COVID-19 Operating Plan | 2021–22
This site provides updates and resources for the Grace College & Seminary community regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our campus. We will remain adaptable as we return to more normal operations in 2021-22.
The following protocols are based on state health recommendations and in consultation with county health authorities. Recognizing the changing nature of COVID-19, these plans will be reviewed, and any updates will be communicated to the campus community.
We are optimistic that our vibrant Christ-centered community will thrive in the year ahead, as we live by the ways of grace.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Check Your Symptoms
Conduct a personal wellness check, and if feeling sick, isolate while seeking medical care.
Practice Good Hygiene
Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
Sanitize & Clean Your Space
Take responsibility to sanitize and clean the spaces you use.
What to Do if You Are Sick
Students, faculty and staff should take the following steps:
Assess your health for COVID-19 symptoms:
If you do not feel well, do not attend classes or come to work. Isolate from others immediately.
3. Communicate and Seek Care
Students: Call the Health Center (574) 372-5100 ext. 6472. If you are feeling unwell after the Health Center hours contact the Resident Director on call (574) 635-5737. If your symptoms are moderate to severe you may seek care at Medstat, Physicians Urgent Care, or the emergency room. If this is an emergency please call 911.
Employees: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify of symptoms, contact your supervisor, and contact your medical provider as needed.
Reviewing Isolation and Quarantine Protocols
Below are general guidelines for isolation and quarantine. Specific protocol details will be provided by the Health Center.
Isolation if Infected
Grace will provide symptomatic testing in the Health Center at no charge to the student. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will go into isolation.
- Residential students will isolate at home if they are within 150 miles of campus. Students who are more than 150 miles from campus or have extenuating circumstances will be isolated in a Grace provided space.
- Student meals will be delivered to students isolating on campus.
- Students will complete their work and attend classes virtually while in isolation.
- Length of isolation will be a minimum of 5 days. Grace is using antigen testing to determine when the viral load is reduced to a level that should prevent transmission to other students. If the test is negative on day 6, the student will be released from isolation. If positive, they will be retested on day 8. If the test is still positive on day 8, the student will finish the 10 full days of isolation and will be able to return to regular activities on day 11.
Quarantine if Exposed
Students who have been in close contact with an individual with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19 must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Students who have been fully vaccinated, are up to date on boosters, and have no symptoms may continue normal activities and will be required to test after 5 days using a rapid test. They are required to wear a mask for the 10 days following exposure. Enhanced safety precautions are recommended.
- Residential students who are not up to date on their Covid vaccines will quarantine at home if they are within 150 miles of campus. Students who are more than 150 miles from campus or have extenuating circumstances will be quarantined in a Grace provided space.
- Students with a negative test on day 6 will be released from quarantine. If the student chooses not to be tested, the quarantine will be extended to 10 days.
- Students in quarantine who develop symptoms at any time must contact the health center for guidance.
- Students will pick up meals at Alpha Dining Hall. Quarantined students must wear a mask when picking up meals.
- Students will complete their work and attend classes virtually while in quarantine.
- Students will have time for outside activities during quarantine as long as social distancing is maintained.
- Grace will provide quarantine testing in the Health Center at no charge to the student.
Grace Health Center will test symptomatic/quarantined students at no charge. Students or employees may also access testing from local medical providers, or use a home test kit which may require payment.
Grace will conduct contact tracing for individuals on campus who may have been exposed to help mitigate spread.
Masks and social distancing will be optional for all students and employees. The CDC is continuing to recommend masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Students and employees may choose to wear a mask at any time in any campus location.
We are not requiring the vaccine for students, and will re-evaluate this over the upcoming year.
We will assist international students who desire a vaccine in obtaining one through our local health department or other community vaccination site.
We require vaccinations for participation in all Grace-sponsored international trips.
We will not be conducting surveillance testing at this time.
Grace will provide symptomatic and quarantine testing in the Health Center at no charge to the student.
Yes. The Student Disabilities Office will notify professors of those students who are in quarantine or isolation through the Health Center so that they may continue their classes virtually or by recording.
We are planning an exciting year of chapel and student activities. We do not plan to limit capacity at this time.
Athletics will follow all campus and athletic guidelines. More restrictive NAIA and Crossroads League protocols for athletics will supersede our protocols.
Residence hall life will return to normal operations including: open hours, visitation with other halls, and overnight guests.
Residence life programming and in person Growth Groups will resume.
In addition to the new Alpha Dining, Subco and the Grill will be open. Grace will deliver meals to any isolated student. Quarantined students will be able to pick up their own meal at Alpha Dining.
Because of the localized nature of COVID-19, our protocols are based on state health recommendations and in consultation with county health authorities. Recognizing the changing nature of COVID-19, these plans will be reviewed regularly, and any updates will be communicated to the campus community.