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COVID-19 Communications Archive

Recent COVID-19 Communications from the office of the Dean of Students


July 8, 2020 - Check In Dates for Students

Dear Cougars,

I hope that you and your loved ones are doing well during this difficult chapter in our history. All of us here at Averett University are looking forward to your arrival on campus in the coming weeks and to being of assistance to you in any way possible.

At this time, I hope that you have had a chance to read through the comprehensive plan that the President shared yesterday with the University community. If you have not, you can find details at Averett.edu/alert, or read the full plan by clicking on the following link: https://www.averett.edu/wp-content/uploads/One-Averett-Together-Again-Comprehensive-Reopening-Plan-7-3-2020-FINAL.pdf#page=5.

I know that you all have many questions and in the coming days, I will be sharing more detailed information with you. I will also send invitations to attend Zoom calls in order for you and your parents and families to ask questions about the University’s comprehensive plan.

In the meantime, I am pleased to share with you the finalized fall check-in dates. They are as follows:

Saturday, August 8th: Volleyball, Men and Women’s Soccer, New Aviation Students

Tuesday, August 11th and Wednesday, August 12th : Football

Friday, August 14th: Assigned group of new students

Sunday, August 16th : Assigned group of new students

Monday, August 17th : Returning students

Move-in will be different for everyone this year. All students, including returning students, will be required to go through a check-in station where they will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before being allowed to move into the residence halls. This is a quick and efficient process to protect everyone, but it is a new addition to the move-in process. Those moving in must be asymptomatic and free of fever. Students moving in will be allowed to have two guests to assist them. Guests will also be screened in the same manner as students. No one else is allowed inside the residence halls.

All students (both new and returning) will be assigned a specific time when they should arrive on their move-in day. This information will come from the Office of Residence Life & Housing by email. Athletes should hear from their coaches regarding the specifics of what they will need to do prior to move in.

Please know that we monitor the status of the global pandemic on a daily basis and have been working for several months to make the upcoming academic year a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Please let me know if you have any questions, and continue to check your email in the coming days for further information.

Stay safe and well,

Dean Villarose


July 12, 2020 - Follow Up Information: Important

Dear Cougars,

I hope that this email finds you and your families keeping safe and healthy. This email serves as a follow up to the email communication that I sent last week with the information about the university’s comprehensive plan as well as the check in dates for our residential students. I know that as you and your families begin to prepare for your arrival to campus you have many questions and concerns. The information that we will send later this week and next will provide greater detail about the planned educational and residential experience. Please continue to check your Averett email and monitor Averett social media accounts. In the meantime please take the time to read through the following updates:

Accommodations
If you need to request either an academic accommodation and or a housing accommodation due to COVID-19 please use the following form that can be found by clicking this link: https://averett.tfaforms.net/217781
If you have questions and or concerns in regards to academics please contact Erin Schlauch Director, Galesi Student Success Center via email at eschlauch@averett.edu or via phone at 434-791-5754. For questions or concerns in regards to housing please contact Shelbilyn Boelsche Assistant Director of Housing Operations via email at sboelsche@averett.edu or via phone at 434-791-2454.

Check-in Dates
All students (both new and returning) will be assigned a specific time when they should arrive on their move-in day. This information will come from the Office of Residence Life & Housing by email. Athletes should hear from their coaches regarding the specifics of what they will need to do prior to move in. Please continue to check your Averett email address as information will go out this week with your specific move in date and time.

International Students
Averett University is committed to supporting, informing and advocating for our international students as we work to address these new regulatory obstacles. At this time you should have received an email from Joel Nester and or Tammy Jackson in regards to zoom meetings this week for international questions. If you did not receive an invitation to join please respond to this email and we will get you registered.

Further Communication
All students are invited to attend a zoom meeting with me this Tuesday at 8 p.m. Parents and families are welcome to join as well but we are working on a separate communication for them later this week as well. Please see the information provided below in order to join the zoom call this Tuesday at 8 p.m.:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://averett.zoom.us/j/7745813380?pwd=UmNOMmc4R3dva2lSRWJpaVFJQnpFUT09
Meeting ID: 774 581 3380
Password: 266453
One tap mobile
+16465588656,,7745813380#,,1#,266453# US (New York)
+13017158592,,7745813380#,,1#,266453# US (Germantown)

As always please do not hesitate to reach out to me or a member of the Averett community should you have specific questions and or concerns. We are very much looking forward to your arrival in August and we will be communicating further information in the coming days.

Dean V.


July 15, 2020 - Health and Safety Protocol, prior to coming to campus and arrival

Dear Cougars,

We are working to prepare our campus community for your arrival in just a few short weeks! As a follow-up to my email last week regarding check-in dates and health and safety protocol, please see the below information.

