Coronavirus Information

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UPDATE: March 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

At this time, we have no further information to add to the recent updates below.     

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.

UPDATE: March 29, 2020 at 8:45 p.m.

On Monday, March 30, 2020, classes resume in online formats. Come to campus only if you need access to computers or the Campus Cupboard. Campus buildings are open for students and employees only, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Enter through Fine Arts Door 6, adjacent to parking lot #2 and the bus stop. Buildings are closed to the general public - student/employee ID required for entry.      

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

At this time, we have no further information to add to the recent updates below.      

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 27, 2020 at 4:15 p.m.

At this time, we have no further information to add to the recent updates below.       

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 26, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

At this time, we have no further information to add to the recent updates below.   

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 25, 2020 at 6:15 p.m.

Letter from Chancellor Malhotra to Students

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Devinder Malhotra has just emailed all students within our system to communicate several key updates. Read Chancellor's Malhotra's email to students

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

At this time, we have no further information to add to the recent updates below.  

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 23, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Normandale has received our first notification of a suspected, unconfirmed case of COVID-19 self-reported by a member of our campus community. For more information and support resources, please see the email message sent to all students and employees today. 

EARLIER UPDATE: March 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

If you have questions about how to access various campus resources at this time, please click Normandale Community College Student Resources during COVID-19.

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 22, 2020 at 5:34 p.m.

At this time, we have no further information to add to the recent updates below.  

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 21, 2020 at 6:21 p.m.

At this time, we have no further information to add to the recent updates below.  

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 20, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

All classes, including online classes, continue to be suspended next week (March 23-27) so faculty can develop alternate formats for classes resuming March 30.

As of today, we plan to resume classes IN ALTERNATE FORMATS on Monday, March 30. Students will be contacted by their instructors with information about alternate class formats. Students should not come to campus for class on March 30 unless instructed by their instructors to do so. Please continue to check this web page for additional information.  

Starting next week (March 23-27), student services will be offered in alternative formats (online, email and phone) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please visit specific department websites for more information. The FAQ have also been updated with additional details.  

Our spring 2020 commencement ceremony will not be held in-person as originally scheduled. Please know that college leadership is exploring alternative ways to acknowledge and celebrate this important milestone for our students. We will share additional information as soon as we have it. 

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Normandale's IT department has posted a knowledge base of tips and tools to help members of the Normandale community teach, learn, and work remotely. Please check back tomorrow - Friday, March 20 - for updated FAQ and hours of facilities and student services next week.  

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 18, 2020 at 6:45 p.m.


Student workers, please note: Most Normandale employees will begin working remotely no later than the end of the day this coming Friday, March 20, 2020. Student workers should not report to campus after Friday, March 20, unless they are asked to do so by their supervisor. All student workers will continue to be paid for their regularly scheduled hours. Normandale's financial aid office will provide further information to all student workers in the coming days.    

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

At this time, we have no further information to add to the recent updates below. 

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 16, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

A videotaped message from President Ester to our campus community was sent in an email to all students and employees this afternoon. It is also available here.

At this time, we have no further information to add to the recent updates below.  If new information becomes available tonight, we will post it as soon as possible.  

Please note that the FAQ for students available via the link in the above list will be updated in the next couple hours to ensure that all answers are consistent with recent updates.  

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 15, 2020 at 7:45 p.m.

At the direction of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, all classes, including online classes*, are suspended an additional week through March 29 to provide additional time to plan for alternative course delivery beginning March 30. 

In addition, fall registration for current students will now begin Monday, March 23. 

The following student services are temporarily suspended (i.e., unavailable) for the week of March 16 through March 20 to allow time to plan for delivering these services in alternate formats:

  • Admissions (includes Placement Testing)
  • Advising & Counseling
  • Center for Experiential Education
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Fitness Center
  • Library
  • New Student Programs
  • Office for Students with Disabilities
  • Records & Registration
  • Student Life
  • Testing Center
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • TRIO Upward Bound
  • Tutoring Center

From March 16-20, computer labs will be available for students from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and the Campus Cupboard will be open 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Campus Cupboard will allow students to request up to 20 extra items per day.

