West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has mandated COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and staff at West Virginia colleges and universities, prior to the beginning of fall semester classes.
 
Before starting fall semester face-to-face classes, BSC students and employees must provide evidence that they’ve tested negative for COVID-19, through the results of the on-campus testing on August 10 or through a COVID-19 negative test conducted on or after August 5, 2020. You will need to send your results of a negative test to bschealthcenter@bluefieldstate.edu to be included in our database for you to be on either campus:
 
Free testing will continue for the rest of the week at Southview Pharmacy, visit DoINeedACovid19Test.com to view available testing times and register.
 
Southview Pharmacy (located inside Grants Supermarket in Bluewell)
140 Majestic Place
Bluefield, WV 24701  
(304) 589-5025 
Southview Pharmacy
 
 

Return to Campus Plan and Guidelines

Operating rules are:

a) If you feel sick including, but not limited to, the list of symptoms identified on the Coronavirus Exposure Form or have a temperature of over 100 degrees, you must stay home.

b) All college personnel, students, and visitors must wear a mask at all times while on campus.

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Anyone entering a campus building must go to the Point of Contact Desk located at designated entrances in each building. Everyone must complete the Coronavirus Exposure Form, have their temperature checked, and receive a color-coded band or stamp for entry into any other campus building on that day. Students should plan to arrive early prior to their first class to complete the check-in process.
 

Point of Contact Desk Locations

 
Conley Hall: Darlene Gilley 1st Floor, Welcome Desk
Library:  Jim Leedy Front Desk of the Library Entrance
Mahood Hall:  Michelle Baker 1st Floor, M-109
PE Building:  Vonda Wilson 4th floor, P-414
PE Building:  Paul Rutherford/Lisa Neel 1st floor, P-109/P-104
Basic Science Bldg.:  Michelle Noe Ground Floor, BG07
Dickason Hall:  Susan Shrader 4th floor D-438
Dickason Hall:  Kristin Hicks 1st floor, D-123
Beckley Campus: Hope Adams BSC Office, W11
Maintenance Bldg: Rachel Justus Room 108
Hatter Hall: Felicia Oakes Welcome Desk
Student Center: Daniel Ellison/Kaitlin Kinser 1st Floor

c) All individuals must leave the campus at the end of their classes or when College business has been completed.

d) An individual deemed at risk for transmission of the virus will not be allowed on campus and must contact the BSC Health Center at 304-327-4170/4178 or at this email address: bschealthcenter@bluefieldstate.edu. Please help BSC protect the safety of our campus.” Symptomatic individuals failing to meet the screening criteria will be asked to reschedule face-to-face activities later in conjunction with their instructor, advisor, or others by contacting their office or through email. The BSC directory is posted on the website. Please help BSC protect the safety of our campus.

e) All labs and classrooms will be cleaned daily. In addition, hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes will be available in the classrooms.

f) The College will maintain social distancing with six feet between each person. This means that in most cases, no more than 25 people will be allowed in a classroom or open area at a time.

g) The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends people wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place.

h) Students should check their BSC email daily to keep up with announcements and messages from their professors.

i) All deliveries will be left at a Point of Contact Desk for that building and recipients will be called to pick them up.

 

Click Here for the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

Lastly, everyone should check e-mails often (even your Junk mail) and monitor the College’s website. We have experts working hard to keep everyone informed.

 

 

COVID-19 Resources

DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health and the West Virginia Poison Center.  Operators are available 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304

