Coronavirus

A message to the campus community

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Stay Smart, Stay Safe, Let's Do Our Part

Bay College continues to provide quality education services virtually, remaining open and operational online. Aligning with the MI SAFE START plan to re-engage Michigan's economy, and federal CDC pandemic guidelines to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19, Bay is phasing back on campus with strong measures in place to protect the health and safety of all.

These are challenging times for everyone in the Bay College community – students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members alike. Stay strong, health, and flexible as we continue to navigate these extraordinary circumstances.

Bay College Updates

  • 2020 graduates will be celebrated in a virtual commencement June 27
  • Summer courses are all being delivered online or in an alternative format
  • Fall classes are being planned on campus, online and to flex online or hybrid
  • Placement assessments for new students are online, visit myBay
  • College services are open online, campus buildings remain closed to the public
  • All community events and scheduled meetings are cancelled through August
  • Food pantry services are available via online orders with scheduled pickups

CARES Emergency Grant

Bay College has been awarded, through the Congress approved CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act, $389,058 to provide emergency financial aid grants directly to Bay College students for authorized expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Qualifying students, based on the qualifying standards provided by the Federal Government in the CARES Act, are eligible to receive these fund.  Eligible students will be receiving an e-mail at their Bay College student e-mail with more details about the grant.  These students can complete the application form on myBay. If you have any questions about these grants, please Email the Financial%20Aid%20Office or call 906-217-4020.

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Bay College Information

Check your Bay College Email regularly for class and campus updates, and to communicate with your instructors and co-advisor.

Online Courses
All courses will continue to be delivered in an online or an alternative format for Summer 2020. Fall classes are planned to be delivered on campus, online, and in a flexible hybrid format. This includes tests, quizzes, exams, labs, clinicals, supplemental instruction (SI), and tutoring. Quality education and student success continue to be the major focus for Bay College. 

Online Resources
Resources are available in the Online Academic Success Center within Blackboard to help students remain successful in online classes. Review as many times as necessary to feel comfortable with your online experience. Refer to Going the distance: How to excel in online classes for additional tips on distance learning. For more information, email onlinehelp_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE.

Blackboard
All classes are built in Blackboard. Refer to the Bay College Blackboard Quick Start Guide for Students to learn the basics of Blackboard and online learning.

Advising
Faculty and co-advisors continue to be available through email, phone, and video. Co-advisors can help you request tutoring, navigate Blackboard, answer questions around course deadlines, refer you to needed services, and more! If you are not sure who your faculty advisor or co-advisor is, visit myBay (Login required) and click on "My Academic Advisor Report".

New Student Placement Tests
All placement assessments are online. Visit myBay (login required) to schedule and complete math, reading, writing and english assessments.

Fall Registration
Fall registration is open. Your faculty and co-advisors are available to assist you with scheduling. New students will register during lift-off sessions, followed by SOAR, an orientation event.

Start Dates
Summer 1 is in session and Summer 2 courses start June 29. Fall semesters is scheduled to begin August 31.

Tutoring
Tutoring or academic assistance is available to all students online. Tutoring is delivered remotely using Google Hangouts.  To request, fill out the Tutor Request Form on the Online Academic Success Center course on Blackboard.  For more information, email ssc_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE.

Building Access
The main Besse entrance will be open to allow for student appointments. All other campus buildings are locked.

Graduation
Graduating students, family and friends, Bay College Board of Trustees, and all Bay employees look forward to graduation ceremonies each year. It is an exciting time of year, a time to celebrate success, hard work, sacrifice and achievements accomplished by each graduating student. It commences a new beginning, a career, or transfer to a university of choice. Bay College is planning a virtual commencement ceremony June 26. Details have been emailed to qualified graduates.

Bay College Library
The Bay College Library 's collection is available to students, faculty, and staff electronically through the library's databases and ebooks. For more information, please visit the Bay College Library website for online student resources and information.

Student Computers
Computers are available to check out to students who are in need. If you would like to check out a computer, Email the Bay%20College%20Library.

