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COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form

To assist with Ensign College's efforts to track the spread of COVID-19, please self-report through the form below if you have tested positive for the virus or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

This information will help us to reduce the spread of the disease in our campus community by ensuring appropriate areas of campus are cleaned and disinfected. The Salt Lake County Health Department will continue to perform contact tracing for confirmed cases within the county.

Confirmed Ensign College Cases

As of November 16, the Ensign College community of staff, faculty and students has had 72 self-reported cases during the Fall 2020 Semester. There are 13 active positive cases within the campus community over the past two weeks.

STUDENT INFORMATION

November 10, 2020

Ensign College to comply with statewide mandates for higher education

Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order Sunday evening, declaring a statewide emergency as a result of recent increases in COVID-19 cases. It includes mandatory use of face coverings and limiting of social gatherings to people within the same household. There are also specific measures for higher education. The executive order states:

“Beginning as soon as possible, but no later than January 1, 2021, a public or private institution of higher education, including a degree-granting institution or technical college, shall require each individual who is enrolled as a student of the institution of higher education and who lives in on-campus housing or attends at least one in-person class provided by the institution of higher education to obtain a diagnostic test approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration to determine current COVID-19 infection each week.”

Ensign College will comply with all requirements. Beginning immediately, all extracurricular activities at the College are on hold. Plans are being made to have weekly testing available to all students by January 1, 2021, at the latest. More information on the College’s testing processes will be communicated at a later date.

In the meantime, students who suspect they have been exposed to the virus are encouraged to explore immediate COVID-19 testing options by filling out the state’s online survey . Salt Lake County testing locations can be found here . Additionally, Ensign College students are reminded to do their part to reduce the spread of the disease in the campus community by completing the diagnosis and exposure form on the College’s website.

Course Delivery Options

We've finalized the Winter 2021 schedule and invite you to register for the courses that best fit your needs. We are teaching in a variety of ways to adhere to social distancing guidelines and keep you safe. Here are the types of courses you will see when registering:

Online-Only Courses

These are courses that are strictly online with no specified time to meet with your instructor or classmates.

Zoom-Only Courses

These courses are administered through Zoom. There will be a date and a time to login for class.

Hybrid Courses

These courses are taught on campus and through Zoom. One day of the week will be on campus, and the other will be through Zoom. The class schedule will list which days you are to be on campus.

On-Campus Courses

These courses are taught 100% on campus.

Minor adjustments may still be made as departments adjust to meet the needs of their students. Please continue to monitor your registration for potential changes.

What is the College Doing to Keep Me Healthy?

  • Health and safety protocols: Your health and safety are our top priority.  Many measures are in place to promote a healthy return to campus.  If government regulations or guidance from the Church require Ensign College to adjust operating plans, we will communicate updates online and by email to your Ensign College email account.
  • Traffic patterns: Traffic patterns have been established for campus, including designated entry and exit points. Some floors or areas of campus may remain closed or have limited access. Please help us promote safety by following these protocols.
  • Physical facilities: Classroom space has been modified to facilitate appropriate physical distancing. Sanitizing supplies will also be made available for your use in campus classrooms and work areas. 

What is Expected of Me?

  • Mask up: Students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear a mask in order to receive campus services or attend on-campus courses.  Students will be expected to provide their own reusable masks.  However, disposable masks will be available for students who forget their own mask.  Face shields are not an acceptable substitute for face masks. 
  • Remember the basics: Please maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others when in public and on campus. Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds or longer. Sanitize your living and work environment. If you’re feeling sick or have been around others who are sick, please stay home.
  • Follow the protocols: Safety protocols will only be effective if we all follow them. Because the health and safety of every student and employee is our top priority, anyone who chooses not to follow campus health protocols will be asked to leave classes, events, and activities. Working together we can all be safe and healthy!
  • Be good citizens:  Currently, Salt Lake County is requiring the wearing of masks while in public.  Students are expected to adhere to local mandates while on and off-campus.  When off-campus, please be a good community citizen by observing physical distancing protocols, respecting guidelines for wearing a mask, and adhering to other safety requests.  Above all, be respectful and kind to other people.  
  • Help sanitize desks and chairs:  Each classroom will have disinfectant spray and cleaning cloths.  At the beginning of each class period, students are expected to use the disinfectant spray and cloths to wipe down their own chair and desk.

