return by their health care provider or in accordance with the most recent local public health and medical guidance.

Thanksgiving Break

Many of our faculty (100 plus course sections) have determined to move the remainder of their coursework to online format from November 30 - December 4 and finals. Others have determined to offer online live streaming or video recordings of course content even when the class is face to face and our CTE/Health Science programs will be completing students face to face as required for their disciplines (Associate Degree Nursing program will complete online after Thanksgiving).  

Upon returning to work after Thanksgiving break, the college will continue to be open, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 until 5:30, and closed on Fridays while maintaining current work schedules in which students are being served virtually until 7:30 PM Monday through Thursday and 8:00 to 12:00 on Friday.

Christmas Break

The Christmas Holiday Break will begin on December 21, 2020 and end January 3, 2021. All campus buildings will be closed to the public. Many departments of the college will be serving students virtually during that time. December 21-23 and 28-30, 2020 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Enrollment Management, Registrar’s Office, and IT will be working a virtual staggered schedule for students and staff/faculty needs. 

Important Notice Regarding Holiday Travel

NCTC will follow the CDC recommended holiday travel protocols. Anyone returning from holiday travel will be required to quarantine for 10 days once you return home from your travels, domestic or foreign.

Testing is recommended before returning to work but it is not required, unless you are having symptoms. NCTC is planning to reopen to the general public on Jan. 4. 2021.

Many employees will be required to report to work on Monday Jan. 4. If you are an employee that is to be in quarantine after returning from holiday travel please notify your supervisor, Police Chief Nicole Shaw or myself. If you are one of our employees who is to return to work on Jan. 4, 2021 and your quarantine time runs past your report to work date then you will be required to take any unused vacation or sick time leave until your quarantine time has passed. Therefore If you are planning holiday travel during our Christmas break please plan accordingly. 

Below are the CDC recommended holiday travel and celebration protocols. Please review prior to leaving on our Christmas break for your safety and protection.  

Spring 2021

Beginning on January 4, 2021, the college will begin a work schedule of Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM. However, Offices that serve students directly will be working staggered schedules for coverages of 8:00 AM-6:30 PM Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM-12:00 PM on Friday. These are essential hours of operations in order to serve the increasing numbers of students without access to technologies and those requiring face to face interaction for services.

Also, as is tradition, we will be open on Saturday January 9, 2021 and Saturday January 16, 2021 from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM to serve students. 

Those who supervise employees that work on sight or those in charge of daily management for specific offices will be required to work in office and the same schedule as employees, understanding that may work staggered hours as well, BUT, they will be required to work on campus, Mondays through Fridays as well. 

At the onset of COVID-19, the Department of Labor enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The act provides leave and pay benefits for employees who are unable to work (either remotely or onsite) because:

  • The employee chose to self-quarantine
  • The employee is caring for an individual who is quarantined
  • The employee has COVID-19, or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and awaiting test results
  • The employee is caring for a child whose school or daycare is closed for reasons related to COVID-19.

As it stands today, the FFCRA expires on December 31, 2020.  After that date, should an employee fall into any of the above categories, he or she will need to use available leave for the absences (sick or vacation; the instances above do not qualify for personal leave).

Faculty will be allowed to return to on-campus office hours if they so desire, however, encouragement will continue to be given to establish limited numbers of hours on campus, especially those teaching online only.  If you have private office you have more flexibility for office hours. However, if faculty are wishing to return to campus for work but are insecure about their shared office space, we are considering retrofitting some additional spaces to serve as temporary office space. For example, taking in a classroom not utilized in the FSB Exchange and placing several desks/computers at a good distance from each other. More information will come as we consider this, but if you think that is something you (as faculty) are interested in please email ddoss@nctc.edu and your campus director (Culberson, DeRoche, Birdwell, Davis, Kluth, or Baugh.

Deans will be required to work on campuses Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday’s 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Faculty Division Chairs will be asked to be on campus in office two days a week as well.

Finally, all these procedures are contingent to federal, state or local shifts in protocols, gubernatorial or presidential executive orders, or subject to change if the college deems best to make shifts. In other words, all this can change in a moment depending on the numbers of COVID-19 cases in our service area and among faculty, staff and students. 

Remote Learning & Student Resources

Remote Learning Flexibility

Students have FOUR different class formats to choose from this Fall and can take any and all combinations based on what is ideal for each student’s schedule. 

  1. Online: Classes delivered entirely online in CANVAS (online learning platform)
  2. Synchronous Online: Online classes with scheduled times for virtual, real-time lectures and labs each week
  3. Hybrid classes: Classes partially online in CANVAS and partially on-campus (typically one face to face meeting per week)
  4. Face to Face: Classes delivered fully on-campus, face to face 

Expanded Online Course Offerings

NCTC has expanded the number of courses that will be offered either fully online or as a hybrid or synchronous format, with over 80% of classes in the Fall incorporating online learning through CANVAS. This means little to no disruption to your weekly schedule should work, family or other life circumstances impact your ability to come to campus.

