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Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is pleased to announce they will proceed to Phase 1 of the Back to Campus Plan on Monday June 1, 2020. Activity on campus will look differently, with important details listed below:

COVID-Safe Standards

The safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our top priority. Consequently, we are implementing COVID-Safe standards which will guide our behavior.

  1. Maintaining a COVID-Safe educational environment by requiring screening, universal masking, and social distancing of all students and teammates when returning to campus.
  2. Rapid testing and results at Atrium Health Cabarrus for students and teammates who meet COVID testing criteria.
  3. Dedicated facility exclusively for non-COVID students and teammates.
  4. Virtual, online campus for COVID-positive students and teammates, those who are high risk, or have dependents who are high risk.
  5. Leading other institutions with delivery of exemplary healthcare education, even during a global pandemic.

All entrants to the campus building will be subject to screening. Once screened, individuals will be provided a colored wristband or sticker to indicate they have passed the screening protocol. Please plan on arriving 30-minutes prior to your lab session beginning to complete the screening process.


  • College Building - Screening for COVID-19 will occur in the college building within certain time frames. During Phase 1 screening will be provided on campus Monday through Friday in between 7:30 am and 8:15 am and 30-minutes prior to scheduled lab sessions.
  • Atrium Health Cabarrus Hospital – Screening is available 24 -hours per day at the hospital for students, teammates, and visitors who wish to enter the college when screening is not being provided at our campus building. Individuals should proceed to the Teammate Entrance (teal blue awning entrance near the Surgery Center) to be screened and to receive a screening sticker or wristband.

Screening Protocol

  • Questions – Entrants will be asked to respond truthfully to a series of questions asked by a Screener:
    • Do you have any of the following symptoms?
      1. Fever, chills, or sweating
      2. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      3. New or worsening cough
      4. Sore throat
      5. Muscle pain or body aches
      6. New loss of taste or smell
      7. Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
      8. New (less than two weeks) significant, unexplained headache
    • In the last 2 weeks, did you do any of the following?
      1. Have close contact with someone who has COVID-19
      2. Travel internationally
      3. Live in or visit a place where COVID-19 is widespread
  • Temperature Check – Entrants will have their temperature checked with a touchless thermometer.

Screening Verification

Entrants will need to show their color-coded wristband or sticker to the front desk attendant to enter the building. Individuals who do not have the appropriate wristband or sticker will be denied access and will need to go to the hospital to be screened.

On-Campus Educational Activities Permitted in Phase 1

  • Labs Only - The only on-campus educational activities permitted during Phase 1 will be labs of 10 or fewer students. Lectures will continue to be delivered online. Meanwhile, clinical experiences will continue to vary between in-person and simulation based on facility availability and academic discipline.
  • Furniture and Personal Belongings - The furniture will be arranged to ensure social distancing and students should not move furniture without the permission of the instructor. To maximize safety, it is important to limit the amount of personal belonging you bring to campus. Please consult with your instructor regarding which materials you need to bring into the building and into the lab.
  • Common Areas Closed During Phase 1 - Consistent with the Opening Up America guidelines provided by the Federal Government and Center for Disease Control, all common areas such as the Pavilion, Avenue C, computer labs, study rooms, and unused classrooms will be closed during Phase 1. Please plan accordingly.

More Information

Additional information can be found on this one-page flyer. A comprehensive set of materials in Canvas in the course module called “Coping with COVID & Returning to Campus” located in the COVID-19 Information Canvas Course.

Should you have questions specific to your academic program, please consult your advisor or academic Program Chair. Other questions regarding returning to campus can be directed to

The Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Administration, Faculty and Staff look forward to seeing some of you on campus next week for lab experiences and am hopeful that we can continue to transition lectures and other educational activities later this summer and into the fall.

Please continue to keep you and your loved ones safe and well.