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Covid-19 FAQInformation for Students

Spring 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, COA will start fall classes the week of Jan. 8, 2021.
Our first priority is the health and safety of our community. Adaptations to the fall schedule have been made to offer students flexibility and choice in how they access courses. We are committed to providing students with a high-quality educational experience on campus and through courses delivered online.
Classes will use social distancing, have fewer students enrolled and require all people on campus to wear masks. Six-foot markers have been strategically placed throughout our campuses in areas such as the cashier’s office.
Many classes will be offered via the internet. These online classes will not meet on campus and can be completed asynchronously (people access them at different times during the week). We use “N” to identify these courses.

Some class sections are “Blended,” which means there is a required lab or meeting required at a specific time and the course has an Internet component. These classes are labeled “BL.” Blended classes have less than 50 percent of class time using the internet.

Some class sections are “Hybrid.” These classes have a required lab or meeting at a specific day and time, and the course has an Internet component. “H” or Hybrid courses have more than 50 percent of class time using the internet.

Many instructors use Zoom™ or Collaborate™ in their classes and office hours to allow for synchronous time with students, yet allow for social distancing. Lectures and class discussions can occur via Zoom/Collaborate. The instructor will provide a link to students to be able to access the session(s).
Many labs, shops and clinicals will meet face to face and attendance is required. If your classes are offered via the internet, you will need to participate (attend) several times a week to stay current in your classes.
Yes! Students, faculty and staff are required to wear a face mask while on campus. Select programs may have additional requirements — your instructor will notify you of any additional requirements.
Yes, libraries will be open. Students can use the computers/internet in the libraries or access the many college databases. Library databases can be accessed from other locations as well. Since there may be some changes to hours, please visit our library web page.
The college has tutors who can help you face to face. Contact the Academic Support Center Director for more information at 252 335 0821 ext. 2244.

Online tutoring is available through, a free, online tutoring assistance program, which provides unlimited access to a network of tutors 24 hours per day. The link can be found in any of your myCourses classes. For more information, visit our web page.

You may find your schedule in myCourses or go to the schedule posted on the COA website for information on all courses and their mode of instruction.
Contact your advisor if you need assistance in dropping/adding courses.
Each campus will have a main point of entry where Covid-19 and additional information may be found. There might be secondary locations available to students. If so, these will be announced by faculty.
This is not a requirement, but it is highly recommended that you stay home if you have a fever or any Covid-related symptoms.
Faculty and staff are on campus and also working remotely. You may reach any faculty or staff member by calling the campus/extension or emailing them. If you need assistance with contact information, please call any campus location.
Yes. Students are encouraged to go to any campus front desk to have their ID made or to pick up their parking decal.
Students may visit the bookstore at COA – Elizabeth City or order books online.

Unfortunately, we are not able to keep our gathering spaces or other highly contagious areas open to the public. You will need to bring food/drink from home or leave campus to get these items.
Each campus will have a designated location where students can wait for their transportation to arrive.
If you test positive or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or is waiting on a Covid-19 test result, you need to immediately report this to your instructor or advisor and self-quarantine immediately. An incident report must be completed and will be kept confidential.
Anyone arriving from abroad for the fall semester will need to quarantine for 14 days before participating in any on-campus activities. Domestically traveling campus members will not need to quarantine, however this guidance could change.