Coronavirus Update

March 23, 2020

In our continued effort to do our part to help curb the advancement of the coronavirus, our administrators and the ABU COVID-19 task force met again this morning.  In the best interest of all, we have determined that the on-campus courses will REMAIN on-line for the remainder of the spring 2020 term. 

All scheduled events for the remainder of the spring 2020 term have either been cancelled or postponed:

Athletic Events – Cancelled

Athletic Banquet – Cancelled

Mystery Dinner / Spring Formal – Cancelled

Award’s Chapel – Cancelled – Scholarships will be awarded near the end of the term, and the recipients will be announced via social media.

Commencement Ceremony  – Postponed

Hilltop Conference – Postponed

Dorm students, please contact Richard Koons (817-987-1709) with questions pertaining to the dormitories.

March 16, 2020

The ABU COVID-19 Task Force, along with the ABU administration met this morning regarding proactive decisions related to the Coronavirus. 

As we continue to determine the best avenue to minimize the risks of exposure to this virus, we have determined the following protocol:

*Course work for on-campus courses will resume on Monday, March 23, 2020, via online (CANVAS) and/or emails.  Students, your professors will contact you regarding course assignments and due dates.  Since all courses were added to CANVAS in January, you should have already received an invite to each of your on-campus courses.  If you have not received an “invite”, or did not respond to the original invite, please contact Kristi Hughes in the Registrar’s Office at 817-987-1771.

*At this time, on-campus courses are scheduled to resume on-campus attendance on Monday, March 30, 2020, unless otherwise advised.

*Block D Online courses will continue as scheduled.  These courses began today, March 16 and will end on May 8.

*In an effort to further protect each of you, all those returning to campus after March 20, 2020, will be required to complete an online questionnaire before returning to the campus.

Additionally, the Spring Formal / Murder Mystery, the Sports Banquet, as well as all athletic events have been postponed until further notice.

Please know that the administration will be meeting regularly with our Task Force to consider best practices to maintain a virus-free campus.

Arlington Baptist University takes the health and safety of our entire community very seriously. Accordingly, there are many concerns with how we could be affected by the evolving situation with the risk of being exposed to the virus that causes Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Although risks in our operating areas are currently thought to be very low, we are implementing a plan to mitigate the risks of exposure.

EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION FOR PREVENTION

Everyone should be or become familiar with information about the COVID-19 situation, the potential risks, and how to prevent the spread of the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing information and updates on their website about the COVID-19 situation and we call your attention to the following links for more information:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  2. CDC Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
  3. CDC Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/

  1. Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

All students, faculty, and staff should continue to employ strategies to lower the risks of infection and be proactive in these prevention strategies:

1.    Best practices for COVID-19 are basically the same as for the FLU and should be standard practice during FLU Season, especially at School, Work, and Healthcare environments.

a. Properly Wash your hands often:

  1. Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap (bar or liquid).
  2. Thoroughly lather your hands by rubbing the together with soap.
  3. Scrub all surfaces of your hands, including the palms, backs, fingers, between your fingers, and under your nails. Keep scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them

b. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

c. Wash hands before eating.

d.   Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve (elbow).

e.    Stay home if you are sick.

f.     Clean frequently touched surfaces and object.

Arlington Baptist University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and further communicate to the ABU community when needed on other plans or actions the situation may warrant. Please actively monitor your ABU email and keep the school informed of any changes in your contact information so that further communications are not missed.

Again, we look forward to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace and learning environment for everyone.

ABU appreciates your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging situation and ask that everyone remain proactive in prevention strategies in order to keep the risk of spreading the disease very low.

COVID-19 Questionnaire

Click HERE for the form.