COVID-19 Planning & Response

BC3 Current Phase: Green Phase

All BC3 locations are currently operating under a Green Phase and will continue to do so until further notice. The College will evaluate its Health and Safety Plan and adapt instruction, operations, services and activities as new guidance becomes available from federal, state and local regulatory agencies.  

BC3 Response & Reopening Timeline

Spring of 2021

Green Phase  Monday, Feb. 8, 2021
BC3 moves to the Green Phase plan until further notice.

Spring of 2021  Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021
Spring semester starts. BC3 continues the Health and Safety Plan until further notice.

Modified Yellow Phase  Monday, Jan. 4, 2021
BC3 continues in the Modified Yellow Phase plan through Friday, Feb. 5.

Spring, Summer & Fall of 2020

Modified Yellow Phase  Monday, Nov. 30, 2020
BC3 moved to a Modified Yellow Phase plan in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement on Nov. 23.

Fall of 2020  Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
Fall semester starts. BC3 adopts the Health and Safety Plan through December 31.

Green Phase  Monday, July 6 , 2020
BC3 moved to the Green Phase plan in response to Gov. Wolf’s announcement on June 12.

Yellow Phase  Monday, June 1, 2020
BC3 moved to the Yellow Phase plan in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement on May 15.

Red Phase  Wednesday, March 11, 2020
BC3 immediately suspended face-to-face instruction and restricted campus access to critical-essential employees only.


Applying PA's Reopening & Recovery Plan to Operations & Instruction at BC3

PDE has provided an overview of allowable instruction, operations, services and activities for Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Basic Education Programs under each aligning with Pennsylvania’s initial Reopening and Recovery Plan.

BC3 Protocol for Red, Green & Yellow Phase

The BC3 Health and Safety Plan aligns with this guidance and incorporates specific protocols that correspond with each phase.


  • Access to all BC3 locations is closed to the public. All scheduled College and public events are canceled until further notice.
  • All instruction is transitioned to a remote format. Clinical training and in-person instruction is permitted for selected programs preparing individuals for licensure and that adhere to proper social distancing guidelines.
  • Telework is required for all nonessential staff. Only mission-critical responsibilities to be performed onsite for the continuity of College operations.
  • Access is open to essential employees only between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Essential employees must have supervisor approval.
  • Essential employees must adhere to social distancing guidelines and other current statewide orders, such as universal use of face coverings.

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  • Access to all BC3 locations is closed to the public. All scheduled College and public events are canceled until further notice.
  • In-person instruction is limited and adheres to social distancing guidelines and other current statewide orders, such as universal use of face coverings. Clinical training and field experience is permitted for all individuals preparing for licensure and certification. Public Safety training is allowed while following the guidance from appropriate regulating authorities.
  • Telework should continue when feasible for all nonessential staff, especially for high-risk populations. Employees must have supervisor approval and coordinate access with Operations staff by calling 724-287-8711, ext. 8383.
  • Access is open to employees between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Employees must enter buildings at designated entrances and sign in upon arrival.
  • Access is limited to 50% maximum staffing levels in compliance with building occupancy guidelines. In-person meetings are discouraged.
  • Employees must adhere to social distancing guidelines and other current statewide orders, such as universal use of face coverings.

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  • Access to all BC3 locations is open to employees, students and the public during operating hours.
  • Operating hours for employees are between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All scheduled College and public events are canceled until further notice.
  • Mandatory temperature screenings for employees, students and visitors are in effect at all BC3 locations. In order to gain access to any BC3 location, individuals will be required to stop and have their temperature checked by Campus Police or by College staff. Individuals with a temperature recorded at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to enter any facility on BC3 Main Campus or any BC3 location and should follow voluntary reporting protocol.
  • All employees, students and visitors must enter buildings at designated entrances, sign in upon arrival and adhere to physical distancing guidelines and other current statewide orders, such as universal use of face coverings.
  • Supervisors must communicate with their employees with regard to essential onsite operating status and departmental needs. For all nonessential staff, telework must continue unless impossible. Employees who telework are required to complete BC3’s Daily Remote Work Summary Report provided by Human Resources in July.
  • Access is limited to 50% maximum staffing levels. In-person meetings are discouraged.
  • Credit courses scheduled as face-to-face, blended or hybrid will start in a remote format Tuesday, Jan. 19. Face-to-face, blended and hybrid courses will transition to their scheduled format starting Monday, Feb. 8.
  • Noncredit programming will be permitted in an in-person format prior to Monday, Feb. 8. Public Safety training will follow the guidance from appropriate regulating authorities.


  • Access to all BC3 locations is open to the public during operating hours. Gatherings are limited to 25 people indoors or to 250 outdoors. All visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines and other current statewide orders, such as universal use of face coverings.
  • In-person instruction can resume at a 75% maximum occupancy and must adhere to social distancing guidelines and other current statewide orders, such as universal use of face coverings. Clinical training and field experience is permitted for all individuals preparing for licensure and certification. Public Safety training is allowed while following the guidance from appropriate regulating authorities.
  • All departments and offices must be open and represented from 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Telework may continue when feasible as long as this requirement is met. Extended hours may be necessary to provide support for students.
  • Access is limited to 75% maximum staffing levels in compliance with building occupancy guidelines and state orders. In-person meetings should be limited to 10 employees.
  • Employees must adhere to social distancing guidelines and other current statewide orders, such as universal use of face coverings.

View full Green Phase Plan


 

Regulatory Guidance

The BC3 Health and Safety Plan adheres to current guidance set forth by the following:

Other consulting entities include:

Coordinating with Local Public Health Officials

The College recognizes the importance of collaboration with federal, state and local entities to disseminate information, share resources and to ensure the health and safety of the BC3 community.

Butler Health System administrators have reviewed the BC3 Health and Safety Plan to ensure it meets expectations and guidelines supported by Butler County health officials.

The College will follow established protocols for reporting exposures, cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 to governing agencies and will seek guidance from local consulting entities, including Butler County Emergency Services and Butler Health System.

BC3 officials continue to monitor regional school districts and colleges and universities, and Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard, for possible changing conditions in the counties the College serves.