9/23/20 Face Covering Extension
Wisconsin Face Covering Mandate Extended Through November 21
Effective September 23- November 21
You may have heard that Wisconsin’s Governor, Tony Evers issued another executive order extending the duration of the face covering mandate through November 21, 2020.
From the beginning, we’ve maintained that we are committed to follow the recommendations of state and local authorities. That said, students and staff will be required to wear face-coverings for all indoor common areas through November 21, 2020.
We recognize that this news may be discouraging to some, and we look forward to the day that COVID-19 is no longer a concern for our world.
Here’s a statement from governor Evers: “We are seeing an alarming increase in cases across our state, especially on campus [college campuses]. We need folks to start taking this seriously, and young people especially…” “Wisconsin’s COVID-19 cases have been soaring and the state now ranks 3rd in the country for new cases per capita. A month ago, Wisconsin ranked 26th.”
To read the whole story, click here. https://www.fox6now.com/news/gov-evers-extends-wisconsin-mask-mandate-until-nov-21
The COVID-19 Management Team
8/24/20 Critical Pre-Arrival Information
For the health and hygiene of all, we have outlined some expectations for each student as they attend classes at EBI this fall. We hope you find the following adjustments to campus living both reasonable and reassuring. Your health and safety are important to us. Please read the summaries in the attached file to understand what life on campus will look like at EBI for the following semester. Our expectation is that you will have read the summary and/or links provided before arrival days August 28-29, 2020.
8/19/20 Face-Covering Exemption Letter Required
If you are requesting an exemption due to a medical condition, it will be necessary for you to provide a letter from your treating physician explaining why you need an exemption. This letter is necessary to allow our office to evaluate your request for an exemption from the Governor’s Order. Any information provided will be protected by the same confidentiality requirements as other medical records in a student’s personnel file. We thank you in advance for your understanding as we embark on a new academic year during these challenging times. Read the full letter.
8/1/20 Ethnos360 Bible Institute Face Covering Mandate
Effective August 1- September 28
Students will be required to wear face-coverings for all indoor common areas. Our decision is a response to Wisconsin’s Governor, Tony Evers who issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency and requiring face-coverings to be worn indoors statewide. The order goes into effect on Aug. 1 and expires Sept. 28, unless another order supersedes it.
When you arrive on campus you need to have a face-covering. Wisconsin states that a purchased disposable mask, cloth mask, bandana, or gaiter are all acceptable.
6/29/20 (EBI Fall Reopening Plan)
Our reopening plan PDF will explain the approach that Ethnos360 Bible Institute will be taking as we reopen in the Fall. Our admissions department will call and have follow up conversations with every incoming freshmen this week, and our deans department will call and have follow up conversations will all upperclassmen this week.
If you have questions or comments, please use the contact information provided in the PDF letter to reach out!
Dear Students and Applicants,
We praise God that in a world of ever-changing circumstances we can rest securely in our infinitely loving and powerful God. It is with great anticipation that Ethnos360 Bible Institute remains committed to providing the highest quality training for the fall of 2020. As we map out the future, please know that student safety will not be sacrificed. We desire to safeguard student health while maintaining our high caliber of education. As a new or returning student, we want to assure you that we will indeed offer instruction this fall. With the recognition that all schools will be impacted by safe reopening procedures, we are devoting ourselves to considering the different scenarios and resources which will make this fall a success. As we continue working toward a more complete understanding of how our community, state, and the country is changing, we desire to communicate with you swiftly and with full transparency as to how we will accomplish our academic and discipleship goals. We pray that you are seeing God at work in your life and community maybe in ways previously unimaginable. Our hearts are eager to be a small part of all that God longs to do in your life this year.
President Ethnos360 Bible Institute
FALL 2020 INCOMING AND RETURNING STUDENTS: While the duration of COVID-19 and all its implications are impossible to predict, our expectation is to have a fully functioning campus by Fall 2020. We will continue to monitor and adhere to all state and federal recommendations as they unfold, and we will maintain our commitment to communicating with incoming freshmen and upperclassmen.
SPRING 2020 CURRENT STUDENTS: In light of the growing seriousness surrounding COVID-19 and the subsequent closures and impact on travel, regretfully EBI Leadership has made the difficult decision to close our campus effective Sunday 3/22/2020. When the state reopens public and private schools, you are welcome to return to campus to complete your work commitments through mid-June. However, the online education format will be the only form of education offered through the end of the semester.
Recognizing the growing concern and unknown realities of the spread of COVID-19, EBI of Waukesha, Wisconsin, has decided to suspend face-to-face instruction and move our classes online until a decision to reinstitute face-to-face instruction is done inaccordance with state and local recommendations. For students who choose to remain on campus, essential student services will beprovided.
In taking these steps, EBI (Waukesha Campus) is following recommendations and guidelines that are being widely adopted in stateand local schools, colleges and universities.
Below is an order from Wisconsin’s governor:
“Under authority of Wis. Stat. § 252.02(3) and at the direction of Governor Tony Evers, I, Andrea Palm, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services,order the closure of all public and private Wisconsin schools for purposes of pupil instruction and extracurricular activities, beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, with an anticipated reopening on April 6, 2020. The date of reopening is subject to change pending further information. Based on the assessment of the information available regarding the infectious disease, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), closure is a reasonable and necessary step to prevent, suppress, and control this disease. To prevent further illness, the schools will be closed until the aforementioned anticipated date of reopening. This order does not prevent a school from providing virtual instruction to pupils.”
In light of all public and private schools stopping instructional and extracurricular activities between March 18th and April 3rd, EBI Waukesha leadership have implemented the following measures to mitigate risks on our campus, continue our education program and hold the health and well-being of our faculty and students in high priority.
- We will have classes next week, but instruction will take place remotely. We will not meet together in the classrooms. Specific information regarding instruction will take place in the chapel at 9:00 am on Monday, March 16th. Our online education is currently a short-term plan and we expect students to be able to return to EBI for classes after April 5th . We will be sending a form in Populi asking all students to indicate their travel plans during this time. We want to know where our students are so that we can communicate effectively.
- We request students to remain on campus until the end of classes on Monday so that we can provide on orientation regarding online instruction and troubleshoot any problems they may experience with their phone, tablet or computer. This will allow them to attend the online orientation at 9:00 am, and experience one day of instruction in order for them to be comfortable with the process before departing. Please note that the order from the Wisconsin Department of Health to close schools does not take effect until Wednesday March 18th. If a student cannot stay until Monday, we are asking that they communicate with the Student Life and Academic departments before they leave. Also, students should communicate with their employers prior to leaving for an extended time.
- Due to the possibility of infection we are implementing a closed campus policy effective immediately. All EBI campus locations are off limits to anyone who is not a full-time on campus EBI student or staff member.
- Childcare will be closed effective immediately and will remain closed at least until April 6th.
- Measures are being adopted campus wide to maintain and heighten cleaning standards.
- The cafeteria will continue to serve food this week but will be closed over spring break and will then resume meals on Monday, March 30th.
- We will endeavor to provide up to date information and advisories for best practices for our staff and students.
- Pending further notice, all campus events or gatherings are postponed until April 6th.
Thank you for working with the leadership team during this chaotic time. More changes are likely depending on the speed and severity of the virus. Students please check your email daily for potential updates.