Coronavirus Update


 

Coronavirus Update

Update: March 30, 2020

Angelina College Commencement has been cancelled at this time.
 
Giving our students and their families an opportunity to celebrate the incredible accomplishment of earning a degree is extremely important to Angelina College. As we continue to monitor COVID-19 and closely comply with the CDC, local, state, and national government regulations we have made the difficult decision to cancel the commencement ceremony that was scheduled for May 9, 2020. With commencement being so important to us, this decision was not made lightly, but was done to ensure the safety of our AC community.
 
We are looking at other opportunities for our graduates at this time. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.
 
 

Update: March 17, 2020

Angelina College continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. Although we still have no positive or presumed positive cases in Angelina County, the virus continues to spread in other areas of the country. As a result, Angelina College will transition the face-to-face component of lecture classes to fully online learning for the foreseeable future.

 

Academic administrators are currently building a schedule to finalize plans for moving completely online. For those courses that cannot be delivered online (e.g., shop courses, laboratories, clinicals, etc.), the instructors are developing a schedule that would allow a limited number of students (3 or less) to engage in the lesson in the physical setting while maintaining acceptable social distancing.  

 

Monday, March 23rd every student should log into their blackboard account to see communication from their instructor. Whether it be a class that is switching from face-to-face to online or if it will still require some sort of attendance, there will be guidance from your professor on the course, a schedule as well as a revised syllabus. Students will have access to at least one weeks’ worth of instructional materials and recorded lectures on Monday. 

 

The NJCAA announced earlier this week that all championship tournaments and the remainder of all Spring semester sports are cancelled for Spring 2020. Angelina College has also cancelled all extracurricular/co-curricular events, public performances, and art exhibitions for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester due to the CDC’s recommendation. 

 

Important points to remember: 

·      All classes that can move to an online environment will transition to online for the foreseeable future

·      Monday, March 23rd every student should log into their blackboard account to see communication from their instructor, schedule, and updated syllabus. 

·      Campus will be open starting on Thursday, March 19 with limited staff 

·      All public events for Spring 2020 semester have been cancelled at this time

 

Angelina College is looking at all options for our students, faculty and staff in this unique time. If you have questions or concerns about this situation, please send an email to Dana Smithhart, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Student Affairs, at dsmithhart@angelina.edu.  

 

 

Update: March 16, 2020

The board meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled in response to COVID-19. 

 

 

Update: March 15, 2020

The Angelina College campus was originally set to open to faculty and staff on March 16th. After careful consideration, Dr. Michael S. Simon announced that the AC campus would be closed until March 19th. All face to face classes as well as online classes have been cancelled until March 23rd. Dr. Simon arrived at this decision after consultation with regional healthcare and emergency management professionals, the presidents of other colleges and universities in East Texas, the president of the Board of Trustees, and the members of the Executive Council.  This decision was not made lightly and ultimately was made to ensure the safety of Angelina College’s faculty and staff.  

 

Simon stated that he would give further information to our faculty and staff on Wednesday, March 19th by 3PM. This communication will be after consultation with relevant experts and the executive council on whether or not the college closure will be extended.

 

Angelina College is looking at all options for our students, faculty and staff in this unique time. If you have questions or concerns about this situation, please send an email to Dana Smithhart, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Student Affairs, at dsmithhart@angelina.edu.   

 

 

March 12, 2020 – Update

With student and community safety being our highest priority, Angelina College is opting to cancel in-person classes until March 23. During the week of March 16th, no in-person classes will be held. Our online classes will proceed as normal. 

 

Our campus will remain open, the additional week will provide the AC faculty and staff the ability to conduct extensive cleaning and sanitation efforts as well as provide instruction to our team.

 

While no reports of this virus have been reported at Angelina College, we are committed to the well-being of our community and prevention of the virus while also supporting our students’ educational goals.

 

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

 

  • Wash your hands frequently. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and warm water.
  • Maintain social distancing by keeping 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Your hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Practice respiratory hygiene by please covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • It is important that you stay home if you feel unwell. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing please seek medical attention early.

 

 

WE WILL NEED YOUR HELP

A few easy things we can all do include:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

 

 

The following countries are categorized as Level 1, 2 and 3:

  • Level 3: China, Iran, Italy and South Korea
  • Level 2: Japan
  • Level 1: Hong Kong

 

Guidance on Returning to the United States

 

Any student, faculty, staff or visitor traveling from or through Level 2 or Level 3 countries must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days before returning to the Angelina College campus. Should symptoms occur, seek immediate medical attention.

 

Ongoing Actions

To ensure the safety and security of Angelina College students, faculty and staff, we are doing the following:

 

  • Angelina College administration will share information with local, regional and state public health authorities to ensure the appropriate exchange and notification of timely information.
  • Spring Break and personal travel: Angelina College does not set requirements for personal travel, but we are strongly urging people to not travel to areas with active community transmission and/or Level 1, 2 or 3 countries. All travelers are encouraged to check the CDC’s COVID-19 travel page, State Department travel advisories, and the International Air Transport Association’s list of travel and entry restrictions for the latest information before departing. Regardless of personal or professional travel, all individuals visiting Level 2 or 3 countries will be required to undergo the 14-day self-isolation period before returning to campus.
  • Note that if you leave the country, your trip may affect your ability to return to the United States and campus.
  • During the 14 days of self-isolation, students should contact the Student Affairs Office at 936-633-3213 for updated guidance and requirements prior to returning to school or work.

 

We encourage you to monitor developments through the State Department and CDC websites. Students who are traveling should, in addition to taking recommended measures to prevent getting sick, take basic precautions to prepare for potential travel disruptions.

 

Angelina College will continue to work with federal, state and local officials to monitor potential risks. If conditions change, we will update our campus community. Please continue to monitor this page for updated information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is COVID-19 and how does it spread? 

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus, which can cause illness in humans and animals. Those who have become sick are reported to suffer coughs, fever, breathing difficulties and tiredness. In severe cases, organ failure has been reported.

  • What experts know about COVID-19, a relatively new virus, is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. The World Health Organization named this illness “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated COVID-19).
  • Person-to-person: The CDC says that the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person, which means those who are in close contact with one another, and/or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • CDC officials say that it is possible a person can contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes, but they said this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How can I tell if I have the coronavirus?

  • The CDC says people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic – the sickest. Still, it’s possible to spread the disease before showing symptoms, so a person can feel fine and still have it, just as with other viruses. Such cases have been reported, but are not thought to be the main way it spreads. The WHO reports that most people – roughly 80 percent – recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?

  • Medical experts across the globe are rushing to find a cure. However, there is not one at this time. The disease is viral, which means antibiotics will not help; the antiviral drugs that work against the flu do not work against coronavirus. Those with a weak immune system and those who already are sick are urged to be especially cautious.