NCAA Division II Athletics Coronavirus Plan

COVID-19 FAQs

August 6, 2020

A: If you will not be on campus at all, you will not be required to be tested. However, if you need to come to campus for any reason (testing, bookstore, student services, etc.), you will need to have the results of a negative test on file. Please send a copy of your results to bschealthcenter@bluefieldstate.edu.
A: You do not need to come to the Bluefield campus on August 10 for testing. You can test through your local physician, health care provider, or medical lab. We will have information about how you can test in the Beckley area. We will need to results of a negative test to include you in our database to be on campus. You can email your results to bschealthcenter@bluefieldstate.edu.
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A: The BSC Health Center will contact the appropriate county health department, which will contact the individual who has tested positive and obtain from them a list of individuals with whom they’ve been in contact. The health department will then notify those individuals.
A: The student will obtain documentation from the BSC Health Center or the student’s physician, confirming the student has been cleared from quarantine to return to campus.
A: The faculty member/employee is to report this information to the BSC Health Center and tell the student to contact the BSC Health Center.
A: CDC’s guidance COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, which has spread globally, including regions in the U.S. Learn about COVID-19 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
A: CDC’s guidance Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 symptoms. Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person to person between people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet). The virus spreads via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes and their droplets either land in the mouths or noses of nearby people or are inhaled into their lungs. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface that has the virus on it and touching their mouth or eyes before washing their hands, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. For more information, see the CDC page, How it Spreads.
A: BSC urges faculty, staff, and students who have personal or professional plans to travel either internationally or to affected areas in the U.S. to reconsider their travel and to consider the possibility of travel delays, future quarantines, or prolonged self-isolation when returning from travel to the BSC and Mercer County communities. BSC encourage faculty and staff to share any travel plans with their department chair, dean, or manager to facilitate College assistance if the need arises. However, given concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we urge student and college groups to self-report any travel plans with the Office of the Dean of Students Guy Sims(phone number:(304) 327-4512)(Email: gsims@bluefieldstate.edu) BSC encourages student groups to reconsider travel to any international or domestic location affected by COVID-19.
A: Students returning to BSC expected to follow the guidelines of the West Virginia Department of Health and CDC regarding any mandatory quarantine or isolation procedures. Students, faculty, and staff are instructed to follow the CDC’s guidance for self-isolation if traveling from countries with widespread sustained transmission of COVID-19. Students should contact their faculty via email to make arrangements for missing class (see related FAQ below). Employees should contact their Director for any questions about leave. Students returning from affected areas to other states should follow guidelines from their state's public health department. Travelers from countries with CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notices may face restrictions upon entering the U.S. Any U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. who has been in Hubei Province in the previous 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine, to ensure they’re provided proper medical care and health screening. This applies only to U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei Province in the past 14 days. Any U.S. citizen returning to the U.S. who has been in the rest of mainland China within the previous 14 days will undergo proactive entry health screening at a select number of ports of entry and up to 14 days of monitored self-quarantine to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk. Foreign nationals, other than immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents, who have traveled to China within the last 14 days will be denied entry into the U.S. for this time.
A: Should a case be positively identified, appropriate communications as guided by the West Virginia Department of Health will occur. For additional information regarding locations impacted by COVID-19 visit the CDC’s global map and the West Vriginia Department of Health’s surveillance data.
A: The best preventative steps for any communicable disease include simple but important measures to practice as part of your daily routine, but especially during flu season: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments. Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system. Additional information is available from the CDC.

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A: BSC urges faculty, staff, and students who have personal plans to travel either internationally or to affected areas in the U.S. to reconsider their travel and to take into account the possibility of travel delays, future quarantines, or prolonged self-isolation before returning to the BSC and Southern West Virginia communities. BSC strongly recommends not traveling to locations with CDC or State Department Level 3 alerts or higher. BSC encourage faculty and staff to share any travel plans with their department chair, dean, or manager to facilitate University assistance if the need arises. Be aware that even a country not currently experiencing an outbreak could suddenly be declared a high-risk area, posing risks of exposure, difficulty with travel, or immigration barriers upon return to the U.S. For more information, see the CDC travel information website.
A: The CDC maintains a current list of Warning Level 3 countries and advises all travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to those countries due to widespread concerns about local health conditions. The US Department of State issues Travel Advisories for individual nations. These assess local health, safety and security conditions. BSC strongly advises against traveling to locations with a CDC Warning of Level 3 or State Department Travel Advisory of Level 3 or 4. At this moment, BSC is prepared to cancel any BSC administered study abroad programs or other education abroad activities until advised otherwise.
A: The CDC maintains a current list of Alert Level 2 countries and advises older adults and persons with chronic medical conditions to consider postponing nonessential travel to those countries due to sustained community transmission of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19..
A: Should a case be positively identified, appropriate communications as guided by the West Virginia Department of Health will occur. Protocols are in place for cleaning on-Grounds residences of affected students and work spaces of affected faculty and staff. Administrators will work with faculty to make accommodations for extended student absences.
A: BSC has encouraged community members to become familiar with the facts about COVID-19 and support one another with compassion. If you have questions please contact, BSC’s Dean of Students Office Guy Sims, by calling 304-327-4512 who has resources to help address any concerns both informally (through coaching and training), and formally, if the situation should arise.

