COVID-19 update from App State’s PMIT - week of July 27 - August 1

Posted 08/01/20 at 2:20 p.m.

App State’s Project Management and Implementation Team provides a weekly progress report to campus from the teams across campus preparing for resuming daily operations, the start of the fall 2020 semester and beyond.

Preparing for fall 2020: Answers to trending questions

With classes starting in just over two weeks, staff and faculty have been working steadily to prepare, in accordance with UNC System expectations and our educational mission, to return our students, faculty and staff to campus for the fall semester. 

What will student life be like? 

A newly launched Student Life web page includes information about what campus life will be like in Fall 2020 and beyond — housing, dining, textbooks, student services, recreation and athletics, and more. This page is regularly updated, so check it frequently. Explore the Student Life page here

What will classes be like?

Faculty have worked diligently to be flexible in the modes they use to deliver their courses. Courses will be delivered in person, remotely and in hybrid formats that combine delivery methods. Explore the Course Delivery page here to see the most up-to-date information on course delivery types, classroom configurations and more.

  • Updated Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes: The Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes reflects the latest adjustments to room assignments, class times and class delivery methods. As we continue to identify and prepare spaces for classes that allow us to meet the demand for courses and provide for physical distancing in the classroom, there will be some additional changes to room assignments. Students are encouraged to review their class schedule, check for conflicts, and make changes if necessary. Read a message to students about this here.

  • Attendance guidelines: Academic Affairs has developed recommendations and information regarding class attendance and student absences. Read more information here.

Safety and sanitization:

  • Classroom cleaning and supplies for cleaning personal spaces in classrooms: Classrooms will be cleaned by custodial staff multiple times throughout the day. Each classroom will also be supplied with wipes. Everyone is encouraged to wipe down their personal space prior to and after each class.

  • Face covering distribution and updates: Face coverings are required for students, faculty and staff when on campus. All students, faculty and staff will be provided with three washable, reusable face coverings. Read more about face covering requirements here.

    • Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management has distributed more than 33,500 washable, reusable face coverings to campus departments and areas, and distribution continues. Face coverings for students will be distributed in several ways including at fall move-in, mail and more.

    • If you forget your face covering, several campus locations will stock reusable face coverings or disposable masks for purchase, including the University Bookstore, campus markets and vending machines.

Campus reporting, isolation and quarantine procedures and how App State partners with public health officials:

  • With the first day of classes a little over two weeks away, we recommend students, faculty and staff limit travel and interactions with those who are not in their immediate household in order to reduce exposure and help keep our community safe.
  • AppHealthCare, our local health department, is responsible for public health in Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany Counties. The university regularly consults with local and state public health officials, and assists as needed when a student, faculty or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 or is exposed and needs to be isolated or quarantined. Each situation is unique, but support can include providing meals, lodging, and other support and services. Read more about campus isolation and quarantine procedures here.

  • Faculty and staff are required to self-report COVID-19 tests via a secure Illness/Exposure Report web form, and students are encouraged to do so as well. If you have concerns about someone else’s health, you may also use the web form for a “Care and Concern” report. Review the self-reporting guidelines and access the Illness/Exposure Report web form here

Communications and updates:

  • Messages from Chancellor Everts: Chancellor Everts shares weekly updates with campus. These include updates related to UNC System and Board of Governors decisions that affect our campus planning, preparations and responses to the pandemic. Read these messages here.

  • PMIT updates: These logisitics updates share key campus operations information including safety and community expectations. Read the previous update here.

  • Clearinghouse website: App State’s coronavirus website is the clearinghouse site to navigate to the latest updates across campus, find information about returning to campus, and see the university's cumulative and active case count dashboard.

  • If you have questions, comments and suggestions, submit these to the PMIT via the “Submit a question” form on the Continuity in the time of COVID-19 site.

Information coming soon:

  • Spring 2021 schedule update.

  • Testing and daily health check guidance update.

  • Additional answers to trending questions, comments and suggestions submitted via the “Submit a question” form on the Continuity in the time of COVID-19 site