COVID-19 Exposure or Diagnosis

Students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 (receive a positive test result), or who know they have been exposed to someone else who has tested positive for COVID-19, should immediately self-isolate and fill out the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form online. Once the form is submitted, you may be contacted by a College representative with additional questions. Please be responsive to any inquiries from the College so that we can be more effective at keeping our campus community safe. Students who know they have been exposed to, or diagnosed with, COVID-19 should remain in self-isolation until they are free from symptoms for 14 consecutive days.

If you or someone else in a traditional face-to-face course or hybrid course tests positive for COVID-19, the impacted class(s) will temporarily suspend all face-to-face class sessions and meet via Zoom for two weeks.

Student FAQ for Winter Semester 

1. Will my schedule change? 

Most schedules are set for Winter, but there is a small chance of courses changing teaching methods. Be sure to check your schedule often for changes.

2. How can I tell if a course is hybrid, online, in-person, or Zoom? 

Check carefully the days and room numbers on the class schedule. More information, including screen shots, are available at https://www.ensign.edu/winter-2021-registration-options

3. What if I have a lab class? 

Medical Assisting lab courses will be taught on campus. See the class schedule for details.

4. Is wearing a mask required? 

Yes. Masks are required in order to attend on-campus classes or receive on-campus services.

5. How do I know what Zoom link to use? 

The Zoom link will be available in Canvas prior to courses beginning.

6. What if I have a Zoom course immediately before or after a hybrid course and won’t make it home in time? 

There are available study areas at Ensign College, including the library and The Summit Grill, where you can use your laptop to participate via Zoom.

7. What if my internet connected is not reliable? 

Ensign College will be open if wi-fi is needed. Study areas include the library and The Summit Grill.

8. Who can I contact if I have issues with Zoom? 

Please contact the Helpdesk (801.524.8119 / helpdesk@ensign.edu ) if you are having any technology difficulties.

9. How do I request accommodations for accessibility? 

If you are new to Ensign College, go to https://elbert.accessiblelearning.com/s-Ensign/ApplicationStudent.aspx and fill out the information there. You will also need to submit documentation of a disability. After that, the disability services coordinator will set up a time to meet with you via Zoom and get to know you and your needs better. Your accommodations will get set up, and you can then request your accommodation letters sent to your teachers via e-mail. If you have further questions, e-mail disabilityservices@ensign.edu .

10. How do I drop my classes?

Start by logging in to your MyEnsign and selecting "Student Center". From there, select "Enroll" and then "Drop" from the options listed underneath. Once you've selected the class(es) you wish to drop, click on "Drop Selected Classes". Review the message that pops up, select "Ok" and confirm your request by selecting "Finish Dropping". You can confirm that the course was dropped by the green check mark that should appear. Please see the Academic Calendar for other important dates and deadlines.

11. What happens if I’ve come in contact with someone with COVID-19? 

Students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 (receive a positive test result), or who know they have been exposed to someone else who has tested positive for COVID-19, should immediately self-isolate and fill out the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form online. Once the form is submitted, you may be contacted by a College representative with additional questions. Please be responsive to any inquiries from the College so that we can be more effective at keeping our campus community safe. Students who know they have been exposed to, or diagnosed with, COVID-19 should remain in self-isolation until they are free from symptoms for 14 consecutive days.

12. How do I get my student ID? 

An online process has been created for students who need to request an ID card. Please visit the following link and complete the ID Card Request Form. For questions, please contact the Enrollment Services Office at regstaff@ensign.edu or call at 801-524-8140.

13. As an international student, how do I check-in?   

An email will be sent to international students on how to do the International Check-In.

14. Where can I find masks, hand sanitizer, and wipes? 

You should bring your own reusable face mask to wear each time you visit campus. However, disposable face masks will be provided for students who may forget to bring a mask. Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout campus in common areas. Disinfectant spray and cleaning cloths will be located in each classroom to allow students to sanitize their desks and chairs at the beginning of each class.

15. How do I schedule an appointment with my Success Advisor? Can I do it remotely?  

Your Success Advisor is here for you! You can connect with your Advisor in person, by phone, or through a video chat. You can call (801)524-8151 any time to arrange an appointment (on campus, or remote).