Residential Students

All residential students will be receiving information next week from Assistant Dean of Students Jill Adams with their specific check-in date and time. Residential students will be asked to complete the following health protocols prior to coming to campus for their assigned check-in time:

  • Students should self-quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving on campus, meaning taking measures while still at home like minimizing interaction in public spaces, avoiding large crowds, and avoiding travel to areas of high COVID-19 cases.
  • Complete a health questionnaire 72 hours prior to the assigned move-in time. The link to the health questionnaire will be sent to your Averett email address for you to complete.
  • Complete an educational module on COVID-19 that will be on Canvas. Students will be receiving an email in the coming days with further information on how to access this.

Commuter Students

Commuter students will come to campus Tuesday, Aug. 18, to go through the check-in process. Information regarding specific times will be sent out to students next week.

All commuter students will be asked to the complete the same health protocols that are mentioned above for residential students.

Arriving to Campus

To ensure the safety of all Averett University community members, the following guidelines for safe move-in activities have been established.

Check-in Health Screening

Students and guests will be directed to go to the check-in station where Averett staff will facilitate the following:

  • Temperature screenings for students and guests, and
  • Symptom check questionnaire for students and guests.

After this initial screening:

  • All students and guests with no fever and negative health screens may proceed to the check-in process.
  • Students who have completed all requirements will receive their Campus Welcome Kit which will include a cloth, reusable Averett University face covering, gloves, hand sanitizer and a colored wristband that designates their student status and permission to access their residence hall. All guests will receive wristbands to designate guest status. No student may have more than two guests.
  • Any student who has not completed all required health forms (vaccinations, etc.), or who has not completed the COVID-19 training online, will not proceed with check-in.

Room and Residential Building Preparedness

All rooms will be thoroughly cleaned in accordance with CDC cleaning guidelines prior to all student arrivals. To maximize physical distancing, flow in and out of residence buildings will be indicated by signage. In addition, signage encouraging behaviors to reduce transmission of COVID-19 are in place in all residential buildings.

As I have shared before, please continue to check your Averett email for additional information about next steps. We will communicate important information in regards to health and safety protocols for when students arrive on campus, information about class schedules, as well as other important items that all lead to the success of our students.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions via email or phone! It takes all of us to keep one another safe and healthy and I very much appreciate hearing from students with your concerns and suggestions.

Be safe and well,

Dean V.


July 21, 2020 - Community Standards: Face Coverings, Guest Policy and Visitors

Dear Cougars,

As we know the behavior of our students, faculty and staff will be critical to our safe reopening, and modifications to student interactions and the student experience are important concerns that many students have asked.

Student Life has followed the higher education guidelines outlined by the CDC and ACHA to formulate a plan that addresses, common spaces, access to campus facilities, guests and gatherings, extracurricular activities, and programming. Please see the following COVID-19 related polices that we have created:

Guest Policy

For COVID-19 purposes and your safety, we are not allowing any visitors/guests from outside of the building, i.e. Residents from other spaces, family, friends, commuters, etc. This includes overnight or daily visits. No more than four people will be allowed in a residence hall room.

Face Coverings

Students will be required to wear face coverings while in class, conducting business on campus, and in shared common spaces. They are required anywhere that appropriate physical distancing is not possible. The face covering requirement will be enforced by the local health district and will be monitored by the appropriate University division, department and/or office. Individuals are asked to exercise social responsibility, as well as kindness, with respect to the face covering requirement.

Students in the Community

  • Students will have a choice to learn and serve either virtually or in-person, following social distancing guidelines
  • If students choose to learn and serve in-person, they must sign a contract with the CCECC and the community partner (service-learning, internships, volunteerism, etc.)
  • The CCECC will provide them with the PPE necessary to learn and serve off campus, but they must sign the afore-mentioned contract to receive it from the CCECC.

Other modifications to residence and campus life include:

  • Maximum capacity for common spaces, masks or face coverings, social distancing, and the removal of lounge furniture to discourage gatherings
  • Access and egress modifications in accordance to CDC guidelines, with doorways identified as entry- or exit-only.

Additionally there will be two opportunities to zoom with me this week to learn more about opening. You can join me either tonight or Thursday at 8 p.m. by following this link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://averett.zoom.us/j/7745813380?pwd=UmNOMmc4R3dva2lSRWJpaVFJQnpFUT09

Meeting ID: 774 581 3380

Password: 266453

One tap mobile

+16465588656,,7745813380#,,1#,266453# US (New York)

+13017158592,,7745813380#,,1#,266453# US (Germantown)

As always please continue to check your email and please be safe and well!


