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Bladen Community College Announcements, Official Communications and Emergency Alerts

The official sources for emergency information include the BCC homepage, BCC email, and the BCC Facebook feed. Official statements and responses from the college will be communicated through these designated media outlets. Additional communication tools the college may utilize during an emergency include other social media channels as well as local media outlets. BCCAlert phone calls and/or text messages through Regroup will also be issued to employees and students for weather events, updates, or immediate threats to the campus community (e.g., a tornado warning, health crisis, an active attacker). Please be sure to rely only on official college messaging for emergency situations affecting the BCC campus.

 

 

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Update / April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020 / 1:30 p.m.

Dear Bladen Community College Family,

My message today is one of continued gratitude. Thank you, to our faculty and staff working diligently to adapt to remote, online classes, sustaining our vital educational mission through the implementation of a virtual campus. Thank you, to staff members who are working from home and on campus performing those essential tasks necessary to keep the college operational and safe.  Thank you, to our students who are embracing a new learning experience and adjusting expectations along with the rest of us as we continue our work during this uncertainty. Thank you, to our community which has supported us as we have worked through the rapid changes to our services and limited access to our campus.  Thank you to our Board of Trustees who are also adapting to communicating and meeting differently as they work to provide guidance and support to our employees and students.  I am grateful to all of you for your flexibility in these unprecedented times.

We are steadfast and diligent in our efforts to practice preventive measures for the protection of our students and employees.  With that in mind, we are asking for your patience as we continue to use an appointment process for essential visits to the campus.  Essential visits may include accessing a computer or visiting our food pantry, you can email BCClibrary@Bladencc.edu to set up an appointment.  Hopefully, you have been able to access the hotspots that have been made available to you on campus and throughout the county for your internet access (thank you again Star Communications!).  We must continue to work together to follow the advice of the public health community and, as much as we can, we need to stay at home.

It appears unlikely that we are going to be able to resume face to face classes on campus this spring semester.  However, as soon as we can, we will facilitate students coming on campus with their instructors to work on classes and skills requiring hands on instruction and practice. The inability to be on campus has impacted so many things including final exams, graduation, summer school, and fall registration.

Final Exams 
Final exams will be addressed by our instructors and decided on a class by class basis. Discussions are being held about options and resources to continue to support our students as we approach the end of the semester. Students should direct questions to their instructors for specific details.

Graduation for Class of 2020
I regret that we are having to assess whether or not we will have an opportunity for our graduates to walk across the stage and hear their name called in front of classmates, family, friends, and faculty. We are actively exploring creative alternatives to celebrate our graduate’s accomplishments.  These will be shared at a later date as these decisions are finalized.  While we will not gather for graduation in May, students who satisfy all requirements to graduate will have their degrees, diplomas, and/or certificates posted on their official transcripts after the conclusion of the spring semester.

Future BCC Classes
Early Registration and Advising for current students for the summer session and Fall 2020 began this week and will continue until April 30th  Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding our ability to be on campus, we are offering summer term classes remotely and online. New students for both summer and fall semesters are encouraged to apply now.  We would welcome the opportunity to serve students home from other colleges and universities or others using this time to pursue new skills for their careers to join us this summer. Advisors are available for assistance and support in applying and registering for classes. We will continue to monitor this event; but acting optimistically, we are moving forward with fall semester classes to be offered in a variety of ways including in classrooms on campus.

Please note that everything continues to change depending on these evolving circumstances. To stay up to date, regularly visit our website at www.bladencc.edu or feel free to contact me directly at alee@bladencc.edu Let me know what you need—faculty, employees, and students alike. I want to support you and want to stay connected. I want to hear about your challenges but also about your accomplishments while you are studying and working from home.

This worldwide pandemic continues to stretch us all to think differently about how we create, share, and acquire knowledge. It is redefining how we connect and how we celebrate. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the way Bladen Community College is facing each new challenge. We are student centered and future focused more now than ever.

Continue to take care of yourself and each other.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Amanda K. Lee, PhD
President

This statement supersedes all previous communication concerning BCC operations. Last updated at 1:30 pm on April 17, 2020.

 

 

Update / March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020 / 4:00 p.m.

Dear BCC Family,

As you have heard, beginning this evening at 5:00 pm, Governor Cooper is asking us to stay at home in order to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19.  Also, Bladen Community College has been asked to keep our students engaged in their classes and progressing towards their educational goals.  In order to meet both challenges, our campus will be operating virtually until further notice.  Our faculty have been teleworking for a week already.  This week our staff made the transition to work from home.  We are all still available by phone (leave a voicemail and we will receive it) and by email (the best way to reach us right now).  We understand this will be an inconvenience at times, but, we must do our part in stopping the spread of this terrible virus.

