COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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Safety Guidelines

What safety measures is UVA Wise taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
In addition to following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health, the College has taken several important steps to heighten safety for the spring 2022 semester including: 

  • All students and employees of UVA Wise were required to complete return-to-campus PCR or antigen testing to ensure that as few as possible cases of COVID-19 are brought to campus. In this way, the College reduces the risk of exposure to our campus community. 
  • All students, employees, and visitors to campus are required to wear face coverings on campus when they are not in their private office or living spaces. 
  • The College will continue to strongly encourage vaccination by hosting additional vaccination clinics.
  • The College will provide additional quality masks such as surgical/medical face coverings.

Are face coverings required on campus?
Wearing a mask is optional on our campus for spaces other than classrooms. Because students and faculty are often in close proximity for extended periods of time in classrooms, masks will continue to be required in those spaces.

What should I do if I see a person who is not wearing a face covering or mask in a classroom?
If you see an individual without a mask or face covering in a classroom, please respectfully remind them that face coverings are required in classrooms. At UVA Wise, we like to say that "Cavaliers respect Cavaliers," and that often means kindly holding one another accountable.

Is physical distancing required on campus?
Students, faculty, and staff will no longer be required to maintain six feet of physical distance.

Is there currently a limit on campus gatherings?
Previous temporary event guidelines limiting food at indoor events expired on March 1. Events can proceed as usual, following current protocols.  Event planners are invited to accommodate physical distancing and other COVID-19 mitigation strategies as much as possible.

Are visitors allowed on campus?
College policy will no longer restrict visitors.

Can I travel to a college-approved conference or event?
Yes.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine required?
Vaccination is not required. We hope that all UVA Wise employees and students who do not have a need for medical or religious exemption will get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible.

How can I document my vaccination record?
Although vaccination is not required, we encourage you to share your vaccination as our vaccination statistics are one way we can monitor the health of our campus population. Students can provide proof of vaccination by visiting the Health Clinic. Incoming students can provide documentation in their pre-entrance health packet. 

Employees can upload proof of vaccination (and boosters) to Workday utilizing the guide sent to employees by Human Resources.

Where can students find current policies & procedures?
The Student Handbook continues to be updated as needed. It is the responsibility of the student to read, understand, and follow the expectations outlined in the Student Handbook, which pertains to curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular settings such as student organizations and fraternities and sororities. Students who violate the outlined policies, procedures, and practices place the College community at risk and may be cited and referred to the Student Conduct process.

COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing & Vaccines

How will I know if I should be tested for COVID-19?
According to Governor Youngkin’s COVID-19 Action Plan, testing is reserved for those with symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to the virus.

What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to class or work. Please seek testing for COVID-19, using the guidelines that follow.

Where can I tested for COVID-19?
Students at UVA Wise can go to the College’s Health Clinic to be tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus, in which case they would be tested five days after exposure (see additional criteria above).

Employees of the College should pursue testing through their primary care physician, a local health department, or at-home testing methods. You can now request free tests from covidtests.gov.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
All members of the UVA Wise community, whether students or employees, should report their positive COVID-19 result to the campus health clinic.

Before completing their isolation, students are asked also asked to fill out the extended absence form on my.uvawise.edu. You can find the form under the “students” tab in the “electronic student forms” listing. After completing their isolation, students who tested positive from a home test are asked to fill out the At-Home Attestation Form and present it to the Health Clinic.

Upon learning of their positive result, employees should also alert Human Resources and may use the State’s Public Health Emergency Leave (see more detail in the January 14 email from Stephanie Perry, Director of Human Resources).

How will I know when I can return to campus following COIVD-19?
The College’s Health Clinic will follow up after your isolation period to evaluate your status and, when appropriate, release you to return to school or work.

I have been exposed to COVID-19. Will I be asked to quarantine?
If you feel you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, please follow the Centers for Disease Control’s new guidelines about quarantine, which are dependent upon your vaccination status.

If you are a member of the UVA Wise faculty or staff who has been exposed to COVID-19 and are required to quarantine, you must report that to your supervisor and Stephanie Perry, Director of Human Resources.

How can I sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccines are widely available at pharmacies throughout the region and from the Lenowisco Health District of the Virginia Department of Health. More information can be found at the Vaccinate Virginia website.

Have more questions about the vaccination process or the development & safety of the vaccine?
View the VDH vaccination FAQ.

Do I need a booster shot and a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?
The Virginia Department of Health, as well as the Centers for Disease Control, are currently recommending booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for all individuals 12 years of age and older. You can read more about the vaccine and its boosters on the VDH website. If you choose to get either additional vaccination, students are asked to report it to the Health Clinic and employees should upload documentation to Workday. 

Can I get the flu shot at the same time as getting a COVID-19 shot?
According to the VDH, yes. COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes getting a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day, as well as coadministration within 14 days.