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3-29-2020 President's message: Big Bend is Committed to You

Greetings Big Bend Students,

Welcome back! Some classes begin March 30; others begin April 6. If you have questions about when your spring classes begin, please visit this link.

I trust this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This extraordinary threat brings new challenges that have forced us all to function outside of our daily routines. Governor Inslee’s “stay-healthy, stay-safe” order is understandably restricting, but it does allow Big Bend to continue to offer instruction and student support services by remote means. We can continue to work on your behalf, so you may achieve your educational and career goals.

I know that many of you have been scrambling to adapt to this new way of learning and that is why I wanted to take a moment to say, “Thank you.”

Thank you for trusting Big Bend to continue to educate you. Thank you for your willingness to overcome these new barriers to learning with a positive attitude. Lastly, thank you for your patience and grace as our faculty and staff members prepare to deliver spring course content in an alternative but exciting new way.

We are all learning together as we enter the spring quarter. Some of you are familiar with online platforms and resources, and you may be very comfortable in this setting; others may struggle with our different ways of delivering instruction. Don’t worry, there are many resources available to you on the library website and through Canvas. Simply reach out to your instructors, advisors, and the library for help and additional information.

The Big Bend campus community admires how you have accepted your new circumstances and your motivation to adapt to and overcome adversity. I can promise you that you will not be alone in this endeavor and that our faculty and staff members are more committed than ever to support you and make sure that you receive the resources that you need to be successful.

The success of Big Bend lies in the success of each one of you. Thank you for making us proud!

3-24-20 President's message: stay-safe, stay-healthy

Good afternoon Big Bend colleagues, students, and trustees:

On Monday evening, Governor Jay Inslee shared that more than 2,000 people in Washington State have been diagnosed with COVID-19 – many more are likely to be infected. Regrettably, more infections mean more fatalities.

As a result, Gov. Inslee issued a stay-home, stay-healthy order for at least the next two weeks designed to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Why this controversial and disruptive order is necessary is illustrated in this visual aid. We can do our part to defeat this invisible enemy by complying with the governor’s order.

What does this order mean for BBCC students?
The only students allowed on campus are those living in the residence halls and those who are picking up food assistance by appointment through the Viking Food Pantry. If you need food assistance, please contact the Viking Food Pantry at vikingfoodpantry@bigbend.edu.

All classes for the spring quarter will be completely online through April 6. At that time, unless the governor issues a new order, we will revert to our restricted schedule of limited face-to-face instruction for labs and workforce education programs while practicing responsible social distancing for the duration of the spring quarter.

Students who are in need of a Wi-Fi connection will be allowed on campus to access the signal, but we ask that they remain in or near their vehicles.

What does this order mean for BBCC employees?
Our college is already complying with the governor’s previous request and has instituted a liberal teleworking policy encouraging as many employees as possible to work from home.

Effective at 5:00 p.m., on March 25, 2020, all instruction and student support services will be conducted remotely where workable. Security will work their normal schedules. Other services such as Big Bend Technology, Business Office, HR, Payroll, M&O/custodial services, and other administrative services will continue operations with alternate schedules, modalities, and/or locations.  Please contact your supervisor to discuss details related to your specific job.

These restrictions apply to vice presidents, all administration, and me.

All Big Bend buildings will be closed to the public, and employees will have limited access to campus. Please prepare now to take home or request any additional resources that you may need to complete your job remotely.

What about graduation?
No decision has been made at this time to change Big Bend’s scheduled June 12 commencement ceremony. The college is aware of how important of a milestone commencement is in the lives of our students, and we want to give them every opportunity to experience graduation. However, being realistic, we are also looking at alternative options in case this ceremony cannot happen as planned.

I will continue to provide updates as we learn more from the state about next steps. Unfortunately there are no concrete answers at this time, and our situation remains fluid. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to move forward as best we can with our college’s mission of facilitating students’ success.

Take care of yourself and each other.

3-23-20 Campus Update at 8 a.m.

Big Bend students,

Big Bend Community College is still operating — we are just doing things differently. Our college has moved services and instruction online to the greatest extent possible. This is both a directive of Governor Inslee and the right thing to do to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep you and our community healthy.

You can now access support services and appointments online, while a few important resources, like the Library, is still open and practicing responsible social distancing. The STEM Center is closed during spring break.

While we have never gone through something like this before, and things are changing quickly, one thing that will not change is our dedication to educating and serving you – our students.

For a full list of resources and how to access them visit: http://ow.ly/hGOa50yT7XZ and for the most update campus information, please visit: https://www.bigbend.edu/covid-19/.

