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NCMC returns to fall guidance

Staff Writer
Linn County Leader
Linn County Leader

North Central Missouri College (NCMC) recently announced their guidance for the Fall 2020 semester regarding COVID-19 prevention and exposure. Return to fall plans include recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the local health department. According to a press release from Kristi Harris, chief of staff for NCMS, plans are considered fluid and could change based on new recommendations and guidance as the situation evolves.

Students, employees, and visitors at NCMC locations will be asked to:

1. Maintain social distancing, continue to meet virtually when possible, and not congregate in small/tight spaces

2. Masks are mandated when contact with others within six feet for 15 minutes or more cannot be avoided and strongly recommended inside campus buildings and in common areas

3. Continue to practice good handwashing and sanitization

4. Complete a daily symptom self-check and check temperature prior to coming to campus

“We have been working persistently this summer to provide our students, faculty, and staff a welcoming and safe environment this fall,” Harris, said, “We are always excited to begin a new academic year, and we know this year will continue to be a positive experience even with our measures in place. With our guidelines, we hope to be a part of the prevention, keep our on-ground services available, and our campus communities safe.”

NCMC is implementing several measures to help reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Classrooms and public areas are spaced to allow for social distancing, residence life plans are in place for move-in day and congregated living, sanitization measures are enhanced, signage is placed reminding individuals to maintain social distancing and partake in preventive measures, additional online and virtual learning opportunities, as well as rerouting foot traffic on stairwells, and limiting capacity for group events. A mask will be available to any employee or student that would like one, but individuals are also encouraged to provide their own.

NCMC also has multiple online course options and virtual learning opportunities students can enroll that have no or minimal on-ground requirements. Students can also utilize resources for Student Affairs, the library and tutoring services, Student Support Services, departments and faculty and staff virtually.

If an individual is suspected of being exposed to COVID-19 or tested positive, NCMC has a protocol and communication plan that works alongside the Grundy County Health Department and the individual’s county health department to control the spread and contamination.

The fall semester begins on Aug. 17. For more information or questions, visit www.ncmissouri.edu or contact the president’s office at 660-357-6203.