COVID-19 Update

As things are changing rapidly with the COVID-19 (coronavirus), Bellin College is working to reduce the effects of the disease on our campus population, utilizing the guidance from the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Bellin Health Infection Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Team in making decisions. We will we continue to monitor the ever-changing landscape and how this will impact our events moving forward. 

Updates are provided in the tabs below, with newest information first. 

Bellin College Students

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear Students,

We have been receiving some questions about students’ printing of class materials. With classes going online, we know some of you like to print your materials and some of you do not. We also know you may not have a printer at home or are concerned about the large volume of class material you would like to print. In keeping with the Governor’s latest Executive Order for the State of Wisconsin, students will be allowed to come to campus and print materials for their online classes. We are hoping this opportunity will meet your needs and decrease your stress.

Remember: Please DO NOT come on campus if you are sick (fever >100.4F; cough, sore throat, shortness of breath).

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Be sure to bring your computer and student badge (badge will be shown at the front door as well as needed to access your printer credits).
  • You may come Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • No family members and/or friends will be allowed to enter the building.
  • Use the main college entrance only and ring the doorbell. Scott Mertens, Security will direct you to the Student Lounge 1st floor printer. Please email Scott and let him know you are coming at scott.mertens@bellincollege.edu .
  • No more than four (4) students will be allowed in the building at a time. If you need to wait, please sit at different tables in the atrium.
  • You will practice social distancing (6 feet) from another person.
  • You must hand sanitize your hands before and after touching the printer.
  • When you have completed your printing project, we kindly ask you to leave the building.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu so I can help you.

Please take care and be safe,

Nancy

Nancy Burruss, PhD, RN, CNE

Dean of Student Services

Associate Professor of Nursing

Title IX Coordinator

Bellin College

3201 Eaton Road

Green Bay, WI   54311

nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu

phone: 920-433-6632

fax: 920-433-1921

www.bellincollege.edu


Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 5:30 pm

Dear Students and Employees,

I want to thank each of you for your patience and understanding during these changing times with COVID-19. The pace of the spread continues to accelerate and as a college campus, we continue to respond to these rapid changes. The College Board of Trustees and Leadership is continually assessing the situation and things are changing moment by moment. We have a new procedure in place beginning tomorrow morning, Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 8 am.

The following changes will be made for students and employees:

  • The college building will be closed to the public until further notice; we will continue to monitor this situation.
  • All theory courses will be online or an alternate method through May 1, 2020.
  • All labs are cancelled through May 1. 2020.  
  • Clinical is cancelled through the end of the semester.  Virtual or simulated options are being pursued. Your Program Director will provide more information as it is available.
  • Senior students and graduate students, please watch for updates from your academic dean for specifics regarding your graduation requirements.
  • Faculty and staff will be working remotely unless their position requires them to be on campus. Social distancing will be followed. Essential functions of the college will continue and will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
  • All events are cancelled through May 1, 2020.
  • A member of President’s Cabinet will be on site between 8-430 pm, Monday – Friday.

It is unknown how long this situation will continue and I will provide updates over the course of the next several weeks. I cannot thank you all enough for your patience during these past few weeks and your dedication to Bellin College. As current and future healthcare providers, I am confident we will learn much from this event and rise to the needs of our patients and our community.

Positively,

Connie

Connie J. Boerst, EdD, RN

President/CEO

Professor of Nursing 

Bellin College

3201 Eaton Rd

Green Bay, WI 54311

920.433.6622 office

920.433.1923 fax

connie.boerst@bellincollege.edu


3/12/2020

Dear Bellin College Students,

As things are changing rapidly with the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we continue to monitor the ever-changing landscape. As Wisconsin has been declared a State of Emergency today, we will be implementing the following plan for our students and the college.

As students, you are on spring break March 16-20, 2020. Effective March 23 through Sunday, April 5, 2020, the theory portion of your courses will be moving to an online or another format/method (as determined by the course facilitator). Please note, if you have a class on Monday, March 23, 2020 it is not an expectation that your faculty have things ready for Monday morning. At this time, lab experiences on campus and clinical experiences will continue as scheduled.

If you have traveled outside the borders of the United States, please contact your academic dean prior to returning to campus, or any lab or clinical.

Dr. Mary Rolloff – mary.rolloff@bellincollege.edu
Dr. Mark Bake – Mark.bake@bellincollege.edu

Students who need accommodations for testing or need access to internet or a computer during this time, should contact the IT Director, Travis Smith, travis.smith@bellincollege.edu Dr. Nancy Burruss will be communicating with Student Organization facilitators and student leaders regarding student organization activities.

Student workers and ambassadors will be contact by their supervisor.

The BC Express will be closed March 16 and reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020. The Micro Market will be available. Please plan for your meals accordingly.

The college will be open as scheduled for business and operations. I have provided the link for our building hours as a reference for you. https://www.bellincollege.edu/campus-life/safety-and-security/building-hours/

I want you to know that this is an ever-changing situation and what decisions we make today, may not be valid tomorrow. The President’s Cabinet continues to monitor the situation and will provide continuous updates as new information becomes available. Thank you for your patience.

Thank you,

Connie J. Boerst, EdD, RN
President/CEO
Professor of Nursing
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Rd
Green Bay, WI 54311
920.433.6622 office
920.433.1921 fax
connie.boerst@bellincollege.edu


3/11/2020

Hello Everyone,

Bellin College continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The President’s Cabinet is meeting daily to assess this dynamic situation and make the necessary decisions that will keep our students and employees safe. We are utilizing the guidance from the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Bellin Health Infection Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Team in making decisions. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services continues to say public health risk is low.

Travel outside the U.S.

We are closely monitoring the CDC for travel restrictions. As of right now, the CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with Level 3 and Level 2 travel notices due to the risk of getting COVID-19. However, the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to countries with Level 1 travel notices because the risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low.

If you are planning on international trip (Level 2 or 3), keep in mind a quarantine for 14 days is mandatory. Also, those returning from or through a CDC Level 1 country will be required to self-observe for 14 days before returning to campus. Students–be mindful of potential disruption to your reentry to the United States and your ability to successfully complete the semester. These guidelines may evolve.

A global map of coronavirus cases

Travel within the U.S. cities with confirmed cases especially community spread can put you at greater risk. Be sure to practice usual precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Upon your return from Spring Break, we are NOT asking you to quarantine (stay home) unless symptoms are present. If you have symptoms, you must stay home and CALL your provider.

Key symptoms are:

  • Fever (>100F)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are sick, stay home! DO NOT REPORT TO CAMPUS, CLASS, CLINICAL, OR LAB. CALL your provider for guidance and evaluation. Call your faculty to let them know you are ill. If your respiratory symptoms are mild and you have not traveled recently, practice basic care and stay home until you are well. Again, these guidelines are dynamic and may change over time.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website is an excellent source of FAQ’s “What You Should Know”, latest situation updates, and travel information. They have also released important information and guidance at a Spring Break Travel Website. Please see “What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)”. CDC Link: https://www.cdc.gov/COVID19

Please stay safe,

Nancy

Nancy Burruss, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean of Student Services
Associate Professor of Nursing
Title IX Coordinator
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Road
Green Bay, WI   54311
phone: 920-433-6632
fax: 920-433-1921
nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu

Bellin College Employees

3/24/2020

Governor Evers Safer At Home Order –

Dear Employees,

Governor Evers announced a Safer At Home Order yesterday and the order and implementation plan was provided this morning. The new order is effective at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued. 

After reviewing the specifics of the order, the college will not change our current plans for operations. It is essential for us to assure the distance learning needs of our students are being met and we continue with the essential operations of the college. Employees are still able to access the college to do any tasks that they need to, but we truly encourage you to work at home as much as possible. When on campus, remember to use social distancing. Employees will be able to come to the college and get necessary things to continue their work from home and to educate students. If faculty need to come in and do their recordings in their office and leave, that is allowed. Access to the building for employees remains 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. Scott Mertens will be at the front desk from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday to allow for deliveries, etc. The deep cleaning of office spaces continues.

Governor Evers commented:

“I know the COVID-19 outbreak has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state. Issuing a Safer at Home order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do and it’s not something I take lightly, but here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously,” said Gov. Evers. “Each and every one of us has to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can flatten the curve to ensure our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work. Let’s all do our part and work together.”

Details of the order specific to Bellin College

Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.

Businesses allowed to operate under the Safer at Home order include, but are not limited to: 

  • Educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning;

If you have specific questions, please connect with your Dean or VP. Thank you for all that you are doing to keep the education of our students moving forward.

