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Montreat College Fall 2020 Plans

Montreat College is excited to be able to share with you the progress that has been made in preparation for the fall semester. In August, we plan to welcome students back to our campus for in-person classes and co-curricular activities.

As our planning for the fall is detailed and covers many areas of campus life, there are many things to convey to each member of our community. Keeping our students, staff, and faculty safe has always been an essential aspect of the Montreat College experience, but given that we will continue to live and learn together in a time when there is not a COVID-19 vaccine, there will be new expectations for all our campus community, and our life together will need to look different.

On-Campus COVID Testing

In collaboration with MAHEC’s Rapid Response Team, we will be offering COVID-19 testing in Health Services as needed on Wednesdays, from 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m. The next testing will be held on Oct. 21. Please register online no later than 2 p.m. on the Tuesday before testing, and complete this intake form in advance to speed up your check-in and allow us to test more people. This is open to anyone on campus, and if someone is uninsured, they may be tested at no cost to them. Results are typically back in 24-48 hours.

This Week’s Update (8/12/20)

Review the information below for this week’s updates concerning fall 2020. This information is provided via email and at www.montreat.edu/coronavirus to keep the campus community updated with the latest information on fall 2020 operations and procedures.

Move-In Process

As a reminder, all new and returning students will participate in a staggered move-in process. Our Residence Life Staff has worked hard to make this process as smooth and safe as possible, but we need all of our students to remember 3 things:

  1. Students must sign up for a move-in time slot. If you fail to do this and arrive on campus to move-in, our staff will likely have to turn you away and ask you to come back at a different time.
  2. Students are only permitted a maximum of 2 guests to help them move-in. All students and guests must wear a mask during move-in. Please bring your own if you have them.
  3. Remember to Stop, Drop, and Go. This move-in will be different because we need to remain on schedule to facilitate the staggered move-in process and provide adequate time for residence halls to be cleaned between move-in timeslots. Stop, unload your belongings, and say your goodbyes. We wish family and friends could linger and enjoy campus for the day with their students, but that’s simply not possible right now.
    1. Remember students are responsible for bringing:
      1. A cloth mask/face-covering
      2. Disposable face coverings
      3. Hand sanitizer/soap
      4. Thermometer
      5. Gloves
      6. Wipes
      7. And any other desired personal protective equipment (PPE)

The staggered move-in is designed to control crowds and limit the number of people on any given residence hall floor during each time slot, and we need everyone to follow these instructions in order to care for our community.

Last and MOST important, if a student or someone who will be helping them move-in isn’t feeling well, has tested positive for COVID and hasn’t been cleared from isolation, or has had contact with someone who is COVID-positive within the past 14 days, please stay home. All of our courses, welcome week activities, and opening semester services will be available virtually for any student who needs to isolate or quarantine.

Daily Symptom Checker – #CampusClear

Community expectations for all students, faculty, staff and visitors include the daily use of a symptom checker app. We’ll be using a free tool called CampusClear.

You can use #CampusClear on any smartphone, and there is also a web-based version for those who don’t have a smartphone or aren’t comfortable installing the app. You can access the app and web-based version at www.CampusClear.com.

Before students and their guests arrive on campus for move-in, everyone should complete the symptom checker app and verify that they’re cleared for campus. Residence Life Staff may ask to see the “All Clear” notification from students and guests during move-in.

Pre-Arrival Check-in Process

This year, we will not have a typical face-to-face check-in in Bell Library. Instead, all new and returning students are expected to complete several pre-arrival items using our new Life at Montreat web tool.

Go to montreat.presence.io, scroll to “Experience Types” and select the “Cavalier Orientation” for new students and “Returning Student HOME” for our students who are continuing their Montreat College experience.

There you find specific checklists, forms, and items that students are required to complete before arriving on campus. This is where you can find everything from how to submit immunization records to finalizing financial aid and billing forms or registering your vehicle for a parking permit. This is your pre-arrival virtual hub. Completing all the items before arrival will ensure you’re able to easily move into your campus housing and start your classes.

Response to Positive Test or Symptomatic Student

In the event that a member of the Montreat College community becomes symptomatic or tests positive for the virus, Buncombe County Public Health will be contacted, and contact tracing will begin immediately to notify anyone who had close contact with a COVID-positive individual.

