Policy Update August 2022

Dear students and colleagues,

As we return home to Sweet Briar for the fall semester our Covid Task Force has been reviewing our community health policies. We wanted to make those policies clear to you.

Vaccines

As we indicated prior to the spring 2022 semester, we require booster shots for both students and employees. Members of the community may request medical and religious exemptions. We are not making changes to this policy. Anyone who has already submitted documentation or requested an exemption doesn’t need to do anything further.

Students who have questions about this requirement should reach out to Dean Greenstein in the Office of Student Life (kgreenstein@sbc.edu | 434-381-6221). Faculty and staff with questions should contact Kathy Bradley in the Office of Human Resources (kbradley@sbc.edu | 434-381-6478).

Masking

Given the rapid spread of the Omicron variants and the fact that we are all coming back together from all over the world, masking will be an important part of our precautions during the 3-week term.

Beginning on August 8, all members of the Sweet Briar community—whatever their vaccination status—will need to put on a mask while indoors in a public place, such as a classroom, a multi-person office space and Prothro (except while eating).  

We will keep this masking policy in place until at least the end of the 3-week term (September 9). At that time, we will communicate with you about our masking policy for the 12-week session.

It is important that individuals wear masks with the highest protective properties that they can consistently wear comfortably, such as KN95 masks. We have a supply of such masks on campus that we can provide to you. Staff should reach out to Physical Plant at 434-381-6110 to request or pick up masks.The office is open Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Faculty can stop by the dean’s office. Students should visit the Office of Student Life on the second floor of Prothro Hall during regular business hours.

How to Report Symptoms and Positive Cases

Because of the proliferation of at-home testing, we are no longer keeping a count of positive cases in our community. However, there are some steps you should take if you are experiencing symptoms or have received a positive test.

Students who have symptoms should email the nurse to get tested and reach out to the Office of the Dean (dean@sbc.edu | 434-381-6205) if they will miss class. The Health and Wellness Center hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Faculty and staff should contact their supervisor and Kathy Bradley in the Office of Human Resources (kbradley@sbc.edu | (434) 381-6486) if they receive a positive test. If a member of the faculty or staff needs to be tested, they may also reach out to the Health and Wellness Center at nurse@sbc.edu.

If you need guidance on how long and/or under what circumstances to isolate or quarantine, the CDC has a good online calculator. Students with questions can reach out to Deans Garrett or Greenstein. Faculty and staff should contact human resources.

If, at any point during the year, you are returning to class or campus after recovering from Covid, please be diligent about wearing your mask for at least five days following your return.

As always, we encourage anyone who may have Covid, flu, a cold or other communicable illness to stay home whenever possible and to contact a supervisor or the dean’s office.

Guests

There will be no change to our guest policy, except that guests should not visit Sweet Briar if they have any symptoms and they must wear masks in any public space on campus.

I know we’re all fatigued from more than two years of dealing with the impact of this global pandemic, but it has been your diligence that has kept our community largely healthy and I encourage you to continue that diligence so that we may live and learn together.

Stay well,
Meredith Woo
President