Update: March 26, 2020
(Continuing Students Click HERE for the Student Resource page)
Following Governor Jim Justice’s statewide address Tuesday, March 17, during which he shared that West Virginia has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, I wanted to follow up with guidance for all of us at BridgeValley to do our part to prevent the spread of the disease. The overarching goal at BridgeValley is to continue our operations while avoiding physical face-to-face contact as much as possible.
To best protect our campuses, the College has taken the below steps:
- With the consent of the Chancellor, all class instruction will be delivered online beginning Monday, March 23rd and will continue through the 2020 spring semester ending on May 15th.
- It is the intent of the College to help you complete the remainder of the semester using Blackboard and other online resources. You will be receiving information from your instructor on next steps.
- Each class will have a path for you to complete the semester and receive credit for your hard work.
- Continuing Students can find online instruction information and online resources on this page
- Staff is still working remotely and responding to email and phone calls as quickly as possible.
- Please check your email daily and read each one carefully. Also, check other BV communication sites daily for new updates and announcements.
- BridgeValley’s webpage and student email
WV INVESTS and BridgeValley Scholarship Students
The Community Service requirement for WV Invests Grant Recipients and BV Scholarship Student recipients has been waived for the spring 2020 Semester.
Commencement will now be conducted virtually. Students will get an email from the Office of the Registrar with details and can go to https://www.bridgevalley.edu/registrar-graduation-information for the latest updates and information.
Summer and Fall Registration https://www.bridgevalley.edu/go
You should register through your MyBridge account for Summer and Fall classes. Get the classes you need now and be set!
Email your advisor with a list of courses for approval.
BridgeValley Community and Technical College is closely monitoring news and information related to COVID-19, the worldwide illness known as coronavirus. BridgeValley CTC has no known cases of COVID-19, but the College is working with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services and the West Virginia Community & Technical College System (CTCS) to take precautions to protect our students, faculty, and staff. The administrative team has been working to identify ways to keep our campuses safe and to share resources for protective steps individuals can take.
First, in our effort to make strides to keep our college free from the Coronavirus, it is also incumbent upon each of us to make a commitment that we do not infringe on the rights of our international students, nor subconsciously promote xenophobic reactions or stigmatize our Chinese or other Asian students. Let us all be mindful that our interactions with everyone are to be welcoming and devoid of discrimination and stereotyping.
While the concerns about a coronavirus outbreak have arrived in the United States, it is too soon to predict the impact the virus may have on BridgeValley.
This landing page will share information and address concerns about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), but should not be considered as your primary course of information for coronavirus in our region. It is an effort to keep you informed and healthy.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the novel (or new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China, where some patients have had mild illness, while others have been more severe illness, and some have died.
Here’s what you should know regarding the coronavirus:
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who have casual contact with a case (in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing infection.
- If you have not been to China or been in close contact with someone who has been to China and is sick, your risk is very low.
Here’s what you can do to stay healthy:
As always, it is recommended that you follow such standard hygiene practices as:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available
- Staying home when you are sick
- Covering the nose and mouth with elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth
- Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
What if I get sick?
If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from CDC-designated level three countries, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your recent travel or close contact.
- Free 24/7 information hotline to address COVID-19 concerns: 800-887-4304
- WVDHHR website: coronavirus.wv.gov
- CDC website: www.cdc.gov/COVID19