COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Updated: April 3 at 2:45 PM

Status of COVID-19 in New York City

The King’s College Emergency Operations Team is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus), both nationally and within New York. The health and safety of our community remain our highest priority, and we are committed to providing updates regarding our remote operations. Prayers for our community and those affected by the virus are greatly appreciated during this time.

Remote Campus Details

The King’s College will continue remote teaching and operations through the end of the spring semester, Friday, May 8.

  • Campus housing remains open for those who prefer to stay until Move Out Day on Monday, May 11. Those who wish to move out early are permitted to do so. Student Life will send an email shortly with directions for early move-outs. We encourage students to communicate with their parents and families regarding whether to remain in NYC or return home. 
  • Remote teaching will continue through the end of the semester, Friday, May 8, and professors will continue providing their students with class-specific details regarding how to participate in classes online. It is important that students check their official King’s email account regularly. The Helpdesk is available remotely by emailing helpdesk@tkc.edu.
  • The main campus will continue operating remotely through the end of the semester, Friday, May 8. Staff and faculty will work remotely during this period.
  • In-person campus activities will be canceled or shifted to virtual experiences. Previously scheduled meetings with faculty and staff will occur remotely, unless otherwise communicated.
  • We have not yet made a determination regarding the Commencement Ceremony. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in New York over the next month before doing so.

Community Updates

Each Monday following the virtual Public Reading of Scripture, Dean of Students David Leedy hosts Community Updates with staff, faculty, and student guests to deliver announcements and answer frequently asked questions relating to remote operations and campus life.

Click here for this week’s update. 

Click here to tune in on Mondays at 12:15 PM.

Community Fund

The King’s College Community Fund provides short-term relief for students who rely on income from jobs or services that have been lost or suspended as a result of COVID-19. To apply for a Community Fund Grant, students may click here to submit an appeal for short-term essential needs (groceries, rent assistance, etc.). A committee of staff review all appeals, and students are asked to provide specific details of their needs. Resources are limited but we will help as many students as we are able. To donate to the community fund, click here.

Temporary Modifications to Academic Policies

The King’s College faculty approved the temporary extension of the period in which students can withdraw from a class. King’s faculty also approved a temporary adjustment to academic policy enabling students to petition to take a class for Pass/Not Pass in the spring 2020 semester. Click here to read the full policy. Students are encouraged to speak with the Office of Student Success before completing the petition.

Student Census

We recognize that many students are choosing to leave New York City or return to their families or relatives. In an effort to determine the needs of our community while we adjust to a remote campus, we are asking every student to complete the Student Census. Wherever students end up, we want to know their needs and whereabouts in order to best support them. If students’ plans change after submitting the Census, they should resubmit with updated information. (This Census also replaces the former “Travel Registry,” should students remaining in campus housing travel internationally any time soon.)

Personal Prevention Recommendations

We reiterate the CDC’s recommendation that common sense preventative measures are the best line of defense against COVID-19:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds AND use hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol. While extremely effective against bacteria, hand sanitizer is not a suitable substitute for hand washing. Hand washing as described above is most effective against viruses.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth, face.
  • When coughing or sneezing, do so into your elbow, and wear a face mask only if you display symptoms.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick, and stay home if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect home and personal spaces daily.
  • Limit travel on public transportation, especially during rush hour.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Avoid large public events and gatherings if you have chronic lung disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or a weakened immune system. Those with a history of smoking and vaping are more likely to experience serious illness related to COVID-19. For help quitting, call 866-NY-QUITS.

If students, staff, or faculty develop flu-like symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath for more than 48 hours AND have recently traveled internationally OR have been in close contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19, they should call the COVID-19 hotline at 646-697-4000 OR NYC Health Department Hotline at 888-364-3065 OR King’s Care AND the College emergency phone at 646-242-4411, so we can keep tabs on their condition and others with whom they may have interacted. Providers will work with the Department of Health to determine if testing is needed.

Information for Prospective Students

The admissions office seeks to serve those affected by travel interruptions, standardized test cancellations, or other complications resulting from COVID-19. We are able to extend deadlines, make accommodations, and offer alternatives for completion of applications. Please contact your admissions counselor for additional information.

