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Campus Updates

June 30, 2020  

Grayson College will delay a full move to Phase 3 of the Return to Campus Plan until at least July 13. Assessment of the situation will be made weekly.

Remote operations continue to be the primary mode for business, as we continue in Phase 2 of the Return to Campus Plan with limited services available by appointment and some hands-on, small classes on campus. For more information on how to make an appointment see below.

June 10, 2020  

Beginning Monday, June 15, Grayson College will move into Phase 2 of the Return to Campus Plan. In Phase 2, the College will continue operating primarily in a remote environment with limited services available by appointment and some hands-on, small classes on campus. 

Departments available by appointment include Human Resources, the Testing Center, Advising (Success Coaches), Financial Aid & Veteran Services, Business Office, Center for Workplace Learning, Counseling & Social Services (Emergency Aid), Student Support Services, Student Life & Housing, International Students, the Math Hub and Writing Center. The Library will be available to students using curbside services for those who need materials from within the Library. The South Campus will also be available to serve students by appointment. The Bookstore is operating both online and on campus Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm.

To make an appointment, contact the appropriate department. Current students should initiate contact from their Viking email when appropriate. Some popular departments this time of year include:


            Advising: Schedule an appointment through MyViking

            Business Office:

            Center for Workplace Learning:

            Financial Aid: Click the link to schedule an appointment



            Personal Counseling: Click the link to schedule an appointment




The Admissions and Registrar’s Office will accept drop-off materials through the drop-box located at the Campus Police building. All other services will continue to be provided remotely. Students looking to begin at Grayson should complete the easy admissions application online. Returning students may be eligible to register online using Student Planner located in MyViking. If students run into trouble trying to register, they should contact their Success Coach from their Viking email.

All employees, students and visitors must practice social distancing, wear face coverings while on campus (except when in a personal vehicle or alone in a personal office) and will be screened upon entry as described by the COVID-19 Screening Plan. Screening stations are available in the Student Affairs Building, Mary Moses Health Sciences Center and Career & Technical Center on the Denison Campus. The Administration Office serves as a screening location on the South Campus. Screening stations are marked with navy banners outside the entrance.

May 27, 2020  

Grayson College will delay a full move to Phase 2 of the Return to Campus Plan until at least June 15. This will give us an opportunity to continue to evaluate the ongoing health situation and to continue to prepare our non-classroom facilities for the return of staff. 

Classes for Summer 5-week, 8-week and 10-week terms will begin June 8 as scheduled, with the majority being taught online. The primary focus at this time is ensuring students who must participate in face-to-face classes that cannot be moved online can do so. 

Remote operations continue to be the primary mode for business, as we continue in Phase 1 of the Return to Campus Plan. Exceptions include the Testing Center, which is open by appointment to meet student needs, and the Bookstore which opens to students June 1. The Bookstore continues to be available online.

May 14, 2020  

Grayson College will begin implementing a multi-phase process to return to normal face-to-face operations on campus as soon and as safely as possible. This will be done in a phased approach based on the lifting of restrictions by the CDC, State of Texas and local governments. The College anticipates beginning this process on May 18 for select employees and classes who require face-to-face skills instruction. 
If the situation allows, limited departments will return on June 1 by appointment only with additional campus operations resuming June 15. Click here to view the entire Return to Campus Plan. In preparation for a visit, please review the "Know before you Go" section to become familiar with the screening plan and requirement of wearing cloth face coverings. Employees, students and visitors are encouraged to check this page frequently for future updates. 

April 28, 2020  

In response to Governor Abbott’s executive orders on April 17 and April 27, Grayson College will be closed to the public until at least May 15, after which announcements will be made regarding which services will be available. Summer youth camps have been cancelled. Educational Enrichment programs taught through the Center for Workplace Learning have also been cancelled through July 31.

With a clear focus on helping students continue to make progress toward their degree while remaining healthy, it is our hope to have all campus operations including a full schedule of on-campus and online classes available this fall semester. With many online courses to choose from, we are working with our students to flip the script and stay on track by registering now for summer and fall terms.

GC is developing plans to be able to serve students in the event the health situation changes. The College will continue to follow guidance from health officials to provide a safe environment. Leadership will continually monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

April 2, 2020 

In light of Governor Abbott’s Executive Order on March 31, all courses previously moved online will remain online through the duration of the Spring term. Students should continue to look for specific communication to come from their professors via Viking email and Canvas announcements. Educational Enrichment programs taught through the Center for Workplace Learning are also suspended through May 1, 2020. Additionally, general education Summer term courses (history, English, psychology, etc.) will be offered solely online. Students seeking Career and Technical Education and Health Science courses should refer to the published schedule of courses

Grayson College will remain closed to the public through May 1 but will continue to provide both instructional and student support services to students remotely. Future Vikings can get started at to get enrolled in courses beginning Summer and the 20-21 academic year.

March 23, 2020 

Employee Communication 

Last night we learned Grayson County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.  This morning, we were notified of a second case in the county with many active cases in neighboring counties. Today, we are working to accelerate our move to Phase 3 operations. Many faculty and staff are already working remotely. Others are (or should be) rapidly making this transition. Soon, only personnel who must come to campus to perform certain functions or to provide safety will be on campus. While we are not ordering you to stay off campus yet, we urge you to leave campus today assuming that you will not be able to return. That is, take the tools and supplies you need to work remotely; email your supervisor a list of supplies you take. We may not have control of when a shelter-in-place order might be issued. Refer to previously shared resources on Working Remotely in addition to this article that provides valuable resources. 


Please bear with us as we adjust to this new mode of operating. It will take time for us to work to identify employees who would be asked to be on campus during the COVID-19 event. Further, this is our first time launching remote work at scale. It will be a challenge, but it is one that I know we can accomplish. We may learn that we need new assignments as we respond to meet the needs of our students and the community. For the immediate future, work with your supervisor to determine if remote work options are available to you. The College is finalizing an extension of the Emergency Paid Administrative Leave (EPAL) option for full- and part-time employees who must remain remote for various reasons and are unable to work from home. The plan is for this option to be available through at least May 15th.  


Anytime faculty and staff come to campus we ask that you wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing (or physical distancing) of at least 6 feet, use online meetings where possible and ensure no more than 10 people are in any given meeting room or collective office space.  


In addition to the above, we remind you that we have taken the following actions: 

  • The physical campus remains closed to the public. 
  • Launch all classes online-only starting March 23 through at least April 3.  
  • The Spring 16-week and Spring 2 terms will conclude May 14.  
  • Custodial teams are cleaning facilities regularly in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • College services, including Library, Math Hub, Writing Center, Testing & Tutoring, Success Coaching, Counseling, Admissions & Registrar and Business Office will continue online.  


This is the first time we’ve dealt with a pandemic at this level. Remember to take care of yourself as we manage this transition. It’s tough, but the reality is that our ability to succeed rests on the shoulders of each of you. I believe in you. Each of you will make decisions that can help each other, our students, our families, and our larger community to make it through this. We have an opportunity to learn and to teach each other-- to show the way. Thank you for being a valuable part of Viking Nation.  


We Are Grayson. We Are Resilient.

March 20, 2020 

Vikings, the Spring 2020 Academic Calendar has been updated online. Due to the suspension of classes March 16-20, the Spring term (both 16-week and Spring 2) will end May 14. View the Spring Calendar

March 19, 2020 

The Grayson College team continues to work to provide innovative ways to support student learning remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Governor Abbott signed an Executive Order that Texans will follow the standards set by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control. Additionally, he declared all ISDs to close to students effective midnight tomorrow through April 3rd. Grayson College will not have face-to-face classes through April 3rd; online instruction will continue as scheduled beginning March 23. Students should watch for communication from their professors regarding the status of their class. The physical campus remains closed to the public; however, we remain committed to serving you virtually. The GC team continues to work both on-campus and remotely to serve your needs. We encourage students to continue to engage with our departments via email.

