6/26/20: BRCC Institutional Plan for Offering In-Person Instruction and Campus Reopening

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6/26/20: BRCC Institutional Plan for Offering In-Person Instruction and Campus Reopening

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6/4/20: Plan for Fall 2020 Semester

Blue Ridge Community College’s fall semester will be predominantly online.

Some online courses will be held at designated times, whereas others will be offered so that students may complete them at their own pace. There will be limited exceptions made for in-person courses. Courses that require some in-person instruction will be held with appropriate social distancing and other protocols for health and safety. Students may consult the schedule of classes to see how specific courses are being offered for the fall. For fall registration information and the class search link, please see Classes, Registration & Tuition.

Most on-campus facilities will have limited physical access dependent on state and local regulations. Student support services will continue to be provided primarily online.  Beginning later this summer or in the early fall, the College plans to allow for some on-campus computer lab use by students with no, or limited, internet access.  Similarly, the BRCC Online Outpost in Waynesboro will be open later this summer, with limitations.

5/12/20: Financial Aid/CARES Act

BRCC Financial Aid is here to help if your finances have been affected by COVID-19!

CARES Act Funds  |  CARES Act Required Reporting

5/12/20: Graduation Update

Blue Ridge Community College’s 2020 Commencement ceremony will be held Monday, September 21, at 7 pm in the James Madison University Convocation Center. While we would prefer to host the event on our own campus, that won’t be possible as this date occurs during the fall semester when classes will be in session.

Further details will be released closer to the date. We are looking forward to this commencement ceremony, but please be aware that this is a save-the-date kind of situation at this point. We will only be able to hold the commencement ceremony if JMU is fully operational and state and local health and social distancing requirements are manageable at that time. We are hopeful that this will all be possible in September!

5/4/20: Student Textbook Rental Returns

Because the campus is not open, your books cannot be returned in person. All books must be returned by FedEx. There is no cost to you to return the book by FedEx, except you may be charged for packing costs if you do not have a box to pack it in.

To return your rented textbooks to the BRCC Bookstore via mail, please see the steps below:

  1. Visit the BRCC Bookstore website
  2. Click Sign In (upper right-hand side)
  3. Enter the email address and password to your eFollett account
    1. New User? > Select “Create Account”
      1. Use the email address your rental account is registered under.
    2. First time logging in?
      1. Enter the email address you gave when you set up your rental account.
      2. Select “Forgot Password”
      3. Enter the same email address entered in step i
      4. Enter the temporary password in your email and create a new password.
  4. Select Rentals
  5. Scroll down to view your rental history
  6. Select Return All of My Rentals By Mail

You will be provided with a shipping label and packing list.* Please include both of these items when you ship your order. Shipping labels may not be available after the due date. All Spring 2020 rental books are due back by Tuesday, May 12th, but will be accepted without additional fees up to a week after that date.

*If you are unable to print a FedEx label at home, any FedEx Office location will print the label for you from your device. FedEx locations and Drop boxes can be found at FedEx.com

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Bookstore at 800-381-5151 or 540-234-8606 if you have issues accessing your account.

4/23/20: Blue Ridge Community College Graduation Update

Last week the College surveyed the graduating class regarding options for their commencement – including an online/virtual commencement, a delayed in-person ceremony, and participating in the 2021 commencement next May. Based on the survey feedback which indicated an overwhelming preference for an in-person celebration, BRCC is planning a delayed commencement ceremony for late summer or early fall.  As soon as a date and time are determined, those details will be shared.  

4/23/20: FAFSA Assistance

Beginning Monday, 4/27, the Financial Aid Office will hold virtual open office hours from 9-12 Monday – Friday for students who need assistance completing the FAFSA or other financial aid forms that may require screen sharing for assistance.  During these times, please call 453-2301 to connect with the advisor on call. The advisor will then email a link to a Zoom meeting so that we can work through your application and/or forms with you.

Calls related to other financial aid issues should continue to be directed to the 24/7 Support Center; chat or call 855-844-3631.

3/31/20: BRCC Student Update

Unfortunately, BRCC will need to discontinue access for students to all on campus buildings starting Tuesday, March 31st.  Most access has already been curtailed, but this will also mean closing the computer lab and hallway computers.  

Wifi will still be available to students in the parking garage. 

3/30/20: BRCC Student Update

As you know from Friday’s email, the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System is instituting a default Pass/Withdraw/Incomplete grading scale for Spring Semester, with the option to allow students to request their earned letter grades. This grading policy supports students’ progress toward degree requirements and is compliant with federal and state financial aid guidelines. Withdraw dates have also been extended (see bottom of the email). If you would like to request your letter grade for a course, see #3.