16. Will it be safe to return to classes on campus in the Winter? 

The College will follow all guidelines provided by state and national governments, including the following recommendations:

  • Increased cleaning and hygiene regimen (including between class sessions) 
  • Minimized face-to-face contact 
  • Six-foot distance among employees and students 
  • Flexible hours or staggered shifts 
  • Masks and sanitizers provided for employees and students 
  • Physical classroom sizes limited to 20 people 

17. How will on-campus classes work in the Winter?

  • Classes on campus will be a hybrid of face-to-face and remote. Different class sections will be in the building at different times, on a rotational basis. Each section will have a maximum class size of 25 students. For example, one class section will be held on campus on Monday and meet remotely on Wednesday. Another class section may meet remotely on Monday and on campus on Wednesday. Sections will rotate to efficiently utilize on-campus space. 
  • Labs will be held on campus. 
  • As much as possible, lower levels of the building will be used for classes. Labs may continue to be used on higher levels. Classes may also be held at nearby off-campus sites. These adjustments will help to reduce student congestion in hallways, elevators and stairwells. 
  • In a further effort to help with congestion on campus, we will take advantage of unscheduled time on Fridays and evenings to hold classes. Classes will be held throughout the day and evening on a Monday-Friday schedule. 

18. Will remote sections of classes in the Winter be different from what I’m currently experiencing with Fall Semester classes? 

No. Classes provided in the Winter remotely will be taught with the same methods as they have been for the duration of the Fall 2020 Semester.

19. I’m an international student who can’t return to the U.S. How can I still take classes in the Winter? 

You may choose to take all of your Winter 2021 Semester classes remotely. Be sure to register for sections of classes listed as “Zoom-classroom only.”

20. Will all student services be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. like they used to be? 

Face-to-face hours will continue to be reduced. However, student services will be available by phone and through email from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A modified schedule of hours can be found at https://ensign.edu .

21. Will tutoring and advising resources still be available? 

Yes. Please reach out to your advisor and check ensign.edu for tutoring information.

22. Is tuition cheaper if I don’t come to campus? 

Tuition remains the same for students who choose to only take remote courses, a mix of on-campus and remote courses or only on-campus courses (labs).

23. Will there be a weekly devotional I can attend? 

The College will continue to monitor guidelines from the state and national level. If guidelines change allowing for groups consistent with the size of our normal devotional attendance, the College will consider hosting devotionals publicly again. However, for the foreseeable future, devotionals will continue to be held virtually and streamed on the Church’s website each Tuesday of the semester at 11:15 a.m.

24. Will there be any events on campus this Winter? 

Yes. Events that are able to follow state government guidelines regarding size and social distancing practices will continue to take place on campus this Winter.

LDS Business College Update – 8/20/20

August 20, 2020.

Ensign College to transition to 100% remote classes after Thanksgiving

After careful consideration and extensive evaluation, Ensign College (formerly LDS Business College) announces it will transition to 100% remote classes following the Thanksgiving break this Fall 2020 Semester.

The Fall 2020 Semester will begin on September 14. Students may register for three types of instructional delivery: remote classes, hybrid classes (in-person and remote), and in-person classes (labs). Hybrid and in-person classes will be conducted with careful safety measures in place through November 24. However, out of an abundance of caution, following Thanksgiving break (November 25-27) all classes will be conducted remotely until the semester ends on December 16.

Revised Academic Calendar

  • Sept. 14 – Classes begin (remote, hybrid and in-person)
  • Nov. 24 – All in-person instruction ends
  • Nov. 25-27 – Thanksgiving Break (campus open, no classes – 25, campus closed – 26, 27)
  • Dec. 16 – Classes end

Students traveling home for the Thanksgiving break are encouraged to finish the Fall Semester remotely from home to help limit any potential increase of COVID-19 in the campus community during the month of December.

Although many students are already planning to enroll in only remote classes for Fall Semester, each student should reevaluate their schedule and how this announcement affects them individually.

Current campus hours and services will remain unchanged before and after Thanksgiving break. The building is open regular hours Monday through Friday for students and employees to work, study and gain access to Wi-Fi and other resources. Essential student services on campus provide limited face-to-face hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday.

Changing information, data and regulations from local and federal agencies are being closely monitored as plans for the Winter 2021 Semester are evaluated.

All courses at Ensign College will resume March 18 through remote instruction, to the extent possible. In the case of lab-based or other courses that cannot be conducted remotely, faculty members will provide guidelines directly to the affected students. All online courses will continue uninterrupted.

Ensign College has announced the following adjustments to courses during the Spring 2020 semester:

  • All courses will be conducted utilizing technology-enabled instructional distancing.
  • Technology will be utilized to connect students and faculty remotely.
  • Students will be able to complete courses wherever they reside.
  • It is anticipated that campus will continue to be open with limited hours for essential student services.
  • All services can be accessed via phone, email and other remote connection methods during regular business hours.

