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The King’s College Spring 2021 Reopening Plan

Updates regarding January return and campus repopulation will be communicated to students the week of January 11. Members of the King’s community may email questions to reopening@tkc.edu.

Introduction

Last updated: November 9, 2020, at 12:15 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 continue in person operations in the spring semester, with adaptations to safeguard our community’s health. The Spring 2021 Preliminary Reopening Plan outlines the ways we are modifying the typical campus experience for spring 2021.

Using the Reopening New York Higher Education Guidelines as the foundation for minimum requirements, prudent additional measures are weighed with prioritization given to the student experience at King’s, while considering the constraints of COVID-19 within the King’s community and in New York City, for the overall good and furtherance of the College’s mission. Please note that we will continue to modify this plan as COVID-19 realities change.

Each member of the King’s community is expected to read The King’s College Spring 2021 Preliminary 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 continue facing this challenge, 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 spring 2021 semester:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Mask policy on campus is reviewed regularly.
  • At this time, our policy remains that 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.
  • Face coverings may not be removed at any time for any reason. There are two exceptions to this policy:
    • 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 designated work stations (not conference rooms, common areas, or classrooms). 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.
Health Training
  • Staff, faculty, and students are expected to sign and abide by the King’s COVID-19 Commitment for the spring semester. Signed commitments from the 2020 fall  semester will automatically transfer to the 2021 spring semester.
  • The COVID-19 Information Hub houses all COVID-19-related policies, resources, and tools for the spring semester, including the health training, monitoring rubric, case stracker, and more.
  • 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 studentsuccess@tkc.edu to discuss being on campus this spring. Faculty and staff who fall in this category should contact ggleason@tkc.edu.
Campus Operations
  • HEPA filter air purifiers with UV light sanitizers are installed in classrooms to provide better air filtration.
  • Two stairwells remain open for moving between the 5th and 6th floors only. One stairwell is used for walking up, and one is used for walking down in order to avoid crossing paths with others using the stairs.
  • Facility workers use industrial disinfectants, and are increasing the frequency of campus cleaning rotations in highly trafficked areas.
  • Plexiglass barriers remain at certain campus locations.
  • Campus signage continues to set expectations, room occupancy limits, and health reminders around campus.
  • Wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers are located outside all kitchens, classrooms, restrooms, and common areas.
  • A bottle of disinfectant and paper towels is installed in each classroom so students entering the “next” class may wipe down their seat/desk.
  • Classrooms are cleaned morning and evening by the facilities team.
  • Staff and faculty are encouraged to meet virtually, rather than in-person.
  • Campus hours continue to operate on an amended schedule 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. 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.
  • Furniture around campus is set with social distancing best practices in mind. Students may not move seating in lounge areas or desks in classrooms.
  • When gathering between classes, remember that exposure to COVID-19 can happen after a cumulative (not consecutive) 10 minutes within 6 feet of another person in a 24 hour period, even with a mask on. Students are encouraged to minimize even their in-passing interactions.
Health Screenings and COVID-19 Monitoring
  • Students, staff, faculty, and visitors are 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 for at least that day, and a staff member will follow up to determine next steps.
  • Entrance through 52 Broadway and 50 Broadway is not permitted for any members of the community for the spring semester during campus hours.
  • Members of the King’s Community who display symptoms of, suspect exposure to, or test positive for COVID-19 must call the Emergency Phone at 646-242-4411. The COVID-19 Monitoring Rubric defines the conditions that apply when a member of the King’s community:
    • has been exposed to a person in quarantine
    • has been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19
    • has traveled outside New York and its bordered states
    • lives with a person who has traveled outside New York and its bordered states
    • displays new COVID-19 symptoms
    • tests positive for COVID-19
COVID-19 Testing Procedures

Those who display COVID-19 symptoms or suspect exposure to COVID-19 should follow these steps:

  1. Consult the COVID-19 Monitoring Rubric.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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

Spring Semester Return

Due to Governor Cuomo’s mandatory 10-day quarantine with “test-out” option for those traveling out of state, all in-person students traveling from outside New York or its bordered states should return to New York for the spring semester by Tuesday, January 19 at the latest. Those traveling from New York or its bordered states should return by the day of their first in-person class. All students will participate in classes and events remotely from January 20 to 22. Campus opens January 23, and in-person classes begin on January 25 for those out of quarantine.