Connie

READ: Health Order: Safer at Home


3/18/2020

Dear College Staff and Faculty,

First and foremost, we want to thank all of you for the flexibility and professionalism you have shown during this unprecedented and very difficult time. We have been making real-time, difficult decisions as new guidelines and directives are announced from the CDC, federal and state governments, and our community partners. We are also working on contingency plans so we can quickly adjust to all possible future scenarios. The wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and community have been and will remain at the forefront as decisions are made.

According to the executive order released by Governor Evers, as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, all public and private schools and institutions of higher education in the State of Wisconsin shall close for instructional and extracurricular activities until further notice. To this end, we wanted to make you aware of the following changes:

  • Effective March 19th, the main entrance door will be locked at all times. Employees may continue to use their badges to enter any door.
  • The building will be closed to all students and the general public. This includes family members and guests of employees. 
  • Scott, our evening and weekend security guard, will be stationed at the front desk from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. Scott will handle letting individuals in for deliveries and mail services.

Please continue to practice the following good habits:

  • Social distancing (at least 6 feet) when eating lunch and conversing with others. Communicate via phone, email, or another virtual method when feasible.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Cover your cough
  • Monitor yourself for the following symptoms: Fever of 100.4 or greater, cough, shortness of breath, and sore throat

If you have any questions regarding the above information or if you have any concerns specific to your work or home situation, please reach out to your supervisor or a Cabinet member (President/VP/Dean).

Thank you and stay healthy!

Ginger Krummen Schraven on behalf of Cabinet

3/13/2020

Dear College Staff,

Per CDC and Bellin Health guidelines, any person who has or is traveling out of the country is to be self-quarantined for 14 days following return to the US. 

  1.  Employees who have or are traveling outside of the US MUST notify Employee Health Services at 920-433-3587 within 24 hours prior to departure and immediately upon their return.
  2. Employees who have or are traveling outside of the country must contact their respective Cabinet member with dates of travel.
  3. Assuming you are symptom free at the end of the 2 weeks, you will be able to return to work unless you have been told otherwise by Employee Health Services.
  4. If a fever, cough or shortness of breath develop, please contact your health care provider immediately and notify your respective Cabinet member.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Ginger Krummen Schraven on behalf of Cabinet

Ginger Krummen Schraven
VP of Business & Finance
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Rd
Green Bay, WI 54311
920.433.6631 office
920.433.1921 fax
ginger.krummen@bellincollege.edu


3/12/2020

Dear College Staff,

As things are changing rapidly with the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we continue to monitor the ever-changing landscape. As Wisconsin has been declared a State of Emergency today, we will be implementing the following plan for the college.

Students are on spring break March 16-20, 2020. The college will be moving theory courses to online or another method (determined by the faculty) for classes beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. The faculty member will communicate appropriately with the class. As of now, students will be on campus for lab experiences and will continue with their clinical components.

If you have traveled outside the borders of the United States, please contact your supervisor prior to returning to campus. 

We are canceling all outside meetings/events until further notice. Any meeting on campus of more than 8 Bellin College members, should be suspended or attended in a virtual format. If you have meetings with a current or prospective student, these meetings may continue. The President’s Cabinet has decided that the following events are canceled:

  • Staff Development Day
  • Outside recruitment trips/events
  • All Hands-on-Healthcare held March 16-April 5, 2020 (both on and off campus)
  • New Student Reception
  • Campus Preview Day
  • Disaster Simulation

The BC Express will be closed March 16 and reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020. The Micro Market will be available. Please plan for your meals accordingly.

The college will be open as scheduled for business and operations. I have provided the link for our building hours as a reference for you. https://www.bellincollege.edu/campus-life/safety-and-security/building-hours/

I want you to know that this is an ever-changing situation and what decisions we make today, may not be valid tomorrow. The President’s Cabinet continues to monitor the situation and will provide continuous updates as new information becomes available. Please direct any questions to your Cabinet member.

Thank you for your patience. 

Thank you –

Connie

Connie J. Boerst, EdD, RN
President/CEO
Professor of Nursing
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Rd
Green Bay, WI 54311
920.433.6622 office
920.433.1921 fax
connie.boerst@bellincollege.edu


3/11/2020

Hello Everyone,

Bellin College continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The President’s Cabinet is meeting daily to assess this dynamic situation and make the necessary decisions that will keep our students and employees safe. We are utilizing the guidance from the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and Bellin Health Infection Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Team in making decisions. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services continues to say public health risk is low.

Travel outside the U.S.

