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NECC Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Don’t miss the next NECC Virtual Town Hall on Remote Learning Success with Academic Coaching and Tutoring on Friday, April 10 at 12:30 pm on Zoom. Learn more.

Updated on April 8, 2020.

The threat of the coronavirus has had a dramatic effect on all of us.

At Northern Essex, our number one priority is to insure the health of our students, faculty, and staff, while doing our best to continue to deliver our courses and programs and the valuable services we provide.

This website is designed to provide you with everything you need to know regarding college operations as a result of the pandemic. It includes FAQ’s, a list of all recent campus communications regarding coronavirus, and links to websites that will answer your questions about spread of the virus and protecting yourself and your family.

As of March 30, all of our courses that have a face-to-face component will be offered using remote learning. Remote learning replaces face-to-face learning with an array of creative alternatives that may include incorporating paper homework packets, textbook assignments, and online tools—such as Blackboard, Navigate, Zoom, Skype, and YouTube.  Each faculty member will create a remote learning plan appropriate for the course they are teaching, so the delivery will look different for each course.

To ensure everyone’s well-being during this time, Northern Essex is minimizing face-to-face service and promoting new ways to access services and staff remotely.  

Please visit the Student Affairs website to learn how you can connect with Admissions, Advising, Career Services, Learning Accommodations, and other services, or the Library and and IT Services pages to find out how they are adjusting their services. 

As we receive updates, our policies may well change. We will share these updates through campus email. Higher level information will also be shared through the college’s  Emergency Notification System and on Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.

Emergency Fund for Students

NECC Creates Emergency Fund for Students Impacted by COVID-19

Many Northern Essex Community College students are living paycheck to paycheck with limited resources, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more challenging for them to continue their education. Recognizing how difficult this is, Northern Essex has created the NECC Student Emergency Fund to help at-risk students stay in college. To learn more, including how to give and how to apply for funds, visit the newsroom.

Travel Updates

College Travel

College Travel

Following guidance provided by Governor Baker for Commonwealth of Massachusetts employees of the executive branch, the college has suspended all college-related international and domestic out-of-state travel for NECC students, faculty, and staff as of March 10, 2020.


Personal Travel

Personal Travel

Anyone traveling, including during spring break, is asked to complete a travel form. We are especially interested in international travel but would also like to know about domestic travel. Reporting is strongly encouraged so that the college can take appropriate preventative measures, offer available resources, and immediately assist any member of our community who may become ill or has been in proximity with someone who has become ill. Also, the information reported will assist the college in implementing any precautions or protocols recommended by public health agencies.

For up-to-date information on travel alerts, visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Travel Information site. Additionally, you can follow travel alerts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of State (DOS), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

All information gathered through this process will be maintained confidentially and separate from personnel or student record files and shall be used only to assist the college in providing and maintaining a healthy learning environment.

Students, faculty and staff who travel to any of the countries identified as high risk, as well as other areas that may be added to the CDC travel guidance, may be required by the college to self-quarantine prior to returning to campus. In the event this occurs, the information gathered through the travel reporting form will help the college to work with individual students and/or employees to plan accordingly for absences and, if applicable, offering instructional options in conjunction with applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Cancelling of Campus Events

Cancelling of Campus Events

As of March 10, 2020, and for the next 30 days, all large group college meetings/gatherings, with limited exceptions, will be cancelled, rescheduled, and/or moved to online formats as appropriate. It’s difficult to define “large group” since it depends on the space in which the event is being held. If you have questions, reach out to your supervisor or to Mike McCarthy, vice president of administration,

If you are cancelling an event listed on the website event calendar or in the newsroom, please reach out to Marketing Communications,, and the event will be marked as cancelled. To check if an event is cancelled, visit or view a complete list of cancelled events on the Cancelled Events page.

Recent Campus Communications Regarding Coronavirus

A Message to our NECC Students – We’re All in this Together (Video)

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Virtual Student “Town Hall”

Led by NECC’s Assistant Director of Student Success Management Systems Audrey Ellis, with tremendous help from dozens of staff and faculty, President Lane Glenn and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Bill Heineman held a virtual “Town Hall” for students on March 27, to field their questions about; classes, commencement, summer and fall registration, financial aid, and a whole lot more.

The entire session was recorded and is available to watch here:

Virtual Student “Town Hall” Meeting

Campus Communications


For More Information

If you have questions, please call 978 556-3700 or email

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