Closing or Delay Notices

NOVA uses a color-coded system to communicate any operating status updates to our faculty, staff and students.

In the event of a college-wide or campus-specific closure or delayed opening, the decision will be announced on the home page of the NOVA website, and a text alert will be sent to cell phones that are registered with  NOVA Alert.

Closure Notifications

News of college-wide closures or delayed openings may also be found on local TV and radio stations. Individuals may call the College Call Center with questions at 703.323.3000. Please do not call College Police for closing information; this may delay and/or interrupt critical information flow and decision-making.

If the College closes early due to inclement weather, students, faculty and staff may be provided with specific times they can leave. This will help to ensure a safe and orderly departure from buildings and campuses.

Locked/Closed Campuses

Please Note: Doors will be locked one hour after the College closing time.

Delayed Opening Door Access
If the College opens at 10:00 a.m., doors will be unlocked at 9:00 a.m. While doors are locked, no access to campus and non-campus buildings is permissible.

Closure Door Access
If the College closes at 4:00 p.m., doors will be locked at 5:00 p.m. Doors will unlock one hour prior to the College’s opening time.

Announcement Broadcasts

FM Radio Television Stations
WAMU 88.5 WRC Channel 4
WFLS 93.3 WTTG Channel 5
WASH 97.1 WJLA Channel 7
WITH 99.5 WUSA Channel 9
WTOP 103.5 NOVA-TV Channel 19, 25, 37 or 59 (check the local cable listing for your area)
WRQX 107.3

Continuation of Instruction

In the event of an extended closing, faculty are required to notify their students of their backup plan for instruction.

At the start of every semester, faculty are expected to communicate to students and to their dean their alternative approach to continuing teaching and learning during emergency closures lasting more than a day. Faculty must also provide their Dean with a copy of their syllabi explaining their approach to continuing instruction during emergency closures. Examples of alternative teaching and learning approaches include the utilization of Canvas, video conferences, email, conference calls, special topics research, discussion, etc. Faculty must announce their alternative delivery approach to the class as soon as possible after the College is closed. The alternative delivery approaches specific to the course should be documented in the course syllabi.

Color Codes

  • NOVA is in normal operating status. All classes and services are being held as scheduled. 
  • This would only be posted when the College is fully reopening following a series of Code Red or Code Yellow days.

  • Late opening or early closure. All classes and services are cancelled with no expectation of telework unless otherwise specified.
  • Buildings are locked with access restricted to designated (essential) employees only.
  • If the College closes early due to inclement weather, faculty and staff may be provided with specific times they can leave. This will help to ensure a safe and orderly departure from buildings and campuses.

  • NOVA is closed for the full day. Classes and services are cancelled with no expectation of telework or online classes unless specified.

  • The college is open and operating fully remotely. All classes and services will continue online, but buildings are closed for in-person use except for designated (essential) personnel. All online classes continue as scheduled.
  • Non-designated (non-essential) employees who are eligible to telework are expected to in order ensure continuity of operations. 
  • Non-designated (non-essential) employees who are not eligible to telework are not expected to work.
  • If non-designated (non-essential) employees do not have a telework agreement but are directed by management to telework during an authorized closure, the supervisor may allow this as long as the employee has the necessary tools to meet system security standards to telework.