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3/26/2020 ABC Coronavirus Response Update
(No member of the college faculty or staff has been diagnosed as contracting COVID-19)
In light of the Executive Order issued by the Governor of NC on Friday, March 27, Ambassador Baptist College has made the following changes:
- Non-essential faculty and staff members will work from home instead of their offices beginning March 30th.
- The College switchboard will be answered and messages will be forwarded to staff and faculty members.
- Returning dormitory students will not be allowed into the dorms after 5 pm on Monday, March 30th. Items left in the dorms may be retrieved at a later date determined by the administration.
The items listed above will be in effect until Monday, April 13th. The college will continue to monitor state and federal guidance.
Online classes will begin at 7:30 am on Monday, March 30th. Students have been emailed all of the information necessary for online instruction via Populi and Zoom.
3/19/2020 ABC Coronavirus Response Update
After consulting with state and local authorities, Ambassador Baptist College has decided to finish the spring 2020 semester with online classes. While we favor face to face instruction, we believe that this method will give our students the best instruction given the uncertain nature of the weeks ahead.
The Spring Break will continue to be extended through March 29th. This will allow teachers the time to upload online content for their classes.
Online classes will begin on Monday, March 30th. All students will be emailed instructions on how to use Populi for their online work. Students not receiving an email by Wednesday, March 25th should contact Mr. Matthew Hanke for instructions to finish the semester.
Students are advised to not get jobs that would interfere with the regular class day. There is a very real possibility that classes will be offered real-time throughout the class day. A thirty-minute chapel service will also be featured every day.
Students who will be returning in the fall will receive a credit for any room and board expenses that have been prepaid. Graduating seniors will receive a cash refund for any room and board that has been prepaid.
Commencement is still scheduled for Friday, May 8th. The college will continue to monitor the situation and will make a determination about graduation as the time draws closer.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our college family. We praise the Lord for this and will continue to pray for the health of our staff and students.
3/13/2020 ABC Coronavirus Response Update
Over the past few days, the Administration of ABC has been monitoring the growth and impact of the COVID-19 virus. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus. While we are grateful for this fact, we also realize that a reasonable and prudent response is necessary for the well-being of the members of our college family.
After consulting with local and state authorities, ABC will take the following actions:
- We will extend Spring Break for one extra week. The break will now conclude on March 29th instead of March 22nd.
- We will cancel the Spring Bible Conference (services and special events) scheduled for March 23-27.
- We will continue to monitor the impact of the virus with federal, state, and local authorities.
- If deemed prudent, we will restart classroom instruction on Monday, March 30th. If the circumstances do not allow for this, then we will deliver the remainder of the classes for the spring 2020 semester online.
- A decision about Commencement will be made at a later date.
Why extend Spring Break for another week?
An extra week will allow the administration to further evaluate the impact of the virus. It will also allow time for online content to be prepared to ensure academic continuity in the event that classroom training cannot resume.
What will happen to students who planned on staying for the break?
Students planning to live in the dorm over the break will have a place to stay. The college will waive any charges for the week and do what it can to promote good health. In the event a student becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms, a quarantine area will be provided until adequate health services can be rendered. The dean of students office can answer any questions that students or their parents may have.
What happens if students return on March 30th?
In the event that classroom instruction resumes on Monday, March 30th, the dean of students office will conduct a travel audit in which every student will have to document their travels over the break and whether or not they have come in contact with someone who has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. The dean of students office must approve each student who resumes classroom instruction in April. Students who have been designated high-risk by health officials, have been diagnosed with the virus, or have traveled in level 2 or 3 countries (as designated by the CDC) will not be allowed to attend classroom instruction. The college will provide online class delivery to those who are restricted from returning in the classroom.
What is the college doing to lessen the risk of contracting COVID-19?
The college will increase its cleaning and disinfecting protocols with a particular emphasis on the common areas throughout the campus. The college will prepare quarantine areas in the events that students staying on campus need to be isolated. The college will make ensure that hand sanitizer is readily available throughout the campus. In addition, we will encourage our students to take extra precautions as outlined on www.cdc.gov.
What can students and staff do to minimize the risk of COVID-19?
The methods found here on the cdc.gov website outline simple measures to be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In the midst of this health event, our college family will resolve to “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)