Covid Announcement

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Dallas Theological Seminary aims to provide the healthiest learning environment possible while continuing to offer the best theological education available. To that end, we have established the following enhanced health and safety plan in order to offer in-person instruction this fall at all of our locations where it is permissible. While the preventative measures we have implemented are thorough, it is still possible a DTS student, staff, or faculty member will test positive for COVID-19

The following  prevention  protocols outline DTS’s policies enacted to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campuses and at all DTS locations.  Along with the response measures, these protocols either meet or exceed both the CDC’s  “Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education” (March 18, 2020) and “Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education” (May 30, 2020).  

Preventative Health and Safety Policies and Protocols for Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

Positive COVID-19 Case Response Protocols for Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

While the preventative measures we have implemented are thorough, it is possible a DTS student, staff, or faculty member will still test positive for COVID-19. The following protocols outline DTS’s response when a student, staff, or faculty member shows symptoms of or tests positive for COVID-19 at the Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, or Washington DC campuses or when taking any class offered at one of our extension sites. Along with the preventative measures, these protocols conform both with the CDC’s “Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education (March 18, 2020) and “Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education (May 30, 2020).

Fall 2020 Educational Plan

DTS’s goal is to offer as much in-person teaching as possible in as safe a manner as possible. This will require some important changes to the Fall 2020 semester.

The biggest change to Fall 2020 is that after the Thanksgiving break, all traditional weekly classes on the Dallas, Houston, and DC campuses will shift to online instruction. This move follows the lead of health experts and other universities and is designed to minimize the spread of the coronavirus on campus after Reading Week and the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The Fall 2020 term will start on Monday, August 24, 2020, as planned. Courses will NOT have a delayed start. Reading week is November 16–20 and the term ends Friday, December 18. 

  • Fall New Student Orientation will happen online for all campuses.
  • Chapel requirements are reduced to ensure smaller public gatherings.
  • Online after Thanksgiving  – Hybrid and extension courses will continue as scheduled; but regular, weekly courses on the Dallas, Houston, and DC campuses will have an “online week” early in the semester and will move online for the three weeks following Thanksgiving break (11/30–12/18). Professors will post details for each course on Canvas. 
  • Select events will serve boxed meals, rather than buffets. The number of event attendees will be limited to meet the social distancing requirements of the space available.

Spring 2021 Educational Plan

The Spring 2021 term will start on Monday, January 11, 2021, as planned. World Evangelization Conference will be March 8–12 and Spring Break will be March 15–19.

Educational Plan Summary

Each campus and teaching location will follow their state and local guidelines and the building guidelines in place during the fall term. If certain locations are under different guidelines or circumstances than the main Dallas campus, DTS will determine necessary changes and communicate them to students, faculty, and staff at those locations.

We are asking all students, staff, faculty, and members of our campus community to remain flexible during this unprecedented time. Our motto is to “Teach Truth. Love Well.” We will do our best to honor the educational and personal commitments we have made to our community.