Is there any suggested provision I could include in my syllabus about on-campus instruction?
The health and safety of our students and staff are always our first priority. In accordance with Napa Valley College policy, masks must always be worn while indoors. This includes classrooms, faculty offices, common areas, and hallways during passing periods. Additionally, students should try to maintain a six foot social distancing boundary from their instructors, staff and fellow students when possible.
This is language faculty can use in their syllabus related to masks: Students who refuse to comply with the mask policy will be asked to leave class and may be subject to further discipline per the Student Code of Conduct.
Students are to perform a daily self-check for COVID symptoms (see: http://www.napavalley.edu/emergency/Pages/Safe-Campus.aspx ) before coming to class, and are to stay home if they have symptoms, or if they have a household member or close contact with COVID Symptoms or diagnosis. In addition they are to call one of the Infectious Disease Coordinators:
Nancy Tamarisk, FNP of the Student Health Services (707) 256-7780,
or Chief Amber Wade of the Campus Police (707) 256-7770.
For full information about our Vaccine Requirement, please visit:
The Deans in areas with the requirement are monitoring the progress of students' vaccination status and following up with students directly. Students who are either not yet fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption due to medical or other reasons will be tested weekly at our Student Health Center.
Is there something I can include on my Canvas site with information about student resources?
Are there any resources I could reference about Zoom etiquette?
Students who feel may need an academic adjustment based on the impact of learning may contact Disability Support Program and Services or Learning Services. Due to distance learning at this time and social distancing, students may email DSPS@napavalley.edu or call DSPS at 256-7345 or Learning Services at 256-7442.
Below are other examples relating to students with disabilities or accommodations for students that you may include in your syllabus:
- Online classes: "I have made every effort to make this course accessible for students with disabilities. If you encounter a problem accessing anything in this course, please contact me immediately by email or contact the DSPS Office."
- During the first week of class: "All students who have requested academic adjustment(s)/accommodations through DSPS or Learning Services check in with me to ensure that I have received a letter."
- For lab or other online classes: "In [Course Name and Number], I use Universal Design for Learning in my lab exams. This allows all students to have extended time when being tested. Instead of ____minute(s), I give time and a half of _______ or I am doubling the time and giving ______minutes which is extended time for all. This should meet most of your needs but it does not always address the needs of all students. If this does not meet the needs of your specific disability, please do not hesitate to speak with me. You may need to meet with a DSPS Counselor, Learning Disability Specialist of Dean for additional time in the lab."
Health and Safety
Will the college provide students with a mask?
Students are expected to supply their own masks. However, the college will also provide a box of masks and cleaning supplies in every classroom with scheduled instruction, and masks will also be available at locations throughout campus for campus visitors who need them.
What do I do if a student says they can't wear a mask for medical reasons?
Please refer the student to Disabled Student Programs and Services: https://www.napavalley.edu/studentaffairs/DSPS/Pages/default.aspx
Am I allowed to come to campus to use my office?
Yes. Please notify Campus Police firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-7777 when you are on campus and lock and secure your office when you are done.
What should a student who suspects they may have COVID-19 do?
To schedule a free coronavirus test, go to the Napa County Public Health website:
The Student Health Center is also administering free coronavirus tests for staff and students.
More information is available in this link: https://www.napavalley.edu/studentaffairs/HealthCenter/Pages/Covid-19-Testing.aspx
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone with COVID 19, inform one of the Emergency Operations Coordinators:
Nancy Tamarisk, FNP of the Student Health Services (707) 256-7780, or Chief Amber Wade of the Campus Police (707) 256-7770.
For more information, visit: http://www.napavalley.edu/emergency/Pages/Safe-Campus.aspx
What should I do if I suspect I might have COVID-19?
Notify one of our Pandemic Response team coordinators. Preferably Nancy Tamarisk, FNP of the Student Health Services (707) 256-7780, or Chief Amber Wade of the Campus Police (707) 256-7770 if Nancy is not available.
