NNMC COVID-19 Information   [Learn More]

Updates from President Bailey

Tuesday, November 11, 2020
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Thursday, October 22, 2020
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Wednesday, October 6, 2020
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Friday, September 4, 2020
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Friday, August 21, 2020
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Friday, August 7, 2020
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
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Monday, June 15, 2020

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Tuesday, May 27, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020
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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
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Friday, April 24, 2020
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Tuesday, April 15, 2020
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Monday, April 6, 2020
Message from President Bailey

Administrative Updates

Governor Lujan Grisham this afternoon introduced new guidelines for all New Mexicans.
In observance of that guidance, we are implementing the following procedures effective immediately:

1.  No more than five (5) faculty or staff members may be on campus at any time;
2.  Only essential personnel are allowed on campus, and only then in the capacity of their official duties.  Please coordinate with your supervisors to determine the defining of essential personnel and duties between the hours of 9:00AM and 4:00PM.
3.  Anyone on campus, including essential personnel, must get specific approval by the President, Vice President, Provost, Director of Facilities or Director of Security.  Those five people will coordinate with Security staff to let them know you are authorized on campus and when. Anyone not previously coordinated will be asked to leave.
4.  This guidance supersedes all previous guidance and authorities.
5.  Please continue to do everything possible to optimize your work from home.  Coordinate with your supervisors and colleagues so that we are helping each other to the maximum extent possible during this time.
6.  Please keep an open mind and an open heart as we navigate this crisis together.  It will take all of us working as one to overcome the obstacles ahead.

Thanks very much.  Stay safe and know that we are with you now and always.

Update on COVID-19 Campus Response

This morning, the NNMC Board of Regents voted to officially extend Spring Break until Sunday, April 5, and to extend the Spring 2020 semester until Friday, May 29. 2020. ALL courses, regardless of type, will be on an extended Spring Break, and will not resume until Monday, April 6, 2020. Any short term course that was originally scheduled to start on March 23, will start on April 6, 2020. When instruction resumes on April 6, we have Higher Learning Commission approval for ALL courses to be delivered remotely. Some courses will be asynchronous (not real-time) using Blackboard and others will be synchronous (real-time) through Zoom.

During the Spring Break, students will receive communications through email and the website on what technology your course will use. We ask faculty and staff to stay in contact with their supervisors, and for students to stay in contact with their professors.

Please continue to monitor your NNMC email and Northern's Website. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on our FAQ page here on our website. Students with specific concerns or needs can contact Don Appiarius, Assistant Provost, at don.appiarius@nnmc.edu.

Update on COVID-19 Campus Response

Pending approval by the Board of Regents, Northern New Mexico College will be extending our Spring Break for students until Sunday, April 5, in order to ensure the health and safety of our campus community during the Covid-19 outbreak. During the next three weeks, leadership and support staff will work with faculty to prepare them for the transition to a distance-learning format.

Starting on Monday, March 16, Northern will also implement a minimal physical footprint on both of its campuses. All non-faculty staff members are directed to coordinate with their supervisors to determine specific work requirements in alignment with their position. Supervisors are directed to consult with senior administration in order to determine essential staffing needs. Any college employee in a high-risk category for the Covid-19 virus (pre-existing condition, advanced age, pregnancy, etc.) is strongly encouraged to inform their supervisor immediately so that they can accommodate you.

Please continue to monitor email closely and to check our website at www.nnmc.edu for any updates. Anyone with questions is also encouraged to email covid19@nnmc.edu. Students with specific questions or concerns please contact Don Appirarius, Assistant Provost at (505) 692-4016.

Thank you for your help in overcoming the effects of this pandemic in our community. We remain, as always, dedicated to the success of our students, our College, and all of Northern New Mexico.

Dear Northern Campus Community,

In light of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and the state of emergency declared by Governor Lujan Grisham on March 11, 2020, Northern is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of our community over the next several weeks. Primarily, this means maintaining operations as much as possible while minimizing in-person contact and physical presence on both of our campuses.

Please be aware that these actions are being taken proactively in order to minimize risk. It is important for us all to remain calm during this time as we continue to monitor this evolving situation. As a College and individually, we can all take actions to prevent the spread of the disease and to protect ourselves, our friends, and our loved ones.

Please note that this and following messages are to be taken seriously and that directives, such as those to vacate or remain off-campus are mandatory.

Anyone experiencing flu-like or cold-like symptoms is not to report to campus under any circumstances. Please inform your supervisor immediately if you begin experiencing these symptoms.

The New Mexico Department of Health advises that anyone with these symptoms call 855-600-3453 before going to the doctor. Additionally, Presbyterian Española Hospital will provide testing in the ER parking lot. Call 753-7111 and select 0 to talk to an operator. Someone will come to your vehicle to assist you.

Closures, Travel, and Cancellations

As previously announced, effective immediately, all on-campus and college sponsored events, and official college travel are cancelled, until further notice. All internal and external facility requests scheduled on campus will be cancelled, and events will be postponed until further notice. Currently, the only exceptions are the required local clinical practicums for Nursing and Health Sciences.

Anyone on personal travel outside of New Mexico is expected to observe a 14-day self-quarantine before returning to campus. Anyone traveling outside of the state is also asked to inform their supervisor of the travel.

Classes and Support Services

Upon approval of the Higher Learning Commission and with the expectation to begin on Monday, March 23, most classes will be moved to an online format. Courses with lab components will receive further instructions no later than March 23. NNMC Email and the NNMC Website will be the primary modes of communication for all changes regarding classes and student services, so please check your email regularly.

We recognize that some students have limited access to internet, and are exploring ways to accommodate these students. Please notify your instructors if moving to an online class format presents any difficulty, so that we can accommodate you. Please also contact the Advisement Center.

Student services staff including financial aid, advising, the registrar, admissions, and disability services will remain available to help students, but students are encouraged to seek help via phone or email rather than coming to campus.


NNMC Email via the NNMC President and NNMC News accounts will be the primary and official channels for announcements regarding campus health and safety at this time. Eagle Alert text and email will also be utilized for high-priority announcements.

Northern's webpage, Campus Health Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19) will also be updated on a regular basis, and includes detailed information and resources. This page can be accessed from the website homepage at www.nnmc.edu. We will also share all campus health updates via our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Only information or communications originating from these channels should be considered accurate. Anyone with questions or concerns regarding Northern's response and the virus should email covid19@nnmc.edu.


Beginning on Monday, March 16, Northern will begin shifting to a work-from-home plan in which all non-essential faculty and staff, to include student employees and work-study, will cease reporting to campus and work remotely. Northern's IT and Distance Education staff are actively working to ensure that all students and staff have access to and support for web-based communication and course delivery methods, including Zoom and Blackboard.

All employees should work with their supervisor to arrange working from home and maintain active communication. All employees should also update their email signatures and outgoing voicemail messages with alternative contact information.

Because employees will work from home, no leave will be used and employees will continue to earn pay as normal. Employees will work with their supervisors to determine work functions to be completed remotely. We are currently exploring ways to accommodate hourly and work-study employees to prevent disruption in pay.

Employees should gather and bring home any materials and technology needed to work remotely by Friday, March 13.

Resuming Operations and Return to Campus

Because this is an evolving situation, the above measures will remain in place until it is considered safe for operations to resume as usual. At this time, we anticipate these measures to remain in-place for at least the next 30 days. Please check campus communication channels regularly for any changes.

Additional directives and updates will be shared as they are developed. Please monitor the NNMC Website and your NNMC Email account closely.

Thank you for your cooperation in maintaining the health and safety of the Northern New Mexico College Community. We will all get through this together!

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