Fall 2020 Semester Plan

The health and wellness of students at Northwest Vista College is the highest priority.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Alamo Colleges District and Northwest Vista College have made some temporary changes to the way we provide instruction and operate in light of the growing concerns related to the coronavirus.

Return to Campus Plan Highlights – Fall 2020

  • Student are our top priority.
  • Fall 2020 classes will be remotely.
  • Temperature checks will be required for all on campus in the summer and fall of 2020.
  • Face coverings will be worn by all on-campus and social distancing protocols will be followed.
  • No on-campus events will be held in the fall of 2020.
  • Student Services at each college will maintain a one-stop, one-office, student support location (by appointment only) for essential on-site student success services in Fall 2020.
  • Operations will return to Level 5 Stay Home, Work Safe activities on Nov. 26 and remain at that level after Thanksgiving through the end of the fall 2020 term.
  • A process and plan will be in place to respond to any persons on-site who are or become ill with COVID-19.
  • To get additional information, go here.

Student Emergency Aid

To support our students through this crisis, Alamo Colleges District and Northwest Vista College have established Student Emergency Aid to provide emergency resources for students who need temporary assistance.

This program of financial relief for students is made up of several different funds including:

  • the federal CARES Act Emergency Aid
  • the Alamo Colleges Foundation’s COVID-19 Student Impact Fund
  • the colleges’ Advocacy Centers.

To contact Northwest Vista College’s Advocacy Center, go here.



  • Remote Learning or Synchronous Instruction: The same as a standard face-to-face class but using Zoom video classrooms. Students log-in during scheduled class times and receive instruction digitally. Canvas and additional remote-access tools may also be used.

  • Online or Asynchronous Instruction: A traditional, fully-distanced, online course. Students will have a series of tasks or modules to complete each week but may do so on their own time. Online courses are delivered entirely on Canvas, though they may use additional online tools.

COVID-Related FAQs:

Will NVC Courses be held on campus or remotely for FALL 2020?

All NVC courses will be held remotely during the Fall 2020 semester.

Will NVC students be allowed on campus?

Students will not be allowed on campus without an appointment and for specific purposes, such as an appointment with a Student Success employee. NVC students will work remotely in a synchronous environment, meaning that classes will be held at a designated time via computer or personal device. Students are expected to attend courses via remote environment (Zoom) and Canvas and complete all of their work remotely to succeed in their classes, as designated by their instructor.

Will employees be allowed on campus?

NVC employees will work remotely and will not have access to the campus except for those with specific permission and those provided with an on-site working assignment. Limiting and tracking access is critical to several key functions during this time, including but not limited to the following:

  • Space planning and scheduling
  • Occupancy level planning and monitoring
  • Health screening planning, monitoring and verification
  • Schedule and roster verification
  • PPE distribution and supply management
  • Cleaning/disinfecting supply distribution and supply management
  • Vendor cleaning and disinfecting schedules
  • Access permission and scheduling
  • Access reporting review
  • Exposure identification and response
  • Close contact identification and response
  • Facial mask are required. See Procedure.
Will Student Success Services (Admissions, Advising, Records, Counseling, Disability Services, Financial Aid, Testing, Bursar, Student Advocacy, Veterans Services, Student Activities) be offered on campus?

Student Success will continue serving our students through predominantly remote operations. The plan includes offering limited services, on campus by appointment only, on Mondays and Thursday between the hours of 8 am – 5pm. The Student Success operations plan will be shared as the plan is finalized.

If I need access to campus to obtain supplies or materials to continue remote operations during the fall 2020 semester, what is the process?

The NVC Return Home Task Force is evaluating a process to assign specific limited timeframes for employees to access NVC facilities to obtain supplies or materials. The plans and dates are not finalized because the task force continues to assess the COVID-19 San Antonio Progress and Warning Indicators to evaluate the risk and appropriate procedures associated with bringing employees to campus. Considerations include and are not limited to the following.

  • Scheduling considering building and room occupancy levels and social distancing standards
  • PPE availability
  • Health screening and temperature check coverage and training
  • Disinfecting plans
If a student does not agree to have their temperature checked, will he/she be allowed into the building?

No, students who do not agree to have their temperature checked will not be allowed into the building for their own safety and the safety of others.

If a student does not wear a mask, can they enter a building?

No, students must wear a mask to come on campus and enter a building. If they do not have a mask, a mask will be provided for them by NVC.