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Student Town Hall

Jul 1, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to join in on the Flagler Family Town Hall to discuss the Reopening Task Force Report.

A recording of the discussion can be found here – www.flagler.edu/fallcontingency. Questions or comments about the Reopening Task Force Report, can be emailed to reopening@flagler.edu.

There were a number of questions asked in the Q&A feature that we did not have time to address, but we know these are important questions to answer for you. Below is a compilation of frequently asked questions with responses.   

Task Force Report

Q: Is the entire task force report available on your website?

A: The Reopening Task Force Report will be available on the website in early- to mid-July. A notice will be sent out to campus when the report is available.

Health & Safety

Q: Will the College provide masks for students?

A: Students should bring three masks with them in the Fall. The College will have some masks available, but students should plan to have masks on-hand.  

Q: What is the app called?

A: The app to submit daily health assessments is called the Flagler Health+ Anywhere app. Flagler College has partnered with Flagler Health+ to make this tool available to all students, staff and faculty. There will be more information distributed in the coming weeks with instructions on how to download and use the app.  

Q: Will you provide the actual plan that will be followed if a student does test positive for COVID-19?

A: Yes, there is a step-by-step process outlined in the plan. 

Q: Are you going to require masks when the students are outside? 

A: Yes, everyone on campus will be required to wear a mask when outside of their personal areas such as cars, rooms and offices. 

Q: What is the plan/consequence for students who are not wearing masks/not following other guidelines?

A: All students will sign a code of conduct that outlines disciplinary actions.

Operations

Q: Can students expect that the Flagler gym to reopen?

A: Flagler Gymnasium is expected to reopen when the College moves to Phase 3 of institutional reopening. 

Q: Will the school supply the cleaning supplies for classrooms?

A: Yes, there will be cleaning supplies in the classroom to be used when entering and exiting the space.

Q: Has the possibility of evacuation due to hurricane season been taken into consideration? 

A: Yes, the College plans for this scenario each year.  

Academic Continuity

Q: Will there be a Thanksgiving break?

A: Yes, the College will observe Thanksgiving break Nov. 25 – 27, 2020.

Q: Will students have the option to NOT return/travel back to campus after Thanksgiving and finish the semester remotely?

A: Students should work with the Division of Academic Affairs should they need special arrangements to complete the semester.

Q: If students are coming from states that are still required to do a 14-day self-quarantine in Florida, what will happen when classes begin since it will not be 14 days?

A: Pursuant to Executive Order number 20-139 (Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery), issued by Governor DeSantis on June 3, 2020, students traveling for the purpose of academic work, internships, sports training and any other activity or program approved by the educational institution are exempt from the 14-day self-quarantine requirements for those traveling from hot spots.  

Q: When will the students be notified if their classes will be on-line?

A: We are currently modifying the class schedule to allow for social distancing in the classroom and the implementation of other safety protocols.  This may move some classes online or into a hi-flex environment (with some face-to-face and some online elements).  At this time no decision has been made about any class, but we expect to notify students about changes to their schedules (should they be necessary) later in the summer.

Q: Is there anything in place for students who may be at-risk and not comfortable returning to campus but still wants to take classes this semester?

A: Yes, students will receive information from the Division of Academic Affairs on how to apply for remote learning. Any student who is uncomfortable returning to campus for any reason is encouraged to apply for remote learning. 

Q: Will we all be required to sit at desks with shields on them?

A: No, the number of desks in the classrooms will be minimized and placed six feet apart. 

Q: If the attendance policy still applies but we feel we need to miss a day because of possible symptoms, what is the protocol?

A: Students should contact their professors for guidance on each class. 

Student Support 

Q: Can you describe the area for quarantine in more detail or is there somewhere we can access info about what that will entail for our student?

A: The College has identified isolation rooms for those students who need to self-isolate. These isolation rooms will be overseen by the Division of Student Services. Students will have access to campus medical professionals through telehealth visits and delivered meals from Dining Services. Rooms will include a bed, in-room bathroom and Internet service.  

Q: What does this mean for sports?

A: All athletics events are subject to the rules and regulations of the Peach Belt Conference and the NCAA.  The Department of Athletics will be issuing a Return-To-Play Guidelines document in mid- to late-July.   This document will clearly spell out the safety precautions which will be in place for all aspects of athletics operations.

Q: Will Flagler’s athletic events have a 50-person limit?  

A: All athletics events are subject to the rules and regulations of the Peach Belt Conference, the NCAA, and state and local guidelines pertaining to crowd size.  Crowd size limitations have not been finalized at this time.

Q: Is the Disney trip still on for Freshmen?

A: The College is tentatively planning this event for early 2021. 

Q: Are transfer students allowed on the Disney trip?

A: Yes, transfer students are allowed to participate in the Disney trip. 

Q: Will the gym be open to all students?

A: Flagler Gymnasium will be open to all students, faculty, and staff once the College has moved to Phase 3 of institutional reopening.  Anyone utilizing the facility will be required to abide by any safety regulations in place at that time. 

Q: When can students start using the gym? 

A: Students may start utilizing Flagler Gymnasium once the College has moved to Phase 3 of institutional reopening. 

Q: Will club sports be allowed to hold practice and travel to compete against other colleges?

A: Club sports plan to still run as usual per CDC guidelines to ensure safety of our students.  As for travel to compete against other colleges, the College is still looking into these options. Men’s Lacrosse will be permitted to hold practices and travel to compete against other colleges.  The Athletics Department’s Return-To-Play Guidelines document will specify any and all limitations and safety precautions which will be in place in regard to practices and team travel. 

Residence Life

Q: I saw on the addendum where tuition and meals will not be refunded should the students have to leave housing. Is that correct?

A: Yes, as residence halls and dining services will remain open for all students. 

Q: If move-in day is over a three-day period, what are those days and how do we know which day is our day? 

A: Move in days are Aug. 21-23. All contracted students have already been contacted and informed of their scheduled move-in time. You can contact residencelife@flagler.edu if you have additional questions or concerns.

Q: Are there restrictions on how many people can help move students into their dorm? 

A: Yes, each student can have two people assist them with move in. 

Q: Who do we contact if we want to move in early on Aug. 17?

A: You can contact residencelife@flagler.edu with that request. 

Q: Where do we go to find out who our roommates are?

A: Roommate assignments are available on MyFlagler.edu. You can also contact residencelife@flagler.edu for more information.

Q: Are there any restrictions on visiting other student’s rooms?

A: Yes, visitors outside of your residence hall are restricted for now. 

Q: Can parents visit campus during Moving Day?

A: Each student can have two guests with them on move-in day.

Q: What is the move-in day for athletes?

A: The move-in day for athletes is Aug. 17.

Meetings, Tours, Travel 

Q: Will the Legacy Historic Tours for the public be open? 

A: The Legacy Historic Tours are on hold. 

Q: Are there plans for Saints Weekend? Will visitors and families be allowed?

A: The College is tentatively planning this event for Spring 2021 with a possible virtual option in the Fall semester to connect students with their families and friends.

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