COVID-19 Updates

Reinhardt COVID-19 Updates

Reinhardt University continues to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as we adapt to a “new normal” while we continue to fight the virus and slow its spread. Our state and local region is experiencing an increase in the contraction of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) which increases the potential risk of exposure to our Reinhardt Community.

When a member of the campus community has tested positive for COVID-19, Reinhardt University, guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will follow protocols to mitigate any spread of the virus on campus and protect those with potential exposure.

Reinhardt University will continue to review current COVID-19 practices while monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This information is routinely updated in an effort to keep the Reinhardt University community informed of the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and any impact to operations.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statewide Shelter in Place April 2 to be in effect through 11:59 p.m. April 30. This Shelter in Place order expired for most Georgia residents. Gov Kemp then issued a new Shelter in Place order for Georgia residents with chronic health conditions. Residents with chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, severe heart disease, immunocompromised conditions, class III or severe obesity, patients with diabetes, liver disease, or kidney disease are to remain Sheltered in Place through June 12.

UPDATED 11:54am, Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Gov. Kemp Extends COVID-19 Executive Orders

On June 29, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp signed two executive orders extending the Public Health State of Emergency and existing COVID-19 safety measures.

Executive Order 06.29.20.01 extends the Public Health State of Emergency through 11:59 PM on August 11, 2020. The Public Health State of Emergency allows for enhanced coordination across government and the private sector for supply procurement, comprehensive testing, and healthcare capacity.

Executive Order 06.29.20.02 continues to require social distancing, bans gatherings of more than fifty people unless there is six feet between each person, outlines mandatory criteria for businesses, and requires sheltering in place for those living in long-term care facilities and the medically fragile. The order also outlines that the State Board of Education must provide “rules, regulations, and guidance for the operation of public elementary and secondary schools for local boards of education” in accordance with guidance from Dr. Kathleen Toomey, the Department of Public Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The order runs through 11:59 PM on July 15, 2020.

Gov. Kemp extended these restrictions but cautioned that “Georgians continue to heed to public health guidance by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly and practicing social distancing.”

Reinhardt University will comply with all guidelines within the Executive Orders and require all who visit the Reinhardt campus to follow guidelines 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