Coronavirus Update -- March 23, 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020. 5:55 p.m.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Dear Blinn College Faculty, Staff, and Students,
As you may have seen, Brazos County issued a shelter in place order this afternoon, effective at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 24th, requiring all individuals in Brazos County to remain at home except for certain essential activities and to provide vital business and government services or to perform essential public infrastructure. A copy of that order is available at http://www.brazoscountytx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3073.
Blinn College is considered an essential government service and is exempted from this order. However, to protect the safety and health of our entire Blinn community, across the College District we will strictly limit the personnel allowed to work on campus. Please coordinate with your supervisor to determine your work arrangements.
As we take steps to limit campus personnel, Blinn will continue to offer courses to students through our online environment. We plan to continue doing what Blinn always has done – serve our students and communities with compassion and a dedication to excellence.
To comply with the shelter in place order, Blinn will not offer on-campus services at any of its campus locations, including those outside of Brazos County. As a result, Blinn’s on-campus computer labs, testing centers, learning centers, and writing centers are closed indefinitely, and we are asking students and visitors not to come to campus. For information about available online services, including the College libraries, learning centers, and student service offices, please see our Academic and Student Services Schedules.
To Blinn’s administrators, faculty, and staff, I am tremendously appreciative of all you have done to convert more than 2,000 course sections to an online format. As state and federal guidelines change, you have worked day and night to ensure that Blinn can continue the Spring semester and help students reach their educational goals. Thanks to your work, thousands of Blinn students will be able to complete the courses they need to transfer and graduate, and to take the next steps in their lives.
Students, I also would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during these trying times. If you have technical challenges in your conversion to eCampus, please see the resources available at www.blinn.edu/online, including a live chat feature, and our Academic Technology help desk at https://my.blinn.edu/helpdesk. We have made it our mission to ensure that you have as seamless a transition as possible.
As we re-open courses in an online format, I am so proud of our faculty, staff, and students. Together, we continue to demonstrate the perseverance, innovation, compassion, and dedication to service that have served as the bedrock principles of our College for 137 years.
As we continue to rise to this challenge together, I want you to know how important each of you are to our College community. Please continue to monitor your email and our web page at www.blinn.edu/alert/emergency-preparedness.html for updates. This page includes all our institutional updates, an FAQ page, and links to a variety of resources.
Please accept my gratitude and great appreciation for your perseverance as we come together to overcome this challenge. With great admiration and respect, I wish you and all your loved ones good health and safety.
Mary Hensley, Ed.D.
Chancellor of the Blinn College District
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- CDC: 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
- Map of U.S. COVID-19 Cases
- Texas Executive Order GA-08
- The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America
- CDC Guidance for Self-Isolation
- Brazos County Shelter in Place Order
- #StayHomeTexas Video