BC3 Health & Safety Plan

The BC3 Health and Safety Plan for Fall 2020 outlines strategies to safely resume in-person instruction, operations, services and activities for the College community and aligns with Pennsylvania's Reopening and Recovery Plan.

The BC3 Health and Safety Plan should be followed by the entire College community to support healthy, safe and inclusive learning environments and to mitigate potential risk.

BC3 Health & Safety Plan - Fall 2020 (PDF)
Last Updated - 4:53 p.m. 9/29/2020

Safely Resuming In-Person Operations & Classroom Instruction

Social distancing measures will be enforced at all BC3 locations to maintain a safe environment. Proper social distancing requires the cooperation and participation of the entire College community. Students, faculty and staff should maintain a safe social distance of 6 feet apart where feasible.

Signage has been placed to reinforce messaging related to social distancing, face coverings and handwashing. Personnel should adhere to the COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses posted at designated entrances to all facilities. All faculty, staff and visitors must record their name, date and time of entering all buildings and by using their own writing utensil. 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 and by using their own writing utensil.

All classroom spaces, labs and communal areas have been evaluated and reconfigured to accommodate social 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, classroom spaces, labs and communal areas should not be changed once reconfigured.

Acrylic partitions or barriers have been installed in areas that require close interaction to conduct business and where social distancing cannot be observed. Hand-sanitizing stations are available in hallways and communal areas of all buildings and facilities. Sanitizing wipes are available in high-touch areas, such as computer labs, to allow for disinfecting of commonly used equipment. Other high-touch areas, such as water fountains, have been disabled.

On July 1, 2020, DOH provided direction about the required use of face coverings. 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 social distancing cannot be observed. Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth. Face masks are preferred, but face shields are acceptable.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged to provide their own face covering. DOH has issued guidance on how to make a homemade facemask. Those without a mask should refer to signs at building entry points that indicate where face coverings can be obtained. Faculty will be provided with face shields to use at their discretion during instruction. Individuals who refuse to wear a face covering will be asked to leave College property.

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 due to a medical exemption are encouraged to be extra cautious about observing social 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.

Faculty and students are expected to disinfect their personal space before and after use with College-provided supplies. Classroom kits containing face coverings and gloves for faculty and student use will be available if needed in each classroom.

Signage reinforcing messaging related to face coverings has been placed in classrooms and communal spaces. Handwashing signage has been placed in restrooms to encourage proper hygiene.

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

The College has attained the necessary levels of supplies for the immediate and foreseeable future. BC3 has positioned itself on supply waiting lists for items that are immediately unavailable or in short supply. The College is working with vendors listed on the Pennsylvania COVID-19 PPE & Supplies Business-2-Business (B2B) Interchange Directory.

Building occupancy is monitored to focus on disinfecting specific classrooms and offices, along with communal spaces and high-touch areas, such as doorknobs, light switches and countertops. Custodians will remain on daylight shifts indefinitely to allow for the availability to clean during operating hours. The College has modified custodial contracts for its additional locations to provide necessary additional coverage during the day.

Custodial staff will continue to train as new products and techniques become available and will assist with communicating appropriate procedures to others as needed.

Air filtration in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems is part of an overall risk mitigation approach. Building HVAC systems will be upgraded with air filtration rated at MERV-13 and outdoor air volumes will be increased to provide higher concentrations of fresh air.

External events and facility rentals are limited to 25 people indoors or to 250 outdoors. Events and rentals will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis only through the end of the 2020 calendar year to mitigate the risk of exposure and to allow for the availability of larger spaces for academic use.

The following facilities will be closed for the Fall semester and until further notice: the Pioneer Café, the Field House, the Pioneer Fitness Center, the Amy Wise Children’s Creative Learning Center and the Succop Theater.

The Heaton Family Learning Commons and the outdoor Shaffer Walking Trail will remain open for College and for public use. The Logan Café in the Heaton Family Learning Commons will remain open for limited food service.

Monitoring Health Conditions of the College Community

All students, faculty and staff should self-screen as recommended by the CDC 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 should self-quarantine and seek medical advice, including options for testing and treatment.

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.

While self-reporting of symptoms and reporting exposure to students, faculty and staff is imperative to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 in the College community, stigma can discourage self-reporting and self-quarantining. 

The COVID-19 pandemic may cause stress and anxiety for students, faculty and staff. Members of the College community are encouraged to support their physical, emotional and mental health, including eating healthy, exercising, getting adequate sleep, finding time to unwind, and taking a break from the news when feeling overwhelmed.

Faculty and staff can access mental health services through their health-care provider. Lytle EAP Partners provides members of the Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium (ACSHIC) with resources related to COVID-19. This Employee Assistance Program provides employees and family members with free and confidential help in dealing with any kind of problem affecting personal well-being and job performance.

The BC3 CARE Team (Campus Assessment Response & Evaluation) may assist in providing guidance and support to students who are demonstrating certain concerning behaviors. The CARE Team can be contacted via email or through a confidential online form.

Mitigating & Containing the Spread of COVID-19 on Campus

Students, faculty and staff should report their having visited a domestic or international area of high prevalence in the previous 14 days. 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.

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 members directly exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days and follow additional guidance from the DOH. 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.

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. College officials will subsequently notify the Pennsylvania Department of Health and/or officials of Butler Health System and Butler County Emergency Services.

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

The number of reported positive COVID-19 tests by BC3 location and population will be posted on the College 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.

All BC3 locations are sanitized and disinfected by custodial staff on a nightly basis per national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

When prior exposure has occurred (i.e. an infected person has been at a BC3 location or in response to an increased prevalence in the community), the College may screen all students, faculty, staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature.  

If recommended by DOH, a mandatory temperature checking station will be established at a designated exterior location at the appropriate BC3 location. In order to gain access to any BC3 location, individuals will be required to stop and have their temperature checked by Campus Police or by College staff. Individuals with a temperature recorded at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to enter any facility on BC3 Main Campus or any BC3 location and should follow voluntary reporting protocol.

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.

BC3 will adhere to contact tracing processes as set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Contact tracing processes will remain confidential and include interviewing the infected individual to identify anyone with whom the individual has had recent close contact, notifying contacts of potential exposure, referring contacts to be tested and to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and connecting contacts with services they may need during the self-quarantine period.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health offers a free, voluntary mobile app called COVID Alert PA. After downloading the app, users can opt-in to receive alerts of potential exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The app also offers a daily health check-in and PA COVID data and updates.  

Stay Safe: Top 10 Tips

Staying safe requires the cooperation and participation of the entire College community. Follow these steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.