May 12 update from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley

This is the final COVID-19 weekly email update message to students and parents of the 2020-21 academic year.

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Welcome to the final COVID-19 weekly email update for the academic year. While the regular distribution of this message will go on hiatus during the summer, we will continue to share updates via email as needed to keep you informed. Please keep an eye on your Elon email account in the weeks ahead and check the Ready & Resilient website periodically. We will resume regular email messages in August in preparation for next academic year.

Current status

  • Elon’s current alert level is “Level 1 – Moderate Alert” on the Elon COVID-19 Dashboard.
  • Since last week’s email update, Elon has received two new reports of PCR-confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students and employees.
  • As of yesterday afternoon, there is one active case, with two students in quarantine or isolation.
  • Among the on-campus population (not including remote employees/students or study abroad students), 81 percent of the Elon population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, including 83 percent of undergraduates, 71 percent of graduate students, and 76 percent of staff and faculty.

Planning for summer and fall

After a year of in-person living and learning on campus, we look forward to summer and next academic year with significantly eased restrictions and a continued focus on the health and well-being of the community. A new infographic on the Ready & Resilient website gives a brief indication of what to expect as we move into summer and fall. Planning will continue and more details will be shared with the community over the course of the summer.

COVID-19 testing on-campus

Testing continues now through fall semester for those not fully vaccinated (weekly for undergraduates, monthly for staff, faculty, and graduate students). Departure testing is also available for all students, with no appointment necessary.

  • Today, May 12, through Tuesday, May 18, testing will be 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:45-3:45 p.m., no appointment necessary, in McCoy Commons 207 (Oaks Neighborhood).
  • Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20, testing will be 12:45-3:45 p.m., no appointment necessary, in McCoy Commons 207. Graduating seniors are encouraged to test these days.
  • May 24 through July 30, testing will be Mondays 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays noon-4 p.m., no appointment necessary, in McCoy Commons 207.

Questions? Contact the Ready & Resilient hotline, 336-278-2020 (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Upload your vaccination information

Testing and quarantine exemptions have been extended for those who have uploaded their vaccination records. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose) and have uploaded their vaccination records will be exempt from testing for the remainder of Spring Semester and through the end of Summer Session II (July 31, 2021). The university vaccine information page can be found online here. For information about the testing and quarantine exemptions available to those who are fully vaccinated, view the information available here. Here are instructions for uploading your documentation via mobile or desktop.

Wellness moment and Chaplain’s reflection

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, practicing mindfulness is a strategy that helps bring yourself to the present moment, mindfully immersed in the task at hand. Consider using some mindfulness and relaxation apps recommended by Counseling Services to assist your practice.

University Chaplain Jan Fuller’s weekly reflection is offered to help us in our search for meaning during this challenging time – this week’s reflection, “Holy Love” can be found here on the Truitt Center blog.

My best wishes to all for a safe, healthy and rejuvenating summer. Congratulations to our graduates. Please stay in touch as you move on to what is next in your life. For all others who will be on campus this summer or returning in the fall, I look forward to our continued work and mutual growth together at this great university.

Dr. Jon Dooley

Vice President for Student Life