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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • We want to operate as normally as possible;

  • The well-being of our residential community must be a high priority; and

  • We will continually evaluate and update our campus protocols based on the emerging evidence


RETURN TO CAMPUS

Required Tasks 

All students and employees are required to provide documentation regarding their COVID-19 status prior to returning to campus. Documentation must be in one of four forms:

  1. Proof of being fully vaccinated. All students are encouraged to upload proof of being fully vaccinated (copy of their CDC vaccination card) this summer before returning to campus: vikingweb.berry.edu/ICS/COVID-19/ Please let us know also if you have received the first shot and are waiting to receive a second shot.
  2. Proof of a prior infection as demonstrated by a positive PCR test (and completion of the appropriate isolation period). Students who have had a positive PCR test for COVID-19 may submit that information, but vaccination is still encouraged for these students because research indicates it produces a strong immunity response to the aggressive Delta variant.
  3. A positive antibody test from a certified laboratory. Rapid antibody tests are not accepted.
  4. A current negative PCR test. Students will need to have been tested within 72 hours of arrival. Antigen tests are not accepted.

Masks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified Floyd County as a region of substantial transmission due to an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases.

In light of this new guidance to continue protecting the health and well-being of our entire campus community, effective Aug. 8, 2021, Berry will require all students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks while indoors on campus. Visitors to campus will be required to follow the mask guidelines, including during campus move-in.

The policy requires a face covering in any public context: classrooms, academic and administrative buildings, Krannert, Cage Center, the library, residence hall common areas and hallways, or campus offices. Face coverings may be removed in personal settings (offices, residence hall rooms) if no one else is present. Face coverings may be removed for dining, personal hygiene and outdoor recreation, but with appropriate separation. Immediate family members living on campus are exempted from this policy in private or personal contexts.

At this time, most SAA campuses plan to be open for spectators (home and visiting). All campuses will require masks indoors; some campuses may require masks outdoors for large crowded events (e.g. the stands at football games). We recommend you check host websites prior to travel.

Other mitigation measures may be added should circumstances warrant.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Masking is an effective mitigation measure, but not nearly as powerful as wide-spread vaccinations. All major health organizations agree that vaccinations are the way to defeat this (or any) pandemic and offer the surest path back to normal.

We continue to strongly encourage vaccination against COVID-19. We encourage employees and students, in consultation with their health professionals, to be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall semester. If you are still considering getting the vaccine before returning to campus, please do so immediately. Local health providers in Rome will be able to provide second shots as needed.

Continuing our partnership with Floyd Medical Center, Berry will offer a vaccine clinic on Friday, August 27th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a second clinic 3 weeks later. Pfizer vaccines will be provided along with a limited number of Johnson and Johnson.


RESIDENCE LIFE

Visitors to campus will be required to follow the mask guidelines. This includes visitors assisting with campus move-in and move-out.

Dining Services

Berry has added new outdoor seating options for students, capitalizing on the popularity of dining outside. Be sure to visit Berry.campusdish.com for meal plan information, location and hours updates along with COVID-19 protocols and procedures for Fall 2021. Follow @berrydining on Instagram to stay up to date!


HEALTH AND SAFETY COVID GUIDANCE

berry.edu/healthy-together/healthy-habit-Resources

COVID-19 Exposure

If a student (on-campus) exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person should call the Health Center (706.236.2267). If a student (on-campus) feels sick but does not appear to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, that person should call the Health Center.

If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, that employee must inform the Human Resources office. If a family member residing with a Berry employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, that employee must inform the Human Resources office. If an employee exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person should call their health care provider and contact the college’s Human Resources office.

Testing

Students and employees who have been fully vaccinated or have had COVID within 90 days will not need to participate in weekly testing. However, a representative sample of vaccinated students may be asked to participate in testing periodically to assess the health of the campus.

All other students and employees will be required to participate in ongoing antigen or PCR tests for COVID-19 as directed by the college based on the current circumstances; the cost will be charged to students and employees.

Quarantine

In accordance with CDC and DPH guidelines, unvaccinated people who have been exposed to a positive case but don’t exhibit symptoms should:

  • quarantine-info-covid.jpgQuarantine at home for 14 days (safest option)
  • Quarantine at home for 10 days and monitor for symptoms
  • Quarantine at home for 7 days with negative test (no earlier than Day 5) and monitor for symptoms

*Fully vaccinated individuals DO NOT need to quarantine, but should follow basic prevention measures and test 3-5 days after exposure.

  • Wear a mask
  • Social distance
  • Avoid crowds
  • Wash hands frequently

Classroom Setup and Practices

With the college back in regular session, classes will not routinely be available via remote learning (e.g., Zoom).


TRAVEL

Study abroad is resuming, beginning Fall 2021! Berry will continue to monitor each location as well as CDC and State Department guidelines. Please contact the Director of International Experiences, Dr. Elizabeth Davis, edavis@berry.edu with any questions, and to plan study abroad.

Students and employees who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose) or participating regularly in weekly testing may travel on college-related business. Employees should review CDC and State Department guidelines for personal travel.


EVENTS AND VISITORS

Mandatory face-coverings indoors are part of the campus COVID protocol as of Aug. 8, 2021.

The Office of Admission is open for prospective students and parents to visit by appointment. Go to berry.edu/visit to schedule an on-campus visit or learn more about virtual options. If you have questions about your scheduled visit, feel free to contact us at admissions@berry.edu or 800.237.7942.

At this time, most SAA campuses plan to be open for spectators (home and visiting). All campuses will require masks indoors; some campuses may require masks outdoors for large crowded events (e.g. the stands at football games). We recommend you check host websites prior to travel.


HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCES

Director of Counseling Becca Smith and two counselors are available to students on campus. In addition, Berry offers tele-counseling services through Virtual Care. 

Thevirtualcaregroup.com/berry/ - free counseling services 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Berry employees who may need help with feelings of stress or anxiety during this unprecedented time are encouraged to utilize our Employee Assistance Program

through Unum. Details about that program can be found at unum.com/employees/services/life-balance or by calling 800.854.1446.

The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides 24/7 free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emotional Support Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals and others who have received training in crisis counseling. The phone number to call is 866.399.8938.


RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Georgia Department of Public Health

U.S. Department of State

World Health Organization (WHO)

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