COVID-19

The NJC is actively monitoring the local and national response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The regional COVID-19 website can be found at www.covid19Washoe.com.

The National Judicial College is currently following the COVID-19 safety measures set by the University of Nevada, Reno.
UNR Coronavirus Health & Safety Measures
We’re requiring everyone to be vaccinated

When the NJC’s in-person courses resume in August, all faculty, staff and participants* will be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 (both doses where applicable).

Judges attending will need to show their vaccination card. (It’s a good idea to take a photo of yours with your smart phone in case you misplace the card.)

“When we made the decision to resume in-person instruction, we committed to putting health and safety first,” said NJC President Benes Aldana. “I’m proud to report that the entire College staff is already vaccinated.”

Hundreds of millions of doses of the Covid vaccines have now been administered worldwide, and they have proven safe and very effective. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that even if they are not 100 percent effective at protecting from infection, the vaccines help guard against serious illness.

Of the nine in-person courses scheduled to be presented in Reno for the remainder of 2021, five are hybrids, meaning they can be taken either in person or online concurrently. Masking will follow the guidelines in effect at the time of the course, as set by the University of Nevada, Reno.

There will be no online option for the 10 courses being presented away from Reno. Masking will follow the Reno campus guidelines or the local rules, whichever are stricter.

For custom courses, which are taught by NJC faculty but hosted by various states and organizations, vaccination and masking rules will be set by the host organization.

*Medical exemption and religious belief exception requests will be considered, but if approved may result in being subject to special requirements.

FAQ

Are people who have already had a confirmed case of Covid-19 still required to be vaccinated to attend?

Yes. We are following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommends being vaccinated even if you’ve had Covid-19. It offers extra protection against variants.

 

With mortality rates for Covid-19 being low and infection rates declining, why require vaccination?

Because we are committed to putting the health and safety of our faculty, staff and course participants first. Infections and deaths have fallen, in part, because of vaccinations. Low mortality does not mean no mortality. More than a half-million Americans died from the disease in a year. The vaccines have proven safe and very effective. Serious problems have been almost infinitesimally rare.

 

Are medical exemptions or disability or religious accommodations allowed?

Yes. Medical and religious belief exception requests will be considered. But if approved, they may result in your being subject to special requirements like testing.

 

Will you consider other forms of verification besides a COVID-19 vaccination card?

Yes.

 

How long will this policy be in effect?

This requirement will be in effect throughout the 2021 academic year, which ends December 31. It will be reevaluated then for the 2022 academic year.