Spring 2022 Return Plans

 The college will continue to follow CDC guidelines for mask-wearing, physical distancing and hand washing.

Campus Information

Campus buildings will be open to the public. Members of the public will be expected to adhere to all of the campus safety protocols.

We will require students and instructors to wear masks in the classroom and to maintain social distancing. We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and public health authorities about precautions for teaching and learning in a college environment.

Vaccine Information

For any questions about this requirement, students should contact the Wellness Center. Faculty and staff should contact the Office of People and Culture.

Verification of your vaccination status must be submitted through the Medicat portal. This requirement can be met by receiving a full course of any vaccine approved by the United States or the World Health Organization.

Agnes Scott College will require proof of vaccination with one of the following World Health Organization-authorized vaccines:

  • Pfizer/BionTech
  • AstraZeneca
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm

Students who already received a COVID-19 vaccine brand not on this list will need to receive a vaccination from the Wellness Center.

Note: there is no harm in double-vaccinating. Research has shown it provides robust immunity after an unproven vaccine.

Students who have a documented medical or religious justification for not being vaccinated will need to contact the Wellness Center to request an exemption.

Faculty and staff should contact the Office of People and Culture. Please note that students who receive an exemption may not be approved for some curricular and co-curricular experiences such as faculty-led travel.

Yes. More details to come from Residence Life.

Spring Return

Students

Yes. Masks will be required indoors. If you are vaccinated, you may remove your mask in your individual work spaces, and wearing masks outdoors is optional. For those who are not vaccinated and meet the exemption rules, masks are required at all times, indoors and outdoors.

Agnes Scott will begin the spring semester with two weeks of remote learning. We currently plan to resume in-person classes on Monday, January 24. Students living in residence halls may arrive on campus January 8 or 9, or choose a check-in date closer to January 24. All undergraduate and graduate students are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before returning to campus. The test must be taken within 72 hours before arrival on campus. Students who test positive will not be permitted to return to campus and should contact the Wellness Center at wellnesscenter@agnesscott.edu.

***If you had a confirmed COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days, please email the Wellness Center before scheduling a test.

Students planning to live on campus will receive an appointment to move into the residence halls. You must upload a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours to the Medicat Portal before checking in. You will need to log in with your Agnes Scott credentials and scroll to the upload link at the bottom of the page. Please also bring your negative test results with you to check-in. You still must upload your negative test result to the Medicat Portal even if shown at check-in.
The Legacy and SCALE programs will now be remote. You have the option to move in (as scheduled with Residence Life) with your negative test result, or at one of the later check-ins with a test result taken within 72 hours of move-in. 
We are aware that scheduling tests has become more difficult and test results may take longer to receive. If you haven’t received a negative test result before arriving on campus, please remain home until you receive your negative test result and continue to wear a mask. You have until January 22 to obtain a negative PCR result and upload it to the Medicat Portal before returning to residence halls on January 23 or returning to class on January 24. You may obtain a negative test result in any 72-hour window before moving to campus on January 16 or January 23.
If you have NO SYMPTOMS and NO KNOWN EXPOSURE, and you tested within your 72 hours of arrival but do not yet have results, you will be permitted to move into your residence hall, but you must provide evidence of your testing appointment upon check-in. You also must quarantine in your room until you receive your results. You must wear your mask if you interact with others while quarantining. Exceptions to masking include eating, sleeping, and restroom routines. Please keep your distance from others while you wait for your test results.

The college is working with our third-party partner Curative to provide on-campus testing.

NOTE: Curative will not bill you for COVID-19 tests. You may receive an explanation of benefits from your insurer stating that your claim for testing was denied or that you owe money. This message is not a bill, and the college has been informed that Curative will not seek payment from you.

