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Brookdale’s Response to COVID-19

Individuals must fill out a pre-screening health questionnaire each day for authorized access to buildings and facilities on the Lincroft campus.

Fall Update and Governor Murphy’s latest executive order/August 17, 2020 Message


Dear Students,

We anxiously await the beginning of the fall semester in several weeks and assure you that we’ve been busily preparing for you to pursue your educational goals in a safe academically-sound environment.  Over the summer, our faculty have enhanced their course materials and remote teaching techniques. Our student services and academic support staff have been working nonstop to ensure that our students have the resources necessary to achieve your goals.  Additionally, our COVID Response Team has diligently developed and implemented an extensive safety plan as directed by Governor Murphy.

You may have heard that Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 175 on August 12, 2020.  This executive order supersedes his previous executive orders that closed public and private schools, including colleges and universities.  Executive Order 175 essentially permits schools and colleges to re-open and offer in-person experiences that comply with safe re-opening plans.

As I have previously communicated, Brookdale’s safe re-opening plan has been fully vetted by our College community and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.  Accordingly, we will continue to operate primarily remotely in Fall 2020, offering a full range of online, remote-live, and hybrid classes.  Brookdale’s online and remote instruction has a very strong reputation, largely due to our exceptional faculty and staff, as well as the support of our stellar Teaching & Learning Center.  When you view your schedule online in WebAdvisor (or search for classes if you have not yet registered), the specific type of course, and meeting day/time requirements are listed in the “Meeting Information” column:

  • Courses designated as “Online – Remote Live Classes” will include specific days and times you will be expected to log in and meet with your class online.
  • Courses designated as “Online -Fully Online” do not have a day/time meeting requirement.  These courses will require that you log into Canvas on the first day of the semester and review the expectations of your professor, including dates and times when course work must be completed.
  • Sections designated as “Online – Remote Hybrid” will include a mix of specific log in times in which you will meet with your class, and independent or smaller group work. Your instructor will provide further information on the first day of classes.

A very limited number of in-person classes are scheduled in subject areas that cannot be completed online, such as Culinary Arts and Automotive Technology.  For these programs, access to buildings and facilities will continue to be limited.  Only authorized students, employees, and visitors will be permitted to access our buildings in order to maximize a safe environment.  Our extensive protocols for in-person classes will follow CDC guidance and State Department of Health requirements such as socially distanced seating, face covering requirements, and frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces.  These protocols are explained in our limited reopening plan which remains in effect.  I urge you to review this plan again, as well as the resources listed below.

For additional information related to COVID-19:

  • Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov for information related to prevention efforts, hand washing and hygiene, face coverings, symptoms, quarantine, testing, etc. The CDC site also contains videos on a broad range of topics.
  • Visit our CDC videos page to view a selection of videos and search the CDC site for additional topics and videos.
  • Visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, www.covid19.nj.gov for information on several topics, including states on New Jersey’s travel advisory list due to higher rates of transmission. Travelers returning from the affected states are advised to quarantine for 14 days.

Please email covidquestions@brookdalecc.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation in ensuring the safety and well-being of all our community members.

David Stout, Ph.D.
President
Brookdale Community College

Messages from President David Stout: Archives

Limited Reopening Message/Thank You: July 24, 2020 Message

Colleagues and Students,

On behalf of the entire Brookdale community, I wanted to extend my thanks for your patience and understanding this week with the limited re-opening of our Lincroft campus.  It’s a work in progress. I thank all who helped to set up our campus with the appropriate signage and who have assisted students this week.  Please note that the Lincroft campus is currently open only to students who were enrolled in hands-on courses this past Spring and who need to resolve an “In Progress” grade. For students enrolled in Summer 2 and 3 classes that are being conducted remotely, those classes will continue in remote format as scheduled.  Access to buildings and facilities at Lincroft is limited to authorized students, employees and visitors.

Our faculty and staff welcome your return and wish you much success as you pursue your studies and professional and personal goals. These are certainly challenging times, and I commend you for your perseverance and dedication.

We look forward to welcoming back more students when circumstances permit.  As a reminder – please fill out the Daily Pre-Check Form  prior to coming to campus.  The form is available in English and Spanish and can be filled out after 5 pm for the following day.  Please email  covidquestions@brookdalecc.edu with any questions or concerns.

