COVID Updates

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Agnes Scott College has been committed to providing the highest-quality education to our students and maintaining learning environments that are safe, supportive and equitable. 

Fall Semester Update: August 17, 2022

 COVID-19 Testing and Sharing Requirements:

  • Students are required to obtain a PCR test within 72 hours of arriving on campus. We will also accept at-home antigen test results taken within 24 hours of arriving on campus. Search for a COVID testing site or reach out to your local pharmacies. 
  • Students living on campus will be asked to show proof of their negative test result at Residence Life check-in. This includes RAs, athletes and student leaders arriving early. Printed or electronic test results from a testing site or healthcare provider will be accepted. A photograph of your negative test result from an at-home testing kit that shows your name and date on the strip will also be accepted. 
    • FIRST-YEAR STUDENT PROCESS: You will show your test result at the Wellness Center station located at the college’s  West Parking facility on S. McDonough St. If you have a negative test result, you will be given a wristband to continue your check-in process at your assigned residence hall. If you have a positive test result, you will be directed to return home if you are within driving distance or given guidance about isolating in place in your residence hall room. 
    • Upperclass students will show test results during the check-in process at Winship Hall.
  • Commuter and graduate students will send their electronic test results or photo by email to covidsupport@agnesscott.edu the day before coming to campus for classes or meetings.   
  • Students who test positive before coming to campus should follow the CDC protocol to isolate at home and contact the Wellness Center at covidsupport@agnesscott.edu to receive further instructions.
  • All students are required to report any positive COVID test result to the Wellness Center immediately by emailing covidsupport@agnesscott.edu. You may also call the Wellness Center at 404.471.7100 during open hours. Students should also alert their professors that they have tested positive to receive classwork assistance. Reporting is essential to the health and safety of the campus. Please do not attend class or gatherings until cleared to do so. You will receive medical care and isolation information once you report.  
  • If you have recently had COVID, you may continue to test positive on a PCR test. Please contact the Wellness Center, or in the case of faculty and staff, your physician for further instructions.
  • Rapid testing will be available on campus at the Wellness Center for students with symptoms or with known exposure to COVID-19. Students should contact the Wellness Center during open hours (Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.) to schedule an appointment for testing.
  • No routine or surveillance testing will be required for students, faculty or staff. However, if you experience COVID symptoms, or have a close and more than brief exposure to a person confirmed to have COVID, please wear a mask at all times and test immediately.
  • Faculty and staff just returning to campus in August should get tested. Search for a COVID testing site or reach out to your local pharmacies. 

Masking

  • The CDC continues to recommend that individuals wear a mask indoors - in public settings. We encourage you to wear a mask during in-person gatherings and in other indoor group settings. You do not need to wear a mask if alone in an individual space. 
  • We honor every community member’s choices regarding mask wearing. As such, please carry a mask at all times.
  • For classroom settings, mask requirements will be at the discretion of the individual faculty member. Unless required by faculty members, masks remain recommended but optional in classrooms. 
  • Masks are optional outside for vaccinated and boosted individuals.
  • Unvaccinated individuals who have been granted an approved exemption must wear masks at all times.
  • Students and their two guests should wear masks in common areas of the residence halls during move-in. 
  • Residential students will receive a KN95 mask and two (2) at-home antigen tests at check-in for future use as needed. 
  • Commuter and graduate students may receive their mask and at-home antigen tests (if needed) from the Wellness Center between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Isolation Requirement and Change in the Requirement for Quarantining 

  • COVID-19 has changed over the past 2+ years. Campus management intentionally will be similar to the protocols we use related to other infectious diseases on campus.
  • Students testing positive will isolate themselves in their residence hall rooms with mask usage unless they can go home. This protocol follows a shift in the state of the pandemic and the college’s commitment to rely on the CDC and ACHA as well as many research institutions and/or those with medical schools. Isolation in place is the existing or new practice for most institutions. With the COVID virus becoming less virulent and the protections afforded by a ~98% vaccination/booster rate, the risk of severe illness for students is extremely low. Within this context, colleges are comfortable with students isolating in their residence hall rooms with mask usage unless they can go home. A large percentage of our students will be able to go home. 
  • The required use of masks by both/all roommates is a primary tool for guarding against transmission that hasn't yet occurred.   
  • Depending on the severity of the cases and extant risk factors, students may be isolated in on-campus buildings, or in some rare cases, other accommodations. 
  • Students who return home to isolate may expect to need to do so between six (6) and ten (10) days and will be directed by the Wellness Center. 
  • All students who are isolated will be instructed on how to access classwork and dining services based upon their individual circumstances.
  • Faculty and staff should isolate themselves at home for the required period of time. Please notify your supervisor and contact your health care provider for guidance.
  • Change in Quarantine Guidance: If you have been exposed to a person known to have COVID-19, including a roommate, you are not required to quarantine but you are required to wear a mask for the next ten days. However, if you develop symptoms, please get tested immediately at the Wellness Center. If you remain asymptomatic, please get tested five days after your last exposure.  

Vaccinations and Boosters

  • For students or employees who are immunocompromised and community members age 50 or older, the CDC continues to recommend that you receive a second COVID-19 booster. We highly encourage you to do so as well. If you have not done so already, please check the CDC website to see if you are eligible to receive your second booster.
  • The variant-specific boosters are currently in development and should be available in late September. You will be eligible to receive the new booster- even if you receive your second dose now.

 Campus Events and External Guests

  • At this time, we plan to reopen Evans Dining Hall to external guests who follow our campus health and safety protocols. These protocols will be clearly noted on signage outside of Evans. Until this recent surge recedes, please wear a mask and ask your guest to wear a mask while obtaining food in the food service area.
  • We will also continue to hold events that include external guests. Event guests must be vaccinated/boosted or exempted (with masks) to attend. For larger-scale indoor events with many guests, we advise all attendees to wear a mask.
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