WiFi Hotspots
High speed internet via WiFi has been extended to outside parking areas on the Escanaba Campus and West Campus. Many internet providers such as Charter Spectrum are proving free or discounted internet services to students.

IT Support
For any questions or support utilizing our online system, please contact our Online Learning Department at onlinehelp_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE. For any technical support please contact our IT department at ithelp_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE or call 906-217-4025.

Counseling Services
You may feel frustrated or frightened during these challenging times. Confidentially student mental health services are available and free to students. Please call 906-217-4156 on the Escanaba Campus or 906-776-4357 on the Bay West Campus. If there is a mental health emergency, dial 911.

Testing Center
Testing Centers on both Main and West Campuses are open online for placement, testing and other limited services.

Student Housing
Campus housing remains open on a limited basis. Outside guests are not permitted to visit campus housing except for helping in the moving process, practicing social distancing.

Food Pantry
Due to the closure of the campus, the food pantry moved to online orders only and scheduled pickups. Complete and submit an online order (myBay login required) by midnight Wednesday of the week you want to pick up your order on Thursdays.  For more information, Email trio_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE or call the Escanaba Campus at 906-217-4133, or the Bay West Campus at 906-302-3004.

Norse Athletics
Norse athletics will follow NJCAA guidelines and recommendations.

Bookstore
The Bay College bookstore remains open online with free shipping.

Café Bay
Café Bay will be closed until further notice.

Northern Lights YMCA
Northern Lights YMCA will be closed until further notice.

Pandemic Plan - Student Responsibilities
Bay College’s Pandemic Response Plan provides procedures for minimizing the risk to the health and safety of employees, students, and the public. All Bay College students are responsible for knowing the personal hygiene behaviors recommended by public health authorities for limiting the spread of infectious diseases, and always observe.

Every class at Bay is planned to continue in the event of a college closure due to a pandemic. Students will be able to continue coursework via the internet, email, Blackboard, myBay or specified means. Students will learn the specific alternative delivery arrangements for each of their classes. When notified, students are responsible for following the procedures established by their instructor to receive instructions, complete assignments, and interact with faculty and/or other students.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify their instructor immediately if they do not have access or have other obstacles to their participation in class from off-campus.

Beginning immediately, students are responsible for monitoring their own health for any symptoms identified by public health officials as possible signs of COVID-19. Upon experiencing any such symptoms, students are strongly encouraged to leave college premises and remain away per CDC recommendations. Students who become ill should call their health care provider as soon as possible to determine if they need treatment.

Students should follow the instructions of faculty or other college personnel. The college's website is a dependable source of information regarding closures, re-openings, or other actions taken by the College. Text messages, emails, phone messages may also be used to communicate pandemic stages.

Importance of Protective Measures
Protect your health and the health of others; reducing the peak of an outbreak. This includes staying home, wearing masks and practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet.

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Return to Work Plan
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has issued new rules and guidance for workplace safety in response to employees returning to the workplace during the pandemic. Below is important information for you to know and specific actions you will need to take in order to work onsite after June 1, 2020.

The new rules and guidance include several steps, see the COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines for additional information. Steps include designating a COVID-19 Coordinator, identification of sources of potential exposure, development of social distancing protocols, assessment of job tasks that involve sharing of equipment or space, development of an exposure control plan, establishing workplace procedures, and providing employee training. These new rules and resulting procedures go into effect June 1, 2020. So what does this mean for you? Below is a list of what is new. Please be aware these rules can and may change quickly and when that happens we will communicate immediately.

