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August 7, 2020 University Issues Face Covering Policy
With students returning to campus this weekend and classes starting on August 12, university president Dr. Bobby Hall issued an official face covering policy for students and employees to help protect everyone. The policy states:
Students are required to wear their own face coverings while on campus. It is highly recommended that students always keep an extra face covering with them, in case the first one becomes unusable. Any design, artwork, or messaging on the face covering should be appropriate for a Christian university environment.
Employees are required to wear their own face coverings while on campus. The face coverings should be professional in appearance, not promote another college or university, and any design, artwork, or messaging should be appropriate for a Christian university environment.
Remember: Everyone is required to wear face coverings while in campus buildings and while in close proximity to others when outdoors.
Thank you for doing your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
UPDATE: JULY 30, 11:45 a.m.
The plan for Wednesday chapel has been updated. Please see below.
(Note: Each of our Wayland campus locations has specific state and local guidelines in place, so please check your location and follow those posted guidelines. The information below is for Wayland's Plainview Campus.)
Our top priority is the health, safety and wellness of our student, faculty and staff. We have put in place protocols to help protect all the members of our Wayland family.
We are ready to welcome our students back to the Plainview campus, and we know we must remain cautious to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infections. We will also rely on our students to help keep our residential campus as safe as possible. Below is a quick list of what you can expect this Fall, plus you can click the blue button to see our calendar of key dates this semester.
General INformation for Plainview Students
Educating Students: Signage will be placed in all campus buildings reminding students about social distancing. Educational components addressing hygiene and social distancing practices will be created and implemented online and in face-to-face venues.
Family and Friends on Campus: Only two family members per student will be allowed to help students move in. Move in times will be scheduled by appointment.
Quarantine spaces on campus: Fleming Mays Tower (FMT) will be used as a quarantine facility and remain staffed by Resident Hall Supervisors. Students will also follow these guidelines:
- Returning international students will be required to quarantine in FMT for 14 days upon returning.
- Students who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
Students exhibiting symptoms who have not been in contact with a person testing positive for COVID-19 will report their condition to Health Services. Health Services will determine whether or not the student needs to:
- Self-isolate in their dorm room
- Receive testing for COVID-19
- Enter a designated quarantine facility
Students in quarantine will:
- Have meals delivered to the dorm
- Will have access to a computer in order to continue their course work
- Be allowed to go outside, adhering to social distancing requirements
- Will not be allowed to enter any other Wayland building during the period of their quarantine
The first day of class is a week earlier than originally scheduled—Plainview’s face-to-face classes now begin Wednesday, August 12!
- Some classes have been moved to larger campus locations, and all classrooms/learning spaces have been re-organized to allow for limited numbers and appropriate social distancing between individuals in the room.
- Instructors and students will wear face coverings in class and while on campus.
- All learning spaces will be appropriately cleaned/disinfected throughout the day, with hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available at all times.
- Students will assist us in wiping down their personal space as they leave and/or arrive to class to disinfect spaces and expedite transitions between classes.
- Classroom technologies and modalities will be in place to assist those students who may miss a class due to illness.
- Instructors will also have all course materials ready for online delivery should that become necessary during the semester.
Our athletic department is working closely with the NAIA and Conference leadership in order to provide as safe an environment as possible. Wayland athletes will be screened daily and enhanced cleaning procedures are in place for our training and practice areas. Signs will be posted in our athletic areas about when face coverings are to be worn, as well as proper hand and equipment sanitation and safety protocols.
Masks: Students will be required to wear masks whenever possible on campus.
Health/Sickness: Students are required to fill out a health survey before returning to campus, and must notify health services immediately if they come into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if they are experiencing any symptoms described by the CDC.
Commuter Students: Commuter students will be required to fill out a health survey before beginning classes. They will be required to report to Health Services if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is exhibiting symptoms identified by the CDC.
International Students: International students who have been out of the country will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon entering the country. Our protocols will follow CDC guidelines.
House Keeping: Our housekeeping services will clean and disinfect doors, stairwells, and elevators twice a day.
Common Spaces: Student workers will be added to cover the entire time that Pete's Place is open. All common spaces will accommodate seating in groups of no more than four with tables six feet apart. When possible, masks will be required.
Organizations and Clubs: Student organization will be encouraged to utilize online meeting tools such as Zoom.
Training: Title IX and Student Conduct training will be available on Blackboard.
Student Activities: The Office of Student Activities has developed options for virtual/dorm room activities. These will be communicated throughout the semester.
New Student Orientation: A modified Koinonia will take place face-to-face. Online options are being explored if things change. More information will be communicated as it becomes available.
Outside Events: There will be no outside events on campus.
Chapel Services: Chapel will be held in small groups. Every student will be assigned a group that will meet each Wednesday at 11am. Each group will have a faculty or staff facilitator. The programing will be done through the Office of Spiritual Life utilizing blackboard.
RA Training: RA Training will take place on July 31 and Aug. 1. The housing staff will be contacted directly with specific information.
Mandatory Dorm Meeting: A video about dorm regulations will be produced and available on Blackboard for each residence hall. Residents will be required to view the video and complete an online quiz.
Doors and Stairwells: BINC will disinfect twice a day. Housing staff will wipe door handles and stair railings twice a day.
Singles vs. doubles: Private rooms may be assigned based on availability. An additional fee will be assessed for private rooms.
Restrooms: FMT, Ferguson, McCoy and Brotherhood restrooms will be cleaned twice daily by BINC. Disinfectant wipes will be provided for student use to wipe down any surfaces prior to or after usage. Caprock, Jimmy Dean, and Owen residents will be responsible for disinfecting restrooms once daily.
Common Spaces: Commons spaces in dorms will allow seating in groups of no more than four and will require masks to be worn. BINC will disinfect spaces twice a day. Housing staff will wipe down surfaces twice a day.
Buffets: No buffets. All food will be served by Sodexo employees.
Seating and Group Restrictions: Seating will be available in the cafeteria, Pete's Place, and in UC211. Seating in the caf will be reduced to 125 seats. UC 211 will have 75 seats. Student to-go boxes will be readily available upon request. Students may take to-go boxes from the caf to Pete's Place.
Events: University events that normally use UC 211 will find alternative options. No outside events will be held on campus.
Health Services: Health Services is strongly encouraging all faculty, staff and students to get a flu shot this year to help reduce the number of cold and flu infections this season. At any point this semester, our on-site nurse will be available to see students by confidential appointment to help determine if the student should seek further treatment by a local healthcare provider. Students who are showing symptoms of any illness are strongly encouraged to remain away from the classroom and seek medical advice to help keep our campus safe.
General Daily Cleaning: Touch point disinfection of campus 5x/week using CDC approved cleaning agents plus a day-time disinfection of high traffic restrooms in addition to the evening/night shift disinfecting to total 10x/week. All Wayland vehicles will have disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer readily available. Each vehicle will be sanitized before and after each use as part of the preventative maintenance program. Appropriate social distancing will be observed.