National Park College continues to monitor Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Arkansas. There are no confirmed or suspected cases on the NPC campus at this time.
While NPC continues to operate under Level 3 of the campus Communicable Diseases Pandemic Plan, the closure of the physical campus has been extended through Friday, May 1. Employees will work remotely during this time. Prior to May 1, NPC will reassess the situation and notify the College community of any changes to the plan.
In-person classes will remain online through the end of the semester. Students enrolled in health sciences clinical, technical or lab-based coursework may receive special instructions from faculty regarding completion requirements.
Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies have been postponed at this time. Information about new commencement plans will be provided as soon as details are available. Students who successfully complete the necessary coursework, meet all graduation requirements listed at np.edu/graduation, and have applied for graduation will be awarded certificates and degrees.
Students who cannot successfully complete the coursework because of limited access to labs, shops, clinical sites or illness will be held harmless and awarded an incomplete. Those students will be allowed to work with their faculty member(s) in accordance with the College’s incomplete policy to finish their coursework.
At this level, students are participating in online instruction and are encouraged to do the following:
- Practice good sanitation, hand-washing and additional cleanliness in the classroom
- Limit face to face communications, utilizing email and other technologies when possible
- WiFi access is available to students in campus parking lots
- Communicate any technology needs to your instructor
- College related out-of-state travel is suspended until further notice
All coursework will be communicated via D2L and NPC student email accounts. Visit computer resources tutorial for setting up Microsoft OneDrive.
At this level, employees are working remotely and are encouraged to do the following while working from home:
- Practice good sanitation, hand-washing and additional cleanliness in the office and workstations
- Ensure home computer connectivity in order for work to be performed remotely in the case of personal illness or campus closing
- Limit face to face communications, utilizing email and other technologies when possible
- College related out-of-state travel is suspended until further notice
- Read about NPC's Telecommuting Guidelines for on Campus Positions in Emergency or Adverse Situations.
- Visit computer resources tutorials for employees working remotely.
- Read about NPC's Covid-19 Leave Policy.
- Read about the Department of Labor's leave policy under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
|Campus Nurse||9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.||Monday through Thursday by phone or email only||Sebrena Lewis
|Testing Center||8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||
Monday through Friday by phone or email only
|Campus Food Pantry||April 1st, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.||
Open April 1st, 2:00 - 4:00pm. More information is available in the FAQ section.
|Dr. Chuck Burke
|Common Market Dining Services||
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Carry-out only Monday through Friday
|Text orders to 479.685.4922|
|Professional Mental Health Services||8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Monday through Friday by phone or email only||Susan Millerd
|Enrollment Services||8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.||Monday through Friday by phone or email only||Chris Afeld
|Academic Success Center||Online only. More information is available in the FAQ section.||Lisa Walker
The Arkansas Health Department also has a free hotline to call if you believe you may have been exposed. To be assessed by phone, call 501-537-8969 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or 800-554-5738 after hours or on the weekend.
Contact the campus nurse and communicate with your instructors. You can email Sebrena.Lewis@np.edu with documentation of your illness. Nurse Lewis can help coordinate communication with your instructors and with the Dean of Students.
Employees and students who choose to travel out of state during this crisis should be advised that NPC will require a health screening by the school nurse and may recommend a 14-day self-quarantine period before returning to campus.
Personal international travel is strongly discouraged, especially to countries with a CDC risk level for Coronavirus (COVID-19) of two or higher.
Be advised that you may encounter health risks and logistical challenges. The Arkansas Department of Health and/or NPC may require self-quarantine for 14 days after traveling to or through an affected area. Customs agents are reporting international travelers arriving from affected countries to state departments of health for this purpose.
Personal travel within the United States is also strongly discouraged. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the U.S. is changing rapidly. Exercise caution and by reviewing these considerations for travel within the U.S. Check for the latest information available for your specific destination using the CDC’s cases in the U.S page.
Employees and students should exercise extreme caution when traveling within the state. Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to grow in Arkansas and the situation is changing rapidly.
National Park College provides a list of services to employees and students so we can continue operations remotely if necessary.
If you are locked out of your campus account or would like to update your password, see the instructions on changing your password from home.
Students and employees have the option to use our Microsoft Office application through the web browser and/or download the full suite to their personal computers for as long as they are a member of the college. The full download includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Outlook, Skype, and OneDrive. In order to access these services, please go to this link https://portal.office.com or use the webmail link on our home page and sign in with your email address and campus password. You can click on the trimmed down web version of the application via the buttons or install the full suite by clicking “Install Office” towards the upper right of the screen.
Microsoft Teams is another application that is free for students and employees to use and download to their computers and mobile devices. Teams is an application listed in Office 365 at the top of the screen. This application is great for messaging, file sharing, screen sharing, and live presentations. Staff and Faculty can create custom groups of people to collaborate with. If you need assistance with the setup, please contact the IT department for more information (email@example.com).
Microsoft OneDrive is a file cloud based file sharing application. It is also listed in Office 365. You are able to store your files here and access them from the college PCs, personal PCs, and mobile devices. You have the option to download the client to your local computer and access all of your files similar to a network drive. We recommend moving your documents from your PC to OneDrive. To install the application on your computer, select OneDrive in Office 365; next select “Get the OneDrive Apps” from the bottom-left of the screen and follow the instructions. Once installed, you will be able to transfer your documents over. If you need assistance with the setup, you can view a video tutorial or contact the IT department for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
An easy way for employees or students to collaborate with services such as group file sharing, group calendars, etc. is to use SharePoint. You can create your own sites and share them out to others granting them specific permissions. For larger, more advanced programs, the IT department can also set up SharePoint Sites for you.
Employees and students can access OASIS (https://oasis.np.edu) and Human Resources (https://hcm.np.edu) from off campus. This will provide access to services such as admissions, registration, student accounts, grades, scheduling, personnel, leave, pay, benefits, payroll, job duties, etc.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
In times that employees need specific services that can only be accessed from the internal network (such as Financials, Student Manager, Financial Aid, etc.), the IT department can set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection.
Our facilities staff are taking extra precautions to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces to prevent the spread of illness.
- All custodians are trained/certified using methods designed for educational facilities. This training includes daily disinfecting of common “touch” surfaces including door knobs, desks, etc.
- We utilize two major chemicals for cleaning and disinfecting including a hospital grade disinfectant, virucide and cleaner. We also utilize an aerosol spray disinfectant that is a hospital grade broad-spectrum disinfectant and antimicrobial agent.
- We use a microfiber cleaning rag system with red designated for biohazard areas and gray for all other areas. These rags are always kept separate even after use and during the laundry process. Our procedure is to use separate rags for each room and function. We do not carry rags and germs from classroom to classroom or bathroom to bathroom. We do not use bio-rags on touch surfaces like sinks or countertops.
- At public contact areas (weightroom, computer labs, etc.), we provide Super Sani-Cloth wipes that are bactericidal, tuberculocidal, and virucidal in two minutes.
- We also provide hand sanitizer dispensers on all floors of all buildings. Most are located adjacent to the main entry doors.
Here are everyday preventative actions you can do to help prevent the spread of illness from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
The CDC has accurate and up-to-date information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) if you are interested in reading more.
The Arkansas Department of Health has information regarding COVID-19 cases in the state.
UAMS has developed a free online screening tool for COVID – 19 for Arkansas residents.
Visit the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services to learn more about temporary employment benefits available for those who are unable to work during this time.
How do I receive tutoring support for online courses?
NPC tutors are available from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday through Zoom.com. To schedule an appointment, email email@example.com at least one hour in advance. Please include your email and phone number, and you will be contacted with further instructions.
Online 24/7 tutoring is available through Tutor.com and can be found under the NPC Resources tab in D2L. You have an eight hour limit for the semester, but you can request additional hours by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
I do not have access to the internet at home. How do I complete my assignments?
Concerns should be addressed to your instructor to avoid falling behind in your coursework.
How do I receive technical support for online courses?
I am locked out of my campus account. How do I change my password?
View the instructions on how you can change or update your password from home.
Can I access the library?
Yes. You may send your questions to AskALibrarian at https://www1.youseemore.com/NPC/ For reference assistance or help in setting up an account to download Ebooks, you may contact either Kristin.Qunitinilla@np.edu or Lynn.Valetutti@np.edu To help you identify resources, LibGuides are also available.
How do I return a book to the library?
All books may be returned to the book drop box which is in the parking lot behind the Fisher Campus Center.
I have an internship position this semester. What should I do?
I am a community member. May I utilize the library during your transition to online learning?
