Campus Updates

Emory & Henry College is constantly monitoring this evolving situation and the latest COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) updates will be posted here.

  • March 22, 2022-COVID-19 Masking and Testing Policy Updates

    Masking Update

    National and regional cases remain on a downtrend trend, and the CDC now classifies our area as one of medium/low spread.

    As a result, effective Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Emory & Henry will move to a mask optional policy for those individuals that are fully vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, please continue to wear a mask indoors.

    Faculty retain the right to require masks in their classrooms. Students—please assume that you will be masked in classrooms until you hear otherwise from your faculty. Please understand if a faculty member asks you to mask in their classroom that this will remain policy. Offices and organizations hosting events and meetings also retain the right to require masks—assume that you should continue to wear a mask in these spaces unless otherwise told. In those circumstances and spaces, you will also need to wear a mask.

    As a reminder, our vaccination rates on both campuses remain quite high. Over 85% of the Emory campus is fully vaccinated whereas the Health Sciences campus boasts a 95% vaccination rate. Our dashboard for the semester can be viewed online.

    Testing Update

    Effective March 21, weekly COVID-19 testing will take place at the Health Center on Monday mornings between 8–10:30 a.m. Employees with designated appointment times will have priority. A mask must be worn in the Health Center and at any time while in an indoor common space waiting for coronavirus testing.

    All employees and students who need to test to meet the weekly requirement will need to make arrangements to test during this time.

    Additional testing for symptomatic individuals will be by appointment only in the Health Center. Please call 276-944-6219 during normal operating hours to schedule an appointment.

    For additional questions, please contact Ryan Bowyer at rbowyer@ehc.edu or students may also contact Dean Tracey Wright at twright@ehc.edu

  • March 1, 2022-COVID-19 Return to Campus Update - Testing this Friday, Test Requirement Returning from Spring Break, and Masking Updates

    Good morning,

    We hope that each of you are excited about spring break. We appreciate the diligence our campus community has had this semester in response to the Omicron variant.

    This email contains a number of important updates. Please read it in its entirety.

    Testing Before Spring Break

    If you wish to test before you leave for spring break, we will offer extended testing this Friday, March 4th, 2022. We will be testing from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the Chapel.

    Test Requirement Returning from Spring Break

    All students will need to submit a negative test prior to returning from spring break. As we know students will generally be traveling for spring break, we want to ensure that we return to campus as safely as possible. Please submit your tests here.

    An at-home test will meet this requirement.

    If you are unable to source a test where you will be over spring break, you may register with Walgreens or CVS. Please consider making these appointments prior to leaving for spring break.

    Masking Update

    The Covid-19 Task Force continues to watch case numbers in our area. Recently, the CDC has relaxed mandates for communities of lower spread. According to the CDC, Washington County is still an area of high spread. We will continue to monitor case numbers in our county and region as we look to hopefully reevaluate our mask mandate in the coming weeks.

    Please direct any questions to Dean Wright, tlwright@ehc.edu.

    Sincerely,
    Ryan Bowyer
    Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives

  • Jan. 5, 2022-COVID-19 Return to Campus Update-Updated Quarantine/Isolation Policy Statements

    Dear students, faculty, and staff,

    I hope this finds you well. This email contains updated isolation and quarantine policies for the Spring 2022 semester. This is in response to recent updated CDC guidance that has been adopted by the Virginia Department of Health.

    Updated Isolation/Quarantine Policies

    • Isolation for all fully vaccinated individuals (two shots of either Pfizer/Moderna plus a booster shot, or one shot of Johnson and Johnson plus a booster shot; or, two shots of the Pfizer/Moderna vaccine and you are no more than six (6) months out from the date of your second shot, or, one shot of Johnson and Johnson and you are no more than two (2) months out from your shot) is now five (5) days, provided that you do not have any symptoms.

    • Isolation for individuals who are not fully vaccinated is now five (5) days provided that you have no symptoms and you are twenty-four (24) hours fever free.

    • Quarantine for individuals who are unvaccinated AND vaccinated, but not boostered, AND more than six months out from either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine OR two months out from Johnson and Johnson, is now five (5) days with strict mask usage for an additional five (5) days. Testing to return from quarantine or isolation will now be mandatory on day five.

    • Individuals who are vaccinated, but not boostered, and who are exposed/identified as a close contact will be required to wear a mask in all settings for ten (10) days.

    • Individuals who are vaccinated and boostered and who are identified as a close contact will not be required to quarantine.

    Rapid Test Re-Entry Required for Vaccinated Students

    After receiving additional reopening guidance, vaccinated students will be required to submit a negative rapid test prior to returning to campus. Please submit proof of a negative rapid test here. This test should be no older than 72 hours.

    Positive Diagnosis Over Winter Break

    If you are an employee who tested positive over the holiday break and wish to report this information, please fill out this form.

    If you are a student who tested positive over the holiday break, please fill out this form.

    Masking Reminder

    As a reminder, we are continuing to require masks inside of all buildings on campus, including the common areas of residence halls and inside of the dining facilities unless you are eating.