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    A: BSC is communicating regularly with Mercer County Health Department and local hospitals New and Alert message are being sent to our list serve as information becomes available. The portal web site is being reviewed and updated as needed to keep the BSC campus informed.

     

    Fall Semester Classes and Academics – For Students

    A: Courses will be delivered in face-to-face, online, and hybrid/blended formats. Students should check their BSC e-mails and Moodle messages daily and contact their instructors to clarify the delivery format.
    A: Students may drop a course or withdraw from the college by completing a Permit to Withdraw Form.
    A: Students considering dropping a course or withdrawing from the College are encouraged to discuss their situation with their academic advisor and their instructors, the Enrollment Services Center, or another representative of the College before making the decision. Each student considering withdrawal from the College will be given the opportunity to speak with a responsive, caring representative of the College. The Enrollment Services Center staff (Dr. Cravor Jones at cjones@bluefieldstate.edu. (304-327-4016) or Dr. Tamara Ferguson at tferguson@bluefieldstate.edu (304-327-4155) will conduct a brief exit interview with the student to facilitate his/her positive action, whether that means withdrawing, remaining, or planning to return to school at a later date. A student who decides to withdraw must obtain a Permit to Withdraw form. The Permit to Withdraw Form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office (registrar@bluefieldstate.edu).
    A: Students may meet with their academic advisor by e-mail or Moodle. If you do not know who your advisor is, you may log into MyBSC and access your Student Profile that will identify your advisor. For students who have questions, they may contact Dr. Cravor Jones at cjones@bluefieldstate.edu (304-327-4016).
    A: Effective July 27, 2020 the following academic support resources will be open on campus:

    Computer Labs
    The computer lab in the Brown-Gilbert Basic Science Building, room 108, will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Students at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center can use the Library, which will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Both labs will be practicing social distancing guidelines.

    Student Support Services
    Student Support Services provides academic tutoring and mentoring; counseling; computer lab access; and services for disabled students. On the Bluefield State Campus, this office is located in the Brown-Gilbert Basic Science Building, room 110, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 327-4095.

    Faculty are also available (in person or remotely) during their regular office hours and scheduled class times to provide assistance to students.

    Students who need tutoring can also access online tutoring through Tutor.com by following the link on their MyBSC site.

    William B. Robertson Library
    The library is open the following hours during the summer:
    Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    The library is open the following hours during the Fall semester:
    Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    Testing Centers
    The Testing Center on the Bluefield Campus is located in the Ned Shott Physical Education Building, room 403. The hours of the Testing Center are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Testing at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center is held in the Library, which is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call 304-255-5812 or email Hope Adams at hadams@bluefieldstate.edu.

    Both centers will be practicing social distancing guidelines.

    Online Support
    Students needing help with Email, MyBSC, Office365, Web Self-Service, or BSC Wireless can contact the helpdesk at 304-327-4090 or helpdesk@bluefieldstate.edu.

    Moodle Support Services can be reached at 304-327-4545, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or CChambers@bluefieldstate.edu or TStrock@bluefieldstate.edu.

    Advising and Counseling Center
    The Advising and Counseling Center is available for many student services including mental health needs, change of major, Tutor.com, testing, and permit to withdraw forms for dropping a class or totally withdrawing from the College. The Center is located in Conley Hall, rooms 304 and 305. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact the staff or Dr. Cravor Jones at cjones@bluefieldstate.edu. 304-327-4444 or 304-327-4016.

    Health Clinic
    The Health Center is a service provided to the students and employees at Bluefield State through the Student Affairs Office. The Health Clinic is located in the Ned Shott Physical Education Building, room 210.

    The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., and by appointment. Students may contact the Health Center at 304-327-4170 or bschealthcenter@bluefieldstate.edu. If the Health Center is not open, students are encouraged to go to the nearest health care facility.
    A: Student Support Services is the designated office at BSC which evaluates disability documentation, determines eligibility, and implements reasonable accommodations for enrolled students as guided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and College policy. SSS provides the support necessary for all students to achieve their academic goals in a welcoming learning environment.

