Rosedale Bible College COVID-19 Hub

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The Sanctuary Plan: 

It doesn’t take most first-year students very long to realize that God uses the RBC campus community to shape their lives in profound ways. Living with students, staff, and faculty who are collectively seeking God and the truth found in Him, creates a unique learning environment second to none. The challenge for us is to protect and nourish this Christ centered community learning environment in the midst of a world-wide pandemic.

 

To meet this challenge, we have developed the Sanctuary Plan. While this plan includes a variety of increased cleaning measures, ventilation updates, and food service adjustments, the plan’s guiding philosophy is to create a protected Sanctuary for our students, staff, and faculty here in Rosedale, Ohio.

 

There are two central pillars of this plan.

1. We will have access to immediate testing for our campus community. This will enable us to quickly discover and quarantine students, staff, or faculty if COVID-19 is contracted by anyone on campus.

2.  We will limit travel to and from campus. We will not be hosting the normal flow of guests that often visit us at RBC. Additionally, we will be limiting the travel of our student body.

 

We are called to train Kingdom workers and understand that this takes place best in community. Because of that, we plan to hold on-campus, in-person classes as long as it is feasible to do this in a safe, responsible way. Please see the Sanctuary Plan FAQ page below for answers to some frequently asked questions. For other questions and a more detailed articulation of the Sanctuary plan, please contact Matt Showalter at mshowalter@rosedale.edu 

 

Sincerely,

Jeremy Miller

President

Sanctuary Plan FAQ

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No, we have not had anyone on our campus test positive for COVID-19. 

RBC will use email and text messaging as the primary means of updating the campus community on issues related to COVID-19.

Student orientation begins on Saturday, September 12. Plan to arrive on campus sometime that afternoon. In late August, we will be in touch concerning more detailed plans for orientation weekend.

The first day of class is September 15.

RBC’s mission is to train Kingdom workers in a Christ-centered community. Our mission is best carried out in-person and on-campus. We will plan to open according to previously announced dates and continue in-person classes unless the State mandates require us to move to an online format.

RBC places a high priority on the safety and well-being of its students and staff. With that in mind, we will be asking student to wear face masks/shields during discipleship groups and anytime that they are interacting with a faculty or staff member in a closed, indoor environment. Students are not asked to wear masks in class unless asked to do so by the professor. 

Yes.  RBC will be testing all students upon their arrival on campus.

Because of our rural setting, the best way to deal with the threat of COVID-19 appears to be limiting our contact with the general public. With that in mind, we are asking students to not leave campus unless they have express permission from the student life office. If a student is given permission to leave campus, they must submit to another COVID-19 test upon their arrival back on campus.

All activities (chapel, student activities, morning prayer, etc.) will be developed with considerations for social distancing, while maintaining a positive experience for student life.

Yes. We are hiring extra cleaning personnel to sanitize and clean on a regular basis.

RBC will increase the presence of nursing care on campus. We are planning to contract with a registered nurse to be a consistent presence on campus.

If a student displays COVID symptoms, the student will immediately be tested and will self-quarantine until the results of the test come in. If the test is negative, the student will remain in their room until the symptoms are gone.

We have reserved one of the halls in the women’s dorm as a quarantine zone for women. Five of the apartments are being reserved as quarantine space for the men. These areas will be utilized if any students test positive for COVID-19. We will require a 10 day quarantine and two negative tests before the student may rejoin campus.

Yes. We are taking steps to ensure that classes are accessible online so that any student who must spend some time in quarantine can continue to take part in their classes.

Yes, all classes are being taught and contingency plans are being made to ensure that all classes will be taking place. 

For the time being, we are asking that visitors not visit campus. This is a restriction that we can hopefully lift as soon as possible, but for the start of the year, we are asking that no visitors come to campus.

We certainly hope not! These types of restrictions will be evaluated on a bi-weekly basis and we will make revisions to our plans based both on the latest mandates from the state and local governments and on the current spread of the virus. 

Our plan does involve limiting the contact that our students will have outside of the campus environment. That being said, we are working at ways that our students will be able to be engaged and serve off-campus while doing so in more controlled environments.

Rosedale Bible College is striving to maintain community and educational excellence during the COVID-19 shutdown. Part of achieving those goals is ensuring that we are abiding by relevant local guidelines and providing useful information to our constituency. 

The Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Homepage

The Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Homepage

The Ohio Department of Health Checklist for Employers

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Rosedale Bible College – Department of Education – CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Section 18004 Reporting Disclosure

  1. Rosedale Bible College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students on April 23, 2020.

     

  2. RBC received $27,184 on May 5, 2020 to be distributed to students.

     

  3. As of June 6, 2020, RBC has distributed $19,998.31 to students via check and direct deposit.

     

  4. RBC has estimated that 59 students are 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.

     

  5. As of June 3, 2020, 40 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

     

  6. RBC is primarily a residential college. All on-campus students were required to move out of the dorm housing and the campus cafeteria was closed. RBC allocated the majority of this money to expenses that most of our students have such as food. We have estimated that students will have at least $475 in extra grocery expense from mid-March when students had to move out of the dorms. Students were also asked via email to submit any additional expenses they may have incurred as a result of the COVID-19 disruption. 

          Funds were awarded to students who were: 

               -Title IV eligible or would be eligible to receive Title IV funds

               -Living on campus and had to move out of the dorms

               -Were enrolled in classes half time or more

          Students who were or would be eligible to receive Title IV funds, but did not meet the criteria of half time or on campus were asked to submit any expenses they                        incurred to be considered on a case by case basis. 

          As of June 3, 2020, the average award to students was just under $500. 

     7. Students received a letter or email with the check or deposit stating that funds were to be used for basic living expenses and to reimburse themselves for COVID-19                   related expenses that they had already incurred.

     8. 45 DAY UPDATE – As of September 4, there has been no change since the last report on July 21.                                                                                                                                 https://ifap.ed.gov/electronic-announcements/050620HigherEdEmergencyReliefFundRptg  

 

      

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