January 11, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I extend warmest wishes for a happy and healthy 2021!

As we prepare for the Spring 2021 semester, we wanted to inform you of Nevada’s COVID-19 vaccination plans.  The state has begun vaccination efforts for residents in Tier 1 of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Tiers, which includes those working in the health care, law enforcement and public safety fields, along with individuals living in long-term care facilities.  The state’s plan lists the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) in Tiers 2 and 3.

NSHE will partner with the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) to conduct vaccinations for NSHE’s Southern Nevada institutions.  This includes faculty, staff, and students at Nevada State College, UNLV, the College of Southern Nevada, Desert Research Institute, and NSHE.  The tiered system is being established consistent with the directives from the State of Nevada and the Nevada System of Higher Education.  Chancellor Melody Rose distributed a letter last week on the NSHE vaccine distribution plans.

The vaccination effort is being led by volunteers from UNLV Medicine, UNLV School of Nursing, and the nursing programs at Nevada State College and CSN.  NSHE is also assisting SNHD with vaccinations for other priority groups in Tier 1.

Prioritized roles within NSHE

The initial vaccinations dispensed by NSHE are first being given to remaining members of Tier 1  within NSHE and may include qualified individuals in the broader community.

NSHE has prioritized roles at its institutions as defined under the distribution tiers in the state’s plan in this order:

  • Tier 2

Essential NSHE employees who conduct on-campus and in-person face-to-face work with students and/or the public will be eligible for the Tier 2 category.  This category does not include NSHE employees who have been working remotely.  Rather, this category is for those employees who are most at risk for exposure, including face-to-face contact, irrespective of whether they serve in an academic or administrative role.

  • Tiers 3 and 4

We anticipate that the remainder of NSHE faculty and staff as well as students living in residential housing will be eligible for Tier 3 vaccinations.  The remaining student body and the public will likely be in Tier 4, which may not begin until later in the Spring 2021 Semester.

Times and locations

Contingent upon the availability of supplies, vaccinations were scheduled to begin Jan. 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday on the UNLV Maryland Parkway campus.  Vaccinations are anticipated to begin on the CSN Henderson campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19.  Appointments are required at both campuses.  You will be provided with specific location information when your appointment is confirmed.

Again, the initial vaccinations that will be provided at UNLV and CSN will be given to individuals in Tier 1 who are with NSHE and in the broader community.

How to register

Nevada State faculty, staff, and students in Tier 1 have received an email to register through a portal on the UNLV Medicine website.  Individuals in Tiers 2 and 3 will receive an email invitation to register when their roles become eligible for vaccinations and based on available supplies. 

A few important things to note about registration:

  • You will enter your name, contact information, and affiliation with the university. Your role will be crosschecked to determine when you are eligible for vaccination.
  • You will be asked to enter your insurance information. While your insurance will be billed for services, you will not receive a bill and will not incur a personal charge for the vaccine.
  • You will select a preferred date and time for vaccination. If you are not in Tier 1, you will be contacted when you are eligible to make an appointment.  You will receive an email appointment confirmation.  Do not go to the vaccination site without a confirmed appointment.

What to expect

When you arrive at the vaccination site for your appointment:

  • You will need to show identification by either NSHE ID or driver license. Remember, stay home if you are not feeling well or have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • After you get your vaccination, you will be provided with a CDC vaccination record card noting the type of vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) you received and the date you will need to return for your second dose. Depending on the vaccine you receive, you will be scheduled to return 21 to 28 days later.  It is vital that you return for your second dose for the vaccination to effectively protect you against contracting COVID-19.
  • You will receive a reminder about your second vaccine appointment by email one week prior and a text the day before you are to return.

 Why you should get the vaccine

Vaccination is the greatest chance we have to stop the spread of COVID-19, protect those we love, get people back to work, and resume a more normal existence.  Our goal as part of NSHE is to vaccinate as many of our faculty, staff, and students as possible to help our community achieve what is often referred to as herd immunity.  This level of immunity will help us reduce the infectious rate and it will save lives.  It will help us shift the many people currently focused on COVID-19 back to our educational mission.

To achieve widespread immunity with vaccines that are 95% effective, 70% of the population must be vaccinated.  Everyone is vital to this effort.  I urge you to register as soon as the portal is live and please take advantage of the opportunity to get your vaccine as soon as you are eligible.  Every person’s situation is different so please talk with your primary care provider about the vaccine and what is right for you.

While I do respect health and religious reasons for not vaccinating, I think it is important for higher education to be thought leaders in respecting science, helping control the pandemic, and assisting in returning students as soon as possible to a more traditional campus experience. Over five million people and counting have been vaccinated in the U.S.  Confidence will increase as we gain further experience with efficacy and any side effects of concern.

We will continue to keep you updated as the vaccination effort gets underway and we will post updates at nsc.edu/vaccine.  Please email coronavirus@nsc.edu if you have any questions or if you would like to speak with a Nevada State College expert.  Additional resources from the CDC, SNHD, Immunize Nevada, and the state can be found at nshe.nevada.edu/covid-vaccine-distribution/ and nsc.edu/coronavirus.

