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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Thomas Nelson Moves Majority of Classes Online For First Two Weeks of Spring Semester

Student enrollment at Thomas Nelson Community College for the fall 2020 semester has declined 6.6 percent compared to last year.(WYDaily file/Courtesy of TNCC)
In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) will be switching most of its classes from in-person to virtual for the first two weeks of the spring 2022 semester. Jan. 10 – Jan. 21. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of TNCC)

WILLIAMSBURG — Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) announced that, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, it will be switching most of its classes from in-person to virtual for the first two weeks of the spring semester, Jan. 10 – Jan. 21.

TNCC announced that the in-person classes in career and technical programs, including allied health, and skilled trade courses will continue meeting in person.

“As new variants of COVID-19 emerge and spread, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and those in our surrounding communities,” said President Towuanna Porter Brannon. “While the College remains committed to providing a quality educational experience for students, we also recognize that our learning and working environments, now more than ever, have an impact on our overall well-being. We ask for continued patience as we adjust to meet the demands of our students and communities amid this ongoing pandemic.”

Faculty teaching in-person classes will use CANVAS, an online learning content management system, to notify students in their classes about the specifics of class meetings during the first two weeks of the semester and to provide information and resources to assist as needed.

TNCC’s campuses in Hampton and Williamsburg will still be open to the public, and the school’s offices will be staffed.

The school is encouraging its new students to attend the virtual orientation Friday, Jan. 7, or the Virtual Bootcamp that will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8 so that they can familiarize themselves with the services that the college offers and the online learning environment.

TNCC says that its faculty and staff will work with immediate supervisors to determine whether they will be expected to work on campus or telework until Jan. 21. 

TNCC has an infectious/contagious disease policy and protocols that follow the recommendations of public health officials to help ensure the health of the school’s students, faculty, and staff. The school asks that any student seeking more in-depth details about personal illness, confirmed exposure, positive test results, reporting infectious and/or contagious disease, can reference pages 29-30 of the College’s Return to Campus Plan.

The school requires faculty, staff, students, and visitors to their facilities to wear a mask. TNCC says this requirement will continue unless otherwise announced for spring semester 2022.

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