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IMPORTANT: NECC and Coronavirus Preparation and Prevention – March 18, 2020

Good Evening, NECC Students, Staff, and Faculty—

This evening, as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve and NECC, like colleges, companies, and communities across the Commonwealth continues to take precautions and make necessary changes to campus operations, please note the following important updates and reminders:

Remote Work, Teaching, and Learning

As I reported yesterday, NECC and all of the Massachusetts Community Colleges are fully committed to maximizing remote work, teaching, and learning opportunities for the foreseeable future as we seek to ensure the health and safety of our students, employees, and communities.

Converting quickly to remote work and remote teaching is not a simple task, and I appreciate everyone’s willingness to get creative, to be a bit patient, and perhaps to try out some new techniques and technologies. Yes, we are still working out the wrinkles, and will be for several days, but for now please note:

This is phenomenal, and a tremendous service to our students. Thank you.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Department of Higher Education Guidance

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Department of Higher Education have just released “Public Health Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education Related to COVID-19” which apply to all public and private colleges and universities in the state, and can be found online at: All public colleges and universities in the state remain open, with limited on-campus, in-person access. The steps NECC is taking that have been described in emails over the past few days align with this guidance, and will be adjusted as the situation continues to evolve.

Welcome, Spring

Naturalist, journalist, and New York Times editorialist Hal Borland said, “No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn.”

Tomorrow, as we welcome the first day of spring, our challenges are far from over. But they will be, and we will get there together.

Please continue to check your NECC email for updates, and the NECC Coronavirus Information web page at Thank you for all you are doing, and please be well.

Lane A. Glenn
Northern Essex Community College

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