Policy Guidance:

  1.  Courses that have already ended prior to April 6, such as first session 8-week courses, will follow the standard grading scale.
  2. All courses that have not reached the course end date by April 6, 2020, will use the following grading scale:
    Letter GradeGrade CriteriaApplicable Courses/GPA Impact
    P+Pass with a grade of “C” or higherApplies to college transfer, technical education, and developmental courses. A grade of P+ will not impact a student’s GPA.
    P-Pass with a grade of “D”Applies to college transfer, technical education, and developmental courses. A grade of P- will not impact a student’s GPA.
    WWithdrawA student may withdraw up until the last day of instruction without penalty. See VCCS Policy 5.6.0 and COVID-19 Guidance Message 11.
    IIncompleteThe faculty member and student may agree to a plan to complete remaining course requirements in the following semester. See VCCS Policy 5.6.0.
  3.  If you would like to request your earned letter grade/s (A, B, C, D, F) instead, you will need to complete the letter grade agreement in Canvas for each course (under the “Modules” section). Requests must be submitted by not later than the last day of class instruction (prior to administering the final exam or project for the course). A student may submit only one grade request per course, and the request is not revocable. For your information, “last day of class instruction” are:
    • Third 5 week courses: April 25, 2020
    • 16 week, second 8 week, and second 10 week: May 4, 2020
    • Dual Enrollment “last day” is being determined and will be shared soon by your dual enrollment instructor.

Policy Implementation:

  • A grade of P+ or P- will not impact a student’s GPA, *Satisfactory Academic Progress, or Degree Audit processes.
  • A transcript notation for Spring 2020 will document the grade definitions for P+ and P-. For college transfer courses, the P+ grade indicates that the student has completed the course with a grade of C or higher.
  • Awarding a grade of W may impact some students who are receiving benefits, i.e., post 9-11 GI Bill benefits. Those students should consult with an advisor to discuss opting into the standard grading scale in order to maintain their benefits.
  •  Dual enrollment students and instructors will receive separate guidance by email.
  •  This grading policy guidance is effective only for Spring Semester 2020.
  •  AMT program students will receive guidance from their instructors about grading.
  •  Most in-state institutions will accept a P+ for transfer purposes. However, some competitive admissions programs may need to request a letter grade in order to be competitive at the transferring institutions – please check with your transfer institution.

Updated Withdraw Dates for Spring Semester:

The BRCC course end date for 16 week classes is May 11. Therefore a student may withdraw through May 10. Course end dates for other terms are as follows:

  • 2nd 8 week classes - May 11 (may withdraw through May 10)
  • 4th 4 week classes - May 11 (may withdraw through May 10)
  • 2nd 10 week classes - May 11 (may withdraw through May 10)
  • 3rd 5 week classes - May 2 (may withdraw through May 1)

"This ruling does not impact assignment of the “I” grade. A student who has satisfactorily completed more than 60% of the course and attendance requirements may request an “Incomplete” and, if approved by the faculty member, be given the opportunity to satisfy the requirements for completion of the course in the subsequent semester, per VCCS Policy 5.6.0."

*Your financial aid may be impacted by withdrawing, so students who receive financial aid should discuss their status with financial aid before withdrawing. Additionally, students who are on Satisfactory Academic Progress Warning, Suspension, or Academic Plan should contact the financial aid office if they are not sure how this grading policy will impact their specific situation.

3/27/20: BRCC Student Update

Please see the following announcement from the Virginia Community College System regarding an emergency grading policy for Spring 2020 classes. You will receive BRCC-specific direction and guidance on Monday regarding this policy.

Emergency Grading Policy for VCCS Spring 2020 Classes

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Supporters of Virginia’s Community Colleges:

With an eye toward equity and fairness, I am changing the way that we will be grading students who are taking Spring 2020 community college classes that have yet to conclude. This is among many steps we are taking in response to these extraordinary times.

For students of the affected classes, we are instituting a pass/no-pass policy that will allow individual students to seek from their instructors their traditional earned letter grade should they choose. I made this decision after consulting with the presidents of our community colleges and hearing from faculty members and students.