  1. Employees are required to read the Return to Workplace Plan. The plan can also be found on myBay on the Employees tab under COVID-19 Resources.
  2. Employees are required to complete online training that summarizes the "Return to Workplace Plan". The course can accessed by going to online.baycollege.edu. Login and start the "Return to Workplace Plan" course. All employees have been automatically enrolled in the course. We realize there are a few employees who do not have internet access or cellular service and would not be able to take the course without coming to campus, please contact HR if you fall into this category so they can arrange for you to arrive on campus to take the course. 
  3. Buildings will remain locked with specific doors identified for access. Building maps are available for visual representation of where the entry points are. Keys are required for the main campus and ID card access is required for the west campus. Maps are located on myBay, Employees tab in the COVID-19 Resources. Choose one of the specified entrance points that is most convenient for you.
  4. Employees are required to answer three simple questions prior to coming on campus, starting June 1, 2020. If you come to campus daily, this will be a daily activity. The process is explained in the "Return to Workplace Plan" and the online course. The process takes about 30 seconds. See below signature in this email for some helpful hints to make this a simple process.
  5. Employees are required to wear a facial covering when entering the buildings and while using public spaces like the hallways, restrooms, break rooms, etc. Employees do not need to wear a mask when alone in their office. Reusable masks will be provided to all employees, however the shipment of masks does not arrive until June 2. We will issue masks after that date. Employees can use their own masks if they choose.
  6. Employees are encouraged to keep high touch points in their offices disinfected throughout the day… things like the desktop, phone, keyboard and mouse. Each office will be provided disinfectant and disposable towels.
  7. Employees are encouraged to wash hands frequently and to use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not convenient or an option.

In addition to the MIOSHA rules and guidance, the College will follow all State of Michigan Executive Orders and the Michigan Safe Start PlanTo track the risk phases of COVID-19 in Michigan, visit the MI Safe Start Map. As such, remote work is still required where feasible and onsite work requires adherence to these new safety measures and guidelines. So, if you are working remote and can continue to do so, that is preferred. If you need to work onsite contact HR and let them know, if you have not already done so. HR will contact others who need to be aware and arrangements can be made for you to return onsite. Each employee working onsite must be provided proper PPE and complete the online training. Employees who took equipment home with them will need to schedule a day and time to return. This is outlined in the "Return to Workplace Plan" and the online training.

Working from Home
Epidemiologists are predicting COVID-19 will peak, flatten, and possibly return. Bay College is following the Michigan Safe Start Plan to return to work. To track the risk phases of COVID-19 in Michigan, visit the MI Safe Start Map.

Online Learning
For more information regarding Zoom, Blackboard, Panopto lecture capture and more, visit the Online Learning web page on myBay.

Service Hours
Services will continue from isolated locations and be available during standard office hours, 8:00 - 5:00 PM EST (West campus, 8:00 - 5:00 CST). Services may be offered outside of these hours by appointment. For helpful tips on working from home, refer to Bay College's Working from Home: Essentials for Working Off-Site.

Assistive Programs
The notice on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), telecommuting guidelines, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) information, and information on medical coverage relating to the COVID-19 can be found on myBay (Login required). Counseling services are also available to Bay College employees and their families via the EAP program.

Building Access
The main Besse entrance will be open to allow for student appointments. All other campus buildings are locked. For employees who have been issued access, buildings will be accessible and alarms shut off 7AM - 7PM in Escanaba and 7AM - 6PM CST at West. Under no circumstance should alarms be turned on or off during this time except by Facilities personnel.

Travel
All domestic and international travel related to college business is restricted. Personal domestic and international travel is strongly discouraged. Should you choose to travel, please be advised that you are may be restricted from campus for 14 days after returning from your travel to protect the health and safety of others on campus; you will need to work remotely from home.

Pandemic Plan - Employee Responsibilities
Bay College’s Pandemic Response Plan provides procedures for minimizing the risk to the health and safety of employees, students, and the public. All Bay employees are responsible for knowing the personal hygiene behaviors recommended by public health authorities to minimize the spread of the infectious diseases, and always observe.

Employees are responsible for monitoring their own health for any symptoms identified by public health officials as possible signs of COVID-19. Upon experiencing any such symptoms, employees are strongly advised to leave college premises and isolate per CDC recommendations. Employees who become ill should call their health care provider as soon as possible to determine if they need treatment.