Where can I find more information about the college's health and safety efforts agains COVID?
What steps has the college taken to ensure that there is good ventilation throughout the campus?
The campus building management system is programmed to begin operating before building occupancy is scheduled, using outside air to the maximum allowed for each system and then runs one hour past the end of occupancy. Ionizing equipment has been installed in large volume air handlers on campus. Filters are changed on industry standard intervals. System checks by physically and via digital control is done twice weekly to verify fan operation. Staff initiated work orders regarding ventilation are investigated within 24 hours.
Enrollment and Schedules
Will there be an EW option for students?
Yes, by petition.
How does a student get an EW?
Students will be able to complete the Late Add/Drop & Waiver of College Regulations form. They will need to submit the request (DocuSign form on the A&R website) with a statement of the reason they are dropping with appropriate supporting documentation. The form requires the instructor's signature and supporting documentation. EW grades will not be assigned without a petition.
Link to Late Add/Drop & Waiver of College Regulations Form: DocuSign
What will the impact of an EW be for a student?
The EW will not impact academic progress or repeatability.
Have any registration dates changed (such as last day to drop without a W, last day to withdraw)?
No changes have been made to the published registration schedule.
I usually drop students who do not attend in the first week of classes. How is "attendance" determined for online classes?
You can check in Canvas whether a student has logged into your course. Many faculty will make a short assignment, such as a discussion posting for each student to introduce themselves, due in the first week of classes.
I am new to online instruction and teaching a class asynchronously this semester. When should I schedule my final exam?
Classes with scheduled meeting times (synchronous) should follow the finals week schedule. Classes with no scheduled meeting times (asynchronous) can hold a final exam anytime during finals week. Many faculty with asynchronous classes give a window of time (such as a day) for the exam to be submitted.
Can I require a student to have their video on?
Our best current understanding of this complex question is that instructors may request that students' video feeds be turned on (so long it is stated on the syllabus), particularly where visuals are required such as in Speech, ASL, etc., or for remote proctoring of exams, but current recommendations remind instructors that flexibility is necessary for students who may not have suitable equipment/bandwidth or have other equity/privacy concerns. See HASTAC's and well as Inside Higher Education suggestions and discussion on this topic. Updates will be provided should the Chancellor's Office provide guidance on this issue.
How do should office hours be scheduled/held online? Is being available via e-mail sufficient?
By contract, full-time faculty must schedule five (5) office hours per week. Part-time faculty members may be paid for office hours. Please refer to sections 13.7.1 and 13.7.2 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
For online classes, office hours should be held online. E-mails do not replace office hours; however, Canvas offers an easy tool with the ConferZoom calendar to offer blocks of time each week for students to sign up for individual appointments. Office hour availability and how to schedule office hours should be listed on the syllabus. For synchronous classes that meet during the week, ideally scheduled office hours should be at times most accessible to students, such as same days as class meetings.
Technology and Equipment
What should I do if I need something to teach?
Contact the Dean of your area and they will work with to identify potential solutions.
If my students are getting loaner laptops, how do I get one?
Contact your Dean regarding any technology needs to review with IT. Students, however, should be referred to the library for assistance with the technology loan program.
Will the library be open?
The library will be open at reduced capacity for current NVC Students, Faculty, and Staff, for book pick up and access to technology (advanced reservation desktop use; laptop/calculator checkout). Current Library hours can be found here: https://library.napavalley.edu/library/contact. To schedule an appointment for library services, proof of vaccination is required using Cleared4 services. Masks are required for all patrons entering the library and/or using library services.
How will students get textbooks?
The Bookstore will be mailing textbooks to students.
What hours are student services open?
For a full list please visit: https://www.napavalley.edu/studentaffairs/Pages/studentserviceshome.aspx
The Student Activity Center is open for limited use by students who are attending in person classes or who need a space on campus to study: Monday-Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm.