Coronavirus Updates

 

CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)

The College has been evaluating the impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) since the beginning of the spring 2020 semester. We are completely committed to keeping the community informed of this rapidly changing situation.

The College has moved all classes online through the end of the semester, including all lab courses.

Please navigate this page for the latest updates and resources including a link to things you should do and know in relation to COVID-19 and other important resources. This information will be updated regularly.

What do I do if I've been diagnosed with COVID-19 or know of another Bloomfield College community member who has been diagnosed?

The College considers any suspicion of a confirmed case of COVID-19 as a major campus emergency of the highest priority.

All members of the college community are required to notify Dr. Patrick Lamy, Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Relations, at (973) 748-9000 ext. 1245, immediately if they have any information regarding a campus-related positive case of COVID-19.

Campus-related would be defined as any member of the College's community that has either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Any faculty, staff or administration officials who potentially receive any information from a student or a member of the campus community regarding a confirmed positive test is asked to reach out to Dr. Lamy directly and immediately to confirm information has been shared.

Specifically, the following information should be provided:

  • Individual’s first and last name.

  • If the individual is a member of the College’s staff, please provide the employee's department. 

  • If the individual is a student, please provide the student’s ID number.

  • Also provide any additional contact information for the individual.

By law, the specifics of this information will be under the strictest confidentiality.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE REACH OUT:

  • Current Students: Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Relations at 973-748-9000 extension 1245 or saffairs@bloomfield.edu.
    Current Student FAQ

    If you are a student and do not have the technological means to complete your courses online, please complete this survey.

    What if I do not have access to the textbook I was using in the library?

    To support you students, our Bookstore Provider (Akademos) has partnered with digital course materials provider, VitalSource, and leading publishers, to launch VitalSource Helps, a program that provides access to ebooks to you through May 25th. You may begin accessing these materials today using their official school email address at bookshelf.vitalsource.com. Before you get started, we encourage you to review this student FAQ. If you cannot find the textbook you need within this resource, please contact your professor and they will coordinate with Administration in further efforts to resolve your problem.

    I have filled out the student technology request form and have not heard anything back from the College about my issue, help!

    On a daily basis the College is reviewing the student technology request form. Based on your request you should be notified via email with a solution, please monitor your Bloomfield.edu emails on a regular basis.

    I do not have access to internet at my home, can Bloomfield College assist me with this?

    The College is unable to provide internet access. However, we are committed to find other ways to ensure the students have the ability to continue learning. This FAQ reflects various opportunities you should explore in order to fulfill your needs including gaining wifi through mobile hotspots, Optimum/Spectrum service, or Optimum/Spectrum/Xfinity Wifi. These services may be free and we recommend you carefully review all options. If you have any further questions, please contact IT HelpDesk.

    Will the residence halls remain open for the remainder of the semester?

    Residence halls will remain open although we strongly encourage students to stay or return home for the duration of this health crisis. Those who choose to return home should make proper check-out arrangements with the REH Office to vacate their rooms within the next two weeks. If you are not currently on campus and wish to return, you must email the Division of Student Affairs at saffairs@bloomfield.edu by Friday, March 20.

    Will the Counseling Center be available during the remainder of the semester?

    The Counseling Center staff will be available via email and phone for counseling purposes, needs, and referrals. Hours available Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Will the Student Center be open?

    The Student Center may be open during the shutdown period and hours will be announced at a later date via email and BC Portal.

    Will the Health Services Office be open?

    The Health Services Office will be open with limited hours available. Hours will be announced at a later date via email and BC Portal. You may contact Health Services at 973-748-9000, ext. 1360.

    I did not return to campus due to COVID-19, will I be receiving a refund for room and board?

    Please understand that our primary focus at this point is on the health and safety of our students followed closely by the completion of their academic requirements in a timely fashion. We understand the concern about costs and will at the appropriate time revisit and address this issue. We ask for your patience until we get there.

    Will Student Financial Services be open? Or I have a question about my financial aid award?

    As of Wednesday, March 18, the Student Financial Services team will be working remotely. You may still reach us at Financial_Services@bloomfield.edu or text 973-200-6961.

    Can I still speak to someone with my questions?

    We are still here to help! During this challenging time, if you would like to speak with a customer service or financial aid counselor, we are happy to set up a virtual counseling session with you, email us at Financial_Services@bloomfield.edu

    Do I still have time to file my 2020-2021 FAFSA?

