Protecting Our Community This Fall
As announced recently in an email from Marty Sigwing, the mask requirement inside campus buildings has been extended until November 1, at which time the mandate will be reconsidered. Everyone is expected to comply with the mandate, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals may remove face coverings when in private spaces. If student vaccination rates increase and the McPherson County Health Department reports lower transmission rates, the college may reconsider guidelines.
Current employee vaccination rates are well over 80 percent, and student vaccination rates are thought to be over 50 percent. The college is offering cash incentives for all students who get vaccinated. All vaccinated students, including those who were vaccinated prior to arrival on campus, can be added to a drawing in November for two $2,500 cash prizes.
Thanks to each of you for doing your part to keep us safe in classrooms, labs, studios, shops and on 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.