As of Friday, March 19th:
Since our last update in January, the administration and staff at St. Bernard’s have continued to monitor closely all developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Although our nation is still afflicted by this virus as this Spring semester progresses, St. Bernard’s will be adjusting our response to COVID after the completion of this semester: courses will continue to use Zoom videoconferencing for instruction but will also offer in-person attendance where this is possible for Summer Sessions I and II. Specifically:
- Since our Rochester campus (120 French Road, Rochester) is no longer located within an “Orange Zone”, and since this campus is used only for instructional purposes, in-class instruction will become an option in Summer Sessions I and II for those who would prefer this mode of instruction. These courses will be designated with the location of “ROC & Online” in the Course Offerings page on our website. We will also continue to use Zoom videoconferencing for all Rochester-based classes.
- We are excited to be able to host the first St. Bernard’s courses from the Catholic Center in Buffalo (795 Main Street Buffalo). Due to the large size of the first floor of this building which can accommodate social-distancing, in-class instruction will become an option in Summer Sessions I and II for those who would prefer this mode of instruction. These courses will be designated with the location of “BUF & Online” in the Course Offerings page on our website.
- The Albany campus (40 North Main Avenue, Albany) is used for purposes other than education and as such is closely following state capacity regulations. Therefore, we will continue to deliver classes in the Diocese of Albany exclusively through Zoom videoconferencing and our Canvas learning management system.
The entirety of our president's letter detailing our plan during this time can be read here.
Further information can also be found at the following links:
- The CDC
- NYS Dept. of Health
- Monroe County Updates (for Rochester students)
- Albany County Updates (for Albany students)
For current students who have been affected financially because of COVID-19 and would like to learn more about available financial grants, you can learn more here. Our Declaration of Cares Act Expenditures can be viewed here.
May we take this time to pray to the Lord, our harbor and our true hope, and may we remember all those who are most vulnerable: those with preexisting conditions, the elderly, the poor, and those who have no one to care for them. Be assured of our prayers for you and yours during this time and please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.