DTS COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan: FA21 & SP22
Updated January 5, 2022, 6:24 p.m. (CT)
The wearing of masks is optional on the campuses, extension sites, and teaching locations, except for spaces designated by “Masks Required in this Area” signage.
Room Capacity Limits
DTS-Dallas and DTS-Houston continue to limit room capacity for meetings and events during the pandemic.
- Courses: Most courses occur in large classrooms where social distancing is possible. Daily cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectants and plexiglass shields remain in place.
- Meeting and Event Rooms: The Events Services department will communicate capacity limits for a given room during the Event Services Request (ESR) evaluation process. For employee meetings that do not require an ESR (e.g., departmental staff meetings in a conference room), departments should observe the room capacity limited that Event Services has communicated to directors or conduct meetings via video conference.
- Chapel: DTS has designated a “Masks Required” section in Chafer Chapel on the Dallas campus. Additionally, DTS chapel continues to stream live on www.dts.edu/live.
These plans remain in effect until otherwise notified by the DTS administration. The seminary monitors COVID-19 developments regularly, including local infection rates and judicial mandates, and will adjust its policy as needed.
Self-Reporting and Self-Isolation
DTS asks that individuals who fall into one of the following categories use the Self-Reporting Form.
- Test positive for COVID-19,
- Are unvaccinated and exposed to a COVID-19 positive person, or
- Exhibit COVID-19 symptoms (whether unvaccinated or vaccinated).
Vaccinated individuals do not need to report exposure.
Following the CDC, those who test postive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for five (5) days from the onset of symptoms. Once they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), they can return to campus but must wear a mask for five (5) days to minimize the risk of infecting others.
DTS no longer requests that students or employees obtain a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to campus.
Love Well Approach
The COVID-19 Task Force and the DTS Administration would like to thank our community for caring for one another during the pandemic. As health restrictions loosen, please continue to seek to do what is best for those around you (Phil. 2:1–11).