Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Update


Aug. 5, 2020

Next Weekly Update: Wednesday, Aug. 12

Virtual Commencement

The August Virtual commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8. Please utilize the livestream link to watch the “live” version of the ceremony or use the download link to watch the ceremonies at your convenience. Graduate commencement is 11 a.m., followed by the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education at 2 p.m. with the College of Science and Technology and the Zeigler College of Business at 5 p.m.

Download a virtual commencement invitation, add your name and then print or share.

Fall 2020 Reopening:

The BU Fall 2020 semester plan is to begin classes on Monday, Aug. 17. Details are updated in our Back to Bloom document. An updated version will be posted later today.

#MASKUP: Remember, each member of the BU Family has a responsibility to take the necessary protective measures so that we can help contain and reduce the COVID-19 incidence rate in our county. #MASKUP when on- or off-campus and when visiting town or area businesses.

Please refer to the Fall 2020 webpage for important details and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

2020-21 Academic Calendar

  • Fall I — Aug. 17 to Nov. 24 
  • Fall II — Aug. 17 to Oct. 6 
  • Fall III — Oct. 7 to Nov. 24 

Winter dates still pending

  •  Spring I — Feb. 1 to May 13
  • Spring II — Feb. 1 to March 23
  • Spring III — March 24 to May 13 

 

Government COVID-19 Resources

New FAQs:

COVID-19 Testing. In partnership with Geisinger Health, there will be a dedicated COVID-19 testing facility on campus for students who are exhibiting COVID-related symptoms. The testing center will be housed in the Fenstermaker Alumni House and will be fully operational by the opening of the Fall semester.

Husky Health Checker. All members of the BU community are strongly encouraged to monitor their health each day by utilizing the Husky Health Checker survey. Upon completion of the survey, retain the badge on your mobile device by leaving your browser tab open or taking a screenshot, or on your computer by printing it or taking a picture of your screen using your mobile device.

Quarantine. BU has set aside 72 rooms on-campus to allow for a safe quarantining of any students who are exhibiting COVID-related symptoms. Meals will be delivered to students who are in quarantine on-campus.

Winter Session: The winter session will be held Dec. 7, 2020 through Jan. 22, 2021. All courses will be delivered 100% online.

Can I still change my schedule?
Most student schedules have been set, and any further adjustments would be student-generated changes. Check your schedule to confirm and if you have any questions about schedule, please contact the Registrar’s Office, BURegistrar@bloomu.eduBURegistrar@bloomu.edu.

How do I get my textbooks?
Contact the University Store. Books may be ordered for pickup or delivered to your home, if studying remotely.

FAQs from last week

Labor Day: A reminder that the University will be open for business and classes will be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

When searching for courses to add to my schedule, how can I tell what the course delivery method is?

You may view your schedules in MyHusky. To help you understand how to read your schedule, refer to how to read your schedule located on the registrar’s page or watch this video.

What is a modality?

Modality is the delivery method of the course. For Fall 2020, classes will be offered in the following modalities:

Face-to-Face. Sections that are taught in a classroom or space in which both students and the faculty member are both present. For Fall 2020, the number of students in the class have been limited and larger classrooms have been assigned than where a class typically meets.

Blended. Sections that are taught in more than one modality (Face-to-Face, Online-Synchronous, Online-Asynchronous)

Online-Synchronous. Class is taught remotely at days and times scheduled by the Registrar's Office or as per the faculty.

Online-Asynchronous. Class materials, activities, and assignments are provided remotely and no day or time is regularly scheduled for the class.

At what point would students be sent home? In the “YELLOW” phase? In the “RED” phase?

Should positive Covid-19 cases increase on the campus, consultation with state health guidelines, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and professionals will continue, and we will determine any adjustments that may need to made, including moving more courses to an online delivery. In the event students are asked to return to their home residence, students returning home may vary based on several factors including major. For example, according to PDE some students may continue to receive face-to-face instruction even under “RED” due to the nature of their training and the need for hands-on curriculum.

Health and Safety

Masks: The proper wearing of a mask while on campus and in campus buildings is important. A properly worn mask will cover both your mouth and nose. It is also important to WASH your mask on a regular basis to prevent it from becoming a factor in the spread of the virus.