July 30, 2020 - Check In Health and Safety Information

Dear Cougars,

I hope that this email finds you and your families safe and healthy. We continue to prepare for your arrival in the next two weeks and we are very excited to see you all! By this time you should have received an email from our Assistant Dean of Students, Jill Adams, with your check in time and date whether you are a residential or a commuter student. If you did not please send an email to Jill Adams at jadams@averett.edu to let her know so we can get that information to you.

As a reminder please review the following health and safety protocols that we have put in place for our students to follow prior to coming to campus and upon arrival:

Prior to coming to campus

  • Students should self-quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving on campus, meaning taking measures while still at home like minimizing interaction in public spaces, avoiding large crowds, and avoiding travel to areas of high COVID-19 cases.
  • Complete a health questionnaire 72 hours prior to the assigned move-in time. The link to the health questionnaire will be sent to your Averett email address for you to complete. Please continue to check your Averett email for this link!
  • Complete an educational module on COVID-19 .Students will be receiving an email in the coming days with further information on how to access this. Please continue to check your Averett email for this link!

Arriving to Campus

To ensure the safety of all Averett University community members, the following guidelines for safe move-in activities have been established. All students can bring two guests with them.

Check-in Health Screening

Students and guests will be directed to go to the check-in station where Averett staff will facilitate the following:

  • Temperature screenings for students and guests, and
  • Symptom check questionnaire for students and guests.

After this initial screening:

  • All students and guests with no fever and negative health screens may proceed to the check-in process.
  • Students who have completed all requirements will receive their Campus Welcome Kit which will include a cloth, reusable Averett University face covering, gloves, hand sanitizer and a colored wristband that designates their student status and permission to access their residence hall. All guests will receive wristbands to designate guest status. No student may have more than two guests.
  • Any student who has not completed not completed the COVID-19 training online or the health screening, will not proceed with check-in.

As I have shared before, please continue to check your Averett email for additional information about next steps. We will communicate important information in regards to health and safety protocols for when students arrive on campus, information about class schedules, as well as other important items that all lead to the success of our students.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions via email or phone! It takes all of us to keep one another safe and healthy and I very much appreciate hearing from students with your concerns and suggestions.

Be safe and well,

Dean V.


August 4, 2020 - Health Questionnaire and COVID-19 Training

Cougars,

I hope that this email finds you and your family doing well. We are continuing to prepare for your arrival to campus and we are getting excited to officially begin our check in process this coming Saturday!  It is important that you continue to check your Averett email and to also contact us if you have not received an email from our Assistant Dean of Students Jill Adams with your specific move in date and time. We have structured each of these move in dates to allow for social distancing and a safe opening therefore unless you have extenuating circumstances, your assigned time will not be changed. Please contact Jill Adams at jadams@averett.edu if you have any questions.

I have shared in previous emails that each student is required to complete a health questionnaire 72 hours prior to coming to campus for your assigned check in date and time as well as a brief training about COVID-19. It is very important that these are both completed the day that you arrive to campus as if they are not completed this will impact your ability to check in.

Below is the link that will take you to the health questionnaire as well as the directions on how to access the training through EduRisk. If you have any questions or concerns about this as well as anything else please let me know!

Health Questionnaire: Please click on the link below

https://forms.gle/WBTMAuMnQj5CXnKz8

COVID-19 Training Instructions:

To begin training go to https://learn.ue.org/Login2.aspx

Enter your login credentials.

  • Username: Your Averett University email address
  • Password: Welcome1!

The first time you log in, the system will prompt you to reset your temporary password and set a security question.

Dean V

Lesley Villarose, M.Ed.
Dean of Students
Averett University


August 12, 2020 - Dining Hall Changes and Protocols

Dear Cougars,

A number of changes have been made in our dining hall, like a single entrance and exit, serving station modifications, increased to-go options, changes in seating, and more. If you plan to eat in the dining hall this semester, it is important to be familiar with these changes. To learn more, check out these FAQs and watch this video.

Thank you, and stay well.

Sincerely,

Dean  Villarose


August 25, 2020 - Dish with Dean V Call Tonight: Link to register

Cougars,

Please join me tonight for Dish with Dean V. to ask questions that you may have or to discuss concerns in a safe space

“Sign up and join this event”:

Students click this link, include your name and info and get a personalized zoom link to your email to join!