For additional information related to COVID-19:

  • Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov for information related to prevention efforts, hand washing and hygiene, face coverings, symptoms, quarantine, testing, etc. The CDC site also contains videos on a broad range of topics.
  • Visit  https://www.brookdalecc.edu/advancement/college-relations/brookdales-response-to-covid-19/cdc-videos/ to view a selection of videos and search the CDC site for additional topics and videos.
  • Visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, www.covid19.nj.gov for information on several topics, including states on New Jersey’s travel advisory list due to higher rates of transmission. Travelers returning from the affected states are advised to quarantine for 14 days.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation as circumstances continue to evolve. We will continue to provide more updates as needed.

David Stout, Ph.D.
President
Brookdale Community College

Important Information re: Limited Reopening: July 16, 2020 Message

Dear students and colleagues,

Our Lincroft campus will be open on a limited basis starting on Monday, July 20 for certain “In Progress” classes only.  Our limited reopening plan only applies to students who were enrolled in hands-on courses this past Spring and who need to resolve an “In Progress” grade. For students enrolled in Summer 2 and 3 classes that are being conducted remotely, those classes will continue in remote format as scheduled.  Access to buildings and facilities is limited to authorized students, employees and visitors only.

Below are a few reminders and some additional information:

  • Face masks are mandatory and required at all times indoors and are required outdoors if social distancing is not possible. Face shields are not a substitute but may be worn in addition to a face mask.
  • Effective Monday, July 20, all staff, students and pre-approved visitors will be required to complete a pre-screening process for access to buildings and facilities on campus. Please follow signage and directions from Brookdale Police to the screening center sites. There will be two locations at Lincroft  –  Automotive Technology (Auto Tech) and Center for Visual Arts (CVA) .
    • For those with classes in Auto Tech,  the Advanced Technology Center (ATeC) or Main Academic South (MAS), please park in Lot 6 and use the screening center at the Auto Tech site.
    • For those with classes in CVA and Larrison Hall (LAH), please park in Lot 1 or Lot 2 and use the screening center at the CVA site.
    • The screening centers  will be open starting at 8 a.m. daily. The Auto Tech screening center is open Monday-Thursday until 8 p.m. and until 3 p.m. on Friday. The CVA screening center will remain open until 4:30 p.m. daily.
  • Temperature scans will take place daily at the screening centers as a pre-requisite for access to buildings and facilities. Individuals with a temperature at or above 100.4F will not be permitted on campus and will be asked to return home.
  • Additionally, individuals must fill out a pre-screening health questionnaire each day. The form is also featured prominently on the Brookdale home page on the website and should be completed prior to coming to campus. Individuals will receive an email response and must show the approved email response at the screening center. Please bring photo identification as well. Those who receive an email permitting campus access still need to proceed to the screening centers for daily temperature scan. The form may be completed after 5 p.m. for the following day. Those unable to fill out the questionnaire prior to coming to campus will be required to do so at the screening centers.  Please make every effort to complete the form before arriving on campus so as to alleviate any potential congestion at the screening centers.
  • Please allow some extra time in your commute, especially as we start this new process.
  • For additional information related to COVID-19:
    • Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov for information related to COVID-19, including prevention efforts, hand washing and hygiene, face coverings, symptoms, quarantine, testing, etc. The CDC site also contains videos on a broad range of topics.
    • Visit our CDC Videos page to view a selection of videos and search the CDC site for additional topics and videos.
    • Visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, www.covid19.nj.gov for information on several topics, including states on New Jersey’s travel advisory list due to higher rates of transmission. Travelers returning from the affected states are advised to quarantine for 14 days.

Please email covidquestions@brookdalecc.edu if you have any COVID-19-related questions or concerns.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation as circumstances continue to evolve. We will continue to provide updates as needed.

David Stout, Ph.D.
President
Brookdale Community College

Limited Reopening Plan: July 6, 2020 Message

Dear Colleagues and Students:

As per Governor Philip Murphy’s Executive Order No. 155, Brookdale has submitted a limited reopening plan for Lincroft and Wall for Monday, July 20 for certain In Progress classes only. Our plan emphasizes the safety and well-being of our community members in this COVID-19 environment and outlines procedures and protocols.  Our plan includes daily temperature screenings, steps taken to ensure maximum social distancing, increased sanitization and cleaning and restrictions on building access, among other measures. Individuals are required to wear face covering while on campus. Classes requiring in-person instruction in certain disciplines will resume at these two locations only as New Jersey remains in Stage 2. I urge you to review the plan that we submitted to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education for approval. More information and details will be forthcoming. Thank you for your ongoing patience and consideration as circumstances continue to evolve.

