Precautions on Campus in light of the COVID 19 crisis
Although we are unable to predict the course of COVID 19 crisis, we know many are anxious to know preventative measures and back-up plans that are in place here at SBC&GS. Here’s what we anticipate going forward:
- SBC&GS has implemented enhanced measures to sanitize classrooms and other educational facilities to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.
- Hand sanitizer is located in each classroom and throughout our educational facilities
- Classrooms will be arranged to ensure adequate social distancing. The same will be true for the chapel area.
- All commonly used doors and hardware will be disinfected daily.
- Thermometers will be available to monitor signs of possible illness.
- Air filters will be periodically replaced.
- A point of contact person for COVID 19 related issues has been established in the
- Welcome Center, so that any possibly infected individuals will be known and accommodated.
- If required by the Shasta County Public Health Department, the wearing of masks or face shields will be required in all public spaces.
- We are prepared to conduct all classes online if needed. We will always strive to accommodate the comfort-level of our students.
PROTOCOL FOR CAMPUS VISITORS
- All visitors are allowed on campus through the security system.
- All visitors on the campus must register and have their temperature taken in the Welcome Center.
- Visitors feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of the flu, colds or COVID 19 infection should not enter campus.
- Visitors are encouraged to frequently wash their hands and cover coughs and sneezes.
- We encourage visitors to use face-coverings when in proximity to others on campus for prolonged times.
PROTOCOLS FOR ANY WHO BECOME ILL WITH COVID 19
- If an infected person resides on campus, they will be isolated for self-quarantine in an empty dorm until released by a medical professional.
- If an affected person resides off campus they must self-quarantine and should not return to campus until released by a medical professional.
- Anyone in contact with an infected person will be asked to get tested
- On-campus classes for affected students will move to an online format.
We are trusting that our students, both on campus and online, will experience a year of learning and growing in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are praying for God’s protection over each member of our SBC&GS family.
David R. Nicholas, Th.D.
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School participated in the CARES Act to help students mitigate the changes in their on-campus educational experience.
Dr. David Nicholas, President of SBC&GS, signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Shasta Bible College and Graduate School received $26,199 in funds (50% to go directly to students as Financial Aid Grants).
The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was thirteen. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was thirteen. The entire $13,100 in student aid has been distributed to eligible students as of June 11, 2020.
The methodology used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was determined by a committee as follows:
- To be eligible the student had to have been enrolled in at least two classes on-campus. Distance Education online students only did not qualify based on directives given by the Department of Education. Foreign students did not qualify under the same guidelines.
- Each qualifying student was emailed and given a hard copy of the application form. Each student returned the application-form by the due date of June 5th.
- The committee determined that each student would receive an initial grant award based on how many class units they were taking on campus. Full-time students received $750; Less than full-time receive $500 and half-time students receive $250.
- Each student was asked to explain on the form how they experienced loss during the spring semester during the COVID-19 emergency shelter in place in several areas such as housing, food insecurity, medical needs, job loss, additional tech support needed and etc. The student was to explain the amount of additional aid they were requesting due to COVID-19 loss.
- Each student’s form was considered on a case by case basis by the committee and an adjusted additional amount was determined.
- The committee then made the judgement decision that 80% of the adjusted additional need could be accommodated, so each student received a grant based on their total number of on-campus class hours plus 80% of any additional requests as adjusted by the committee.
The checks were mailed to students on June 11, 2020 with a letter of hope that God would use
the money to bless them during this time of crisis.
On August 3, 2020, Shasta Bible College and Graduate School was awarded an additional grant titled: Education Stabilization Fund as part of the CARES Act Section 84.425N for $473,801.
On August 18, 2020, $13,000 was awarded from this grant to on-campus students attending during the spring 2020 semester based on how many units they took. All of the thirteen on campus students were Title IV ready and received their grant by check.
On November 17, 2020, an additional $18,500 was awarded from this grant to on-campus students attending during the fall 2020 semester based on how many units they were taking. All of the recipients of the grants were Title IV ready and taking classes on campus. A straight $100 per unit was given by check to the students. Nineteen students were eligible.
On January 19, 2021, a second portion of the CARES Act 84.425E was awarded to SBC&GS in the amount of $13,100 for students. A second portion of the CARES Act 84.425F was awarded to SBC&GS in the amount of $37,845 for student or institutional use. This second portion was available for grants to online and on-campus students, but not foreign students. Each student was asked how they wanted to receive their grant since this portion was available to remain on their account if so specified by the student. Thirty-eight students were given grants with a total of $43,900.