Frequently Asked Questions

Face Coverings


Yes. Face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty, staff and visitors in shared spaces inside College facilities, including classrooms and communal spaces, and outdoors in areas where physical distancing cannot be observed. Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to provide their own face covering. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued guidance on how to make a homemade facemask.



Face masks are preferred, but face shields are acceptable.



Those without a face covering should refer to signs at building entry points that indicate where a face covering can be obtained.



Individuals who claim a medical exemption must provide proper documentation from a medical professional. Students should submit documentation to the Coordinator of Access and Disability Resources. Faculty and staff should submit documentation to the Executive Director of Human Resources.

Individuals unable to wear face coverings (a face mask or face shield) due to a medical exemption are encouraged to be extra cautious and required to observe physical distancing guidelines and other preventative measures.

If an individual obtains a medical exemption that states he or she is unable to wear a face covering (a face mask or face shield), adjustments may be made to a classroom to provide proper accommodation. Adaptations may include designating a specific seating location for the individual to allow for increased distancing from others and installing a Plexiglas or other type of shield, depending on space, to add further separation.


Health Monitoring


All students, faculty and staff should self-screen as recommended by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each day prior to coming to any BC3 location.

Individuals exhibiting symptoms should NOT: enter facilities at any BC3 location; report to work, class or clinical assignments; or participate in any institution-sponsored events or activities. Individuals who experience symptoms while at any BC3 location should leave immediately.

Individuals exhibiting symptoms such as a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit should self-quarantine and seek medical advice, including options for testing and treatment. Students should call the COVID-19 hotline at 724-287-8711, ext. 8119 or email bc3.covid-19@bc3.edu. Faculty and staff should contact the Executive Director of Human Resources.

Individuals requiring immediate medical assistance should contact the Campus Police Department at 724-287-8711, ext. 8394 or dial 911 in the event of an emergency.



Students, faculty and staff should report a positive test for COVID-19. Students should call the COVID-19 hotline at 724-287-8711, ext. 8119 or email bc3.covid-19@bc3.edu. Faculty and staff should contact the Executive Director of Human Resources.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate, seek medical advice and follow CDC guidance. Infected individuals should refer to national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations about duration of isolation and other precautions.

The number of reported positive COVID-19 tests by BC3 location and population will be posted on the BC3 COVID-19 website. Required contact tracing processes will begin promptly. Those in close contact with the infected individual will be asked to follow national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.



Students, faculty or staff members who may have been exposed to anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 should follow current guidance based on community-related exposure.

Additionally, students, faculty or staff who have been in close contact with an individual whose COVID-19 case was confirmed should be tested and quarantine for 10 days after the last exposure to the infected person; or quarantine seven days after receiving a negative result from a test taken on day five of quarantine or later.

Close contacts should also follow additional guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Students should call the COVID-19 hotline at 724-287-8711, ext. 8119 or email bc3.covid-19@bc3.edu. Faculty and staff should contact the Executive Director of Human Resources.



Classroom policies support self-quarantine by students, if needed, to mitigate any negative impact on assignments and grades based on attendance.



Students, faculty and staff should report a positive test for COVID-19. Students should call the COVID-19 hotline at 724-287-8711, ext. 8119 or email bc3.covid-19@bc3.edu. Faculty and staff should contact the Executive Director of Human Resources.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should isolate, seek medical advice and follow CDC guidance. Infected individuals should refer to national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations about duration of isolation and other precautions.

The number of reported positive COVID-19 tests by BC3 location and population will be posted on the BC3 COVID-19 website. Required contact tracing processes will begin promptly. Those in close contact with the infected individual will be asked to follow national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

If there is evidence of community spread, the College may require screening of students, faculty, staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19. The College will determine whether a temporary suspension of in-person operations or instruction is warranted while ensuring the continuity of operations and instruction for all those impacted. If a temporary suspension is issued, the College will work with local public health officials, if possible, to determine when in-person operations and instruction can safely resume at any and all BC3 locations.



On Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued anorder requiring Pennsylvanians traveling out of state to quarantine for 10 days. If individuals do not want to quarantine, they can be tested in the 72 hours prior to entering Pennsylvania or upon entering Pennsylvania. If they have a negative test result, they will not have to quarantine.  If they are awaiting a test result, or choose not to obtain a test, they must quarantine until they receive a negative test result, or for the full 10-day period.

Students, faculty and staff should follow guidance from the PA Department of Health and report their having traveled outside Pennsylvania. Students should call the COVID-19 hotline at 724-287-8711, ext. 8119 or email bc3.covid-19@bc3.edu. Faculty and staff should contact the Executive Director of Human Resources


General


Custodial shifts, equipment, supplies and procedures have been reviewed and adjusted to address sanitizing and disinfecting processes that are consistent with national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and that meet Environmental Protection Agency criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).



All student services (i.e. registration, financial aid, tutoring, etc.) have transitioned to offer prospective and current students remote options such as video meetings, phone discussions, emails, text-messages and other remote formats, in addition to in-person appointments.



Yes. Physical distancing measures will be enforced at all BC3 locations to maintain a safe environment. Students, faculty and staff should maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet apart where feasible.

To further ensure physical distancing, the College has made necessary modifications to all buildings and to indoor and outdoor facilities. All communal areas have been evaluated and reconfigured to accommodate physical distancing measures that reduce the risk of transmission. Signage and floor decals have been placed to indicate designated seat locations that are 6 feet apart for individuals where feasible. In order to sustain regulatory guidance, communal areas should not be changed once reconfigured.



All faculty, staff and visitors must record their name, date and time of entering all buildings. Student attendance will be recorded by faculty in class. Students entering BC3 facilities in which they do not have a class must record their name, date and time of entering the facility.   



Yes. Access to all BC3 locations is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to support academic and enrollment needs. Students can visit, email or call for support. All BC3 locations will be closed during designated holiday breaks. Visit bc3.edu/computerlabs for locations and hours.



When in-person instruction starts on Feb. 8, the Pioneer Cafe will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The BC3 Bookstore sells coffee, beverages and snacks Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Logan Cafe is closed for the Spring 2021 semester.


Faculty & Staff Specific


Individuals who refuse to wear a face covering may be asked to leave College property, unless they have a medical exemption.



Yes. This information will support contact tracing processes. Faculty have the choice of using an electronic form, traditional sign-in sheets or taking attendance verbally and documenting in writing.



Face coverings may be removed when working in an isolated office space.



Face coverings should be worn within any shared space. Students, faculty and staff should maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet apart where feasible.



Yes. All guests must adhere to physical distancing guidelines and face covering requirements. In-person meetings should be limited to 10 employees.