Spring 2021 Semester Plan


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

Due to current rising numbers in COVID-19 cases in the city, county, state and nation, Northwest Vista College along with sister colleges within the Alamo Colleges District will delay return to campus and instead remain at the Level 4 (up to 10% onsite) which is the same as fall 2020. This delay will be in effect until eight weeks into the Spring 2021 semester when the situation will be assessed by NVC and District-wide Incident Command.

All Spring 2021 courses will be held remotely/online synchronously and asynchronously until further notice. To see Spring 2021 course offerings, please review the Dynamic Schedule

When NVC begins on campus offerings (to be announced), the following plans will be in place:

  • Everyone on campus will be required to have a health screening including a temperature check. Health screening will be done on a daily basis.
  • All individuals who pass the health screening will be given a wrist band on a daily basis that they need to wear at all times while on campus. The color of the wrist bands changes daily.
  • Everyone on campus will be required to wear a face coverings. If they arrive on campus without a face covering, one will be provided for them.
  • Classrooms have been rearranged to allow for physical distancing between students and the instructor.
  • Everyone on campus will be required to keep a minimum of 6 feet distance from others.
  • Rooms and labs will be disinfected between classes.
  • Restrooms and high touch areas are disinfected frequently throughout the day.
  • Outdoor learning areas have been configured that can be used for students between classes or for faculty as areas to teach outdoors.

On-campus courses will be held in the following buildings:

NVC Buildings Open for Spring
  • Huisache Hall (HH)
  • Juniper Hall (JH)
  • Live Oak Hall (LOH)
  • Mountain Laurel Hall (MLH)
  • Pecan Hall (PH)
  • Palmetto Center for the Arts (PCA)
  • Redbud Learning Center (RLC)

Most of the parking lots are expected to be open. Lot 8 will be closed for construction. Please stay tuned for updates.

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Student Support Services Available on Campus Spring 2021:

Library, 1st Floor (RLC)
  • Online Library Services, Monday-Thursday
  • Curbside/Contactless Pickup, Monday-Thursday
  • Limited Hours:
    • Monday & Tuesday 8-12
    • Wednesday & Thursday 12-4
WAC Tutoring Lab, 2nd Floor (RLC)
  • Monday-Thursday, 8:00am–5:00pm (by appointment only)
Speech Lab (LOH-116)
  • Tuesdays: 10:00am–2:00pm (by appointment only)
  • Thursdays: 2:00pm–4:00pm (by appointment only)
Student Project Workroom (Makerspace) in MLH 214
  • Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-5:30pm
  • Schedule through Navigate, email or call center
Tutoring and Student Study area in LOH 229 & LOH 230
  • Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-5:30pm
  • Schedule through Navigate, email or call center
Tutoring and Student Study area in MLH 104
  • Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-5:30pm
  • Schedule through Navigate, email or call center

Schedule of Classes:

Spring 2021 Class Offerings (Dynamic Schedule)

Click Here for Dynamic ScheduleHow to Use the Dynamic Schedule

  1. Go to the Dynamic Schedule page and choose Spring 2021 from the pull-down menu
  2. Click Submit button
  3. Choose a Subject from the list (REQUIRED, i.e. ENGL-English)
  4. Choose the College (i.e. Northwest Vista College, or choose All)
  5. Choose Part of Term (i.e. Full Term, or choose All)
  6. Choose Session or leave it All; choose Location or leave it All; make any other selections (or leave blank for all available)
  7. Click Class Search
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  • 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 students be allowed on campus?

Students who have courses that are scheduled on campus on specified days will be on campus unless otherwise determined by instructor and/or college. Students who exhibit COVID-19 signs or who have been exposed to someone who has COVID need to report this to their instructor and quarantine for 14 days and therefore will not be going to on-campus classes. Instructors will make other arrangements with these students to make up work, etc.

Will employees be allowed on campus?

NVC employees who are scheduled to be on campus for Spring 2021 will be working onsite. Employees who are scheduled to work on campus but who cannot do so for health reasons and need to work remotely can fill out the Remote Work Request which can be found in ACES. See email for more information. NVC employees who are not scheduled to be on campus will not be allowed on campus.

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.

How do faculty and staff get access to campus for the Spring 2021 Semester?

NVC faculty and staff who need access to the NVC campus must fill out a Campus Access form which can be obtained from their employee supervisor or Erin Sherman, VP of College Services.

Are students, faculty and staff required to have their temperature checked to enter a building?

Yes, students, faculty and staff are required to have their temperatute taken. Those who do not agree to have their temperature checked will not be allowed into any building for their own safety and the safety of others.

Are students, faculty and staff required to wear face coverings to enter a building?

Yes, all students, faculty and staff are required to wear face coverings in order to be on campus and enter any building. If they do not have a face covering, one will be provided for them by NVC.