All contacts of positive cases will be placed in quarantine for 14-days and receive testing on days 5-7 per public health recommendations. Symptomatic students will be placed in isolation and receive testing.

Any residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will enter mandatory isolation in an off-campus housing location. Even if the test is negative, they will remain in quarantine for the full 14 days to ensure symptoms don’t develop. Students will be cared for by the college’s health services staff and outside healthcare workers as needed. Anyone who, while not displaying signs or symptoms of COVID-19, has been in close contact with an infected individual in the past 14 days will enter mandatory quarantine.

While in quarantine or isolation, students will be able to continue participating in their courses through remote learning options. Students in isolation or quarantine will receive daily health checks, meal delivery, online access to classes, counseling & spiritual support, and laundry service.

It is important to be mindful of the highly contagious nature of the virus. A single case of COVID-19 on campus will activate the prescribed procedures, however, a higher infection rate on campus may necessitate the transition to remote learning for the safety of the community. As a reminder, the best way to prevent COVID-19 spreading on campus is a continual adherence to the 3 Ws:

  1. Wear a face covering in public – both on- and off-campus
  2. Wait 6 feet apart
  3. Wash your hands frequently
8/2/20: Community Expectations, Virtual Learning, Campus Dining Options

Review the information below for this week’s updates concerning fall 2020. This information is provided via email and at www.montreat.edu/coronavirus to keep the campus community updated with the latest information on fall 2020 operations and procedures.

Fall semester is quickly approaching, and Montreat College is eager to welcome our students, faculty and staff back to campus in the coming weeks. Since March, the college’s leadership team, faculty, and staff have been planning and preparing for safely reopening campus.

This academic year will look different, and the college community will need to be flexible. This year will require mutual respect for one another’s wellbeing and a collective commitment to follow the safety protocols put in place. With everyone committing to do their part, Montreat College will be able to provide an environment where residential living and learning can occur safely.

Community Expectations

All students and employees will be asked to abide by some specific community expectations.

These expectations can be summarized in a few basic tenets:

  1. Everyone MUST practice the 3Ws without fail:
    • Wear a face covering when you’re in public spaces.
    • Wait 6 feet apart. You must maintain appropriate social distancing consistently.
    • Wash or sanitize your hands as frequently as possible.
  2. Everyone MUST self-monitor for any symptoms and stay home or in their residence hall room if they are not feeling well. The college will ask all students, faculty and staff to use a daily symptom checker, CampusClear. Throughout the day, you will be asked to provide proof that you’ve completed this screening and been cleared to engage with our campus community in person.
  3. Keeping the campus clean and sanitized will be a group effort. 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.

Virtual Learning

Any student who is high-risk or has high-risk family members has the option to take 100% virtual courses for fall 2020. Students can still live in college housing while taking their courses virtually. However, requesting off-campus housing when a student was previously planning to live in college housing will decrease a student’s institutional financial aid award. For housing questions, email housing@montreat.edu, and for financial aid questions, email financialservices@montreat.edu.

Some faculty members who are high-risk or have immediate family members who are high-risk will choose to teach all of their courses virtually this fall. All courses with a faculty who will teach virtually will be updated soon in our student portal so students will be able to see if a face-to-face course has been changed to a virtual course.

Students participating in their courses virtually may still be required to join the class at a designated meeting time. Students studying virtually will need to make sure they understand individual faculty expectations for attendance and participation.

Campus Dining Options

This fall, students will be able to eat in Howerton Dining Hall and Nelson’s, which will both have expanded hours. Face coverings will be required for anyone in these dining locations unless that person is eating. Students can expect to have more carry-out options. All food will be served by Dining Services personnel; there will be very few self-serve stations.

We will limit the number of students who can dine in Howerton or Nelson’s at a given time. There will also be floor stickers signaling where students should stand to maintain social distancing. We’ve created additional covered outdoor dining areas where students can eat to-go meals.

Due to capacity limitations, the Huckleberry Café will not be open for fall semester. Starbucks will move to the Howerton Dining Hall and service hours will be expanded at the Dining Hall for students who would typically eat dinner at the Huck.

7/27/20: Arrival to Campus

Review the information below for this week’s updates concerning fall 2020. This information is provided via email and at www.montreat.edu/coronavirus to keep the campus community updated with the latest information on fall 2020 operations and procedures.