Founders and Inviso Update

The March 27 and April 17 Inviso Visit Weekends are canceled, but the Founders Scholarship Competition will take place virtually on Thursday, March 26. If you’re registered for Founders, please continue to hold that evening on your calendar as we plan the details of the digital event. If you already made non-refundable travel plans, please contact your admissions counselor to see how we can help.

A campus visit is the best way to determine if King’s is the right college for you, and we are working to find ways to bring you parts of the campus visit experience remotely.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I contact with questions?

What is The King’s College doing to minimize the community’s exposure to COVID-19?

  • To care for the well-being of each member of the King’s community, The King’s College will continue remote teaching and operations through the end of the spring semester, Friday, May 8. Campus housing remains open for those who prefer to stay until Move Out Day on Monday, May 11.
  • The Emergency Operations Team is meeting regularly regarding COVID-19, and our emergency notification system is prepared with student contact information.
  • Facility workers use industrial detergent-based disinfectants, are increasing campus cleaning rotations, and stocking more disinfectant supplies.
  • The Emergency Operations Team has emailed students, staff, and faculty and displayed reminders to increase personal hygiene.
  • Student Development members, who hold the emergency phone, are equipped to respond, should students call with COVID-19 symptoms or concerns.
  • The Emergency Operations Team is in consistent contact with the New York State and New York City Departments of Health, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and New York City Emergency Management for the latest information and advice.

What factors led the College to teach and operate remotely?
The Emergency Operations Team is treating the COVID-19 situation the same way they do any City emergency (e.g. Hurricane Sandy, snow storms). Rather than wait for the City to tell us to cease on-campus operations, we chose to preemptively act out of an abundance of caution. Given how tight our space and classrooms are in New York City, preventative options like social distancing are difficult to practice without shifting to remote operations.

Why is the College keeping campus housing open while the main campus is operating remotely?
The College is not closing campus housing. Unlike dormitories with shared bathrooms and dining where viruses spread quickly, all King’s housing units are apartments with private restrooms and kitchens. This security allows residents to control who comes and goes and keep their space clean and disinfected.

Will campus housing remain open?
Yes, campus housing will remain open for students who choose who are in NYC and wish to remain in campus housing. The Student Development team will periodically check in on students in campus housing.

If I left my belongings in my campus apartment and travel restrictions are in place when it is time to move out of housing in May, how will I get my belongings?
The campus housing team is working on various scenarios and will update students in April, once they have a better idea of what the COVID-19 situation in New York City will be in early May.

Do students qualify for housing refunds if they choose to leave campus housing or if they have to self-quarantine off campus after returning from a high-risk area?
No, the College is not offering housing refunds. While campus housing remains open, students have the choice of whether to leave or remain in campus housing, and we encourage students to communicate with their parents and families as they weigh their decisions. Students who travel to high-risk areas during the Spring 2020 semester will be required to self-quarantine at their own expense.

Is mental health counseling still available during remote campus operations?
Yes, our licensed Counseling Services staff are offering virtual (video) counseling for King’s students via VSee. Please be advised that counselors will need to verify with a student’s state (other than New York) whether or not out-of-state counselors are permitted to provide telehealth services. Though many states are relaxing regulations regarding out-of-state providers, there are a few that only permit their state providers to utilize virtual counseling. Counselor Services will continue monitoring the situation as some states have advised that regulations may change given the impact of COVID-19.

King’s Care also provides 24/7 mental health counseling for King’s students, all in their respective states. If students just want to talk with a staff member about how they are being affected by the coronavirus situation, they can reach out to their House Advisor or Housing Director.

What should students, staff, or faculty do if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath)?
Call The King’s College emergency phone at 646-242-4411 to receive advice about what to do and to keep us updated on your situation. If you have had these symptoms for more than 48 hours, call the COVID-19 hotline at 646-697-4000 or NYC Health Department Hotline at 888-364-3065. Hospitals will only conduct a COVID test if the patient has called 911, the COVID-19 Hotline, or the NYC Health Department Hotline and has been instructed to go to the ER to get tested. The following NYC hospitals can test for COVID-19: NYU Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital, New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

The King’s emergency phone is manned 24/7 by staff trained to assist in the event of an emergency. However, due to the current COVID-19 situation, New York City hospitals do not allow those being admitted to be accompanied or visited. In the event that a student needs to go to the hospital, staff will be available to assist via phone or video.

