Bucks County Community College, in adapting to the COVID-19 state of emergency, has moved credit courses to remote instruction and equipped administrative staff to work remotely from home.
Custodial staff began deep-cleaning more than 900,000 square feet of college facilities in Bristol, Croydon, Doylestown, Newtown and Perkasie on March 14. Remote administrative operations began Monday, March 16, when credit students began spring break. Remote instruction of credit courses began March 23, after spring break.
Bucks initially announced the changes March 12, several days before Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the statewide closure of all nonessential businesses to combat the spread of COVID-19. The college is closely following all mandates from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Department of Health and the governor’s office.
A full list of resources for students is available at bucks.edu, noted Dr. Stephanie Shanblatt, college president. “We have also listed community and mental health resources; if you need help, please use them. Many of us are anxious, so take care of yourself and your family.”
Students are encouraged to take advantage of online tutoring to help them transition to online courses, which may be a new method of learning for some.
Certain deadlines have been extended for payments and scholarship applications, added Shanblatt, in an effort to fully accommodate students’ needs.
College offices are functioning with staff working remotely, who are able to respond to email and voice mail messages. Video-conference tools are being used in place of in-person meetings.