This page is established to provide a central resource for the Vanguard Community as our primary concern is to protect the ongoing health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. You will find information updates on the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as well as other links, resources and useful FAQs.
For information or immediate questions/concerns contact administration
at 501-882-4500 or email ASUBCares@asub.edu
CDC Measures to Protect Yourself from Illness
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick - or running a fever.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
Clean & Disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
To disinfect: Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface including using disinfecting wipes or sprays
Diluting your household bleach. To make a bleach solution, mix:
5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
General travel guidance and considerations:
Things to consider before travel:
Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going?
If COVID-19 is spreading at your destination, but not where you live, you may be at higher risk of exposure if you travel there.
Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded settings, particularly closed-in settings with little air circulation, if there are people in the crowd who are sick. This may include settings such as conferences, public events (like concerts and sporting events), religious gatherings, public spaces (like movie theatres and shopping malls), and public transportation (like buses, metro, trains).
Are you or your travel companion(s) at higher risk of severe illness if you do get COVID-19?
People at higher risk for severe disease are older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes). CDC recommends that travelers at higher risk for COVID-19 complications avoid all cruise travel and nonessential air travel.
Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you get exposed to, or are sick with, COVID-19?
If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.
Do you live with someone who is older or has a severe chronic health condition?
If you get sick with COVID-19 upon your return from travel, your household contacts may be at risk of infection. Household contacts who are older adults or have severe chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Is COVID-19 spreading where you live?
Consider the risk of passing COVID-19 to others during travel, particularly if you will be in close contact with people who are older adults or have severe chronic health condition These people are at higher risk of getting very sick. If your symptoms are mild or you don’t have a fever, you may not realize you are infectious.
Spring Break Travel guidance
CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.
Warning Level 3: CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with level 3 travel notices because of the risk of getting COVID-19.
Alert Level 2: Because COVID-19 can be more serious in older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, people in these groups should talk to a healthcare provider and consider postponing travel to destinations with level 2 travel notices.
Watch Level 1: CDC does not recommend canceling or postponing travel to destinations with level 1 travel notices because the risk of COVID-19 is thought to be low. If you travel, take the following routine precautions:
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water
should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
- It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control - CDC.gov
Veteran Services and Resources Resulting from COVID-19
What you need to Know about VA Benefits during COVID-19 https://www.va.gov/debtman/docs/Coronavirus-2020-04.pdf
Campus meeting update
All scheduled meetings, events, activities and facility requests on all ASU-Beebe campuses have been canceled until at least April 3, 2020.
As a result, the Office of Student Life will be suspending the self-service “Room and Event Request Form” and “Event Setup & Catering Request Form.” Individuals seeking to reserve a space on our campuses or plan an event must contact the Office of Student Life directly (email@example.com or 501-882-4491) to discuss arrangements and facility needs.
Meeting coordinators with meetings or events currently scheduled that need to be canceled or postponed, have been contacted directly by the Office of Student Life.
Guests should consult the Campus Events Calendar on this website for current status of meetings and events.
The college’s food service provider, Great Western Dining, Inc., will continue food service and catering during this period. Meeting coordinators can contact Food Service Director Tim Brenner directly (firstname.lastname@example.org or 501.882.4430) to make catering arrangements for on-campus (events after March 30, 2020) and off campus sites.
Any additional specific advisories about campus facilities will be posed to the ASU-Beebe Facebook page.
FAQs for Campus Operations
ASU-Beebe campuses will remain open at this time, starting Monday, March 16, 2020, ASU-Beebe classes on all campuses will move to alternative methods of instruction/remote learning until at least Friday, April 3, 2020.
FAQs for Residence Halls
On-campus housing and food service will continue for students who need to stay on-campus during this time of alternative instruction. Office of Student Life requests residents complete the following form to communicate whether they plan to stay on-campus or at their permanent residence during this period. https://bit.ly/3aRKvmy
Residents that choose to stay on-campus will not be restricted to the residence halls, however, residents are discouraged from traveling back and forth between campus and their permanent residence during Spring Break and/or this period of alternative instruction.
Spring Break (March 21-29, 2020), on-campus residents are advised there will not be any extra charge for staying on campus during the break, however, limited food service will be provided to on-campus residents during Spring Break Week.
FAQs for Student Support
To accommodate students and continue to provide learning support, the Abington Library, McKay Student Center's Learning Center and Computer Lab, and State Hall on the Beebe campus, and the Advising and Learning Centers on all campuses will remain open during regular business hours. There will be limited access to other areas of our campuses.
FAQs for IT Support to Alternative Instruction Methods/ Remote Learning
In response to all face-to-face classes moving to alternative methods of instruction/remote learning, the ASU-Beebe Information Technology Department will continue with normal operations and remain diligent in ensuring that all students have the technological resources that they need.
Should additional ITS assistance be needed, please contact the ITS Helpdesk by email
at email@example.com or via phone at
Should you need to speak to someone, please contact 501-882-4500, or you may email us at ASUBCares@asub.edu.
Add Text Notification to Canvass - Some students may not have access to internet at all times due to where they live, so adding a text notification to Canvas is a good option to keep you informed when instructors post new material, or there are announcements regarding course assignments. Here is a How-To guide for setting up text message notifications for your Canvas courses.
FAQs for Travel Advisories
ASU-Beebe will observe Spring Break March 21 – March 29. The CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. CDC is currently warning people to avoid all non-essential travel to any area listed as Warning Level 3. Also, any areas classified by the U.S. State Department as Level 4, are similarly restricted. Any ASU-Beebe student, faculty or staff who travels from or through a region listed on either travel advisory should be aware of potential for quarantine upon return to the United States.
FAQs for Spring Break Travel
While most of us will not travel to those Warning Level 3 and Level 4 areas, students, faculty, and staff should take into consideration potential impacts of any travel and take appropriate precautions to limit their exposure to the novel coronavirus. Known exposure would necessitate a 14-day self quarantine before returning to campus.
FAQs - If You Think You are Sick
If you have a fever, do not feel well, are sick with COVID-19 or think you have been infected with the Coronavirus or other virus, please do not come to campus. ASU-Beebe is prepared to provide you information and services by phone, email, via Zoom, and through Canvas. Remember, you can always contact us at ASUBCares@asub.edu or at 501-882-4500 if you need assistance.
In addition, please follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention measures for “What To Do If You are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html