ALL OFFICIAL COLLEGE UPDATES related to Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be provided at Any emergency information will be communicated through the Patriot Alert. 

MARCH 16, 2020 — UPDATE

NWSCC is following recommendations from the Alabama Department of Public Health to help protect the College and local communities by slowing the potential spread of COVID-19. This includes transitioning classes online and to a remote work/online environment, canceling college events, avoiding large gatherings, canceling international travel, out-of-state travel, and limiting in-state travel to essential needs only. The following information supersedes all previous communications and applies to the Phil Campbell and Shoals campuses:

  1. Effective, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, NWSCC will transition all classes online that can be morphed into an online format.

  2. NO on-campus classes beginning Tuesday, March 17.

  3. ALL computer labs and testing centers will be closed.

  4. All students have been notified through the Patriot Alert system about the change in class schedule and are to contact their instructors if they have any questions.

  5. Most faculty and staff will be working remotely during this time. Students, please allow at least 24 hours for a response to your questions. 

  6. NWSCC will have Spring Break March 23-27.

  7. On-campus classes are scheduled to resume Monday, April 6.

Students, please know our faculty and staff will work with you in every way possible to help you through these unusual circumstances.

MARCH 13, 2020 — UPDATE

Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) will temporarily discontinue on-campus instruction for the period of March 17 – April 3 on the Phil Campbell and Shoals campuses. NWSCC will have Spring Break the week of March 22. This will allow the College’s faculty, staff, and administration to develop a plan for alternative instructional efforts. All events scheduled are also cancelled. While classes will not be taking place on campus, NWSCC will continue with normal operations. 

“Our students are our number one priority, and while our decision today to suspend courses is unprecedented it is a necessary precaution to ensure the health and safety of the more than 174,000 students we serve across the state,” said Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker. “Our ACCS response team continues to work closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health on this evolving issue and will continue to do everything we can to help stop the potential spread of COVID-19 in the state of Alabama.”

“Our students and their health and safety come first in every decision that we make at Northwest-Shoals,” said NWSCC President Dr. Glenda Colagross. “We are currently working on a detailed plan with our faculty to make sure every student can complete their necessary coursework.” 

Alternative instruction plans are being developed by NWSCC and each ACCS college. These plans will be communicated directly to students next week.

Other actions related to COVID-19:

  • All college-sponsored, supported or work related out-of-state travel and all system office work related out-of-state travel is canceled until further notice.

  • If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, or the employee’s child or dependent tests positive and the employee must stay home to provide care, then that employee should stay at home for 14 days and should not be charged sick, annual or personal leave.

For continued updates, please monitor this page. ACCS updates and directives are available at