COVID-19 update from App State — April 23, 2021

Posted 04/23/21 at 7:50 p.m.

App State’s weekly progress report to campus provides the latest operational updates and other important information.

App Strong. App Resilient.

App State’s last day of classes is Wednesday, April 28. Then, the university will transition to final exams and will celebrate graduates at Spring Commencement ceremonies. Please remember to carefully and regularly review messages from App State as the university continues to monitor and respond to the latest COVID-19 circumstances.

App State continues to prepare for the full return of students, faculty and staff to campus for the fall 2021 semester.

  • We are encouraged by the continued commitment from students, faculty and staff to stopping the spread of COVID-19. To maintain our low transmission rates, we must continue to protect others, as well as ourselves. Get a COVID-19 vaccine, keep following the 3Ws (Wear, Wait, Wash) and avoid crowds. 

Latest News

COVID-19 Vaccines Update

App State’s Community Vaccine Clinics are open to everyone in North Carolina ages 18 and over. 

  • This week, App State administered 187 Moderna vaccines at a clinic for students, faculty, staff and community members. The university’s COVID-19 Dashboard is updated with weekly vaccine numbers each Monday.

  • The next App State vaccine clinic is scheduled for Thursday, April 29, from 9 a.m. - noon. Walk-ins are welcome, although appointments are recommended for little/no wait times.

    • Everyone will receive a $10 campus dining card compliments of Chancellor Sheri Everts.

    • The clinic is open to everyone in North Carolina ages 18 and over.

    • The Moderna vaccine requires two doses for full vaccination — first and second dose appointments are available at the upcoming App State clinic. If it’s your first dose, clinic staff will help you determine the best location for your second dose, and assist in scheduling.
  • As a reminder, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine or be tested if you have no symptoms.

  • Visit the university’s COVID-19 Vaccines page for information on how to help ensure no vaccine is wasted, help scheduling your second dose if needed, and other vaccine-related information.

  • App State strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated but cannot unilaterally mandate vaccines for students or employees — view additional details.

Additional COVID-19 Vaccines Resources: 
App State's COVID-19 Vaccines pageVaccines for COVID-19 (CDC)COVID-19 Vaccine Information (NCDHHS)

Gov. Cooper Outlines Timeline for Lifting State COVID-19 Restrictions

In an April 21 press release, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that as vaccinations continue and trends stabilize, he expects to lift mandatory social distancing, capacity and mass gathering restrictions by June 1. He plans to issue a new executive order next week with safety restrictions for May.

Student Activities and Resources

Upcoming activities

App State offers events and activities to help students stay engaged while staying safe. Highlights include:

University Recreation offers a variety of in-person fitness classes, including SUP yoga, pilates, cycling, kickboxing and more — register now.

APPS Front Desk Concert: Lavender Blue
April 23, premieres at 12 a.m., free pre-recorded virtual event 
Join APPS for a pre-recorded, acoustic concert by Lavender Blue — a local musician from Asheville — view other Front Desk Concerts and upcoming APPS events.

Life Goes On in Song
April 28, 6 p.m., free livestream event 
The Hayes School of Music's Opera Workshop presents an evening of songs outlining the events and emotions of human life — view all upcoming HSOM livestream performances.

The 2021 10-minute play festival
May 1, free virtual event, registration required
Theatre students from the Department of Theatre and Dance are producing new 10-minute plays from playwrights across the country.

More Events and Activities:
AppalachianTodayEngageCampus ActivitiesUniversity RecreationTurchin Center

Resources for students

With the end of the semester at hand, please reach out if you or someone you know needs assistance. There are many people at the university who are here to help you. If you aren’t sure who to ask, here’s where you can start:

Additional Resources for Students: 
Academic AffairsOffice of the Dean of StudentsMountaineer Emergency FundMountaineer Food Hub & Free StoreStudent lifeDepartment directory

Preparing for Commencement, Exams and the End of the Semester — Information for Students

Preparing for Spring Commencement — packet pick-up for virtual participants and ticketing information for in-person participants

  • As a reminder, graduating students who are participating virtually can pick up commencement packets at the University Bookstore on April 29 and 30, from 10 a.m - 3 p.m. These students have received details and instructions via email.

  • Students participating in in-person commencement ceremonies will receive an email next week with information about acquiring tickets for their guests.

  • Visit the university’s commencement website for additional Spring 2021 Commencement details.