Register in advance for this meeting: https://averett.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcumhqz8uHdYQAY5NEHIuQ75cFV44OdZD

Lesley Villarose, M.Ed | Dean of Students
Office of the Dean of Students
420 West Main St., Danville, VA 24541
O: 434-791-5627
http://www.averett.edu


August 28, 2020 - Reminder: Community Standards

Dear Students,

I know that several of you were unable to attend one of the commuter meetings that were held last week. Below is the information that we talked about. Please make sure to review this as it is important that all students are doing health screenings before they leave their home or residence hall. Additionally, as we move into the weekend I want to remind you of the consequences that could come if we are notified of an off campus “gathering”. Again, we are just trying to express the importance of health and safety for our Averett community and how all of us need to do our part.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me!

Be safe,
Dean V.


September 4, 2020 - Community Standards and the Weekend

Dear Cougars,

As we head into the weekend, I want to write to you all to remind you all of the importance of following the community standards that we have created for COVID-19  in order to keep us all healthy and safe. It is important that you continue to do your daily health screenings, wearing your face coverings and most importantly to follow our standards on holding or attending gatherings. Students should NOT be hosting or attending gatherings of over 15 people. This includes attending gatherings at other institutions. This is something that we are taking very seriously and failure to follow this standard may lead to serious disciplinary sanctions.

I ask that each of you make take these standards seriously and that you make decisions with these standards in mind. We understand that it requires a different way of thinking about and approaching life – but we believe that you all are conscientious enough and mature enough to adhere to the public health expectations of Averett University and the City of Danville. We need everyone’s help to have a safe fall.  Hold your friends and peers accountable and reach out when you need help with that. You can report problematic behavior by using the LiveSafe application. You can even report anonymously and your report will remain confidential. You can also call Campus Safety and Security at 434-791-5888 or Residence Life On Call at 434-203-7245 or you can write to me directly.

I thank you all for your contunied good work for all that you are doing to keep the Averett community safe. If there is anything that I can do for your please let me know.

Be well,

Stay safe,

Dean V.

Lesley Villarose, M.Ed.
Dean of Students
Averett University


September 9, 2020 - Dish with Dean V: Tonight at 8!

Join me tonight at 8 p.m. to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have!
Register in advance for this meeting: https://averett.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcumhqz8uHdYQAY5NEHIuQ75cFV44OdZD
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Lesley Villarose, M.Ed.
Dean of Students
Averett University

Cougars,

Join me tonight to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have!

Register in advance for this meeting: https://averett.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcumhqz8uHdYQAY5NEHIuQ75cFV44OdZD

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Additionally, as you may have read in Cougar Connection yesterday, we now have a COVID-19 data dashboard on our website. This dashboard will help keep our campus informed, and is your resource to follow the latest campus information related to COVID-19. I encourage you to share this resource with your families so that they, too, can stay informed.

This dashboard will be updated every business day, and it reflects student and employee information. If you have any questions about this, please let me know.

Dean V.

Lesley Villarose, M.Ed | Dean of Students
Office of the Dean of Students
420 West Main St., Danville, VA 24541
O: 434-791-5627
http://www.averett.edu


September 14, 2020 - A Safe and Healthy Campus/Dish with Dean V

Good morning Cougars!

I hope that this email finds you doing well this Monday morning. Hopefully you all had the opportunity to read the president’s email that she sent out this past Friday. Please join me tomorrow tonight at 8 p.m. if you have any questions or concerns. Please see the information below on how to register. Hope to see you on!

Register in advance for this meeting: https://averett.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcumhqz8uHdYQAY5NEHIuQ75cFV44OdZD

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dean V.

From: Tiffany Franks <tfranks@Averett.edu>

Dear Students and Colleagues,

This unique semester has gotten off to a stronger start than perhaps we could have imagined! While I know campus life is different due to pandemic guidelines, our community has shown a genuine and steadfast commitment to keeping ourselves and others safe. I am very thankful and proud of the dedication from every student, employee and visitor who has followed our protocols.

Now it is as important as ever that we not get too comfortable; we must remain vigilant in keeping our campus community safe and healthy. Please remember each day to practice the following:

      • Wear your appropriate face covering whenever on campus, unless alone in your residence hall room or campus office.
      • Maintain a safe social distance of at least six feet from others.
      • Exercise good hand hygiene.
      • Complete your daily self-health check through LiveSafe before you leave your residence hall or home to come to campus.
      • Stay home if you’re not feeling well, and follow the appropriate protocols for notifying professors, the Health Triage Line, Residence Life on Call, or your HR and your supervisor if an employee.
      • Report problematic behavior anonymously through the LiveSafe app, or by contacting Campus Safety and Security or Residence Life on Call.

