Coronavirus

Coronavirus Dashboard

Last Updated: 9/17/21

0

Current Student Cases

18

Student Cases in Fall 2021 Semester

0

Current Employee Cases

7

Employee Cases in Fall 2021 Semester

COVID-19 Vaccines

Montreat College strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated if they are able. 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 COVID-19@montreat.edu.

Thank you for your continued efforts to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

Fall 2021 Guidelines

Montreat College’s ability to successfully offer in-person courses is dependent on the entire community taking personal responsibility for their health and taking additional precautions to care for one another.

Based on local, state, and federal guidance, our fall semester expectations currently are:

  • Face Coverings Must be Worn Indoors in Group Settings (2+ People Gathered who do NOT reside in the same household/room). Starting August 17, 2021, all students and employees regardless of vaccination status should wear a face covering when indoors in group settings – this includes classrooms, residence hall lobbies, chapel, common areas, and the dining hall unless actively eating. The mandatory use of face coverings will be reevaluated every 2 weeks.
    • This includes AGS students and employees who are meeting in person at off-site locations in Asheville or Charlotte.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms. If you do not feel well, call the college Covid Hotline 828-357-4180 and email covid-19@montreat.edu. 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.
  • 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 making alternate course arrangements.
    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 covid-19@montreat.edu) 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.

FAQ

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.

According to the latest data, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is said to be more contagious than the alpha COVID-19 virus, and the people infected by the Delta variant are more likely to be hospitalized.

These are just a few reasons why you should consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s free, and it’s readily available at most drugstores. Therefore, while we are not requiring students and employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine, we strongly believe it is one of the best steps we can take to help with ending the Delta variant and returning to the everyday freedoms we all enjoy.

What are quarantine practices for the fall semester?

There will be positive cases of COVID-19 on campus this fall. When that happens, we will need to take quarantine measures.

Will face coverings be required on campus this fall?

All students and employees regardless of vaccination status should wear a face covering when indoors in group settings – this includes classrooms, residence hall lobbies, chapel, common areas, and the dining hall unless actively eating. The mandatory use of face coverings will be reevaluated every 2 weeks.

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.

Will fully vaccinated students and employees be expected to test and/or quarantine due to close contact with someone who is COVID positive?

Vaccinated students and employees will not need to quarantine and test due to COVID-19 exposure – Fully vaccinated individuals will not be asked to quarantine or get a COVID-19 test due to close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID unless they develop symptoms.

Helpful Resources

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.

Current CARES Quarterly Report

Past CARES Quarterly Reports: