COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Spring 2022 Arrival
West Virginia Wesleyan College looks forward to welcoming students back for in-person instruction during spring of 2022. As we return to campus, the College is electing to require all students to submit the results of a COVID-19 test prior to arrival for move-in and registration, regardless of vaccination status. The State of West Virginia has also mandated testing of all college campuses (students, faculty, and staff) as they arrive to campus for in-person instruction.
While we acknowledge that this request is being made with short notice, our COVID-19 safety and leadership teams are learning in real-time about the trends of COVID-19 and the Omicron Variant and requirements as provided by the State of West Virginia and Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC). The prior-to-arrival testing is imperative so that we can protect our students, faculty, staff, and community members and so that students might be able to isolate prior to arrival if necessary.
Students should submit negative test results to the email firstname.lastname@example.org by end-of-day Saturday, January 8th. Students who test positive through this initial testing should immediately contact the COVID-19 hotline at 304-473-8274 for guidance regarding isolation, arrivals, and other protocols. If you cannot arrange a test before your arrival, you must contact email@example.com or the hotline so that we might assist you with arrangements for testing.
In addition, the WVHEPC is both funding and requiring rapid testing of all college campuses (students, faculty, and staff), regardless of vaccination status, upon arrival to all campuses for spring of 2022. WVWC arrival testing will be held on Sunday, January 9th from Noon-5:00 PM and Monday, January 10th from 10:00 AM-Noon in the Performing Arts Center. Prior to going to their residence halls or attending registration activities, students must come to be tested and will be provided a bracelet indicating a completed test.
The College strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to get fully vaccinated, including boosted, immediately against COVID-19. We are proud of the progress our campus community has made to date. We look forward to a successful spring semester and to welcoming students back to campus.
Pre-Arrival Testing FAQ
What tests will be accepted for pre-arrival testing?
We will accept any PCR or antigen test, including a home test.
What should I do if I currently have Covid or my pre-arrival test result is positive?
Please submit a copy of your test results to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further directions will be provided to you upon receipt of your results.
Can I go to my residence hall room prior to having my arrival test?
No. You must undergo arrival testing prior to going to your residence hall. Arrival testing will be conducted on Sunday, January 9th from noon until 5pm and Monday, January 10th from 10am until noon. Students will receive a bracelet at arrival testing indicating that they have completed this requirement.
If I test positive at arrival testing, what will my options be?
If you test positive during arrival testing, you will be permitted to return home if it is safe and feasible for you to do so. If you choose to remain on campus, you will be put in isolation housing for the duration of your required isolation. The College will continue to follow CDC and Upshur County Health Department guidelines for isolation.