Employees will receive communication from supervisors and from the college administration regarding the status of pandemic preparations. The college's website is a dependable source of information regarding closures, re-openings, or other actions taken by the College. Additionally, the College will utilize Staff Assist (RAVE app), text messaging, email, and phone calls to communicate pandemic stages. The College may consider a “suspended operation” for all or any portion of college operations. Any suspended operations must be declared by the College President or a designee.

Bay College’s Employees Sick Leave Policy 702 and Short-Term Disability Policy 704 should be referenced if an employee is unable to report to work due to an illness. The College may request medical information to confirm the need to be absent, to show whether and how an absence relates to the infection, and to know when to return to work. Cooperation is expected when medical information is sought.

Contact you direct supervisor, PAC member or Bay College Human Resources if you have questions or concerns. Bay College also provides support services for employees through its free and confidential counseling service, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Community Events
Per State and CDC guidelines, all community events and scheduled meetings on campus have been cancelled through August and available on a limited basis through 2020. For questions concerning upcoming reservations or facility rentals, please call Event Services at 906-217-4040 or email events_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE. Online event booking has been suspended until further notice.

Workforce Training
Visit the Workforce Training and Development website for updates regarding workforce training, conferences and course offerings. For more information, email mtec_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE or call Rene Lundberg at 906-217-4224 (Main Campus) or Gina Wollner at 906-302-3012 (West Campus).

Pandemic Plan - Community Responsibilities
Bay College’s Pandemic Response Plan provides procedures for minimizing the risk to the health and safety of employees, students, and the public. All are responsible for knowing the personal hygiene behaviors recommended by public health authorities to minimize the spread of the infectious diseases. Community members on campus are responsible to always observe and monitor their own health for any symptoms identified by public health officials as possible signs of COVID-19. Upon experiencing any such symptoms, please leave the college premises, seek medical attention, and isolate per CDC recommendations. The college's website is a dependable source of information regarding closures, re-openings, or other actions taken by the College.

Coronavirus Information

Maintain social distancing at all times (6 feet minimum)and avoid large gatherings. Stay safe, protect your health and the health of others; reach out if you need help. Seek immediate medical attention and self-isolate if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness

The CDC considers COVID-19 a public health concern. The CDC has identified the following as at higher risk for serious illness with COVID-19:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:  Heart disease, Diabetes, Lung disease
Definitions:
  • CDC Level 3: Countries with a CDC level 3 travel warning due to COVID-19.
  • Self-Quarantine & Monitor: Stay home for 14 days and monitor your health. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and watch for symptoms. Contact health provider is symptoms develop.
  • Self-Monitor: Monitor your health. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and watch for symptoms. Contact health provider is symptoms develop.
  • Self-Observation: Remain alert for subjective fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Continue daily operations.

Additional CDC details on risk assessment

Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. (source: CDC) There is not a vaccine although research that could lead to a vaccine is moving ahead quickly.

What is does it mean to self-quarantine, self-isolate, self-monitor or self-observation?

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
  • Self-observation means you should remain alert for subjective fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. If you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate.
  • Self-monitoring means you should monitor yourself for fever by taking your temperature twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you develop fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate.
Should I self-quarantine, self-isolate, self-monitor or self-observation?

CDC recommends anyone returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning self-quarantine for 14 days from your last day in that country. The self-quarantine recommendation currently does not apply in general to travelers who only transit through an airport in one of these countries. Self-monitor for the development of any symptoms, and call your healthcare provider right away if you develop symptoms.

Those returning from domestic travel in areas with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 are encouraged to practice self-observation for the development of any symptoms, and call your healthcare provider right away if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and self-isolate. The CDC offers the following guidance on how to self-isolate: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

How do I self-quarantine or self-isolate?

CDC recommends anyone returning from countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Warning self-quarantine for 14 days from your last day in that country.

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home. Avoid visitors to your home.
  • Self-monitor for fever by checking temperature at least twice a day. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
  • When seeking medical care, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms before heading to the doctor’s office or the emergency room.
  • Do not use public transport like buses or taxis.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and immediately throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
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