The King’s College Fall 2020 Reopening Plan
The Preliminary Spring 2021 Reopening Plan will be released the second week of November. Members of the King’s community may email questions to email@example.com.
Last updated: August 27, 2020, at 10:30 a.m.
The King’s College prioritizes the health and safety of our community while providing students with an outstanding education delivered by our world-class faculty. We believe that learning from the city’s storied institutions and from in-person debate and discussion between professors and students is irreplaceable. Driven by this value of in-person learning, we will reconvene in person for the fall semester, making adaptations out of an abundance of caution to safeguard our community’s health.
Email updates regarding this plan and King’s COVID-19 case tracker are listed on the COVID-19 Update webpage.
This Reopening Plan, created based on the Reopening New York Higher Education Guidelines, outlines the ways we are modifying the typical campus experience for fall 2020. The Preliminary Spring 2021 Reopening Plan will be released the week of November 9, 2020. Please note that we will continue to modify this plan as COVID-19 realities change in New York City.
Each member of the King’s community is expected to read The King’s College Fall 2020 Reopening Plan and commit to abide by its content via the King’s COVID-19 Commitment. Despite the inevitable inconvenience caused by the modifications, we are eager to face this next season, together.
Health and Safety
We are prioritizing the health and safety of our community while providing students with an outstanding education delivered by our world-class faculty. The following modifications will be in effect for the fall 2020 semester:
- One washable cloth mask will be provided to each student, staff, and faculty member upon return to campus.
- Face coverings must be worn at all times while on campus, covering the nose and mouth. Appropriate face coverings are considered part of the business casual dress code on campus, and no written messaging, logos, etc. may be displayed. King’s-branded masks are permitted on campus upon approval.
- Houses and Student Organizations wishing to design and distribute King’s-branded masks must complete the Merchandise Design Approval Form. Responses to the form will clarify whether or not a mask design is permitted for distribution and also whether or not that mask would be permitted on campus as part of the business casual dress code.
- Individual students wishing to make their own King’s-branded mask may request approval for on-campus wear by texting 646-450-8930 with a photo of the mask.
- Masks must stay on at all times while on campus (even among family units). At this time, we do not have enough information to support the idea that removing masks inside classrooms or large gathering areas will continue to provide the safest environment for students and faculty.
- Exception 1 (Eating and Drinking): Masks may be removed when eating or drinking outside of class and when socially distant from others.
- Exception 2 (Faculty and Staff Offices): Masks may be removed by staff, faculty, or student workers when working in their own offices or work stations (not conference rooms). Those in shared offices must be socially distant and agree with their colleague’s comfortability level in order to remove masks. When visiting staff or faculty members in their offices, visitors may only remove masks if the faculty or staff members permit the visitors to do so, and if all parties stay socially distant.
- Failure to abide by face covering policy may result in removal from campus and absences in any subsequent classes, similar to violations of the dress code.
- Staff, faculty, and students are expected to sign and abide by the King’s COVID Commitment for the fall semester.
- Staff and faculty will receive COVID-19 Health Training for a guide to staying safe on campus, at home, and around New York City.
- According to the CDC, vulnerable individuals are those with certain conditions, who may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection and severe symptoms. Students who fall in this category should consider requesting remote access for the entire semester or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss being on campus this fall. Faculty and staff who fall in this category should contact email@example.com.
- HEPA filter air purifiers with UV light sanitizers are being installed in classrooms to provide better air filtration.
- Two stairwells will be open for moving between the 5th and 6th floors only. One stairwell will be used for walking up, and one will be used for walking down in order to avoid crossing paths with others using the stairs.
- During busy hours, elevator lines may be long due to social distancing requirements. Staff, faculty, and students should plan accordingly.
- Facility workers use industrial disinfectants, and are increasing the frequency of campus cleaning rotations in highly trafficked areas.
- Plexiglass barriers have been installed at certain campus locations.