These changes may require some adjustments to currently planned courses. Lab courses that cannot be adapted for remote delivery will be canceled. Students may find it necessary to adjust their schedules as a result of these changes and can do so by working with an academic advisor. Information regarding course cancellations will be available to students before the end of Winter 2020 semester.

Remote classes and exams

Your professors will contact you regarding how your courses and exams will proceed. Try to be patient as they work out the details. Plan to keep your normal class time available until you hear otherwise. Most classes will happen via Zoom. Download your free zoom license now at ensign-edu.zoom.us to be prepared for Wednesday classes. Find a good spot with a solid internet connection. If you don’t have access to a computer or smartphone for receiving video, you can use the computers at the library.

Travel between the break

Students have the choice to remain in the greater Salt Lake City area or return home for the balance of the semester, completing all coursework through remote instruction. For students who choose to stay, all campus services will continue to be available. Prior to the beginning of Spring semester, where possible, students are discouraged from traveling outside of the greater Wasatch Front where cases of the COVID-19 virus are more prominent.

Testing Center

The Testing Center will continue to administer exams. Visit the Testing Center page for more information.

Student FAQ (Click

HERE

for a PDF version)

Q1. What if I know that I was exposed to COVID-19, or what if I am experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19?

A1. You should immediately self-isolate when:

  • You have upper-respiratory or influenza-like symptoms (e.g. cough, sore throat, congestion, fever).
  • Isolation is recommended by your medical practitioner.
  • There is a high likelihood that you have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g. someone you were in close contact with recently tested positive for COVID-19, or you recently traveled to a high-risk area).
  • You have a loved one with a compromised immune system.

If you are practicing self-isolation due to one of the above conditions, you should notify your teachers of the situation and remain in self-isolation until you have been free of all symptoms for 14 consecutive days.

Q2. Will taking remote classes impact my international student status?

A2. No. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is temporarily permitting non-immigrant students to complete all courses via distance learning or remote methods. Non-immigrant students may engage in remote learning either within the U.S. or outside the country. The International Student Office at Ensign College will provide additional information to non-immigrant students as it becomes available.

Q3. Will I keep my same teacher now that courses are being offered remotely?

A3. Yes, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Q4. What if my teacher cancels my class for the rest of the semester? Am I stuck with the grade that I have right now?

A4. Your teacher should not be canceling your class. You may contact Academic Administration at 801-524-8166 with any additional questions.

Q5. My class is a lab and/or applied hands-on class. Will my class still be taught remotely?

A5. Yes. Please check Canvas to determine how your class will be administered remotely.

Q6. Will I need to use Canvas or another program to access my class content remotely?

A6. All course instruction will be delivered via Zoom, and all course content will be available through Canvas.

Q7. Who should I contact on campus if I’m having problems accessing Canvas or Zoom?

A7. Please contact the Help Desk (echelpdesk@ensign.edu / 801.524.8119) for assistance with Canvas and Zoom access.

Q8. What if my professor is not responding or I have concerns about how my class is going?

A8. You may contact Academic Administration at 801-524-8166.

Q9. What if I need an accommodation to take my class remotely?

A9. Please submit all accommodation requests to disabilityservices@ensign.edu . Or, you may call 801-524-8151 to ask questions about accommodation.

Q10. How will testing work with remote delivery? Will the tests be proctored somehow?

A10. Your teacher will notify you about testing procedures.

Q11. What student services, if any, are still being offered on campus?

A11. The following student services are maintaining on-campus operations at this time:

  • The Summit Grill
  • The Outpost
  • Cashier’s Office
  • Financial Aid Office
  • International Student Office
  • Library
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Student Success Center

Please note that the above services may be operating with limited hours and/or staff.

EMPLOYEE INFORMATION

Staff FAQ for Winter Semester 

1. Are face masks required?  How do I handle a student who refuses to wear a mask? 

All students, employees and patrons who visit Ensign College will be required to wear a face mask. If a student without a face mask is seeking services from your department, first invite them to put on a face mask. Remind them that face masks are available at the first floor information desk. If the student refuses to wear a face mask, you should instruct the student that you cannot offer any services until they put on a face mask. Invite them to come back once they are willing to wear a face mask. In the rare event that a student becomes belligerent or defiant, calmly remove yourself from the situation and contact Church Security (801.240.2661) to assist you.

