COVID-19 Updates & Response

Northland Community & Technical College and the Minnesota State System Office are closely monitoring the developing situation related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to taking steps necessary to protect the health and well-being of our students, our faculty, and our staff.

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19 as it relates directly to Northland. This is a constantly changing situation. For the most up-to-date information, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health, and the North Dakota Department of Health.

As of this date, this information is correct. Please check back frequently as this is a dynamic and fluid situation. We also recommend you monitor your Northland email daily to receive all updates.

Emergency Grants for Students

The federal government has provided Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) resources for higher education institutions to help address the immediate and urgent impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our students and colleges. This new federal law provides the U.S. Department of Education funds to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of the coronavirus. To date congress has issued funds three times to institutions of higher education. The intent of these funds is to support our students whose lives and education has been impacted by the pandemic.

Emergency Relief Fund


Northland is preparing for a return to a full campus experience for the fall 2021 semester.

Fall 2021 Plans

Northland is planning to return to a full campus experience for the fall semester. Classes will be offered on-campus, online or hybrid — very similar to how Northland classes were offered before COVID-19.

The transition plan to move from our current status to a more normal fall semester will be possible with increased vaccinations, the mitigated spread of COVID-19 and is based on the advice of public health experts.

Mask Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new mask guidelines because of growing concern over the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

As of Tuesday, August 10, masks/face covering will be required inside all public spaces on all Northland campus locations. Employees, students, and visitors, including contractors and vendors, are required to wear a face covering in public indoor settings inside college facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

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COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine is widely available. We encourage you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and others.

Minnesota State is following the guidance from the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health on vaccinations of our students and employees. All state workers, including all Northland employees, must either be fully vaccinated or be tested for COVID every week beginning September 8.

For more information on this and how to find a vaccine location, please visit

Social Distancing and other Safety Precautions

While 3-6 feet of social distancing is no longer required, it remains strongly recommended. We are encouraging all students, employees, and guests to continue to practice social distancing to the extent possible. We further recommend washing your hands often, using the cleaning materials available throughout campus, and staying home if you’re not feeling well.