My hope in taking this step is that students will not be disadvantaged on their transcripts by a global pandemic that is beyond their control. Some will face additional challenges in having their courses moved from the classroom to the keyboard. Others will encounter the COVID-19 virus itself, afflicting them, a family member they care for, or even their instructor. This new, flexible policy allows us to respond sensibly as we continue forward through this crisis. In fact, we have even extended the withdraw date to the end of the semester to maximize that flexibility too.

Similarly, by leaving open the option to receive one’s earned letter grade, we are tending to those students who want or need that letter grade for a myriad of reasons. We are sensitive to the many motivations and needs that go into such a decision and want to be helpful to those students as well.

In working with SCHEV, we have come to understand that these grades will not disadvantage any student seeking to transfer to a public university in Virginia and we know that it will not hamper one’s progress in their community college pursuit, or affect one’s financial aid eligibility.

Please note that this emergency grading policy applies only to Spring 2020 courses that have not finished by April 6, 2020. This policy does not apply to spring classes that have already concluded, nor those being offered in future semesters.

There are nuances at each of our 23 institutions in how exactly this policy change will be implemented. I would encourage students to direct questions about it to their college, beginning with their course instructor.

I hope that you are following the social distancing advice and other guidance being offered by public health officials, and that you remain safe and healthy through this pandemic. Our community colleges are dedicated to helping you achieve your academic goals and will continue to find ways to help you do that safely as we all get through this historic moment.


Glenn DuBois

3/23/20: BRCC Student Update

Due to the continued and amplified spread of COVID-19 in Virginia, and now also in our region, Blue Ridge Community College campus buildings, and the Online Outpost in Waynesboro, will be closed to students and non-employees effective March 24 through at least May 15. Most of you have been taking your spring courses remotely since last week, and that will continue through the end of the semester. Please frequently check your BRCC email and Canvas, and updates from the College. Below is a list of resources that are available to you – we want you to get all the help you need to finish this semester successfully.


 You may access some library resources and services online.

Advising/Student Services

 Advisors and staff are available to meet with students via phone and Zoom appointments. You can make your appointment through Navigate, located in your MYBRCC. See instructions on how to make an appointment.  Academic advising can also be contacted at advising@brcc.edu. You can reach Admissions & Records by phone at 540-453-2287 or registrar@brcc.edu.


 One computer lab (F115) will remain open on campus, but ONLY for students who do not have a computer or internet access at home. Safe social distancing will be strictly enforced and the lab will be open

  • Mon & Tues, 8am-5pm
  • Wed & Thur, 8am-8pm
  • Fri, 8am-3pm

 BRCC Wi-Fi is accessible from the parking garage. For the Technology Help Desk call (540) 453-2400.


If your instructor asks you to use Respondus to take tests in Canvas, you will need to login to Canvas through the Respondus Lockdown Browser. See instructions to download and use the Respondus browser.

Financial Aid

Online Support Center


Tutoring is available online and tutors and tutees will work via Zoom. You make use the online scheduler or email tutoring@brcc.edu to make an appointment


Visit BRCC Bookstore for free Shipping on all items, access to eBooks at no additional charge, and free shipping on rental returns & deadline extensions.

Brite Bus/Shuttle Services

Shuttles are running on schedule, see the Brite website for route info.

Thank you in advance for your patience during this time.

3/19/20: BRCC Student Update

As you work on your course content remotely, these resources may be helpful…


Many classes, appointments, etc. are being conducted online by Zoom. You can use Zoom on your computer or laptop, but can also access Zoom by phone. Look for the app in the Google Play Store or the App Store for Apple products – search for Zoom Cloud Meetings.


Tutoring is available online only. Tutors and tutees will work via Zoom. You make use the online scheduler or email tutoring@brcc.edu to make an appointment.


See the Off Campus Access to Library Resources and Support guide for research and help from a librarian from off campus.

Student Financial Aid and Student Financial Services

Both offices remain open on campus, but in most cases it is not necessary to visit campus to receive assistance. Our Support Center is available 24/7 via telephone at 855-844-3631 or live chat. Documents may also be securely uploaded at that site, either using a scanned document on a computer or a clear photo on a smart phone. In the event that the Support Center is unable to assist with an unusual question, a ticket will be routed to the appropriate on-campus staff member who will contact you as quickly as possible.

If you need to make a payment, you may do so online using Quick Pay. See instructions for making a payment.


Visit the campus bookstore website for:

  • Free Shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more.
  • Access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. You can access up to 7 eBooks for the designated period free of charge.
  • Free Shipping on Rental Returns & Deadline Extensions: The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail.

