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The King’s College Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

Members of the King’s community may email questions to reopening@tkc.edu.

Introduction

Last updated: August 4, 2020, at 2:30 p.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.

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. Plans for subsequent semesters will be released in winter 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:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • 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.
  • 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) during the first two weeks of in-person class. Should the College deem the removal of face coverings permitted after the first two weeks of class, the following face covering removal policies will be reinstated:
    • On campus, face coverings may only be removed when stationary (standing or sitting in one place) and properly socially distant (6 feet away) from others (e.g. seated at a library cubicle).
    • During class, face coverings may only be removed at the professor’s discretion.
  • 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.
Health Training
  • Incoming and returning students will receive virtual COVID-19-cautious health training prior to returning to campus.
  • Staff and faculty will receive COVID-19-cautious health training prior to returning for the fall semester.
  • Staff, faculty, and students are all expected to sign and abide by the King’s COVID Commitment for the fall semester.
Campus Operations
  • Two UFT 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.
  • 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 will be installed at certain campus locations.
  • Campus signage will set clear expectations, room occupancy limits, and health reminders around campus.
  • Staff and faculty are encouraged to meet virtually, rather than in-person.
Health Screenings
  • Students, staff, faculty, and visitors will be screened daily upon entry to The King’s College at 56 Broadway.
  • Entrance through 52 Broadway and 50 Broadway is not permitted for any members of the community for the fall 2020 semester.
  • If a person fails a health screening, he/she will not be permitted on campus that day.
COVID-19 Testing
  • If a student, staff, and faculty member displays COVID-19 symptoms for 24 hours, they will be directed to a nearby facility to be tested for COVID-19 and either recover from the illness, self-isolate for 14 days, or present a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to campus.
  • Students, staff, and faculty who have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 patient will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • The following testing locations are recommended by The King’s College, and students may call the NYC COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to set up an appointment for a free covid-19 test. Additional locations can be found at nyc.gov.

Manhattan

CityMD Urgent Care-Fulton
138 Fulton St., New York, NY 10038
(212) 271-4896

AdvantageCare Physicians Express Duane Street ACPNY
52 Duane Street, New York, NY 10007
(212) 423-3900

Brooklyn

Housing Works Downtown Brooklyn Health Center
120 Lawrence Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 277-0386

CityMD – Brooklyn Heights
135 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(646) 346-7918

CityMD Urgent Care – Cobble Hill
228-230 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 280-5362

CityMD Urgent Care – Boerum Hill
457 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 530-1144

Community Quarantine

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 are in this, together.
  • 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.
Travelers from High-Risk States

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.
Travelers from Non-High-Risk States

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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Academics

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:

Academic Courses

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.
Remote Access Request

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.
Schedule Modifications
  • 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.
Study Space
  • 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).

Housing

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:

Student Move-In
  • 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.
On-Campus Living Expectations
  • 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.

Student Life

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
  • 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.
Event Services

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 helpdesk@tkc.edu.
  • Catering options for all events (on or off campus) are restricted to only pre-wrapped food and individually sealed beverage options.
Unstructured Campus Gatherings
  • Students must remain socially distanced while stationary 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.

Athletics

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. Fall 2020 athletes should not report to campus as previously planned on August 22. Rather, returning students should arrive on Friday August 28, and new students should arrive on Saturday August 29.

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

When does the fall semester begin?

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.

Do we still have classes on Labor Day?

Yes, we will hold classes remotely on Labor Day, September 7, as an inclement weather rehearsal and to avoid the challenges of holiday building closures and holiday commuting schedules.

When should I plan to move into campus housing? (Updated 8/4/20)

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.

I will be traveling from a currently designated “high-risk” state, which requires a 14-day quarantine. Does this affect my move-in day? (Updated 8/4/20)

All students will sign up for a 30 minute move-in shift on 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. Each non-high-risk student will be allowed to have one non-high-risk family member assist them in moving their belongings into King’s housing. We ask that the family member wears a face mask, maintains appropriate social distance and only assists with moving belongings into the apartment; the family member should avoid lingering in the apartment after the belongings are moved in. Unfortunately, guests traveling with residents from high-risk-locations are not permitted in campus housing under the quarantine mandate.

I will be traveling from a currently designated “high-risk” state. Are my parents able to come with me? (Added 8/4/20)

Yes, parents are still permitted to drive or travel with their student to New York City, so long as the parents do not enter any public areas (including King’s housing facilities) or plan to stay in NYC after dropping off their student.

I’m a fall student athlete. When should I plan to move into campus?

Due to the Athletic notice above, returning fall 2020 student athletes (women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer) should expect to move into housing on August 28, and new student fall 2020 athletes should move into housing on August 29.

If the College is forced or mandated to switch to fully remote operations prior to the start of the Fall 2020 semester, will I be able to terminate my housing contract?

Yes, only if the College is forced or mandated not to host any of the fall semester in-person after July 15, but prior to August 27, students will be allowed to break their housing contracts at no cost.

If the College is forced or mandated to switch to fully remote operations after the start of the Fall 2020 semester, will I be able to terminate my housing contract?

No, if the College is forced or mandated to switch to fully remote operations after August 27, campus housing will remain open and students will be required to fulfill their housing contracts.

How are in-person classes operating? For example, if I have four classes in-person and one online, will I go to campus four times each week, and the remaining time would be online? Will any of my four in-person days fall on the same day?

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.

Will “block” classes (classes that were previously scheduled to occur once weekly for 3 hours) meet for the full time since they only occur once a week?  

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.

Will classes be reduced in size to accommodate social distancing? 

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.

If I live within commuting distance to campus, but I want to minimize the number of days I’m on campus, will the adjusted Fall 2020 schedule accommodate that? 

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 advising@tkc.edu if you would like to choose different courses to reduce the number of days you’re on campus.

What is King’s planning to do after Thanksgiving? 

Students may request remote delivery of their courses after Thanksgiving. At this time, we are not planning to close campus for those weeks.

If I have difficulty breathing under a mask for extended periods of time, is there an option for me not to wear a mask on campus?

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.

Will any classes be unavailable to me this semester? 

All in-person classes at King’s will be virtually accessible for the fall semester.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 and need to quarantine? What academic or housing accommodations will King’s provide me and my roommates enrolled at King’s?

If you test positive and need to quarantine for 14 days, you will 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 quarantining purposes only so we can anticipate that you will return to in-person classes after completing a quarantine.

If you live in campus housing, King’s staff will provide you with a quarantine location and work with you to ensure you have necessities such as groceries, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies for the duration of your quarantine. If you live off-campus, you may quarantine in your off-campus apartment. King’s students, staff, and faculty with whom you closely interacted prior to the start of your symptoms to the day of your positive test result will be required to self-isolate.

Will there be any King's events in-person this fall, or will they be strictly virtual?

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.

Will there be specific resources to help students adjust to NYC, specifically navigating the (partially) remote structure?

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.