Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

5/4/2020 Update

Task force established to lead reopening of the campus in preparation for the fall semester

Following a recent Leadership Team meeting, Dr. Chappell has directed for the establishment of a task force to oversee the college’s preparation for reopening the campus.

Dr. John Goetsch, executive vice president, will chair the task force which also includes Dr. Jim Schettler, vice president of student affairs; Tobi England, director of institutional effectiveness; Jesse Jones, director of admissions; and E.J. Johnson, facilities and custodial manager.

The task force has been charged with the following goals:

  • Provide leadership in planning for a safe and efficient opening to the fall semester
  • Research best practices in health and sanitation in accordance with all CDC and CDPH guidelines
  • Document and institute guidelines for the physical health and safety of all staff, students, and campus guests
  • Outline training procedures for faculty, staff, coaches, work studies, dorm supervisors, and other groups
  • Develop appropriate enhancements for student (especially new student) orientations

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4/16/2020 Update

Admission requirements adjusted to ease pressure on incoming students

In coordination with the Admissions Committee and the Leadership Team, the Office of Admissions is announcing the following changes to admissions policies due in response to the complexities caused by the various institutional closures:

The Enrollment Deposit has been temporarily reduced to $100. Officially accepting an offer of admission by submitting an enrollment deposit is an exciting step in a student’s college journey. WCBC’s enrollment deposit is applied toward the new student’s first payment and is not an extra fee. However, this must be paid before an incoming student can proceed in orientation and class registration. To support our incoming students and their families, the deposit has been reduced to $100 through July 15.

Unofficial transcripts may be used for admission evaluation. Applicants can now be conditionally accepted by providing an official high school transcript. WCBC does still require official high school transcripts for enrollment, but the deadline for official documentation will be delayed.

WCBC has waived the ACT/SAT requirement. While WCBC still strongly encourages every applicant to take the ACT or SAT, WCBC recently adopted a test optional policy. This means that those students who have had their testing opportunities cancelled or postponed will not be hindered from enrolling on schedule this fall.

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4/3/2020 Update

Summer Jewish Mission has been cancelled

It has become increasingly apparent that the Summer Jewish Mission cannot begin on May 11 as planned. West Coast Baptist College and Israel Restoration Ministries have collaborated closely in an attempt to maintain an abbreviated campaign with a later start date, but we are sorry to say that we concluded that this will not be possible. There will not be a Summer Jewish Mission this year.

Through the years, God has allowed students involved in this unique outreach to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to various communities all around the world. More than 5.4 million times, a Bible college student has approached a home to deliver the good news that is the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. Over 5,000 times these same students were able to open their Bibles and explain the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ in detail. This is an indescribable honor for all involved, and we look forward to continuing this in-person evangelism as soon as God allows.

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3/16/2020 Update

WCBC suspends on-campus instruction for the remainder or the spring semester

After much prayer and counsel, Dr. Chappell and the leadership of WCBC suspended all on-campus instruction for the remainder or the spring semester effective March 13, 2020. All classes will resume online beginning Friday, March 20. The current faculty will remain available to all students for instruction, coaching, and mentorship as normal. The college’s academic calendar will remain unchanged.

While some of our staff will be working remotely for the next several weeks and the campus will be closed to guests, all housing, dining, security, and student support operations will remain functional. Although many students have returned home to finish this semester, dozens have chosen to remain, and we are confident that all supplies and staffing necessary to ensure their wellbeing are in place.

West Coast Baptist College remains committed to serving our students and their families through this time. We can be reached by phone at 888.694.9222 during normal business hours. If you need to contact us outside of business hours, you are welcome to contact any of the below members of our team directly:

  • Dr. John Goetsch | Executive Vice President | 661.492.7687
  • Dr. Mark Rasmussen | Vice President | 661.492.7689
  • Dr. Jim Schettler | Vice President | 661.802.8306
  • Dr. Mike Lester | Academic Dean | 661.466.3429
  • Brother Thomas Shepherd | Assistant to the President | 661.886.6471

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3/11/2020 Update

WCBC is actively monitoring the coronavirus situation

WCBC is actively monitoring the growth and impact of the COVID-19 virus around the country and in Southern California in particular. Both the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have indicated that the immediate health risk is low in the United States, but much remains unknown about how the virus will spread and how it will impact the health of those infected. We are continually evaluating our current situation and are ensuring appropriate response plans are in place and ready for activation if necessary.

While many colleges and universities are particularly concerned about the potential for the virus to spread due to spring break travel, WCBC does not have a spring break which significantly reduces the risk to our students.

Guidance provided by the WHO, CDC, and the California Department of Public Health is informing these discussions and plans. For more information on the virus and up-to-date guidance, visit Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) published by the CDC.

WCBC has taken several steps to lessen the possibility of transmission on our campus.

Through increased cleaning and disinfecting with a special focus on common areas; preparation of quarantine areas; increased flexibility in student, faculty, and staff attendance policies due to sickness; deployment of additional hand sanitizer stations throughout the campus; and heightened monitoring of student health, WCBC has already acted to mitigate the risk to our students. In addition­, we are actively reviewing all major events both on our campus and in various communities around the country as part of our planning efforts.

Preventing the spread of any communicable illness includes practicing simple but important personal health routines:

  • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds with soapy water
  • Use alcohol-based sanitizer (ideally 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available, but wash your hands with soap and water as often as possible
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue directly into the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces such as phones, door handles, banisters, railings, etc.
  • Get adequate rest
  • Avoid contact with those who are infected or are known to have been in recent contact with someone who is infected
  • Stay home if you are ill (coughing, runny nose, fever, etc.) regardless of whether or not the underlying cause is believed to be coronavirus

We continue to pray for those infected across our land. Through every season, we remain committed to training laborers for His harvest.