I hope you will stay up-to-date on the latest campus COVID-19 data through our dashboard on the Alert page. It is updated every business day, and it reflects student and employee information. As a reminder, you will be contacted if you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. “Close contact” is described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being within six feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes within the last 48 hours. Averett partners with SOVAH Health, Centra Health Care and the Pittsylvania/Danville Health Department for testing and contact tracing of COVID-19.

Again, I want to thank you all for your continued cooperation, as we are in this together. Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe.

Gratefully,

Tiffany M. Franks
President


October 30, 2020 - Halloween Message

Dear Cougars,

I am so proud of all you have accomplished this semester. I am writing to remind you of our shared responsibility to protect our community as we enter the final weeks of our semester especially this Halloween weekend.

Although we have seen a decrease in COVID-19 cases over the last two weeks among students, this does not mean as a campus community that we can become complacent. It is important that you continue to do your daily health screenings, wear your face coverings and most importantly to follow our standards on holding or attending gatherings.

Traditional large gatherings that come with celebrating Halloween simply cannot happen. Such gatherings would expose our community to the risk of COVID-19 transmission and jeopardize our collective health. Students should NOT be hosting or attending gatherings of over 15 people. This includes attending gatherings at other institutions. This is something that we are taking very seriously and failure to follow this standard may lead to serious disciplinary sanctions.

I ask that each of you make take these standards seriously and that you make decisions with these standards in mind. We need everyone’s help to continue to have a safe fall.  Hold your friends and peers accountable and reach out when you need help with that. You can report problematic behavior by using the LiveSafe application. You can even report anonymously and your report will remain confidential. You can also call Campus Safety and Security at 434-791-5888 or Residence Life On Call at 434-203-7245 or you can write to me directly.

We know that so many of you are really trying to keep our campus safe, and we are deeply grateful.  We are now into the final stretch before Thanksgiving. I know you are tired. I’m tired, too, which makes me all the more proud of our work together thus far. Let’s keep up our good work this weekend and throughout the remaining weeks on campus this fall. Please join me this Monday at 7 p.m. for Dish with Dean V to share any concerns that you are having or to ask questions about campus updates.

Sincerely,

Dean V.


December 17, 2020 - Important information regarding check-in for January

Dear Cougars,

We hope you are doing well and enjoying the start of your well-deserved winter break.  Preparations are fully underway for your return to campus in just a few short weeks and important return check-in procedures are summarized below.

Check-In Information 

All students will be assigned a specific time when they should arrive on their move-in day. Please continue to check your Averett email address as information will go out this week with your specific move in date and time.   Check-in dates are as follows:

New students:                           January 8
Returning residential:             January 9 & 10
Returning commuters:            January 11 & 12

Testing and Screening 

Residential Students 

All residential students will receive information shortly from Ms. Jill Adams, assistant dean of students, with their specific check-in date and time. Residential students will be asked to complete the following health protocols prior to coming to campus for their assigned check-in time:

  • Students should self-quarantine for 10 days prior to arriving on campus, meaning taking measures while still at home like minimizing interaction in public spaces, avoiding large crowds, and avoiding travel to areas of high COVID-19 cases.
  • Complete a health questionnaire 72 hours prior to the assigned move-in time. Students will be emailed this questionnaire by one of our COVID-19 Case Managers.
  • To provide an additional layer of safety to the ongoing Averett University health and preventive efforts, all students will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test (nasal swab) 72 hours prior to their check in. 
  • Results must include your name, birthdate, name of testing facility and the type of test you took.
  • Students will need to bring proof of their test to the check in station. If a student does not have their results then they will be asked to confine themselves in their residence hall or room until they have the results and have notified the case manager. 
  • If a student has tested positive, they must notify a COVID-19 case manager at lncorriher@averett.edu or njjohnson@averett.edu 
  • If students have had a positive COVID-19 test in the last 90 days then then they must bring proof of the test to their assigned check in time. 

 Commuter Students 

Returning commuter students will come to campus to go through the check-in process. Information regarding specific times will be sent out to students next week.

All commuter students will be asked to the complete the same health protocols that are mentioned above for residential students

New Students

We are very excited to welcome our new students in January! You will be hearing from Jill Adams, Assistant Dean of Students with your orientation schedule and move in time. For questions please contact Jill Adams at jadams@averett.edu.

Accommodations 

If you need to request either an academic or housing accommodation due to COVID-19, please use the following form by clicking this link:  https://averett.tfaforms.net/217781.

If you have questions and or concerns please contact:

  • For Academics:  Erin Schlauch Director, Galesi Student Success Center via email at eschlauch@averett.edu or via phone at 434-791-5754.
  • For Housing:  Shelbilyn Boelsche Assistant Director of Housing Operations via email at sboelsche@averett.edu or via phone at 434-791-2454.

