Session Safety Protocols

Last revised October 17, 2022
These protocols reflect current intentions toward the January 2023 session, but are subject to change before or during the intensive.


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

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.

Flu symptoms will be dealt with on a case-by-case manner.

According to the CDC,

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
      Sore throat
      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. Influenza can be quite similar to COVID symptoms, and both can be highly contagious. Please exercise prudential judgement regarding preventative measures at the onset of any of the above symptoms.


All individuals who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19, or who exhibit symptoms of the flu, 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.

Daily Cleaning

Common areas of the campus will be cleaned and sanitized daily.

Masks and Distancing

Masks are optional.

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 January 2023 session, if you are requesting a host home, you will be asked to verify your vaccination status.

Center for COVID-19 Protocols

The President’s Office functions as the center for COVID-19 protocols for IWS.