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Spring 2021 Update
In This Email:
  • Students who have been fully vaccinated will be exempt from asymptomatic prevalence testing after meeting certain conditions.
  • New resources are available at University libraries. 
  • March 9 is RECess Day at IM-Rec with lots of fun and safe activities. 

After a difficult couple of weeks, we hope you are as encouraged as we are to see cases in the UVA community falling dramatically. Together, we are actively limiting the spread of the virus by wearing our masks, staying physically distanced, limiting social interactions to pods or bubbles of 6, and complying with testing requirements. Our efforts are working – now it’s on all of us to keep it up, particularly as experts monitor the potential for another spike led by more contagious variants and states loosening regulations.

In other encouraging news, it looks like spring weather may finally be on the way. Warmer conditions make it much easier to gather outside where the risks of viral transmission are lower, assuming everyone remains masked and distanced. So please take your gatherings outside as much as you can – but remember that the gathering limit of 6 and all other health and safety policies remain in place.

In most years, the arrival of warmer weather means students are preparing for spring break trips all over the world. This year, the pandemic makes those trips unwise and unsafe, which is why we opted to cancel traditional spring break and offer several break days throughout the semester instead. Unfortunately, we have heard reports of students considering taking “unofficial spring break” trips together. Please don’t.

We know it’s hard to miss spring break. But traveling outside our region and returning poses serious risks for people in both communities. If you want to avoid another spike, please stay put this spring.

Finally, we know many students, faculty, staff, and parents are eager to know more about our plans for the summer and fall. We are finalizing our plans and will make an announcement in the Spring 2021 Update on or before April 1.

We are so grateful for everything you are doing to keep cases low and to make this semester as rewarding as possible for all of us.


Liz Magill
Provost

JJ Davis
Chief Operating Officer

 

 
PUBLIC HEALTH
New Procedures: Students Who Have Been Vaccinated
Students who have been fully vaccinated are exempt from asymptomatic prevalence testing starting 14 days from the date of their final dose. Records for students who have been vaccinated through UVA Health will be transferred automatically. Students who have received vaccines from providers other than UVA Health should upload their vaccination record (“vaccine card”) through the Healthy Hoos Patient Portal . Please note: To avoid consequences for non-compliance, students should continue to participate in weekly prevalence testing until they receive notification from Student Health and Wellness they are exempt.
Important Reminders About Prevalence Testing
Thank you to University students for your participation, understanding, and patience with weekly asymptomatic prevalence testing. Prevalence testing remains one of the best tools available to contain the spread of the virus.

A few things to remember:
  • Students living in Charlottesville or Albemarle are required to participate once per week in prevalence testing this semester. The week runs from Monday-Sunday, with Sunday hours ending at 4 p.m.
  • A semester-long series of testing appointments was scheduled for most students. The appointments are viewable in Time2Test. If students can’t make an appointment, they should reschedule through Time2Test or go to walk-in testing on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Central Grounds Parking Garage.
  • Students who will be out of town for more than a Monday through Sunday period should update their mailing addresses in SIS to reflect their physical location. Side note: It is important to update the MAILINGaddress (not diploma or home address). Students who will be out of town for less than a Monday-Sunday period should not update their mailing address and must test during the part of the week they are in town.
  • More information is available at besafe.virginia.edu, including testing sites and times, FAQs, and consequences for noncompliance.
Do You Have COVID Symptoms?
If you are a student experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please contact Student Health and Wellness to schedule a symptomatic test as soon as possible. Likewise, employees should contact Employee Health. Do not wait for your next scheduled prevalence (saliva) testing appointment or risk infecting others by going to the test site.
HOOS Health Check
Everyone is required to use Hoos Health Check each day they come to Grounds. Have questions? Visit the FAQs.
 
ACADEMIC LIFE
University Library Update
The Library has returned to a regular schedule – Brown and Clemons are open 7 days a week, and the Small Special Collections Library is open Monday-Thursday by appointment only. Check the Library's Status Dashboard for the current state of operations.

In addition, the Library has an extensive slate of upcoming workshops, seminars, and other virtual events.

Item pickup is available at Clemons and Brown, and LEO Mobile pickup in the Central Grounds Garage is available to faculty and graduate students. Mask compliance remains mandatory and eating and drinking are prohibited in all Library spaces — look for the new tents on Grounds for comfortable spaces to sit and eat.
Faculty Spaces for Office Hours
Small classroom spaces are reservable for faculty to hold office hours while maintaining appropriate physical distance. Visit UVA’s new 25Live Space Scheduling System (behind Netbadge) for details and to reserve space.
 
OPERATIONS
Space Reservations
Need a place to study, learn remotely or have a telemedicine visit? UVA’s 25Live Space Scheduling System (behind Netbadge) also is the place to go to reserve spaces in Newcomb, the Rotunda, and more. Drop-in spaces remain available in these locations as well as in 1515 University Avenue, Clemons and Brown Library. Want to reserve an IM-Rec space to get some exercise? Reserve a spot in the AFC weight room, either pool or the Climbing Center at SRC via the IM-Rec Portal.
 
STUDENT LIFE
Pandemic Drives Changes to Final Exercises for Classes of 2020 and 2021
This week the University announced that Final Exercises for the Class of 2020 will be delayed until 2022 as a result of the pandemic. Discussions for how to celebrate the Class of 2021 are ongoing. More information is available at UVA Today.
March 9 Is RECess Day
You may have graduated from elementary school, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have RECess! These are fun things to do with friends, but they are also great opportunities to make new friends. We hope you'll join us for:
 
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