Your Health and Safety in Fall 2021
As COVID-19 community spread in McPherson County increases, the McPherson County Health Department has recommended we modify our health and safety protocol to require face coverings for all individuals in campus buildings.
Through the first two weeks of classes, face coverings will be required for all individuals in campus buildings, regardless of one’s vaccination status. Much like during the spring, this includes any public areas within buildings. Individuals may remove face coverings when in private spaces.
This policy will be in place August 4 – August 27 and could be extended based on federal, state, or local rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Based on guidance from McPherson County, if transmission rates are low and student vaccination rates increase, we will likely be able to reconsider guidelines. Employee vaccination rates are well over 80% and we expect to know more about student rates within the next week.
Thanks to each of you for doing your part to keep us safe in classrooms, labs, studios, shops and playing fields.
Follow the links below for the most current 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 email@example.com. 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.