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Updates on the Coronavirus Outbreak

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT (March 27, 2020)

Dear Bevill State Family,

I would like to start by expressing my gratitude to the students, faculty, staff, and administration as we navigate through these uncharted waters. The changes being required of us during this global pandemic will be a transition, but I believe that change always brings opportunity. We will all be challenged to be innovative, patient, and compassionate. During this time, please know that Bevill State is committed to the well-being and success of our students.  Our faculty and staff will work diligently and creatively to see that the educational needs of our students are met.

  • Per the directive of Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker, remote instruction will continue through the end of the Spring Semester.
  • Courses are scheduled to resume in an online format on Monday, March 30, 2020. A great deal of planning and resources have been utilized to make this transition as smooth as possible.  Students, please remember to check your BearMail and Canvas accounts regularly for correspondence from your instructors on how this will look for each of your courses. Do not get discouraged during this change. We will all work together to help you achieve your educational goals.
  • Advanced Registration for the Summer Semester, scheduled to begin on April 1, will be rescheduled.
  • The College remains closed to the public until further notice.
  • Commencement Ceremonies and on-campus Honors Nights will not be held as scheduled. The College is considering alternative ways to honor the achievements of our students. Graduation Ceremonies will be rescheduled for a later date.

I know that this is a fast-moving, fluid situation, and that this causes anxiety for many.  Let me encourage you to remain calm and informed. The Bevill State Family is strong, and will face this together. We will continue to keep you informed as information is available. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated. 

For the most current information on Bevill State Community College’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), go to www.bscc.edu/coronavirus.

Sincerely,
Kim Ennis, Ph.D.
President
Bevill State Community College


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE MARCH 24, 2020

Bevill State Community College (BSCC) has received notice that one BSCC student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently quarantined and receiving medical treatment in accordance with public health protocols. Out of an abundance of caution and in our efforts to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have notified, the instructor(s) and all students in the student’s classes, to the extent possible, and these individuals will be asked to self-quarantine for the next 14 days. 

Health and safety remain our number one priority. BSCC is following medical protocols from state and national health authorities and has implemented recommended guidelines in relation to social distancing, hygiene, travel, and visits to the College.  In addition, we are taking additional steps to attempt to ensure the cleanliness or all of our facilities. While we hope and pray this will be the only positive test for COVID-19 within our College community, in the event there are others of which we become aware, we will use our best efforts to notify those we are able to determine have had contact with that individual so they may take recommended health measures.  The College is committed to keeping you updated on the local COVID-19 risk and will provide direction to our staff, students, and families with additional instruction as appropriate.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE MARCH 23, 2020

Bevill State Community College regrets to announce that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our on-campus Honors Nights and Commencement Ceremonies will not be held as scheduled. ACCS Chancellor Jimmy Bakers has provided the following direction, “As this unprecedented situation continually evolves, we must make every effort to protect our colleges and the well-being of our students, families, and our state. To that end, I am directing each College to cancel all traditional graduation ceremonies scheduled for this semester as they would involve large gatherings of people.”

The College is considering alternative ways to honor the achievements of our students. Graduation Ceremonies will be rescheduled for a later date. We will continue to work together during this time for the well-being and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Your patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020

At the recommendation of ACCS Chancellor Baker, we are heeding the guidance released on March 15 from Governor Ivey, “telework, flexible work schedules, and other techniques for accomplishing necessary functions while minimizing employee exposure to COVID-19.” Effective Tuesday, March 17, all locations of Bevill State Community College will be closed to the public. Online instruction will begin Monday, March 30. At this time, we plan to re-open facilities on Monday, April 6. This is a fluid situation and we will continue to monitor and update as needed.


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT (March 15, 2020)

Bevill State Community College will extend Spring Break for students only beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. All instruction will resume Monday, March 30, in an online format. Faculty will observe the already established Spring Break dates of March 23-27, and will be offered additional training and hands-on support in online course delivery during the week of March 16-20. Open lab times for faculty training with an instructional designer and experienced online faculty will be provided.

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount to Bevill State Community College. We also want to continue to meet the educational needs of our students. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and will be prepared to take any necessary precautions during this time. Thank you to the faculty and staff for their hard work in making this transition possible. This is a developing situation and we will keep you updated as needed.

At this time, all locations of Bevill State will be open during regular business hours.

For the most current information on Bevill State Community College’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), go to www.bscc.edu/coronavirus.

Respectfully,
Kim Ennis, Ph.D.
President


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE MARCH 14, 2020

Due to coronavirus concerns, Bevill State Community College will modify its class calendar and discontinue on-campus classes between March 17 and April 3, 2020. 

Classes will be held on Monday, March 16.

Please monitor the Bevill State "Coronavirus Information" website at www.bscc.edu/coronavirus and your Bevill State email account. 

More details will follow shortly. Thank you.


ALABAMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM TO TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUE ON-CAMPUS INSTRUCTION MARCH 17 – APRIL 3

MONTGOMERY– The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) will temporarily discontinue on-campus instruction at 23 institutions across the state for the period of March 17 – April 3. Many ACCS institutions have a scheduled Spring Break during this time and students may be asked to extend this break period. This will allow the colleges faculty, staff, and administration to develop a plan for alternative instructional efforts.  All events scheduled at the state’s community colleges during this time frame are also cancelled. While classes will not be taking place on campus, ACCS colleges will continue normal operations. Colleges with dormitories will continue to provide basic services to the students who are housed on campus with no alternative options.

"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 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.”

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

Other ACCS 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.
  • The Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) has announced the suspension of all regular season competition for all teams, effective March 13 through April 3. 

For continued updates and to view already issued directives to ACCS colleges visit accs.edu/coronavirus.

Link to Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Coronavirus Info


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT (March 12, 2020)

Earlier this week we shared information concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, we do not have any known cases in Alabama. I feel it is imperative to maintain a proactive approach and take additional steps to ensure the safety of all employees and students. I have created a task force to assess the situation and to take any necessary action.

Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker has issued for the following directives concerning travel:

Out-of-State/International Travel:
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. This prohibition includes international travel. My office will continue to work closely with and seek recommendations from the Alabama  Department of Public Health (ADPH), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Governor's Office and will heed advisories issued by the State Department and representatives of the federal government. We will issue updated guidance as appropriate.

Further, while it is the responsibility of employees and students to seek reimbursement for expenses surrounding canceled travel arrangements, employees and students unable to obtain reimbursement for canceled travel arrangements should contact their institution's designated point of contact for further guidance and assistance.

In-State Travel:
All personnel  planning college work related, or system office work related in-state travel are encouraged to consider whether meetings and other events can be successfully and effectively conducted via alternative meeting methods (e.g. Skype, ZOOM, teleconference, etc.). We will issue updated guidance as appropriate.

On the local level, we will be working to minimize mass gatherings on campuses when possible. Our campuses intended use is for our students; therefore, non-school related activities bring in unrelated exposure to our campuses. In the event that the College is directed to close, rescheduling of events will be considered.

For our students who live in on-campus housing, if you come into contact with, or think you have been exposed to, an infected (or suspected infected) person, immediately inform the Director of Student Services and visit a local health care facility. If at any time we, as a college, are directed to close, all students must vacate the dorms.

In the event of an extreme, emergency situation, Bevill State Community College may request temporary alternative methods of delivering on-campus and off-campus instruction. These alternate methods will be implemented for unforeseeable situations, such as natural disasters, inclement weather events or other extraordinary circumstances. Such adjustments, for the delivery of instruction, will be communicated to all of our students, faculty, and staff through the College's online learning management and email systems.

In closing, I want to encourage each of you to continue practicing good personal health habits. Please stay home when you are exhibiting symptoms of a cold or flu and avoid contact with individuals who exhibit symptoms.  If you are sick, please practice common sense guidelines for the benefit of yourself and others. Try to limit your exposure to large groups, but don't forget to make it a priority to finish this semester strong. Please be assured that additional guidance and information will be forthcoming as needed.

Respectfully,
Kim Ennis, Ph.D.
President


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HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

How to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

For more information: www.cdc.gove/COVID19

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