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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

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New - Effective March 27, 2020 | Remote Learning to Continue for Summer Sessions 1 & 2

Broward College will continue remote learning for its summer courses for session 1 & 2 begining May 11. The decision was made in consideration of protecting the health and safety of students and employees while maintaining academic continuity. 

The College continues to monitor developments of the COVID-19 outbreak and has not ruled out the possibility of resuming face-to-face instruction during the summer term. If that becomes an option, it will be considered for summer session 3, which starts on June 25. 

Broward County issued an order on March 26 strongly suggesting that county residents stay in their homes, unless they were engaging in essential activities. Broward College's work is essential. The reason private colleges are specifically mentioned, while public colleges are not is due to the limited jurisdiction that Broward County has on the College itself. Broward College has a unique constitution under Florida law as its own political subdivision of the state. While Broward College is primarily self-governing as a political subdivision of the state of Florida, we heavily consider guidance from the Governor and the Department of Education, among others, in order to make decisions about operations such as the remote and on-site work of our employees.

Thus, Broward College will continue to serve students in this remote learning environment. The county's order does not impede Broward College's ability to provide services by appointment to support students at identified locations, which is still essential to ensure academic continuity.  

Broward College encourages all its students and employees to maintain social distancing practices and follow the guidance from the county about personal activities.

Resources, such as answers to frequently asked questions and our Academic Continuity for Faculty & Staff plan are now available. See menu on left.

Effective March 16, Broward College employees will work from home and conduct remote learning. Students should not come to campus until further notice. Faculty and staff have transitioned to work from home with some exceptions. The transition to remote work, remote learning, and limiting the number of people on campuses and centers is part of the College's efforts to promote social distancing, which health experts have advised is the best way of limiting infection. Employees who are required to be physically present at work will coordinate with their immediate supervisors on plans that ensure social distancing, that is, limiting the number of people in each space and the likelihood of contact. This is part of an effort to do what epidemiologists call flattening the curve of the pandemic. Social distancing slows the spread of the virus by reducing the number of people getting sick at once.

Most student services are available online or by phone. See Student Resources here: 

http://www.broward.edu/coronavirus/Pages/student-resources.aspx 

In addition, all college-related events are canceled until further notice. 

Safety Measures & Prevention

Stay Up to Date with the Latest Changes:

Communications to students and staff are sent through various methods, including BC Alerts (the College's emergency response system, which includes email, phone, and SMS text messaging). Please review your contact information and update as needed Broward.edu/BCAlert

Social Distancing Measures:

Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to lessen interactions with people and add distance when we must interact in person. Additionally, if you do get infected, practicing social distance lowers your chance of spreading the virus to someone else.

Here are a few tips:

  • No hugs or handshakes. 

  • Take a step back if you are standing close enough to extend your arms and touch fingertips. 

  • Experts recommend maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

  • Avoid large gatherings.

  • If possible, use a checkerboard format seating arrangement at meetings. 

Read more here: http://ww11.doh.state.fl.us/comm/_partners/action/covid19_social_distancing.pdf

Personal Precautions:

While the College is taking every possible measure to safeguard the welfare of its students and employees, we recommend that you follow the practices provided by the CDC to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Avoid handshaking and close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your 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.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • 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.

Broward College's Response Team:

A cross-functional team will continue to monitor developments and make decisions to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our students and employees. College officials are in contact with local and state authorities leading the response on COVID-19.

Prevention:

The College has in place measures to limit the spread of infections. These steps began with thorough cleaning of restrooms, classrooms, common areas, and floors during the spring break. There is also daily disinfecting of doorknobs, push bars, and railings and monitoring and refilling of hand sanitizer stations. Posters on how to stop the spread of germs have been installed in restrooms, and a COVID-19 factsheet has been installed in common areas.

Resources:

CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet

Florida Health Department

Centers for Disease Control

You can also subscribe to email updates from the CDC here.


COVID-19 Test Reporting & Self-Isolation Protocols

Students – If you think you may have been exposed to coronavirus through recent travel or through someone who had symptoms and need to self-isolate, please send an email to StudentTravel@broward.edu. It is also very important, that you contact each of your professors directly to make arrangements to complete all of your assignments and meet the academic requirements for courses in which you are currently enrolled.

Employees – If you think you may have been exposed to coronavirus through recent travel or through someone who had symptoms and need to self-isolate, please email EmployeeTravel@broward.edu. You are also required to contact your immediate supervisor.

Students & Employees – If you self-isolated for 14 days, had no symptoms during isolation, and did not come in contact with anyone who had symptoms, you may return to normal activities. 

If you have been confirmed with a positive case of COVID-19, even if not related to recent travel, please notify:

Students: StudentTravel@broward.edu

Employees: EmployeeTravel@broward.edu.



Food Insecurity Resources

Feeding South Florida has launched a COVID-19 response to help support those in need during this time through direct-service programs including benefits application assistance, access to its food pantry and home delivery for qualified individuals. Visit the link below for resources.

Feeding South Florida

Those who require assistance can visit: https://feedingsouthflorida.org/benefits-emergency-services/

Broward County Schools are providing free meals to BCPS and their families at specific locations:

Food and Nutrition Services for Students and Families


Health & Wellness Resources

24/7 Help & Support (Accessible to All)

For those who need assistance, the Florida Department of Health has a dedicated 24/7 call center for COVID-19 866-779-6121, or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

CIGNA offers a 24/7 help line at 866-912-1687.  This resource is open to all, whether or not you are covered by CIGNA medical insurance.


Local Resources






National Organizations





Managing Stress & Anxiety

The College provides counseling services for its students and employees.

Students can receive free support through Henderson Student Counseling Services at 954-424-6916. 

To help manage stress and anxiety, full-time Cigna-insured employees, and their households, have access to free counseling through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which can be found in the myCigna app or website, under the Coverage tab, or call 877-622-4327, and for anyone not having health benefits or employee assistance program benefits through Cigna, you may call the 24/7 help line at 866-912-1687.

https://www.cigna.com/static/www-cigna-com/docs/individuals-families/health-wellness/topic-disaster-resource-center/coping-with-the-fear-of-coronavirus.pdf

Additional resources are available here:


Travel Precautions

​As of March 13: The Florida Department of Health has extended its guidelines to include individuals who recently have been on a cruise, traveled to any foreign country, or traveled through Port Everglades. 

Please note the following updates to the self-isolation protocol: 

If you (1) recently visited any foreign country, (2) returned from a cruise, (3) traveled through Port Everglades, or (4) were exposed to someone with symptoms, we request that you self-isolate for 14 days and notify the College by email per the self-isolation protocol below.

Other Travel

​All college-sponsored international travel has been canceled until further notice. All college-sponsored domestic air travel scheduled in the next 30-days has been canceled.

College-sponsored travel by motor vehicle will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the trip coordinator and their supervisor.

Students, who are scheduled to participate in a college-sponsored trip, should contact the College coordinator (i.e., athletic coach, club advisor) for more information. This includes, but is not limited to, academic competitions, athletic events, conferences, and study abroad programs for the summer term. For additional information on the status of other Broward College Study Abroad programs visit: Broward.edu/international/studyabroad.

Students and employees are highly encouraged to avoid personal air travel. 


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