BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. (WBTV) - Gardner-Webb University faculty and staff are preparing to welcome back more than 1,750 residential, undergraduate and graduate students who will attend face-to-face classes on the Boiling Springs campus for the spring semester.
David S. Wacaster, director of operations for GWU Facilities and Maintenance, along with the Daily COVID Team, are implementing new testing requirements and disinfecting procedures before the first day of classes on Jan. 13.
“Disinfection is a critical piece to keeping our buildings safe and the occupants healthy, so we have purchased electrostatic disinfecting machines for our housekeeping staff,” said Wacaster. “The second advancement is rapid testing capabilities. Through our partnership with the NCICU (North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities) and local health officials, we were able to obtain enough kits to provide testing for all returning students.”
All students attending face-to-face classes on the Boiling Springs campus must be tested for COVID-19 before they return to their residence halls or before attending the first day of class. Individual student ID cards, which include residence hall access, will not be activated until a negative test is received. The free, on-campus Rapid-Tests will be offered Jan. 10-12. A positive Rapid-Test returned on those days will require the student to immediately isolate either on campus or by returning home.
The COVID-19 Rapid-Tests will be waived if the student provides one of the following at the time of check-in:
- Documentation of a negative COVID-19 test in the 72 hours prior to returning to campus
- Documentation of a positive COVID-19 test in the 90 days prior to returning to campus
This semester, staff will continue frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces and restrooms. New equipment will increase air flow in Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center, Bost Gym, Suttle Wellness, and the Football Weight Room, and 10 rapid air recovery units will help disinfect the isolation/quarantine rooms between uses.
The university has also purchased a large supply of PPE.
As announced previously, faculty will teach through spring bBreak, March 8-12, with classes held every day that week. The last day of classes for traditional undergraduate students will be April 29, and graduation is scheduled for May 8.