July 27 Update: In-person Classes, Travel Advisory, Telehealth, Packing Reminders, and More!

July 28, 2020 |

“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).

This week’s updates include:

  • a preview of what in-person classes will look like for fall semester
  • responding to Ohio’s travel advisory
  • tasks to do now that will simplify your return to campus
  • free telehealth service available to all students
  • COVID-19 packing reminders
  • mask safety tips and where to order your Yellow Jacket branded masks

We begin this week’s update with an engaging interview with Dr. Tom Mach, Vice President for Academics, discussing what students can expect to see in their classes this fall. Enjoy this latest episode in our Caring Well. Staying Well. video series.

Responding to Ohio’s Travel Advisory – Last week, Ohio’s governor implemented a travel advisory that recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers to Ohio from states with a 15% or higher COVID-19 test positivity rate. Although we will not make self-quarantine a requirement for Cedarville students and families or our faculty and staff who are returning from personal travel, we encourage you to exercise caution in your activities and interactions between now and Getting Started as we prepare for a healthy return to campus.

Avoid Lines, Simplify Your Return – Students, before you arrive on campus next month, be sure to complete the following tasks if you have not already done so:

  • Order your books online.
  • Submit a campus ID photo (new students). We will have your ID card ready when you arrive on campus!
  • Register your vehicle for a parking pass.
  • Sign up/confirm your information in the Emergency Notification System.

Virtual Healthcare Available to Students – As announced in the Caring Well. Staying Well. COVID-19 Operating Plan, Cedarville will make a free virtual healthcare (telehealth) service available to all students. Students will have 24/7-access to board-certified doctors for healthcare consultations via phone or video. Be looking for information soon on how to enroll for this service.

Packing for Campus – Students, as you’re packing to come to campus, here are a few items to bring that likely weren’t on your radar this time last year:

  • Thermometer for daily wellness checks
  • Masks that show your style. (Yellow Jacket-branded masks are now available from the online bookstore with neck gaiters coming next week.)
  • Cleaning wipes to sanitize your personal spaces
  • A lawn/camp chair or blanket to enjoy outdoor chapels

You can find the complete list of what to bring online.

Mask Safety Tips – In light of the mandatory mask order implemented in Ohio on Thursday, July 23, here are helpful mask safety tips:

  • Put on and take off your mask from ear to ear to avoid touching the main part of the mask.
  • Avoid touching your mask while wearing it.
  • Adjust mask if needed from the very top (on your nose) or very bottom (under your chin).
  • Wash you hands if you touch your mask.
  • Wash your mask regularly.

Please note that Ohio’s new mask order does not substantively change the Talking About Facial Coverings section already published in Cedarville’s Caring Well. Staying Well. operating plan.

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16 Comments

  • Dean says:

    If students go to quarantine for a bit, how do they do labs, presentations and speeches? Are there proctors available for quizzes and exams? If not, would you consider implementing those so that quizzes and exams students have studied for they can still take? Sorry if I missed this information earlier.


    • Sarah says:

      Hello, Dean! Thank you for your question. Students are still able to participate in their classes virtually. Professors will work with the sick student to ensure their studies will not be interrupted.


  • B Rowell MD says:

    I left a comment, but received no reply. Can you confirm that you got my original question related to concerns with respect to Cedarville students being super careful off campus (In General) AND concerns related to students attending church in the community. My concern is heightened even more after the Ohio governor’s announcement yesterday with respect to spread at an Ohio church. Spread to and from local church attendees by students would be good to avoid for many reasons.


  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for your efforts to plan for this unprecedented season and unknown time of handling covid 19. I realize the accountability ultimately to the Lord, as well as, to each family in the community of Cedarville University, is a great one. There are no small decisions regarding these times, and each must be prayerfully weighed. I have been in much prayer for the students, faculty, and all those in leadership making these serious decisions as to what is the safest and most loving thing to do for fall 2020. I have several questions and thoughts that I am sure many others have wrestled with, as well. I share these, not with the idea for argumentation, but in consideration as to love, in and for Christ, and for our fellow believers (the two greatest commandments Matt 22:36-40).

    One of the biggest questions is: With the increase of cases in many states, why wouldn’t you consider holding classes for this fall solely on line?

    In addition, I have a myriad of other questions and concerns, but will try and limit them to the most serious:

    1. How will the college be proactive in controlling asymptomatic students (which can be a high percentage of teens and 20 year olds) on campus?
    2. What will the quarantine period, for the thousands traveling to campus from varies parts of the United States, look like? Will the first two weeks of school be solely on line for all students during this quarantine period?
    3. How do those living in the dorms social distance within the dorm rooms, bathroom facilities, shared eating spaces and ventilation systems etc?
    4. If it is the case that a student becomes ill with the virus, will there be a team of medical staff monitoring their health needs, as well as, day to day needs (food, Tylenol, oxygenation levels etc) , and if hospitalization is required? Will they be required to convalesce on campus or be sent home?
    5. Has the liability been considered, and the cost been counted, both financially and spiritually if , God forbid, someone or several, from the student body and or the faculty, fall very ill or possibly pass away due to covid 19 from exposure on campus?
    6. Is there a time you will consider closing campus, and if so, is it after a number of cases, and if so, how many?

