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Flagler College releases Reopening Task Force Report for fall semester

Jul 7, 2020

As Flagler College continues to chart a new course through the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and prepare campus for a return to face-to-face classes on campus this fall, our Reopening Task Forces have developed a framework for a healthy Flagler community.

This week Flagler College approved the “Reopening Task Force Report,” a detailed and comprehensive plan that includes health and safety measures, operations, academic continuity, student support and residence life, dining services and other key recommendations that we will implement for safe resumption of classes this August.

These plans follow all guidance from the State of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.

Key highlights of this report include:

Health and Safety

  • Anyone who is on the Flagler College campus must wear a mask or facial covering unless they are in a private space.
  • People are expected to stay 6’ from each other at all times.
  • Flagler College has partnered with Flagler Health+ Hospital to provide a health screening app called Saints Health+ that faculty, staff, and students will be required to use this fall.

Academic Continuity

  • We will hold to the standard academic calendar for the Fall, in terms of instructional days. Changes are planned to stagger move-in days/etc. and to urge students to limit travel in accordance with health and safety guidelines. The College will resume with classes as-planned on 26.
  • Courses should be prepared for the contingency of instruction moving online beginning Thanksgiving week and through Finals, should it be appropriate to do so
  • This will not affect graduation, set for Dec. 12.
  • An ad hoc committee of the Office of Academic Affairs has been established to develop classroom capacity plans, including review of technology in each room.
  • Faculty, staff, and students need to be prepared for 3 scenarios:
    • In-person classes will look different with smaller class sizes, spaces for physical distancing, and regular classroom sanitation.
    • Hi-flex or hybrid courses with a staggered model where faculty and students participate in on-campus and online instruction.
    • A complete pivot to online classes should it be necessary.
  • Students should be prepared to bring appropriate technology that will enable them to complete coursework online if necessary.

Cleaning and Preparation of Campus

  • Classrooms and common spaces will be cleaned daily and nightly, and work stations will be cleaned by individuals in those spaces.
  • Capacity in our residence halls has been reduced to maintain good physical distancing practices, and isolation rooms will be available for those who exhibit symptoms or test positive.
  • Dining Services will also look a bit different. Tables will be limited to 2 chairs, and foodservice employees will serve all food and provide Flatware, condiments, and cups. Salads will be premade.
  • All public tours have been postponed indefinitely for the safety of our campus, and visitors will not be allowed in residence halls.

Residence Halls and Dining 

  • Capacity in our residence halls has been reduced to maintain good physical distancing practices, and isolation rooms will be available for those who exhibit symptoms or test positive.
  • Dining Services will also look a bit different. Tables will be limited to 2 chairs, and foodservice employees will serve all food and provide Flatware, condiments, and cups. Salads will be premade.
  • All public tours have been postponed indefinitely for the safety of our campus, and visitors will not be allowed in residence halls.

Student Support and Events 

  • Attendance at in-person events will be limited based on CDC guidelines, with the majority of events taking place outside in areas like the palm garden, West Lawn, and The Commons courtyard.
  • Implementing virtual events when necessary in place of in-person events. 

We are committed to the safety and well-being of the entire Flagler community, while also ensuring we continue to live by our Core Values: Transformative Learning, Respectful and Inclusive Community, Citizenship with Integrity, Thoughtful Stewardship. We believe this plan will allow the College to return to a safe and engaging campus experience. We will release additional details later this month on classroom capacities, changes in class schedules and other academic continuity elements.

To view the Reopening Task Force Report online, click here.

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