Knox's Community Guidelines for COVID-19
Knox's policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was referred to as "Knox Together 2020-2021" but I think that name is lame as hell.
- 1 Policies
- 2 Symptom Tracking
- 3 Initial Quarantine
- 4 Modified Quarantine
- 5 After Quarantine
- 6 Positive Test Results
- 7 After Vaccination
- 8 Winter Break 2019 - Winter Term 2020
- 9 Spring Term 2020
- 10 Fall Term 2020
- 11 Winter Term 2021
- 12 Spring Term 2021
- 13 Summer Term 2021
- 14 Fall 2021
Every day Knox students would receive an email asking about covid symptoms, test results, and temperature. Students were required to fill out this survey everyday. Depending on your results, you were either asked to stay inside, placed in quarantine, or were good to go.
When students first arrived on campus during the pandemic, they were placed in initial quarantine. Initial quarantine resulted in students taking a covid test, and staying inside of their dorms for their results. Masks were required to be worn at all times except in student's own dorms. Students could not leave the campus. Students would quarantine in their dorms until their first test result, then which they would take a second one. After receiving their first negative test result, students would move into modified quarantine.
When students received their first negative result, they would be placed into modified quarantine. Modified quarantine lasted 2 weeks. During this time students were able to hang out in their suite and walk around on campus. Students were not able to leave the county, but could go into town. Masks were required at all times except in students own dorms. After 2 weeks, students were able to go into a regular quarantine.
Positive Test Results
General Student Reaction
A giant majority of students were very diligent about following protocols, as they wished to keep themselves and everyone else around them safe. Some students remained home during part or all of the year. Not all students were safe, as there were some illegal parties throughout the year, or some groups of students would not wear masks in private, or many students purposefully wore their masks incorrectly.
Winter Break 2019 - Winter Term 2020
Spring Term 2020
During the academic year of 2019-2020, there was a global pandemic of the virus Covid-19. Knox switched to Virtual Classes using the program Zoom. Flunk day became virtual, and students were sent home.
Fall Term 2020
Many things on campus were changed extensively, from hours of facilities, to the cafeteria, to classrooms. The gym was only open for athletes and had to be closed every few hours for cleaning. The cafeteria originally was just a tent outside that gave students to go boxes with food and a few snacks, but eventually changed back to the cafeteria building where the staff would serve limited amounts of food buffet style. A majority of classes were remote, but some had the option to go in person as a hybrid class. These hybrid classes both had students in person and on zoom. If you were in person, masks and social distancing were still required. Many clubs were still on campus, but were limited in their activities and membership.
Even though the pandemic stopped many events, that is not to say that this year was uneventful. Improv Club still had a show, Ultimate Frisbee was revamped and became very popular, and a protest even happened on campus, which you can read about in Fall 2020 Protest. Official ensembles on campus were still able to practice, all be it in a limited fashion. Terpsichore, Choir, and Theater were all able to at least practice throughout the term.
Winter Term 2021
Many things had opened up a bit more, as the gym became open to everyone and not just athletes.
Spring Term 2021
The same policies were put in place, but vaccines were open to many more on campus. Vaccine clinics were held to help get students fully vaccinated. By the end of the year a large majority of students and faculty were vaccinated. Because students were given a week off in the middle of winter term, spring break became non-existent. After 10 years, President Teresa Amott retired at the end of the term.
Summer Term 2021
Knox started offering summer classes this year. Many classes were remote, with some being on campus. Masks were still required in person.
Knox required all students and faculty to be fully vaccinated, (with religious exceptions).