January & Spring COVID Precautions
As we consider our return for January interterm and the spring semester, we want the campus to be prepared as we continue to navigate the pandemic.
Given the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, we should be prepared for more cases on campus in January. Many faculty are developing their interterm classes on the hybrid, which will allow for some social distancing in the first weeks of the term.
The strategies used over the past two years to mitigate pandemic disruption have worked to keep the campus safe. As we move into 2022, we will continue to rely on those strategies.
- We will continue to follow our Health and Safety Protocol which is informed by the CDC, state of Kansas and McPherson County Health Department.
- In keeping with CDC recommendations, we strongly encourage all students to receive the vaccine, and for all vaccinated students to receive a booster shot six months after your last dose of the Pfizer/Moderna vaccine or two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- Prior to arrival on campus, students who have travelled out of the country must provide a negative COVID test prior to arrival on campus. Regular testing will continue to occur for individuals who are symptomatic and/or have been exposed to the virus. Testing is free at Partners in Family Care for McPherson College students.
- Client Centered Counseling will continue providing counseling for faculty, staff, and students, both in-person and virtually. The pandemic has heightened stress and led to mental health concerns for many people; the CDC has recommendations for managing stress and seeking support.
At this time, we anticipate that spring semester will continue much like fall, and we ask for your continued help as the pandemic wears on. Although we need to be prepared to execute additional de-densifying measures, McPherson College has no plans to close our campus or discontinue services this semester. It is our goal to maintain a safe, healthy campus in which all students can learn and thrive.
The pandemic continues to be a complex, challenging, and fluid situation that rapidly evolves. All information is subject to change as deemed necessary by college leadership, in accordance with guidance and recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.
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 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.