The physical campus is currently closed. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
Will the Commons Market still be open?
Commons Market dining services will offer breakfast and lunch for pick up only at the fountain outside the Commons building beginning March 30. You can either pull up and order or call or text orders to (479)685-4922.
Student ID is required for meal plan charges.
The menu and hours include:
Breakfast 9 a.m. -11 a.m.
- Breakfast burrito with salsa and hash browns $5
Lunch 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Turkey or Ham Sandwich with chips and a cookie $5
- Personal Pan Pizza $5
- Whole Pizza $10
- Pizza Options : Pepperoni, Sausage, Cheese, or Supreme
- Grilled Chicken and Steak Fajitas (feeds 4-6) $40
Served with Rice, Beans and all the fixings
- Chicken Enchiladas (feeds 4-6) $30
12 Hand Rolled Enchiladas served with Rice, Beans, Chips and Salsa
- Chicken Stir Fry (feeds 4-6) $30
Sauteed Chicken and Vegetables served with sticky rice
- Pasta Platter (feeds 4-6) $35
Chicken Fettuccini or Spaghetti with Meatballs. Comes with Breadsticks and Caesar Salad
- Sub Sandwich Platter (feeds 4-6) $25
Ham, Turkey, or Club. Comes with individual bags of chips.
Is the Campus Food Pantry open?
The campus food pantry will open briefly Wednesday, April 1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students or employees can pick up food at the west end doors of the Frederick M. Dierks Center for Nursing and Health Sciences. Donations will also be accepted.
Volunteers will serve participants in a drive-through style, so please remain in your vehicle. You must present a campus ID.
Can I request a refund on lost days for my prepaid meal plan?
No refunds will be made at this time. Limited dining services are available each day via pick up or delivery. See menu and ordering information above.
I have completed all loan requirements for a spring loan. When can I expect my refund check?
The business office will mail loan checks every Thursday beginning April 2, 2020 to the address the College has on file for you in OASIS. You can check you address in OASIS by navigating to Self Service > Campus Personal Information > Addresses, and then selecting the green edit button. Questions can be directed to Enrollment Services at 501-760-4159.
When can I register for summer and fall classes?
Registration for new and returning students opens April 20. First-time NPC students should call 501-760-4159 to schedule an appointment with an NPC advisor to register. Returning students can register through OASIS at any time starting April 20.
How do I complete the required TEAS testing to get into the Nursing and Health Sciences programs?
All TEAS testing is postponed until the NPC testing center resumes operation. Once the testing center reopens, considerations will be made regarding expanding the deadline for TEAS testing.
I have never attended GED classes before. How can I begin GED Classes?
Unfortunately, we are not able to start new students until the campus resumes normal operations.
I was attending before campus closed. How can I continue working toward my GED?
I earned my diploma this school year. Will there still be a graduation ceremony?
Unfortunately, graduation is postponed indefinitely. Follow the NPC Adult Education Facebook page for future announcements about graduation.
I was almost done with the GED official testing process when campus closed. Can I continue testing to complete my diploma?
Unfortunately, no. The Adult Education building, along with the rest of the NPC Campus, is closed until further notice.
I heard that the graduation ceremony is being postponed. Will I still get my degree?
Yes. If you complete the necessary coursework, meet all graduation requirements listed at np.edu/graduation, and applied for graduation, you will receive the diploma for your degree and/or certificate in the mail.
When can I expect to receive my diploma(s) in the mail?
Degrees and certificates will be conferred by May 31, and your diploma will be mailed to you at that time.
If I receive my diploma(s) in the mail, can I still participate in the commencement ceremony when it is rescheduled?
Yes. We want you to participate in the commencement ceremony. The only requirement for participation is that you wear a cap and gown, which is free-of-charge.
If I am unable to successfully complete my course work because of limited access to labs, shops, clinical sites or illness, will I still get my degree?
Yes. You will receive your diploma for your degree and/or certificate as soon as you complete the required coursework.
If I am unable to successfully complete my course work because of limited access to clinical sites or illness, can I still participate in the commencement ceremony?
As long as you require less than eight hours of coursework toward completing your degree, you will be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony.
If I want to participate in commencement but was not measured for my cap and gown, what do I need to do?
Will graduation practice be held?
Information about new commencement plans, including graduation practice, will be provided as soon as details are available.