2. Will there be mask waivers for students with severe asthma or other medical conditions? 

No. Students who are unable to wear a mask due to medical conditions are in a high-risk category and should not be visiting campus. These students should be invited to obtain service through remote means.

3. Will Ensign College be providing face masks for students or staff? 

Staff and students are encouraged to bring their own reusable face masks. However, if you or one of our students forgets to bring a face mask, disposable masks may be obtained by going to the first floor information desk. Additionally, disposable face masks will be available in other common areas such as the Registrar’s Office, Cashier’s Office, and Student Success Center.

4. What happens if I’ve been in close contact with someone who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, and I’m working on-campus? 

You should notify your manager right away, then self-isolate and complete the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form . If you develop any symptoms you should get tested as soon as possible, and avoid coming to campus until you are completely free of symptoms for 14-consecutive days.

5. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19? 

You should notify your manager right away, then self-isolate and complete the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form . You should avoid coming to campus until you’ve been free of symptoms for 14-consecutive days.

6. Will Ensign College be taking temperature readings of students and/or faculty?   

Students and campus visitors will not be required to have their temperature taken upon arrival to campus. However, all employees will be required to get a temperature reading when they first arrive to campus each day. Stations for taking employee temperatures will be set up in the P3 elevator lobby, and the first-floor information desk. Additionally, the Cashier’s Office, Registrar’s Office, and Student Success Center will have instant temperature readers for the staff that work in those areas. Employees who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher should leave campus and return home. Once the fever subsides, and if there are no accompanying COVID-19 symptoms, the employee may return to campus.

7. What happens if a student informs me that they have COVID-19 symptoms, or a positive COVID-19 test result? 

You should advise the student to complete the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form  located on the COVID-19 webpage, if they have not done so already. You should invite the student to self-isolate until they are free of symptoms for at least 14-consecutive days. Individuals who disclose a positive test result on the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form  will be contacted by a College representative to verify their diagnosis and confirm when they were last on campus.

  • If the individual has been on campus within two weeks prior to experiencing any symptoms, the campus community will be notified of a positive COVID-19 test result on campus, without disclosing the name or other individually identifying details of the infected individual.  
  • Every reasonable effort will then be made to identify the specific locations on campus where the infected individual had visited in the last two weeks (e.g. classrooms, offices, etc.). Effort will then be made to thoroughly sanitize those areas of campus.  

Individuals who tested positive for COVD-19 are free to return to campus once they have been free of symptoms for at least 14-consecutive days.

8. Should I be working from home at this time? 

Each vice president has the latitude to authorize their employees (including volunteers) to work from home, dependent upon the nature and scope of the work to be performed. If you are asked to perform your work on campus, you should strive to conduct business via email, telephone, videoconference or other means which do not necessitate face-to-face interactions, whenever feasible. Employees who are not permitted to work remotely should practice good hygiene and appropriate social distancing while on campus. Click HERE  for advice from the World Health Organization on basic protective measures against COVID-19. You should proactively ask your manager if you may work from home if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You are the caretaker of an individual who has tested positive for, or is displaying symptoms of, COVID-19. 
  • You are the parent or caretaker of children who have had a mandated school closure due to COVID-19. 
  • Your immune system is significantly compromised due to preexisting health conditions or current medical treatments. 
  • You have a loved one with a compromised immune system.  

9. What if my functional area is dismissed, or what if the entire campus is closed?  

If your functional area is temporarily dismissed, or if the entire campus is closed down due to COVID-19, you should work with your manager to identify meaningful work which may be done from home. If no appropriate remote work assignments can be given, all employees (full-time, part-time and student employees) will be paid at their normal rate according to the hours they typically would have worked. Whether performing work from home or being paid for dismissal or campus closure, you will still need to record your hours in Workday just as you normally would. Your manager will also need to approve your hours in Workday just as they normally would. The intent of Ensign College administration is to keep all of our employees financially “whole” in spite of any temporary work dismissals or campus closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

10. What if I proactively choose to self-isolate, but I don’t have symptoms of COVID-19? 

Volunteers may opt to self-isolate at home after notifying their manager. Employees who choose to self-isolate without prior authorization from their manager will be taking leave without pay and may be subject to formal discipline, including termination of employment, due to job abandonment. Therefore, employees are expected to explicitly communicate with their manager as soon as possible to seek prior approval for any self-isolation or work-from-home arrangements. 

11. What if I know that I was exposed to COVID-19, or what if I am experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19? 

