IWS strongly recommends students coming on campus be fully vaccinated for the sake of safety of the IWS and Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church communities, in consultation with your doctor or medical professional.
Prior to Arrival
IWS recommends all out-of-town students and staff verify they are negative for COVID-19 prior to traveling to campus, because everyone will be tested upon arrival. Persons testing positive will be required to quarantine off-site, in accordance with medical guidelines, at their own expense.
Individuals testing positive for COVID-19 should not travel to campus until cleared for travel by a medical doctor.
During the Session
Rapid tests will be administered to students, faculty, staff, and trustees immediately upon their arrival on campus, and as needed for the remainder of the intensive. Anyone who is experiencing any symptoms at all during the session will be expected to notify an IWS staff member immediately to arrange a test.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms. Please see the CDC website for more information about COVID-19 symptoms.
Unvaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19, and all individuals who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 will quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines and continue to participate in the session remotely as their health permits.
Guidelines Governing Positive Tests & Returning to Campus
IWS will follow CDC guidelines regarding isolation requirements following a positive test, adapted as needed to ensure the safety of the IWS community.
Wellness Form & Daily Check-In
All in-person attendees will sign a wellness form acknowledging they understand the safety protocols.
Common areas of the campus will be cleaned and sanitized daily.
Masks and Distancing
Masks are recommended in all classrooms (except lecturing professors), in chapel (except those on the platform), in the library, in corridors and tight outdoor spaces, and in the Fellowship Hall (except while eating). The mask policy is subject to change at any time.
Classroom layouts will be adjusted to increase the physical distance between on-campus participants.
Meal seating indoors will be well-spaced, and IWS will discourage lingering indoors during meals. Ample covered outdoor seating will be provided. Participants in worship will spread out.
All members of the IWS community are expected to treat one another with charity, preferring the good of the other, and caring for the most vulnerable among us as a top priority. Whether you feel you should be masked or unmasked, please respect the opinion of the other, and make accommodations for one another.
Host Home Accommodations
IWS has a limited number of host homes and cannot guarantee accommodations for all students who request a homestay. While being fully vaccinated is not a requirement for enrolling in the June 2022 session, host homes will only be available to students who are fully vaccinated according to CDC guidelines. IWS may ask to verify a student’s vaccination card before placing anyone in a host home.
Center for COVID-19 Protocols
The President’s Office functions as the center for COVID-19 protocols for IWS.