    Yes! The priority submission deadline is April 1. Please go to FAFSA.GOV today, you don't want to miss out on grants and scholarships that have a filing deadline. Email the office at financial_services@bloomfield. edu if you have any questions. We can help you through the process.

    For the new students I would change the answer to: Yes! Please go to FAFSA.GOV, you don't want to miss out on grants and scholarships! Email the office at financial_services@bloomfield. edu if you have any questions. We can help you through the process.

    Will I be able to meet Chaplain’s office during the spring semester?

    The College Chaplain will be available via email, phone, Zoom or Skype for spiritual counseling purposes and needs.

    Will the Student Affairs Office be open over the spring break?

    The Office of Student Affairs will be open on a limited basis from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to address student questions, issues and needs.

    Will the dining hall be open for the remainder of the semester?

    Yes, the dining hall will be open from 7am to 7pm during the week. On the weekend we will be open from 11:30am to 7pm. We will keep you informed on any changes.

    Will I be able to eat in the dining hall?

    Service options will be reduced to "take out" only.

    What meal options will I have?

    The dining hall will provide food stations as regular. For specific meal requests, please be sure to let the Gourmet Dining staff know.

    Are there any other changes being made in the dining hall I should be made aware of?

    All meals will be physically served by dining services staff in order to reduce points of contact as much as possible. Additionally, all surfaces will be sanitized even more regularly.

    How do I retrieve mail sent to the College?

    Resident students can retrieve their mail on a weekly basis from the Office of Residential Education & Housing. Please contact the department to pick up your mail and/or packages.

    Will the Gymnasium be available during the Spring semester?

    The Gymnasium will be closed until further notice.

    Are student events in the Student Center still being held?

    All student events and activities for the month of March through April 19th have been canceled and/or postponed. Major events postponed will be announced at a later date/time and will be shared via email, BC Portal and campus-wide postings.

    Will IT Helpdesk be available during the spring semester?

    The Information Technology Helpdesk will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. They can be reached at 973-748-9000, ext.1224

    Will I be able to keep my job on campus?

    Students are allowed to keep their campus employment and fulfill their on-campus job responsibilities. Please reach out to your respective supervisor for additional information.

    Will I be able to get help from the Center for Career Development?

    The Center for Career Development will function virtually and offer resume development, mock interviews and share vital information about internships and job opportunities.

    What do I do if feel symptoms of COVID-19?

    Students should contact their primary physician, Urgent Care or local hospital emergency room. Residents on campus can also contact Health Services at 973-748-9000, ext. 1360.

    Will the student health insurance cover me if I become ill?

    It is covered under the student’s health insurance plan with National Guardian Life Insurance Company through the College. See www.studentplanscenter.com for more information.

    Are campus buildings open?

    Yes. The College is open. All functions will continue, and all services and facilities will remain open, including the residence halls, dining services. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order (3/16/2020):

    The Commissioner of the Department of Education (“DOE”), in consultation with the Commissioner of Department of Health (“DOH”), shall be authorized to permit schools to remain open on a limited basis for the provision of food or other essential, non-educational services, or for educational or child care services if needed in emergency situations after consultation with the Commissioner of DOH.

    What measures has the College Physical Plant (Facilities) taken in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

    In accordance with CDC recommendations, College Facilities has increased routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in all buildings, including door knobs, light switches, and other surfaces. No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time. However, students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wipe down commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, remote controls) before each use.

    Facilities is using Diversey Oxivir 1 Disinfectant to clean most surfaces. Diversey Oxivir 1 Disinfectant has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on hard, non-porous surfaces and is qualified under EPA’s emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

    Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

    https://www.cdc.gov/Coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

    Resident students can fill out the Intent to Return Form

  • Admitted and Prospective Students: Contact the Office of Admission by emailing admission@bloomfield.edu or texting 973-874-1313.
    Admitted and Prospective Student FAQ

    Will the Admissions Office be open during this crisis?

    The office will be closed for guests, but the staff will be available remotely.

    How can I reach the admissions staff?

    You can reach us by sending an email to admission@bloomfield.edu, as well as sending us a text to 973-874-1313. If you know your personal admission counselor, you can also contact them directly (see our staff page).

    Can I still apply for Fall 2020 admission?

    Absolutely! You can apply online at bloomfield.edu/apply and select the appropriate application. Our undergraduate application (high school seniors and those without a college degree) can be found directly at this link. You can also apply via the Common App.

    Can I still make my deposit to hold my seat in the Fall 2020 incoming class?

    Yes! Head to bloomfield.edu/deposit to easily make your deposit online.

    Can I schedule a tour of the campus?

    Campus tours have been suspended until further notice. We hope to begin campus tours in a few weeks once we can assure the health and safety of our staff, students, and guests.

    Will you still be hosting Accepted Student Day?

    As of now, we are still planning to hold Accepted Student Day on April 25. However, we may need to make changes as the COVID-19 situation evolves. If we postpone or cancel the event, we will reach out to each student who has registered to attend.

  • Students who are studying abroad: Contact Annette Raymond, Registrar at 973-748-9000 extension 1221.
  • Staff: Please contact the Office of Human Resources 973-748-9000, ext. 1440 or susan_dacey@bloomfield.edu.
    Staff FAQ

    Are campus buildings open?

    Yes. The College is open. All functions will continue, and all services and facilities will remain open, including the residence halls, dining services. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order (3/16/2020):

    The Commissioner of the Department of Education (“DOE”), in consultation with the Commissioner of Department of Health (“DOH”), shall be authorized to permit schools to remain open on a limited basis for the provision of food or other essential, non-educational services, or for educational or child care services if needed in emergency situations after consultation with the Commissioner of DOH.

    What measures has the College Physical Plant (Facilities) taken in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

    In accordance with CDC recommendations, College Facilities has increased routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in all buildings, including door knobs, light switches, and other surfaces. No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time. However, students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wipe down commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, remote controls) before each use.

    Facilities is using Diversey Oxivir 1 Disinfectant to clean most surfaces. Diversey Oxivir 1 Disinfectant has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on hard, non-porous surfaces and is qualified under EPA’s emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

    Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

    https://www.cdc.gov/Coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

    Where can I find more information about policies and procedures during this time?

    Please visit the Human Resources page on the MyBloomfield Portal.

    Please visit the Accounting page on the MyBloomfield Portal for answers related to your accounting questions.

  • Faculty: Contact the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at 973-748-9000 extension 1101.
    Faculty FAQ

    Who can an adjunct contact for assistance with virtual teaching?

    Department Head, Division Chair or Academic Dean.

    What if I don’t know how to use the various platforms for teaching?

    Contact your division chair, the College’s instructional technologist, Yifeng Bai, the IT department at the College or even a colleague who has offered help.

    What if students tell me they don’t have connectivity?

    Have them notify the IT department at the college either for equipment or assistance with getting online.

    What if my students have reached out to me indicating they do not have the technological resources to complete courses online or do not have access to textbooks they previously used on campus?

    As soon as students identify their needs via this survey, the College is reviewing these requests on a daily basis and contacting students via email with a solution. Please ensure your student has indeed completed the form, if you have any further questions please contact Ashton Corley atashton_corley@bloomfield.edu

    What if my students do not have access to the textbook/resource they were using in the library?

    To support your students, our Bookstore Provider (Akademos) has partnered with digital course materials provider, VitalSource, and leading publishers, to launch VitalSource Helps, a program that provides access to ebooks to students through May 25th. Students may begin accessing these materials today using their official school email address at bookshelf.vitalsource.com

    Before you and your students get started, we encourage you to review this student and Faculty FAQ.

    What if my student cannot find the resource or textbook on Vitalsource?

    If your student cannot find the textbook you need within this resource, they have been informed to contact you. If this occurs, please confirm that the content is not available on VitalSource and then reach out to Toni Furman at tonderlaya_furman@bloomfield.edu. Toni will be working with Administration in resolving these more escalated problems.

    What if I don’t have adequate technology?

    Notify the IT department

    How can I replace my office hours?

    Give students specific times and then connect individually by phone, email, Zoom or Google Meet or whatever device you’re comfortable with.

    How can I convert all of my course material into an online version?

    First discuss this with your department chair; you can also draw on the resources at the college: Yifeng Mai, Instructional Technologist, peer mentors.

    How can I reduce students' anxiety?

    Develop a syllabus that provides a road map for students' success. Speak to students individually either live by phone, email or text. Stay in touch.

    How long will we be teaching virtually?

    Plan on doing so for the duration of the semester.

    Are campus buildings open?

    Yes. The College is open. All functions will continue, and all services and facilities will remain open, including the residence halls, dining services. In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order (3/16/2020):

    The Commissioner of the Department of Education (“DOE”), in consultation with the Commissioner of Department of Health (“DOH”), shall be authorized to permit schools to remain open on a limited basis for the provision of food or other essential, non-educational services, or for educational or child care services if needed in emergency situations after consultation with the Commissioner of DOH.

    What measures has the College Physical Plant (Facilities) taken in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

    In accordance with CDC recommendations, College Facilities has increased routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in all buildings, including door knobs, light switches, and other surfaces. No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time. However, students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wipe down commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, remote controls) before each use.

    Facilities is using Diversey Oxivir 1 Disinfectant to clean most surfaces. Diversey Oxivir 1 Disinfectant has demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on hard, non-porous surfaces and is qualified under EPA’s emerging viral pathogen program for use against SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

    Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

    https://www.cdc.gov/Coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

    Where can I find additional resources?

    Please visit the Academic Continuity page on the MyBloomfield Portal.

  • Health Services: Contact Carissa Kison-Perreno at 973-748-9000 extension 1360 or Carissa_Parreno@bloomfield.edu

KEEP YOURSELF INFORMED

CDC - WHAT YOU SHOULD DO AND KNOW

March 21, 2020 - President's update

Dear Members of the Bloomfield Community,

This morning, the Governor's Office notified the Colleges and Universities of New Jersey to close its library and computer labs immediately until further notice.

On Thursday, every student at Bloomfield College received a thorough email from Vice President of Academic Affairs Maureen Grant - outlining our plans to transition to online learning, which begins this Monday, March 23. In that email we noted that while the campus is now closed, we would be keeping our library's computer lab open to assist students. Please understand that this will now NOT be the case.

If you need any assistance with a computer or WIFI connectivity, please contact helpdesk@bloomfield.edu or 973‐748‐9000 ext. 1224.

We apologize for any confusion. As you can imagine, we are following the latest directive from state and federal officials. Be assured, we will do everything possible to assist you with this important transition on Monday.

The President’s Office will continue to be the focal point for information and send updates to the campus as needed. To receive the most recent campus updates and policies, please continue to check Bloomfield College’s Coronavirus Web Page.

Thank you once again for your commitment to Bloomfield College and to your education. We understand this is a confusing and difficult moment, but we will address this challenge together. Please continue to remain safe and please do all you can to ensure a seamless transition for Monday's online classes.

Thank you,

Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.
President
Bloomfield College

March 18, 2020 - President's update

Dear Members of the Bloomfield Community,

I am writing this afternoon to inform our full community that a commuter student has tested positive for COVID-19.

The President’s Office was made aware of this situation late yesterday evening on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This is the first confirmed case on our campus.

As we are currently on extended Spring Break, the student was diagnosed in their hometown. The College, including personal outreach from me, has been in contact with the student and their family. Since the diagnosis, the student has been self-isolating, is following CDC protocols, is improving, and has the full support of the College.

Prior to our departure for Spring Break, we had taken a variety of preemptive measures to institute public health best practices. While we have no confirmation that our student had the virus while on campus or if they contracted it after they left the school, the College is taking every precaution and following our standard internal and state protocols.

Through our investigation, we can confirm that the last time the student was on campus was Friday, March 6 and as a commuter student, there were three specific areas the student accessed while on campus - the Workout Room in the Gym, Room 6 of the Library, and the College Hall Nursing Lab. Students who might have been in contact with these areas are advised to be mindful of their health – and any student wishing to be tested or in need of assistance may contact the College’s Student Affairs Office at (973) 748-9000 ext.1245.

To address this situation, every individual who may have been in contact with the student will be personally notified by the College. In addition, each of the three buildings will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with CDC guidelines. The College has also been in consultation with local health officials, the Mayor of Bloomfield, and the NJDOE’s Office of Higher Education regarding this matter.

As this crisis continues to evolve, it is reasonable to expect that other members of our community have been in contact with the virus and that there will be other related incidents that may involve members of our community.

As occurrences of COVID-19 become more prevalent throughout New Jersey, it is crucial to recognize that we have individual and collective obligations to do what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that we all practice social distancing, good hygiene, and use common sense and good judgment.

