St. Clairsville, OH (March 16, 2020) — Belmont College is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully and is taking proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff in accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Governor Mike DeWine’s Office.
Belmont College will be closing all campus buildings effective March 17, 2020. Many classes will be offered online to students and faculty and staff will be working from home during this time. The College will be open for business remotely– College staff will be checking email and answering phones.
According to Dr. Jeremy Vittek, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, “Our goal is to decrease the number of occurrences that require staff and students to gather or spend extended periods of time in close proximity with each other. Therefore, we will be closing our buildings effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Monday, April 6, 2020.”
According to Governor DeWine’s recommendation, social distancing will be most effective at helping to control the spread of COVID-19. “Social distancing will help reduce the gathering of large groups of people together to slow the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Paul Gasparro, President.
“As the health and safety of our campus community is our highest priority, Belmont is taking additional steps to ensure the health and safety of our campus community,” he continued. As previously mentioned, we have an academic plan in place based on Governor DeWine’s recommendation and we are transitioning face-to-face classes to online/remote learning. We are disrupting this process only in an effort to keep our community safe.”
Belmont College is well-positioned for online/remote learning thanks to the College’s BEConnected Initiative. Through the college-wide program, Belmont provides use of an iPad to every student, faculty, and staff member for integration into each facet of student life from enrollment to graduation. Additionally, with the Canvas Learning Management System, Belmont is able to transition most courses to an online remote learning platform.
According to Gasparro, “We will continue to work with our local, state, and federal partners to address the impacts of COVID-19 based on the best available public health expertise and recommendations. Belmont College cares about the health and safety of our college community and we are committed to providing a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff.”
Belmont College will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as needed with the health and safety of the college community being their first priority.
No known members of the Belmont College community have tested positive for COVID-19 at this time.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the coronavirus, please contact the Ohio Department of Health’s call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). The call center is staffed with licensed nurses and infectious disease experts who are available seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For more information about Belmont College, visit www.belmontcollege.edu.
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