We have re-designed the process for student arrival on campus through an intentional effort to deliver a smoother transition for students.

In acknowledgment of COVID-19 and its potential impact on our move-in process, college staff are actively working to develop various plans for a smooth and safe start to our fall semester that also still reaches the goal of supporting your transition as a new Montreat College student. One potential change to our move-in process will be a staggered move-in to lower the amount of people entering our residential complexes at any given point.

Subsequently, each student will be allowed a maximum of 1-2 guests to assist with move-in during his/her 3-hour move-in timeslot. We encourage each student to take a strategic approach to your packing process as you consider what is needed. Packing light may prove to be helpful if an unexpected shift during the semester occurs. Please be sure to bring a cloth mask/face-covering and disposable face coverings, hand sanitizer/soap, thermometer, gloves, wipes and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

Arrival to Campus

Arrival to campus will look different this year as we’ve made safety modifications and improvements to the student experience. The highlights are:

  • Safety–be sure to complete the steps outlined in the pre-arrival checklist–especially the safety measures prior to your arrival on campus.
  • Staggered move-in process by reservation pre-arrival
  • Stop, Drop, and Go– 1-2 guests are allowed to assist the student with move-in during a 3-hour window
    • Be sure to have completed all tasks on the pre-arrival checklist.
    • Do not come to campus if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
    • Move-in will be a staggered process by reservation for new students and returners (sign-ups for timeslots will be available by August 1)
    • Students are responsible to bring: a cloth mask/face-covering and disposable face coverings, hand sanitizer/soap, thermometer, gloves, wipes and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • Upon arrival to Montreat, your first stop is to go directly to your assigned residence hall.

Staggered move-in times (sign up requests will be shared with students by August 1). Without a confirmed move-in timeslot, students may need to stay in a hotel overnight until approved move-in time.

New student move-in dates and times:
Thursday, August 13
2pm-5pm
6pm-9pm
Friday, August 14
8am-11am
12pm-3pm
4pm-6pm

Returning student move-in dates and times:
Saturday, August 15
12pm-3pm
4pm-6pm
Sunday, August 16
12pm-3pm
4pm-6pm
Monday, August 17
8am-11pm
12pm-3pm

Fall student-athletes will receive details for moving in from their coaches.

Student Leaders authorized to return to campus early for training and preparation will receive instructions from Student Life staff.

For parents and move-in help: Stop, Drop, and Go!

  • Stop — Before arriving to campus, if you need some extra things for your student’s residence, stop at one of the local stores and get what you need. We kindly ask that you only drop off items once, to reduce population density and multiple trips on and off campus. See the Packing List.
  • Drop — Deliver your student’s luggage to their residence and help them settle in. Students are limited to 1-2 guests to assist with unpacking. Guests will need to follow CDC face covering protocols and limit their time in the room to three hours. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us adhere to the North Carolina regulations for social distancing.
  • Go — It’s time for a final hug and to say farewell. We will take good care of your student and look forward to staying in touch with you.
7/17/20: Face Coverings, Campus Schedules, Campus Events, Activities, and Chapel

Review the information below for this week’s updates concerning fall 2020. This information is provided via email and at www.montreat.edu/coronavirus to keep the campus community updated with the latest information on fall 2020 operations and procedures.

Face Coverings

Because we cannot guarantee consistent social distancing in all campus situations, faculty, staff, and students are expected to wear face coverings on campus when in public.

For Students

Students will be required to wear facial coverings at all times in classrooms, chapel, and other public work or instructional environments. Buildings will have signage indicating if a face covering is required for entry. Wearing a face covering will not be necessary when a student is alone, during strenuous exercise, or in a student’s room.

You may be turned away from a classroom, office, and/or event if you fail to wear a face covering.

For Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff are expected to wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose when on campus and in the presence of others or in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, bathrooms, entry/exit in buildings, etc.). You are not expected to wear a face covering when you are alone or alone in your office or workspace.

Employees are asked to supply their own face covering as it remains difficult to secure PPE, and the college would like to reserve disposable face coverings for specific job positions and uses.