As we enter the next phase of our response, the College is asking for your help and assistance in three key areas:

- Bloomfield College students, staff, and faculty live across a number of jurisdictions throughout the state. It is important that college officials are made aware if you have been tested regardless of where you are currently residing.

Moving forward, we are asking each of you – students, faculty, and staff – to notify the College’s Student Affairs Office at (973) 748-9000 ext. 1245 or via email at saffairs@bloomfield.edu immediately if you are tested for Coronavirus by any health care provider in any jurisdiction. Having this information will continue to allow the campus to address this situation thoroughly and immediately and ensure that strong communication is provided to all members of our community and appropriate next steps can be swiftly taken to mitigate further spread of the virus.

- Fulfilling the Executive Order provided by Governor Murphy earlier this week, the College is following New Jersey guidelines and has moved all classes online and has limited those on campus to essential personnel. As a reminder, we will begin virtual instruction on Monday, March 23. Vice President of Academic Affairs Maureen Grant will be providing each of you important information later this afternoon regarding department and instruction plans for your individual classes.

To fully understand these important guidelines regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and to receive the most recent campus updates and policies, please continue to check Bloomfield College’s Coronavirus Web Page.

It is truly a historic and unprecedented time, and we sincerely appreciate your willingness to adapt and work with the campus in ensuring everyone's health and safety as our students, faculty and staff are of paramount importance.

As stated in my email yesterday, we will address this moment together because that’s what we do on our campus, always. Be Safe!

Sincerely,

Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.
President
Bloomfield College
March 17, 2020 - President's Update

Dear Members of the Bloomfield Community,

Last night, I updated each of you on the historic and unprecedented situation we are facing as a community

Our collective experience these past few days have shown that the protocols and planning the College has in place are working. We thank students, faculty, staff and administrators for their resilience, understanding and willingness to adapt.

In addition, I would like to point out the leadership, hard work, and dedication of our many department teams and President’s Council. Our ability to implement, address state and federal guidelines, and to do so without a single incident, exemplifies our priorities as an institution and the strength of our community’s mission.

Together, we have continued to put health and safety as our highest priority, while also assuring that the academic needs of our students and faculty are thoroughly addressed.

The email today will be substantive and clear and will hopefully address a variety of questions and issues:

- The College has moved all classes online through the end of the semester with the possible exception of some labs, clinical or required field experiences. Students are required to check their email for communication from faculty or view the FAQs

Faculty will be following an online format and are encouraged to communicate with students through email, Blackboard or other platforms; to establish virtual office hours, and to adapt syllabi for online delivery. For more information, please reach out to Division Chairs and to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or view the FAQs

- Residence halls will remain open although we strongly encourage students to stay or return home for the duration of this health crisis. Those who choose to return home should make proper check-out arrangements with the REH Office to vacate their rooms within the next two weeks. If you are not currently on campus and wish to return, you must email the Division of Student Affairs at saffairs@bloomfield.edu by Friday, March 20.

- Beginning Wednesday, March 18, employees will be working remotely in consultation with their supervisor until further notice. This may not be possible for those employees whose presence on campus is necessary. Each division is initiating its plan consistent with remote working, business continuity needs and the health and safety for each member of our community. Vice Presidents and their management teams will provide their employees with further guidance. The College is committed to working with all of our employees to reduce the fiscal impact this crisis has on them directly. Employees with additional questions should contact the Office of Human Resources directly for specific individual information or view the FAQs.

- In accordance with CDC recommendations, College Facilities has increased routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in all buildings, including door knobs, light switches, and other surfaces. However, students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wipe down commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, remote controls) before each use.

- Academic Advising will be conducted online. Students have been advised that all information for registration has been sent out with instructions on how to proceed. All questions should be referred to the Registrars Office at registrar@bloomfield.edu.

- All College sponsored events, both on and off campus, are postponed until further notice.

- The College remains open virtually with a limited number of facilities open on campus. Student support services such TRIO-SSS, EOF, Center for Student Leadership and Engagement, Health and Wellness Center, and the Center for Career Development will be assisting students virtually with very limited on campus office hours. Information on facilities that will remain open will be forthcoming. Please view the FAQs for updates on other campus services.