- Campus signage will set expectations, room occupancy limits, and health reminders around campus.
- Staff and faculty are encouraged to meet virtually, rather than in-person.
- Campus hours have been amended to accommodate increased campus cleaning and sanitizing on Sundays:
Main Campus: Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Main Campus: Saturday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Main Campus: Sunday: CLOSED
Student Union: Monday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Student Union: Sunday: CLOSED
- Limited bike storage is available in the Student Union on a first-come, first-serve basis during open hours (Monday-Saturday, 12:00 PM – 11:59 PM). Check the Bike Storage Tracker to see if there are currently spaces available. However, be aware that spaces may fill up quickly. If no spaces are available upon arrival, students, staff, or faculty will need to park their bikes outside. The King’s College is not responsible for a lost or stolen bike. CitiBike is recommended as well. Spaces should be used by those who do not live within walking distance of 56 Broadway, and students who live in the Financial District (whether on or off-campus) should refrain from use. Bike parking overnight is prohibited.
- Students, staff, faculty, and visitors will be required to participate in a daily health screening upon entry to The King’s College at 56 Broadway, and temperature checks will be conducted at campus entry points. Those who fail a health screening or display a temperature of 100.4 or above, will not be permitted on campus that day.
- Entrance through 52 Broadway and 50 Broadway is not permitted for any members of the community for the fall 2020 semester.
Those who display COVID-19 symptoms or suspect exposure to COVID-19 should follow these steps:
- Consult the COVID-19 Monitoring Rubric.
- Contact The King’s College:
- Students should call the Emergency Phone at 646-242-4411, then contact professors if you are advised to stay off campus that day.
- Faculty should call the Provost, Dr. Mark Hijleh.
- Staff should call the Director of Human Resources, Grace Gleason.
- Call the NYC COVID-19 hotline at 888-364-3065 or visit nyc.gov to schedule a free covid-19 test. Recommended testing location information is listed below.
- If asymptomatic, test 4 days after exposure. If symptomatic, test 24 hours after onset (start) of symptoms. Individuals must use their New York City addresses and identify themselves as a member of The King’s College.
CityMD Urgent Care-Fulton
138 Fulton St., New York, NY 10038
AdvantageCare Physicians Express Duane Street ACPNY
52 Duane Street, New York, NY 10007
Housing Works Downtown Brooklyn Health Center
120 Lawrence Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
CityMD – Brooklyn Heights
135 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
CityMD Urgent Care – Cobble Hill
228-230 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
CityMD Urgent Care – Boerum Hill
457 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Due to Governor Cuomo’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for high risk travelers, The King’s College will quarantine all students who are staying in King’s housing from August 27-29 through September 11. Classes will meet remotely from September 3 to September 11, with students working from their apartment alongside their roommates.
- We know this is a challenging requirement, and we are committed to walking alongside students through the quarantine process. The College will provide each student with a King’s Guide to Quarantining that explains the quarantine requirements for on-campus housing as well as tips for those quarantining off campus.
- The Quarantine Creative Committee (QCC) is a group of the College’s most creative staff, who are working to craft virtual community activities and programming in support of all students during the 14-day quarantine period. Programming will feature your outstanding professors, staff, and fellow students. We eagerly approach this challenge with the same innovation and passion as we did our spring semester.
- Any student experiencing symptoms during or after the 14-day quarantine must call the emergency phone to discuss testing and isolation requirements.
Find more information about move-in days under the Housing section below.
- On-campus students traveling from high-risk states will move into campus housing on August 27 or 28 (for returning students) and August 29 (for new students) and quarantine with their roommates for 14 days.
- Staff and student leaders will be available to assist students with their move-ins. Unfortunately, guests or family members are not permitted to enter campus housing under the 14-day quarantine specifications.
- Off-campus students traveling from high-risk states will quarantine in their off campus apartments for 14 days.