Class Schedules

In order to facilitate additional cleaning between classes and limit hall congestion, the class schedule for the fall has been modified slightly to allow more time between each class. Your course schedule can be viewed in the new Montreat Access Portal (MAP) at map.montreat.edu, and all class meeting times will be updated in the coming weeks to reflect these adjustments. As previously mentioned, students will be able to participate in fall classes face-to-face, online, and in hybrid formats.

Campus Events, Activities, and Chapel

Montreat College is making plans for the fall semester with the goal of reducing exposure to and spread of COVID-19, and this includes canceling some significant events, including Homecoming and Family Weekend, and implementing changes to other campus activities.

One major change is that our bi-weekly chapel services will be shortened to 30 minutes and held outside weather permitting. Recordings will also be available for those who are unable to attend in person. Due to the limitations imposed on large gatherings, there will notbe a credit requirement for the fall 2020 semester. We will continue to worship as a community because 1) regular, communal worship is essential to a healthy human soul, and 2) we need to hear the good news of the Kingdom of God now more than ever. But you will not have to scan in and your credits will not be tracked. These changes are motivated by available guidance for configuring large venues and limiting mass gatherings to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

6/30/20: Fall Academic Calendar, Fall Athletics, Social Distancing

As the college continues to plan and prepare for fall 2020, we will release a new update each week with three new pieces of information about what life will look like on-campus this fall.

This week, we have three initial and important points about Montreat’s reopening plans to help you plan ahead for arriving here in the fall:

1. The fall academic calendar has been changed and breaks have been removed

The adjusted academic calendar outlined below maximizes instructional time in the early fall and minimizes the opportunities for students, as well as faculty and staff, to travel away from campus on extended breaks. For fall 2020, there will be no fall break or time off for Labor Day. This strategy should reduce exposure to and spread of coronavirus and also avoid a densely populated campus in late fall and early winter, when the potential for a significant resurgence of the virus may be highest.

  • First day of classes: Tuesday, Aug. 18
    • Classes will meet each weekday through Tuesday, Nov. 24. The college will NOT observe a fall break or time off for Labor Day.
  • Last day of face-to-face classes: Tuesday, Nov. 24
  • Thanksgiving break: Wednesday, Nov. 25-Friday, Nov. 27
  • Final week of instruction online: Monday, Nov. 30 – Friday, Dec. 4

Classes will be offered through a blend of face-to-face, online, hybrid, and modified hybrid course delivery. This will provide meaningful face-to-face interactions between faculty and students while meeting social distancing protocols and/or effective online instruction as necessary.

2. Fall athletics will continue with some modifications

With guidance from the NAIA and Appalachian Athletic Conference, fall athletics will continue with some modifications and added safety protocols including temperature checks and screening by athletic training staff and coaches; the use of hand sanitizer; social distancing when available; and accounting for proper cleaning and sanitizing of facilities and equipment. Coaches will communicate further with individual student-athletes on expectations and changes that will be implemented this fall to protect their health and safety.

No Spectators for Indoor Fall Sports – In order to maintain appropriate social distancing guidelines and protect the health of our student-athletes and our guests, Montreat College will NOT allow spectators to attend sporting events held in McAlister Gymnasium this fall. A decision concerning if spectators will be able to attend indoor winter and spring sports will be made later this fall.

3. Everyone will need to make safe choices and practice social distancing

By the end of July, markings and additional signage will be placed around campus to encourage appropriate social distancing. Admittance into certain areas on campus like Howerton Dining Hall will be limited to facilitate social distancing. All of these efforts are designed to promote safety and wellness for the campus community and to reinforce social distancing guidelines.

Future Updates

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing additional updates, like what classes will look like this fall, what co-curricular student engagement plans we have, and our health and safety processes.

Protecting the health and safety of our campus community and providing a holistic academic and co-curricular experience remain our top priorities. When we come back together, life on campus will look different and adjusting to it may take time, for all of us. We appreciate your patience and commitment to this campus community.

The last few months have shown that information and responses to new data about COVID-19 require a high level of flexibility and patience. The college will continue to provide weekly updates as additional decisions are made.

 

296Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on COVID-19 | Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services | Montreat College Faculty and Staff directory

Montreat College is closely monitoring the 2019 Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Below, you’ll find resources and information about COVID-19 as well as any communications that have been sent to the Montreat community regarding the outbreak (in chronological order, beginning with the most recent).

Everybody should continue to practice everyday preventive action to help deter the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

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.