Last Updated: 1/20/22
Current Student Cases
Student Cases in Spring 2022 Semester
Current Employee Cases
Employee Cases in Spring 2022 Semester
Montreat College strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated if they are able. After natural immunity, vaccination remains the best defense against COVID-19 and getting vaccinated will help protect your health and the health of others. To find vaccine sites near you, please visit the website of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).
If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, please review the FAQs from the CDC or speak with your primary care physician. Questions related to Montreat College’s fall 2021 campus expectations can be directed to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued efforts to protect the health and safety of our campus community.
Spring 2022 Guidelines
Updated January 5, 2022
On December 30, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) made changes to its COVID-19 policy, to align with the new quarantine and isolation guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The updated guidance changes how long and under what conditions staff and students need to remain in quarantine or isolation because they have tested positive for or been exposed to COVID-19.
- Students and Employees who have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status should – get tested and isolate from others at home or in college-provided quarantine housing while waiting for a result. If testing is not possible, follow the guidance below as if the person is positive. If you do not feel well, call the college Covid Hotline 828-357-4180 and email email@example.com. Then follow-up with your professors and coaches and stay home until you feel completely well. Do not attend classes, practices, or events if you do not feel 100% well and/or are cleared by the Covid Care Team.
- Isolation: Students and Employees who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, and
- Do not have symptoms – should isolate at home or in college-provided quarantine housing for 5 days, then wear a mask for 5 additional days.
- Have symptoms – should isolate at home or in college-provided quarantine housing for 5 days AND until fever-free for 24 hours AND symptoms are improving. Individuals should isolate for at least 5 days since symptoms began and then wear a mask for 5 additional days.
- Quarantine: Students and Employees who are exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are
- Not vaccinated – quarantine for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if they test negative, return to school while wearing a mask for 5 additional days
- Vaccinated and eligible for a booster, but not yet been boosted – quarantine for 5 days, get tested on day 5 after exposure, and if they test negative, return to school while wearing a mask for 5 additional days.
- Vaccinated, and have either received a booster or are not yet eligible for a booster – individuals do not need to stay away from others, but should wear a mask for 10 days.
In accordance with Buncombe County’s mask mandate, all Montreat employees and students will continue to be required to wear masks when indoors.
Dining Establishments: For the Howerton Dining Hall and Nelson’s at Bell Library, all students, guests, and employees must wear face coverings at their tables unless actively drinking or eating in accordance with the Buncombe County mask mandate.
Additional Expectations for Students
- Students Must Communicate Absences to Faculty. If a student is isolated or quarantined due to illness or COVID-19 exposure, the student is responsible for contacting their professors and working out short-term arrangements for missed work.
- Communicate Any Positive COVID-19 Test Results to Covid Care Team – If a student or employee tests positive for COVID or has symptoms, they must inform Covid Care Team (college Covid Hotline 828-357-4180 and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org) so proper quarantine or isolation and contact tracing protocols can occur.
- Help keep the campus and off-site locations clean and sanitized. While our facilities team will be doing additional cleaning, faculty, staff and students will play an active role in cleaning classrooms, common areas, and equipment when leaving a space or after using shared items. Non-toxic supplies will be provided in areas where community cleaning is expected.
Eat Meals Outdoors When Possible. We strongly encourage students and employees to eat outdoors when possible. Outdoor seating is available in various locations around campus.
Student compliance with the above stated guidelines is expected and failure to comply may result in the college’s disciplinary process being enacted to hold students accountable based on the Student Handbook (see Student Handbook p. 24 regarding General Behavior and p. 33-34 regarding Pandemic Response).
What is the college’s current stance regarding COVID-19 vaccines?
COVID-19 vaccines are not required. Students, faculty, and staff are highly encouraged to consider getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
Why should I consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine?
Our goal for the 2021-22 academic year is to have as normal—meaning like things were before there were ever COVID-19 mitigation practices—of a year as possible. One of the best ways to do that is to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
What are quarantine practices for the spring semester?
There will be positive cases of COVID-19 on campus this spring. When that happens, we will need to take quarantine measures. Quarantine measures are outlined above under “Spring 2022 Guidelines.”
Will face coverings be required on campus this spring?
Yes. In accordance with Buncombe County’s mask mandate, all Montreat employees and students will continue to be required to wear masks when indoors– this includes classrooms, residence hall lobbies, chapel, common areas, and the dining hall unless actively eating.
Can I take my courses virtually this semester?
At this time, faculty will not be expected to conduct each class in-person and virtually. Students who are absent due to extended illness or quarantine will be expected to contact campus health and their professors to request learning accommodations. If the student will miss more than 3 MWF or 2 T/TH classes, the professor will work with the student to provide a reasonable alternative learning option.
- What to do if you are sick (CDC)
- How to stop the spread of germs (CDC)
- How to protect yourself and others (CDC)
- COVID-19 cases in the U.S. (CDC)
- What you need to know about COVID-19 (CDC)
CARES Act Acknowledgement and Update
Montreat College signed and submitted the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement, Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and received $367,997. Of our enrolled students, 526 students were eligible to participate in Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The grant being offered is designated to returning students that encountered campus disruption and/or have shown some form of impact caused by COVID-19. To date, the college has distributed $296,100 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants to 354 students. Montreat College plans to continue distributing funds on an ongoing basis.
CARES Quarterly Reports: