Coronavirus Response Updates
June 19th, 2020
Dear CCBC Family:
I hope this note finds you all doing well, holding onto the Lord through all the challenges and limitations of the past few months.
One of the songs that has encouraged me during this season contains the confident prayer, “Even when I can’t see it you’re working; even when I can’t feel it you’re working.” We all feel frustrated by the uncertainty that makes planning so difficult. However, our wise, loving God has always been faithful to guide His people, even when he lights our path just one day at a time. “Therefore,” Jesus said, “don’t worry . . . but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you . . . don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself.” (Matthew 6:31–34). Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow, and Scripture also warns us not be overconfident about the future (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:13-16). Our confidence should be in God alone.
Today we’re celebrating God’s faithfulness throughout the spring semester and turning our focus toward prayerfully preparing for a fall semester with on campus student life and in person classes.
We expected June 19th to be the last day of the required college closure, but as of today, colleges across the State of California are still not permitted to conduct in person operations, with very limited exceptions: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/
We are still waiting for updated guidance from our State regarding what reopening for the fall semester will look like. We are cautiously optimistic and committed to doing everything we can to reopen the campus for student life and in person classes, while reducing risks by following public health guidelines. The specific restrictions that will be in place at the end of August are still not clear, but we have a general picture that reopening will probably involve testing (which is available throughout our County with no out-of-pocket costs), lower room occupancy, increased cleaning and sanitization measures, use of masks in some settings, grab-and-go meals for student dining, and a lot of responsibility on individuals to stay safe and protect others. We’ve had no cases of Covid-19 on campus so far thanks in part to many of the above measures, but we did use precautionary quarantine measures a few times this spring. Currently, we are planning to have a max of two students in a typical dorm room, and we have extra dorm rooms available if the need for individual quarantine arises.
Along with in person classes, we plan to offer plenty of remote learning options as well, so that students can progress in their studies without being required to be in a classroom setting with others for prolonged periods. This option will be especially important for those who are in at-risk categories or have underlying health conditions. We are guided by our goal to strengthen our students, through the light of God’s Word, for service in the world, and we will pursue that purpose by every means possible and as safely as possible, whether that means precautions for in person classes, fully online learning, or hybrid formats. People need foundational and continued training in correctly handling the Word of God (2 Tim. 2:15), and our mission is vital.
In the spring, our students and faculty adapted to the situation in ways we can be proud of and thankful for, taking on the challenge of remote learning with courage and faithfulness. The fall semester will be probably different in new ways, but I’m confident it can be very, very good.
This is where our decision-making is at today, but right now our decisions are necessarily conditional, and further decisions will be made one stage at a time as this dynamic situation unfolds and new information becomes available.
So now it’s your turn to update us!
· We’re asking all prospective and current students to complete this form to help us plan for the fall. Please complete this “Enrollment Intent Form” as soon as you have a chance, and we will follow up with you individually: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fall20intent
· Webinar Registration: On Friday, July 2nd, at 2pm Pacific time, we will be hosting a live Q&A webinar to talk about the fall semester at CCBC, with both current and future students. Please take a moment to fill out this registration form! https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_669BNU4dRoyLbfh9f4eFag
May God’s presence uphold us all as we entrust ourselves, our future, and our very breath to the One who made us, loves us, and gave Himself for us.
With you, seeking first His kingdom,
April 3rd, 2020
Dear CCBC Community,
Our local officials have amended the order for all schools and colleges to remain closed, extending it through June 19th: Riverside County New Releases.
CCBC will remain closed while the order is in effect, with only the minimum essential staff onsite as necessary to carry out critical functions. Other essential staff will be working remotely.
Teaching and learning will continue online for the rest of this semester, and we are continuing to provide food and housing to the currently enrolled students who needed to remain on campus.
All students and staff are required to follow the statewide shelter-in-place order by staying at home or on campus unless they have to go out for essential needs, and everyone must wear face coverings when off campus:: Stay At Home California Guidelines.
We are bracing for a difficult few weeks, as County officials are predicting that the outbreak is likely to peak in our area in late April to early May: County Infographic.
We pray for God’s strength and protection over all members of our CCBC community, including those who are still on campus and those who have dispersed to their homes and other locations throughout the world.
This is temporary, and by God’s grace we will get through this.
The world has changed, but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and He is with us.
“Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? . . . I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35, 38, 39).
If you have any questions, the best way to contact us currently is through email. We will be monitoring the following email addresses periodically:
Online Learning: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 29th, 2020
Attached is the amended order from the county of Riverside for schools effective through April 30th, 2020.
March 19th, 2020
March 15th, 2020
Update on Closure of Riverside County Colleges due to COVID-19
Dear CCBC Community,
On the evening of Friday, March 13th, the Riverside County Public Health Officer issued a new order County Public Health Order for Schools mandating that all schools in Riverside County—including private colleges like CCBC—be closed through April 3rd.
To comply with this mandate, CCBC will be closed to the public through April 3rd.
On campus student housing and food services are allowed to continue for students who need to continue living in dorm housing.
The order calls for working staff to be reduced to only the minimal, essential personnel needed to perform critical functions, primarily centered on the safety and well-being of the students who remain on campus.
To comply with this legal mandate and do our part to love our neighbors by slowing the spread of germs, CCBC will be closed through April 3rd. Staff will not be available to answer phone calls during this time, but we will check voicemails periodically and respond when we are able.
Students and staff who remain on campus are primarily communicating through a dedicated group on Populi (our online student information system).