Curative is offering Rapid PCR testing  (not Rapid Antigen testing – which we do not accept). Please register for your rapid test at  http://cur.tv/agnesscott. Once on the website, click one of the dates and times under the “book now” box. You will then be directed to the standard registration page to complete the process. Rapid PCR testing typically is returned during the same day, which will allow you to receive your keys to move in. However, if there is a large number of students requiring this option, it is possible that test results may be received the following day.

You may register for the standard test at: www.curative.com. Type Agnes Scott in the “Find a Curative site” box.  Our location is “Agnes Scott College testing trailer,” which you should see on the left-hand side of the page. You will then be directed to the standard registration page to complete the process. You should receive your standard test results within 24-48 hours.

You may test on campus with Curative Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Yes. Once on campus, students will have access to campus buildings such as Alston, the library, the chapel and others.
Dining services will be “grab and go” for at least the first two weeks of the semester. No chairs will be in any dining area.
If you are exhibiting symptoms, you should immediately isolate yourself in your room and contact the Wellness Center at wellnesscenter@agnesscott.edu to report your symptoms. Avoid contact with others and be sure to wear a well-fitting mask. Student Health Services and our student support team will be in contact to provide you with information as to next steps.
According to the latest CDC guidelines, you should quarantine if you are vaccinated (including two doses of Moderna or Pfizer or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) but have not yet received a booster shot or if you are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series. Stay in your room and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your exposure is considered day 0. If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you do not develop symptoms, get tested 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you test negative, you can leave your room, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others until 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.

ALL STUDENTS must receive a PCR test on January 20, 21 or 22 before in-person classes begin on January 24.  Schedule your tests now. You must email your test result to wellnesscenter@agnesscott.edu.

***If you had a confirmed COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days, please email the Wellness Center before scheduling a test.

Yes. All community members except those approved for exemptions will be required to have their vaccine booster no later than January 31. For help locating a site to get a booster vaccine, please visit https://www.vaccines.gov/. Please upload your booster record to the Medicat Portal as soon as you have it.
Yes, it is still recommended that you receive a booster shot even if you had COVID-19 previously. Data shows that protection from vaccines and boosters is longer-lasting and stronger than what natural immunity from a prior infection can offer.
If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, please email the Wellness Center wellnesscenter@agnesscott.edu.You will have to wait to get your booster until you are completely recovered from your symptoms (typically about 10 days).
When inside campus buildings, mask-wearing is mandatory. Outside, it is optional unless you are inside a closed space. The college recommends wearing KN95 or N95 masks, if possible. We are working on securing a supply of these masks to distribute to the Agnes Scott community.
Yes. Campus offices are open. Students may log in to COMPASS using their Agnes Scott username and password to schedule an advising appointment. Students should review their course syllabus for additional information on academic support services, including how to schedule an appointment with a learning assistant in the Center for Writing & Speaking, Resource Center for Math and Science and other academic support. Also, faculty are still holding office hours and are ready to engage with students. Check with faculty members individually to see how they are conducting meetings.
Fully vaccinated students will not have to socially distance themselves. Exempt non-vaccinated students will receive instructions on how to socially distance in classrooms, the dining hall, and other campus buildings. The Covid Task Force will continue to monitor and will adjust recommendations following CDC guidelines.

Faculty/Staff 

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • Please notify your supervisor of your absence from work (taking sick days) or from the office (working remotely if you are able to do so).

Regardless of vaccination status and whether or not you have symptoms, if you test positive for COVID-19, you should isolate yourself at home for at least five full days. Please follow these CDC guidelines:

If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you are able to leave home after five days. You must continue to wear a well-fitting mask when at home and in public for five additional days. 

If your symptoms are not resolving after five days or you continue to have fever, you must continue to isolate for five additional days. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until you are able to stay fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

For more information about isolation protocols, please refer to the latest CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html.

 *Please note: You may have received a message from Curative that you need to quarantine or isolate for 14 days. That is dated information and is not correct. Please follow the above guidance.