- All students will participate in classes and events remotely from September 3 to 11 and begin in-person classes on September 14. Access to campus will be permitted beginning September 12.
Find more information about move-in days under the Housing section below.
- On-campus students traveling from non-high-risk states can choose one of the following options:
- Move into campus housing on August 27 or 28 (for returning students) and August 29 (for new students) and quarantine with your roommates for 14 days.
- Delay your arrival in New York and move into campus housing on September 12, taking classes remotely from your current location. If you fall in this category, you will need to pay close attention to the spread of COVID-19 in your state. If your location is added to the high-risk list prior to September 11, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days off campus at your own expense.
- Staff and student leaders will be available to assist students with their move-ins. Unfortunately, guests or family members are not permitted to enter campus housing under the 14-day quarantine specifications and an abundance of caution.
- Off-campus students traveling from non-high risk states should quarantine if any of their roommates come from high-risk locations.
- All students will participate in classes and events remotely from September 3 to 11 and begin in person classes on September 14. Access to campus will be permitted beginning September 12.
- House Executive Teams and King’s Council Cabinet members (Statesmanship) living on campus will move in on August 27 or 28 with other returning students.
- On-campus Statesmanship members who wish to move in on their originally scheduled move-in day (August 17) may do so and may participate in the virtual Statesmanship Summit from their campus apartment. Those traveling from high-risk locations will need to quarantine from August 17 through September 11 with all other on-campus students. Those traveling from non-high-risk states will only need to quarantine from August 27 or 28 through September 11.
Staff and faculty are glad to serve the mission of King’s by welcoming students back to campus this fall for a socially-distanced Kingsian experience. The following modifications will be in effect for the fall 2020 semester:
The King’s College staff and faculty are glad to serve the mission of King’s by welcoming students back to campus this fall for a socially-distanced Kingsian experience. However, if students have any reason or concern about returning to New York City, we encourage them to consider the remote access request option listed below. Otherwise, academic courses will be administered on-campus using social-distancing best practices:
- Students will attend one 80 minute in-person class session once per week, for each class, while also engaging in other course content virtually for the remainder of the week’s class time. The remaining course time, or time on task, may occur synchronously in the corresponding slotted time for your class, or asynchronously, depending on the class. The details of each class plan will be communicated by the professor to the students in the class as they are finalized.
- Courses have been assigned a day to meet face to face, as well as a day to meet remotely. A very few courses had to be divided into two groups, with half meeting face to face one day and half meeting on the other day.
- Students will check their schedules to identify classroom locales as an indicator of which days they are expected to be on campus.
- Students will wipe down their desk surfaces prior to class with provided supplies.
- Students who fail a health screening upon arriving to campus may remotely participate in class at a designated location.
- After the start of the semester, it is possible that students may choose to request temporary or extended remote access to classes, and accommodations may be requested and provided on a case-by-case basis.
Students who are not comfortable attending in-person classes may request remote access for one, more, or all of their fall courses by providing rationale/documentation for their request on the Request for Remote Access Form. Students requesting remote access for the entire semester should complete this form by Friday, August 21. Upon approval, students’ professors will receive an email to inform them that the students’ status has changed to remote delivery, rather than in-person. Students will see the change reflected on their course schedules in the Student Portal after the approved request has been processed.
- Students who are approved for remote access will attend synchronous classes virtually:
- Remote attendance will be counted as dressing in business casual and having your camera on for the duration of class time. If your device does not have a camera, please note this in your request for remote access form.
- Students will interact with the student proctor as needed throughout class. (There will be a student in each on-campus class designated to ensure remote students are connected and that the professor is aware of their questions).
- Students who elect remote access for any or all of their fall courses may not switch back to on-campus for those courses after the request is approved.