    Student Support Services will coordinate with instructors to ensure reasonable accommodations are met. Based on proper documentation and recommendation of services from physicians and therapists, the following services can be provided to students with disabilities:
    • Test Proctoring
    • Notetaking
    • Scribes for Test
    • Extended Test Time
    • Preferential Seating
    • Test Reader
    • Separate Quiet Room
    • Adaptive Software
    • Sign-language Interpreters
    • Physical Assistance Across Campus
    • Other services also available (depending on the recommendation of therapist and/or physician)

    The learning management system for course delivery, Moodle, is accessible to students with disabilities.

    The online tutoring platform, Tutor.com, is accessible to students with disabilities.

    The online testing platform, Proctortrack, is accessible to students with disabilities.
    A: If you need Moodle support please email Cody Chambers cchambers@bluefieldstate.edu or Tina Strock tstrock@bluefieldstate.edu

    Testing
    Bluefield State is providing Proctortrack free to all students for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Most instructors are utilizing this option. Please login into each Moodle course for additional details. Instructors will set up an onboarding quiz, students must complete this quiz to initialize the Proctortrack verification process that can take up to 48 hours. Once this process has been completed, students can complete tests/quizzes via Proctortrack.

    Proctortrack
    Instructors will set up an onboarding quiz, you must complete this quiz to initialize the Proctortrack verification process that can take up to 48 hours. Once this process has been completed you will be able to complete tests/quizzes via Proctortrack. Attached is the Proctortrack student manual and here is a link to the website for student information about how it works: //www.proctortrack.com/students/how-it-works-students/

    Click here for the tech requirements to utilize Proctortrack.
    A: Students who have any questions or concerns my contact the Student Affairs Advocate, Dr. Ted Lewis, Provost at tlewis@bluefieldstate.edu or 304-327-4161.

     

    Classes and Academics – For Faculty

    A: Courses will be delivered in face-to-face, online, and hybrid/blended formats. Faculty should ensure students understand the designated format and notify them of any changes.
    A: All faculty should have completed Quality Matters training, enabling them to effectively deliver courses online. Faculty needing online support can contact Moodle Support Services at 304-327-4545, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or CChambers@bluefieldstate.edu or TStrock@bluefieldstate.edu. Each school has also identified online mentors to assist faculty in preparing online delivery of their courses.
    A: Faculty must follow all College policies and guidelines for working with students with documented disabilities. If a student is to receive accommodations, Student Support Services will contact the instructor.

    The learning management system for course delivery, Moodle, is accessible to students with disabilities.

    The online tutoring platform, Tutor.com, is accessible to students with disabilities.

    The online testing platform, Proctortrack, is accessible to students with disabilities.

     

    Travel

    A: West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has issued a State employee travel ban on both out-of-state and international travel for State business. He also asked all West Virginians to reconsider non-essential out-of-state travel for personal business.

    All persons consider personal travel should strictly follow CDC Travel Guidelines and the US State Department Travel Guidelines and Restrictions
    A: Document the response you receive from the specific airline. Attach the documentation to either the P-Card invoice or the employee reimbursement request form.
    A: Bluefield State College will not require any employee who does not feel comfortable traveling at this time to do so.
    A: All persons considering personal travel should strictly follow CDC Travel Guidelines and the US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs Travel Guidelines and Restrictions.
    A: Travel is restricted to no more than 100 miles from either BSC campus. Exceptions include travel to and from home, travel related to accreditation or grants, NCAA sanctioned competitions, etc.
    A:  All international students returning from out of the country are requested to return no later than August 1 and contact the Coordinator of Office of International Initiatives, Dr. Sudhakar Jamkhandi at sjamkhandi@bluefieldstate.edu or 304-327-4036 upon arrival.

    According to the CDC, at this time, travel restrictions and entry screening apply only to travelers arriving from some countries or regions with widespread ongoing spread of COVID-19. [Note: US policies are subject to change as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.]

