Community Updates

July 20, 2021: Information about COVID-19 for the start of the 2021-22 academic year
June 7, 2021: COVID-19 vaccine requirements for students and employees
June 1, 2021: Changes to our COVID guidelines
May 12, 2021: Update on our COVID guidelines
March 17, 2021: COVID Safety
Feb. 5, 2021: January update on COVID
Jan. 13, 2021: COVID Testing Policies for the Spring Semester
Dec. 18, 2020: Mandatory COVID-19 testing prior to Spring 2021 return to campus
Nov. 11, 2020: Keep yourself, your friends and your family healthy
Oct. 21, 2020: The Latest Surge of Coronavirus Infection
Aug. 19, 2020: Appeal to Sweet Briar Women
Aug. 11, 2020: COVID-19 Resources
Aug. 6, 2020: Notice of a positive case of COVID-19 on campus
July 3, 2020: Campus Reopening Plan, Fall 2020

(This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the “Higher Education Reopening Guidance.”)

June 8, 2020: Virtual Town Hall
General Questions

Q: Do you allow spectators at athletic events?
A: Spectators may watch outdoor events as long as they wear masks and adhere to social distancing. Spectators are not permitted at indoor events.

Q: I live in Virginia. How can I get my vaccine?
A: The state of Virginia’s new site for preregistration for the vaccination is now open. We encourage all Virginia residents to confirm that they are on the list to receive a vaccination.

Q: Can prospective students visit campus in-person?
A: Yes! We’re offering in-person tours of campus. We have all kinds of information about visiting campus available on our admissions website.

Q: What are planning to do to lessen the spread of the virus on campus?

A: We expect members of our community to wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing. In addition, we’ll be doing extra sanitization and have added signage to campus.

Q: Are students and faculty required to wear masks?
A: Yes, all students and faculty are required to wear facial coverings when they cannot maintain social distance.  

Q: In the daily health questionnaire, when it asks if a person has been around anyone with COVID-19 symptoms/positive test in the past 14 days, can you clarify what that means?
A: To help us with contact tracing, we want to know if you have been around anyone who, in the last 14 days, has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or has received a positive test result.

Q: How many total individuals are in quarantine?
A: We will update the numbers daily on our COVID-19 Status page

Q: Why do the numbers of cases in quarantine go down as well as up?
A: As individuals test positive, the number of cases obviously goes up. However, the number may also go down as individuals recover and complete their isolation period.

Q: Will there be barriers of any kind?
A: Barriers have been set up at reception areas that require close customer interaction like financial aid, student life, the post office and the registrar’s office. Faculty members may request barriers in the classroom.

Q: Are visitors allowed on campus right now?
A: Visitors may come to campus to take advantage of our outdoor recreational activities. They will be required to sign in and must have masks with them. Visitors are not allowed in the residence halls and are only allowed in common areas of campus.

Q: Are local residents allowed to walk or bicycle on campus this fall?
A: Yes. Local residents and other visitors may make use of our outdoor recreational activities. They will be required to sign in and must have masks with them. Visitors are not allowed in the residence halls and are only allowed in common areas of campus.

Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A: Per the CDC: Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Q: How can I prevent myself from becoming sick?
A: It is always prudent to follow normal precautions to prevent becoming ill.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Academic Questions

Q: Is Sweet Briar offering in-person instruction right now?
A. Sweet Briar has completed its academic year, but we did offer in-person instruction during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Student Life and Student Health Questions

Q: Will Sweet Briar students, faculty and staff get the vaccine when it becomes available?
A: At this time, Sweet Briar will not be a vaccination site, but we certainly hope that members of our community will be vaccinated as soon as it is made available to them. If you are a Virginia resident, you can determine what vaccination phase you are in by visiting the VDH website. You can also register for a vaccination on the VDH website and get other information about how to be vaccinated. If you’re a resident in another state, you should check your particular state’s health department website for information about vaccinations in your local area. You should also contact your primary care physician to see if they know of vaccination efforts in their practice.

Q: Are visitors allowed on campus right now?
A: Visitors may come to campus to take advantage of our outdoor recreational activities. They will be required to sign in and must have masks with them. Visitors are not be allowed in the residence halls and are only allowed in common areas of campus.

Q: Are there be on-campus health services?
A: Yes. The on-site health clinic opened in October.

Q: How are we helping students manage their stress?
A: Students can reach out to Horizon Behavioral Health or Dean Garrett and they’ll do everything they can to help.

Q: Who were the COVID Captains?
A: All class presidents, SGA President, ICC President, CEO president and a few other student leaders. Contact the Office of Student Life (studentlife@sbc.edu) for a full list.