You should immediately inform your manager when:

  • You have upper-respiratory or influenza-like symptoms. 
  • Isolation is recommended by your health care provider. 
  • There is a high likelihood that you have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g. someone you were in close contact with recently tested positive for COVID-19, or you recently traveled to a high-risk area). 

After notifying your manager of the above condition(s), you should then practice self-isolation at home until you have been free of all symptoms for 14-consecutive days. 

12. Can I use paid sick leave for COVID-19 illness even if I haven’t tested positive?  

Yes. As with any other illness, benefited employees should use paid sick leave if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, congestion). Non-benefited employees (part-time, adjuncts and student employees) will be paid at their normal rate according to the hours they typically would have worked while they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. In accordance with the current paid leave policy , a doctor’s note may be requested by the manager to certify the existence of an illness.  

13. How long will these practices and guidelines remain in effect? 

These practices and guidelines will be in effect at least through the remainder of the year. 

14. What is being done on campus to support a clean and germ-free work environment?  

The Church Headquarters Facilities custodial staff has implemented the following procedures to reduce the spread of germs, including COVID-19:

  • Use of a high-strength, hospital-grade disinfectant to disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the day, including door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, etc. 
  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting (multiple times a day) of restroom surfaces 
  • Routine cleaning and disinfecting of conference rooms and other shared spaces 
  • Frequently checking that soap and hand sanitizer supplies are maintained and available 

15. Am I allowed to take business trips at this time? 

No. A strict freeze on all business travel is in place at this time. Exceptions to this must be approved by the respective vice president.

Faculty FAQ for Winter Semester

COVID-19 Protocols

  1. Are face masks required?  How do I handle a student who refuses to wear a mask?

All students, employees and patrons who visit Ensign College will be required to wear a face mask. If a student comes to class without a face mask, first offer them a disposable face mask. Each classroom will have a small stockpile of disposable face masks located near the podium. If the student refuses to wear a face mask, you should instruct the student that they are not allowed to remain in class without a face mask. Invite them to come back to class once they are willing to wear a face mask. In the rare event that a student becomes belligerent or defiant, calmly remove yourself from the classroom and contact Church Security (801.240.2661) to assist you with the situation.

  1. Will there be mask waivers for students with severe asthma or other medical conditions?

No. Students who are unable to wear a mask due to medical conditions are in a high-risk category and should not be attending face-to-face classes. These students should be invited to register for Zoom or online course sections.

  1. What are the protocols for hygiene and sanitation in the classrooms?

Each classroom will have a sanitation kit comprised of disinfectant spray and cleaning cloths. Before each class begins, students and faculty should use the sanitation kits to spray and wipe down surfaces such as desks, chairs, podiums, and other commonly touched hard surfaces. Faculty are encouraged to bring their own dry erase markers for the white boards, and students should not share writing utensils, laptops, or other personal items. Student desks will be spaced six feet apart, and in-person class sizes will be limited to 19 students to maintain proper social distancing. Each night, classrooms will be thoroughly sanitized by custodial staff. Signage will be posted throughout the building reminding students to wear masks and maintain proper social distancing. You should reinforce these personal hygiene and sanitation measures in your classroom.

  1. Will Ensign College be providing face masks for students or faculty?

You and your students are encouraged to bring your own reusable face masks. However, if you or one of your students forgets to bring a face mask, each classroom will have a small stockpile of disposable face masks located near the podium. Additionally, disposable face masks will be available in common areas such as the first-floor lobby, Registrar’s Office, Cashier’s Office, and Student Success Center.

  1. What happens if I’ve been in close contact with someone who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19, and I’m teaching on-campus?

You should notify your program chair right away, and then self-isolate and avoid coming to campus for the next 14 days. You and your program chair will then determine how to best handle your class(es). If you are teaching a hybrid course, you may temporarily switch all your class sessions to Zoom. If you are teaching a traditional face-to-face course, your program chair will need to find a substitute instructor for you.

  1. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

You should notify your program chair right away, and then self-isolate and avoid coming to campus until you’ve been free of symptoms for 14 consecutive days. You should also complete the online COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form . You and your program chair will then determine how to best handle your class(es). If you are teaching a hybrid course, you may temporarily switch all your class sessions to Zoom. If you are teaching a traditional face-to-face course, or if you are too sick to teach remotely, your program chair will need to find a substitute instructor for you.

