Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Last Updated: 3/24/20, 8:24 a.m.

LATEST NEWS:

Message from the President: SPRING TERM FULLY REMOTE - 3/19/20

NWAC cancels spring athletic season; no BMCC baseball or softball - 3/17/20

UPDATED 2019-20 Academic Calendar - 3/23/20

Additional Resources/Information

Blue Mountain Community College continues to take appropriate actions related to the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19), which was first detected in China and is now present in a number of countries, including the United States, and in our College district.

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19, precautions that are being taken and prevention measures you can take, as well as information on the effects of measures various governments are taking to stem the outbreak.

BMCC administrators are closely monitoring the outbreak and are reviewing emergency procedures. As of the date above, no members of the BMCC community have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

This is an evolving situation, and updates are available from the Oregon Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including updated Travel Notices for countries with community transmission.

This page is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.

BMCC Information

BMCC locations are not closed, but are operating full remotely at this time. Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an Executive Order on 3/18/20 that prohibits colleges and universities from conducting in-person classroom, laboratory, or other instruction from March 21 through April 28. As a result, beginning March 23 and through April 28, BMCC will move to serving students and the community remotely. We will provide services exclusively through virtual means (phone, email, Zoom, Canvas) and our locations will be restricted to faculty and staff access only. This means we will ask students and the public to refrain from coming to campus or any center location during this time (with very few exceptions by appointment only), and instead utilize phone calls, email, Zoom and other remote access tools to connect with BMCC employees and services.

In an effort to give faculty and staff more time to prepare for moving to completely remote operations, BMCC will delay the start of Spring Term to Monday, April 6, 2020. The term will still last for 10 weeks, ending on June 12, 2020. Finals will be the last day of class or online during Spring Term. BMCC wills hare an update on critical add/drop and payment dates soon.

The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) has officially cancelled spring sport competition and practices.

BMCC Athletics has closed all athletic facilities, including the MAC weight/cardio rooms, racquetball courts, fieldhouse, and soccer and baseball clubhouses.

For more information regarding COVID-19 effects on BMCC Timberwolf Athletics, please visit www.bmcctimberwolves.com.

To assist students who do not have access to the Internet or equipment necessary for taking classes online, BMCC has scheduled “Zoom Rooms” to allow students to come to BMCC locations to access resources, allowed as an “essential service” by the Governor’s order. The Pendleton campus will have six rooms designated as Zoom Rooms (E-118, E-128, FARM 215, Library, M-143, ST-215), and there will be one at each center location (Milton-Freewater: Room 112, Workforce Training Center: Conference Room; Hermiston: DTEN Room; Baker: Lab). Please note: appropriate social distancing must be observed in the Zoom Rooms, and seating will be limited in each room. Thus, if you have the ability to remotely access your classes via Zoom or Canvas from home, please do so.

In addition, Charter Communications' Spectrum broadband service will offer free broadband service up to 100 megabits per second with no installation fees for the next 60 days to households with K-12 or college students. This is limited to new accounts for people who do not already have a Spectrum Internet subscription. Installation fees will be waived. In addition, Spectrum WiFi hotspots will be open for public use. Call 1-844-579-3743 to enroll.

The BMCC Bookstore will remain operational via its website to serve our students’ needs for Spring Term course materials. The Bookstore is able to fulfill any online orders placed through its website, www.bookstore.bluecc.edu.

The Library will serve as a way for students without Internet and/or equipment at home to access Zoom and online format classes. The Library does ask that anyone with items to return to the Library please wait to do so until the Library physically reopens. There is no penalty for late items and due dates will be extended. Other information regarding Library services will be updated on this page soon.

Faculty advisors and Success Coaches will be available to students virtually. Click here for updated information from the Student Success Center regarding meetings with Success Coaches & tutoring.

The Financial Aid Office will send students updates via email, so please be sure to regularly check your BMCC student email account for this important information.

The Registrar’s Office will post information on this page regarding updated add/drop and payment dates as soon as it has some additional clarity on what those dates will be now that the start of the term has been delayed. Please be sure to monitor this web page for details. Click here for a revised academic calendar to reflect the delay.

All GED testing will continue to be conducted in-person in Pendleton and Hermiston by appointment only, and strict social distancing measures will be implemented. Placement testing for Spring Term will also be available by appointment only. In addition, Pesticide testing and Building Codes testing will also take place by appointment only in Pendleton and Hermiston. Call 541-278-5931 to make your appointment. Summer and Fall Term placement testing is not available at this time.

If you have a disability or learning accommodation, please fill out the disability/accommodations form on BMCC’s website, or contact Learning Support Coordinator Brian Boerma, 541-278-5817, bboerma@bluecc.edu.

Students who have a need for items from BMCC’s food pantry, The Den, can make call-in orders of up to 10 items and establish a pick-up time. Leave a message with your order at 541-278-5965. Click here for details.

BMCC is offering two ways to “tour” the College as we are unable to conduct physical tours at our locations for the safety of our staff and visitors. Here are the two options you can utilize to learn more:

“Zoom” Tour - One of our staff will give you a tour utilizing Zoom video technology from one of our mobile phones! Enjoy learning about our campus from the comfort of your couch while we do all the walking. Schedule at (541)278-5921, (541)561-7997, or by emailing apierson@bluecc.edu.

“Zoom” Q & A - Have questions about specific programs, the admissions process, or financial aid? One of our admissions counselors would love to use Zoom video technology to provide more information to you! Schedule at (541)278-5921, (541)561-7997, or by emailing apierson@bluecc.edu.

Additional Student Resources - click here.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19

More information about COVID-19 & how to stay healthy

What is social distancing?

The CDC defines Social Distancing as avoiding crowds and mass public gatherings, and when possible, maintaining a distance of at least three feet from others. Social distancing also means staying home when ill, avoiding contact with people who have symptoms of illness, and not shaking hands

 

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Oregon Health Authority (OHA)

Oregon Employment Department COVID-19 Scenarios/Benefits Info

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