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Coronavirus Update

Is Covid-19 the End of World?

Student FAQ  |  Weekly Update


On-Campus Classes and Operations Move to an Off-Campus Format March 23, 2020

As of 6 pm (Central Time), Tuesday, March 17, all CBS locations will end on-campus operations and begin remote operations until further notice.

All classes will begin an off-campus format beginning Monday, March 23.

Updates and further information will be sent via Watchman Emergency Alert System and on our website. Weekly updates are also available on this page.


Helpful information:

Technical support for Blackboard, CBS email, and SonisWeb: [email protected]

Librarian support for research needs: [email protected]

Tutors to assist with writing papers and other academic matters:

Prayer and pastoral advice at:

All others: [email protected]


On-campus classes for all CBS locations canceled March 16-21.

On-campus classes to transition to off-campus beginning March 23.

With the increasing concern over coronavirus spread, we have made the decision to begin preparing to move the on-campus classes and operations at all locations to an off-campus format. In order to facilitate the upcoming transition, all on-campus class sessions, for all locations, Monday, March 16 -- Saturday, March 21 are canceled. The campuses will remain open but on-campus classes will be canceled.
Week of March 16 - March 21
  • Students
    • Online classes will continue as usual, with no change.
    • On-campus class sessions are canceled.
  • Staff
    • Campus operations will continue. Please come to work as usual.
Beginning the week of March 23, on-campus classes will transition to an off-campus format. More detailed instructions will be coming via email from your professor and our Watchman Emergency Alert System. There will be no change to online classes. This will continue until further notice.
What You Need to Know                               English  |  Spanish
What To Do If You Are Sick                          English  |  Spanish
Stop the Spread of Germs                            English   Spanish


CBS and COVID-19: Keeping you informed 

CBS leadership and the crisis management team are keeping informed and staying updated with current information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Office of Emergency Management-Houston, the Indiana State Department of Health, and our government officials.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our first priority. While health officials around the world are still learning about this novel virus, communities, schools, and organizations are being asked to take the same precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19 as we would other viral illnesses (such as the flu).

  • CBS will continue to monitor the situation via the CDC and local government officials and will follow their protocol regarding next steps.
  • At this time, we are operating in a “business as usual” manner. If protocol changes, we will alert you via the CBS Watchman Emergency Alert system and our website.
  • We strongly encourage families to read the CDC recommendations as outlined here: CDC Recommendations.


Prevention is Key:

The Center for Disease Control always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.