- Commencement is an important moment and ritual for our students, their families, and the Bloomfield College community. Please know that this ceremony will still be held this year although details regarding a date may change given the circumstances.

The President’s Office will continue to be the focal point for information. We will proactively send updates to the campus as needed. In addition, the College has established the following website which will be updated routinely:

Bloomfield College’s Coronavirus Web Page

Thank you once again for your understanding and your commitment to Bloomfield College. We will address this moment together because that’s what we do on our campus. We address our good and tougher moments together, always. Be Safe!

Thank you

Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.
President
Bloomfield College
March 16, 2020 - Planning Update

Dear Members of the Bloomfield Community,

The last few days have been historic and unprecedented, and we sincerely appreciate your willingness to adapt and work with the campus in ensuring everyone's health and safety as our students, faculty, staff, and administrators are of paramount importance.

Today, Governor Phil Murphy, announced statewide steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and issued a board executive order for the State of New Jersey. As it relates to our community, the most important point is that the Governor has ordered that "all institutions of higher education shall cease in-person instruction beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020."

Over the last few days, the College has activated a series of predefined emergency protocols to address student safety, staffing needs, and campus activity - and thankfully because of our plan and the tremendous participation of our staff, our community anticipated and was ready to fulfill the Governor Murphy's Executive Order.

Please be reassured that further information will be delivered this week by the College and will address every potential concern.

The health, safety, and education of our students and community will continue to remain our highest priority, and continuing into this evening, I wanted each of you to know that every College resource is currently working to ensure that all areas of your academic life will be thoroughly addressed.

Thank you once again for your understanding and your commitment to Bloomfield College. We will address this moment together because that's what we do on our campus. We address our good and tougher moments together, always.

Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.
President
Bloomfield College
March 16, 2020 - Extended Spring Break Notice

REMINDER

Please note that spring break recess has extended for one additional week for all students only (March 16th-20th). Classes will resume on Monday, March 23rd with updates to be shared this week regarding course conversions to online/remote instruction or continuing with face-to-face classes. Further details concerning specific courses and academic programs will be announced this week as well.

March 11, 2020 - President's Update

To members of the Bloomfield College Community:

As a follow-up to my communication yesterday concerning coronavirus (COVID-19), the College has decided to implement a number of new measures, policies and processes to protect our community. We have decided to extend the spring break recess for one additional week for our students only (March 16th-20th). This decision is necessary while we work internally with our faculty, staff, and administration to create a plan for remote instruction and support services should we decide to do so for an extended period of time. Although classes will not be held between March 16th and March 20th, all college campus offices will be open including the residence halls, dining services, library, gymnasium, CITEL, and all other campus services and resources. Classes will resume on Monday, March 23rd with decisions being made next week with possible course conversion to online/remote instruction or continuing with face-to-face classes. Further details concerning specific courses and academic programs will be announced at that time. Please review each section of this message as it addresses detailed procedures, policies, and next steps for specific members of our community.

The College has and will continue to monitor all developments related to the COVID-19 crisis and follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health agencies on best practices to protect our community. Although, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 on the Bloomfield College campus, the College's administration has decided to take the necessary actions to safeguard our students, faculty, staff, administrators and visitors to our campus. Our actions are consistent with Governor Murphy's declaration of a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency in the state of New Jersey, as well as the updated guidance from the CDC.

All Students (Resident and Commuters)

  • Commuter students should inform the College of any special needs while away from the campus during the extended spring break period.
  • All residence halls will remain open for those who choose to remain or return to campus.
  • Residents who choose to reside elsewhere during the extended spring break can choose to return to the residence halls on Sunday, March 22nd.
  • The Guest Policy is suspended during the extended spring break, no outside guest (s) will be authorized to be in the residence halls.
  • Residents who choose to host other residents in their room should use best hygiene practices, including social distancing to avoid close contact.
  • Our professional Residential Education and Housing (REH) team will remain on campus for student support.
  • All large group events scheduled for the week of March 16th have been cancelled.
  • Students who work on campus may return to their work site or request for the option to work remotely when appropriate.

If students have any questions, concerns or need additional information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Community Relations at 973-748-9000, extension 1245 or saffairs@bloomfield.edu

Students who are studying abroad, please contact Annette Raymond, Registrar at 973-748-9000, extension 1221 or annette_raymond@bloomfield.edu.

