Statement from Northwest President, Dr. Michael Heindl, concerning COVID-19

FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK

March 15, 2020

Dear Northwest Faculty, Administration, and Staff,

College officials continue to actively monitor news and information pertaining to the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).  We remain in regular contact with the Mississippi Department of Health and other health officials, as well as other community colleges and universities in our state and region. The College is committed to taking all necessary precautions to keep our students, faculty, staff, and the community as safe as possible.

Yesterday, Governor Tate Reeves declared a State of Emergency for Mississippi.  In his message, he stated, “We must all act together to stop the unnecessary spread of this virus. To that end, we’ve asked citizens to do things that may be hard.”  One of the things he mentioned in his message was the recommendation for employees to work from home where possible.  Therefore, in an effort to limit the spread of the virus and in keeping with Governor Reeves’ recommendation, only essential personnel will be needed to come in to work this week, March 16-20, 2020.  All other employees will work from home, as necessary.

Essential personnel includes, but is not limited to, the Northwest Executive Council, the Northwest Leadership Forum, and select employees who will be contacted by their supervisor.  Employees in this group with special risk factors or circumstances should contact their supervisor before returning to work. 

This week we will continue to prepare and to train in the migration of face-to-face classes to online delivery, and/or prepare alternative schedules for those courses that will not readily transfer online.  The college will be accessible to faculty and staff members who may need it.   

All athletic practices and competitions have now been suspended until April 3.

As we continue to receive new information hourly/daily, I appreciate your support and flexibility as processes, services, and operations change.  More information and communication will be taking place, so please check your e-mail often.  Your health is our concern and we will get through this tough time together.  Our institution is comprised of brilliant, creative, innovative, and talented employees, and our institution is uniquely situated to be able to continue in our transformational work for our students.  Thank you as we go about this work together to ensure the health and safety of our community.  Continue to stay safe.

Sincerely,

Michael  

Dr. Michael J. Heindl
President

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