    Please let me know if you have any questions regarding these policy updates. Thank you for your continued flexibility as we navigate the changing landscape of COVID-19.

    Sincerely,
    Ryan Bowyer
    Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives 

  • Dec. 31, 2021-COVID-19 Return to Campus Update-Spring 2022 Updates in Response to Omicron Variant

    Dear students,

    I hope that each of you have had a wonderful holiday season thus far. Our COVID Task Force continues to monitor the Omicron variant and have been in communication over the break as we monitor this rapidly evolving situation.

    This email contains a number of important updates moving into the spring semester.

    Student Booster Verification Requirement and Upload

    Our COVID-19 vaccination policy remains that students must remain up to date with a vaccination. In response to the Omicron variant and guidance from institutions such as the ACHA, we are requiring a verified booster dose of an FDA approved COVID-19 vaccination for all students who are six (6) months post the second dose of either Pfizer or Moderna and two (2) months post the second dose of Johnson and Johnson.

    Please make plans to obtain this booster dose by January 15th, 2022. For ease of scheduling, we will be hosting a vaccination clinic on January 10th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the McGlothlin Center for the Arts parking lot and a clinic on the Marion campus TBD.

    For students on the Emory Campus, please visit this link to upload your COVID-19 Booster Vaccination information.

    For students at the School of Health Sciences, please upload your COVID-19 Booster Vaccination information into eValue.

    For students at the School of Nursing, please upload your COVID-19 Booster Vaccination information to Castlebranch. If you are an undergraduate nursing student, please also upload your information via this link.

    Spring 2021 Entry Tests

    For all unvaccinated students on the Emory campus, you will be required to submit a negative PCR test prior to returning to campus. This test must be completed no earlier than 72 hours prior to your arrival on campus, please use this link to upload your negative entry test. Please contact Dean Tracey Wright, copied onto this email, with any questions that you may have.

    For unvaccinated students at the School of Health Sciences, please plan to test on Tuesday, January 4th, from 7:15 to 8:00 am in Smyth Hall. Please contact Dr. JP Barfield, copied onto this email, with any questions that you may have.

    Information about required testing for unvaccinated students will be forthcoming.

    Masking

    Per the most recent guidance from the CDC for Institutions of Higher Education, we will continue with a mandatory indoor mask policy to begin the spring semester. We will continue to monitor CDC guidance and case trends as we look to make policy decisions during the 2022 spring semester.

    Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the above items.

    Sincerely,
    Ryan Bowyer
    Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives

     

  • August 17, 2021-COVID-19 Return to Campus Update-Mandatory Indoor Mask Update

    Dear Emory & Henry Community,

    We are writing today to update you on our masking policy moving forward for all campuses (Emory, Marion, Equestrian Center, Bartlett-Crowe Field Station). We want to thank each of you for all you have done thus far to assist us in preventing the spread of COVID-19 as we start a new academic year.

    Due to the increasing prevalence of the Delta variant in our region and community, E&H will move to a mandatory indoor masking policy until September 15th for all faculty, staff, students, and guests to our campus. This is effective tomorrow, August 18th, 2021. Please note that this policy is in compliance with the CDC recommendation for indoor mask use in high spread regions, which includes Washington and Smyth counties.

    Prior to September 15th, the Executive Council will reevaluate the state of the pandemic and may update our policy then.

    Masks will be required in all indoor spaces - classrooms, the dining hall, athletic training rooms, meeting spaces, in the residence hall common areas, etc. Further, masks should be worn while in vehicles on college-related trips. In the dining hall, masks may be removed only when seated at a table and eating. Please note that if you alone are in a private office or a private residence hall space, you do not need to mask.

    Please review our student vaccination policy here. We continue to urge each and every member of our community to vaccinate against COVID-19.

    Sincerely,
    Ryan

  • June 16, 2021-Updated Information Regarding the Vaccination Policy for Students 2021-2022

    Complete COVID-19 Vaccination Verification Form

    Dear Emory & Henry New and Returning Students,

    I hope that you are enjoying your summer. Thank you to all current and incoming students who have already submitted your vaccination information.

    After listening to voices desiring a safe return to a more normal campus environment and trying to use the data available to us regarding COVID-19 vaccine rates in a responsible manner, we have landed at a place where having a visible sign showing those who are vaccinated is the best route for our campus. We are providing all who are fully vaccinated with a special lanyard that must be worn on campus.

    This decision allows everyone an easy way to discern who should be wearing a mask and physically distance themselves from others. Any fully vaccinated person who forgets their lanyards is required to wear a facial covering and physically distance. Everyone still has the option of wearing a mask, as I and others still do in certain environments, despite the fact that I am fully vaccinated.

    For students who are currently on campus who have already submitted your documentation, you may contact me to arrange a time to pick up your lanyard. For those who will not be on campus until this fall, I will send out information regarding where you can pick up your lanyard on the day that you check-in.

    The following details the College’s COVID-19 Vaccination policy moving forward for students.