3-19-2020 President's message: spring quarter start dates

Big Bend students,

Many questions are being asked about the start of the spring quarter and how Big Bend will be delivering classes. Moving forward, our college will continue into the spring quarter operating on our present restricted schedule and offering all classes possible online. Those classes that cannot be taught online (labs, clinicals, and workforce education programs) will continue to be taught face-to-face while adhering to the social distancing mandates stipulated by Governor Jay Inslee.

Spring quarter’s official start is March 30; however, not all classes will begin at this time. Some instructors will be moving their start dates back a week in order to prepare and migrate their course content to an online format. A list of available academic classes and their start dates can be found HERE. Classes are listed in alphabetical and numerical order. You can easily search using CTRL+F and searching by course number.

This information will also be located on the college’s COVID-19 webpage.

In areas where face-to-face instruction will take place, increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in place to ensure those areas are sanitized multiple times each day. We continue to ask all students who still come to campus to make responsible choices to protect themselves and those around them:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. Or, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands afterward with soap or a hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

I thank you for your continued patience and vigilance as we move forward with trying to continue our mission of educating students, while also acting as a good community partner trying to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I know that these times are confusing and challenging, but Big Bend will continue to do its best to make you successful.

3-18-2020 President's message

Effective Thursday, March 19, Big Bend Community College will begin instituting additional preventative measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and help protect our campus community and the public.

After careful consideration of the concerns of the campus community, and in consultation with the BBCC Executive team, I have decided to minimize our employees’ face-to-face interactions with the public by offering as many resources as possible remotely to our current and future students.

This operational status will take different forms in different departments, and your supervisors will further detail what this means for you. Each of you has the option to continue to come to work on campus daily without interaction with the public, to work from home remotely, or a combination of the two.

The college will continue to operate this way until further notice.

College leadership wants to be as flexible as possible with you and ensure that you have the necessary resources to perform your work remotely if you choose or to provide a safe environment where recommended social distancing can be practiced while you work on campus.

In addition, I am encouraging everyone to practice responsible social distancing by moving all in-person campus meetings to an online format through Zoom, conference calls, or other formats.

The health and safety of our campus community directly influences our ability to fulfill the college’s mission of student success through excellence in teaching and learning, and I made this decision with that in mind. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to navigate our current situation and the impact that COVID-19 is having on our daily lives and the lives of our students.

These are unchartered waters but with your continued support and feedback, I am confident that we can continue to find a balance between serving our students to the best of our ability and providing a safe, healthy, and secure environment for our employees to do so.

3-17-2020 President's message

Good morning Big Bend colleagues and trustees,

During this time of uncertainty, we continue monitoring the constant changes regarding COVID-19 via updates in the media.  Beginning today, we are offering online all classes that can be delivered in that format. Other instructional activities (e.g., labs, clinicals, etc.) will exercise social distancing and other health practices consistent with federal, state, and county restrictions. Cabinet and others are meeting this afternoon to continue preparing for the next few weeks and decisions that are ahead.

The trustees have called a special meeting today at 4:00 p.m. to discuss our plans. Our COVID-19 webpage is updated with current information from the Governor and the Grant County Health District. We are postponing this month’s Birthday/Service Award event (Thursday 3/19) to a future date to exercise appropriate caution about gathering as a group.

As we check the constantly changing situation and strive to make decisions with health and education at the forefront, I urge you to make good decisions for yourselves and your loved ones:

  1. Anyone feeling unwell, caring for someone with symptoms at home, etc. should stay home.
  2. Anyone who feels uncomfortable on campus and wants to telecommute should talk with their supervisor about options that are posted on the HR portal page.
  3. If you can attend meetings via Zoom to reduce contact with others, please do so.

This crisis is an opportunity to spend more time at home and out of the public as much as possible. We will get through this together.

“Predicting the opportunity and adversity you’ll experience is an impossible task.

Responding to them is your life’s task.” — Brian Kight

3-13-2020 President's message: restricted operating schedule

Good afternoon Big Bend students, employees, and trustees,

In a press conference Friday afternoon, Governor Jay Inslee ordered the statewide closure of all public and private K-12 schools and placed restrictions on face-to-face instruction at college and university campuses beginning Tuesday, March 17 and continuing through Friday, April 24.

Big Bend Community College will follow this order and restrict normal operations beginning Tuesday, March 17. Our college will still operate on a regular schedule on Monday, March 16, and we ask all students and employees to follow their normal school and work schedules. Instructors will provide more information about completing the winter quarter at this time. We encourage students who are not on campus Monday to contact their instructors about next steps.