    Again, I ask these serious questions with the utmost respect, as a fellow believer in Christ, not for the sake of argument, but for the sake of your prayerful consideration of loving each other well, of fully understanding Cedarville’s covid protection plans and protocols, and for your consideration in safeguarding all for the next 14.5 weeks.

    “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

    Loving others is the bond of perfection (Col 3: 14)

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing your answers to the above. May the Lord give you wisdom, strength, and His grace to handle the challenges fall 2020 will bring.


    • Sarah says:

      Thank you for sharing these comments and concerns. We understand and appreciate that we are embarking upon an unprecedented year as a campus community and are humbly trusting the Lord for His protection and favor as we stand for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. Please pray with us! Here are answers to your thoughtful questions:
      1. How will the college be proactive in controlling asymptomatic students (which can be a high percentage of teens and 20 year olds) on campus?
      Our in-house team of experts has considered this challenge at length. Right now, the best advice is to focus on symptomatic carriers. We are asking students to conduct personal wellness checks daily and notify University Medical Services right away and begin attending class online if they have any symptoms. In addition, if we have a positive case on campus, the Greene County Health Department will conduct contact tracing. Therefore, if a student has been exposed to someone who tests positive; they will be asked by Greene County to quarantine regardless of whether they exhibit symptoms. Students will be able to leave quarantine only after 14 days (even with an initial negative test result) or after approval by a medical provider.
      2. What will the quarantine period, for the thousands traveling to campus from varies parts of the United States, look like? Will the first two weeks of school be solely on line for all students during this quarantine period?
      Earlier this month, Ohio’s governor implemented a travel advisory that recommends a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers to Ohio from states with a 15% or higher COVID-19 test positivity rate. Although we will not make self-quarantine a requirement, we have encouraged all students and families to exercise caution in their activities and interactions prior to arrival at Getting Started and have requested that each person conduct a personal wellness check before returning to campus. We have plans in place to support students who need to delay their return to campus due to health concerns.
      3. How do those living in the dorms social distance within the dorm rooms, bathroom facilities, shared eating spaces and ventilation systems etc?
      Residence halls / student living spaces are being considered students’ homes. You will find additional information in the “Living in Community” section of our Caring Well. Staying Well. COVID-19 Operating Plan.
      4. If it is the case that a student becomes ill with the virus, will there be a team of medical staff monitoring their health needs, as well as, day to day needs (food, Tylenol, oxygenation levels etc) , and if hospitalization is required? Will they be required to convalesce on campus or be sent home?
      The team from University Medical Services will actively monitor any students who are ill from the virus. Day-to-day needs will be cared for by the University, including transportation to a hospital should that be required. Students will be encouraged to convalesce at home (if practical), although we have set aside separate housing (3 different facilities) that would be exclusively used for isolation or quarantine spaces, if needed.
      5. Has the liability been considered, and the cost been counted, both financially and spiritually if , God forbid, someone or several, from the student body and or the faculty, fall very ill or possibly pass away due to covid 19 from exposure on campus?
      As you can imagine, our reopening plan has involved months of prayer and preparation and included the guidance of our in-house medical experts as well as public health officials and the state of Ohio’s Responsible RestartOhio plan. We are balancing providing protection and implementing best practices while encouraging each member of our community to take personal responsibility for their own health. To that end, we are providing flexible options for faculty, staff, and students to participate in the Cedarville experience either remotely or in-person. Our Caring Well. Staying Well. plan includes a section to help readers understand and assess the personal risk.
      6. Is there a time you will consider closing campus, and if so, is it after a number of cases, and if so, how many?
      We will work closely with Greene County Public Health as we manage any cases and determine appropriate steps that may be required to mitigate spread. We are blessed to have very experienced leadership in University Medical Services and our campus safety areas, and they, along with our Residence Life team, have spent countless hours planning for multiple scenarios.


  • B. Rowell MD says:

    In the mode of Loving Others, how will Cedarville be advising students to be exceptionally cautious (intent to protect others) while off campus?

    One particular question I have is: what is the thinking around church attendance for Cedarville students? Since students will be coming back from all over the country, including from high incidence states, I’m thinking it might be best to avoid having students attend local churches for at least a couple weeks to see how things are going on-campus first.


  • Tm Norman says:

    Where is the “move-in” plan. I would think it would be obvious.


  • Kristin Elliott says:

    Will face shields be acceptable in place of a face mask?


    • Sarah says:

      Yes!


      • Concerned Parent says:

        Important to note:

        From the CDC.Gov website: “At this time, it is not known what level of protection a face shield provides to people nearby from the spray of respiratory droplets from the wearer. There is currently not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of face shields for source control. Therefore, CDC does not currently recommend use of face shields as a substitute for masks.”

        Please don’t allow face shields as a substitution for a mask. If someone doesn’t like to wear a mask, they can wear a gaitor to protect themselves and others.


        • Sarah says:

          Thank you for your reply. I checked back on this, and we are expecting masks or gaiters for face coverings. Some foreign language classes may use shields in limited situations in order for participants to observe the formation of words. Face shields may also be used in select lab settings.