The Piedmont College COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor the health crisis, meets weekly, and develops policies to help ensure the safety and well-being of our campus communities in Demorest and Athens.
As members of the Piedmont community, we have a collective responsibility to do our part to keep our classmates and work colleagues healthy. Please take the time to review our five-pillar protocols.
The academic calendar for the spring has been altered in the following ways: The start date for Spring semester classes will be Tuesday, January 19, 2021 (the day after Martin Luther King Day). There also will be no spring break. Instead of spring break, there will be strategically placed no-class “reading periods” to provide students and faculty brief opportunities to take breaks or catch up on work
Face Coverings/Medical Verification
Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are required to wear face coverings while in class, attending events, conducting business on campus, and in densely populated common spaces. The college will provide face coverings for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. To move back into the residence halls, All residential students returning to our campus for the spring semester must submit medical verification that they have tested negative for COVID-19. The verification must be dated no more than 10 days before you return to campus. Residential students may upload their results to the Piedmont app.
Faculty, staff, and students are required to social distance while in class, attending events, conducting business on campus, and in densely populated common spaces. Classrooms and laboratories are being reconfigured to allow for social distancing. Classroom instruction, location, and teaching method may be revised to allow for physical distancing. With possible exceptions, large classes may be taught in a weekly alternating manner that would include both face-to-face and online formats.
Disinfecting and Cleaning
Facilities management and dining services have developed enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols for common areas and high-touch surfaces including classrooms, labs, and offices, that are consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
The Piedmont Pledge and Health Screening
We all have a shared responsibility to care for the health and wellbeing of the members of the Piedmont College community. All students will be required to sign the Piedmont Pledge, affirming knowledge and endorsement of our shared responsibilities. The newly created Student Health Response Protocol and ongoing screenings (especially in our residential and athletic communities) will also be part of our ongoing effort to keep our Piedmont Community healthy and our students academically successful.