During this six-week period, college operations will continue and our college will be open for business. We also ask employees to follow their normal schedules on Monday. More information about continuity of operations will be available at that time from supervisors.

We understand that there are currently many questions about our situation, and we will continue to provide regular updates as our situation evolves. College officials appreciate your continued patience and support as we make final plans for the completion of the winter quarter and adjustments to our spring quarter schedule.

3-12-2020 President's message

Big Bend Campus Community,

On the recommendation of the most recent update from the Grant County Health District, Big Bend will comply with the proclamation issued by Governor Jay Inslee yesterday by practicing social distancing and canceling all public events scheduled on our campus that would include 250 or more participants beginning today through Monday, April 13th.

We will continue to re-evaluate the decision and act accordingly based on the most current information.

While there are still no positive cases of COVID-19 in Grant County or within our campus community, the health and safety students, faculty, and staff remain at the center of all our decision-making. The choice to practice social distancing and canceling large events and gatherings was made with this in mind.

As of today, the Grant County Health District is still not recommending the closure of our campus. However, the planning and logistics of making this possible decision in the near future are underway. The college has convened an emergency operations group that is focused on continuity of operations should we have to close our campus.

The current messaging for our campus community continues to be to practice good personal hygiene habits in order to protect yourself and those around you. These are the things that we all have personal control over and can help us curb the spread of germs through our community.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. Or, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands afterward with soap or a hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

Thank you all for your continued work and focus on success during the current situation we are facing as it relates to COVID-19. The is new territory for the majority of us, and I will continue to keep you updated as this very fluid situation continues to evolve.

3-9-2020 President's message

Good morning Big Bend Campus Community,

Big Bend learned Sunday evening that the Grant County Health District (GCHD) asked an employee of the college to self-quarantine for 14 days for possible exposure to COVID-19. The possible exposure happened late in February, and the employee is asymptomatic. GCHD officials have said that our college does not need to do anything further at this time.

These preventative steps are being taken out of an “abundance of caution” to protect the Big Bend Campus Community. The employee is not experiencing coronavirus symptoms and therefore does not qualify for coronavirus testing at this time per federal and state guidelines. The college is committed to 100-percent transparency concerning COVID-19 and our campus community, and we will continue to communicate updates as timely as possible.

A big “thank you” to members of the Big Bend custodial staff who jumped into action quickly this morning disinfecting and sanitizing the limited area where the employee had contact.

Please be diligent in practicing good personal hygiene habits to protect yourself and those around you. These practices continue to be the best way that you can protect yourself and your fellow community members:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. Or, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands afterward with soap or a hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

I will continue to update you as our local situation evolves. Please know that all decisions are being made with the safety of the campus community as our highest priority.

3-11-2020 President's message

Good morning Big Bend Campus Community,

This is a quick follow-up to my last communication with an update on the Big Bend employee who was asked to self-quarantine by the Grant County Health District. We spoke with the employee this morning and are happy to report that the employee is still asymptomatic. The Grant County Health District (GCHD) is still not recommending any further action from the college.

The GCHD is providing daily updates on its website with the most recent (March 10 at 6 p.m.) being that there has still been only one positive case of COVID-19 in Grant County. A table containing updated case numbers for Grant County can also be found there.

The messaging for our campus community continues to be to practice good personal hygiene habits in order to protect yourself and those around you.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. Or, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands afterward with soap or a hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

Thank you for everything that you are doing to help us be safe and successful during this time. Your health and safety continue to be our top priority.

3-5-2020 President's message

Big Bend students, faculty, staff, and trustees:

Good afternoon! I am writing to provide an update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as it relates to our campus community. As of this communication, one person in Grant County has tested presumptive positive. A second suspected case at Samaritan Hospital tested negative. Health authorities have lifted quarantines for those exposed to that patient. So far no one in our campus community is known to have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive.

The situation concerning the worldwide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving. Governor Inslee has declared a state of emergency for our state as a growing number of cases have been identified.

If you are feeling anxious and uncertain, please know that we are working collaboratively and aggressively to safeguard our campus. My primary focus remains on the safety and well-being of our campus community. Our State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers “Coping with Stress during an Infectious Disease Outbreak” as a resource for employees who want to view it.

In our age of social media, rumors and false information can easily to make their way into our lives and heighten our anxieties during uncertain times. There is no denying that COVID-19 is threatening, but I caution you not to panic when your neighbor coughs or sneezes. We are still in the middle of cold and flu season, and both of these diseases share many of the same symptoms with COVID-19.

We are well served by focusing on the facts and actions we can take to protect ourselves. According to the Grant County Health District (GCHD), Washington State Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the best thing we can do is to focus on the things over which we have control like good personal hygiene practices:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. Or, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean your hands afterward with soap or a hand sanitizer.
  • Don’t share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

Big Bend’s custodial staff is also doing its part to help us combat COVID-19 by focusing their cleaning efforts on commonly touched surfaces including door handles, countertops, handrails, and tables. Our cleaning products and cleaning protocols meet the CDC’s recommendations.

We are closely monitoring the situation, have an emergency plan, and are following established emergency management procedures. We will continue to work closely with and take cues from the GCHD and other state health agencies. As of today, the GCHD does not recommend the closure of our campus. If a member of our campus community has a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will address such situations on a case-by-case basis keeping the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff paramount in our decision-making process.

Big Bend has created a dedicated web page to serve as a central point of information about COVID-19 in the context of our college and to keep our campus community updated on any situational changes that may come from the disease. We will update the web page regularly as circumstances warrant, and you can access it on the homepage of the college’s website or at www.bigbend.edu/covid-19.

Please know that we make these decisions with your safety as our top priority. Similar to any other challenge, we will be more successful when we work together.

I will continue to inform you regularly on developments that relate to COVID-19 and Big Bend Community College.

Information for BBCC Students

On what date will my spring quarter classes begin?

For a list of all academic classes and start dates, please click here! Information on Workforce Education classes will be available soon.

How Can I access Big Bend's resources (Financial Aid, Counseling, Library, etc) while the college is operating on a restricted schedule to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

For an up-to-date list of how to access Big Bend Community College resources, please click here!

I am a BBCC student. Should I stay home from class?

BBCC is offering online all classes that can be delivered in that format. Other instructional activities (e.g., labs, clinicals, workforce education, etc.) will exercise social distancing and other health practices consistent with federal, state, and county restrictions. 

If you are sick, you should take steps you normally would when sick, including focusing on caring for your health, contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you need to, not attending class if contagious, and in the event you miss class due to illness, working with your instructor promptly on any necessary arrangements for making up coursework. If you are not sick and do not meet other CDC criteria for isolation, go to the classes (e.g., labs, clinicals, workforce education, etc.) on campus as they are scheduled. 

What should I do if I get sick?
According to the Grant County Health District, if you have traveled from China or another country where coronavirus has been spreading (see CDC travel notices) or been in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please take the following steps: 

Call your healthcare provider BEFORE going to get care and tell them about your symptoms and travel. They can provide you instructions for seeking care so that you do not expose others. Samaritan Healthcare has setup a 24-hour hotline for those who think they may have been exposed (509) 764-3331. There are many causes of fevers, coughs, and other respiratory symptoms. Most clinics have surgical masks that you may be asked to wear while in the clinic. Please protect others and wear a mask if asked. Wash your hands. Cover your cough or sneeze. If you are ill, stay at home.

The Washington Department of Health has also established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Can I pay my tuition and fees online?

Yes, you can pay online or call us in the Business Office 509.793.2024 and we can take payment over the phone (this includes even the STEPP program). 

Has there been any change to financial aid and registration deadlines for the spring quarter?

Financial aid and registration deadlines for the spring quarter have not been changed. You can find these dates on the Academic Calendar.

Will Campus Safety continue to opreate?

Campus Safety will continue to patrol the campus to protect the safety and welfare of residence hall students and employees who are expected to be on campus. 

Will the Residence Halls remain open?

Yes, the Residence Halls will remain open for students who live on campus. 

Will tutoring still be available?

Tutoring in the Writing Center and STEM Center is still available in-person but will be operated under social distancing guidelines to ensure tutors and students remain six feet apart. 

Can I order my textbooks for spring quarter online?
Yes, you can order books online through the BBCC Bookstore on their website and we would encourage you to do so if at all possible as we try and limit the possible spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions, contact the bookstore at (509) 793-2036.
Will the Big Bend cafeteria be open?

No, Sodexo, the company that operates the BBCC Cafeteria will not operate between March 18-31. A decision on whether to open for the spring quarter will be made at a later date. 

Will the Viking Food Pantry still be open?

Yes, the Viking Food Pantry will still be open. Students will not be allowed to go inside and browse. Staff will take orders and shop for students in a “takeout” fashion. 

What is going to happen with spring athletics?

All spring sports (baseball and softball) have been canceled by the Northwest Athletic Conference. Spring sports athletes will not lose the spring eligibility.

Is the entire Big Bend campus closed? Is the Library closed? What resources are available?

