Presbyterian College students moving in, getting acclimated

Published on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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Classes for Presbyterian students will be in person, on-line and a hybrid of both.


Classes for Presbyterian students will be in person, on-line and a hybrid of both.


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Students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks.


Students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks.


“This fall will look different than any semester we’ve had at PC,” said Dr. Joy Smith, Presbyterian’s College vice president for campus life and dean of students. “We’ve been working hard all summer to get to the point where students can return.

“We’ve been following the guidelines established by the CDC and are taking extra precautions in an effort to remain healthy during this time,” said Smith.

While students were away, Plexiglas barriers and signage communicating precautionary measures, like washing hands, wearing a mask, and practicing social distancing, were installed across many areas of campus. Residence halls and classrooms were thoroughly cleaned, and they will continue to be regularly cleaned this fall.

PC is working to space students in classrooms so that everyone may maintain six feet of distance from one another. Other facilities and outdoor spaces will be used instead of smaller areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.

Classes will be a mix for instruction            

The academic calendar and the format for classes have also been adjusted.

Classes will take place in a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid formats. Classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 17, a week earlier than originally scheduled. The fall semester will end on Nov. 25, a day before Thanksgiving and two weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

Students asked to self-monitor

Students, along with a maximum of two who will help them move into their residence halls, were asked to self-monitor for 14 days before returning to campus. They were asked not to arrive if they have any symptoms related to Covid-19.

As students arrive on campus, students are going through a health screening before being allowed to move in. Students or helpers who show any signs of Covid-19 will be asked to leave. Students must follow the CDC guidelines for isolation and the advice of their medical provider before being permitted to return. Presbyterian pledge

Students, professors, and staff members have been asked to sign a pledge that they will follow the precautions to stop the spread of the coronavirus. 

Service events

The service events, like making masks and hand sanitizer, are two events scheduled to acclimate students to campus. During Welcome Week, students will take part in activities and learn about academics at PC, all while wearing face coverings, keeping six feet apart, and taking precautions required this semester.

“The ultimate goal is to get back to normal at some point,” Smith said. “Yes, this semester will look different, but we are determined for students to enjoy the unique college experience that only PC can provide.”





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