3/17/20: BRCC Student Update

As you know, BRCC has decided to deliver all course content remotely, beginning March 18 and continuing until April 3. Continue to check your BRCC email and log into Canvas frequently for updates. You can expect to hear from your instructors about how they will be offering course content and conducting class over the next few weeks. In the meantime, please see the information below regarding college services, computer access, helpful health resources, etc.

Student Services

Are still open and available to meet with students via phone and Zoom appointments. You can make your appointment through Navigate, located in your MYBRCC. For instructions on how to make an appointment, visit Make An Appointment. When making your appointment list your preference of appointments; phone or Zoom. This will help you get prepared for summer and fall class registration that opens on March 30. Academic advising can also be contacted at advising@brcc.edu.

You can reach Admissions & Records by phone at 540-453-2287 or registrar@brcc.edu.

Computer/Wi-Fi Access

The Library and computer labs at BRCC are still open at this time for BRCC students and employees. Social distancing practices will be required.

Library (and computer lab in the Library) hours are:

  • Mon & Tues, 8am-5pm
  • Wed & Thur, 8am-8pm
  • Fri, 8am-3pm

Online Outpost in Waynesboro:

  • Mon-Wed, 10am-7pm
  • Thur 10-11:45am & 1:15-7pm
  • Fri 12:30-4:30pm

The V112 Computer Graphics Lab will be open for ART 284 Graphic Design and PHT 164 Photography students only: Wed, 11am-8pm; and Thur, 8am-8pm.

Health Resources

For general updates and health department notices and recommendations, please see:

Testing Determinations

To determine if you should be tested, ask yourself these questions:

1. Do you have 2 of the 3 symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath


In the last month, have you been in contact with someone who was confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19?


2. Do you have 2 of the 3 symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath


In the last month, have you traveled internationally or to an area with a known COVID-19 outbreak? (Check the latest high-risk travel areas)


Please, stay home. Continue to follow the CDC recommended prevention methods and monitor for a change in symptoms.


  • If you are below age 60 and have no other health issues, you should stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days. If you have to be out in the community or if your symptoms worsen, find a screening location.
  • If you are over age 60, find a screening location. See hospital links above.

Brite Bus/Shuttle Services

Shuttles are running on schedule. Information about routes.

BRCC Bookstore/Café

  • Campus Coffee, 8am-2pm
  • Quick Cafe, 10am-3pm
  • Bookstore, 10am-4pm. The bookstore is also offering free shipping to minimize the need for students to come to campus.

Community Resources

If you need assistance finding community resources for utility contacts, food, shelter, or crisis support, please email beyondthebluebrcc@gmail.com or (540) 453-0253.

3/17/20:  Chancellor’s Note on COVID-19 and Virginia’s Community Colleges

Dear community college faculty, staff, students, and supporters:

Suffice to say, 2020 will not be the year for which any of us were hoping or expecting.

The COVID-19 pandemic not only threatens lives but changes the very pace of life. That includes how our colleges continue to work on behalf of the students we serve.

Virginia’s Community Colleges are open for business and will remain so, albeit adjusting how we operate to prioritize health safety.

We continue to track, and pass along to college leaders, the expert guidance being offered by the Virginia Department of Health(VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC).

To date, we have cancelled several events, large and small, across Virginia to comply with what the experts recommend including our State Board meeting in Martinsville and the New Horizons conference in Roanoke, along with other professional development events.

May Commencements Cancelled

Sadly, we will add another round of events to that list: our May college commencements. The most recent CDC guidance calls for avoiding gatherings of 50 or more people over the next eight weeks, meaning our commencement season. I’ve consulted with our college presidents and please know that we do not take this step lightly.

What’s difficult is that the very things that make commencement meaningful also makes them dangerous in this pandemic. While it’s a celebration of individual achievements, it’s a community celebration. Many of the same family members who travel far and wide to attend are at particularly high risk with this virus. And the hugs and high-fives that come naturally to so many of us in that moment fly in the face of the social distancing practices we are asked to observe.

The colleges will honor the achievements of their Class of 2020 graduates later, at a time and in a manner that is safer for all concerned.

Colleges Find a Way Forward

In the meantime, faculty and staff members are finding ways to minimize the pandemic on the students we serve and their academic journeys.

I commend you for all that you are doing to offer classes remotely, to adjust performance-based courses to gather students in smaller groups, to find ways to counsel and advise beyond traditional face-to-face meetings, and continue offering computer lab and food pantry resources when possible.

