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CCCB Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update: 3/27/2020 12:33 p.m. CDT

The following message was sent to CCCB students this morning:

Dear Class of 2020,

Many of you have been wondering if we will be able to celebrate your great accomplishment of completing your degree this year. Though it was our goal to maintain the previously scheduled date of commencement, like many other colleges and universities, we have decided to reschedule our 2020 Commencement services. 

When this academic year started, no one could have foreseen how the year would progress and end. As we experienced our final chapel together on March 17, we knew the semester would be radically changed by separation from faculty, friends, and classmates. It is now clear these changes will also include rescheduling 2020 Honors Chapel and Commencement.

Please mark your calendars for Commencement on Friday evening, September 4, to attend and be recognized. In conjunction with our annual Heritage Day event, and leading into Labor Day weekend, we hope it will be conducive for you and your family to travel and share this special occasion. We will celebrate graduates like you with an afternoon reception recognizing honors awards, followed by an evening service. (In the coming weeks, we will communicate with graduates and their parents about the schedule for September 4.) 

We know this difficult decision could lead to questions, so here are a few plans we have made to prevent anticipated problems. For example:

  • Your final transcript will have a completion date of May 14, 2020.
  • Your diploma will include the same completion date of May 15, 2020.
  • These items will be available to you at our normal schedule of early June.
  • Summer 2020 graduates will be eligible to participate in the September commencement.
  • The September 4th Commencement and Honors Chapel in September will include familiar festivities, such as recognizing our Class Orator at the afternoon awards reception and featuring Jason Poznich as our commencement speaker. We will also include some unique touches that can only be possible in a ceremony a few months after graduation. (Stay tuned for more information!)

Airlines are currently exercising extreme leniency in rebooking flights; therefore, we hope that the change of date will not be travel prohibitive. Whatever your original plans were to be here and celebrate, we hope you will make September 4th a date when you can come to campus and celebrate Honors Chapel and Commencement with your friends, classmates, and faculty.

If you have any questions, feel free to connect with Dr. Jim Estep (jimestep@cccb.edu, 660-372-3900 x. 136, or on various video conference platforms).

As our nation faces the healing and recovery from this global pandemic, let’s pray for one another to be the servant-leaders needed in the church and in the world.

For Christ and the College,

Dr. David Fincher, President

Dr. Jim Estep, Vice President of Academics

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Update: 3/24/2020 5:00 p.m. CDT

INFORMATION FOR CCCB STUDENTS:

In light of the confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Randolph County we are instituting the following conditions on CCCB’s campus. 

1) Students living off campus now you need to remain off campus until at least April 24th. Student Development will consider your return at that point via the request to return form. Please be aware that all classes will be delivered in an online format after Spring break. 

2) For students staying on campus right now:

  • You should reconsider whether or not this is the best place for you to be. Randolph County has issued a stay-at-home order.  This means that students need to stay on campus unless there is essential work that you are engaged in. This goes into effect at 8 am on Wednesday, March 24.
  • We are limiting access to parts of the campus – the Harvest House will remain open but the colab area and theater area will be closed and the rest of the building will be broken into areas with limits on the amount of people in each. The weight room will be closed. Pelfrey Hall will have limited access and will close early in the evening. If you need to leave the campus for any reason you must checkout through an RD. We are going to institute a 10 pm curfew to limit travel.
  • Please be aware that travel to Columbia or other towns is not acceptable. Boone County has also issued a shelter in place order to restrict travel there.

INFORMATION FOR CCCB FACULTY & STAFF:

  • When the campus reopens for employees on Wednesday, March 25, we are requiring only essential workers to come to campus, like food service and maintenance personnel.  We are trying to make our campus a “safe zone” for those who are still living there.
  • If possible, everyone else should work from home as much as possible. You may come to campus to pick up and drop off work as necessary. Stay as short as possible and maintain distance from others or stay in your office while you are here.
  • All students currently on campus need to remain on campus unless they have to work or buy essentials.  Students who leave campus should take hand sanitizer with them, check out with their Residence Director, and wash their hands as soon as returning.
  • Students who were planning to return to campus will need to be approved by Student Development before coming back.
  • Continue to maintain the 6-foot distance rule as much as possible.
  • The bookstore and library will close for the remainder of this week.  This will be announced on our public Facebook pages. Students may have access again on Monday, March 30.  Librarians and bookstore employees may work within the bookstore, but not be open for outside constituents until April 1 at the earliest.
  • Employees who are in areas with a no-travel order are asked to comply and stay away from campus as much as possible until that order is lifted.  Teachers may come to their office to work on course conversion.

As we work together in this situation, continue to monitor your email, phone, and other forms of communication. Pray for our fellow workers, our students, and our constituents who are facing these difficulties as well.

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Update: 3/19/2020 8:30 a.m. CDT

In light of the CDC, State of Missouri, Randolph County, and US Government recommendations, as of March 17, 2020, the following guidelines are in place.

  1. CCCB is planning to continue and complete the Spring 2020 semester.
  2. CCCB’s campus will remain open for the Spring 2020 semester.
  3. CCCB will help each student complete the Spring 2020 semester in one of these methods of the student’s own choosing . . .
  • Stay during Spring Break in areas without confirmed cases of COVID19. (This can include staying on campus or with someone in our local area.)  After Spring Break, complete courses online with appropriate on-campus precautions.
    • The Dining Hall will remain open with seating adjustments
    • Chapel will be suspended for the semester (at CDC request)
    • Other campus services may have limited availability
  • Choose to stay home after Spring Break and complete courses via the methods that the professors will use to deliver instruction online. . .
    • Online synchronous attendance via Google Hangout or Canvas.
    • Online asynchronous attendance via Canvas online assignments
  • Students who travel during spring break to areas with confirmed cases of Covid19 can petition to return to campus after Spring break if they are asymptomatic and have no exposure.  Otherwise, they are asked to stay home and finish their classes there.
  1. Each student will have to determine their own course of action, and complete this form notifying CCCB of that decision by Wednesday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m.
  1. CCCB will begin Spring Break on Wednesday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. Classes will resume on Tuesday, March 31, with instructors delivering instruction online.

The situation may be affected by ongoing state and/or federal decisions, so students and staff should check emails frequently for updates.  Also, you can check this page for the most up to date information.

RESOURCES

Frequently Asked Questions

Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet

CDC Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Randolph County, Missouri Health Department

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Priorities of Campus Safety

The health and safety of the CCCB community is the college’s top priority. College officials have been closely monitoring the advice by government agencies and will make every effort to provide information and implement policies intended to ensure the continued health and safety of our community. Because flu and flu-like viruses, like COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus), can be spread from person to person, the College is taking steps to prevent the spread of viruses at CCCB as much as possible with the help of students and employees. 

CCCB is working with the Randolph County Health Department to monitor local conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take concerning the institution. The Randolph County Health Department and local physicians are more concerned about the spread of Influenza A and B in the area at this time and everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot if not already done so. CCCB will keep the campus updated with new information as it becomes available. For now, the College is maintaining normal operations, but making adjustments to upcoming events and travel, and making every effort possible to prevent the spread of these viruses. 

SOLID scheduled for April 2 has been canceled.

SHINE scheduled for April 16 has been canceled.

Student-led international and domestic mission trips have been postponed until further notice.

CCCB will conduct a thorough environmental cleaning and will continue to do so. The cleaning products are effective against almost all viruses including COVID-19. The protocol for disinfection has been heightened. More hand-sanitizer units have been installed, as well as posters with CDC-recommended hand-washing techniques in all campus restrooms. Resident assistants have been instructed to be diligent in monitoring the health of the students on their floors. There are also several posters displayed around campus about proper hygiene and etiquette.

Procedures for Spring Break Travel

Over spring break (March 20-30), many members of the CCCB campus community will be traveling for work, school or personal reasons. Due to the continued spread of COVID-19, many members of CCCB’s staff have met to monitor the effect of the worldwide situation on our campus community. The following procedures have been put in place as part of the college’s emergency operating plan to handle situations regarding the spread of illness for the benefit of employees, students, and their families.

All students and employees will be asked to complete an electronic form detailing travel plans upon return to campus. This will allow CCCB to track any potential risk of illness and/or infection on campus. 

If presented with a mild cough or low-grade fever (i.e. a temperature of 100 F or more), the expectation is to stay at home and self-quarantine. This means avoiding close contact (6 feet or nearer) with other people, including family members. The following steps must also be taken:

  • Immediately contact Darryl Ammon, Vice President of Student Development, at 660-372-2532 or 660-676-0242.
  • The healthcare provider and/or the local public health department should be contacted, giving details of recent travel and symptoms.
  • Comply with any and all precautionary protocols established by the college and/or the Randolph County Health Department prior to and upon returning to campus, which may include a 14-day quarantine.

Failure to comply with this campus-arrival directive increases the risk to the campus and the surrounding community. As a result, any willful disregard or violation of this directive may be subject to disciplinary action(s).

Central Christian College of the Bible recognizes and adheres to the travel advisories enacted by the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control. For the most up-to-date travel restrictions and guidelines, please visit the CDC Information for Travel page at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

Precautions for Minimizing the Spread of Illness 

At the current time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Randolph County. Conditions surrounding COVID-19 are rapidly-changing and new information about the disease may continue to impact the community approach. Additionally, it’s vitally important to take precautions to avoid exposure to prevent any illnesses.

  • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from others when sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Maintain at least 3 feet distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to continue coursework for CCCB students who are unable to return to campus due to illness. Contact Darryl Ammon, Vice President of Student Development (darrylammon@cccb.edu or 660-372-2532) with any questions or concerns.

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