Instructional Support:

  • The College Bookstore will continue to remain open to serve you virtually.
  • Grayson Cares resources are still available to students. Your first step is to complete the online Emergency Aid Application. For more information, visit
  • While the Testing Center is closed and the majority of tests are suspended, TSI assessments can be handled remotely provided the user has access to various equipment (microphone, webcam and internet connection). Request a “Remote Virtual Voucher” by emailing your full name, date of birth, phone number, email address and zip code to
  • Upswing Online Tutoring is available for a number of subject areas and is located in every Canvas course. Math Hub tutors will now be available in UpSwing for students to select; a schedule will be provided soon. Additional information about UpSwing is online.
  • The Math Hub now has a ticketing system available where students can submit questions and receive responses within a short timeframe during operating hours, with the option of requesting face-to-face help and group tutoring. Faculty will provide details via Canvas and the information will be made available on the Math Hub’s Tutors who previously observed face-to-face instruction are already in Canvas course shells as observers. They will be available for Canvas conferences in those respective shells for students to set up one-on-one appointments.
  • The Writing Center will continue to accept virtual submissions. Information on this process is located on their webpage.
  • The Library website includes online access to 141 databases and e-books within academic resources. Libguides provide subject content and tutorials. Library cards and due dates have been extended; fines do not apply. Email for help with any information concerns or queries.

Commencement: It is unfortunate that we must announce the cancellation of our May commencement ceremony and other recognition ceremonies, including the Center For Workplace Learning Graduation and Recognition Ceremony, Associate Degree Nurse Pinning and other health science and workforce celebrations. It is our sincerest hope that graduates will walk the stage during a future commencement ceremony. Please note: students will still graduate. Degrees will be conferred to those who have earned them, so students should continue to complete applications for graduation through their Success Coach or Faculty Advisor. Diplomas will be mailed to students within 8-10 weeks of the end of the Spring Semester.

Housing: It is our intent to close the residence halls as soon as possible because we believe it is the best for students, as we are unsure about available dining and other services. If students are unable to secure other housing, they should contact OL Kelly, Director of Student Life and Housing, for further instructions.

During this time of uncertainty, we continue to serve:

  • Current students, refer to the GC COVID-19 webpage where you will find all previously released statements and a Student Resources tab. If you’re unable to find the answers to your questions there, connect to your Success Coach or Faculty Advisor.
  • Future/Prospective Students, submit a request for information or apply online using the easy Grayson College admissions application. Someone from our team will follow up with you.

Vikings, we want you to know we’re in this great big Viking ship with you. We’re all learning to navigate this together, and we will continue to do what we can to support student success at Grayson College. Connect with your professors, your Success Coach or your Faculty Advisor if you don’t know where else to turn. We will get through this.

March 17, 2020

Viking Nation, we’re embarking on uncharted waters as we navigate the remainder of the academic year. We appreciate your patience, as we’ve worked to find creative solutions to some of our greatest challenges. With your teamwork, we have faith in accomplishing our mission of student success.

Grayson College will resume Spring 16-week classes and begin Spring 2 term on March 23rd. The overwhelming majority of our classes will go online until further notice. Some of our classes will require an on-campus presence. We will conduct those classes using social distancing guidelines and will not gather in groups larger than 10 until at least April 3rd. Our goal is to communicate with students a list of classes requiring an on-campus presence by noon Thursday. We will evaluate an extension of this measure by April 1st. 

Additionally, we request that all students self-monitor, avoid campus if sick and practice following the hygiene recommendations of the CDC. For those campus spaces that will remain open, we will institute cleaning of spaces after each use. Students who cannot meet the face-to-face or online classes should work with their professor(s) to determine how best to complete the class.

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. We thank you for your continued patience and trust that you will do what you can to meet the needs of our students.

