Coronavirus

A message to the campus community

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Stay Home, Stay Safe

Aligning with the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for Michiganders and federal CDC pandemic guidelines to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19, Bay College continues quality education services virtually 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, flexible and understanding as we continue to navigate these extraordinary circumstances.

Bay College Updates

  • Summer courses will be delivered in an online or alternative format
  • Winter semester classes will continue online for the entire semester
  • All placement assessments are online, visit myBay (login required) to complete
  • Campus buildings are closed to all but designated essential services’ employees
  • Support services and operations are open virtually online, by phone and email
  • Events and online event booking services are suspended until further notice
  • The food pantry has moved to online orders only and scheduled pickups

Bay College Information

Check your Bay College Email and Blackboard regularly for class and campus updates. Communicate with instructors and or co-advisors regularly regarding questions or concerns.

Online Courses
All courses will continue to be delivered in an online or an alternative format for the remainder of the Winter 2020 semester and Summer 2020. 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 the as many times as necessary to feel comfortable with your online experience.  For more information, email onlinehelp_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE.

Advising
Faculty advisors and co-advisors will continue to support students through email, phone, and video. Co-advisors can help you request tutoring, navigate Blackboard, answer questions around course deadlines, 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 complete math, reading, writing and english assessments online.

Fall Registration
Fall register is open. Your faculty and co-advisors are available to assist you with scheduling. 

Summer Courses
Summer registration is open. Register today if you are interested in taking a summer course. Summer courses will be delivered in an online or alternative format.

Tutoring
Tutoring or academic assistance is available to all students online. Tutoring is delivered remotely using Google Hangouts.  If you have not received tutoring this semester but would like to, please fill out the Tutor Request Form on the Online Academic Success Center course on Blackboard.  For more information, email ssc_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE.

Clinicals
Please maintain communication with your instructor for details on individual clinicals.

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 postponing spring commencement ceremonies until the end of Summer 2 Semester in early August. Details will be forthcoming as the pandemic unfolds.

Withdrawal
If, after attempting course completion and communication with your faculty, you are not able to complete the course requirements, perhaps a withdrawal is for you. If a student withdraws, the student will receive a WP or WF standing depending on the course syllabus and the student. This standing will appear on the transcript in the place of a grade. The student is still liable for payment for the course and, if the course is a requirement for the desired degree, will need to retake the course to satisfy the requirement. To better accommodate you, Bay College is extending the withdrawal deadline to April 17, 2020 for Winter 2020 only. Students must still initiate a withdraw through their Bay College e-mail to the faculty Bay College e-mail. If you utilize Financial Aid to pay for your courses, it is strongly encouraged that, before choosing to withdraw, you speak with Financial Aid to ensure you understand the potential affects to your funding for this semester and beyond. For more information, email finaid_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE

Internships and Co-ops
Internships and Co-ops will continue as scheduled unless the work site chooses to suspend activity based on health safety concerns.

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.

Charter Student Remote Education Offer
To help students affected directly and indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic, Charter is offering free internet and WiFi for 60 days to any K-12 or college student household that does not currently have internet. The household must be within a Charter/Spectrum range. Call 1-844-488-8395 and navigate the automated messaging.

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
Many of you may feel frustrated or frightened during these challenging times. 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 closed. For more information, Email Danica%20Humbert.

Student Housing
Campus housing remains open. If possible, it is recommended students move back to their permanent residence, including their contents. Outside guests are not permitted to visit campus housing except for helping in the moving process while still practicing social distancing.

Food Pantry
Due to the closure of the campus, the food pantry has moved to online orders only. Complete and submit an online order (myBay login required) by midnight Wednesday of the week you want to pick up your order. Pick ups are available on Thursday only along with a completed and submited online form. 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 will remain 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.

All non-essential travel is restricted; All who have traveled must complete the Confidential Travel Form

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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Working from Home
Epidemiologists are predicting COVID-19 will peak late April and it will take at least 4 weeks of diminishing new cases before Michigan's “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order will be lifted. Based on this, mid to late May is the approximate time predicted to end working remotely from home. 

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
All 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 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. All who have traveled must complete the Confidential Travel Form.

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 CDC guidelines and predictions of the pandemic peaking late April, all community events and scheduled meetings have been postponed and or cancelled through May. For questions concerning upcoming reservations or facility rentals, please call Event Services at 906-217-4040 or email events_FROM_BAY_COLLEGE. Online booking of events 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
Know Your Risk
High Risk = Self-Quarantine and Monitor

If you've had prolonged close contact with someone positive for COVID-19

Medium Risk = Self-Quarantine and Monitor

If you've traveled internationally to a country under CDC Level 3

Medium Risk = Self-Observation

If you've traveled domestically to an area with known community-spread

Low Risk = Self-Observation

If you've spent time indoors (No close contact) with someone positive for COVID-19

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.

The CDC does not recommend that people without symptoms wear a mask. You may be asked to wear a mask when visiting a health care facility and some individuals may choose to wear a mask.

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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