Life on Campus Summer Classes Policy Fall 2020

Current guidelines permit the university to resume face-to-face classes beginning June 15, 2020. For those programs interested in resuming face-to-face instruction, the following guidelines must be adhered to for the remainder of the summer term (through Aug. 21).

  • Summer classes may meet face to face so long as they meet the physical distancing guidelines (six feet between each person in the room) and maximum group size of 25). If the class is larger, Bill Buhrow, director of Health and Counseling Services, should be contacted to see if an exception can be made.

    To resume face-to-face instruction this summer, the department chair/director must:
    1. Be approved by their dean/associate provost
    2. Coordinate with Tamara Reams in the registrar’s office to ensure their classroom is adequately sized for their social distancing needs
    3. Contact Michelle Dawson in Event Services to ensure that Plant Services knows to resume the cleaning schedule for that room.
  • Faculty must make provision for students to join the class via Zoom if they are reluctant to meet face to face.
  • Faculty must take attendance so that if a person tests positive, or comes into close contact with someone that tests positive, George Fox will be able to provide the county the information it needs to do contract tracing.
  • The use of face coverings in class is required if the subject matter of the class requires people to be closer together than six feet (e.g., standardized patient simulations, laboratory instruction in close quarters, practicing clinical skills with physical contact, etc.).  Face coverings are recommended in all other class situations.
  • Persons diagnosed with COVID-19 must follow CDC-recommended steps. They should not return to class until the following conditions have been satisfied:
    1. At least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared
    2. At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
    3. A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalized may return to work only when their healthcare provider advises them to do so.
  • Persons who have not had COVID-19 but are under county-recommended isolation due to close contact with a positive case should follow the CDC’s time-based strategy of remaining home for at least 14 days before returning to class.
  • Faculty must post and review the following with the class:
    1. Stop the Spread of Germs poster
    2. COVID-19 Symptoms poster (with the instruction to stay home if these symptoms develop)
    3. How to Protect Yourself and others poster
    4. Note: Once it’s available, all students and instructors will be required to complete the COVID prevention training.
  • While CDC’s current recommendations indicate “transmission of novel coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented” and “the coronavirus does not spread easily on surfaces,” classroom surfaces should be cleaned prior to the beginning of class and at the end of class by class participants. Cleaning solution and paper towels will be provided to the room by Plant Services.
  • These guidelines also apply to all academic-related activities including project/lab work, research, mentoring, etc.