LBC | Capital COVID-19 Updates

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LBC | Capital UPDATE

Summer and Fall 2020

CARES Act Information

The CARES Act requires all colleges and universities participating in the program to provide access to the following information:

  • Lancaster Bible College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certificate and Agreement for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This document is an assurance that LBC has used, or intends to use, no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  • The total amount of funds that LBC has received from the Department for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $694,828.
  • The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter) is $206,177.
  • The estimated total number of students 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 is 1,203. (992 undergraduate and 211 graduate students.  Students who are enrolled exclusively in an online program are not eligible and not included in this number.)
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 290.
  • LBC’s method 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 based the student’s EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and number of qualifying expenses.
  • LBC sent the following email to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

Recently legislation was enacted that created the CARES Act. Under this act, LBC|Capital received funding that must go directly to students to cover expenses related to the disruption of normal institutional operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have experienced an expense please complete the online CARES Act Student Emergency Aid Application. This can be found on the LBC Student Portal under Cares Act Student Aid. Additional eligibility information, including a filed FAFSA is required, and more information can be found on the FAQ page located here.

What is LBC | Capital’s intent for Fall 2020?

We are working diligently to be ready to welcome faculty and students to campus in the fall, while keeping the health and wellness of our campus community the highest priority. We are preparing for the fall semester on parallel tracks; a preferred scenario of welcoming students to campus with appropriate safety measures, and other scenarios with hybrid approaches.

A decision for fall will be announced by June 30 considering the status and guidance at that time.

In the meantime:

  • Summer classes and residencies are presently in remote learning.
  • Most employees are working remotely and those needed on campus are observing safety protocols.
  • Access to the Lancaster campus is limited, requiring ID badge, mask, and prior permission. Philadelphia and Washington DC locations are presently closed.
  • Facilities continue to be cleaned and sanitized in accordance with current guidelines; areas not in use are closed.
  • Information specific to students or employees will be shared via their respective portals. Students, please visit your portal often.
Commencement

We look forward to celebrating and honoring our graduates. The Lancaster Commencement service (formerly May 8) is rescheduled for Saturday evening, September 26, and arrangements for other locations are pending. Visit lbc.edu/graduation for all related information.

Athletics

The NCAA, North East Athletic Conference and NCCAA have not yet announced intentions for the 2020 fall season. Visit lbcchargers.com to learn more.  Student athletes can also contact coaches directly.

 

Events

Please visit the LBC | Capital Events Page for the latest information on rescheduled and future events. Specific questions can be directed to the Events Office | events@lbc.edu.

Library Resources

The LBC | Capital library is closed, and no fines will be calculated for overdue materials during this time.  Email CircDesk@lbc.edu or use the website link for “Ask-A-Librarian” for assistance or questions about book returns.

Book Store

Bookends remains closed, but is taking online orders. Shipping fees have been temporarily waived. Buybacks can be done online at the following site, online buybacks. For questions about book returns, please check for updates on the student portal or email bookstore@lbc.edu.

COVID-19 Resources

For more information on COVID-19 including symptoms, treatment, and how to best protect yourself and others, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19 or PA Dept. of Health.

Information for LBC | Capital Students

For the most up-to-date information and other helpful links and resources, please visit the LBC | Capital Student Portal.

CARES Act Student Aid

For information on CARES Act Student Aid and how to apply, please visit your Student Portal. Questions regarding can be directed to the Solution Center | solutions@lbc.edu.

Spring 2020 Room & Board Refund

For resident students who did not return to campus after spring break, credit equal to half (8 of the 16-week semester) of the semester Room & Board fee (adjusted for institutional aid) was be applied to your student account with the College. For students returning in the Fall, this credit will reduce the payment needed for Fall 2020.

Registration/Schedules

To register for Fall 2020 Courses, please set up a virtual appointment with your academic advisor. To review your course schedule, visit the MyLBC portal. Please contact the Registrar’s Office with any registration-related questions | registrar@lbc.edu.

