Bevill State among 23 community colleges temporarily closing

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 3/14/20

The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) will temporarily discontinue campus instruction at 23 institutions, including all campuses of Bevill State Community College, beginning next Tuesday.  

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Bevill State among 23 community colleges temporarily closing

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The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) will temporarily discontinue campus instruction at 23 institutions, including all campuses of Bevill State Community College, beginning next Tuesday.  

The announcement came early Friday afternoon that the institutions will be closed March 17-April 3 — only hours after the first case of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) was confirmed in Alabama. According to a press release from ACCS, many community colleges have a scheduled spring break during the closure; however, Bevill State's spring break isn't scheduled until March 23-27, meaning students will end on-campus instruction nearly a week prior to the break.

ACCS states that the break will allow institutions to develop plans for the weeks ahead as COVID-19 continues to spread.

"This will allow the colleges faculty, staff, and administration to develop a plan for alternative instructional efforts. All events scheduled at the state’s community colleges during this time frame are also canceled," the press release states. "While classes will not be taking place on campus, ACCS colleges will continue normal operations. Colleges with dormitories will continue to provide basic services to the students who are housed on-campus with no alternative options."

Bevill State Public Relations Director Tana Collins-Allred said Bevill State is working on a plan for alternative instruction, which will be released to the public when it is completed and approved by ACCS.

Until then, everyone is urged to visit Bevill State's website for the latest information about its response to COVID-19 at http://bscc.edu/coronavirus.

“Our students are our number one priority, and while our decision today to suspend courses is unprecedented it is a necessary precaution to ensure the health and safety of the more than 174,000 students we serve across the state,” ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker said in the press release. “Our ACCS response team continues to work closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health on this evolving issue and will continue to do everything we can to help stop the potential spread of COVID-19 in the state of Alabama.” 

ACCS has also canceled all college-sponsored, supported or work-related out-of-state travel, as well as all system office work-related out-of-state travel. 

Employees of ACCS who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be permitted to stay home for 14 days, and the time off will not be considered sick, annual or personal leave time. The time off will also apply if an employee needs to care for a diagnosed child or another dependent.  

Regular season competition for all teams in ACCS from March 13 through April 3 has also been suspended.

Community colleges in the ACCS that will be closed include Bevill State, Bishop State Community College, Calhoun Community College, Central Alabama Community College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Drake State Community and Technical College, Enterprise State Community College, Gadsden State Community College, Ingram State Technical College, Jefferson State Community College, Lawson State Community College, Northeast Alabama Community College, Northwest-Shoals Community College, Reid State Technical College, Shelton State Community College, Snead State Community College, Southern Union State Community College, Trenholm State Community College, Wallace Community College-Dothan, Wallace State Community College, Wallace Community College-Selma, and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.