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COVID-19 Information and Resources

Current COVID-19 Campus Data

Total for the past 7 days as of 9/21/2020
Fall 2020 Total Cases
Faculty/Staff
3 5
Commuter Students
1 4
Residential Students
5 35
Total 9 44

The Position of the College

by Dr. Steve Echols, President

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to many areas of our lives. On March 19, 2020, Brewton-Parker College closed its campus for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Since then, we have been planning for a safe reopening. Our COVID-19 task force has been working diligently to follow the governor’s guidelines in preparing policies and procedures for this fall. We have also been working with local health officials and consulting with other health agencies and higher education institutions. With the highest priority to minimize the risk of COVID-19, we have put together the enclosed policies and procedures for Fall 2020.

Available information indicates that COVID-19 carries a far lower mortality risk for the college age group than for the elderly and at-risk populations. In fact, over the last four months many more young adults have died from automobile accidents than from COVID-19, even among those who have pre-existing conditions. However, just as we urge our students to wear seat belts and drive safely, we must take every precaution to minimize any threat of COVID-19 to our students, faculty and staff—some of whom may be in at-risk groups—and to those with whom they may come in close contact. One life is too precious to risk, and non-lethal infections, especially among older persons, can still bring serious symptoms and life-long disability. BPC is strongly committed to minimizing the possibility of spreading the virus, even though it most often results in milder symptoms or no symptoms among college age students.

BPC has taken several proactive measures to ensure health safety such as hiring a full-time nurse practitioner, Dr. Rennie Bailey, along with a full-time LPN to assist her. We have also doubled our cleaning staff, installing plexiglass shields in many office areas, and installing numerous sanitation stations.
The fall semester that starts on August 17, 2020 will be different from any previous semester.
Athletes will not report early. Masks will be required in classes and inside all campus
buildings, and class sizes will be reduced to ensure social distancing. Instruction will end the week before Thanksgiving and students will take finals online. This document contains further details on the comprehensive plan.

The challenge of COVID-19 requires flexibility to maximize safety. Therefore, these procedures may require review and modification as the situation changes. Please be assured that we will keep students, parents, and all constituents informed and, through God’s grace, we will strive to do everything possible to ensure a safe environment at BPC.

Campus Updates

BPC Mask Requirements

BPC Mask Requirements

Effective July 20, 2020, Brewton-Parker College will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate mask or other face covering while inside campus facilities or buildings, as well as in outside areas on campus where six feet social...

Commencement Postponed as Faculty and Staff Continue to Work from Home

Commencement Postponed as Faculty and Staff Continue to Work from Home

MOUNT-VERNON - On Wednesday, April 1, Dr. Steve Echols, BPC President, announced that faculty and staff will continue to work remotely until the end of April. In addition, he announced with a heavy heart that BPC's graduation ceremony, which was set for May 9, will be...

BPC President Releases Statement to the BPC Family

BPC President Releases Statement to the BPC Family

Dear BPC Family, I wanted to give an update of the BPC response to the Coronavirus epidemic. As many of you know, classes were cancelled and students vacated the campus by March 19. All classes for the remainder of the semester will go online. Only two international...

Commitment to Health and Safety

All employees, students, faculty and guests of the college are expected to comply fully with the protocols and policies set forth in this plan as part of BPC’s sincere desire to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19 to our community. The college can impose disciplinary actions if a student, faculty member, employee, or visitor on campus willfully disregards this plan. Employees and students must continue to follow the personal safety practices outlined herein until college administration announces that these practices are no longer required.

Questions about COVID-19 on campus?

Dr. Steven Echols

President

Gates Building

(912) 583-3202

sechols@bpc.edu

Dr. Beverly Robinson

Vice President for Student Success & Diversity Engagement; Chair, COVID-19 Task Force

Cook Building

(912) 583-3260

brobinson1@bpc.edu

Dr. Rennie Bailey

Director of Nursing Program

Math & Science Building

(912) 583-3104

rbailey1@bpc.edu

All external communication about COVID-19 from outside entities will be done through the president’s office.

Remember the Basic 6

#1 Cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow. Do not sneeze or cough into your hands.

#2 If you feel sick and have a fever, please stay home.

# 3 Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose.

#4 Wash hands often! Use soap and water for at least twenty seconds rule. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you cannot wash your hands right away.

# 5 Clean and disinfect high-touch areas and shared-use items.

# 6 If an individual appears sick, avoid contact.