Since this began, we have been working diligently to respond to the challenges and hurdles as we become aware of them.

  • Computers can still be accessed by appointment by contacting the BCC library at and/or internet by emailing bcclibrary@bladencc.edu  or call directly 910.879.5646 and leave a message requesting an appointment.
  • Eagle’s Nest, the BCC food pantry, is still available by appointment by contacting Lisa Devane at ldevane@bladencc.edu or 910.879.5516.
  • Other local, state and national resources and their links can be found on a dedicated webpage on our website by clicking https://www.bladencc.edu/coronavirus-response/.

More than ever we remain “student centered and future focused”.   Regular updates on Bladen Community College’s response to the Coronavirus are posted on our website www.bladencc.edu and I encourage you to visit it daily. Please email me and keep me posted as to how you are doing and what else we can do to support you.

Be safe and well,
Amanda K. Lee, PhD
President

This statement supersedes all previous communication concerning BCC operations. Last updated at 4:00 pm on March 30, 2020.

 

Update / March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020 / 4:30 p.m.

We are encouraging our students and employees to remain flexible, as this is a fluid and rapidly evolving situation. College leadership has put into place contingency plans and is preparing to sustain critical college functions, including instruction, information technology, essential business office activities, safety, security, and maintenance during this time of response to COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus.

To limit the number of people on Bladen Community College’s campus and lessen the potential spread of COVID-19, BCC is implementing preventive measures.

Online Classes and Support

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, Bladen Community College will transition to online instruction for all classes. There will be no in person classes. By March 20th, instructors will be communicating with students in their classes. All students should check their Moodle and BCC email for additional information regarding their course(s).

Classes Requiring Hands On Instruction and Labs

Students should reach out to instructors for further information and guidance.

Technology Resources for Online Instruction

As you transition to online classes, please access the following to help you get started and to support you throughout the spring semester:

Campus Access by Appointment ONLY

Bladen Community College will remain open, however minimizing the amount of people on our campus will help mitigate the spread of the virus. Also, as we have stated in previous communications to our BCC community, if you are sick, please stay home. If you have traveled and suspect that you may have been exposed, please stay home. Please do not visit our campus. We are committed to staying connected to our students, college personnel, and community so we encourage you to phone and email us so that we can assist you with any questions, provide technical support or guide you to resources. Please be flexible and patient as we are operating with limited staff.

Bladen Community College operational hours have changed and the campus will be on an alternate schedule of 9am until 5pm Monday thru Thursday and 9am until 3pm on Fridays. Campus access is limited and by appointment only. Use the BCC directory for contact information. All approved visitors on campus MUST sign-in in the Student Resource Center (BLDG #7). Students are asked to bring their student ID card if a visit to campus by appointment is necessary.

Second Eight (8) Week Classes

Second eight (8) week classes will begin on Monday, March 23rd utilizing online instruction. You should have received a reminder via email in your BCC email account if you are registered for second eight (8) week classes.

Bookstore Operations

In efforts to prevent the spread of illness, the BCC Bookstore will be closed to customers until at least April 1, 2020. The BCC Bookstore is currently accepting orders online at https://bookstore.bladencc.edu/, by email at bccbookstore@bladencc.edu, and by phone at 910.879.5669. During this time phone availability may be limited; we strongly encourage communication through email when possible. Shipping fees will be waived through March 31, 2020. If for any reason you do not want to receive your textbooks via free shipping, please make contact by email or by phone to place your order and set alternative pick up arrangements. Also, if you wish to pay with cash/check, please contact the bookstore through the methods mentioned above and we will make arrangements to accommodate you. The bookstore will only accept orders for spring second eight (8) week classes during this time.

Special Events and Campus Activities

All campus special events or activities have been cancelled or postponed. A decision will be made about the upcoming graduation ceremonies by Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Bladen Community College is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for cleaning and disinfecting.

Emergency Alerts

We will provide regular updates on our webpage and will use our Regroup Emergency Notification as needed. If you have not already signed up for emergency alerts, please visit our alert system page to login using your BCC username and password. Once you are logged in, you have the ability to add additional phone numbers to receive notifications as needed.

This statement supersedes all previous communication concerning BCC operations. Last updated at 4:30 pm on March 19, 2020.

 

Notification of Transition to Online Instruction

March 17, 2020 / 6:00 p.m.

Dear BCC family,

Effective Monday, March 23rd, all classes will transition to online instruction. There will be no in person classes as of Monday. By March 20th, instructors will be communicating with students in their classes. All students should check their Moodle and BCC email for additional information regarding their course(s).

