COVID-19 Update: Message to the Bay State College Community
March 12, 2020
Dear Bay State College Students and Community,
We hope that you had a relaxing and refreshing Spring Break.
We have been closely monitoring COVID-19, and I wanted to send you an update on Bay State College's plan.
We acknowledge that some large college and universities near us have moved to solely online courses in the past few days. We have been checking on updates from the CDC and the Massachusetts' Department of Public Health, and they have NOT advised our institution to move to solely online courses at this time. In concurrence with our mission, the small class sizes that we offer are far below what health officials deem as unsafe.
Because almost all classes utilize CANVAS in the normal course of instruction, our faculty are prepared to teach all classes online through CANVAS in the event that becomes necessary. Faculty are currently working diligently to plan for such contingencies.
We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19, and we will send updates to your Bay State College email account.
Our Facilities Department is continuing to take every precaution including making sure that hand sanitizer dispensers are filled and classrooms and public areas around the college are disinfected and cleaned several times daily.
We ask that all students following these steps to help prevent the spread of all germs:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.
- Stay home when you are sick! Help keep everyone safe!
- There is still time to get your flu vaccine to protect against the seasonal flu.
We are advising all students stay home if they are not feeling well. Students should inform their professors if they will be absent due to illness. We are requesting that students traveling from the counties identified by the CDC as "Level 3," not return to the college for 14 days, even if they are symptom-free. See the travel advisory page for list of Level 3 Travel Health Notices.
As a college, we depend upon the best science to inform all decisions. We assure you that we take the health and safety of our entire community - students, faculty, and staff - as our most important consideration. We shall continue to watch any changes in the situation carefully and will be prepared to respond accordingly. Like all things at our college, it is with the wisdom of good science and the guidance of our faculty, we shall all get through this difficult time together and celebrate your accomplishments soon.
Mark DeFusco, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer/President
Bay State College