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Required Re-Entry Testing for Spring 2021 Semester

Dear Covenant Students,

 

Happy New Year and greetings from the Mountain.  I hope you have had a restful break thus far.  I know many of you are currently taking a J-Term course on-line while I’ve heard from a number of you how ready you are to be back.  We continue to make plans for the spring semester even as we prepare to welcome high school seniors to campus for their Scholarship Weekends over the next two weekends.  Athletes will begin to return later this month in preparation for their seasons.  I plan to send a series of emails over the coming weeks in advance of the start of the semester to help you best prepare.

 

Today, I want to provide additional details regarding the required re-entry testing that you were informed about in November.  We found that the required testing in August allowed us to start the semester off on the right foot and we plan to repeat with modifications for this semester.  To that end, here are the details.

 

Every student will need to provide proof of one of the following before being allowed to return to campus:

  • A negative PCR or rapid antigen test administered within 5-7 days before returning to campus; 

  • A positive COVID test within the previous 90 days*; or

  • A positive antibody test within the last 30 days

*Students testing positive less than ten days before their return are required to isolate at home until 10 days after the onset of symptoms and are not to return if symptomatic.  Questions can be directed to healthservices@covenant.edu

 

Documentation of the above should be sent to studentdevelopment@covenant.edu; your RD if you live on campus, and your coach if you are an athlete returning early.  You can email the documentation ahead of time or bring a paper copy with you. 

 

After getting tested, please do all you can to reduce potential exposure prior to returning to campus by avoiding large crowds and gatherings, keeping a safe distance from other people (at least 6’ apart), wearing a mask regularly when unable to maintain 6’ feet of distance, washing hands often and not knowingly come into contact with a person who has been diagnosed with the virus.

 

My next email will contain more information about the plans for the Spring.  With case counts and test positivity rates up all around us, we will likely start with the same precautions in place.  Depending on how the first few weeks go, we do have plans to make some adjustments.  However, we think it most prudent to start conservative and adjust from there. 

 

Brad Voyles

Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students