FAQs

Covid-19 FAQs

Questions About COVID Vaccines

Will Sweet Briar require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes. Students must provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 prior to Aug. 1, 2021. They can verify their status by sending a scan or photo of their vaccine card to covid@sbc.edu. Jodi Canfield, Dean Garrett and Dean Greenstein will have access to the information.

Will Sweet Briar require employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes. Employees must provide proof of vaccination for COVID-19 prior to Aug. 1, 2021. We are still determining the process for employees and will update this site when we have that information.

Will there be exemptions to this requirement?

Yes. We will accommodate medical and religious exemptions for both students and employees.

Employees who need to request an exemption should contact Nickcole Maynard-Errami (nmaynarderrami@sbc.edu or 434-381-6478).

Students who need to request an exemption should contact Dean Greenstein (kgreenstein@sbc.edu).

Do unvaccinated people with an exemption need to continue COVID mitigation guidance?

Yes. Unvaccinated people must, at a minimum:

  • Wear facial coverings indoors.
  • Remain 6’ socially distanced (3’ in classrooms).
  • Be regularly tested for COVID-19.
Is there a charge to get vaccinated?

No. You can receive a COVID-19 vaccine for free.

Do I need to miss work to get my vaccine?

We highly encourage all employees to get vaccinated. As such, you may use up to two hours to get a vaccination shot. Those hours will not impact sick or vacation time accruals.

How do I find a vaccination site?

If you are a resident of Virginia, visit the VDH website to find where you can get a vaccination in your area. The CDC website can also help you find a vaccination center according to your zip code, regardless of where you may live.

Should I assume that anyone wearing a mask is unvaccinated?

Absolutely not. There are many reasons someone might continue to wear a mask despite the availability of vaccines. People who may have symptoms of a cold, for example, might choose to wear a mask to protect others. Some people may simply feel more comfortable wearing a mask.

Should I go to class if I have a cold or some other illness?

Probably. You should talk to your faculty member and use your best judgement. If there’s no reason to think you have been exposed to COVID-19, you might choose to go to class wearing a mask to protect your classmates from catching your cold.

If I am unvaccinated and am exposed to COVID-19, will I need to quarantine?

Yes. Unvaccinated individuals who have been exposed to the virus will need to quarantine. Students who believe they have been exposed should go to the health clinic for a COVID-19 test and reach out to Jodi Canfield who can facilitate the quarantine process.

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.

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