Response to COVID-19
On March 31, Governor Baker issued an extension of his orders pertaining to the closure of non-essential businesses/organizations and to the prohibition of gatherings of more than 10 people. These orders are now in effect until May 18. In addition, out-of-state travelers have been asked to self-quarantine for two weeks after entry into Massachusetts. Moreover, there are now similar restrictions in each of the surrounding states.
Given these orders and guidelines, combined with our understanding of the unfolding coronavirus epidemic and a desire to proceed with prudence and caution, we decided to forego all in-person classes and in-person student activities through May 4. Please note the following details:
- All classes will continue with online delivery (via Zoom). The final class day of the semester is Wednesday, April 29, though some instructors may choose to extend deadlines for written work/exams no later than Monday, May 4. Final grades are due Wednesday, May 6.
- The dorms will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Details about retrieving belongings/moving out of the dorms will be provided to students in the coming weeks. In the meantime, students should feel free to direct specific questions/requests to the Administration.
- BICS Experience Day will now be a Virtual Experience Day – a live-streamed event on Sunday, April 19 at 3:00pm.
- Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 AM in a virtual format. Details will be communicated in a separate correspondence.
- The BICS offices/classroom will remain closed to the general public until May 18, per the Governor’s order. Staff will continue to work in support of the distance learning effort and essential student services, while adhering to all relevant hygiene/distancing protocols.
- The BICS Open Golf Tournament is still scheduled for May 30, though we will not be having the lunch and silent auction. The price has been reduced to $75. See the golf page for more details.
- We are working toward rescheduling the 2020 BICS Bible Lands Seminar for August 2020.
- We are still accepting applications for the Class of 2021, and trusting that we’ll be able to resume with our normal operations by August.
We understand the tremendous disappointment that has followed each of the difficult decisions we’ve made over the past month. While this sense of loss is ubiquitous as a result of this pandemic, it is felt keenly in a program like ours that is built on relationships, multiple layers of contact, and a closely-knit community. Students, faculty, and staff alike are grieving all that is lost from this unanticipated detour in our journey together. However, we are assured of God’s perfect purposes, knowing that He who started a good work in us – and in the life of each student – will most certainly carry it to completion.
If you have any questions about this decision or its impact on any specific aspect of our program, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at any time.