Student workers: please communicate with supervisors about work schedules for March 16-30.

* Courses offered through our Continuing and Customized Training (CECT) division are subject to their own COVID-19 response planning. CECT and its many business and community partners are communicating directly with affected students. Further information about CECT scheduling and services is available by phone at 952-358-8343 or email at ncal@normandale.edu

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.


UPDATE: March 15, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its COVID-19 Travel Information as follows:

  • Most countries in Europe have now been designated, along with China, Iran, and South Korea as Level 3 (Warning, Avoid Nonessential Travel) countries.
  • The rest of the world, including the United States, has now been designated as Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions).  

Effective immediately:

All travelers, including all Normandale students, faculty, and staff, who are returning from a Level 3 country must stay home (i.e., self-quarantine) for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. See the full guidance from the CDC at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-europe.

All travelers returning from other countries or from domestic travel, including all Normandale students, faculty, and staff, need to monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning from travel. Travelers who are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.  See the full guidance from the CDC at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/coronavirus-global.

If you are a student who needs to needs to self-quarantine to monitor your health after traveling, or need accommodations to self-quarantine, please email DOS@normandale.edu

If you are a faculty or staff member who needs to self-quarantine to monitor your health after traveling, please notify hr@normandale.edu.

If you have questions regarding exposure as a result of travel, Minnesota Department of Health asks you to call 651-201-5414 or 877-676-5414 for guidance.

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance. 


UPDATE: March 14, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

Prior updates (below) include the hours and availability of specified college facilities and services during the week of March 16-22. Please note that our Continuing Education and Customized Training (CECT) division and its many business and community partners are also adapting their offerings necessary to respond to COVID-19. CECT has been communicating directly with the partners, students, and others who are affected. Further information about CECT scheduling and services is available by phone at 952-358-8343 or email at ncal@normandale.edu

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance. 


UPDATE: March 13, 2020 at 4:45 p.m.

As noted in the updates below, all classes are suspended for the week of March 16-22. Employees are expected to report to work. 

All student club and student organization meetings and events are cancelled for the week of March 16-22.  
If you have questions about any other meetings or events, please contact the event organizer.*

From March 16-20, facility and services hours are as follows:

  • Campus buildings open 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Library open 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • Computer labs open 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Student services (listed in update below) available 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Make-Up Testing open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

* As communicated earlier this week, all gatherings and events with more than 100 attendees that are scheduled to take place before May 1 are cancelled as directed by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.     


UPDATE: March 13, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.


As noted in the update below, all classes are suspended for the week of March 16-22.

Student services (including Advising and Counseling, Admissions, Financial Aid, Records and Registration, Student Resource Center, Campus Cupboard, etc.) will be available 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily during the week of March 16-22.

  • If you need an accommodation outside of these service hours, please contact the appropriate department directly to make arrangements.
  • The Campus Cupboard will allow students to request up to 20 extra items per day.
  • Please note that Make-Up Testing will be open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. to accommodate students.

Faculty and staff are expected to report to work March 16-22. We encourage all Normandale employees to check the COVID-19 page on the campus intranet for additional announcements, FAQ, and other resources specific to employees as these resources become available. 

This website page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted. Normandale employees are also encouraged to check the COVID-19 page on the college intranet frequently for employee-specific announcements and guidance.   


UPDATE: March 12, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.


Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Devinder Malhotra has just emailed all employees and students within our system to communicate several key updates. The following updates combine key points from his email with new, Normandale-specific information.      