Full Time Faculty and Instructors

This extension provides faculty with one week’s time to prepare their classes for online delivery when classes resume on Monday, March 23rd. All faculty are expected to be on campus during the week of March 16th; those inexperienced with online teaching will be required to participate in workshops and/or tutorials to prepare them to offer their classes online; those more experienced will be asked to provide peer tutoring to their colleagues with online and distance learning expertise. Division Chairs and Coordinators will be responsible for connecting with their adjuncts to ensure that all adjunct-led courses can be run and that adjunct faculty have access to workshops and tutorials. With regard to experiences requiring face to face instruction, such as labs and clinical, these facilities will remain open and available as long as conditions allow.

All faculty will also be asked to survey their students to assess their preparedness for online learning, including their access to electronic devices. These and other measures, such as thoroughly cleaning all facilities, will be put in place to ensure the safety of every student and to enable all students to complete their semester’s study without loss of credit or time.

If full time faculty and instructors have any questions, concerns or need additional information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at 973-748-9000, extension 1101 or denise_smith@bloomfield.edu.

Staff and Administrators for Special Programs and Departments

All non-faculty employees (including staff, administrators, temporary, part-time and non-benefit eligible employees) are expected to report to work as normal. We will continue to keep employees updated on the evolving situation and you will soon receive communication from Human Resources with further details.

If staff and administrators have any questions, concerns or need additional information, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 973-748-9000, extension 1133 or farzana_amin@bloomfield.edu.

During the College's extended spring break, the Enrollment Management Office will remain open, however, all campus tours scheduled between Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 20th will be rescheduled. Additionally, any off-campus recruitment events will be cancelled until at least Friday, March 20th. Finally, our second Scholarship Brunch for Accepted Students, scheduled for Saturday, March 21st, will be postponed until a new date can be identified later this spring. The College will continue to review prospective student applications as well as process and mail financial aid packages.

The College Emergency Response Planning Committee along with the President's Office will establish a special COVID-19 Task Force to continue to monitor this situation and to create new contingency plans in the event of a localized outbreak. Additionally, each Vice President has been asked to establish a contingency plan to address this crisis within their respective areas.

Please visit the College's website at https://bloomfield.edu/coronavirus for regular updates on COVID-19. Our top priority is the health and wellness of every member of our community.

Thank you as always for your wonderful spirit of cooperation as we navigate through this very challenging crisis. If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out. The administration appreciates your continuing patience, support and flexibility.

Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.
President
Bloomfield College
March 10, 2020 - President's Update

To members of the Bloomfield College Community:

As concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, Bloomfield College feels it is important to communicate our efforts to help keep our students, faculty and staff members safe and healthy. Although we feel that our risks are low, adapting policies and practice in response to these growing concerns is necessary. If a localized outbreak occurs, we are prepared to face this ever-changing health crisis.

In preparation, all Bloomfield College faculty are currently reviewing and implementing a process to deliver all courses online using Blackboard, video or Zoom. Additional Blackboard resources and instructions will be provided for Faculty in order to help with the sudden shift in teaching methods. An updated Academic Continuity Planning Guide has been posted in the Portal on the CTLT site (Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology). A Faculty Online Delivery Readiness Self-Assessment is also available to all faculty members. Administration is working with each of their respective areas to continue services remotely.

The College website includes information so that students, faculty and staff have the resources they need to stay healthy. We are requiring that all who are sick stay home. All of these practices and our decisions are informed by guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local government and public health agencies.

As this is a rapidly developing situation, I encourage you to check your e-mail regularly. Additionally, all updates will be posted at https://bloomfield.edu/coronavirus.

I would like to thank the members of the campus community who have been working on these issues around the clock. We will continue to work together to address the possible impacts of COVID-19 on our campus.

Thank you as always for your cooperation.

Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.
President
Bloomfield College
March 10, 2020 - Governor Murphy's Executive Order 103

Click here to download Governor Murphy's Executive Order 103 as a PDF.

March 3, 2020 - Coronavirus Community Notification

We are continuing to monitor and follow all developments about the current outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impact to our community. We need to collectively take the appropriate steps to mitigate any risks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) continue to monitor the emerging and rapidly evolving situation and have provided some updated guidance. The cases of COVID-19 have been detected in over 60 other countries outside of China.