What flexibility do F-1 Visa students have due to COVID-19?
The current temporary adaptation is that F-1 students who depart from the U.S. to continue their studies online in their home country will remain in “Active” status in SEVIS. This means that international students will be able to maintain their visa status if they choose to complete their studies online at home. To speak directly to a SEVIS Representative, international students may call the SEVIS Help Desk at 1-800-892-4829 or visit Study in the States. 

  • Currently, there is a strict rule that if an F-1 student is out of the country for more than 5 months their I-20 record is terminated. However, SEVIS will be handling these situations on a case-by-case basis. International students may want to consider returning to the U.S. within the 5-month time-frame so as not to risk needing to reapply for an I-20 (and potentially an F-1 visa). 
  • Maintain international student status and follow regular rules as far as class attendance, no working off-campus in the U.S., full-course load, and all King’s-specific course expectations. International students should keep the DSO team informed of any changes to academics, address, etc.
  • We cannot guarantee what travel will look like over the summer- stay safe and informed. Continue to watch announcements from Study in the States, the CDC, State Department, and The King’s College. 

What steps should students take to minimize exposure to COVID-19 while living in campus housing?

  • Limit travel on the subway, especially during rush hour.
  • Avoid large public gatherings.
  • Limit get-togethers in each others’ apartments. Practice social distancing.
  • Disinfect your apartment daily, especially high touch surfaces of counters, kitchen areas, bathroom sink, etc.

How do students attend classes remotely?
Students will participate in classes remotely via Schoology, while the main campus operates remotely as well. Some classes may also incorporate Google Hangouts or Zoom. For details about how to engage in each class, students should refer to emails from their professors. 

How will attendance be managed in remote classes?
Some professors will maintain regular class times virtually. Students should find a location that is conducive to verbal engagement with the lecture (if required by the professor). Some professors may change the format of their classes sessions. For example, professors may record a lecture that students can view by a certain deadline, require student participation in online discussions, or submit lecture notes as components of attendance.

How will students know if they are close to their maximum number of absences in a class?
Students should always proactively keep track of absences. They can find all recorded absences in Schoology. If unsure of what constitutes an absence in a course, students should reach out to their professor. As a courtesy, Chris Josselyn (Assistant Director of Student Success) will email students who are nearing their maximum number of allotted absences while classes are continuing remotely.

How will students take exams?
Students should be prepared for innovative approaches for demonstrating their learning. Exams may occur in various formats. Students should not expect exams to be canceled.

Can students meet with Faculty Assistants for tutoring?
Yes, Faculty Assistants (FAs) and other tutors have been trained how to conduct virtual tutoring meetings. Students may find their FA’s contact information in their course syllabi.

What should students be aware of in this transition to remote learning?

  • Online learning is typically more involved for students than in-person classes. Students must be intentional about monitoring deadlines and class communication.
  • A best practice is to maintain the rhythms  already established this semester. Students should continue engaging as they would on campus, consistently attend virtual class sessions, wake up at the same time every day, and maintain a regular daily schedule.
  • Some students may find that remote learning requires more focus and energy. If a student would like assistance with managing their remote coursework, they may schedule a virtual coaching meeting with Dr. Jennifer Tharp (Assistant Dean of Student Academic Services).
  • Students should also continue meeting for tutoring virtually or with study groups.

What is the difference between a self-quarantine and a self-isolation?

  • Self-quarantine is required for a person who displays COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, who has recently traveled from a high-risk location or has been in close contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19.
  • Self-isolation is required for a person who IS NOT displaying COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, but who has been in close contact with a self-quarantined person.

Do faculty and staff need permission to work from home?
No, all employees are encouraged to work from home for the remainder of the semester.

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