COVID-19 Best Practices, Vaccine Update and Opportunity to Assist Your Community

Dear Nevada State Community;

We are one year in to the global pandemic and we are beginning to see lower COVID-19 positivity rates and fewer cases overall. We must remain vigilant in practicing social distancing, frequent handwashing, and wearing face coverings. Also be aware of the latest notifications regarding vaccine eligibility. Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery includes statewide directives that will remain in place to mitigate the spread. Please take a few moments to review specific capacity limits and recommended or required mitigation measures. Nevada’s Roadmap to Recovery, February 2021

This notice contains three sections:

  1. COVID-19 Best Practices, 2. Vaccine Update, and 3. Opportunity to Assist Your Community.

COVID-19 Best Practices

Remember, working together to safeguard the campus community requires our unwavering commitment to observing these best practices:

  1. Do not come to campus if you know you were exposed to COVID-19. You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
  2. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, get a free test and stay off campus. To determine when it is safe to return to being around others, check here:
  3. To schedule a free COVID-19 test, visit or visit and select PUBLIC as your employer.
  4. If you potentially or are confirmed to have COVID-19, complete the Self-Report Form at

All employees are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined in the Return to Campus Guidelines. Additionally, we ask that you continue following protocols for prevention, be aware of symptoms of COVID-19, and seek medical care when it is needed.

The Self-Report Form and many more tools are also available on the State Safe app.

We will continue to share information specific to Nevada State through official channels, including The site includes links to health resources, college operations, current announcements, and other important information.



Thank you for your continued support and patience as the COVID-19 vaccination efforts proceed for faculty, staff, and students within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).

We continue to operate in a coordinated manner with other Southern Nevada higher education institutions and the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD). At this time, we have notified Nevada State College’s second priority group that they may register to receive their vaccinations. This group, as defined by the state’s latest vaccination playbook includes:

  1. Instructional and administrative faculty, staff, students, and contractors who must work on campus in close contact with others, and who cannot and have not been able to conduct their job duties from home
  2. Faculty, staff, and students who are 65 years or older

Individuals identified as part of the priority groups received an invitation to register. To receive your vaccination, you must verify your eligibility by producing a copy of the invitation (e.g., on your phone or a printout). 

When an appointment is made, please keep it and avoid rescheduling or canceling unless you are sick.  Please remember that you do not need to request leave to get vaccinated.  Per Human Resources, reasonable time to receive your vaccine can be counted as work time.

We are awaiting further information from the state and local health authorities as to when we may open registration and schedule appointments with our remaining faculty, staff, and students. Nevada State will continue keeping you informed of your eligibility and vaccine availability when we have additional information.  Whenever you are eligible, please take the first opportunity to get vaccinated. You are not limited to the NSHE vaccination sites at UNLV and CSN Henderson. The Southern Nevada Health District has other location options available.

Visit to review the eligibility criteria for community sites.



The NSHE COVID-19 Vaccine Point of Distribution (POD) located at the CSN Henderson campus needs non-medical volunteers in various support roles to assist Monday-Friday, throughout the spring semester. Per Nevada State Office of Human Resources, volunteering at the CSN Henderson POD can be counted as work time if your supervisor approves. You do not need to make the request formally in Workday, but you want to be sure your supervisor approves the request beforehand in order for it to count as time worked.

The college extends its gratitude to all Scorpions who are able to volunteer, playing a pivotal point in our fight against COVID-19. Sign up by completing the volunteer application at GivePlus Portal. Go to the CSN Henderson POD Event Page and click the green Register button to select the shift(s) for which you would like to volunteer. Shifts will become available three weeks in advance of each date, so please return to register for times that may not yet be available.

Review these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more:

For more information about volunteering at the Vaccine Point of Distribution, please contact

Updates will be posted at and a great deal of information on Coronavirus response can be found at Both resources are also available in the State Safe app. To download the app and access features including campus, community, and crisis resources, simply search State Safe in the Apple iTunes or Google Play store. Please email if you have any questions or if you would like to speak with a Nevada State College expert.

Be Safe. Be State.

Bart Patterson


Nevada State College Ranks #2 in Nationwide Search for Best Elementary Education Degree

Nevada State College has ranked number two in Best Value Schools’ nationwide search for Best Elementary Education Degrees.

Best Value Schools researched accredited programs and assigned a weighted score based on the cost of tuition and the number of credit hours in the program. The organization stated, “Nevada State College stood out due to its innovative and engaging classes, as well as providing high-quality education at an affordable price.”

Nevada State ranked higher than several larger schools including the University of Central Florida, Indiana University, and the University of Kansas as well as regional universities including Utah Valley University, Weber State University, and Northern Arizona University.

“We are honored to have our School of Education’s innovative programs recognized on a national level,” said Vickie Shields, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president of Nevada State College. “Our programs are truly unique as they address current issues our school-aged children face on their academic journey to success.”

Nevada State’s School of Education continues to be a pioneer in providing innovative degree programs that prepare future teachers to be a difference-maker in the lives of school-aged children while simultaneously changing the cycle of education state-wide. The School of Education’s commitment to locally growing more teachers includes building out a grow our own teachers initiative in collaboration with high schools in Clark County. This commitment also includes launching innovative new academic programs. In the Fall of 2020, the school launched a baccalaureate degree program in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Bilingual Education. In the Fall of 2021, the school will launch Nevada’s first Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education baccalaureate dual degree program.

“Our entire faculty at Nevada State remain steadfast in elevating the quality of education throughout Southern Nevada and beyond,” said Dennis Potthoff, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education. “Students enrolled in our programs will have unique opportunities to conduct evidence-based research through a curriculum that prepares students to become holistic educators.”

Starting in Fall 2021, the School of Education programs will be taught in Nevada State’s new $61.8-million Glenn and Ande Christenson Education Building which will feature an early childhood education center and a speech-language pathology clinic.

As one of Nevada’s most diverse college campuses, Nevada State offers students from all backgrounds, including non-traditional and high-achieving students, an opportunity to earn a degree through quality academic programs that ready them for in-demand careers. Nevada State College, which has several financial assistance programs, continues to have one of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation beginning at $175 a credit.