  • Face to face classes will have smaller numbers of students, based on the actual classroom size, in order to follow proper social distancing and safety protocols. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear face masks and practice social distancing while on any NCTC campus, both within and outside the classroom, in addition to completing a NCTC Health Check regarding symptoms or potential exposure to COVID-19. Learn more about NCTC Health & Safety in response to COVID-19.
  • Final exams in all courses will take place online or through remote test proctoring, regardless of the class format (online, hybrid, synchronous or face to face), with the exception of Career and Technical Education and Health Sciences courses, and/or those students who have obtained accommodations through Disability Services.

Virtual Student Services

All NCTC Student Services will continue to meet the needs of our current and potential students primarily through virtual formats (phone, text, email, and/or Zoom), limiting unnecessary trips to campus. Our COVID-19 Student Resources site will also be routinely updated with the most current information and referrals to valuable community services such as housing, financial assistance, food banks, and physical and mental healthcare. We care about you as a person, not just a student, and it’s important to ask for any and all help you may need during this difficult time (in fact at all times)! 

View a detailed list of NCTC Students Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Health & Safety

When the College returns to campus operations, employees and students will notice a variety of changes designed to create a safe and healthy environment.

Governor Abbott Mandates State-wide Face Coverings

Effective at 12:01 p.m. on July 3, 2020, every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household. Learn more about the Disaster Proclamation and Executive Order No. GA-29. The Governor has also released a new video message to coincide with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe.

Face Masks/Face Coverings

Face Masks are required while you are on campus. We strongly encourage everyone on campus to wear face masks or face coverings when in the presence of others. Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is essential to minimizing risks to others near you, though it is not a substitute for social distancing. NCTC anticipates that most will bring their own masks for use while on campus. However, to facilitate the use of protective masks on campus, the College has obtained a limited supply of masks and will provide masks, if needed.

Students: Find out How to Get a Mask.

Employees: To request a mask, view How to Request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Departments that traditionally have been provided those items, such as police, food services, and health sciences, will continue to receive those materials through the normal budgetary process. Please note the following recommendations for the proper use and care of face masks and coverings:

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face mask/cover.
  • Ensure the face mask/cover fits over the nose and under the chin.
  • Avoid touching the front of the face mask/cover.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face mask/cover and wash your hands immediately after removing.
  • Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent before first use and after each shift. Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged, or contaminated.
  • Disposable masks should not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash immediately if soiled, damaged, or contaminated.

Daily Health Check

All campuses will have central entry point to allow for temperature checks and adherence to NCTC Health and Safety protocols. Students, Employees, and Visitors must complete this Daily Health Check  as a condition of entry to any NCTC campus. Your health check responses are valid for 24 hours and should be completed each day and/or before you enter an NCTC campus.

Social Distancing

Maintaining space from others is one of the most effective tools in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Public health officials recommend that individuals remain at least six feet apart at all times, do not gather in groups, and avoid mass gatherings. To support this effort, NCTC will continue to encourage virtual meetings using tools such as WebEx and Zoom and will restrict face-to-face meetings. Maintenance will remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms to support social distancing practices between attendees.

Advanced Cleaning Protocols

NCTC has collaborated with its custodial vendors to conduct advanced cleaning protocols in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, and custodial services will conduct additional cleanings.

In addition to these disinfection procedures, additional care should be taken to wipe down commonly used surfaces. NCTC encourages all employees to wipe down their work areas with EPA-registered 60% alcohol solution before starting work and before leaving any room in which they have been working. NCTC is ordering additional cleaning supplies that will be provided for NCTC purposes.

Plexiglass Dividers

A number of NCTC workstations are designed to provide customer service to the public. To protect these employees and campus visitors, the College is installing plexiglass dividers to maintain physical separation and will install additional dividers during the Fall semester.

Hand Sanitizer Stations

NCTC will install additional hand sanitizer stations in the common areas of every campus facility for use by employees and students. Disinfectant wipes or spray will be available for use by instructors and students for wiping down instructional spaces, as needed.

Restrooms

The occupancy of restrooms will be limited based on facility size to ensure at least 6 feet of social distancing between individuals. Restrooms will be cleaned at least every two hours during the day and will undergo a detailed cleaning each evening. Please wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom. 

Elevators

Campus elevators will be limited to two individuals at a time. When using the elevator, please wear your mask or face covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers, if possible. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator.

