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 1, 2022

For the Campus Community: 

  • With the recent surge in cases, the CDC now recommends that individuals wear a mask indoors - in public settings. As a vaccinated and boosted campus, we are fortunate to have more protection than general public environments. Nonetheless, for the time being, we encourage you to wear a mask during in-person gatherings (outside of trusted pods) and in other indoor group settings. You do not need to wear a mask if alone in an individual space. 
    • Please carry a mask at all times.
    • For classroom settings, mask requirements will be at the discretion of the faculty. 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.
  • NEW EMAIL for COVID-19 related reporting: covidsupport@agnesscott.edu 
  • No routine or surveillance testing will be required for students, faculty or staff.
    • However, if you experience any flu-like 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 right away. Quarantine until you receive your results. Students should contact the Wellness Center immediately at covidsupport@agnesscott.edu to be tested. 
  • For students or employees who are immunocompromised or age 50+, 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 public health administration is communicating that you will be eligible this fall to receive the variant-specific boosters currently in development  -  even if you receive your second booster now.
  • At this time, we plan to continue to hold events that include external guests. We will continue to advise guests that they must be vaccinated/boosted or exempted (with masks) to attend events. For larger-scale indoor events with many guests, we advise all attendees to wear a mask during this period of virus surge.  

For Students:

  • 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 results 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. You also may bring your result strip but results may become unreliable over the 24 hours.
      • Students and guests should wear masks in common areas of the residence halls during move-in. 
    • 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.
    • Current CDC guidelines are: “Do not travel if you have COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test, or had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and are recommended to quarantine."
  • If you recently have had COVID-19 and likely will continue to test positive for COVID-19, please contact the Wellness Center for further instructions.
  • 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 and 4:30.
  • Once on campus, if you have COVID symptoms, please wear a mask, avoid contact with others, and seek testing immediately. 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.

Testing Positive Once on Campus

  • All students are required to report any positive COVID-19 test result (from off-campus or on-campus testing) to the Wellness Center immediately by emailing covidsupport@agnesscott.edu. You may also call the Wellness Center at (404) 471-6544. Students should also alert their professors that they have tested positive to receive classwork assistance. Reporting is important to the health and safety of the campus and you should not attend class or gatherings until cleared to do so. You will receive medical care and isolation information once you report.  
  • Students within driving distance of campus will return home to isolate themselves for a minimum of five (5) days. You will receive guidance from the Wellness Center about testing and release after this initial period. You can expect to need isolation between six (6) and ten (10) days and will be directed by the Wellness Center. Students who cannot go home must mask at all times other than while sleeping and will be isolated in place unless they or their roommate have a documented medical condition that places them at risk of severe disease. Depending on the severity of the cases and extant risk factors, students may be isolated in on-campus buildings, or in some rare cases, in other accommodations. 
  • All students who are isolated will be instructed on how to access classwork and dining services based on their individual circumstances.

For Faculty and Staff:

  • If you are just returning to campus in August, please get tested.
  • Please seek testing immediately if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Masks are optional outside for vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals who have been granted an approved exemption must wear masks at all times.
  • Employees who test positive should notify their supervisor, stay home from work and contact their health care provider for guidance.
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