We are closely monitoring the CDC for travel restrictions. As of right now, the CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with Level 3 and Level 2 travel notices due to the risk of getting COVID-19. However, the CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to countries with Level 1 travel notices because the risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low.

If you are planning on international trip (Level 2 or 3), keep in mind a quarantine for 14 days is mandatory. Also, those returning from or through a CDC Level 1 country will be required to self-observe for 14 days before returning to campus. Students–be mindful of potential disruption to your reentry to the United States and your ability to successfully complete the semester. These guidelines may evolve.

A global map of coronavirus cases

Travel within the U.S. cities with confirmed cases especially community spread can put you at greater risk. Be sure to practice usual precautions:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Upon your return from Spring Break, we are NOT asking you to quarantine (stay home) unless symptoms are present. If you have symptoms, you must stay home and CALL your provider.

Key symptoms are:

  • Fever (>100F)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are sick, stay home! DO NOT REPORT TO CAMPUS, CLASS, CLINICAL, OR LAB. CALL your provider for guidance and evaluation. Call your faculty to let them know you are ill. If your respiratory symptoms are mild and you have not traveled recently, practice basic care and stay home until you are well. Again, these guidelines are dynamic and may change over time.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website is an excellent source of FAQ’s “What You Should Know”, latest situation updates, and travel information. They have also released important information and guidance at a Spring Break Travel Website. Please see “What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)”. CDC Link: https://www.cdc.gov/COVID19

Please stay safe,

Nancy

Nancy Burruss, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean of Student Services
Associate Professor of Nursing
Title IX Coordinator
Bellin College
3201 Eaton Road
Green Bay, WI   54311
phone: 920-433-6632
fax: 920-433-1921
nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu

General Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3/19/2020

CONTACT:           Matt Rentmeester
PHONE:                 (920) 433-6657
EMAIL:                 matt.rentmeester@bellincollege.edu

Bellin College clinical courses canceled for rest of semester, building closed

Bellin College leaders have been monitoring the public health risk of COVID-19 and will be closing campus to students and public as of today, March 19, 2020, and has made other changes to operation and instruction of its students.

Bellin College has made these changes:

  • College building closed to the public and students until further notice.
  • Deliveries will be accepted 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • All theory courses will be online or through an alternate method through May 1, 2020.
  • All lab courses are canceled through May 1, 2020.
  • All clinical instruction is canceled through the end of the semester. Virtual or simulated options are being pursued.
  • Academic deans will be in contact with senior and graduate students about requirements for graduation.
  • Faculty and staff will work remotely unless their position requires them to be on campus. Essential functions of the college will continue to be evaluated on an ongoing basis.
  • All events canceled through May 1, 2020.
  • A member of college administration will be on campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This is an evolving situation and could change rapidly. College leaders continue daily to monitor local and national resources and discuss the situation and will provide updates as new information becomes available. The information will be available online at https://www.bellincollege.edu/covid-19-update/

Parents and students with questions or concerns may contact Dean of Students Dr. Nancy Burruss at (920) 433-6632.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3/13/2020

CONTACT:           Matt Rentmeester
PHONE:                 (920) 433-6657
EMAIL:                 matt.rentmeester@bellincollege.edu

Bellin College moves some courses online, clinical
and lab continues as normal

Bellin College has been monitoring the current COVID-19 situation and has been assessing how this will impact our events moving forward. When students return from Spring Break on March 23, theory portions of courses will be moved to an online or other format determined by course facilitators through April 5. At this time, lab experiences on campus and clinical experiences will continue as scheduled.  

The college will be canceling all outside meetings/events until further notice with steps being taken to limit numbers in staff and faculty meetings, many being in a virtual format.

College administration has chosen to cancel the following upcoming campus events: Staff development day, outside recruitment/events, Hands on Healthcare events through April 5 (on and off-campus), New Student Reception, Campus Preview Day. This list could grow as the situation continues.

This is an evolving situation and could change rapidly. College leaders continue daily to monitor local and national resources and discuss the situation and will provide updates as new information becomes available. The information will be available online at https://www.bellincollege.edu/covid-19/

The college will be open as scheduled for business and operations.

Parents and students with questions or concerns may contact Dean of Students Nancy Burruss at (920) 433-6632.

 

Questions or concerns may be directed to Dean of Students Nancy Burruss at (920) 433-6632 or nancy.burruss@bellincollege.edu.

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