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CHARLOTTE, NC – In order to maximize health and safety for teammates and students, Carolinas College of Health Sciences will continue in Phase 2 to begin the spring 2021 semester. In addition, eye protection will now be required in all lab and classroom spaces moving forward.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the college has taken a phased approach in order to reopen its campus while maximizing health and safety. The college’s top priority continues to be the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. With that in mind, the college’s plan also minimizes academic disruption by aligning with the already-established academic calendar. The plan also prioritizes clinical and lab access, in keeping with the college’s tradition of providing real-life hands-on education for its students.

“I’m so proud of the way our students, faculty and staff have adjusted during these challenging times,” said T. Hampton Hopkins, EdD, president of Carolinas College. “We’ve maintained our high-quality education and made sure that our students who are graduating during this pandemic are prepared to jump right in to help on the frontlines.”

The reopening plan comes after the college’s Emergency Response Team moved quickly in March 2020 to transition all classes online and closed the building to students, visitors and the majority of teammates. Taking into consideration recommendations from state and federal leaders as well as recommendations from Atrium Health’s Emergency Operations Center, the college began its phased approach in May 2020: 

Phase I: May 26 - June 14, 2020

  • Most instruction continued online.
  • Students in select programs returned to campus for essential skills/lab courses only.
  • Only essential administrative and faculty teammates were on campus.
  • Everyone in the building required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Those returning to campus continued to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Phase II: Current Phase

  • Maintains most instruction online.
  • All programs may return to campus for essential skills/lab courses only. Total building population will remain below 50% capacity at all times. Extra social distancing procedures in place to minimize contact.
  • Required administrative and faculty teammates only.
  • All teammates and students will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the building. Continued use of masks while on campus.
  • As of spring 2021 - eye protection required in classroom and lab spaces.

Phase III: TBD 

  • Maintain online instruction where possible.
  • All programs return to campus for essential classroom and skills/lab courses. Social distancing measures continue, such as staggering class times to minimize contact.
  • All teammates continue to work remotely when possible. Potentially stagger shifts/days for those on campus.
  • Maintain Phase III approach until appropriate guidance from state officials and/or Atrium Health.

Throughout all phases, students and teammates should self-monitor for two weeks before returning to campus for the first time. All students and teammates are asked to stay home if they are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms and report all absences related to the disease. All student and teammate meetings will continue to be virtual throughout the reopening process. Steps will also be taken to ensure health and safety within the college’s physical campus, such as extra signage, new traffic patterns and extensive cleaning.

Additionally, the college’s Emergency Response Team and appropriate college committees will continue to monitor conditions and have the ability to adjust the reopening process as necessary.

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Justin Moss, Marketing Manager