The Library is currently open to STUDENTS ONLY and closed to the general public. The STEM Center lab is also open to students only. All of these areas will be practicing social distancing by limiting room capacity and ensuring 6 feet of separation between student tables and computers. These are will undergo thorough and routine cleaning and disinfecting to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Is the gymnasium open? Are the weight rooms open?

The Peter C. DeVries Center (gym) is closed until further notice. The weight rooms have also been closed.

General Information

Where can I find this information in different languages?
The Washington State Department of Health has information in 11 languages. Visit this site for more information in those languages. https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020/FactSheet
What is the current status of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) at Big Bend Community College?
Currently, no members of the BBCC community have been diagnosed or are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and there are no plans to close the college per recommendations from the Grant County Health District (GCHD). There has been one Grant County resident death from COVID-19. There is currently seven positive cases of COVID-19 in Grant County reported by  GCHD at 2:30 PM on 3-15-2020. Big Bend does have one employee who has been asked to self-quarantine by the GCHD. The employee possibly came in contact with COVID-19 in late February and is not showing any symptoms of COVID-19. 

How is COVID-19 spread and what are the symptoms?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through the air by coughing and sneezing, or close person-to-person contact. It can also be spread by touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing, and cough.
What preventative measures can I take to prevent illness?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The CDC recommends everyday prevention measures, including:

  • Everyone get a seasonal flu vaccination if possible. While it will not prevent the novel coronavirus, influenza is currently in widespread circulation, and initial symptoms can be similar to novel coronavirus.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from school or work if sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds. Or, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.
How is BBCC working to reduce the risk of COVID-19?

UPDATE: 3-12-2020 Big Bend has canceled all public events on campus that will have more than 250 participants based on a recommendation from the Grant County Health District through April 13th.

By following the advice of the Grant County Health District, BBCC is working to implement preventive measures and reduce health risks to our campus community. BBCC’s custodial staff uses a germicidal detergent to clean and disinfect, for example, on flat surfaces, door handles, handrails, and restrooms. They are also focusing on cleaning commonly touched surfaces (tables, counters, doorknobs) in high-traffic areas. In addition, we’re in the process of stocking tissues, bleach wipes, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and other supplies in buildings and high-traffic areas. Our cleaning products and protocols meet the CDC’s recommendations. We continue to remind our staff and students to practice good hygiene and take precautions normally used to help prevent the spread of colds and viruses during flu season.

How will BBCC make decisions about COVID-19?

Big Bend is closely monitoring the situation, has an emergency plan, and is following established emergency management procedures. We will continue to work closely with and take cues from the GCHD and other state health agencies. As of today, the GCHD does not recommend the closure of our campus. If a member of our campus community has a confirmed case of COVID-19, we will address such situations on a case-by-case basis keeping the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff paramount in our decision-making process.

Will BBCC cancel classes?
BBCC continues to maintain normal operations at this time. We do not know if there will be closures of our main campus, other college locations, childcare centers, or offices in the future. But we are preparing so that we will be ready to take fast action if needed. Everyone’s health and safety is our highest priority.
If BBCC cancels classes, how will I be notified?
If BBCC is closing during regular business hours or experiencing an emergency, information will be sent out through our RAVE Campus Alert System. If you have not already opted into these alerts, please do so HERE. Anyone can sign up for these alerts, including parents. Information will also be posted on BBCC’s website homepage, on BBCC’s social media pages, and emailed to all students, faculty, and staff.
What should I do if I suspect that a student, faculty member, staff member, or visitor is at risk for COVID-19 or appears to be sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing?
Faculty and staff are encouraged to remind students to stay home if they are sick and to make accommodations for students who do need to remain home during illness. Avoid close contact with people who you know are ill or who are coughing and/or sneezing. Please remember that there are a variety of respiratory illnesses that may cause such symptoms; do not assume someone who is ill has COVID-19. Continue to monitor communications from BBCC and the Grant County Health District for any changes in guidance.
How should I clean and disinfect communal spaces?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. More information can be found HERE.
How do I sort out truth from rumors related to COVID-19?
As new information emerges, please remember that the risk of novel coronavirus is not at all connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help to fight the illness. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin, and be sure to maintain the confidentiality of people with confirmed coronavirus infection. Sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.
If an employee is asked to stay home due to quarantine, can they request and use shared leave?
Questions regarding leave accrual and use may be directed to the Human Resources Office (applicable collective bargaining agreement, AP3001, Shared Leave, AP3005 Family Medical Leave, AP3011, Exempt Employee Leaves, and AP4150 Classified Employee Leaves).
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