- The fall 2020 course times have been amended to accommodate students and faculty to safely transition throughout campus between class times:
- Class Time: 9:00 AM – 10:20 AM
- Class Time: 10:35 AM – 11:55 AM
- Lunch Hour: 11:55 AM – 1:15 PM
- Class Time: 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM
- Class Time: 3:05 PM – 4:25 PM
- Class Time: 4:40 PM – 6:00 PM
- Class Time: 6:15 PM – 7:35 PM
- Students may request remote delivery of their courses after Thanksgiving via the Request for Remote Access Form.
- Students must remain socially distanced while stationary on campus.
- The library and some classrooms (when not in use) will be reserved for quiet study space. The classroom lock policy will be on pause during the fall 2020 semester.
- In the library, students will be asked to limit their study sessions to two hours at a time.
- Additional lounge space will be available for non-quiet study as desired (see Student Life, below).
Living on campus with other members from the same House is a core component of the student experience at King’s and will be preserved as much as possible. For The King’s College residential buildings (City Point, West, and DeVos Hall), the following modifications will be in effect for the fall 2020 semester:
- Each resident will sign up for a designated move-in time consisting of 30 minutes. (Move-ins will take place August 27, 28, and 29, though flexible move-in day slots are available for eligible students who request an earlier or later move in as outlined in the Community Quarantine section above.)
- Unfortunately, guests traveling with residents from both non-high-risk and high-risk locations are not permitted in campus housing under the quarantine specifications and abundance of caution. Staff and student leaders will be available for extra help on move-in days.
- On move-in days, face coverings are required in all instances where a student cannot socially distance. Face coverings are required in all elevators and hallways within campus housing.
- Apartments are viewed as shared residences similar to a family’s shared residence in that social distancing practices are not expected within the apartment among designated roommates.
- Students are expected to limit guests in their apartments at all times. Any students wishing to have guests at their apartments must first receive approval from their roommates before allowing the guests into the apartment. Any guests should not have had any COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days.
- Overnight guests are not prohibited but discouraged, and must be approved by the Office of Residence Life at least 24 hours before the guest’s arrival.
- When social distancing is not possible, masks are required by guests or when visiting another student’s apartment.
- No large gatherings may be held in any resident apartments above 10 persons.
- Regular and routine cleaning is expected by all roommates, especially on high touch surfaces: desks, countertops, doorknobs, sinks, etc.
- Students will be actively encouraged to monitor their personal health and notify The King’s College emergency phone if they have flu-like or other concerning symptoms.
- Facilities will provide cleaning supplies in DeVos Hall communal kitchen and will continue to sanitize the kitchen on a daily basis.
Community life at King’s and in New York City is a core component of the student experience. The following modifications will be in effect for the fall 2020 semester:
- Events such as Statesmanship Summit, New Student Orientation, and Convocation will be held virtually to accommodate the mandatory quarantine.
- Events such as the weekly Public Reading of Scripture will take place in-person with social distancing requirements as well as virtually to support the entire community.
- In-person events will only be offered for students, staff, and faculty. Unfortunately, in-person external audience events (i.e. Homecoming, Inviso Visit Weekends, Parents Weekend) will not be hosted on campus in the fall 2020 semester. Alternatively, virtual events will be offered for external audiences.
- Concurrent campus events will be limited to decrease campus traffic.
- All events (on or off campus) must adhere to social distancing protocol.
On-campus events are permissible as long as they comply with the following guidelines:
- Space reservations must comply with new class occupancy limits, listed in the Space Reservation Request form.
- Event services will be limited in the fall semester. Folding tables will be available for self set-up, if needed. On-campus and online advertising are still available and requests can be completed using the Announcement section of the Event Services and Announcement Request form.
- Many classrooms are newly equipped with technology to allow for synchronous in-person and online meetings, (meaning any event taking place in-person in one of these classrooms has the capability to also include virtual attendance). Recording an event is also possible with this technology. Student organizations and houses may request this technology using the Space Reservation Request form as long as the requestor reads and agrees to our good stewardship policy (forthcoming). Questions about the use and operation of this technology should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Catering options for all events (on or off campus) are restricted to only pre-wrapped food and individually sealed beverage options.
