COVID-19

BCCC is transitioning all classes to online instruction at 5:00 p.m. on March 16 as a precaution agains the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below you will find statements and information pertaining to the latest developments of the virus and if they impact BCCC.

March 30, 2020 - You Still Belong Here

Dear BCCC Students:

I hope that you and your families are well and managing the COVID-19 pandemic as best you can. This is a very difficult time for all of us, but I want you to know that Beaufort County Community College is here for you. As an essential service, the College is an exception to Governor Cooper’s stay-at-home order, so you can travel here and comply with the order.

We are still open on campus, including the Library and our Learning Enhancement Center (tutoring and computer lab), and you may use these from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Additionally, our regional centers in Roper and Engelhard are open, and we have opened a computer lab at Tyrrell Hall in Columbia for student use. Also, we have boosted the strength of our wireless Internet service on campus and at the regional centers, so you can access the Internet from the parking lots, if you do not wish to enter the buildings.

I realize that some of you may not have expected or wanted to take courses online and may not be perfectly comfortable with that format. Should you have any concerns with using Blackboard, the online learning management system for your courses, please contact your instructor directly or our Blackboard administrator, Ms. Kate Purvis, at Kate.Purvis@beaufortccc.edu or 252-940-6247. She will be glad to assist you with questions about the software.

Also, here is a link to the phone numbers of the College’s critical functions and the individuals responsible for each area: www.beaufortccc.edu/college-contacts. Please contact these individuals with questions regarding their departments. Each person’s number rings directly to an individual cell phone, so you will receive very prompt service.

Please keep in mind that registration for Summer Semester and Fall Semester is open as of today, March 30 (www.beaufortccc.edu/student-records/schedules). I encourage you to enroll now for your courses for both semesters; we will be open and here for you no matter what happens.

Stay healthy, hang in there, and keeping thinking about your future! You STILL Belong Here!

Best wishes,
David R. Loope, Ed.D.
President

March 24, 2020 – Dr. Loope on commencement and Spring Semester

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends:

Given the increasing likelihood that the coronavirus outbreak will prevent us from convening in groups larger than 50 people for the foreseeable future, I have made the decision to postpone our scheduled May 15, 2020, Commencement ceremony until a later date. We do not know the new date of Commencement, since we do not know when the pandemic will subside sufficiently to enable us to gather as a large group. But, we will hold Commencement on a yet-to-be-determined date, which the College will communicate as soon as we know it. If you are a student who is scheduled to graduate this May, you will still do so—assuming you successfully complete any remaining required courses in which you are enrolled. Also, if you have already paid your Commencement and other graduation fees, there will be no need to repay these. The College will apply them to the rescheduled Commencement ceremony.

Secondly, the College will continue to offer all courses—with a very few approved exceptions—in an online format through the last day of finals on May 13. This extends our decision to teach via online format through April 5. All lab science courses will use online laboratory experiences that faculty will begin to employ over the next week. Career and technical education (CTE) programs will continue to teach the lecture component of their courses via Blackboard; the College will decide how to manage lab-based instruction in CTE programs on a program-by-program basis over the next two weeks. Continuing education courses not taught online will remain on hiatus pending further direction from College leadership.

I am aware of the disappointment you must feel in postponing Commencement, which is truly the culmination of each year’s academic experience for faculty and a lifetime milestone for students. But, under these extraordinary circumstances, we have little choice in the matter. I will be back in touch as soon as possible with a new date for the event.

Thank you all for your amazing persistence and professionalism during this most trying time. Stay well, and

Best wishes,

David R. Loope, Ed.D.
President

March 16, 2020 – Classes to Transition Online at 5:00 p.m.

Effective at 5:00 p.m. today, March 16, 2020, Beaufort County Community College will transition all face-to-face instruction to online instruction through the Blackboard learning management system. The college is taking this action in order to prevent the possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus on campus. We will continue with this instructional mode through April 5, 2020. At that time, we will reassess the transmission of COVID-19 in our service region and determine whether to continue in online instructional mode. Also, we will postpone all continuing education courses that cannot meet in an online format through April 5 and reassess attendance policies at that time. All events on campus are canceled through May 1.

It is very important to understand that the college is not closing. Each credit course section at BCCC possesses an online Blackboard site designed for just such situations. Students can still sign up for classes, speak to financial aid representatives and pay for classes online and over the phone. We will have post updates and plan to post answers to frequently asked questions on the homepage of our website, www.beaufortccc.edu/

The administration, maintenance and custodial staffs will remain on a regular work schedule on campus. All non-critical function, full-time employees and permanent part-time employees will telecommute at least through April 5. The BCCC Library will remain open for students but not for the general public, as will the Learning Enhancement Center.

Exceptions to the online transition include nursing and allied health practicals and basic law enforcement training (BLET). For classes that require a face-to-face lab experiences, we will ensure students and faculty practice safe social distancing procedures (6 feet of space). Cosmetology lab hours will be postponed until after April 5.

During this online instruction period, while the public school districts in the region are closed, BCCC will keep open our Washington County Center in Roper and our Hyde County-Davis Center in Engelhard on normal schedules. These sites will enable early college high school students in those counties to access the computer labs and internet connections at those locations so as to continue with college coursework. Additionally, BCCC will provide a portable computer lab at Tyrrell Hall in Columbia to provide access for Columbia High School early college students.

These are difficult actions for the college to take in the middle of the semester, and we want to thank our students in advance for their cooperation, understanding, and assistance in enabling the college to continue operating during this unprecedented time. BCCC has a mission to meet the postsecondary education needs of all citizens in its large service area—to enable them to better their lives and look to a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities. We hope to remain a beacon of hope by persevering in this time of adversity.

March 13, 2020- Test Drive Your College canceled

Our Test Drive Your College event, scheduled for April 7, has been canceled due to restrictions on field trips from school systems.

March 10, 2020 - Statement from BCCC President, Dr. Loope

Dear Colleagues:

I write to update you on Beaufort County Community College’s response to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. BCCC continues to monitor national, state, and local health organizations. We have reviewed preventive measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Beaufort County Health Department. College representatives meet weekly with the Beaufort County Health Department to gain the latest information and recommendations for our community. BCCC will take appropriate actions, as recommended by State and local health services, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What is BCCC doing to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus?

BCCC has installed UV light filtration units in our air conditioning systems. These systems eliminate almost the entirety of mold, viruses, and bacteria as the air passes through the filtration system and back out into the classroom and office spaces.

BCCC custodial staff cleans restrooms, door handles, handrails, and water fountains multiple times per day with approved hospital grade antiviral disinfectants. They wipe down desk tops, seating, and classroom computer keyboards daily. The hand soap dispensers in the restrooms contain antibacterial soap. If the COVID-19 virus begins to effect Beaufort County and the remainder of our service area, college custodial staff will engage in their cleaning routine multiple times each day.

At this time, there is no plan to discontinue the meeting of face-to-face classes at the college. However, we will monitor the possible spread of the virus into Eastern North Carolina and continue to consult with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Beaufort County Health Department regarding recommendations for any discontinuation of college services. I will communicate with you directly if we make any such decisions.

What can you do to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus?

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid shaking hands and fist bumps.
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least three feet from others when possible.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched. (i.e. cell phones, computers)
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Communication is important. If you are sick, communicate immediately with your professors about your situation.

BCCC continues to keep the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students a priority. Remember, frequent handwashing remains the best way to prevent COVID-19 from spreading around our communities.

Sincerely,
David R. Loope, Ed.D.
President