Spring 2022 COVID Protocol
McPherson College recommends masks but no longer requires them in most spaces; however, please keep in mind that some members of our campus community may be immunocompromised, have young children, or simply prefer masking. Faculty and staff members may continue to require masks in their classrooms or offices, and others must comply with this request. Our on-campus clinic will also require masks for all persons entering that building, no exceptions. Everyone should keep a mask with them at all times and honor requests from those who prefer others wear a mask in their presence.
The college continues to monitor campus risk and may reinstate corrective measures aimed at limiting the transmission of the disease should cases rise to a substantial level.
If you would like to be vaccinated, you may call the McPherson County Health Department at 620 241-1753 for an appointment, or you can visit: https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find a location near you. The vaccinations are free.
Thanks to everyone for their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.
The links below include the most current and comprehensive information on health and safety protocols on campus.
Q: How will classrooms be set-up this semester?
A: All COVID-19 precautions will remain in place for the duration of the semester. Masks will be required and all classroom spaces will be socially distanced. Faculty will be prepared to accommodate students who are temporarily unable to attend class sessions due to quarantine or isolation. This spring, every classroom is equipped with a 360-degree camera that makes it possible for faculty teaching courses with split rosters to integrate remote students into class sessions in real time.
Q: Will any spring classes be online?
A: Very few. The only classes offered fully online are those with instructors who cannot safely be present in the classroom due to underlying, high-risk health conditions.
Q: Can I choose to take my spring courses online?
A: With just a few exceptions, all spring courses will be hybrid or fully in person, requiring classroom attendance and on-campus presence. McPherson College’s curriculum has not been designed for online delivery; courses must be completed on campus. Students with documented disabilities or high-risk health conditions can apply for an online accommodation. For more information about ADA accommodations, email Carole Barr at firstname.lastname@example.org. The college reserves the right to decline online delivery of some courses such as those with significant shop, studio, or lab components.
Q: What attendance policy is in effect this spring?
A: Students who experience any symptoms of illness should not attend class, go to the dining hall, or participate in practices. Ill students must immediately notify their faculty, resident director or other student life staff person, and coach, if applicable. Faculty will be promptly notified of students who are referred to the campus clinic for testing. They will be prepared to accommodate students who are in quarantine or isolation. Asymptomatic students should continue to participate fully in any online course activities.