- Always wear a mask when you are not able to remain socially distant. Out of an abundance of caution, face coverings may not be removed at any time for any reason (unless eating or drinking outside of class while socially distant) for at least the first two weeks of in-person class.
- Those in a “family unit” (i.e. roommates) do not need to wear masks or remain socially distant when with one another off campus or in their campus apartment.
- When gathering with anyone outside a “family unit,” students must follow the below guidelines:
- When gathering outside, you may remove your masks if you are socially distant. If you are not socially distant, wear masks. Outdoor locations provide the safest place to gather with friends, as there is less risk of COVID-19 transmission. (E.g. You can gather for a picnic in a park, or get together for an outdoor study session, and take your masks off if you are six feet apart. If you are sitting closer than six-feet, leave your masks on.)
- When gathering in on-campus apartments, groups are limited to double the residential occupancy of apartments (eight people in a four-person unit, four in a two-person unit, etc.). If you are able to remain socially distant, you may remove your masks. (E.g. If you plan to do a movie night at a friend’s apartment, but will sit closer than six feet, keep your masks on. If you sit six or more feet apart, you may remove them.)
- When gathering in off-campus apartments, limit groups to allow for social distancing, typically 10 or fewer people for a New York apartment. If the space you are gathering in does not allow for social distancing, wear masks or consider having fewer guests.
- When gathering on campus (Union, Lobby, classrooms, etc.), groups are limited to the posted occupancy of each space. Social distancing and masks are required at all times.
- When gathering in off-campus indoor locations, always maintain social distancing and mask protocols. Follow guidelines posted in the MET, subway, restaurants, etc.
- Students must remain socially distanced while on campus.
- Designated unscheduled spaces for students to gather on campus are the Lion’s Den, Lobby, and Student Union. Students are expected to abide by modified occupancy limits, operating hours, and social distancing expectations. Furniture in each of these spaces will be arranged to accommodate social-distancing.
With the health and safety of student-athletes a top priority, the United States College Athletic Association (USCAA) as well as King’s local conference, the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC), have postponed fall sports until the spring semester.
King’s COVID-19 Commitment
Upon my honor and in service to our community, I pledge to take responsibility for my own health, the protection of others, and to help keep the King’s community safe from the spread of COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions
The fall semester begins remotely on Thursday, September 3 using a Thursday schedule. In-person classes will begin on Monday, September 14 using a Monday schedule.
Due to Governor Cuomo’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for high risk travelers, move-in days have been consolidated to August 27 and 28 for returning students and August 29 for new students. Flexible move-in day slots are available for eligible students who request an earlier or later move in as outlined in the Community Quarantine section above.
No, if the College is forced or mandated to switch to fully remote operations after August 30, campus housing will remain open and students will be required to fulfill their housing contracts.
In order to socially-distance as a campus with in-person instruction, the reopening plan provides half in-person and half remote instruction. Students will check their schedules to identify classroom locales as an indicator of which days they are expected to be on campus. The half remote instruction portion for each class will be determined by each professor. Students will hear more from their professors as the semester nears.
No, we considered allowing block courses to meet for the entire 3 hour period, but nearly every set of safety guidelines strongly suggests limiting as much as possible the amount of continuous time for any group to be together in a closed area. Previously scheduled 3 hour courses will operate half in-person and half remote. The remote portion of these 3 hour courses will likely occur asynchronously, but students will hear more from their professors as the semester nears.
Classes have been scheduled in classrooms according to their size and social distancing needs. A few courses have been divided into two sections in order to reduce course size to accommodate social distancing.
Yes, we designed the new schedule with this kind of option in mind. By reducing the number of in-class meetings, we hope to also minimize students’ transportation needs. Please contact Danise Stokeld, director of academic advising, at email@example.com if you would like to choose different courses to reduce the number of days you’re on campus.
Students may request remote delivery of their courses after Thanksgiving. At this time, we are not planning to close campus for those weeks.
No, students will be required to wear masks while on campus, so we encourage students who have difficulty breathing, mask-related anxiety, or similar challenges or conditions to request remote access to classes via the Request for Remote Access Form.
All in-person classes at King’s will be virtually accessible for the fall semester.
If you test positive and need to isolate for 10 days, or are exposed to a positive COVID-19 patient and need to quarantine for 14 days, complete the Request for Remote Access Form and select that you want to take all classes remotely. Note in the comments section of the form that you are requesting remote access for isolation or quarantine purposes only, so we can anticipate that you will return to in-person classes after completing your isolation or quarantine.
If you live in campus housing, King’s staff will provide you with an isolation or quarantine location and work with you to ensure you have necessities such as groceries, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies for the duration of your isolation or quarantine. If you live off-campus, you may isolate or quarantine in your off-campus apartment. King’s students, staff, and faculty with whom you closely interacted 72 hours prior to the start of your symptoms to the day of your possible positive test result will be required to self-quarantine.
Yes, socially-distanced in-person events for King’s students, staff, and faculty may take place on campus with possible virtual elements for off-campus viewers. Virtual events will be held for external audiences. Faculty and staff are encouraged to host as many virtual events and meetings as possible to allow Houses and student organizations to host in-person socially-distanced community building events throughout the fall.
Yes, we are excited to continue offering support to students in their thriving and success through King’s 101. Faculty and staff House advisors are always available for student support and encouragement. Additionally, we recognize community-building will be difficult if our first 14 days as our campus is remote. The Quarantine Creative Committee is planning 14 days of optional activities. This will include devotionals, workouts, coffee hours, events led by staff, faculty, and upperclassmen. Our hope and prayer is that the Lord takes this difficult time and turns it into community growth.
No, you won’t need to show any paperwork, but you will be given a travel questionnaire to fill out. The checkpoint stops are reported as being mostly educational to make travelers aware of the quarantine requirement. So long as you follow quarantine protocol during your time in New York City, you are all set.
Some of the popular delivery services are Doordash and Seamless for prepared meals. Many students use Amazon Fresh for groceries. Amazon Prime is free for students for the first 6 months. Hello Fresh will send fresh ingredients to cook a meal. Reference the King’s Guide to Quarantine for further information.
Yes, starting August 15, building mail rooms are equipped to receive student packages in advance of move-in. Perishable food should not be sent in advance. Reference the King’s Guide to Quarantine for further information. During quarantine, students may retrieve mail in their buildings and do laundry while wearing a mask.
The core and required elements of New Student Orientation for new students will be held virtually. Read the NSO schedule. Optional community elements such as student organization and information fairs will be incorporated into the 14 day quarantine period. Convocation will take place virtually on Wednesday, September 2, with in-person elements being postponed until spring 2021. The Great Race will be held on Saturday, September 19 in a new format.
Students, staff, faculty, and visitors will be required to participate in a daily health screening upon entry to The King’s College at 56 Broadway, and temperature checks will be conducted at campus entry points. Those who fail a health screening or display a temperature of 100.4 or above, will not be permitted on campus that day.
Be mindful that the safety of the King’s community relies on each individual taking extra precautions to stay safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19. After September 12, students may have others visit their apartments as long as they receive permission from their roommates. On-campus apartments can have double occupancy (DeVos: 4, West/City Point: 8). Off-campus, under NY State guidance, no more than 10 people are permitted per apartment. Keep in mind that not everyone will have the same comfort level as you – some students will be comfortable with people over, others might not be. Be sure to have thorough conversations with your roommates, and make sure you are cleaning common areas regularly, especially after non-residents leave your apartment
HEPA filter air purifiers with UV light sanitizers are being installed in classrooms to provide better air filtration.