    If you are coming from a country or a region with widespread ongoing transmission of COVID-19 (Level 3 Travel Heath Notice), you may be screened when you arrive in the United States. After you arrive home, take the following steps to protect yourself and others:

    1. Stay at home. Do not go to work, school, or leave your house for 14 days. Discuss your work situation with your employer.

    2. Monitor your health. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever (temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher). Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.

    3. Practice social distancing within the home. Avoid contact with other people for the 14 days. Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from family members and others in the home when possible.

    If you are coming from a country with ongoing community transmission (Level 2 Travel Health Notice), take the following steps to protect yourself and others:

    1. Monitor your health. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever (temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher). Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.

    2. Practice social distancing. Stay out of crowded places and avoid group gatherings. Do not go to shopping malls or to the movies. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters). Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during this time.

    Check CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Travel webpage to find the current travel health notice level for your international travel.
    A: People who have been exposed to the Coronavirus and who are at risk for coming down with COVID-19 might practice self-quarantine. Health experts recommend that self-quarantine lasts 14 days. Two weeks provides enough time for them to know whether or not they will become ill and be contagious to other people. 

    You might be asked to practice self-quarantine if you have recently returned from traveling to a part of the country or the world where COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, or if you have knowingly been exposed to an infected person.

    Self-quarantine involves:
    • Using standard hygiene and washing hands frequently
    • Not sharing things like towels and utensils
    • Staying at home
    • Not having visitors
    • Staying at least 6 feet away from other people in your household
    Once your quarantine period has ended, if you do not have symptoms, follow your doctor’s instructions on how to return to your normal routine.

    Visitors to the College

    A: Effective July 27, 2020, Bluefield State College campus buildings are open to faculty, staff, administrators, students, and the general public. All visitors are required to stop at the point of contact at each entrance to each building for a temperature check and to receive a mask, which must be worn at all times while on campus. Additionally, a Coronavirus Exposure Form must be completed by anyone who enters a campus building. Following the screening process, the visitor will receive a color-coded wristband for entry into other campus buildings. A visitor who fails the screening process will be asked to leave the campus immediately.
    A: All conferences, seminars, and other events on each campus of Bluefield State College have been canceled or postponed until further notice.

     

    Events and Meetings

    A: The College is currently restricting on-campus events. Everyone participating in an on-campus event is required to stop at the point of contact at each entrance to each building for a temperature check and receive a mask which must be worn at all times while on campus. Additionally, a Coronavirus Exposure Form must be completed by anyone entering a campus building. Once approved, the individual will receive a color-coded wristband or stamp for entry into any campus building on that day. Everyone must sign in at the point of contact desk at each building to indicate they have been screened and are considered low risk for having the Coronavirus. Anyone who fails a screening must leave the campus immediately.

    All athletic events and competitions will strictly follow NCAA requirements.

    Anyone wanting to schedule an event on campus must contact the Dean of Students, Dr. Guy Sims at gsims@bluefieldstate.edu or 304-327-4512.
    A: Meetings are recommended via phone, Google Meet, etc. Each room on campus has been measured for social distancing with a designated capacity limit.
    A: As with domestic visitors, we are asking individuals to be aware of how they feel and their health before coming to campus. Many of the services on campus can be reached via phone or email.

    Conference, seminars and other events, regardless of international or domestic participants, have been either postponed, canceled, or restricted to an online format. Again, events for the future may be scheduled tentatively.

    Anyone who has questions or concerns may contact the Dean of Students, Dr. Guy Sims at gsims@bluefieldstate.edu or 304-327-4512.
    A: Spring sports have been cancelled (softball, baseball, golf, men/women’s tennis). NCAA regulations do not allow recruiting (dead period) off campus until after April 15, 2020. We expect more guidance to follow in regard to recruiting efforts.

     

    Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund - CARES Act

    A: The only institutionally-funded emergency grants to students that are eligible for reimbursement from the funds for emergency financial aid grants to students under the CARES Act are grants: 1) for authorized expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus as set forth in Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act; 2) made to students eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act; and 3) made on or after March 27, 2020, the date the CARES Act was enacted. An institution must use no less than 50 percent of funds provided pursuant to Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) for emergency financial aid grants to students. An institution must document that reimbursements for institutionally-funded emergency grants to students are made in accordance with the CARES Act.
    A: No. The CARES Act requires institutions to provide the emergency financial aid grants to students. The institution may not use that portion of the HEERF set aside for emergency financial aid grants to students to satisfy a student’s outstanding account balance. The Department notes that the student may use his or her emergency financial aid grant for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus
    A: Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
    A: Institutions may provide emergency financial aid grants to students using checks, electronic transfer payments, debit cards, and payment apps that adhere to the Department’s requirements for paying credit balances to students. The disbursement of the emergency financial aid grant to the student must remain unencumbered by the institution; debts, charges, fees, or other amounts owed to the institution may not be deducted from the emergency financial aid grant. The emergency financial aid grant may not be made to students through the use of a credit card that can be used only on campus or in a retail outlet affiliated with the institution.
    A: At institutions that provide both online and ground-based education, those students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program on March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, “Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak,” Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 53 at 1533738, are not eligible for emergency financial aid grants. The formula provided by Congress for calculating the distribution of funds to institutions excludes students who were exclusively enrolled in distance education courses. Additionally, the emergency financial aid grants to students are for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, and students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs would not have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.
    A: CARES Act grant resources and guidance are located on the Office of Postsecondary Education’s webpage: //www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresact.html.

    College Offices

    A: Effective July 27, 2020, all campus offices will remain open. Cabinet officers will work with employees who report to them to develop a plan to ensure that all offices are open. These plans may require some employees to work remotely or in shifts.
    A: Employees approved to return to campus will be required to wear a facemask at all times. If an employee works in an office and can close their office door, they may remove their mask. When someone enters the space, the mask should be put back on.

    How to wear a face mask

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    A: Precautions may include plexiglass shields, face shields, masks for employees, wiping down of all surfaces, etc.

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    Letter From the President

    March 16, 2020

    Dear Bluefield State Community:

    We are working daily to adjust to the shifting news about the coronavirus (COVID-19). My message today is for our students, faculty and staff. Your well-being and education will always be our primary focus.

    The situation is rapidly evolving. Bluefield State College has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus at this time on campus. That said, we cannot eliminate all risk, but we are taking aggressive steps to minimize it. Because this situation is changing every day, more precautions make sense. We are undertaking the following changes to continue our educational mission.

    Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 until Sunday, March 29, 2020:

    • Classes at Bluefield State's main and Beckley campuses will not meet in-person. Course content and instruction will move to online, effective March 22nd.
    • Students will participate in these classes, complete assigmnents, and engage with their professors at prescribed meeting times. This teaching platform will ensure that students are able to complete their courses and meet their academic requirements. Additional information on how students will use this technology will be coming from the Office of the Provost.
    • Bluefield State leadership will be working on an individual basis with students who reside in off campus housing to assure their ability to comply with their classwork assignments.
    • The State of West Virginia has suspended college sponsored travel as well as nonessential travel for staff and faculty. Athletic games are suspended during this time. We want to mitigate the congregation of large groups of people.

    The changes, do not affect Bluefield State's day-to-day routine staff business. We will maintain academic and other support services. Our Threat Assessment Team will have further information for you.

    Cleanliness is a top priority. Our cleaning crews have taken extra measures to keep public and common areas on campus, as well as in resident housing and the dining hall clean with daily disinfections. This includes walls, windows, lavatories, railings, doors, floors and more. We will continue to disinfect the places students touch most. Additional hand sanitizing stations have been set up in high traffic areas.

    Our Threat Assessment Team is in place to ensure your well-being. This team is working closely with local government agencies and the local hospitals as well as in coordination across the campus.

    Students with academic concerns should connect with their professors or advisors. For those who are experiencing anxiety or excessive stress, please reach out to the Counseling Center at 304-327-4016. Bluefield State will always keep the latest information here at the top of our website.

    A hallmark of Bluefield State is our caring community, our day-to-day interactions, our small classes and strong relationships between professors and students. We understand that these measures are disruptive but we believe they will help minimize the risk. We are committed to returning to a normal state of operation.

    I want to thank our faculty and staff as they work hard to implement these initiatives; they are dedicated to the best interests and success of our students. The Bluefield State community is at its best when we work together. We are in challenging times. It's our commitment to each other that will help us all see this through.