Travel

To safeguard our campus communities' travel will be restricted between campuses, NCTC will continue to limit official travel to that deemed essential by the appropriate Vice-Chancellor. (No college vehicles will be available).

Use of Facilities

NCTC facilities will not host events for external organizations. This includes meetings, banquets, luncheons, speeches, performances, and other gatherings. NCTC will not host camps, campus tours, or recruiting visits on any of its campuses. Further, we anticipate such events also will be limited during the Fall semester and all business meetings will be conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines.

I Have a Medical Condition, What Do I Do?

NCTC asks that anyone at heightened risk of getting sick or with underlying medical conditions consult with your primary doctor for the best and safest health recommendations.  Everyone is at risk of getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus. Some people are more likely than others to become severely ill. We learn more about COVID-19 every day, and as more information becomes available, CDC will continue to update and share information about risk for severe illness.

People at increased risk for severe illness

On Campus Operations

Athletics

NCTC will not be having athletics this fall. The National Junior College Athletics Association has voted to move the majority of falls sports to spring competition giving only the ability to scrimmage to our traditional fall teams. As a result, the decision to suspend athletic programs for the fall in hopes of returning all athletes to campus in the spring. This very difficult decision was made in part due to the concern over our housing in Gainesville.

As many of you are aware, Bonner Hall still has communal restrooms, showers, etc.  Students are compact and the risk associated with this facility and COVID-19 is considerable.

All athletes will continue to receive scholarships.

Housing

Gainesville Campus

The Gainesville Campus will offer student housing to a few students based on particular circumstances. As with other locations on campus, advanced cleaning protocols and social distancing guidelines will be in effect. Common seating and gathering locations within the residence halls will be closed and occupancy limitations will be in place in common restrooms and laundry room spaces. Outdoor seating will be open but social distancing guidelines will apply.

Prior to move-in, students will undergo a screening process that includes a temperature check. Further, routine temperature checks will continue to occur throughout the Fall semester.

Parking

The North Central Texas Community College District has managed traffic and parking regulations in order to ensure the safety of the campus community related to the operation and parking of vehicles on campus. These regulations apply to all operators of motor vehicles on campus. All vehicles operated by students, faculty, staff, and guests shall display a valid permit when parking vehicles on NCTC campuses. At present, there are no restricted lots, designated lots, or priority permits. Questions about permits should be directed to the NCTC Department of Public Safety

Get an NCTC Parking Permit

Existing/Expiring Permits: Any existing permit holder with a permit set to expire in 2020 will have their permits automatically renewed. No further action is needed.

Permits

All vehicles operated by students, faculty, staff, and guests shall display a valid permit when parking vehicles on NCTC campuses. At present, there are no restricted lots, designated lots, or priority permits. Permits may be obtained through the Department of Public Safety.

Parking Permit Cost

Standard Permit – Included as part of general fees – no additional purchase required.
The standard permit is for faculty, staff, and students. The permit is a hanging mirror tag with built in technology for garage and gate access where applicable. One tag is issued even if multiple vehicles are registered.

Motorcycle Permit - Included as part of general fees – no additional purchase required.
The motorcycle permit is for faculty, staff, and students motorcycle parking only. The motorcycle permit is a card that will be affixed to the license plate but shall not obstruct the plate itself.

Temporary permits shall be issued for all guests and visitors who are parking in a standard lot or garage and for a period longer than that displayed in a time limited space. Temporary permits shall be displayed on the driver-side dash of the vehicle.

Effective August 1, 2020

DCTA’s NCTC Campus Shuttle service will no longer be in operation due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency is working closely with NCTC leadership for potential mobility options in the future for students, faculty, and staff. Passengers can still access the downtown Denton NCTC campus via Denton Connect Route 7 or the A-train to get around. Other DCTA services are also available for NCTC student, faculty, and staff transportation needs. Need a discount option for DCTA transit? Check out DCTA’s University Pass Program

Food Service

Food Service will only be available on the Gainesville Campus. Service will be limited to packaged meals and condiments. The goal is for those who want to eat on campus to have a to-go option, as dining halls will remain closed for a large portion of the fall semester. See instructions below to order food on the Gainesville Campus:

Download Sine Pro from the Apple App Store
Download Sine Pro from the Google Play Store

Campus WiFi Map

Looking for the best location to connect to NCTC WiFi from your car? See a map of each campus. The green heat pattern shows areas where most devices will have the best connection to NCTC WiFi.

NCTC is increasing its ​Wifi hotspots in and around our campuses​ so even if buildings are closed, you can utilize the Wifi from our parking lots if you are a current student. If you don’t have reliable access, please review the Internet and Wifi Assistance options and the financial assistance section located in our Community Resource list​.