December 16, 2021

Dear Sewanee Students and Families,

As the semester draws to a close, we want to thank you all for your ongoing commitment to the health and safety of the Sewanee community, and we wish you a restful and restorative winter break. In preparation for your return to campus for the Easter 2022 semester, please review the following announcements and reminders:

  • Pre-Arrival Testing: The University strongly recommends that all Sewanee students, regardless of vaccination status, take a COVID-19 test 24 to 72 hours prior to your return to campus. If you test positive, please use the State of Tennessee Quarantine and Isolation Calculator to calculate a delayed arrival date, and inform the Dean of Students Office (dstudent@sewanee.edu) about your new arrival date. You will also need to contact your faculty to determine how they wish to arrange your study while away.  
  • Boosters: In keeping with CDC recommendations, we strongly encourage all vaccinated students to receive a booster shot six months after your last dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you have not already done so, the winter break is an ideal time to receive a booster, and you can find more information about locating a provider or pharmacy here. We encourage all students to upload your booster information at vaccine.sewanee.edu. Information about on-campus booster clinics will be provided in January.
  • Masking Policy: Upon return to campus for the Easter 2022 semester, the existing indoor masking mandate will continue.
  • On-Campus COVID-19 Testing: University Health Service (UHS) will continue providing COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students or students who have been a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition, UHS will provide self-administered rapid antigen test kits for testing outside of normal office hours. More detailed information about these tests will be provided at the beginning of the Easter 2022 semester.
  • On-Campus Mental Health Support: Counseling and Psychological Service will continue providing individual and group therapy and psychiatry services, and will offer both in-person and virtual services, depending upon student preferences and needs. The pandemic has heightened stress and led to mental health concerns for many people;  the CDC has recommendations for managing stress and seeking support.

Please enjoy your winter break and take some time to get a booster shot, catch up on sleep, and spend meaningful time with people who bring you joy. We look forward to seeing you all again in January!

 

Sincerely,

Erica Howard
Dean of Students

Nicole Noffsinger-Frazier
Associate Dean of Flourishing and Wellness