Frequently Asked Questions
The health, safety and continued education of Linfield students is at the forefront of all we do. Staff and faculty have been working all summer on preparations to keep the Linfield community as safe as possible when they return to our campuses. Some changes students will see this fall are:
- Most classes will have 25 or fewer students and all classes will assure safe physical distancing measures.
- A wide range of physical-distancing policies will be instituted.
- First-year students at the McMinnville campus will arrive for orientation and experiential community building the week of Aug. 17.
- Orientation for Portland campus students will be delivered virtually via a Blackboard orientation course available Aug. 21-31 and a live Zoom session from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
- Classes will begin on the McMinnville Campus Aug. 24, and on the Portland Campus Aug. 31.
- There is no fall break, and in-person classes will end before Thanksgiving.
- After Thanksgiving, there will be remote learning and exams to complete the semester.
Members of the Linfield community, and those visiting one of our campuses, are required to wear a face covering while inside all buildings and outdoors when six feet of distance cannot be maintained between people.
On June 3, 2020, President Miles K. Davis announced that Linfield’s campuses will be open for in-person classes during the fall 2020 semester.
Due to the physical limitations of the Portland campus, students will have a mix of in-person and online courses. Specifically:
- Clinical courses will be delivered in person (clinical activities, Praxis and simulations) but will also include virtual simulations to augment direct patient care hours.
- Most theory courses will be delivered online due to space constraints.
- NURS 305 and NURS 455 will meet face-to-face.
Online and continuing education courses will continue normal operations online.
Students will start classes in McMinnville on Aug. 24 and in Portland Aug. 31. There will be no fall break, and in-person classes will end before Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, there will be remote learning and exams to complete the semester.
Linfield plans to use a strategic approach to testing students and employees, based on the current availability of testing as a screening tool in the communities where our campuses are located as well as the guidance provided by the CDC and OHA.
Currently, Linfield plans to screen, using nasal swab testing, students arriving on campus from other countries and student athletes, if required by the NCAA. Any student with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 will be evaluated for diagnosis using nasal swab testing. Close contacts such as roommates will be evaluated using nasal swab for diagnosis as part of the contact tracing protocols.
Employees should discuss testing options with their personal health care provider, especially if they are experiencing symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
The recovery team primarily lead by Patty Haddeland, director of Student Health, Wellness and Counseling, are regularly monitoring the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) COVID-19 reports. Linfield will update or revise policies as needed via guidance by the OHA and Linfield leadership team. Changes to these policies will be sent to all Linfield employees and students via email. The most up-to-date version of the policies will be posted on the Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management page.
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