International Students  

Providing needed support and advocacy for our international students is very important to us.

Please check your email regularly during Winter Break for correspondence from Ms. Tammy Jackson, your Principal Designated School Official (PDSO). She will help students handle any issues that may arise from  border closures or travel bands. All students should not hesitate to contact her with questions and updates.

Freshman and transfer international students, who will be on campus for the first time in the spring, should work with her to make sure they are registered for classes, have completed the requested health forms, and have the proper documentation to travel.

Any student who needs transportation from RDU or GSO airports or Danville Train Station, should contact her as soon as possible with their flight itinerary.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions via email or phone! It takes all of us to keep one another safe and healthy and I very much appreciate hearing from students with your concerns and suggestions.

Dean V.


December 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Testing Follow Up: FAQ

Dear Cougars,

 We have heard from many of you in response to the requirements for returning to campus that you received last week via email. We are grateful for the many great questions, and have pulled together some FAQs to help you navigate the health protocols we are implementing to keep our campus community safe in the spring 2021 semester.  

 Additionally, we want you to know that we remain committed to removing any barriers you may encounter and will seek to assist any students as we are able. You have our continued support, and we look forward to your return in January.

 Sincerely,

Dean V.

 COVID-19 Re-Entry Testing:

Students who live in campus residence halls are required to bring a negative PCR (molecular)  COVID-19 test  when they return to campus.  This COVID-19 test should be conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus and have a negative result.

Please note that we are closely monitoring COVID-19 trends. Please continue to regularly check your email for any changes to the check-in process.

Where to get tested:

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) maintains a list of community based testing sites by state including those that are free at https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html.
  • If you have trouble finding a testing site near you, please contact a COVID-19 Case Manager and they will assist you in connecting with testing resources prior to your arrival on campus.

Cost of testing:

  • The cost of COVID-19 testing varies by provider and insurance plan. If you cannot afford a test, be sure to check the Department of Health and Human Services website above for a list of no-cost testing sites. Additionally, each state’s health department has their own website with information on testing resources.
  • Contact a COVID-19 Case Manger if you need additional assistance.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 while I am at home prior to returning to campus:

  • You will need to contact a COVID-19 Case Manager and they will assist you in next steps. This will include working with you to determine dates that you can safely return to campus as well as working with your professors to allow for you to start classes remotely.

If I have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days do I still need to be tested?

  • No, not at this time. You will need to bring documentation that shows proof of a positive test to check-in. The document  should include your name, birthdate, date of test, type of test and where the test was given.
  • If you are unable to provide this information, please contact a COVID-19 Case Manager for further assistance.

If I have taken a test and do not have the results, what should I do?

  • If you have taken a COVD-19 PCR test prior to your check-in date for spring and you have not received your results, you will need to bring proof of the date the test was given to check-in.
  • You will be asked to confine to your residence hall room until the test results have come in. The case managers will work to have meals delivered to you during this time. Once the results come in, you will need to notify a case manager.

 COVID-19 Case Managers:

Lynsey Corriher
lncorriher@averett.edu

Nia Johnson
njjohnson@averett.edu


January 5, 2021 - RE: Returning to Campus: Important Information!

Cougars,

We are very excited for you to arrive to campus in a short few days. As a reminder please see the following for further information on returning to campus. If you have any questions please let myself or one of our COVID-19 case managers know.

Take care,

Dean V.

COVID-19 Re-Entry Testing:

All students (residential and commuter)  are required to bring a negative PCR (molecular)  COVID-19 test  when they return to campus.  This COVID-19 test should be conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus and have a negative result.

Please note that we are closely monitoring COVID-19 trends. Please continue to regularly check your email for any changes to the check-in process.

 Where to get tested:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) maintains a list of community based testing sites by state including those that are free at https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html.

If you have trouble finding a testing site near you, please contact a COVID-19 Case Manager and they will assist you in connecting with testing resources prior to your arrival on campus.

Cost of testing:

  • The cost of COVID-19 testing varies by provider and insurance plan. If you cannot afford a test, be sure to check the Department of Health and Human Services website above for a list of no-cost testing sites. Additionally, each state’s health department has their own website with information on testing resources.
  • Contact a COVID-19 Case Manger if you need additional assistance.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 while I am at home prior to returning to campus:

  • You will need to contact a COVID-19 Case Manager and they will assist you in next steps. This will include working with you to determine dates that you can safely return to campus as well as working with your professors to allow for you to start classes remotely.

If I have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days do I still need to be tested?