Also, to protect you and our employees we are limiting our campus hours. Bladen Community College will be on an alternate schedule of 9am until 5 pm Monday thru Thursday and 9am until 3pm on Fridays.

Students and employees should continue to check email, text messages, and our website for further college updates.

Sincerely,

Amanda K. Lee, PhD
President

This statement supersedes all previous communication concerning BCC operations. Last updated at 6:00 pm on March 17, 2020.

 

Official Statement by Dr. Amanda Lee, President

March 14, 2020 / 6:30 p.m.

Dear BCC family,

In response to the Governor’s announcement today, Bladen Community College is extending its spring break until Monday, March 23, 2020.

Staff should report to campus unless you are sick, suspect that you have been exposed, or in a high risk population. If so, please stay home and contact your supervisor. Students and employees should monitor email, text messages, and the Bladen Community College website for updates and any changes to this plan.

Due to the seriousness of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) global pandemic, the college’s administration is monitoring the situation and is reviewing further measures as developments warrant. At this time, no cases of coronavirus have been identified in Bladen County. Please continue to access this webpage for preventive measures and resources to aid you and your family during this unprecedented event.

Sincerely,

Amanda K. Lee, PhD
President

This statement supersedes all previous communication concerning BCC operations. Last updated at 6:30 pm on March 14, 2020.

 

Official Statement on Preventive Measures

Dear BCC family,

Bladen Community College is committed to being proactive in efforts to help prevent the spread of illness. The BCC leadership continues to monitor the coronavirus pandemic status and is meeting frequently to determine the best course of action.  We are relying on the expertise and updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the Bladen County Health Department, and the N.C. Community College System.

Our students, faculty and staff are expected to return from spring break to campus on Monday, March 16th.  Bladen Community College will operate on a regular schedule including our on campus (face to face) classes. Additionally, we are taking the following preventative measures effective immediately:

  • All campus special events are cancelled or postponed until further notice
  • All nonessential travel for employees is suspended. Exceptions will be reviewed by the President on a case-by-case basis. It is strongly advised that virtual options be utilized when available.

We acknowledge that guidance from federal and state officials regarding the coronavirus is fluid and rapidly changing. Due to this evolving situation, we will be posting timely and official updates about coronavirus and changes on campus operations on our website.  We encourage you to visit www.bladencc.edu and social media to stay connected with Bladen Community College.

Bladen Community College is committed to ensuring that our students receive the education for which they have enrolled and that they make continued progress toward graduation. While there have been no cases reported in Bladen County at this time, the health and safety of our campus is our highest priority. Faculty, please begin to prepare your coursework to migrate to an online format should the need arise.

Social distancing is the most effective means of slowing the spread of this virus.  If you are sick, suspect that you have been exposed, or in a high risk population, please stay home.  Students, faculty, staff, and the community should follow good respiratory etiquette and personal hygiene (wash your hands) to prevent the spread of any illnesses.

We are hopeful that with the warm weather and your vigilance that this will be a short event.  Please stay healthy.

 

Sincerely,

Amanda K. Lee, PhD

President

 

What Can I Do?

Hands should be washed for at least 20 seconds. Lather hands and create friction to remove germs.
Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water is not readily available.
Lysol products kill COVID-19.

 

When Should I Seek Medical Attention?

Call your doctor if you develop symptoms, have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled from an area with widespread occurrences of COVID-19 . Please CALL your health care provider before going in to avoid potentially exposing others.

You can also contact your county’s public health department; they will advise you on the appropriate next steps:
Bladen County Health Department   910-862-6900

Read The North Carolina Division of Public Health’s frequently asked questions (FAQ) or call the NC COVID-19 (Coronavirus) hotline / 866-462-3821 .

 

Other Sources

States Reporting Cases of COVID-19 to the CDC

“Flattening the Curve” (Source: STAT, produced by Boston Globe Media)

Coronavirus Facts: CBC News medical contributor and family physician Dr. Peter Lin – (video below)

Misinformation

Please be aware of misinformation. Reference reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and N.C. Department of Public Health. Please help dispel rumors and the circulation of incorrect information on our campus and in our community. Get the facts about COVID-19, and help by sharing accurate, verified information with others.

A Look Ahead

Bladen Community College will continue monitoring the situation by staying abreast of information from federal, state, and local agencies. New information will be shared with the college community as soon as there is confidence in its accuracy. Adjustments to the announcements, official statements, and or emergency alerts will be properly communicated through official sources; otherwise, follow the announcement above. Please remain safe, healthy  and prepare accordingly. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

Last updated: March 13, 2020

 

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