NPC is currently operating under BLUE Alert. This means student learning is taking place in-person as well as on distance platforms. Campuses are OPEN* to both students and the public and NPC staff members are working on campus. COVID-19 mitigation efforts are still in place including required face coverings inside NPC buildings regardless of vaccination status and social distancing. *NPC center locations on tribal lands are following tribal requirements.
- On Wednesday, August 18, the college moved to BLUE Alert status. This college is OPEN to both students AND the public with COVID-19 mitigation efforts in place. The College will at all times remain prepared for a more restrictive alert level should pandemic conditions worsen.
- NPC Whiteriver, Hopi, and Kayenta Centers are following the guidelines of the Tribal Nations. Contact those center front offices for current requirements.
- NPC is not requiring any of the following: vaccination, proof of vaccination, or COVID-19 testing. Note that other partner organizations may have different requirements.
- Students, faculty, and staff should continue to self-monitor their health and stay home if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
- Read the full Fall '21 COVID-19 Operational Plan.
Following the latest CDC guidelines, NPC will require face coverings to be worn indoors on campus as long as our service area falls within the category of “high” or “substantial” transmission according to the publicly available CDC reports. The college will communicate any changes by email to faculty, staff, and students.
- Face Coverings may be removed in individual offices, enclosed study spaces, or other places where one to two individuals are present.
- At no time is wearing a mask/face covering a substitute for staying home when feeling ill or experiencing symptoms, regardless of the cause.
Note about legal justification: Current Arizona statute states that colleges cannot discriminate between those that are vaccinated and those that are not vaccinated. Since this policy applies to all individuals, we have been advised that it meets legal criteria. As the legal landscape is clarified we will continue to modify our policies and procedures.
NPC Alert Levels
NPC is functioning under a phased-in approach in dealing with classes and college operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under this system of remote/hybrid learning, there are four alert levels that govern how the college will operate.
- RED ALERT: 100% learning on distance platforms; employees working remotely unless specifically granted a waiver for on-site presence. College vehicles parked with rare exception and most out-of-district travel on College business is curtailed (presidential permission required). Specific mask/face covering guidance based on CDC recommendations.
- YELLOW ALERT: Faculty, staff, and administration meet to determine which classes can be moved to distance platforms or moved to a hybrid format with the goal of reducing on-campus traffic. Supervisors work to identify strategies to reduce the on-campus workforce. College vehicles are available for regular use & check-out; out-of-district travel on College business requires approval of supervisor and appropriate President’s Cabinet member. Specific mask/face covering guidance based on CDC recommendations.
- BLUE ALERT: Learning takes place in a variety of formats including in-person and distance platforms. Most NPC college employees return to working on campus. College campuses and services are OPEN to the public with COVID-19 mitigation efforts in place. Specific mask/face covering guidance based on CDC recommendations. NPC will require face coverings to be worn indoors on campus as long as NPC’s service area falls within the category of “high” or “substantial” transmission according to the publicly available CDC reports. Center locations on tribal lands will follow current tribal requirements. College vehicles are available for regular use/checkout; out-of-district travel on College business is permitted and all local and state guidelines for the location a person is traveling to must be followed.
- GREEN ALERT: 100% normal student learning in delivery systems appropriate for course content. All College campuses and services are open to the public. The full college workforce returns to on-campus locations except for those in approved telework positions.
Northland Pioneer College will follow local, state, and federal guidelines to resume face-to-face services as community health conditions warrant. The college anticipates that COVID-19 transmission rates will continue to change and fluctuate over time and NPC will alternate between face-to-face and remote services accordingly.
The following behaviors are REQUIRED while on any NPC campus/facility location until further notice:
Face coverings are required inside NPC buildings regardless of vaccination status.
Stay 6 feet from others while in NPC facilities.
Wash hands frequently. Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds, throughout the day, but especially after touching your face or face covering and high usage surfaces such as doorknobs, keyboards, and other public devices. Use hand sanitizer with 60%-90% alcohol content when you cannot wash your hands.
In addition, students, faculty, and staff should:
PRIOR to coming to any NPC location, students and employees are expected to conduct a Daily Wellness Self-check for symptoms of illness. What is a daily wellness check?
- NPC has WiFi internet available in all NPC buildings as well as in parking lots for current students. Watch this video below on how to connect to it. If you are having trouble getting connected, please call the NPC Support Center at (928) 524-7447 during normal business hours.
See TABS ABOVE for specific student information and resources.