Sincerely,

David Stout, Ph.D.

Plans for Fall: June 15, 2020 Message

Dear Students,

We are all facing unprecedented times. We are struggling to figure out what the future is going to look like and our place in that future. Brookdale Community College wants you to know the health and safety of our students and our entire community is of utmost importance.

As we forge ahead in these unsettling times, Brookdale is doing everything we can to ensure you have the opportunity to continue working towards your goals and pursing your education. We will continue to adhere to all state as well as CDC guidelines and regulations to safeguard your health.

This September may be different from those in the past. We want you to know we have worked conscientiously to provide you with options for your education experience this fall so you can choose which format you feel most comfortable using. Please take a moment to review the different formats we have planned for the fall.

Remote Live:

  • Classes meet on specific days at specific times (synchronous)
  • Most course lectures are live-streamed
  • Primarily interact with classmates by taking part in virtual class discussions
  • May require a Windows PC or a Mac (Check specific class section and/or faculty for details)*
  • Best if you prefer a fixed schedule
  • Search for sections using Webadvisor and select “Location” as ORLV (Online Remote Live).  NOTE: Please search and register for these sections after June 22, 2020.  We’re in the process of loading those sections this week.

Fully Online:

  • Log in when it’s convenient for you (asynchronous)
  • Most course lectures are pre-recorded
  • Primarily interact with classmates by posting in online discussion forums
  • Requires a Window PC or Mac*
  • Best if you prefer a flexible schedule
  • Search for sections using Webadvisor and select “Location” as DE (Distance Education). Nearly 200 sections are currently available for you to register today.

Hybrid:

  • A mixture of live meetings and online learning. Live meetings may be in-person or remote live, depending on what the state will allow
  • The mandatory live meetings will take place on a consistent schedule
  • May still require a Windows PC or Mac. Check specific class section and/or faculty for details. Loaner laptops are available for students who need them.  See asterisk (*) below if you would like to request a loaner laptop.
  • Search for sections using Webadvisor and select “Location” as ONLH (Online Hybrid).  NOTE: Please search and register for these sections after June 22, 2020.  We’re in the process of loading those sections.

Beginning Monday, June 22, all fall 2020 class information, including the format of each section, will be posted. To see which format each class is running in, visit WebAdvisor. Current students can log into Student Planning, also located at WebAdvisor, to make changes to your schedule, add and drop classes, register for the fall, and monitor your academic progress. If you would like assistance with planning your classes or deciding which format would be best for you, our Academic Advisors are virtually meeting with students via numerous technologies. To arrange a meeting with an advisor, visit the Academic Advising website or call 732-224-2555.

If you are a new student or would like information about becoming a visiting student at Brookdale, please visit our Admissions Office website or call 732-224-1857. In addition, the Admissions team is also hosting virtual apply sessions where new and visiting students can get help, ask questions, and learn more about Brookdale. Please check the college’s main website to register for these virtual sessions. If you’re a new student and need help registering, you can join a zoom session: Register here!

If you are a continuing student in need of assistance registering for classes, please visit the Academic Advising website or their FAQ page.

In addition to academic advising and admissions, Brookdale’s other student services will also continue to be available to you in an online setting.

While we never expected to close all of our locations in the middle of the spring 2020 semester, Brookdale Community College is proud to say our faculty and staff worked diligently to transition classes and services to an online environment. We were able to preserve our high educational standards and continued to provide the services our students depend on.

Brookdale will continue to provide you with the educational excellence, affordable opportunity, and outstanding services we have offered for over 50 years. The options we are offering in this fall may come in different formats than what we are used to, but we are still committed to working with you to achieve your goals.

Please know that we understand you are facing difficult decisions, and we want to help. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our plans, we encourage you to visit us on the web at www.brookdalecc.edu/fall, call us at 732-224-2020, or email us at covidquestions@brookdalecc.edu.

* Loaner laptops are available for students who need them. Please apply here.

Sincerely,

David Stout, Ph.D.

Also of Interest

Important Information:

NJ State Government/Governor’s Actions:

NJ Testing Sites News:  

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