Official CBC Statement Pertaining to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order

CBC to Release Official Statement Pertaining to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order 

Dear Coastal Bend College Community:  

Over the past week, Coastal Bend College has implemented several measures and recommendations to help ensure the health and safety of our communities as we attempted to deliver Career and Technical Education (CTE) labs/courses.  However, in lieu of Governor Abbott’s recent declaration and the dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the state, we believe we must honor the Governor’s request to ensure that each Texan does his or her part to curb the spread of the virus. CBC will temporarily halt our efforts to deliver this type of face-to-face instruction. We will resume our efforts to deliver CTE lab/courses on April 6 pending further developments.

Here is additional information you may find helpful: 

Online Classes: Online classes will continue as normal. 

Face-to-face Classes: All face-to-face classes have been transitioned to online and will remain in that modality for the remainder of the semester. Spring Flex II classes are scheduled to begin online March 23. We have labs available at each of our locations to serve students who need access to computers and internet.  

Coastal Bend College will continue to use Blackboard as the primary online learning platform to facilitate the student academic experience. Students experiencing issues connecting to Blackboard should contact Cynthia Abrigo at (361) 354-2508 or via email at cabrigo@coastalbend.edu. Students who have questions about other tools and resources being used in their classes should contact their instructor for further information. 

Campus Offices: Offices continue to be staffed from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. As we try to minimize traffic flow and practice social distancing, we may adjust the number of staff we have on campus. As such, the business office, financial aid office, admissions office, and the administration offices will remain open. All employees (faculty and staff) not on campus will work remotely during this time. However, we ask that you call ahead to determine staff availability to effectively and expeditiously assist you. Thank you in advance for doing your part to help us stay healthy.

Registration:  Summer registration begins March 23.  Advisors will be available during regular business hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Monday through Friday. You can email questions about enrollment to admissions@coastalbend.edu. For questions about financial aid, please email moralesn@coastalbend.edu. Summer classes will begin as previously scheduled. 

Computer Labs: Students are reminded that designated computer labs remain available on during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

Continuing Education: For more information on non-college credit earning continuing education classes, please click here. 

Dining Services: Will remain open at this time.

BookstoreWill remain open at this time. 

Daycare CenterWill remain open at this time and will continue to monitor students per guidelines as provided by Texas Health and Human Services.  

Campus Spaces: The Library and the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gym) continue to be closed until further notice. 

Dorms: Will remain open at this time.  

Campus Tours: No campus tours will occur during this time. We will announce the times once we are certain we can offer these services.  

Athletics: The NJCAA have suspended all athletic competitions through the end of the Spring 2020 sports season. Practices and workouts on campus or as a team are not permitted through this period.

Precautions:   

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • You are encouraged to seek medical care if you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. However, you should call your health care provider and alert them of your symptoms prior to visiting their location.
  • If you are a CBC student and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, please contact coronoavirusstu@coastalbend.edu
  • If you are a CBC employee and are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, please contact coronoavirusemp@coastalbend.edu

I want to thank you all for your continued patience and understanding. We want to reassure you that Coastal Bend College is monitoring COVID-19 developments. We will update our policies and protocols accordingly. Our priority remains the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and local community. 

Respectfully,   

Dr. Justin Hoggard  

CBC President  

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