Preparing for final exams

  • Final exams will be held Friday, April 30, through Thursday, May 6 — view the exam schedule here. Additionally, review the final exam resources shared last week to help you finish the semester strong.

  • Looking for group study space? Both Plemmons Student Union and Legends will be open during exams for study space — group study spaces will be available and marked with signage. Additionally, some academic buildings will have classrooms available as group study spaces. Please visit area websites or check with academic departments for more information.

Pass/No Credit option for the spring 2021 semester

  • As communicated in an April 21 message to campus, App State will not offer a Pass/No Credit option for the spring 2021 semester. Relaxations of normal policies remain in effect and the following statement will be placed on the transcripts of all students (undergraduate and graduate) for courses taken in spring 2020, fall 2020 or spring 2021:

    "A global health emergency during this term required significant course changes. Unusual enrollment patterns and grades could reflect the tumultuous time, not necessarily the student's work."

  • The last day to drop a class has been extended to Monday, April 26, and the university will offer financial assistance to students who need to take summer classes.

    • Students are strongly encouraged to discuss all options with their advisors, instructors and/or faculty in their major department, as decisions could impact degree progress, future career or graduate education plans, licensure/certification requirements and/or financial aid.

    • Any courses from spring 2020, fall 2020 or spring 2021 that are repeated in a future semester for grade forgiveness as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 will not be counted as one of a student’s four allowable forgiveness courses.

    • Details about financial assistance to students who need to take summer classes will be shared soon. 

Students, please plan to take these actions before the end of the semester

  • Students living on campus need to begin preparations for moving out of their residence hall rooms. University Housing has shared important reminders, and resident assistants (RAs) are also sharing instructions.

  • Use meal plan balances by May 12 — view Campus Dining’s 2021 Spring Closing Schedule. Additionally, from April 28 - May 12, students can use meal plan balances for purchases at the University Bookstore. 

  • Return your rental textbooks by May 14 either via a prepaid UPS shipping label or in person to the on-campus dropoff location. Students will receive an email with detailed instructions soon. Additionally, buy-back for purchased textbooks is May 3 - 6.

  • Return your library books and materials using any remote campus book drops, excepting technology items, or bring them into the library. You can also return books and materials by mail or can renew them online or over the phone. Technology items must be returned/renewed in person — do not return these items via the remote book drops as this may result in damage.

  • If you have an on-campus mailbox and need to forward your mail, complete the Mail Forwarding Form (log-in required) to forward USPS mail from your campus mailbox to another address. Visit the USPS website for more information about mail forwarding.

  • Before you leave the Boone area, get a COVID-19 vaccine and get tested for COVID-19learn more.

Key Metrics

On-campus tests administered since start of fall semester: 56,282
Total vaccines provided at on-campus vaccine clinics: 4,152
Classroom transmission: 0 confirmed cases
Current hospitalizations: 0
Current quarantine/meal support availability: 94% available (6% in use)
Police reports responding to violations of gathering limits (Jan. 1 - present): 13
Active cases in students who live on campus (in residence at time of positive test): 7
Active cases in students who live off campus: 3
Days since campus planning discussions first started around COVID-19: 460
Days since the campus EOC formally activated to coordinate preparedness/response/recovery efforts: 408

Key Reminders and Updates

On-campus COVID-19 testing available twice weekly 

COVID-19 testing remains an important component of our mitigation strategy. Free, on-campus COVID-19 testing is available for students, faculty and staff at twice-weekly events, in addition to targeted testing and testing for students at Student Health Service. No appointments required — bring your Banner ID and AppCard. Check the university’s COVID-19 Testing page for the latest schedule and location information — please note that the April 28 testing event will be held on the third level of the Rivers Street Parking Deck.

Continued COVID-19 response efforts

Chancellor Everts continues to meet regularly with UNC System President Hans and System leadership, as well as with her vice chancellors and emergency management team. University representatives meet regularly with local public health consult with the NCDHHS COVID-19 response team as needed. Planning for a full return to campus is underway, with more information coming soon. Read more:

Messages from Chancellor EvertsPrevious COVID-19 update from App StateApp State’s coronavirus website and dashboardResources for faculty and staffDepartment directory

Information Coming Soon

  • Details about financial assistance to students who need to take summer classes.

  • Information about planning efforts for a full return to campus in fall 2021.

  • Information for employees working remotely about returning to on-campus work in advance of fall 2021.