  1. Will Ensign College be taking temperature readings of students and/or faculty? 

Students and campus visitors will not be required to have their temperature taken upon arrival to campus. However, all employees will be required to get a temperature reading when they first arrive to campus each day. Stations for taking employee temperatures will be set up in the P3 elevator lobby, and the first-floor reception desk. Additionally, the Cashier’s Office, Registrar’s Office, and Student Success Center will have instant temperature readers for the staff that work in those areas. Employees who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to leave campus and return home. Once the fever subsides, and if there are no accompanying COVID-19 symptoms, the employee may return to campus.

  1. What happens if a student informs me that they have COVID-19 symptoms, or a positive COVID-19 test result?

You should advise the student to complete the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form located on the COVID-19 webpage, if they have not done so already. You should invite the student to self-isolate until they are free of symptoms for at least 14-consecutive days. You should not offer medical advice or attempt to diagnose symptoms. You should not disclose a student’s name or personally identifiable details to your class if they have tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals who disclose a positive test result on the COVID-19 Diagnosis or Exposure Form will be contacted by a College representative to verify their diagnosis and confirm when they were last on campus.

  • If the individual has been on campus within two weeks prior to experiencing any symptoms, the campus community will be notified of a positive COVID-19 test result on campus, without disclosing the name or other individually identifying details of the infected individual. 
  • Every reasonable effort will then be made to identify the specific locations on campus where the infected individual had visited in the last two weeks (e.g. classrooms, offices, etc.). Effort will then be made to thoroughly sanitize those areas of campus. 

Individuals who tested positive for COVD-19 are free to return to campus once they have been free of symptoms for at least 14-consecutive days. If you are teaching a class that has a face-to-face component, and a student tests positive for COVID-19, your class will be switched to 100% Zoom delivery for a two-week period.

Remote (Zoom) Classroom Management

  1. What tools or features in Zoom should I use?

It's best to familiarize yourself with as many Zoom tools and features as possible. Some useful ones are breakout rooms, annotation/whiteboard, and nonverbal feedback. Breakout rooms get used extensively (especially for group work settings) but the others can be useful as well. All three need to be enabled within your Zoom settings. See Enabling breakout rooms , Managing breakout rooms , Using annotation tools on a shared screen or whiteboard , and Nonverbal feedback during meetings .

  1. How do I best engage students in class discussions?

Just like in the classroom, the question you ask is really important (i.e., good questions tend to get good answers). If your questions aren't producing answers, think of how you can restate them more effectively. When having discussions in Zoom, use the available resources to give students space to engage, like the Chat window. Encourage students to use it if they're not comfortable speaking up. If you happen to have a lot of engagement/comments, use the Raise hand feature, or the nonverbal feedback functionality, to manage who will speak in what order. People talking over each other on Zoom tends to be more distracting than in face-to-face environments.

  1. What should I do if students are not participating?

The first thing to do is a quick self-assessment of what you've been doing. Has it been a lot of monologue instead of dialogue? Have the students been expected to just listen for a long period of time? If so, give some thought to how you can engage students more directly, or in other words, give them something meaningful to do. Engage their brains and their hands. The more you're able to break up your virtual presentation the more likely you are to maintain student interest and engagement. A few ideas on how to do that include: share screens (e.g., watch brief videos, show and discuss an article, chart, etc.), use Polls, create interactive activities, etc. Plan your lessons in small bursts. This will help them stay focused. For example, instead of spending an hour talking about a subject try this sequence: 1) Review the preparation materials on SWOT Analysis [no more than 10 minutes], 2) Ask clarification questions to gauge understanding [5-10 minutes), 3) Share a screen showing a sample of a SWOT analysis and engage the class to help you fill out all four sections [10 minutes], and 4) Conduct a brief review to reaffirm understanding and answer any lingering questions [5 minutes]. One final consideration: some students struggle being on camera. Providing a few minutes in each class for a ponder or reflective period—where cameras can be turned off and microphones muted—will provide a space for those students to thrive. You may also find yourself and the other, more gregarious students benefiting from this quiet time.

  1. How do I handle students that continually turn off their cameras?  Should they always have their camera turned on?

Students should always have their cameras on, just as if they were present in the same room with you. Exceptions to this might be if a student needs to momentarily turn their camera off to use the restroom or take an emergency phone call. You should inform the students that having their cameras on lets you know that they are “present” for the class, so any attendance requirements you may have for the class pertain to having their cameras on.

  1. What do I do when students cannot participate because they do not have sufficient Internet access during class time, or when they have continuous connection problems? 

