Beacon News

Coronavirus Update – March 13, 2020

| Emergency Updates

As the Spring Break is now upon us, we wanted to keep you updated on the College’s continued planning and actions with respect to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on Beacon’s operations.  Today, President Hagerty met with key personnel who will be responsible for managing the many elements based upon the best interests of our community, especially our students and employees.

Here is what we know now:  Spring Break will continue as scheduled through March 23.  On or before Wednesday, March 18, the College will announce its decisions regarding the prospect of extending Spring Break. An elongated Spring Break would trigger the implementation of remote instruction to allow students to continue to progress in their coursework.  At this time — considering the national landscape — it is likely that students will not be allowed to return to campus until a later date.  Once the decision is made, course instructors and Learning Specialists will notify students directly about academic expectations.

  • Campus Cleaning and Security: on Monday, March 16, all common areas and surfaces on campus (including residences) thoroughly will be cleaned and disinfected to mitigate the presence of any latent microbes or viruses.  After the cleaning, Campus Safety will ensure that all buildings are secured and monitored.   Director Elyas Malik and his officers will remain on duty throughout Spring Break.
  • Dining Services: For students and employees who will remain in Leesburg during the break, the Navigator Café will be open tomorrow (Saturday), March 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during Spring Break.
  • Office Staffing during Spring Break: As is customary, most faculty will be off campus and the academic support services offices will be closed.  Most administrative offices will be staffed to conduct College business.  It is important to note, if the college must extend Spring Break, faculty and staff will be available after March 23 irrespective of a modified arrival calendar for students.

Of course, we will keep you informed next week should public health and safety officials impose restrictions.