NOVA is preparing for a safe return to campus when classes begin on August 24 by launching the ‘GoCanvas’ Health Screening Application. As NOVA remains committed to the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, the launch of this application will assist in keeping the community safe.

As a reminder, NOVA courses will remain in a mostly virtual setting this fall, with the exception of specific hands-on classes that are simply unable to convey necessary knowledge remotely. For student success, the institution has provided a checklist for students, faculty and staff in courses that will be offered in-person; mostly for courses that require labs, clinicals and hands-on certification.  More resources can be found on NOVA’s safe campus response website.

The purpose of the ‘GoCanvas app’ is to reduce the spread of COVID19 within the NOVA community. All NOVA students, faculty and staff returning to campus are asked to check their symptoms daily using the convenient app. The ‘GoCanvas app’ is customized for NOVA, and uses approved health-related questions established by the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) that provide needed information on potential exposure, but also carefully guard user privacy. The application can be downloaded for AndroidApple or for utilization on a desktop.

The ‘GoCanvas app’ is not a contact tracing tool. However, the Virginia Department of Health has launched an app called, Covidwise, which can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website.

As a reminder, personal identifiable information and health information are not collected, stored in the app or shared by the college. NOVA may view anonymous aggregated data to look for trends.

For media questions regarding ‘GoCanvas’ Health Screening App, please contact Hoang Nguyen, Public Information Officer at Further information about NOVA’s fall plans can be found here.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site,

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