Return to Campus Considerations
Below are policies that will be instituted at each campus (based off CDC guidelines) that you should be aware of and the measures RTS is taking to minimize the risk of spreading the virus. All students, faculty, and staff play a key role in keeping our campuses safe. Though we are taking every possible precaution, those who come to campus do so at their own risk. If we all abide by these guidelines, then we can minimize the risk as much as possible.
What RTS Will Do:
- Provide Personal Protective Equipment: For those who do not already have masks, RTS will seek to provide them, as availability allows. Campus leadership will do everything in its power to ensure masks, hand sanitizer, and wipes are available on campus for students, faculty, and staff who are unable to personally find them.
- Establish and Enforce Social Distance Occupancy Numbers for Facilities: Each campus will establish a max occupancy (and social distance occupancy) for any significant place on campus that students and employees will enter and/or congregate.
- Library – Please contact the librarian to check out books. The librarian can copy up to two chapters of a book. If you handle any of the books, please do not re-shelve, but place the book in the “Return” bin in the elevator lobby.
- Seminary Hours – The campus is open during normal business hours and during class. To enforce social distancing, we encourage students to come to campus for class only. Tables and chairs have been set apart in the study area if a place is needed to study in between classes.
- Cleaning schedule – A student will be designated in each class to wipe all tables/chairs and door handles before and after class.
What All RTS Students, Faculty, and Staff Must Do:
- Regularly Wash Hands/Use Hand Sanitizer: All students, faculty, and staff are required to regularly wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer, especially before entering any campus building. RTS will do its best to continue to provide hand sanitizer in campus buildings.
- Remain Socially Distanced: All students, faculty, and staff are required to remain socially distanced (6 feet from each other) while on campus.
- Wear a Mask: All students, faculty, and staff are asked to have a mask while on campus, and to wear it when in common areas such as hallways, restrooms, classrooms, etc. For those who do not already have masks, RTS will seek to provide them. Please remember that masks are not meant to protect you from others, but to keep people who may not know they have the virus from transmitting it to others. Faculty may use their discretion in using a mask while lecturing.
- The following outlines the RTS COVID-19 Exposure Response Plan if: 1) you are exposed to the virus or someone who has it, 2) Exhibit symptoms, 3) Are tested for the virus, or 4) Have tested positive for the virus.
- Please immediately inform appropriate campus personnel of any of the events notated above.
- If you feel sick or exhibit any virus symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough, etc), then please notify your supervisor or appropriate campus personnel and go/stay home.
- RTS will investigate each situation quickly to determine where the student, faculty or staff went on campus and who they had “close contact” with. “Close contact” is defined as being within 6 feet of a person for 10 or more minutes, or directly shared materials with some such as office equipment, paper, seating, etc.
- After investigation an immediate decision will be made on who should be quarantined based on the CDC guidance.
- Any affected areas will be restricted until they can be sufficiently cleaned.
- An announcement will be made to the campus notifying all faculty, employees and students of the events and decisions thereafter.
Returning to campus consideration:
- Some students, faculty & employees will be considered higher risk for severe illness and should prayerfully consider whether or not to return to campus. Please interact with your supervisor or professor if you fall in the categories below or live with/care for someone who has those underlying conditions. The CDC states these people are:
- Over 65,
- Of all ages with underlying medical conditions, such as:
- Chronic lung disease or moderate asthma,
- Serious heart conditions,
- Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis,
- Diabetes, severe obesity, or liver disease.
- Virtual “sync” sessions of certain classes will be available for students who are not able to attend class for due to any health concerns they might have about attending class on campus. If an on-campus student develops any COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and attend the class via the Zoom link, if available. Contact the Registrar for more information on these sync courses.