Employee Communication

This week has been a challenge with many things to consider. Your contributions to our continuation are important and appreciated. The situation continues to evolve quickly, including the latest guidance from the White House Monday that we not gather in groups larger than 10, and that we practice social distancing.  We recently announced that we will resume Spring-16 week and begin Spring 2 term on March 23rd, with most classes being online and some requiring an on-campus presence (with social distancing and limiting groups to less 10 or less through April 3rd) [see our website dedicated to Covid-19 Updates]. 

We need you to help us think about how we will carry out our work to help students make progress toward their degree while keeping each of you safe. We want to share how we’ve begun to think about how we will operate our college using a common framework in this ever-changing environment. The framework includes three phases, or operating modes. 

Phase 1:  Operation as normal, with ongoing monitoring of the health situation within the campus and larger immediate community. 

Phase 2:  Operation in a modified format with a good number of classes offered online and limited offerings of physical presence on campus for students. In this circumstance, some employees may be working remotely.

Phase 3:  Operating in a substantially modified format where classes are online and there is no presence of students and very limited physical presence of employees on campus. That is, almost all GC team members operating remotely. 

*The degree to which remote work/campus interaction fluctuates will be moderated based upon the facts on the ground at the time and the best decisions we can make in the moment. Further, we do not have control of when we change between modes, as it may change based upon a specific health case in our county, or a declaration by the County Judge, the Governor or the President.  

Each of those different operating modes requires a different approach and a different type of connectivity. Currently, we have no students on campus for a week to allow us to prepare to launch a substantial online presence. Employees have been asked to report to work this week to prepare for that launch. 

Your supervisor will be visiting with you about the ways in which we can contribute to the success of our move into Phase 2, while also preparing for how we might operate in Phase 3.  For now, we need you to be healthy in order to carry on our operations. Please consider the following as directions or operating procedures for now, until further notice. 

  • Consider meetings online via Zoom.
  • Any gathering we have should practice social distancing, including limiting to 10 or fewer people
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Self-monitor your temperature two times per day. If you develop fever, please notify your supervisor and go home (if at work).
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • If you are in the high-risk categories and are nervous about coming to work, please notify your supervisor to determine options for you.

Emergency Administrative Paid Leave

We are working on details for emergency administrative paid leave.  This would allow for payment to full-time employees who are.

(1) unable to work remotely and

(2) fall into one of the following categories:

  • Are quarantined from a Level 3 country or cruise trip (see CDC guidelines); or
  • Are in a high-risk group identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; or
  • Exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 (or sickness).

Emergency Administrative Leave may be requested from your immediate supervisor, who will submit the request to the respective executive administrator for approval (usually a VP). Approval will be on a case-by-case basis. Guidelines may be adjusted as we learn more about how to administer this tool. This status is available through at least Sunday, March 22.


Complete the Exposure Form (available on the college Covid-19 Website) and notify your supervisor if, (a) you have taken a cruise or traveled to a country identified as Level 3 in the last 14 days, follow directions to self-quarantine for 14 days; (b) you have been notified of an exposure to Covid-19; and/or (c) if you personally have a positive Covid-19 test. Complete this form anytime your status changes. 

Remote Work Options (complete survey)

We are rapidly working to establish the ability for each GC team member to work remotely. Some of you have been invited to participate in getting access to Log Me In (a tool to access your desktop computer remotely). This will likely include an increasing number of team members in the near future. Keep in mind, some of you will not need Log Me In to work remotely. We are trying to be proactive to give team members tools to work from home if needed. Your supervisor is working with the VP and IT teams to get access deployed. Access to Log Me In is not permission for you to work from home.

We need all employees to complete a Remote Work Readiness Survey by noon on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  

Thank you for the work you are doing in your area to take care of each other and to build a bridge for our students who are halfway through their Spring 2020 journey. 

We will make it through this together! We are Grayson. We are Vikings.

March 16, 2020

To say these are unprecedented and challenging times is an understatement. We are working to protect public health while delivering instruction. Late last week, we announced that we would be closed to students this week and resume our 16-week classes and begin Spring 2 term on Monday, March 23rd.

  • Students are able to register for Spring 2, make payments, and make class changes this week without penalty.
  • The bookstore is available virtually this week, with free shipping available for students who order online.
  • Students experiencing challenges can still complete our emergency aid application online. We are working to provide more information for resources to support our students. 
  • Students receiving financial aid for the Spring 2 term will have their timelines adjusted to coincide with the revised start date (generally, those will be moved back a week).
  • Currently, 20 students are in housing — we are delivering food to them in the residence halls.  
  • The athletic season has been canceled.
  • The Testing Center is closed for student testing.  
  • Non-essential gatherings (student activities) have been postponed.
  • Some classes have been canceled (currently limited to CWL enrichment classes).
  • Signage has been posted on buildings so that we alert the community of our invitation to serve them virtually.
  • Facilities have a plan for cleaning buildings, and it is being updated as we learn more.  
  • Employee travel has been restricted to the college’s service area.
  • For on-campus meetings, employees should consider whether a face-to-face meeting is needed. Ask if it can be replaced with a teleconference or phone call. The college has access to Zoom, a technology to allow remote meetings. Consider if the meeting could be scaled down so that fewer people attend.
  • Practice social distancing as much as possible.
  • Wash your hands frequently (we will send reminders throughout the day for this).
  • We are working on the process for working remotely, including prioritization of who needs this ability now (and later). Employees needing/wanting to work from home should get approval from their VP (more details coming soon).
  • If you know that you have traveled or will travel to an area with a high concentration of cases, we ask that you self-monitor for symptoms. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and watch for other symptoms. Employees and students who exhibit signs of potential illness are encouraged to self-quarantine.
  • We have launched a tool to collect information on employees who have traveled and/or who need to self-report exposure. The form will be located on our COVID-19 website, which is still being updated.


We will continue to monitor the situation and determine next steps. The situation continues to evolve, including guidance from the CDC last night, and newly updated guidance from an announcement by President Trump this afternoon. Please know that the guidance from various announcements and news articles often differs from the official guidance available on We are doing our best to use the official guidance from the CDC, Texas Department of State Health Services, and the World Health Organization and collaborating with the Grayson County Health Department and Grayson County Department of Emergency Management. Please know that actions taken by our community will be based upon the specifics of our community.


March 13, 2020

College leadership has been in ongoing conversations to discuss the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We met as a team last week followed by a meeting with local emergency managers and the Grayson County Health Department (along with all other schools in the county). We have also participated in daily statewide calls with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). There was a statewide call with the Governor Thursday. The purpose of this communication is to update you on our current course of action regarding the COVID-19 situation.

The overall health and safety of our students and employees is our top concern. As with earlier communications, remember that many of the same strategies you would normally use to avoid the flu also apply to COVID-19. Follow the Center for Disease Control health guidelines, including proper handwashing techniques and staying home if you are ill. 

Effective immediately:

  1. Grayson College will be closed to students next week. On March 23, 16-week classes will resume and Spring 2 term will begin.
  2. All employees are expected to return to campus on Monday, March 16. If you feel you need to stay home for any reason, contact the appropriate person: Academic/Workforce employees, contact Dr. Machen. Health Sciences employees, contact Dr. Washburn. All other employees should contact their direct supervisor.
  3. Faculty, with direction from their instructional leadership, should begin moving instruction online where possible.
  4. All nonessential employee travel is suspended through April 3. Employees should direct questions to their Vice President.
  5. All nonessential gatherings (meetings of clubs/organizations, student life activities, etc.) are suspended for the remainder of the semester. Community Education, TEAMS and other CWL activities are canceled through April 3. Future events will be handled on a case-by-case basis with specific communication coming from the CWL. End-of-year celebrations (commencement, nursing pinning, CWL recognition ceremony, etc.) will be evaluated as we move toward those events in May. Athletics (baseball and softball) games have been suspended through April 3 with further discussions to be held.
  6. Housing Students who have left for Spring Break are asked not to return to the residence halls until March 22. Housing will remain open to students who are unable to go home, and food service will be provided for residents. Outside visitors will not be permitted in the residence halls.
  7. Custodial Services has cleaned our spaces this week, and will frequently clean high traffic areas when campus operations resume next week. We desire to increase the availability of hand sanitizers that meet sanitation recommendations; however, those are in short supply. Soap and water (for 20 seconds), avoiding physical contact and staying home when ill are currently our most effective strategies.
  8. The College Bookstore provides a website where students can purchase resources. Students wishing to use financial aid to purchase resources should wait for further instructions to be made available next week.
  9. We are monitoring area ISD activities to understand their situations, as they may impact our delivery of dual credit instruction.
  10. Employees and students who have traveled to an area with an outbreak of COVID-19 and identified as a Level 3 country/location are guided to stay home for the next 14 days to monitor your health. Please be sure to monitor travel closely on the CDC website to know if you will be traveling to such an area. Level 3 countries currently include: China, Iran, South Korea and most of Europe.  
  11. If you know that you have traveled or will travel to an area with a high concentration of cases, we ask that you self-monitor for symptoms. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and watch for other symptoms. Employees and students who exhibit signs of potential illness are encouraged to self-quarantine.
  12. The College is working on steps to allow for remote work from home and/or lenient leave policies in situations where working from home is not possible.


Please know that we will continue to monitor the progression of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) event, and I encourage each of you to follow CDC guidance personally.

March 5, 2020

The health and wellness of the Grayson College community is our highest priority. Please find the most current recommendations of city and federal health authorities regarding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its health risks. Based on these recommendations, the College is continuing business as usual. 

Grayson College is in contact with the Grayson County Health Department and is actively monitoring the status of this developing situation with the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The College follows the guidance of national and local officials to help protect students, employees and campus visitors from communicable diseases. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to report that risk of COVID-19 for the American public is low. However, recent news of this virus in communities around the country may be unsettling to some of our employees and students. We understand this—rest assured that GC is following public health experts’ advice to prepare, not panic.

Prevention Recommendations

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. Monitor yourself for fever, cough, and shortness of breath (symptoms of Corona Virus). Seek medical attention immediately if you have been exposed.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, cases have been identified in multiple other countries including the US.

COVID-19 causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of COVID-19 is considered low to the general American public. There are many viruses in the coronavirus family that can cause illness in both humans and animals. Many are among people all of the time and cause mild to moderate illnesses, such as the common cold.

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. While the situation continues to evolve, the immediate health risk to the general US public is still considered low. The CDC is closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance. 

What are the symptoms? 

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe illness

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

What is Grayson College doing to prepare for a potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) case?

Grayson College is in contact with Grayson County Health Department and is actively monitoring this developing situation. The College follows guidance of national and local officials to help protect students, employees and campus visitors from communicable diseases.

Have there been any confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Grayson College?

As of March 4, there are no confirmed cases reported in Grayson County based on information provided by the Grayson County Health Department.

If Grayson College employees or students are diagnosed with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), will the college community be notified?

Public health agencies closely track reports of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and take steps to notify individuals and organizations who have been in close contact with individual(s) diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19). If the College learns of a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the College will notify the public as needed an in compliance with all laws.

Is Grayson College taking precautions to reduce the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission?

Grayson College maintains a thorough cleaning regimen throughout its campuses. As with any seasonal respiratory illness, routine cleaning is an effective protocol. The College also has hand-sanitizing stations located throughout its buildings for use by students, faculty and staff.

Stay Informed

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak by visiting official information sources, including your local public health authority and the following resources:

We will continue to track information on COVID-19 closely and update this news story with any changes in operations, precautions, or actions to be taken. The physical and emotional well-being of our Grayson College community is our priority.