Library Resources

The LBC | Capital library is closed, and no fines will be calculated for overdue materials during this time.  Email CircDesk@lbc.edu or use the website link for “Ask-A-Librarian” for assistance or questions about book returns

Book Store

Bookends remains closed, but is taking online orders. Shipping fees have been temporarily waived. Buybacks can be done online at the following site, online buybacks. For questions about book returns, please check for updates on the student portal or email bookstore@lbc.edu.

Campus Access

While we miss you more than we can say, students are permitted access to the Lancaster campus only by prior permission. Questions can be directed to StudentAffairs@lbc.edu. Our Philadelphia and Washington, DC locations remain closed at this time. Students at these locations should contact their academic advisors for assistance as needed.

Information for LBC | Capital Employees

For the most up-to-date information and other helpful links and resources, please visit the LBC | Capital Employee Portal or contact your supervisor.

Updates

Previous Updates

Monday, March 23

Today “remote readiness” became “remote teaching and learning” across the entire traditional undergraduate experience!  This is history in the making for LBC|Capital. You are communicating with students, building competence (both yours and theirs) in this new virtual environment, and gaining confidence to deliver quality biblical higher education amidst the challenge of COVID-19.  Faculty are on the front lines with students.  Our Solution Center is responding to student phone calls with their usual stellar service.  About 100 people were logged into our network, diligently working from home today. And we’re starting to build a digital chapel experience with a short video message, a student testimony, and worship music.  We’ll continue this pattern with curated video clips for the remainder of the semester.

There are 22 resident students remaining on our campus as of today, and we made the decision this morning that they will be restricted to campus for their own safety.  To do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and hopefully to prevent infection within this group, we are requiring social distancing.  Our Dining Services is providing meals to the 22 students, and there are exercise and entertainment options on campus.

We continue to share timely COVID-19 information with our students and families, our friends and colleagues. While this page is our primary vehicle, social media posts, employee and student portals are also used. Email communication has gone to alumni, donors, and parents (via weekly e-letter). Feel free to let us know how we can serve you better.

This post shows LBC|Capital at its finest. It also expresses my gratitude for the hard work of many. Please take a moment to read, “<a href=”https://www.dontaskthefish.com/blog/2020/3/21/three-looks”>COVID-19 – Which Way Are You Looking</a>.”

<strong>Thomas L. Kiedis, PhD, DMin
</strong><strong>President
</strong>O: 717.560.8278


Thursday, March 19

Dear LBC|Capital Family:

We have all been living in the whirlwind of COVID-19. More and more these days, our COVID-19 Senior Leader Task Force is feeling the tension Nehemiah did in rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem. Nehemiah and his cohort faced a seemingly insurmountable task coupled with persistent pressure from invading enemies. So what did he do? Nehemiah wrote, “But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat” (Nehemiah 4:9).

I love this response. It speaks to our need to remain fully dependent on God and fully engaged in addressing the threat. This is the approach your task force is taking as we consider how to navigate the Spring semester at LBC|Capital under the ominous threat of COVID-19.

Today, we began our meeting in a season of prayer, followed by discussion around three primary decision points: (1) Remote Learning: How long do we continue to operate with our Remote Learning model? (2) Commencement: Knowing all the logistics surrounding Commencement and given the high level of governmental protective measures with respect to social distancing, can we pull it off? (3) Safety, Stuff, and Financial Reimbursements:  What is our plan to safeguard our students and their belongings, and what is our plan for financial reimbursement for room and board?

Here are the decisions we made:

1. Remote Learning: Given the national trend toward more restrictive social distancing measures coupled with no indication that COVID-19 has spiked in our country, we have decided to continue our Remote Learning Model through the end of the semester. We know this comes as a great disappointment to all – students, faculty, staff, and our greater LBC|Capital family – but your safety and that of our neighbors in paramount.

  • Traditional undergraduate students begin remote learning March 23 for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Accelerated Adult Education students at all locations will shift to remote learning beginning March 30
  • Graduate and Seminary students will shift to remote learning beginning Monday, March 23.

