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FUNDAMENTAL PLANNING PRINCIPLES

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PROTECT THE VULNERABLE

MITIGATE RISKS

Per the CDC, underlying health conditions and those age 65 and older are generally more at risk for severe illness than others. 

The majority of HC’s students and staff do not fall in this category. Health experts and information from the CDC demonstrate a low risk of significant health impact to this population without underlying health issues. 

With this reality, we are committed to extensive and research-based plans that take into account social distancing, use of facial coverings, potentially adjusted schedules, and other hybrid plans. 


TESTING AND MONITORING

Following state guidelines, every student must return to campus with a negative COVID19 RT-PCR administered by a healthcare professional no earlier than January 3rd. 

NOTE: Highlands College will not accept the Abbott ID NOW test.


TESTING

Highlands College has invested in the UAB Healthcheck COVID-19 Assessment Tool, a COVID-19 assessment tool for employees and students to report the existence of any current COVID-19-related symptoms, exposure history, and testing history. 

All students have received a Highlands College email address that will be your login to the Healthcheck system and will function as your official school email address.

MONITORING

REOPENING PROTOCOLS

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LEAN ON EXPERTS

We have benefited greatly from the stellar work of the University of Alabama System’s “Safest Campus in America” Task Force and have modeled many of our reopening plans from their work. 

Additionally, we have established a Medical Advisory Board that has provided input and reviewed all details within the plan. We feel confident that the plans today that are based on current epidemiological information and follow all state and local guidelines provide us with a safe environment to welcome students back in August.

TRUST IN GOD

RESPONSE PROTOCOL

Immediate isolation for a minimum of 14-days since symptom onset, including at least 72 hours since symptom recovery, and compliance with local public health quarantine orders.

May return to normal activities with:

  • Medical clearance 
  • Two clear HealthCheck symptom assessment results.

SYMPTOMATIC      CONFIRMED POSITIVE

Immediate 14-day self-quarantine and compliance with local public health quarantine orders. Self-monitor for symptom development, check temperature twice daily, and keep a log of the results.

May return to normal activities with:

  • Medical clearance 
  • Two clear HealthCheck symptom assessment results.

ASYMPTOMATIC      CONFIRMED POSITIVE

Immediate 14-day self-quarantine unless released earlier by a physician.*

May be released early from quarantine if they provide medical clearance certifying they have been tested no less than 5 days after suspected exposure and tested negative. 

May return to normal activities with:

  • Medical clearance 
  • Two clear HealthCheck symptom assessment results.

ASYMPTOMATIC CLOSE CONTACT EXPOSURE TO CONFIRMED POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE

Immediate isolation while awaiting test results.

May return to normal activities: 

  • 24 hours after symptom recovery  
  • Two clear HealthCheck symptom assessment results

SYMPTOMATIC      CONFIRMED NEGATIVE

*14-day quarantine exists for asymptomatic close contacts to include the mean incubation period for the infection.

HC will conduct contact tracing interviews for staff and students with confirmed positive results and will notify staff, students, and church personnel of exposure to positive cases. 

HOUSING PROTOCOL

During isolation or quarantine, HC staff will monitor students’ well-being and will facilitate the contact-free delivery of MealFit meals to residential students staying in designated quarantine housing COVID-19 positive students. 

HC HOUSING

Apartment units are considered family units and are presumptively considered to have all been exposed if one resident is exposed or positive, therefore, until medically cleared,  the apartment unit will be quarantined.

Exposed and/or symptomatic students must quarantine in their apartment and isolate from apartment-mates until test results are received. 

If the test result is negative, the student should perform a HealthCheck assessment and will be moved to another site. 

If students who for some reason may not need to be quarantined with their apartment mates need accommodations, HC will secure suitable off-campus accommodations, i.e., hotel, contract apartment, if no suitable on-campus housing is available to house negative cases who cannot return to their apartment.

STUDENTS NOT IN HC HOUSING

HC will strongly encourage off-campus residents to follow isolation/quarantine guidance. 

ON-CAMPUS PROTECTION

We must adopt a new ethic of social distancing whenever possible. All classrooms and HC gatherings will take into account social distancing best practices.

When social distancing is not possible students, faculty, and staff are expected to wear the proper face coverings. Ensure you have multiple, clean facemasks.

All campus facilities will undergo increased cleaning. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for cleaning/ sanitizing personal workspaces. 

Increased sanitizing stations, reminder signage, extra face masks, and other safety equipment will be available on campus. 

The HealthCheck system will be utilized on a regular basis throughout the year. There may be times when students, faculty, and staff need to show a clean HealthCheck upon entering the campus.

I PLEDGE TO:

PROTECT MYSELF

PROTECT OTHERS

PROTECT MY HC FAMILY

Monitor for the symptoms of COVID-19 and report to a medical professional if I experience fever of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher, dry cough, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell.

Wash my hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

Maintain appropriate social distancing, especially in classroom settings or the presence of older members of the community.

Stay home if I feel ill or after exposure to someone who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19.

Wear an appropriate face mask as directed by the college.

Be positive, attentive, and helpful to anyone around who may be in need of support.

Participate in Healthcheck screening as directed by HC staff and honestly answer the questions presented.

Carefully observe instructional signs and follow directions.

Keep my belongings, personal space, and shared common spaces clean.

Current plans account for in-person chapel attendance at the Greystone campus to not exceed 30% capacity. To facilitate this, on-campus students will be split into two blocks, Block A will attend Tuesday chapels in person. Block B will attend Thursday chapels in person. Masks will be required.

CHAPEL

HC GROUPS

HC Groups will continue to meet this semester by gathering in a distanced setting remaining six feet apart. Group leaders will be trained to lead their groups in this manner. 

Students opting for a remote experience will be integrated into the experience.

HC SPORTS

HC Sports will still occur, but individual rules may be updated for increased distancing. 

Team sizes will be limited and there will be increased sanitation procedures before, during, and following each game.


HC FIT

For those choosing the face-to-face experience, students will select their preferred workout class at Lifetime and remain in that class for the semester. Class options have doubled and the set up maintains distancing best practices. 

DINING

For the foreseeable future, all dining will include single-serve options rather than buffet-style dining.

Seating in dining areas will meet physical distancing guidelines.

STUDENT LIFE

HIGHLANDS COLLEGE FAMILY PLEDGE

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Being part of Highlands College means being part of a family. As such, we must take every step, big and small, to stay well and persistently protect each other, on campus, in our apartments, at our jobs, and in the community. 

Together with my HC Family, I pledge to take responsibility for my own health by following the guidelines that the College has set forth in order to help keep us safe from the spread of COVID-19.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

MOVE IN

When can students move into housing?

HC housing move-in will occur as follows: 

  • January 8th - Official “move-in date” for those students already in HC Housing or returning to HC Housing. This group must have their negative COVID-19 test result, Safety Module complete, and the first Healthcheck done by January 8th.
  • January 11th - Housing Orientation and move-in for new students. Applicable students have received an itinerary for Housing Orientation and move-in. New students moving into HC Housing must have their negative COVID-19 test result, Safety Module complete, and the first Healthcheck done by January 11th.

Can family and friends help students move in?
We ask all students to bring no more than two people to move in to minimize crowd sizes.

Do individuals helping students move in need to have a COVID-19 test?
No. We will be asking screening questions to these individuals. 

If a student tests positive prior to move in, when can that student move into housing?
The student will be asked to stay home and if physically able attend class remotely until all quarantine protocol has been met which includes a minimum of 14-day quarantine since symptom onset, including at least 72 hours since symptom recovery. Upon medical clearance, the student is able to move into housing.

HOUSING PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES

What are the cleaning procedures of the apartments? 
All apartments will be deep cleaned and disinfected prior to move in. This includes apartments of students that are already in housing. If during the semester a student tests positive for COVID-19 and is quarantined, the housing unit will be cleaned following the quarantine period. 

How many students will be in an apartment? 
T
his is being evaluated based on survey results. If housing is at full capacity, there will be four people in a two-bedroom apartment and six people in a three-bedroom apartment. Single bedrooms can be requested at the corresponding rates ($820/month for a single bedroom in a three-bedroom apartment, $940/month for a single bedroom in a two-bedroom apartment). 

If a student has signed a lease and decides mid-semester to move to remote education, will the student be released from the lease?
I
f Highlands College moves into a Tier 3 plan (remote-instruction only), students will be released from housing leases. If a student chooses remote instruction for Term B, but the College is still in a Tier 2 plan, the student would still be obligated to fulfill their lease.

Will housing still be available for a student that chooses to stay remote for Term A and wants to return face-to-face in Term B? 
W
e can not guarantee that housing will be available in Term B to students who were remote for Term A. This will be dependent upon demand. To guarantee housing, the student can choose to secure housing for both terms A and B and move in prior to the start of Term B.

Will there be limitations on visitors in housing? 
No overnight visitors are allowed in housing. There will be an amended visitation policy which will be communicated at orientation.

If a student elects the remote option, can that student still live in housing?
No. Housing is only available for students that elect fact-to-face instruction.

TESTING

Where in Birmingham can a student get tested?

If you are in Birmingham and need a COVID-19 test, TrustCare at 337 Montclair Road is conducting tests. Please identify yourself as a Highlands College student and request the Core Lab test. Hours of operation:

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Closed Saturday and Sunday

FALL 2020

HC FAMILY,

To set us up for a strong start to our spring semester and limit travel-related exposure, we are pushing back our students' return to campus to January 11th.

To make room for this shift in the academic calendar, and to further limit the effects of travel, we have eliminated Spring Break from our calendar this year. While each of us is impacted differently by this news, we should all be unified in this perspective: that the call on each of our lives is worth whatever it takes to pursue it to the full.

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