We will be monitoring the following email addresses periodically:
Online Learning: email@example.com
Our early spring break from classes will continue as planned through March 22nd, and we are still planning to continue the previously on campus classes in their new online, remote format beginning March 23rd.
CCBC Online courses that began at the start of the Spring term will continue as planned.
We will update this page with any important new information as it becomes available.
March 13th, 2020
Update on Classes and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Dear CCBC Community,
After praying for God’s wisdom, seeking information from reliable sources, and carefully weighing the facts concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus, the CCBC Administration, Board, and the leadership of our parent church (CCCM) have reached the following important decisions.
These decisions are being made out of a desire to honor God and love others as best we can during this unprecedented and challenging time.
Specifically, we want to make sure students have the opportunity to be at home with their families and loved ones, before there are known cases in our area that could restrict students’ travel. We are making the following adjustments:
No classes will meet from March 13–22, and no assignments will need to be submitted during that time. Instead of waiting for our Easter Break previously scheduled for April 6–12, we are starting the break immediately. This will give time for students to get home and for faculty to prepare to continue their classes online. There are still no suspected cases of COVID-19 affecting our campus and immediate area, and we believe that this is a critical time for students to be free to go and be at home with their loved as soon as possible.
All in-person classes will transition to an online delivery format, continuing in this new format from Monday, March 23rd through the end of the semester. Classes will be held online through Populi, our learning management system, which features an integrated videoconferencing tool. More details will be provided next week. We are committed to supporting our students to continue and complete their current courses and programs. Alternatives will be provided for assignments (such as Worship Band) that are not well-suited to online delivery.
On-campus students are encouraged to move home or off-campus this week, but those who need to stay are welcome to remain on property. At this time, we are planning to continue offering regular meal service on campus (with extra precautions in place) and students may continue living in their dorm rooms if needed. For those who move home, on-campus students can use this form to request a pro-rated credit and refund option for food and housing costs. Students who move home should not plan on returning to live on campus this semester, but all students will be invited back for live classes as soon as possible. More details and procedures will be provided soon.
Other Important Notes:
More updates on specific issues will be provided in the days to come, and new information may affect decisions, depending on what steps are taken by our local, state, and federal authorities.
This semester’s graduation ceremony may not be held, but we are postponing that decision until we have more information. Spring graduates will be welcome to participate in the fall graduation ceremony.
International students’ visas should not be affected, since classes are continuing online, and these students may stay on campus at this time.
We are postponing all campus tours until further notice, and we are discouraging visitors, especially those who live outside our region.
We love you, our students and faculty, and we are sad to say goodbye to some of you today. We are praying for you, looking forward and praying for the day when we can welcome you all back to live classes. Until then, we’ll see you online (starting March 23rd)!
- In an effort to protect students and provide them the opportunity to move home immediately, CCBC has decided to start our one-week Spring Break today.
- Classes will not be held and no assignments will be due from March 13—22.
- Over the next week, while classes are on break, we will work with faculty to move their classes to an online delivery format for the remainder of this semester.
- Students who can move home are encouraged to do so this week. For these students, use this form to request a pro-rated credit for housing and food.
- Students who need to stay on campus are welcome to do so. At this time, we plan to continue meal service and housing for the rest of this semester.
March 12th, 2020
Dear CCBC Students, Staff, and Faculty:
In light of the recent international outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including a confirmed case in our own Riverside county, CCBC is working to address the concerns of our student body. Our aim is not only to keep you informed of CCBC’s plan to keep this campus as safe as possible, but also to equip you with the most helpful and practical information that will decrease the risk of exposure, contraction, or spreading the virus. As our information evolves we will post updates to this page.
We are complying with guidance from our local county and state public health departments, including canceling/avoiding gatherings of 250+ and other measures, postponing school-related travel, etc. Our upcoming Preview Night, Ministry & Career Fair, Israel trip, as well as the Mexico, New York, and North Carolina mission trips are postponed indefinitely.
We will still hold our Chapels normally—since we have less than 250 students who attend—but we are looking to get into a larger room as soon as possible to allow for more distance between people.
With all this in mind, we’d like to give you some helpful tips to help guide your daily practices and decrease the spread of germs on this campus.
Preventive Health Measures
Below are some important preventive tips for you to follow.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Be sure to wash your hands immediately before and after eating.
- Avoid handshakes. Use a fist bump, elbow bump or verbal greeting.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough with your sleeve, not your hands. Better yet, cover your cough with a tissue and then through the tissue away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects (especially mobile phones) and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant spray or wipe.
- Don’t share food or drinks.
- If you feel sick, stay at home or in your room and rest.
- Student Dining is utilizing all disposable eat ware, plates, cups, forks, etc., until further notice.
All of these steps are part of loving others by doing everything we can to prevent or slow the spread of germs. A top concern is that medical facilities’ capacity will be overrun if the disease spreads quickly, and we want to do our part to protect our students and our neighbors in our larger community.
Our Campus Safety Committee, made up of Bible College and Conference Center staff members, is working to develop a detailed plan of action in the event that any member of our campus community is exposed to or contracts the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and we will be keeping you informed of any important new information as it becomes available. Your safety and well being is of paramount importance to us and we are taking steps to ensure our best efforts to keep CCBC a happy, healthy, and safe Christian community focused on studying God’s Word.
The phone number of our local public health agency is included below, along with the official websites of the CDC and the California Department of Public Health.
- Riverside County Public Health Department: (951) 358-5000 / https://www.rivcoph.org/coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Official Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- California Official Updates Website: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-015.aspx
Trusting God and taking precautions,
The CCBC Staff
Calvary Chapel Bible College