Thank you for your patience and your trust.

Be Safe. Be State.

Bart Patterson

President

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Situation Status

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May 6, 2021

Thank you for doing your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. For two consecutive weeks, we have had no new reports of positive cases. We are grateful and acknowledge your commitment.  Please continue to practice prevention protocols and encourage others to vaccinate.

Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE)

To read the latest updates on COVID-19 by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), please visit their website.

Southern Nevada Health District

To read the latest updates on COVID-19 by the Southern Nevada Health District, please visit their website.

State of Nevada

To read the latest updates on COVID-19 by the State of Nevada, please visit their website.

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Preventions & Precautions

Personal Health

The Health District continues to remind the public to take steps to protect themselves and others, including those most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19. This includes older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

• Stay home when you are sick.
• Put distance between yourself and others. Keep at least 6 feet between you and other people. Stay home as much as possible. Avoid shaking hands.
• Do not go to the emergency department unless it is essential. Emergency departments need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
o If you have a mild cough, fever, or other respiratory symptoms, contact your doctor first.
• Practice everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
o Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
o Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
o Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
o Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Stay informed. The COVID-19 situation is changing frequently. Up-to-date information is available on the Health District website at southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Campus Environment

Added Cleaning

Facilities staff has increased cleaning frequency and intensity on the most vulnerable spaces and surfaces, including restrooms, conference rooms, and public spaces. Sanitization continues on regular touch points, such as on handrails, building entrances, and elevators. Hand sanitizing dispensers have been installed at entrances of each building and in all highly populated areas. Building ventilation systems have been adjusted to maximize the amount of outside air and continuously “flush” the building’s air.

If there are specific areas that you notice or desire to have cleaned, please call Facilities at (702) 992-2200 or submit requests and questions by e-mail to facilities@nsc.edu.

Shuttle Services

The Campus Commuter and Scorpion Shuttle service will suspend operations until further notice.

Campus Events

Please visit www.nsc.edu/events for up-to-date information.

Commencement

www.nsc.edu/commencement has comprehensive information on commencement. Please check the site for updates.

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Health Resources

Students — CARE Team

The CARE Team is committed to maintaining a safe and secure learning environment at Nevada State College by addressing the physical and psychological issues that impact students, faculty and staff in the pursuit of the educational process. If you need support/guidance, contact the Case Manager, Laura Hinojosa at (702) 992-2514.

Faculty/Staff 

For NSC employees, ComPsych is available for counseling services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost. Employees can schedule an appointment by calling (833) 475-1008, TTY: (800) 697-0353). Or visit guidanceresources.com and register using Organization Web ID: NSCEAP.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has an informational website that can help answer frequently asked questions, such as what are the symptoms, prevention and treatment, and travel restrictions. It also includes situation updates and information for communities, schools, businesses, and health care professionals.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Internet Access

As we transition to remote learning, access to a reliable internet connection is crucial.  Here are several links to companies who are providing broadband internet access for free or small fees for students:

FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot spots.

AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families

Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers but following the FCC agreement.

Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020 will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers.

Cox Communications

Clark County Library District

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FAQs

All employees including part-time and student workers remain in paid status and will be assigned telecommuting responsibilities or paid administrative leave as appropriate.

All employees including part-time and student workers remain in paid status and will be assigned telecommuting responsibilities or paid administrative leave as appropriate. Employees and supervisors should reference the Emergency Telecommute Work Requirement document. Additionally and unless otherwise directed by your supervisor, employees should remain at home, and should contact their supervisor via phone or email to identify and discuss work plans and telecommute expectations.

Students should contact the appropriate department in the School of Education, School of Nursing, or School of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

At this time, the Nevada State College food pantry is closed and is not able to accept donations until further notice. Please refer to our Community Resources link for available resources.

At this time, the Nevada State College food pantry is closed and is not able to accept donations until further notice.

“Remote Learning” is defined as an educational experience that occurs when the instructor and the students are not meeting in the same physical space. Online classes are the most common example of remote learning, but the phrase can also include educational experiences where students are learning and interacting via video, electronic correspondence, telephone, or other means of communication.

No, we will not drop you out of classes for a past due installment plan. Please email us at cashier.office@nsc.edu so we can discuss options.

At this time, the VA has advised us not to make any changes to certifications for the current term. We are awaiting further guidance about whether benefits will be affected

If you are at elevated risk for COVID-19 (as defined by the CDC) or have a family member at home who has an elevated risk, you should put together an all online course schedule for fall 2020. However, if you absolutely need a hybrid course to progress through your major, or for graduation, you can complete this form by August 1st to request a fully online exception for your hybrid classes. Where possible, we will try to offer you alternatives to courses with an in-person component. However, we will not be able to offer this option for all classes.

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CONTACT

Nevada State College

Our students, faculty, and staff are important to us. The Office of the President is available to answer any questions or concerns. Please call (702) 992-2000.

Southern Nevada Health District

The Health District has activated its information line to assist the public in getting their questions answered about the COVID-19. The public can call (702) 759-INFO (4636) for more information.