    An FDA approved coronavirus vaccine, whether still in Emergency Use Authorization status or not, will be required for all students under the following circumstances

    • Students living in College-owned residential facilities
    • Students that are members of an NCAA athletics team
    • Students involved with any affinity group or club sport
    • Student members of the equestrian team
    • Students involved in any active student organization, to include fraternity and sorority life, and any student organization recognized by the Student Government Association
    • Students that are representing the college in any visual or performing arts program
    • All School of Health Science students
    • All School of Nursing students

    Emory Campus Students: Students on the Emory campus now or who will be on the Emory campus in the fall of 2021 will need to report their vaccination status no later than July 1. Please to use this form to submit that information.

    If you have only received your first dose of a two-shot vaccine by July 1, please upload your documentation now, and then upload the documentation again once you receive the second dose.

    A special lanyard will be provided to all students and employees who are fully vaccinated to wear on campus. All students and employees who are not wearing the special lanyard are to wear a facial covering and physically distance themselves from others.

    School of Health Sciences Students: Students at the School of Health Sciences should upload their vaccination status in E-Value by August 1. If you do not have access to this link, please consult with Dr. J.P Barfield.

    A special lanyard will be provided to all students and employees who are fully vaccinated to wear on campus. All students and employees who are not wearing the special lanyard are to wear a facial covering and physically distance themselves from others in enclosed spaces.

    School of Nursing Students: Students at the School of Nursing should upload their vaccination status in Castlebranch. If you do not have access to this link, please consult with Dr. Laurie Anne Ferguson.

    A special lanyard will be provided to all students and employees who are fully vaccinated to wear on campus. All students and employees who are not wearing the special lanyard are to wear a facial covering and physically distance themselves from others.

    Religious and Medical Exemptions: Students may request a religious or medical exemption by July 1. Please note that all medical exemption requests require documentation from a healthcare professional (MD, DO, NP or PA) Further, please note that any religious exemption must be notarized. You may submit religious and medical exemption requests here. Should you be granted an exemption, you will be required to wear a facial covering at all times in enclosed spaces until the CDC indicates otherwise.

    To find a vaccination clinic near you, or to learn more about the vaccine, please visit the Vaccines.gov website.

    This is our first step in what could be a multi-step process as the semester unfolds. As we monitor vaccine numbers, monitor campus infection rates and adherence to safe practices our policy will be modified accordingly. We appreciate your understanding in what it takes to bring hundreds back to our campus safely.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Tracey Wright, Dean of Students at tlwright@ehc.edu.

    Sincerely,
    Tracey L. Wright
    Dean of Students

  • May 27, 2021-Face Coverings Update

    The COVID task force continues to work through policy updates for our employees as we approach the upcoming academic year. We are finding that guidance from the CDC and the Governor continues to update at a somewhat rapid pace as more and more individuals get vaccinated and case numbers across the country, state, and region continue to fall.

    In accordance with both the CDC’s and Governor Northam’s recent guidance, we are updating our policy and offering an opt-in program for fully vaccinated employees. This opt-in program is intended to give employees who have been fully vaccinated increased flexibility and return to a more normal working environment.

    If you are an employee who is:

    1) fully vaccinated,
    2) has communicated this information with Human Resources via this link, and
    3) wish to no longer wear a facial covering at any location across campus,

    then you may visit Tracy Peery, Director of Human Resources, in the Scarbrough House, to obtain your customized E&H lanyard that says “#Vaccinated” and “doing my part!”. This lanyard is to be worn with your college issued ID badge if you wish to opt-in to being fully released from the facial covering requirement. Employees located at the Marion or Bristol campuses who cannot stop by the Emory campus should contact Tracy Peery for arrangements to receive your lanyard.

    Please know that you may choose to not opt-in to this program and may choose to still wear a facial covering. Employees who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear facial coverings while at work.

    We continue to plan for and move towards a more fully open campus. As guidance continues to update and change, we will work to continue to update policies and procedures as necessary.

    Please feel free to follow up with either Tracy Peery, Director of Human Resources, or Ryan Bowyer, Associate Provost and Dean of Students, if you have any questions.

  • May 12, 2021-Vaccination Policy for Employees

    At this time, vaccination is strongly encouraged but not required for employees. If you have already received the COVID-19 vaccination (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson), please upload a copy of your vaccination card via this link to Human Resources. The only individual who will see this information is Tracy Peery, Director of Human Resources and our Google suite is HIPAA compliant.

    For faculty and staff who have been vaccinated, we are offering a $20.00 gift certificate to The Emory Mercantile. Please note that you will receive an automated email response when you successfully upload a COVID-19 vaccination record via the Google form. Please use the automatic email you receive as your verification for the $20.00 gift certificate. Gift certificates are non-transferable and will expire on June 30, 2021.

    For employees who have not yet been vaccinated, we are offering 3 hours of paid leave time to facilitate each of your vaccination appointments. To find a vaccination clinic near you, or to learn more about the vaccine, please visit the Vaccines.gov website.

    Please reach out to Tracy Peery, Director of Human Resources, or Ryan Bowyer, Associate Provost and Dean of Students, with any questions.