Campus Reopening Plan

2021 Fairmont State Phased Campus Reopening, May 5, May 15, May 17, June 1

We are looking forward to safely welcoming our entire Falcon Family back to campus. Over the past few months Fairmont State’s Emergency Management team and COVID response team has worked closely with the Marion County Health Department and in consultation of other state agencies to create guidelines that will help to keep our campus community safe.

The reopening of campus will be phased according to the following schedule.

May 5

Campus Tours and Visits

In-person campus tours and admissions visit daily capacities will increase. Campus visits are currently being offered both virtually and in person.

Falcon Center Dining and Conferences will reopen to the public.

  • Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, and the dining hall will be open to the public. Please see the Falcon Center page for retail and dining facility hours.
  • Conference services will be available for reservations and events, subject to certain restrictions. For more information visit our Conference Services page.

May 15

Beginning May 15, Academic and Athletic camps, for 9th grade (as of fall 2021) and above, are permitted to resume on campus. Please carefully review the below stipulations regarding the approval of camps on campus.

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Camp Restrictions

  1. All participants must be at a minimum in the 9th grade for the Fall of 2021 (incoming high school freshmen). 
  2. No group program can have more than fifty (50) participants, including employees. Individual lessons (like those conducted by the Academy for the Arts) are approved for all ages.

Guidelines for Approved Camps

  1. No two programs can occur in the same indoor space at the same time. Indoor spaces are defined as a classroom, a grouping of classrooms, corridors in one area, and communal spaces such as weight rooms and gyms.
  2. All participants must complete all camp forms prior to participating in any activities. See checklist below.
  3. All participants, including employees, must wear a mask at all times on campus. For athletic campus, masks protocols should follow the NCAA guidelines per sport requirements.
  4. Participants must complete the COVID-19 Daily Health Screening Questionnaire prior to or upon arrival each day to ensure that adequate information is documented for effective contact tracing should a participant contract COVID-19. For your convenience and upon camp approval, a custom Daily Health Screening Questionnaire link will be provided to you. Participants are encouraged to complete this electronic form prior to arriving on campus.
  5. All employees must continue to follow the Illness Reporting Form but are not required to complete the Daily Health Screening Questionnaire.
  6. Each camp must appoint a university employee to review the completed Daily Health Screening Forms when they are submitted. Any illness associated with COVID-19 must be immediately reported to Student Health Services. They can be reached at (304) 367-4155.
  7. All participants and employees must maintain 6 feet of social distancing where possible and engage in activities that allow for small group work. 
  8. Contact tracing protocols should be practiced including maintaining daily attendance, seating charts, assigned small groups, etc.
  9. Participants should be separated from the group and Student Health Services must be contacted immediately should any participant exhibit any symptoms associated with COVID-19. They can be reached at (304) 367-4155 

Process to Have Camps Approved

  1. Send camp details to your dean or the Director of Athletics. The email should include:
    1. Date and time of camp,
    2. Camp location(s),
    3. Anticipated number of attendees,
    4. Ages of attendees,
    5. Housing needs (if any), and
    6. Plans for daily meals.
  2. Once the Dean or athletic director approves the camp, Deans or AD should add all camp information to the Summer 21 Master Camp List, by clicking here. The Summer 21 Master Camp List will be sent to the COVID-19 Taskforce to confirm compliance with COVID protocols and for final camp approval.
  3. Upon approving your proposal, you will be given a custom link to access your Daily Health Screening and COVID-19 questionnaire. Each camp will receive its own link. You may not hold a camp unless this link has been issued to you 

The COVID-19 Taskforce looks forward to providing as many opportunities as possible to safely enjoy campus again this summer through our academic and athletic camps. As always, these requirements may change or increase at any time based on the number of active cases of COVID-19 on our campus.

If you have any questions regarding plans or restrictions related to your camp, please speak with your academic dean or the athletic director.

May 17

Falcon Center Gym members may begin to use the gym facilities

Members will be receiving additional communication via email from the Falcon Center regarding your membership status.

June 1

All areas of campus will reopen to the community. This will include all recreational use of the campus grounds.

Masks and social distancing will continue to be required on campus. Guests may be given a health screening or asked to answer COVID-19 questions when entering a campus facility. All decisions related to campus density, and operations continue to be guided by public health guidelines and the health, safety, and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and communities.

The health, safety, and wellbeing of the entire Falcon Family continues to be the University’s top priority. As they have throughout the entire pandemic, COVID-19 numbers on campus will be monitored and updates will be made to the reopening schedule if needed.

As with prior Fairmont State publications, these materials are meant to be consistent with guidance published by the federal, state, and local governments and the associated health agencies. This document is reflective of the relevant scientific and medical information available at the time of publication. These materials are not and should not be used as a substitute for medical or legal advice. Rather, they are intended as a resource for use in coordination with applicable government and related institutional policies and guidelines, and they remain subject to further revision as available data and information in this space continue to emerge and evolve.

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