Town: With the return to campus, Bloomsburg Town Police want to remind students about the importance of being good neighbors during these uncertain times. It is important to continue wearing a mask when off-campus and large gatherings of more than 25 and parties are prohibited. Large gatherings have been shown to be an easy way to spread COVID-19. Also, the BU Student Code of Conduct allows for sanctions for those whose are cited off-campus

(NEW) Emergency Aid Application for Fall 2020: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act gives Bloomsburg University the ability to award funds to students for expenses related to the disruption of normal campus operations due to the coronavirus. Additionally, funding provided by the Strengthen the Pack campaign is also available to support our students during this time of need. The Emergency Aid Application for Fall 2020 is now available and can be found here. Please email buaid@bloomu.edu if you have questions about your financial aid, or visit the Financial Aid webpage for information.

(NEW) Student Assistance Form: Students, if you have a concern or need help with something – simply click on this request link and tell us how we can assist you. If you need COVID-19 related academic accommodations, please use this form to start the process. The link is located at the top of the Current Students page, or click here: http://intranet.bloomu.edu/student-assistance.

Kehr Union Fall 2020 Operations Plan: Kehr Union Building guidelines, room capacities and standardized room layouts for Fall 2020 are available here. Kehr Union reservations will reopen for rescheduling Wednesday, Aug. 5. Contact Kristi Getty at x4715 or kgetty@bloomu.edu with questions.

Student Recreation Center Fall 2020 Operations Plan: The Student Recreation Center has announced a phased re-opening approach and will begin to open areas of the facility. Effective Monday, Aug. 17, the center will open with updated hours:

Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Parents’ and Family Weekend scheduled for September has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Faculty and Staff

Please refer to the HR Connect webpage for important COVID-19 details and documents.

Human Resources Reminder

As a matter of public health and safety, all employees are expected to self-monitor their personal health. If you feel sick, or have COVID-19 symptoms, you should not come to work and notify your supervisor through the normal absence procedure. If you feel sick at work, notify your supervisor and go home. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, notify your supervisor and contact your primary healthcare provider for medical advice.

Employees should follow these guidelines for exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19.

  • If someone you have had close direct contact with is being tested for COVID-19, stay home and notify your supervisor.
  • If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace, please notify your supervisor immediately. Your supervisor will contact the Office of Workplace Safety for guidance on proper protocols.

Please consult the COVID-19 Workplace Guide for more detailed safety guidance.

For those seeking flexibility in the workplace due to an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, please contact HR at 570-389-4415 or submit a help request to hrhelp@bloomu.edu. Your supervisor and the HR team are here to partner with you as we work through these requests.

Update: The Department of Health (DOH) announced a recommendation for domestic travelers returning from designated states to quarantine for 14 calendar days upon return to Pennsylvania. A list of states to which the quarantine recommendation applies (designated states) can be found on the PA DOH Travelers Information website. The list will be updated regularly as nationwide COVID-19 data is updated.

In the interest of public safety and in accordance with the DOH recommendations, Bloomsburg University is requesting that employees who have traveled to a state designated by the DOH follow the DOH guidance upon returning to Pennsylvania and do not report to the Bloomsburg University campus.

  • Employees who plan to travel or have traveled to a state designated by the DOH and are subject to self-quarantine are requested to consult with their supervisory staff before the trip or before returning to the worksite and follow these guidelines:
  • When possible, telework may be a viable option as determined by the area supervisor.
  • Employees for whom no telework is available, may use their own paid or unpaid leave or may be eligible to use Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL). Acceptable proof of travel to an identified state will be required.
  • Employees may apply for EPSL via email to: COVID19LeaveRequest@passhe.edu.

Additional information pertaining to quarantine recommendations are located here. Please refer to your immediate supervisor for questions pertaining to your work status.

The Husky Safe Seven

Always wear your face covering

Always wear your face covering, and it must cover your mouth and nose.

Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Clean surfaces frequently, cover coughs and sneezes

Practice good health habits. Clean surfaces frequently, cover coughs and sneezes.

Stay at least 6 feet apart

Stay at least 6 feet apart. Maintain physical distancing to mitigate the potential spread of the virus.

Monitor your health daily

Monitor your health daily. Stay home when you’re sick. Learn the symptoms of COVID-19.

6.	Have questions? Contact Student Health Services or HR Connect.

Have questions? Contact Student Health Services or HR Connect.

What makes us Huskies, makes all the difference. Onward!

What makes us Huskies, makes all the difference. Onward!

The situation is rapidly evolving and recommendations from the CDC, as well as the PA Department of Health, change daily. Members of the Bloomsburg University community are encouraged to monitor the CDC and PA. Department of State websites. Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with the novel coronavirus should seek medical care right away.

Before you go to a clinic, doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. Bloomsburg students should contact the Student Health Center, while faculty and staff should contact their personal healthcare provider for further evaluation.

There's currently no COVID-19 vaccine. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats. The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.