2. Commencement: In a move that is equally saddening but absolutely essential, we have decided to postpone all of our Spring Commencements. We look forward to celebrating and honoring our graduates at a date to be determined.

  • Lancaster, May 8 – postponed TBD
  • Washington DC, May 9 – postponed TBD
  • Uganda, May 23 – Postponed until May 2021
  • Philadelphia, June 27 –  postponed TBD

3. Safety, Stuff, and Financial Reimbursements: Working in conjunction with our national and state governmental authorities, and in keeping with a growing trend in higher education we have decided the following regarding:

  • Your Safety: Your safety is our utmost concern. To limit the potential threat of COVID-19 we ask that you stay away from campus.
  • Your Stuff: Your belongings were secured in your dorm room over spring break and will remain so until you retrieve them.  If there are extenuating circumstances please email residencelife@lbc.edu.  As of now, the dates for moving out of your dorm are May 8-10, or until the COVID-19 emergency ends.  Any change to this date will be communicated to you in advance.
  • Your Finances: Many students (and parents) are wondering if they are eligible for a refund or credit on room and board charges.  The answer is yes. Students fall into two primary categories and both are addressed in our Resident Student FAQ below on this page. 

Together we rest in God’s promise: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps. 91:1).

Dr. Thomas L. Kiedis
President
O: 717.560.8278


Tuesday, March 17

An all employee meeting was held this morning and the FAQs on this page were updated accordingly.  We continue to monitor the situation hour by hour and will keep our LBC | Capital community informed.

Please remember your ID badge is now needed if you come to campus.


Monday, March 16

As we shared with our LBC|Capital community earlier today, in these volatile times events are changing not day-by-day, but hour-by-hour. While the world is in upheaval, God is not. We continue to rest in the One who is before all things, created all things, and in whom all things hold together (Colossians 1:17). We are leaning on the promise of James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” We are asking God for wisdom as we walk through these days and as we make multiple decisions that impact the lives of our educational community. Here are key communication points for today:

This afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf issued a shutdown order to the entire state of Pennsylvania in an attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19.  While this order does not include institutions of higher education and is self-enforced, the Lancaster campus of LBC|Capital will be closing at the end of business Tuesday, March 17. We are doing this in an attempt to comply with our Governor’s wishes and for the safety of our community. At that point we will assume a posture of remote work until further notice.

We will provide clarity on our working protocol at a mandatory [live streamed] All-Employee Meeting at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 17.  Employees are expected to be on campus and are encouraged to watch with their teams in groups of ten or less. The livestream will be accessible from the employee portal (on the left side, labeled Employee Streaming).

Additional LBC | Capital actions taken today:

  • All incoming traffic to the Lancaster campus must present a valid LBC | Capital ID badge, effective immediately.
  • All events on our Lancaster campus are canceled through Easter.
  • The Trust Performing Arts Center is closed.

Friday, March 13

Today’s update is provided in response to the most recent communication from authorities at the national, state, and local levels, including today’s news conference with the President of the United States and yesterday’s briefing with Governor Wolf:

  • Traditional undergraduate classes will shift to remote learning beginning Monday, March 23 through April 12, reassessing prior to April 3.  This remains a fluid situation and updates will be posted regularly.
  • Adult Education in Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Washington DC will move to a blended format beginning Session 3.  Students need to contact their Site Directors for more information.
  • Graduate and Doctoral Education will shift to remote learning beginning Monday, March 23 through April 12, reassessing prior to April 3.
  • FAQs are published below with ongoing additions.
  • Per the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), the NEAC Presidents’ Council has made the difficult decision to cancel all conference activities and championships for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, effective immediately. LBC coaches are working directly with their teams to coordinate details around this difficult decision.

Friday, March 13 Video

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Thursday, March 12

To our LBC | Capital community:

Today I was reflecting on the words of Winston Churchill. In 1941, the British Prime Minister said, “I cannot recall any period when its stresses and the onset of so many problems all at once or in rapid succession bore more directly on me and my colleagues than the first half of 1941.”

