UPDATED AS OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2020
We are currently in PHASE 1
Numbers are updated weekly. Read more about our four phases here.
|Number in Isolation||Number in Quarantine|
|Isolation: individual showed symptoms or tested postive for COVID-19||Quarantine: individual was in close contact with person who showed symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19|
*These numbers include students in isolation/quarantine on campus as well as students in isolation/quarantine at home.
|Dining Hall||Permitted with Restrictions|
|Residence Hall Visitors||Not Permitted|
|Students, Faculty & Staff at Athletic and Fine Art Events||Permitted with Restrictions|
|Off-campus Spectators at Athletic and Fine Art Events||Not Permitted|
|Face to Face Classes||Permitted with Restrictions|
|Sanctioned College Travel (exemptions for athletics)||Not Permitted|
COVID-19 tests were given to more than 830 students who arrived on the Culver-Stockton College campus this month, and a 1.5 percent rate of positive tests as of Thursday, Aug. 27 is a “very manageable rate,” said Dr. Douglas B. Palmer, president of Culver-Stockton.
Students taking online or off-campus classes were not required to be tested.
Testing of students began at C-SC on Thursday, Aug. 13, and continue through the check-in period. All students who tested positive for COVID-19 are placed into isolation for 10 days. C-SC has a residence hall on campus designated for isolated students. Students with whom there was close contact are in quarantine in their room on campus for 14 days, as determined by C-SC’s COVID-19 protocol.
“I know this is disappointing for these students,” Palmer said. “I have talked with a few of them, and I am impressed by their understanding and flexibility.”
The Lewis County Department of Public Health is directing the next steps for students who have tested positive for the virus. All students in isolation or quarantine are supported and monitored by C-SC staff. No more details will be released about those students to maintain their privacy.
Test processing was completed by Clinical Reference Laboratory of Lenexa, Kan. The test used was a CRL Rapid Response test, a saliva-based non-invasive molecular test approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The tests were self-administered by the students while under supervision in small groups by employees, who were under the guidance of members of the Culver-Stockton athletic training staff.
C-SC paid for the tests. There was no extra cost to the students.
In-person classes started at Culver-Stockton on Monday, Aug. 24.
C-SC is reporting all positive test results to the Lewis County Health Department. Students who were tested after Aug. 16 used their college address and should be counted in Lewis County totals.
“We want to assure everyone that we are working closely with Culver-Stockton to provide guidance and follow up,” the Lewis County Health Department wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “We feel Culver-Stockton is doing a great job at identifying, isolating and quarantining students. They are taking proper precautions to keep students and the community safe.”
Palmer says a team of leaders is working to make decisions based on the latest and best information available to protect the safety of students, faculty and staff. This group is in regular contact with the Lewis County Department of Public Health.
“I have full confidence that we will continue to follow our guidelines: wearing masks in public spaces, social distancing, frequent hand washing, etc.,” Palmer said. “I am so proud of this community. We will continue to rise to the occasion, do the right things and look out for one another. We will show everyone what it means to be a part of the Wildcat Family.”
As we continue to learn more and monitor the changing dynamics of COVID-19, we have updated some of the policies that were established in our Return to Campus guide sent out earlier this month.
All students will be tested when they arrive on campus, beginning Thursday, August 13 when the new students on the football team check in. Students who arrived on campus last week will also be tested. When the NAIA changed its policy on testing athletes, this allowed Culver-Stockton to change its procedures as well. The CRL saliva tests that will be used are of a higher quality and now more available than they were just a few weeks ago.
Culver-Stockton College is paying for these tests and there is no extra cost to the student.
These non-invasive tests will be self-administered by the students in small groups while under the supervision of employees. These employees have been trained under the guidance of members of the athletic training staff at Culver-Stockton. College officials are making arrangements to transport the tests quickly to a regional laboratory. Results are expected within 48 to 72 hours of receipt, but turnaround time will depend on the capacity of the lab that will run the tests.
No practices may be conducted until the results of these tests are returned to campus. Small group conditioning exercises will be allowed.
Thank you for all that you are doing to make sure you arrive safely on campus.
Check-in will look different this year as we have adapted for physical distancing and keeping our students safe as they return to campus. Below is a link for this year's check-in procedures. Students will have also received an email from Dean Gill with detailed information.
Please arrive at the archway entrance and have the campus clear app downloaded on your phone prior to your arrival. Everyone arriving on campus will be screened prior to checking in.
If you or a family member are not feeling well please do not come to campus until you are feeling better. Contact us to set up a different check-in time.
Dear Culver-Stockton Community,
The faculty, staff and administration of Culver-Stockton have been researching, studying and reviewing plans for opening the campus in August for the return of students. Our core mission is to teach students as a residential community and so our plan is to use all of the latest information we have in order to safely open the College and welcome our students back to campus. If we were to make the choice to not have students return in the fall semester, it would be a last resort decision. Currently, the number of students who have indicated they will be returning to campus is quite strong, and we are excited about the number of new students who will become Wildcats in August.
We have now reached a point where decisions had to be made concerning Homecoming and the Class of 2020 Commencement. Our current priority must be to keep our returning students, staff and faculty safe. The Administration, with guidance from the Board of Trustees, has decided to postpone 2020 Homecoming activities. Tentative Spring dates will be considered when a clearer picture emerges later in the Fall.
We have also decided to cancel the Class of 2020 Commencement. Members of the Class of 2020 are welcome and encouraged to return to any future commencement and to walk in the graduation ceremony. We will also plan a special reunion celebration in 2025 to honor the Class of 2020.
While this decision was incredibly difficult, events bringing other people to campus may add the potential for unwanted COVID-19 health issues for students, faculty and staff as well as those who are visiting campus. The safety of our entire community and ability to continue to provide our students with the education experience they expect is of the greatest importance.
Dr. Douglas Palmer
President Dr. Douglas B. Palmer announced today Culver-Stockton College’s plan for the safe return of students in August.
The Return to Campus plan details the guiding principles Culver-Stockton will follow to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Plans call for students to return to campus throughout August and classes will begin as scheduled on Monday, Aug. 24.
To maximize our ability to stay on campus with regular face-to-face classes, Thanksgiving break will be shortened to Nov. 25-29, and the last day of the 3-week session (and last day of the fall semester) will be Dec. 11. These changes will lengthen winter break by one week.
The Culver-Stockton COVID-19 Task Force has been working on a comprehensive plan outlining guidance for the entire institution. They have consulted the Lewis County Health Department, local health care leaders, the Missouri Department of Health, athletic associations and other higher education organizations to ensure Culver-Stockton follows the safest guidelines possible.
Some of the measures Culver-Stockton plans to put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 include:
- Wear a face covering inside all campus buildings, except private residence hall rooms and offices
- Athletic programs will operate in accordance with NAIA and Heart of America Athletic Conference guidelines.
- Physical distancing of 6 feet
- Modify dining services to comply with physical distancing and safety protocols
- No college-sponsored student travel during the fall semester without prior approval
- During the first phase of reopening, no guests will be allowed on campus. No spectators are allowed for athletic games and other events. Any special guests must be approved by the President.
As Culver-Stockton continues to monitor the changing dynamics of COVID-19, the College’s plan may be subject to change.