  • No, not at this time. You will need to bring documentation that shows proof of a positive test to check-in. The document  should include your name, birthdate, date of test, type of test and where the test was given.
  • If you are unable to provide this information, please contact a COVID-19 Case Manager for further assistance.

If I have taken a test and do not have the results, what should I do?

  • If you have taken a COVD-19 PCR test prior to your check-in date for spring and you have not received your results, you will need to bring proof of the date the test was given to check-in.
  • You will be asked to confine to your residence hall room until the test results have come in. The case managers will work to have meals delivered to you during this time. Once the results come in, you will need to notify a case manager.

COVID-19 Case Managers:

Lynsey Corriher
lncorriher@averett.edu

Nia Johnson
njjohnson@averett.edu

Lesley Villarose, M.Ed | Dean of Students
Office of the Dean of Students
420 West Main St., Danville, VA 24541
O: 434-791-5627
http://www.averett.edu


February 26, 2021 - Spring Break Health and Safety Reminders

Students,

I’m reaching out with some safety tips and announcements

As some prepare to be away from campus for spring break, we want to remind you how critical it is to remain vigilant in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We are currently experiencing very low numbers of cases and possible exposures on our campuses, and we need your help to keep it that way. We strongly encourage each of you to keep up the best practices we’re following this semester as a means to help keep our campus community safe.

All students are asked to continue their daily self-health checks through LiveSafe throughout the break. If you get the red ‘X’ at any point, please continue to follow our protocols of contacting the health triage line at (434)203-3781.

Also, we are working again with the Virginia Department of Health and the National Guard on a second free testing event on Friday, March 12, in Pritchett Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To participate, please pre-register using this registration form. Follow Cougar Connection for more info on this.

We want to thank you for your efforts in keeping yourselves and each other safe. Have a wonderful break!

Sincerely,

Lee Wilkerson

 


March 8, 2021 - Testing Event

Hello Students,

This is a reminder that we are working with the Virginia Department of Health and the National Guard to offer a free testing event available to all Averett students, employees, and the Danville community. This event will be Friday, March. 12, in Pritchett Auditorium from 9am to 3pm.

The test is a PCR nasal swab, and results will take two to three days to return. Anyone wanting to participate will need to fill out the registration at this link by noon on Wednesday, March 10.

We highly encourage you to sign up for this testing event. After breaking routines during spring break, this is a free opportunity to make sure we continue to keep our community healthy.

For more information about this event, please contact our COVID-19 Case Managers at lncorriher@averett.edu or njjohnson@averett.edu

Thank you!


Recent COVID-19 Communications from President Tiffany Franks


September 11, 2020 - A Safe and Healthy Campus

Dear Students and Colleagues,

This unique semester has gotten off to a stronger start than perhaps we could have imagined! While I know campus life is different due to pandemic guidelines, our community has shown a genuine and steadfast commitment to keeping ourselves and others safe. I am very thankful and proud of the dedication from every student, employee and visitor who has followed our protocols.

Now it is as important as ever that we not get too comfortable; we must remain vigilant in keeping our campus community safe and healthy. Please remember each day to practice the following:

  • Wear your appropriate face covering whenever on campus, unless alone in your residence hall room or campus office.
  • Maintain a safe social distance of at least six feet from others.
  • Exercise good hand hygiene.
  • Complete your daily self-health check through LiveSafe before you leave your residence hall or home to come to campus.
  • Stay home if you’re not feeling well, and follow the appropriate protocols for notifying professors, the Health Triage Line, Residence Life on Call, or your HR and your supervisor if an employee.
  • Report problematic behavior anonymously through the LiveSafe app, or by contacting Campus Safety and Security or Residence Life on Call.

I hope you will stay up-to-date on the latest campus COVID-19 data through our dashboard on the Alert page. It is updated every business day, and it reflects student and employee information. As a reminder, you will be contacted if you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. “Close contact” is described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being within six feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes within the last 48 hours. Averett partners with SOVAH Health, Centra Health Care and the Pittsylvania/Danville Health Department for testing and contact tracing of COVID-19.

Again, I want to thank you all for your continued cooperation, as we are in this together. Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe.

Gratefully,

Tiffany M. Franks
President


September 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Campus Safety Reminder

Dear Students and Colleagues,

As we are nearing the midpoint of the semester, we want to continue to reinforce the need for vigilance in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in our community.

The average number of positive cases at Averett has remained relatively consistent and we have been fortunate so far in comparison to many other schools, but we cannot let our guard down. Now, more than ever, we must remain committed to following the health and safety guidelines we have established: wearing appropriate face coverings, keeping a safe social distance, keeping hands and surfaces clean, avoiding large gatherings, completing the daily self-health checks and staying home when sick. This self-discipline – not panic or apathy – will provide the best assurance that the health of our community is protected.