Students with consistent connectivity issues should be advised to find a more suitable source of internet connectivity. The College campus, for example, will have several places where students can setup their laptops and connect to the campus wi-fi. Public libraries may also serve as locations for reliable internet connectivity.

Working from home

Do not report to work in person if you feel sick. Until further notice, unit vice presidents have the discretion on decisions about working from home for student, part-time and full-time employees.

Employee travel

Ensign College has suspended all domestic and international travel by employees until further notice.

Student employment during COVID-19 closures

Students should work with their managers to determine the best course of action for employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be allowed to continue working for the College throughout any closures -- whether that be remotely or in-person.

Employee and Volunteer FAQ (Click

HERE

for a PDF version)

Q1. Should I be working from home at this time?

A1. Each vice president has the latitude to authorize their employees (including volunteers) to work from home, dependent upon the nature and scope of the work to be performed. If you are asked to perform your work on campus, you should strive to conduct business via email, telephone, videoconference or other means which do not necessitate face-to-face interactions, whenever feasible. Employees who are not permitted to work remotely should practice good hygiene and appropriate social distancing while on campus. Click HERE for advice from the World Health Organization on basic protective measures against COVID-19.

You should proactively ask your manager if you may work from home if any of the following conditions apply:

  • You are the caretaker of an individual who has tested positive for, or is displaying symptoms of, COVID-19.
  • You are the parent or caretaker of children who have had a mandated school closure due to COVID-19.
  • Your immune system is significantly compromised due to preexisting health conditions or current medical treatments.
  • You have a loved one with a compromised immune system.

Q2. What if my functional area is dismissed, or what if the entire campus is closed?

A2. If your functional area is temporarily dismissed, or if the entire campus is closed down due to COVID-19, you should work with your manager to identify meaningful work which may be done from home. If no appropriate remote work assignments can be given, all employees (full-time, part-time and student employees) will be paid at their normal rate according to the hours they typically would have worked. Whether performing work from home or being paid for dismissal or campus closure, you will still need to record your hours in Workday just as you normally would. Your manager will also need to approve your hours in Workday just as they normally would. The intent of Ensign College administration is to keep all of our employees financially “whole” in spite of any temporary work dismissals or campus closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Q3. What if I proactively choose to self-isolate, but I don’t have symptoms of COVID-19?

A3. Volunteers may opt to self-isolate at home after notifying their manager. Employees who choose to self-isolate without prior authorization from their manager will be taking leave without pay and may be subject to formal discipline, including termination of employment, due to job abandonment. Therefore, employees are expected to explicitly communicate with their manager as soon as possible to seek prior approval for any self-isolation or work-from-home arrangements.

Q4. What if I know that I was exposed to COVID-19, or what if I am experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19?

A4. You should immediately inform your manager when:

  • You have upper-respiratory or influenza-like symptoms.
  • Isolation is recommended by your health care provider.
  • There is a high likelihood that you have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g. someone you were in close contact with recently tested positive for COVID-19, or you recently traveled to a high-risk area).

After notifying your manager of the above condition(s), you should then practice self-isolation at home until you have been free of all symptoms for 14 consecutive days.

Q5. Can I use paid sick leave for COVID-19 illness even if I haven’t tested positive?

A5. Yes. As with any other illness, benefited employees should use paid sick leave if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, congestion). Non-benefited employees (part-time, adjuncts and student employees) will be paid at their normal rate according to the hours they typically would have worked while they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. In accordance with the current paid leave policy , a doctor’s note may be requested by the manager to certify the existence of an illness.

Q6. How long will these practices and guidelines remain in effect?

A6. These practices and guidelines will be in effect until further notice from the Human Resources Department.

Q7. What is being done on campus to support a clean and germ-free work environment?

A7. The Church Headquarters Facilities custodial staff has implemented the following procedures to reduce the spread of germs, including COVID-19:

  • Use of a high-strength, hospital-grade disinfectant to disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the day, including door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, etc.
  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting (multiple times a day) of restroom surfaces
  • Routine cleaning and disinfecting of conference rooms and other shared spaces
  • Frequently checking that soap and hand sanitizer supplies are maintained and available

Q8. Am I allowed to take business trips at this time?

A8. No. A strict freeze on all business travel is in place at this time. If you have already made arrangements for a business trip that is scheduled to take place prior to June 1, 2020, you should cancel your trip and attempt to be refunded for all associated costs. If you have already made arrangements for a business trip that is scheduled to take place on or after June 1, 2020, you should work with your vice president to determine whether or not you should still plan on that business trip.