Welcome Back, Spring Term Reminders, and New CDC Guidance - Undergraduate Students

To: W&L Undergraduate Students
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: Wednesday, April 28

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed a restful break and are looking forward to a wonderful Spring Term on campus. Below are some reminders for the term, as well as information on new CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals, which has allowed us to make adjustments to our guidelines and safety measures.

Community Values and Environment Level

We are pleased to report that we are starting the term with the Environment Level at Yellow Low. Arrival testing is well underway and to date, the number of active COVID-19 cases on our campus remains very low.

As a reminder, Dean Evans communicated in her Spring Arrival Information message on March 8 that the Undergraduate Student Statement of Community Values you reviewed and signed at the beginning of Winter Term remains in place and covers Spring Term; you will not need to sign the statement again. All guidance and safety measures remain in place and can be found on the COVID-19 Resources website.

New Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

Based on new Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are making the following changes to the university's COVID-19 guidelines, effective today.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors, including on campus, except in certain crowded settings and venues, such as athletic events, where there is a decreased ability to maintain physical distance until widespread vaccination coverage is achieved. Please note, our campus community has not yet achieved widespread vaccination coverage.
  • Fully vaccinated students are no longer required to participate in regular COVID-19 screening testing as long as they remain asymptomatic, except for student athletes who are still required to test per NCAA and ODAC guidelines. Testing will continue to be available for those who need or want to be tested. You will continue to be reminded to schedule a screening test at least weekly in Aura until two weeks after the date of your last dose as reported in the Daily Attestation application. Your vaccination dates must be reported in the Daily Attestation application before your status can be updated in Aura, so if you have not yet reported your vaccination information in the Daily Attestation app, please do so as soon as possible.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

Vaccination Opportunities & Reporting

If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, we strongly encourage you to get one as soon as possible. As we communicated Monday, there are numerous opportunities to get vaccinated in our area. We are adding a vaccination information page to the COVID-19 Resources website this week with links to various resources for finding and scheduling vaccines.

In addition, Campus Community Vaccinations are now being reported by group (employees, undergraduate students, and law students) on our COVID-19 Dashboard. In order to accurately reflect the percent of our campus population that has been vaccinated, it is important that everyone log their vaccination dates in the Daily Attestation application. If you have not already done so, please report your vaccine dates as soon as possible.

Transportation to May 4 Vaccination Clinics

The university is providing transportation for students to and from the vaccination clinic in Lexington on May 4. Shuttles will run continuously between the Lee Chapel parking lot and the vaccination site in the Lexington Crossings shopping center. We recommend getting to the shuttle pick up area 15 minutes before your appointment time; you will be required to wear a face covering.