Fall Quarter on Campus Begins September 28th!

Dear Fruitland Baptist Bible College Community,

We know that some of you are curious about our plans for physically re-opening this fall.  Know that our “Covid-19: Open in the Fall Task Force” has been working diligently to prepare the campus for your return and our full intent is to be physically open.  As we prepare, know that the College is observing guidelines set forth by the state of North Carolina and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following is an update regarding specific questions you might have and an outline of precautionary measures we are taking to limit our campus community’s exposure to COVID-19.

Know that we will continue to provide you with additional information in the coming days and weeks about the full range of considerations related to our “Open in the Fall” plan.

Blessings,

Dr. David Horton
President, Fruitland Baptist Bible College

Scott Thompson
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Fruitland Baptist Bible College

Will Fruitland Baptist Bible College be open for returning students and on-campus classes in the fall quarter and fall term for the Southeastern semester?

  • YES!  All classes will run as scheduled.  Face-to-face classes will meet physically.  10 week classes will run for 10 weeks, and the first day of classes will be Tuesday, September 29th. Fall commencement will be held September 11th.

When will students be allowed to return to campus?

  • The first official day of face-to-face classes will be Tuesday, September 29th.
  • New Student Orientation will be Monday, September 28th Returning residential students may move into their respective residence hall on Friday and Saturday, September 26th & 27th beginning at noon.
  • Dorm Rep & Staff will be given specific training in respect to Covid-19.
  • There will be further updates through the summer about timelines, preparations, and protocols for return to campus.

Will there be social distancing in our classrooms and on campus?

MOSTY LIKELY.  We are currently planning for social-distanced classroom setups, with students situated six feet apart in all directions.  There will be “traffic flow” guidelines for all buildings, classrooms, and community areas to avoid two-way foot traffic as much as possible.

Will there be plexiglass shields in classrooms?

UNLIKELY.  We will plan for sufficient distancing from the lecture podiums so that plexiglass will not be required.

Will face masks be required?

Face Masks are required.

Will there be plexiglass shields in offices.

MOST LIKELY.  Specifically at reception desks/areas for each building.

Will we be testing and tracking?

This is an ongoing conversation about what we will need to do, what is prudent to do, and how to implement.  With regard to the TRACKING, however, you should expect more structure especially in your classes and at campus events.  Attendance records and participation reports will be very crucial if we need to determine where individual students have been and when, also with whom they have been in close contact.  You might even experience seating assignments for classes and other regular gatherings.

Will I be able to meet face-to-face with my instructors outside of class?

ABSOLUTELY!  (Maintaining established protocols for physical distancing, of course.)  What we know for sure about our students is that they want the full college experience, including access to their professors.  This is one of the (many) things that we/you do really well at Fruitland Baptist Bible College!

Will there be Chapel?

YES, but it will look slightly different.  Chapel will reflect the same consideration, safety and practices as outlined in aforementioned guidelines.  We will have very intentional traffic patterns for entering and exiting Chapel.  Gatherings will be recorded for live and future viewing, especially for those with underlying conditions.

Some schools have announced that they are ending face-to-face classes at Thanksgiving break and finishing the quarter online. Is Fruitland planning to do this?

NO.  We plan to operate the full quarter with the physical campus open.

Will facilities undergo additional cleaning and will there be sanitation stations?

  • YES.  Our Custodial Crew has received COVID-19 cleaning certification and will clean classrooms, restrooms, office spaces, workspaces, and public spaces based upon protocols developed by the Center for Disease Control.
  • YES. The entrance of each building will be equipped with hand sanitizer stations. We will continue to encourage frequent hand washing.

Updates to our Admissions Process

We are adjusting our admissions processes to offer greater flexibility to students and their families during this time.

We continue to pass along the following guidelines

If you are asymptomatic:

  • Practice Social Distancing & Healthy Habits:
  • Stay 3-6 feet away from people as much as possible.
  • Stay home or in your residence hall/apartment whenever possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Discard tissue immediately into a closed bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

If you are or become symptomatic:

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people/animals in your home/residence hall/apartment.
  • Call your health care provider right away for guidance on how to proceed.
  • If you are a dorm resident, please call or text your Dorm Rep.
  • If you feel your life is in danger, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.

Thank you for your patience and prayers as we move forward together through these rapidly changes times.

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