Covid-19 Statement

Michigan Campus

03/20/20

To our students: On behalf of the EBI Jackson COVID-19 Task Force and in light of the potential risk and difficulty of managing our school if COVID-19 were to spread in our building, the expectation is now for every student to begin packing and return home by Sunday, March 22, if feasible. Please communicate with your Dean is this is not an option for you, and we will work with you on accommodations and the timing of your departure. We will still be live-streaming and recording our classes for you to view remotely. Of course, we still hold the same values for learning and discipleship and we will continue to prioritize this in any way we can as we move forward in this next phase for EBI Jackson. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this process.

03/16/20

As we continue to monitor the changes that are taking place in our state and in our nation regarding COVID-19, we realize the necessity of keeping you informed of how this affects the operations of EBI Jackson and the steps that we have taken to mitigate the risk and spread of the virus.

For those travelling and returning to campus:

  • Be aware of the increased risk of unnecessary travel.
  • You are opening yourself to potential risk of contracting and spreading the virus. 
  • Remember the risk that you are placing on those staying on campus in the case that you are exposed to COVID-19 during your travels. 
  • Travel restrictions and bans are changing on a daily basis that could drastically affect your plans to travel and/or return to campus.
  • If you are feeling any symptoms (fever, dry coughing, shortness of breath), we’d expect that you extend your time away until you have been symptom-free for at least 72 hours.

For all staff and students:

  • We ask that everyone would help in diminishing spread by self-monitoring.
    • The CDC definition of Self-monitoring: means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If they feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or their local health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.
    • There will be 3 stations with thermometers (1st floor – Counter across from Mailboxes, 2nd floor – Kitchen by Classroom 253, 3rd floor – ledge outside of ladies’ bathroom across from the Eastern Stairwell) for those without access to a personal one. These will be prepared and ready to go by tomorrow (March 17th) evening. Each thermometer should be sanitized with Alcohol Prep-Pads or Cotton Balls soaked with alcohol before and after use (These will be provided at each station by the school).
    • **This includes Staff, Students and Commuters.
  • We ask that anyone feeling the above symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) would self-isolate and call your health physician or Henry Ford’s My Care Line: 313-874-7500, which will provide you with information how and where to get tested.
    • The CDC definition of Self-Isolating: the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.
    • Our Self-Isolating locations will be designated empty dorms/apartments and the empty Guest House apartments.
    • The duration for self-isolating is 14 days, and at least 72 hours after symptoms cease.

Visitors/Non-Essential Persons:

  • We are implementing a closed campus policy to all visitors and/or non-essential persons (anyone not an EBI staff member or student).

We will continue to update you as changes take place. Thank you for working with our leadership team during this time and please continue to check your emails daily.

03/13/20

Recognizing the growing concern and unknown realities of the spread of COVID-19, EBI of Jackson, Michigan (Jackson Campus), has decided to suspend face-to-face instruction and move our classes to online-only, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, extending to the end of the spring semester. For students who choose to remain on campus, essential student services will be provided. Any decisions to reinstitute face-to-face instruction will be done in accordance with state and local recommendations.

In taking these steps, EBI (Jackson Campus) is following recommendations and guidelines that are being widely adopted in state and local schools, colleges and universities.

Below is a statement from Michigan’s Governor:

“I urge all Michiganders to take these recommendations seriously and to share them with their friends, families and coworkers,” Whitmer said, “It is on all of us to be safe and be smart for ourselves, our loved ones, our coworkers, and the public at large. We encourage schools, universities, businesses and other organizations to use their best judgement about what steps are most appropriate to keep people safe and slow the spread of the disease.”

EBI (Jackson Campus) desires to contribute to the safety of the student body and to slow the spread of this disease. We will continue to operate in accordance with our state and local recommendations.

We are implementing further measures to mitigate risks on our campus as we hold the health and well-being of our faculty and students in high priority.

*Pending further notice, all campus events or gatherings are postponed.

  • Ethnos360 Bible Institute of Jackson, Michigan has been taking steps while following local and state recommendations. 
  • We are following practices that are being widely adopted in state and local schools, colleges and universities.
  • We have suspended face-to-face instruction.
  • We will move classes to online-only effective Monday, March 16th, 2020.
  • Online classes will remain available for the remainder of the spring semester 2020.
  • Any decisions to reinstitute face-to-face instruction will be done in accordance with state and local recommendations.
  • Essential services will be provided to students and staff who choose to remain on campus.
  • We are implementing additional measures to mitigate risk on our campus as we hold the health and well-being of our staff and students in high priority. 
  • Our food service team will be providing carry out meals but will be closing the dining room facility.
  • All responsibilities related to food service will be managed by the food service team without student assistance (no student dish crew).
  • Measures are being adopted campus wide to maintain and heighten cleaning standards.
  • For the safety and health of our children and the childcare workers we have suspended our childcare program. 
  • The Student Life Department, in conjunction with IT services, is utilizing technologies to monitor real-time student health and well-being.
  • 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 for March and April.

Wisconsin Campus

03/14/20

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.

COVID-19 NOTICE: Effective Monday, March 16, both EBI campuses will suspend face-to-face instruction and move our classes to online-only. More Details.