Nossi & the Coronavirus

(Updated Tuesday, March 24):
We have news for our students who need additional studio and/or class assistance to feel successful and confident about completing the spring semester. We have received official approval from local authorities to limit the amount of activity on campus and allow students access to specific areas of campus only. We are able to move forward with our original plan. Please click the below button or picture to view or save the PDF.

Downloadable PDF with information related to:
1. Extended online course schedule
2. Accessing campus this spring as we go digital
3. Student housing
4. Social distancing – What it Means and How to Get Started
5. Mental health measures
6. Social media suggestions
7. Continuing your creativity

RULES FOR VISITING CAMPUS:

You must first reserve space to work on campus. View the schedule here (must use your nossi.edu email account to view).
To book a reservation, please call or email the front desk. DO NOT show up to campus without an appointment and expect access. All students must reserve a spot if they are interested in coming to campus. We are under strict guidelines to remain open.
1. 615-514-2787
2. Email the front desk

Classroom Space:
– Only one student per classroom
– Each student can reserve two hours at a time and area will be disinfected before getting started
– Access to additional disinfectant is available, please see the front desk receptionist
– Each space will also be disinfected every evening before the start of the next day
– Students will be given alcohol wipes to disinfect the area again once they are finished

Studio Space:
– Only one student per studio
– Each student can reserve two hours at a time
– Equipment provided will be disinfected before a student gets started
– Students will be given alcohol wipes for any additional needs
– Students will be required to work alone – no photo or video partners
– Although models are welcome (you must mind the social distancing rule of 6 feet), hair and makeup rooms will NOT be available. It will be important to tell your model to arrive with hair and makeup already completed

We know this is an unusual time and your anxiety and stress levels are higher than normal. We understand, and want to remind you that our mental health provider is still around to help. Horn Counseling is offering teleconferencing meetings. Visit the Horn Counseling website to sign up.

(Updated Sunday, March 22):
This morning, Mayor John Cooper issued at Safer-At-Home Mandate. This limits all non-essential businesses to close for the next two weeks, helping reduce the spread of the coronavirus in Tennessee and Nashville. Because of this announcement, Nossi College is amending its latest statement to say students are no longer going to be allowed on campus during the next two weeks.

We are working on getting special approval from the government to allowed limited on-campus study opportunities. For now, our entire community must stay home until further notice from Nossi’s administration. We are reaching out to students who already booked lab or studio appointments, as those are canceled for now, and hopefully rescheduled for later.

Issues studying from home?
If you are a student who does not have access to the Internet, computer, or other proper equipment, it is important to notify your teacher immediately via email. We will try and assistant students on a one-off basis to solve unique needs.

Photo and Video Assignments
We are aware some classes require equipment and/or studio space. We do not have an answer on this issue yet, but know we are diligently working on a concrete solution for all students.

Practice Safe Precautions
Students must continue to practice social distancing (staying six feet away from other people) as well as continuing proper hygiene and hand-washing. That is your best fight against this virus – good ole soap and water.

We will still be working on a list of FAQs this coming week to help address additional student and faculty concerns. Please do not forget to add your question to our list on the Nossi Insiders page. We will try to answer as many questions as we can.

We will continue to send updates to the Nossi community as they become available. We highly encourage you to continue to create during this time! If you need some ideas to keep your brain active (once you complete all your homework!), check out this article for ideas to help reduce your boredom. Tag Nossi on social media using #nossisnapshot, and you can let us know what you are up to in the coming weeks!

We will still be working on a list of FAQs this coming week to help address additional student and faculty concerns. Please do not forget to add your question to our list on the Nossi Insiders page. We will try to answer as many questions as we can.

We will continue to send updates to the Nossi community as they become available. We highly encourage you to continue to create during this time! If you need some ideas to keep your brain active (once you complete all your homework!), check out this article for ideas to help reduce your boredom. Tag Nossi on social media using #nossisnapshot, and you can let us know what you are up to in the coming weeks.

If you find yourself feeling stressed out, know you are not the only person feeling this way. We find ourselves in a highly unusual time, and we will get through this together. The important piece is to be sure and take care of yourself.

The CDC recommends several things to help support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories – this includes social media. Hearing about the coronavirus repeatedly can be upsetting and add undue stress in your life. It is good to stay informed, but don’t overdo it.
  • Take care of your body – physically and mentally. Allow small breaks each day and use this time to unplug: take deep breaths, stretch, walk your neighborhood (be mindful of social distancing – six feet of separation is important), and meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs. NOTE: Nossi housing students, if you find yourself needing help with food, please reach out to Mitzi or Roger for assistance.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy (This answer can include watching Netflix, but resist bingeing).
  • Connect with others!! Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. You may feel alone, but remember we are all in this together. Send silly videos to family, chat with friends, create and share with your network. It is important to keep your connection with others.

And please remember, Reid Horn of Horn Counseling is available even though the campus is closed. He is offering students sessions via teleconferencing. He is available to see all students, and we are proud to have him be part of the Nossi family. Check our Reid’s bio information.


(Updated Thursday, March 19):
FYI – Nossi College is currently still sitting at ZERO students, staff, or faculty with the coronavirus, COVID-19. If any member of the Nossi College community does test positive, it is important to email Dr. Byron Edwards by clicking here.

Due to Tennessee Governor Lee’s announcement that all Tennessee schools should close by Friday, March 20, Nossi College of Art decided to MOVE all classes to a digital format once Moodle Week ends.

Starting Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3, every class will move online. We are uncertain at this point how long classes will remain online and will have new updates for students no later than Friday, March 27. The campus will remain closed to the public as classes move online.

It is important each student takes these online classes as seriously as classes that take place on campus. We are over halfway through the semester and we want students finishing strong despite the Spring semester’s unusual interruptions.

You should be regularly checking your nossi.edu emails, as that is the main way we will communicate relevant information for all faculty, students, and staff. This blog will remain updated for the Nossi community along with their friends and family.

If you have questions, please reply to those emails or call us at 615-514-2787.

Downloadable PDF with information related to:
1. Extended online course schedule
2. Accessing campus this spring as we go digital
3. Student housing
4. Social distancing – What it Means and How to Get Started
5. Mental health measures
6. Social media suggestions
7. Continuing your creativity

(Updated Thursday, March 12):
You have probably heard, the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) is monopolizing time in the news and on your social media feeds. Nossi College is closely monitoring the evolving situation in Middle Tennessee and across the country. We want the Nossi Community to feel safe as we continue to learn more about how the coronavirus will impact daily life.

In the coming week, Nossi College of Art will be going online for spring break. We call this Moodle Week, and all classes move into the online environment. We are processing all circumstances and will have an answer about the following week’s classes no later than Thursday, March 19.

We want to reiterate, we have ZERO students, faculty, or staff who are exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus. Check the Metro Nashville Public Health website for up to date information about Middle Tennessee and the coronavirus. You can also check the CDC website to get additional information.

Here are a few highlights we want to reemphasize:

Potential Campus Closure
We are waiting to see how the virus will spread before we make a final decision about class after Moodle Week. We are currently preparing for multiple outcomes when it comes to the remainder of the Spring Semester. We are aware of several colleges that have closed and moved online; however, those colleges have a large number of international students and students traveling.

Nossi College of Art plans to make a final decision no later than Thursday, March 19 about the following week of classes. We ask for patience as we review all of our options. We are fortunate to have Moodle Week coming up, giving us time to plan.

If the virus continues to spread in Nashville, we will reconsider our position and notify the Nossi Community via email, social media, and text message. The text will be similar to the weather-related text during the tornado aftermath last week.

Traveling During Moodle Week (“Spring Break”)
Are you planning to travel for Spring Break during Moodle Week? We encourage mindfulness throughout your adventures. If you plan on boarding a plane, take serious precautions during your trip and once you arrive home. If you feel ill after your trip, consider staying home for 24 hours and return to campus only when you are symptom-free.

If you plan on staying in Nashville, know the campus will be closed to all students for cleaning. Staff will be monitoring emails and will be on campus taking calls.

Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel our Study Abroad international trip to Spain in April.

Campus Cleaning
Every night we have a cleaning service tidy campus and disinfect door handles and other commonly-used surfaces. During Moodle Week, Nossi’s campus will undergo a deep cleaning as well.

There are hand sanitizers in every classroom, at the front desk, and in many staff offices. We have access to disinfecting wipes if a classroom needs extra attention. The spread of the virus can be greatly reduced with the simple act of properly washing your hands, covering your coughs or sneezes, and staying home when you feel ill.

Nossi Events
We have had a few events cancel or postpone their gathering – you will see a CANCELED notice on our events calendar. We will keep you up to date as we get into April to decide which events will be canceled and which can continue moving forward.

Nossi Faculty and Staff
Nossi staff will be working on campus during Moodle Week, but the campus will not be open for business as we go through a deep clean. Faculty, please connect with Dr. Edwards about your plan if the college does decide to move classes to our online platform during this outbreak. Check your nossi.edu emails for additional information.

We are committed to the health and safety of our community this spring, and we thank you for your patience as we evaluate the best ways to move forward. This is an evolving matter, and we will continue to closely monitor the situation in relation to our Spring Semester. We will keep everyone updated via their Nossi.edu emails.

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