The CDC defines an exposure as a "close contact," which is spending 15 minutes or more closer than six (6) feet to someone who has COVID-19. (Source)

You do not need to quarantine if:
  • You are fully vaccinated, have received your booster, and you do not have symptoms.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, you also do not need to quarantine if you had a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

You should quarantine for five (5) days if:
  • You developed COVID-19 symptoms after the exposure
  • You have not yet received your booster (regardless of symptoms)
  • You are unvaccinated (regardless of symptoms)
  • You should wear a well-fitting mask around others during your quarantine and for 10 days after your exposure. You should also obtain a test at least five (5) days after your last close contact. This test may be a rapid antigen test or a rapid PCR test (now available at Curative).
If you have received your booster shot, you should have already uploaded your vaccine card demonstrating your booster to Medicat. Employees also have the option to upload their vaccination cards or bi-weekly negative test results to Paycor.com (Profile Summary, Personal Information, Immunizations). Your supervisor, manager and college leaders cannot see or access the immunization tabs in any of these databases; this information is only available to P&C and the Wellness Center.

Also, please note that if you have already had a previous COVID-19 infection, it is still recommended that you receive a booster shot. Data shows that protection from vaccines and boosters is longer-lasting and stronger than what natural immunity from a prior infection can offer. If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, please wait to get your booster until you are completely recovered from your symptoms (typically about ten days).

Safety Information

Yes. Students and all members of the campus community are welcome to study in and to borrow items in-person at McCain Library. Additionally, electronic access to library resources continues to be provided. All students are asked to wear masks when inside McCain Library. When outdoors on the Cameron Terrace, fully vaccinated students can study without wearing a mask or physically distancing. Exempt unvaccinated students must continue to wear a mask at all times.

Yes. Library events and research consultations will return to in-person format, following CDC and campus guidelines. Zoom appointments will also be available if preferred. Skill Builder Workshops will continue to be recorded and posted online to increase accessibility.
Yes - group study rooms (for 2 or more students) will be available by appointment through the library’s website; room keys must be checked out and returned at the Circulation Desk.
Yes, the book store will be open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday and Sunday 12 – 6 p.m. Phone orders will be accepted and Students also have 24/7 access for online (non-textbook) orders and ASC swag.
Yes. The CWS will offer in-person tutoring sessions during usual office hours Sunday-Friday. Students will also have 24-hour card access to the CWS Hub, G-14 (maximum capacity is 10 people), to work, use the available computers, or print. Masks must be worn at all times.
Students and all members of the community will be invited to participate in in-person worship services, Interfaith events, study groups, support groups, and one-on-one meetings with the Chaplain. Virtual options for pastoral care visits will still be available. The Julia Thompson Smith Chapel will be open during the day for all members of the community who wish to visit for their own time of prayer, reflection, or meditation. Student groups will once again be able to reserve the Chapel for gatherings and meetings.
Intercollegiate competition schedules will return to complete conference and non-conference contests and will be played in the designated regular season. The athletic training room, locker room, and weight room for intercollegiate athletes will reopen and resume normal operating hours with enhanced sanitization protocols.
The Athletics department is planning to resume the attendance of spectators at Agnes Scott home athletic events in accordance with campus large-scale event guidelines.
Gellerstedt Track has reopened for community use. Other facility use - such as Byers Tennis Courts, Woodruff Gymnasium, and the pool - still requires a reservation until further notice. Open hours will be posted weekly in The Irvine. For information please view SNAP Fitness protocols.
Physical education classes will return to in-person activities with enhanced sanitization protocols.

Visitor Guidelines

The expectation is that all our community members will be fully vaccinated

Yes. The policy is the same for all residence life buildings.

Graduate and Extended Programs

Yes. The same rules apply to all community members.
The Office of Residence Life will send housing assignments and move in information in July.
Face coverings will be required in all communal spaces, as will maintaining appropriate physical and social distancing. Vaccination is required prior to the start of fall semester.
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