New River CTC Frequently Asked Questions – Coronavirus (COVID-19) What you need to know about hand washing
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) How to protect yourself
What to do if you are sick with coronavirus (COVID-19) Stopping the spread of germs
West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources (WV DHHR) Faculty resource: Moving classes online
Higher education-specific CDC resources New River CTC online resources
WV Executive Stay at Home Order COVID-19 testing sites in West Virginia
CARES Act Emergency Grant FAQ for Students  

Message from Dr. Copenhaver (May 15, 2020)

In order for spring students in technical programs to complete their coursework, identified faculty will come to campus starting on or around June 1 and the students will come to campus beginning June 8, 2020.  All outstanding spring coursework will be completed by June 29, 2020.  There are currently authorized staff who are working at our different campuses, and they will continue to work as authorized. 

There are still details to be worked out regarding safety measures such as precautions to support social distancing, face coverings, cleaning protocols, etc.  Maintenance staff and Academic Affairs are working through the details and making preparations.

No decision has been made about other employees returning to work in June, so please continue working from home until further notice.  Additionally, we normally switch to a four day week in the summer, but for right now we are not going to make this change.  As a reminder, if you need something from your office, please notify your supervisor who will route the request through the appropriate Vice President and then to me.  We still must keep our buildings securely maintained so that cleaning can be kept to a minimum.

The SREB Regional Task Force on Higher Education and COVID was sent to the colleges today, and it sums up some of the legal and procedural requirements around COVID-19.  I am sure that this will be the first of many documents that will be coming to us from the HEPC, and they will be shared as they become available.

Have a wonderful weekend, keep wearing your face coverings and washing your hands, and let me know if you have any questions.

Bonny Ball Copenhaver, Ed. D.
New River Community and Technical College

Message from Dr. Copenhaver (May 7, 2020)

Message from Dr. Copenhaver (May 1,2020)

Yesterday, Governor Justice announced a lifting of his Stay at Home Executive Order which will be replaced with a Safer at Home Executive Order.  This new order is set to start on May 4th at 12:01 a.m.  The attached graphic explains the new order.

This new order does not mean that New River CTC will change its status from closed.  If you regularly watch the Governor’s press conferences, you know he stresses learning to live with this virus and that we have to be smart in how we approach returning to work and activities knowing that the virus is still alive.  Additionally, we will hear on Monday, May 4th  which businesses can start transitioning back with a start date of May 11th

The Executive Team, with input from the Cabinet , Faculty Senate, and Staff Council, is working on plans for how New River CTC will re-open when we are allowed.  We cannot come back to work all at once because more than likely we will need to be mindful of social distance and will need to wear masks.  Our priority must be getting our students through their spring semester labs while keeping everyone safe and healthy.  We also cannot open or bring anyone to campus until I am comfortable knowing that we have enough cleaning supplied and protective gear that we can operate safely. 

Enjoy your weekend, and I hope everyone is continuing to be safe and healthy.

Warm regards,

Bonny Ball Copenhaver, Ed. D.
New River Community and Technical College


Prior Coronavirus updates