COVID-19 Response

Safe Reopening Guidelines for In-Person Campus Ministries

Safe Reopening Guidelines for In-Person Campus Ministries

The following guidelines will help guide the conversation and any decisions made as these plans are developed:

  1. Safety Guidelines
    • Campus ministry programming must follow CDC guidelines for sanitation, safety, size, and social distancing.
    • Guidelines and procedures for deep cleaning and regular sanitizing of all space used for campus ministry should be developed prior to in-person events and programs re-starting.
    • Develop a plan for providing face coverings for those who arrive without one.
    • All staff, volunteers, and students should wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet physical distance from all present whether gatherings are indoors or outdoors. Those who live in the same dorm room can be considered a “family unit” and can be within 6 feet of one another but must wear a face covering at all times.
    • Plans for registering or accounting for students expected to attend in-person events and programs must be used in order to limit the number of youth and adults to safely social distance.
    • When possible, gatherings should be held outdoors.
    • Whether indoors or outdoors, a space of 36 square feet should be accounted for per “family unit” in attendance to allow for space for physically distancing as recommended by the CDC.
    • CDC guidelines for overnight trips for youth, college students and young adults may be found here.
    • Only prepackaged food may be served at any campus ministry events. People may remove their mask only to eat and drink, but must stay socially distanced. (source)
  2. Signage
    • Signage will be placed on all main entrance doors denoting basic guidelines for wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and only entering if symptom free.
  3. Enforcement
    • Campus ministry directors and their Board of Trustees should develop plans for how to enforce policies for any student, volunteer, or vendor who does not comply with policies on masking, social distancing, and being symptom free.
  4. Be aware that while students appear to be less vulnerable than other age groups, some students are vulnerable and some youth are in regular contact with someone who is vulnerable. It is vital to continue to provide ministry opportunities for those who are not able or are not comfortable attending in person.