COVID-19 Updates

Reinhardt COVID19 Updates   

The color-coded alert system is informed by Reinhardt’s tracking of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths locally and regionally. The information gathered from these sources and use of benchmarks allow Reinhardt to indicate severity. Using these measures, Reinhardt defines conditions and actions within the color-coded alert system. Each color within the Color-Coded Alert System directs Reinhardt’s actions in support of the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and all who visit campus.

Reinhardt University’s current condition is Yellow - Mitigation.

COVID-19 Updates page:

A running total since May 2020, as of 11/23/2020:

  • 168 laboratory confirmed cases
  • 163 of those 168 positive cases have fully recovered from COVID-19

As of 11/23/2020:

  • Isolating on campus: 1 (confirmed positive)
  • Isolating off campus: 4 (confirmed positive)
  • Quarantined on campus: 10 (direct exposure to a laboratory confirmed positive person)
  • Quarantined off campus: 39 (direct exposure to a laboratory confirmed person)

To read more about what circumstances define each level, please read our University-level Prevention and Response to COVID-19 protocol.

 

University Actions:

  • Increase communication with campus community to encourage healthy prevention practices.
  • Comply local, state or national executive orders, which may include cancellation or postponement of athletic and cultural events.
  • Implement rigorous methods of cleaning of high-touch surfaces in buildings with appropriate cleaning agents.
  • Maintain communication with local and state DPH officials.
  • Consult best practices and guidance published by DPH, CDC, and WHO.
  • Practice contact tracing efforts to extent feasible.
  • Enhance signage in classrooms, hallways, and entrances to raise awareness about how to stop the spread of COVID-19, including preventative measures such as staying home when sick, practicing good hygiene, self-monitoring for symptoms.
  • Implement social distancing requirements for all meetings and gatherings. Encourage use of digital technology for meetings, instruction, and gatherings. Offer courses in a variety of modalities: on-ground with social distancing, hybrid (50% online/ 50% on-ground with social distancing), and 100% online.
  • Require all persons to wear face coverings in campus buildings.
  • Require all doors to offices and classrooms to be open. Open windows if possible.
  • Establish protocol for campus community members who feel ill or exhibit symptoms when on campus.
  • Designate 2% of residence halls to become isolation units.
  • Support ways to accommodate needs of community members who are the most vulnerable to COVID-19

UPDATED, November 13, 2020

Gov. Kemp Extends COVID-19 Executive Order

On November 13, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 11.13.20.01, renewing current COVID-19 restrictions through November 30, 2020. The Order takes effect on November 16, 2020 at 12:00 AM.

The Executive Order renewal continues provisions to require social distancingbans gatherings of more than fifty people, the practice of sanitation guidelines published by the CDC, face covering guidelines, and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile, among other provisions.

In a Nov. 13 press release Governor Kemp stated: "As COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations rise across the country, Dr. Toomey and I are asking Georgians to remain vigilant in our fight against COVID-19," said Governor Kemp. "The state has deployed over 300,000 rapid tests to communities across our state, stockpiled a sixty-day supply of PPE, and worked with hospitals and nursing homes to provide the medical staff needed to treat COVID-19 patients. While we are prepared for any scenario, it is vital that Georgians do not grow complacent.

"Continue to wash your hands, wear a mask, watch your distance, follow public health guidance, and get a flu shot. By taking these simple steps, we will protect lives - and livelihoods."

 Reinhardt University will comply with all guidelines within the Executive Order and require all who visit the Reinhardt campus to follow University COVID-19 Policies for the health and safety of our community.

Instruction

Academic plans for Fall 2020

The University anticipates starting class on Monday, August 17 and ending the term on December 6, as the academic calendar directs. However, faculty who determine that the final exam must be taken in-class will offer those exams during the week before Thanksgiving Break (November 16-24). Faculty who offer a final exam as a project or who can offer the exam online may do so during the normal final exam week following Thanksgiving Break (November 30-December 4). This way, the University can reduce the amount of faculty and students on campus in case there is a second wave of the coronavirus. Residence halls will remain open through the normal exam period and close on Sunday, December 7 for students who need these accommodations.

The faculty will offer flexible modalities of instruction, including on-ground, hybrid, and online courses. We are identifying courses that will be taught in these formats:

On-ground, face-to-face courses will establish spacing in classrooms that approximate 6 feet distance in the classroom. At this time, faculty and students must wear cloth face coverings while in class.

Hybrid courses will meet students half the time online and half the time in class to reduce the total number of students in one classroom.

Online courses will be offered to accommodate those faculty or students who have serious health concerns and cannot meet physically without undue hazard. For more information on Fall plans, please visit: https://www.reinhardt.edu/back-to-campus

 

Advising

Students who intend to register for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 and have not done so should contact their advisor to register for classes. The Business Office has lifted holds on accounts, allowing students to register. Available course listings can be found on EagleWeb

 

Fall Housing

Sign up for housing is open. All housing selection is being completed in an online format. Click here for more information. 

 

Residence Life

A check-out process has been established by the Office of Residential Housing & Education. Students should check their Reinhardt email for further instructions. Questions should be directed to reslife@reinhardt.edu.

Athletics

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) put together preliminary Fall 2020 Guidelines & Recommendations. These guidelines have been developed in good faith based on what is known at this time. To learn more, please visit  https://reinhardteagles.com/general/2020-21/releases/20200701seql2e