Campus prepares for online classes

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 global outbreak, CBC is preparing to move classes online in case of a necessary quarantine following spring break. 

“Traditional students are strongly encouraged to attend classes on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 in order to receive information from their faculty about a possible transition to online course delivery,” said an email from the office of the president.

Although the college statement says there are no current confirmed cases of the virus among students or employees and there is no reason to believe that there has been contact with the virus, the administration is still taking the necessary precautions to prepare for the spread.

“Also during these two days, faculty will be assessing if students have access to appropriate technology to be able to receive online course delivery,” said the office of the president. Resource pages will also be posted soon for faculty and students with more information regarding online course delivery.

The campus will remain open on Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20; however, traditional classes are canceled. Residence Halls will also remain open until scheduled closing for spring break on Friday, March 20 at 4 p.m. Residence Halls are planned to reopen at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.

The dining hall will continue to operate with an altered schedule of lunch being served from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and dinner being served from 4:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Breakfast will not be served. Furthermore, the Story Library and Cafe 52 will be closed. 

All athletic events are canceled for the spring 2020 season at the unanimous call of the American Midwest Conference Council of Presidents. 

“Central Baptist College will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak,” said the email.  “We will communicate updates to employees and students through their college-issued ‘’ email accounts.”

Students and faculty are encouraged to follow precautions given by the Center for Disease Control. Daily updates of the COVID-19 in Arkansas can be found on Arkansas Department of Health

Tower Media will continue to report the COVID-19 coverage on campus.  

Kat Carson is a freshman studying Communications with a minor in missions. She is the Tower Media web editor. When she's not working, Kat enjoys reading and spending time with her friends, family, and animals.

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