According to the CDC, sixteen cases have been diagnosed and confirmed in the United States. The CDC also reports 27 additional presumptive positive cases nation-wide that have to be retested and confirmed by CDC. The U.S. government and public health partners are implementing aggressive measures to slow and contain transmission of COVID-19 in the United States.

Interim guidance is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html. As more is learned about this virus and the outbreak, CDC will rapidly incorporate new knowledge into guidance for action. The CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to the areas with Watch Level 1, rather travelers should stay informed and practice usual precautions. In addition, the World Health Organization does not recommend any specific health measures for travelers. If there are symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness (cough, fever, shortness of breath) either during or after travel, individuals are encouraged to seek medical attention and share their travel history with a health care provider.

It is recommended that everyone follow these everyday prevention practices onward:

  • Get a seasonal flu shot.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaner.

Although this infection presents a serious public health concern, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is still considered low at this time. There have been no risks identified on our campus. Our office will continue to communicate recommendations received from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Department of Health and Human Services, and the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH).

For additional information, please visit the links below.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

March 3, 2020 - Health Services Notification

Carissa Parreno, RN Nurse Phone: 973-748-9008, ext. 1360 E-Mail: Carissa_Parreno@bloomfield.edu

Lauren Joy Trinidad, RN Nurse Phone: 973-748-9008, ext. 1360 E-Mail: Laurenjoy_Trinidad@bloomfield.edu

FLU INFORMATION

If you have been diagnosed with a flu-like illness, besides the treatment measures discussed with you by your health care provider, here is some information to assist you.

  • Notify your instructors that you are ill and were advised to stay out of class. You should remain out of class until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • Email the Student Affairs Office at saffairs@bloomfield.edu to provide permission to communicate with various campus departments on your behalf including Residential Education and Housing and Gourmet Dining for meal arrangements.

If you are unable to go home to recover and need to stay on campus, here are additional instructions:

  • Self-Isolate: Avoid contact with others as much as possible. This includes staying out of class, the common areas (lounges, library, Student Center, etc.) and other areas of campus where you could infect others. If you have a roommate, encourage them to stay with a friend. Alternatively, have your roommate contact Residential Education and Housing to be temporarily relocated (this is subject to room availability).
  • General Measures: Rest; drink plenty of clear fluids; take any medication as prescribed or instructed; wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing, use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable; cover your coughs and sneeze with a tissue or in your sleeve, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, avoid contact with people who are sick, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, get a flu shot - it's not too late to get protected.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your health, do not hesitate to contact the Health Services Office for assistance. For any medical emergency, contact Public Safety and Security at 973-748-9000 extension 1368.

January 28, 2020 - Corona Virus Community Notification

Dear College Community,

Bloomfield College is closely monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus, termed “2019-nCoV”. This new strain was first detected in Wuhan, China, and has spread to other countries, including a few cases in the United States. The Virus has also been confirmed in Japan, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

The College has to prepare to take appropriate precautions in the event of an outbreak on the east coast. Coronavirus symptoms can be very similar to those of the flu, which is also very active right now in New Jersey. Common signs of 2019-nCoV include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. The suspected incubation period of the virus is believed to be from 2 to 14 days. If you are exhibiting fever, cough and difficulty breathing, it is recommended to seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider. (primary doctor or urgent care facility)

As this is an evolving situation, the most up-to-date information can be found from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. Additional advisory information from the State of New Jersey can be found at the links here and here. Please also see below a list of quick facts regarding Coronavirus.

Quick Facts Regarding Coronavirus

  1. Coronavirus aka 2019-nCoV -- Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats.
  2. Symptoms include fever AND lower respiratory illness (trouble breathing, cough)
  3. People at risk: THOSE WITH A HISTORY OF RECENT TRAVEL FROM WUHAN CITY, CHINA WITHIN 14 DAYS OF SYMPTOM ONSET or THOSE WITH RECENT CONTACT WITH A PERSON UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CORONAVIRUS WHILE THAT PERSON WAS ILL.
  4. At this time, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) state the coronavirus is not as easily spread as other viruses such as the flu or measles
  5. As with all precautions to prevent the spread of illness frequent handwashing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs, staying current with required vaccinations, and avoiding unnecessary contact with sick persons can aid in the prevention of infection and illness

At this time, New Jersey Department of Health has no confirmed cases of coronavirus and no reports under investigation.

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