I hope you will continue to follow the daily COVID-19 data dashboard on our Alert page. As a reminder, we work in coordination with the local Health Department to trace all contacts who could be at risk for exposure, and anyone who could be exposed has been notified and is in quarantine. We know that the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health define an “outbreak” as when two or more individuals with COVID-19 are discovered to be epidemiologically linked, which has occurred on our campus during this semester. This is why it’s critically important when we are together, we take personal responsibility and hold our friends and colleagues accountable. We must all make responsible choices, both on and off campus.

We continue to work very closely with officials at the local Health Department. Together, we are strategizing any additional measures we can take to mitigate the spread. We will keep you updated.

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to keep our campus safe and healthy.

President Tiffany Franks


Recent COVID-19 Communications from Averett University


December 1, 2020 - A Welcome Back Message from Dr. Tim Fulop and Kathie Tune

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving Holiday!  Although the absence of students in-person and entering into the Christmas Holiday season might be a tempting time to relax your vigilance, this is a reminder that everyone in the Averett community is to maintain their vigilance regarding COVID-19 health protocols.  The nation has entered into the winter surge, and it is more important than ever that you continue to fill out your daily LiveSafe health questionnaire, wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.  Be especially vigilant if you engaged in large indoor gatherings for Thanksgiving against which the CDC recommended, and remember that what you do can have a bearing on others at Averett and off campus.

Timothy E. Fulop, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success

Kathie Tune
Director, Human Resources


December 18, 2020 - Winter Break Health and Safety Reminders

Colleagues,

I’m reaching out on behalf of the Campus COVID-19 Coordination Team (cc’d below) with some safety tips and reminders.

As we all prepare to be away from campus for the holiday break, we want to remind you how critical it is to remain vigilant in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We strongly encourage each of you to keep up the best practices we’ve followed this fall semester as a means to help keep our campus community safe.

  • All employees are asked to continue their daily self-health checks through LiveSafe throughout the break, even on days that Averett is closed for the holiday. If you get the red ‘X’ at any point, please continue to follow our protocol of contacting your department/division head or supervisor and Human Resources Director Kathie Tune. Results from testing for COVID-19 can takes several days to return, so work schedules and availability could be affected if you become sick over the break.
  • So you’re aware, students are being asked to show proof of PCR test results from 72 hours prior to returning to campus. In addition, they have been encouraged to confine for several days before returning. Keeping with that same approach, employees are encouraged to confine themselves to the extent that they’re able ahead of their return to work to minimize the chance of exposure, as well as consider being tested if reasonable and accessible to do so.
  • We are working with the Virginia Department of Health to coordinate having the National Guard on campus on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 for a testing event available to all Averett students and employees. More details will follow about this event upon our return in January, but we wanted you to know we are in the process of planning such an event.

Just as we’ve worked so hard to do this fall, we are committed to continuing upholding our same rigorous health and safety protocols in the spring semester – wearing appropriate face coverings, keeping a safe social distance, keeping hands and surfaces clean, avoiding large gatherings, completing the daily self-health checks and staying home when sick.

We want to thank you for your efforts in keeping our students, yourselves and each other safe, and I personally want to thank each CCCT member and each of you for your contributions to finishing the fall semester with few COVID-19 incidents. We look forward to reopening in January. Have a restful and renewing holiday season.

Sincerely,

Don Aungst
CFO/COO, COVID-19 Campus Coordinator


February 26, 2021 - Spring Break Health and Safety Reminders

Colleagues,

I’m reaching out on behalf of the Campus COVID-19 Coordination Team with some safety tips and reminders.

As some prepare to be away from campus for spring break, we want to remind you how critical it is to remain vigilant in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We are currently experiencing very low numbers of cases and possible exposures on our campuses, and we want to keep it that way. We strongly encourage each of you to continue the best practices we’re following this semester to help keep our campus community safe.

All employees are asked to continue their daily self-health checks through LiveSafe throughout the break. If you get the red ‘X’ at any point, please continue to follow our protocol of contacting your department/division head or supervisor and Human Resources Director Kathie Tune.

As was shared in this week’s CoffeeBreak, we are working again with the Virginia Department of Health and the National Guard on a second free testing event on Friday, March 12, in Pritchett Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To participate, please pre-register using this registration form.

We want to thank you for your efforts in keeping our students, yourselves, and each other safe.  I personally want to thank each CCCT member and each of you for your contributions to finishing the spring semester with few COVID-19 incidents.

Sincerely,

Don Aungst
CFO/COO, COVID-19 Campus Coordinator