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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

At this time there are no known cases of coronavirus at College of The Albemarle (COA).

Online Instruction Begins on March 23

Beginning Monday, March 23, College of The Albemarle classes will resume through online course delivery methods only. In the following recommendations outlined by the North Carolina Community College System on March 18, face-to-face instruction of classes that cannot be delivered online are considered suspended until further notice. To accommodate the critical need for public safety and public health services in response to the Covid-19 crisis, the following exceptions are allowed:

  • Basic Law Enforcement Training
  • Fire Training
  • Emergency Medical and Rescue Training
  • Nursing (RN, LPN, CNA)
  • Other training specifically requested by public safety and public health response agencies, including the military

This also includes healthcare clinicals related to the above (either at a clinical site, if permitted by the site, or through simulation).

If face-to-face instruction is offered, the following conditions will be met:

  • Students and faculty follow appropriate social distancing and safety measures
  • Students are willing to participate and not penalized if they opt to delay instruction
  • Students are provided appropriate personal protective equipment, if applicable
  • Students in the programs listed above have been contacted regarding these recommendations

A Message from Dr. Jack Bagwell, COA President

Resources at Campus Locations

While providing online course instruction methods will aid in mitigating the spread of Covid-19, the college is aware that there may be students who lack adequate internet services and/or computer equipment. In an effort to continue to provide student services such as computer labs and libraries, designated lab space at each campus location will remain open for use. Within each area, appropriate social distancing will be applied as well as frequent sanitizing of space and equipment in accordance to the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Capacity will be limited based on the number of people in each lab to maintain social distancing (6 feet of space between each person).

The revised hours for each lab location can be found by visiting Computer Labs web page.

Hours have been revised in the testing center to accommodate testing needs for COA students only. See our revised testing center hours.

If you have a request for a test proctor, please fill out the Google form.

Online tutoring services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week through To access this resource, use the link provided in each of your myCourses courses.

For questions regarding the Academic Support resources, contact Robin Robertson at

Existing online library services continue and in an effort to support students’ library and research needs, virtual library office hours have been made available using Blackboard Collaborate. This information can be found by visiting Blackboard.

For questions regarding Library services, contact Rodney Wooten at

Access at Campus Locations

With the majority of course delivery online, there will be limited access to buildings at each campus location. To ensure the safety of COA students, faculty and staff, there will be a central access point of entry at each campus location. Please enter through the following buildings at each location:

  • COA – Currituck: Front entrance of building
  • COA – Dare: Russell Twiford Building – Main entrance
  • COA – Edenton-Chowan: Building 3
  • COA – Elizabeth City: AE Building – Front entrance

While faculty and staff at each location will continue to work under normal operating hours, there will be limited staff on each campus. Students are encouraged to contact the faculty or staff member they need to speak with by email and/or phone.


Students should contact their advisors via email to make arrangements for advising sessions that can be completed by phone or alternate electronic means (virtual meeting options such as Zoom or Google Meets). In addition to advising, a student “help line” will be available in the coming days. More information on this will follow.

Visit our web page for a list of advising staff.

Additional Information

COA students, faculty and staff should check their COA email accounts regularly for updates regarding the college’s response to Covid-19. COA administration will continue to actively monitor recommendations provided by the CDC, as well as guidance provided by the state health department, local health departments and the North Carolina Community College System. Any changes or updates will also be posted on COA’s Facebook page and sent through the Regroup Emergency Notification system as needed.

For any student questions or concerns, please email COA staff members are here to support you.

We realize the changes that we are putting in place will be challenging for everyone. Please know that every faculty and staff member at COA is working to make this as smooth a transition as possible for you. Your safety and success are our top priorities. Please reach out to your faculty member as soon as you experience any difficulties. We are going to be there for you. Help us to help you!

Dr. Jack Bagwell

In response to the Governor’s recent actions to close all North Carolina K-12 public schools, COA has moved its spring break to Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22. As previously communicated, COA plans to move forward with an online instruction model for many of its curriculum courses beginning Monday, March 23. For specific courses that require hands-on learning components, social distancing policies will be implemented.

The decision to accelerate the college’s spring break will give the entire COA community the opportunity to adjust to the coming changes in course delivery. It will also allow the college to work with its various partners to ensure effective communication in this time of numerous changes.

Faculty members: Please contact your Deans for specific questions or concerns.

Staff members: As with a regular spring break schedule, we ask that you report as you would for normal hours. However, we also ask that supervisors who have staff members with childcare challenges to be flexible and work with staff who cannot be on campus.

As this situation is constantly evolving and changing, please be assured that the college will provide additional updates throughout the week. Please continue to monitor your COA email, the COA Facebook page or this web page for further updates.

A Message from Dr. Jack Bagwell, COA President

Dr. Jack Bagwell