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Message from the President: NECC and Coronavirus Preparation and Prevention – March 12, 2020

Good Evening, Northern Essex Community College Students, Faculty and Staff—

I know this has been a challenging week for everyone.

Spring break is arriving just in time, which will give us all a chance to pause, take a breath, and make necessary plans and arrangements for our personal and professional lives.

This will be a lengthy email communication, but hopefully one you will find informative and useful.

Over the past few days, the World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic, the United States has imposed significant international travel restrictions, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued a State of Emergency, and daily routines for all of us—including jobs, education, shopping, transportation, recreation, and every other feature of life—have dramatically changed.

This pandemic’s effects, and responses to them, are rapidly evolving.

Here at NECC, our first priority is to ensure, as much as possible, the health and safety of everyone on our campuses. Next, we must provide for the accessibility and the quality of teaching, learning, and the services we provide our students and community partners.

Here is some important national and state information, along with a list of some of the steps we have already taken at NECC to help accomplish these important goals:

National & Statewide Information

Campus Health & Safety

Teaching & Learning

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “No man steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

Heraclitus’ adage updated for 2020: “No one steps in the same river once. It’s constantly changing, and so are we.”

The circumstances of this coronavirus pandemic are also constantly changing, and our response to them will continue to evolve, sometimes rapidly, as well. I will continue to keep you informed.


    1. Clean your hands often
    2. Avoid touching your face
    3. Avoid close contact with others
    4. Stay home if you are sick
    5. Cover coughs and sneezes
    6. Clean and disinfect your environment

Monitor your college email and check the NECC Coronavirus Information web page frequently.
Let us know if you have been traveling by completing the form at
If you are a faculty member, complete the “Contingency Planning” form available at and let us know how we can help.

Lastly, tend to yourself, your families and loved ones, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.


Lane A. Glenn President Northern Essex Community College

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