While we are not experiencing a world war like that of Churchill, our world is at war with respect to COVID-19. For many of us these are unprecedented days. Know that I cannot say enough about the great work being done at all our sites to keep student-care and mission-focus primary. Our folks are resting in the Lord while planning for multiple contingencies. This is our day-to-day reality at all our sites: Lancaster, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boca Raton.

In our continuing efforts to keep you informed, here are a few updates for the LBC|Capital family:

  • Spring break for Lancaster undergraduate students has been extended by one week through Sunday, March 22, including academic assignments.  A decision will be made by Wednesday, March 18 to determine whether students may return to on-campus classes March 23, or if online modalities will be used for a time.
  • Students who are presently enrolled in online classes should continue to follow the syllabus in progress.
  • All pending Journey Team and TraveLearn trips for this academic year are canceled. Specific communication to both travelers and donors will be forthcoming.
  • The PhD in Leadership residency has shifted to complete online modality.  Students are receiving direct communication from their program director.
  • College travel is suspended with evaluation on a case-by-case basis; faculty and staff are asked to discuss any planned business travel with their vice president.
  • We are monitoring COVID-19 on an international, national, state, and local level. Today we watched Governor Wolf’s news conference and feel our decisions are in line with his requests.
  • Wellness reminders:
  • Please visit lbc.edu/campusupdates for daily communication as well as answers to many FAQs (Frequently Answered Questions).

While we are taking wise precautions, we are living in confidence, not fear. We pray the Lord sustains you with all the confidence of the psalmist, who said of the one who fears the LORD: “He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7

Thomas L. Kiedis, PhD, DMin
President


Wednesday, March 11

We value the wellbeing of our students and campus community, and will do our best to keep you informed. By way of further update on this evolving situation, today the following measures were taken:

  • Spring break for Lancaster undergraduate students has been extended by one week through Sunday, March 22.
  • Student-athletes will return as previously scheduled.
  • At this time college travel has been suspended, to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • All online courses in progress will continue.
  • Nontraditional classes continue to meet in Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

Future updates will be posted daily on this page.  A further update will be coming relative to nontraditional adult education programs at all locations.


Monday, March 9

What symptoms should you know about?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

What can you do?

  • Prevention – We encourage you to take steps to safeguard your personal health and to minimize risk exposure. You can prevent everything from a cold, flu, and the coronavirus by consistently following these action steps:

o   AVOID

  • Avoid close contact with people, especially those who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

o   COVER – Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw the tissue directly in the trash.

o   WASH – Wash your hands often with soap and water vigorously for at least 20 seconds.

o   CLEAN – Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces (phones, door handles, counters, keyboard, etc) with everyday household disinfectants.

o   STAY – Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you were exposed, it is important to call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) and your doctor before going for care.

  • Preparedness

o   Be prepared to stay home for an extended period of time due to illness or quarantine. Consider the food or medication you will need to be self-supporting during this time.

o   Talk with your family and friends about prevention measures and set the example.

o   Have the contact information of your Doctor and PA Health public line saved on your phone.

What is LBC | Capital doing?

  • The President and his Cabinet are updated daily and are personally engaged in the preparation, readiness, and response aspects of a potential threat from the coronavirus.
  • We are closely monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates from CDC, PEMA, FEMA, PA Dept. of Health, Disaster Resistant University Network, and local emergency management.
  • We will continue sharing important updates and information with the LBC | Capital community.
  • We have restricted international travel as appropriate for the safety and well-being of our students and employees.
  • We created an Infectious disease task force from key positions in LBC | Capital that is meeting, planning, and taking action steps for preparedness and prevention.
  • We have been regularly disinfecting “high touch points” such as door handles, restrooms, classrooms, and counters.
  • We maintain lines of communication with public health agencies and local health facilities.
  • We are taking steps this week to be ready to deliver all classes online after spring break, should circumstances require it.

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