Updated Aug. 5, 2020
Dalton State to Begin Face-to-Face classes; Masks required indoors
Dalton State resumes face-to-face classes on Monday, Aug. 10, with physical distancing guidelines, a mask requirement and strengthened health and safety protocol in place.
The health and safety of our Roadrunner family remains a top priority, and we will continue to do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Our goal is to remain open through fall semester. Students should be checking their Dalton State email and GeorgiaView regularly for updates on courses and other departments on campus. We are doing all we can to fulfill our mission to graduate students, even during these challenging times.
Due to ongoing health risks our return to campus does not mean a return to normalcy; there will be adjustments in how we teach, learn and interact with others. We encourage everyone on our campus to adopt the four pillars of safety: hygiene, physical/social distancing, symptom screening and masks in public spaces.
Masks will be required indoors with few exceptions. Masks are required inside buildings; this includes classrooms, labs, hallways and restrooms. Exceptions include private offices and study rooms where a person is alone and in rooms/suites inside Mashburn Hall where students living on campus as roommates are considered a family unit.
Masks are also required outside when social distancing is not possible.
The mask requirement applies to students, employees and visitors. Anyone not wearing a mask will be asked to put one on or to leave. Accommodations will be made for people who are unable to wear a mask due to documented health reasons.
A reusable cloth mask will be provided to each Dalton State student and employee. Information about how to pick up masks has been sent out through Dalton State email and on social media.
Our current plans were created with guidance provided by the University System of Georgia (USG), the Governor’s Task Force, the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Plans are subject to change and Dalton State has prepared contingency plans in case it becomes necessary to return to remote instruction, which began during spring semester and continues through this summer.
Dalton State will follow a new calendar for fall semester that allows classes to begin as originally scheduled but end the day before Thanksgiving break. When students leave for Thanksgiving break, they will not need to return to campus until spring semester. Fall commencement ceremony plans are yet to be determined.
The calendar is as follows:
- Monday, Aug. 10, first day of classes
- Monday, Sept. 7, classes to be held (previously Labor Day holiday)
- Monday, Oct. 5 and Tuesday, Oct. 6, classes to be held (previously listed as fall break)
- Thursday, Nov. 19, last day of class
- Friday, Nov. 20 – Wednesday, Nov. 25 (including Saturday), final exams
The goal is to keep as much of a face-to-face experience intact while ensuring physical distancing. All classes will utilize GeorgiaView to enhance learning. Dalton State will use the following:
- Flipped classes – where classroom time on campus is focused on applied learning, problem solving and labs while lectures are available online where appropriate.
- Hybrid classes – where class activities will be split between online learning and on-campus attendance.
- Physical distancing – where students will be spaced at least 6 feet apart; some classes may move to larger spaces.
Health and Safety
Dalton State is adopting enhanced cleaning protocol and will provide hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes throughout campus. Individuals are encouraged to wipe down areas of high usage multiple times a day and expected to continue following the GDPH and CDC recommendations for personal hygiene:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub hands together for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
Additionally, individuals on campus should wear masks indoors (except as indicated above) AND practice physical distancing by:
- Staying at least 6 feet from others.
- Not gathering in groups.
- Staying out of crowded places and mass gatherings.
Student life is an important part of the college experience. Efforts will be made to continue providing programming to students where physical distancing is possible. Other events may be provided virtually.
Academic Support and Student Services
Academic support, such as Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction and Disability Access, will continue to provide services virtually and in person as physical distancing allows. Other areas that provide student services, such as Campus Recreation and the Pope Student Center will continue to serve students with physical distancing guidelines in place. The Ken White Student Health Center, which includes the Counseling Center will primarily provide telehealth services; in-person services will be by appointment only and will follow current GDPH and CDC guidelines.
Residence life is a critical component to many students’ experiences. Residence hall rooms will be viewed as a shared residence within each room or suite, similar to a family’s shared residence in that physical/social distancing practices are not expected within the room or suite.
Enrollment services will continue to provide virtual assistance. Those needing to be served in-person will be required to make an appointment. The number of people in the Enrollment Services lobby will be limited. Forms and processes not already provided online will be added (such as graduation application, add/drop forms, etc.). More information has been sent through Dalton State email.
Roberts Library will be open in a limited capacity for student and employee services. Library staff will continue to provide resources to the campus community and the public virtually. More information has been sent through Dalton State email.
Requests to host events in campus event spaces will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Approved events must adhere to current physical distancing guidelines.
Dalton State will follow the guidelines and recommendations of the NAIA and Southern States Athletics Conference in addition to the current guidelines from the USG, Governor’s Task Force, the GDPH and CDC.
Students should continue to check their email frequently to stay up to date on current information and expectations.
Updates about the impact of COVID-19 at Dalton State will be provided via this webpage, Roadrunner Alert, the college’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and the Roadrunner Portal. Students and employees should check their Dalton State email frequently.
Contact COVID-19 hotline
The State of Georgia has a COVID-19 hotline at 844-442-2681. If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.
COVID-19 Information from CDC