  • Normandale is suspending all classes, including online classes, from March 16 to March 22. 
  • As of today, we expect classes to resume on March 23. 
  • While there will be no classes next week, all faculty and staff are expected to report to duty so we can work through the logistics of offering alternatives to in-person classes.   
  • Campus will remain open for regular business operations and to provide student services next week, though there may be some reduction in the hours that student services will be available. All gatherings and events with more than 100 attendees that are scheduled to take place before May 1 are cancelled. Minnesota State will continue to review this approach and adjust it as new information emerges. 
  • All out-of-state, business-related travel for students, faculty, and staff is suspended effective Monday, March 16.   

We understand that students, employees, and community members may have many additional questions about how Normandale is responding to Coronavirus risks. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. This page will be updated within every 24-hour period at a minimum, with more frequent updates as warranted.   


UPDATE: March 11, 2020 at 9:00 p.m.

Normandale is on spring break this week but is otherwise fully operational.

As of today, we anticipate the resumption of classes, on-campus events, and normal business operations on Monday, March 16.

This is consistent with the following message issued by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and MDH's other higher education partners today:

With five coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases reported in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) knows there is increasing concern around what the next steps are for institutes of higher education, given that other colleges and universities across the country are taking various measures including tele-learning and closures. At this time, MDH is not recommending those measures.

Minnesota currently does not have evidence of ongoing community transmission, nor are there any cases currently in a college or university setting. If an institute of higher education has a case in a student, staff, or faculty member, MDH will work closely with the impacted college or university to provide guidance. Moreover, depending on how transmission and spread evolves in the state, we will work with colleges and universities throughout the state on our recommendations.

Normandale remains in ongoing communication with Minnesota State leadership to ensure alignment with system-level guidance and direction. Any change in status with respect to Normandale's classes, on-campus events, or other business operations will be made in coordination with Minnesota State and the MDH.

We understand that students and community members may have many additional questions about how Normandale is responding to Coronavirus risks. We are developing a Frequently Asked Questions page and expect to publish it by the end of the day Friday at latest. 

Please continue to watch this page for daily updates about Normandale's status and plans. 


UPDATE: March 6, 2020 

While the risk of becoming sick with COVID-19 is low at this time, Normandale is monitoring COVID-19 developments closely and is committed to taking steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our employees and students. We will continue to monitor reports, guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. State Department, and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).  

Minnesota State has created an updated resource page with key information and FAQs regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

Given the potential risks associated with COVID-19, and out of abundance of caution, Minnesota State Chancellor Malhotra has exercised his discretion under System Procedure 5.19.3, Travel Management, Part 10, subpart f, to suspend all Minnesota State-related international travel effective immediately.   

This includes study abroad programs, and all other travel activities involving students and employees. Due to this suspension, there will be no college-sponsored international travel permitted until further notice, effective immediately. While this suspension does not cover personal travel and travel that is not associated with Normandale, we ask that each person use extreme care when making travel plans and familiarize yourself with all relevant travel guidelines.

At this point, the chances of a COVID-19 outbreak are low. Should the threat level increase, however, Normandale has an operational plan that will aid in continuity of services. We will share relevant information with employees and students from state and federal agencies and information from our Minnesota State system as they become available. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out president@normandale.edu.  

                Resources and information that you may find helpful include:  

    • We are cooperating with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and will convey their information and guidance related to COVID-19 as it becomes available. MDH and Minnesota State are working to develop regular communication channels to proactively address school-related topics with regard to COVID-19.
    • Information that MDH is making available for schools, colleges and universities is available at https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools.html.
    • At this time, MDH assesses the risk of becoming sick with COVID-19, including for people in Minnesota schools, as low. MDH is not recommending that events or extracurricular activities be cancelled. To date, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 reported at any Minnesota State college or university.
    • We encourage students and employees to:
    • Supervisors and faculty are strongly encouraged to offer flexibility to employees and students who are sick, expressing symptoms of respiratory issues, or care for family members to the maximum extent possible.
    • Anyone in the U.S. who has not traveled to China or been in contact with someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days is at low risk of becoming sick with the virus