College Access & Hours
Beginning Thursday, Aug. 19, for the Fall 2021 semester:
- Access to all BC3 locations and facilities is open to employees, students and the public during operating hours.
- Employees must adhere to standard operating hours. All offices must be open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. BC3 will follow the current, board-approved teleworking policy.
- BC3-related in-person meetings, gatherings and events are permitted. Work-related, in-state and out-of-state travel are permitted with supervisor approval.
- External in-person meetings and public events are not permitted.
Face Coverings & Physical Distancing
Because of an increase in community transmission levels of COVID-19 in the counties the College serves, BC3 will temporarily require face coverings to be worn indoors beginning Thursday, Aug. 19, at all BC3 locations. Face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty, staff and visitors in shared spaces inside College facilities, including classrooms and communal spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are not required outdoors.
Face coverings must cover both the nose and mouth. Face masks are preferred, but face shields are acceptable. Signage reinforcing messaging related to face coverings has been placed in classrooms and communal spaces.
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. Those without a face covering should refer to signs at building entry points that indicate where a face covering 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 unless there is a medical exemption.
Individuals who claim a medical exemption must provide proper documentation from a medical professional. Students should submit documentation to the Assistant Director of Student Access and Success. Faculty and staff should submit documentation to the Executive Director of Human Resources. Visitors should submit documentation to campus police. Individuals unable to wear face coverings (a face mask or face shield) because of a medical exemption are encouraged to be extra cautious.
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 distancing from others and installing a Plexiglas or other type of shield, depending on space, to add further separation.
Acrylic partitions or barriers have been installed in areas that require close interaction to conduct business.
Face coverings may be removed indoors when eating and drinking only in the Pioneer Café and Logan Café, including the top level of the Heaton Family Learning Commons on BC3 main campus, and at designated areas at other BC3 locations.
College facilities will have traditional seating arrangements this semester. Physical distancing is encouraged, but not required, when in a space that can accommodate six feet between individuals.
Although BC3 will not require the COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty and staff, vaccination is encouraged. Personal health care decisions should be made under consultation with a medical professional.
Students and faculty in BC3’s credit and noncredit health care programs who attend clinical experiences at health care facilities may be required by the facilities to be fully vaccinated.
According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 symptoms, especially severe illness, and death.
- COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
Being vaccinated may exempt you from quarantining if you are identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
During the Fall 2021 semester, the College will host several voluntary vaccination clinics facilitated by Butler Health System. Pre-registration is required.
Sanitizing & Cleaning
Hand-sanitizing stations are available in hallways and communal areas of all buildings and facilities. Handwashing signage is posted in restrooms to encourage proper hygiene.
Sanitizing wipes are available in classrooms and high-touch areas, such as computer labs, to allow for disinfecting of commonly used spaces and equipment. Classroom kits containing face coverings and gloves for faculty and student use will be available if needed in each classroom.
Custodial shifts, equipment, supplies and procedures will continue to address sanitizing and disinfecting processes consistent with national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
In-Person Events & Facility Use
BC3-related in-person meetings, gatherings and events are permitted. External in-person meetings and public events are not permitted for the Fall 2021 semester. An in-person meeting or event is defined as any indoor or outdoor gathering in which any portion of the meeting or event is held at any BC3 location and in which 12 or more individuals are in attendance. For more information, contact BC3 Event Management.
All BC3 main campus facilities are open for the Fall 2021 semester, including:
- Amy Wise Children’s Creative Learning Center
- Logan Café
- Pioneer Café (with limited menu)
- Pioneer Fitness Center
The Succop Theater will continue to be reserved to accommodate courses with higher enrollment numbers.
Student Services & Athletics
Student services (i.e. registration, financial aid, tutoring, etc.) will 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.
Intercollegiate athletics are following regularly scheduled practices and competition and teams are permitted to travel. BC3 will adhere to National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX athletics policies and best practices. Athletes and coaches must comply with terms of BC3 athletics programs for Fall 2021, which include routine testing for COVID-19 in order to maintain their eligibility or position.
Supporting Mental Health
The continued impact of 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.