Protecting Our Community This Fall
UPDATE: As announced in a November 1 all-campus email, the mask requirement inside campus buildings is extended through the end of the semester. Continuing the mandate for face coverings is consistent with the current recommendations of the Center for Disease Control as well as the McPherson County Health Department. Everyone is expected to comply with the mandate, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals may remove face coverings when in private spaces. The college will reconsider these guidelines as student vaccination rates increase and/or guidance from the local health department changes.
Vaccination continues to be the best way to protect the health and safety of all community members. 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 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.