In-person students traveling from outside New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Vermont:
  • Return to on or off campus housing by Tuesday, January 19 at the latest. Students are encouraged to discuss and make a plan with their roommates regarding how and when each student in a family unit plans to return in person.
  • Students wanting and able to utilize the “test-out” option would follow New York State quarantine requirements:
    • Obtain a negative COVID-19 test in the state they are traveling from within three days of departing that state.
    • Quarantine in their on or off-campus apartment (not leaving or accepting visitors) for 3 days upon their return to NYC.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, obtain another negative COVID-19 test in NYC, then exit quarantine on the day of their negative test result.
    • Begin in-person classes after the second negative test result comes in, no earlier than Monday, January 25. If necessary, students will complete the Request for Remote Access form for necessary remote class days. Students who test positive will be isolated.
  • Students not wanting or not able to utilize the “test-out” option would quarantine for 10 days and complete the Request for Remote Access form for necessary remote class days, beginning in-person classes no later than Monday, February 1.
In-person students returning from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Vermont:
  • Return to campus by the day of their first in-person class, the week of January 25. Students are encouraged to discuss and make a plan with their roommates regarding how and when each student in a family unit plans to return in person.

Academics

The King’s College staff and faculty are glad to serve the mission of King’s by welcoming students back to campus 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 in the spring 2021 semester:

Academic Courses
  • Class registration begins November 16.
  • We are pleased to offer a limited number of in-person block classes (meeting for 160 minutes once per week) in the spring 2021 schedule. These classes are listed on the Course Offering for SP-21 as meeting for 160 minutes once per week; classes meeting for 160 minutes will only have a classroom listed with no remote time listed.
  • Aside from block classes, 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.
    • 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.
  • 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 plan to take course(s) remotely in the spring semester may register for the remote section of each course on the Student Portal by selecting the remote seat in the course, rather than an on campus seat. (Remote sections will have an R at the end of the section name and will not have any classrooms marked in the schedule.) Students choosing to move to remote access after registration ends on November 25 will continue to use the Request for Remote Access form to make that change. Note that remote access is offered for COVID-19-related precautions and should not be requested for other personal reasons, such as accommodating a work schedule or optional travel.

  • Class registration begins November 16.
  • 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 who elect remote access for any or all of their spring courses may not switch back to on-campus for those courses after the request is approved.
  • Please be aware that remote access requests are not granted for the purpose of optimizing student schedules to accommodate work or for other elective reasons like voluntary travel.
Schedule Modifications

The spring 2021 course times continue to operate on an amended schedule to accommodate students and faculty safely transitioning 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

Commencement

The tentative Commencement 2021 plan was crafted with current New York State restrictions in mind. While much is still unknown regarding restrictions on gatherings in the spring, The King’s College will continue planning throughout the spring. At present, the plan includes:

  • On Saturday, May 8, the 2021 Commencement Ceremony would take place in person for 2021 graduates. Details such as location, time, and attendance capacity are yet to be determined.
  • Graduates Department Farewell Reception details are yet to be determined.
  • On Friday, May 7, the Award Ceremony would take place virtually in the evening. Nominees will be notified in advance, and the virtual ceremony would be open to the King’s community, family, and friends.
  • During the weekend of May 8, the 2020 Commencement Experience would take place in person for 2020 graduates. Details such as location, time, and potential attendance capacity is yet to be determined.
Study Space
  • Students must remain socially distanced while on campus.
  • The library and some classrooms (when not in use) will be reserved for quiet study space. The classroom lock policy will continue to be on pause during the spring 2021 semester.
  • In the library, students will be asked to limit their study sessions to three 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 spring 2021 semester:

Student Move-In
  • New students or those transitioning from off-campus or remote to on-campus apartments should email housing@tkc.edu to schedule their move-in by Tuesday, January 19 at the latest.
  • Unfortunately, guests traveling with residents from out of state locations are not permitted in campus housing under the quarantine specifications.
  • On move-in day, 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 or “family units” 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 10 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. Any guests must have previously completed their required travel quarantine before entering campus housing.
  • 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 display symptoms or suspect exposure.
  • 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 spring 2021 semester:

Events
  • Events such as the weekly Public Reading of Scripture will continue to 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. Inviso Visit Weekends, Parents Weekend) will not be hosted on campus in the spring 2021 semester. 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. 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.
  • Houses and Student Organizations may request use of classroom 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) as well as event recording using the Space Reservation Request form as long as the requestor reads and agrees to the Good Stewardship Policy. 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 either 1) pre-wrapped foods and individually sealed beverages, or 2) non-pre-wrapped individual food items served by specific individuals wearing masks and gloves, while remaining socially distant.
  • Serving food at campus events (outside of class) must follow New York State’s indoor dining regulations, currently not permitted in NYC. At present, food may not be served during events, but pre-wrapped “Grab and Go” options may be distributed at the conclusion of an event. Note: all King’s classrooms are set for 50% capacity, with the exception of the City Room, which is set at 25% capacity.
On and Off-Campus Gathering Expectations
  • Always wear a mask when you are not able to remain socially distant.
  • 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 your “family unit,” please follow these 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, unless eating or drinking outside of class.
  • When gathering in off-campus indoor locations, always maintain social distancing and mask protocols. Follow guidelines posted in the MET, subway, restaurants, etc.

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), are continuing to evaluate options for all sports to resume competitions in the spring semester.

It is our hope that student athletes be able to resume their sports in the spring semester. While the final decision is forthcoming, the Athletic Department is creating plans for all five sports. Student athletes may contact their coaches or Athletic Director Bryan Finley at bfinley@tkc.edu with questions in the meantime.

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 spring semester begin?

The spring semester begins remotely on Wednesday, January 20. In-person classes begin on Monday, January 25 for those out of quarantine.

When should I plan to return to campus housing in the spring?

In-person students traveling from outside New York or its bordered states should return to New York for the spring semester by Tuesday, January 19 at the latest. Those traveling from New York or its bordered states should return by the day of their first in-person class. All students will participate in classes and events remotely from January 20 to 22. Campus opens January 23, and in-person classes begin on January 25 for those out of quarantine.

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 for most courses. 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 scheduled to occur once weekly for 3 hours) meet for the full time since they only occur once a week?  

Yes, we are pleased to offer a limited number of in-person block classes (meeting for 160 minutes once per week) in the spring 2021 schedule. These classes are listed on the Course Offering for SP-21 as meeting for 160 minutes once per week; classes meeting for 160 minutes will only have a classroom listed with no remote time listed. Students may register to attend these courses fully remotely as well.

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 Spring 2021 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.

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 spring semester.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 and need to isolate or am exposed (within 6 feet or for 10 minutes or more) to a positive COVID-19 patient and need to quarantine? What academic or housing accommodations will King’s provide me and my roommates enrolled at King’s? (Updated 8/20/20)

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 two days prior to the start of your symptoms to the day of your possible positive test result will be required to self-quarantine.

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.

What resources exist for getting groceries or other necessities delivered and preparing for the start of class?

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.

Am I able to ship items to my campus housing location prior to move-in day?

Yes, building mail rooms are equipped to receive student packages in advance of move-in. Perishable food should not be sent in advance. When quarantining, students may retrieve mail in their buildings and do laundry while wearing a mask.

What will the health screening be like?

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.

Will there be ventilation/some type of air circulation in the classrooms?

HEPA filter air purifiers with UV light sanitizers are being installed in classrooms to provide better air filtration.