This is incredibly important work. Just look around this emergency – the first responders, the hospital nurses, the truck drivers keeping food and supplies coming to our stores, and so many more – our society depends on community college-trained people to function, especially in its darkest moments.

Stay in touch with your managers, and college leadership, about what is occurring at your campus. As we look to salvage this current spring semester and prepare for perhaps an untraditional summer and fall semesters, your contribution will make all the difference.

Be Smart, Be Safe

That brings me to my final and most important point: be sure to take care of yourself and your family in this process. As a member of our team, we need you at your best to ensure that our mission continues when it is most needed.

Stay up to date on that guidance from the Virginia Department of Health(VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). Stay tuned to local media to understand what’s happening in your community. Practice the hygienic and social distancing habits that health experts are urging us to exercise. And make sure you know what’s happening with the operations of your college. Things can change quickly in this emergency.

Thank you for all that you are doing to support our students through this unexpected episode. Though we don’t know when, we know that this pandemic will come to an end. Let’s do everything possible to ensure the dreams and aspirations that brought people to our colleges don’t get lost along the way.


Glenn DuBois



Starting March 18, Wi-Fi and computer labs are available on campus for BRCC student use, as are computers at the BRCC Online Outpost in Waynesboro (to check on availability of Outpost computers call 540.453.0263 or email Outpost@brcc.edu). We are practicing social distancing in these areas as recommended by the CDC.

The Rec Center and Testing Center are closed. All BRCC events are canceled through April 4, including the bus trips to Washington, DC, and NYC.

Your instructors will be in touch with you by email – please check your email and log into Canvas frequently.

If you are sick, please do not come to campus for any reason. You can meet with an advisor or faculty member online or by phone if need be.

During this challenging time, please take care of yourselves, your families, and your communities. We will provide future updates as appropriate.


At this time, the College has decided to deliver all course content remotely, through April 3. Again, you can expect to hear from your instructors about how they will be offering course content and conducting class over the next few weeks.

If you need computer access, the labs and Wi-Fi at the College will be available to you. We will be implementing social distancing practices in the labs and any other common areas. The Rec Center and Testing Center will be closed until April 3, but most College offices will remain open.


As you know, Blue Ridge Community College has been monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety and health of our students, employees, and the BRCC community at large, are of utmost importance, and we continue to follow guidance provided by the CDC and VDH. At this time, in line with other institutions of higher education in Virginia, we are taking the following actions:

  • BRCC is cancelling classes March 16 and 17. The campus will be open both days, and personnel should report as usual.
  • Beginning Wednesday, March 18, most BRCC classes will move to remote instruction and remain being delivered remotely through April 4. Personnel should maintain their regular work schedules unless otherwise notified.
  • For classes with content that cannot be delivered remotely (ex. Some labs and clinics), faculty members will be in communication regarding how those courses will meet (using CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, etc.).
  • Currently, there are no COVID-19 cases in our service area, so the college itself will remain open and continue to offer student services. The Library, Rec Center (group classes are cancelled through April 5 at the Rec Center), and offices will be open.
  • All college events, and events hosted at BRCC facilities, are canceled or postponed through April 4.
  • College-sponsored trips and travel is prohibited through April 4.
  • BRCC student employees should contact their supervisors for more information.

These restrictions and decisions are in place through April 4. At that time, we will, after reviewing updated recommendations and the COVID-19 status in our community, determine how courses will be delivered for the remainder of the semester. We will update everyone on the status of classes, events, etc. by April 4. Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, please check this page and your BRCC email regularly for additional updates. We appreciate your patience and support during this challenging time.

We encourage you to continue to practice the recommendations of the CDC and refer to the organizations below for more information and timely updates from the sources below:

Updated 3/11/20

BRCC continues to monitor the coronavirus (termed “2019-nCoV”) outbreak and spread across the country.  In an effort to keep our students, employees and community members aware of informational and health resources available, we have provided links to the CDC, Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and World Health Organization (WHO) at the bottom of this page. Please visit these sites for recommendations for prevention and treatment, as well as travel advisories.

As it is also flu season, the VDH recommends the follow to help prevent the further spread of influenza:

  • Get a flu vaccine
  • Practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Take flu antivirals if prescribed by your healthcare provider if you have the flu
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Many of these hygiene awareness practices such as washing your hands, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, covering your cough, and not sharing drinks or food can help prevent the spread of germs in general.  At BRCC, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of high-touch surfaces like keyboards, door handles, and faucets. 

Coronavirus Links

For more information from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC on the Novel Coronavirus, please see links below: