COVID-19 update from App State — November 19, 2021

Posted 11/19/21 at 10:05 a.m.

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

Each update reflects the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health guidance as of that date and time stamp. Please note the pandemic continues to be a developing situation. Links direct you to the latest information available. Note that printed information may be out of date, and always defer to communications with the most recent time and date stamp.

Fall 2021: Stay Vigilant. Be Resilient.

As the university continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, please be sure to carefully and regularly review messages from App State.

As we enter the final weeks of the fall semester, please be sure you are aware of the dates below:

  • Nov 24: University break for students - no classes
  • Nov 25-26: State holidays - no classes, university closed
  • Nov. 30: Last day of classes for the fall 2021 semester
  • Dec. 1: Reading Day 
  • Dec. 2-8: Exam period — view exam schedule
  • Dec. 9-13: Faculty grading period
  • Dec. 10: Fall 2021 Commencement

Chancellor Sheri Everts’ Nov. 19 update to campus will be shared later this afternoon.

Summary of important updates:

Keep reading for full details on COVID-19-related updates and information.

App State's Coronavirus siteApp State’s Fall 2021 Guide to Campus OperationsNorth Carolina’s COVID-19 Information Hub

Preparing for Thanksgiving Break

The university will not hold classes on Wednesday, Nov. 24, and will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Campus COVID-19 operations messaging will pause next week and resume the week of Dec. 3.

Thanksgiving week COVID-19 testing

Operations updates

Thanksgiving break travel and gatherings reminders

COVID-19 vaccine record resources: 
Submit proof of vaccinationGet your COVID-19 vaccination record (NCDHHS) 

COVID-19 Testing resources:
COVID-19 TestingSubmit Your COVID-19 Test ResultsReporting COVID-19 Cases

Travel Resources:
University-sponsored TravelTravel (CDC)Holiday Celebrations (CDC) •  Small and Large Gatherings (CDC)

Preparing for the Final Exams and the End of the Semester

Preparing for final exams

Final exams will be held Thursday, Dec. 2, through Wednesday, Dec. 8view the exam schedule here

Additional resources for students:
Case ManagementAcademic AffairsMountaineer Food Hub & Free StoreCareer Development CenterWellness and Prevention Services

Concerned about a student?

These resources are available for faculty and staff who are concerned about students:

  • The Office of Student SuccessQuick Referral Guide outlines resources and explains the referral process and options. Not sure if you should refer? Please do. If you have a concern, it’s best to share it.

  • The Counseling Center’s How to Help page offers guidance on helping and referring students in distress. 

Preparing for winter break

  • Residence halls will close for the winter break on Dec. 9 at noon. University Housing will share move-out instructions with students living in residence halls soon.

  • On-campus testing clinics will continue through the end of the semester. The last on-campus testing clinic will take place at Legends on Dec. 22 from noon to 4 p.m.

  • Unvaccinated students and employees will be required to submit COVID-19 test results if they are on campus at any time leading up to and/or during the break.

During winter break

If you have not done so already, to protect yourself and your loved ones ahead of holiday travel and gatherings:

If you become fully vaccinated over the break, upload proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status to be removed from the required testing pool.

COVID-19 Testing resources:
COVID-19 TestingSubmit Your COVID-19 Test ResultsReporting COVID-19 Cases

Flu vaccine resources:
Flu vaccine finderFlu vaccine guidance (CDC)Flu vaccine guidance (NCDHHS)

COVID-19 vaccine resources: 
COVID-19 VaccinesGet your COVID-19 vaccination record (NCDHHS)Vaccines for COVID-19 (CDC)COVID-19 Vaccine Information (NCDHHS)

Looking Ahead to Spring 2022

Spring move-in for students living in residence halls

  • Residence halls will reopen for the Spring 2022 semester on Jan. 7 at 8 a.m. University Housing will share spring move-in instructions with students living in residence halls closer to that time.

  • Students living in residence halls will be required to upload proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status or submit a negative COVID-19 test result prior to move-in. 

Spring 2022 COVID-19 testing

Operations updates

COVID-19 Testing resources:
COVID-19 TestingSubmit Your COVID-19 Test ResultsReporting COVID-19 Cases

Travel Resources:
University-sponsored TravelTravel (CDC)Travel FAQ (CDC)Holiday Celebrations (CDC) •  Small and Large Gatherings (CDC)

Additional Information

Please remember the global pandemic is dynamic and continues to be a rapidly developing situation. Continue to read your App State email regularly — the latest information is also posted to App State’s Coronavirus site.

  • The university adjusts COVID-19 safety protocols, procedure and policy according to the latest federal, state, local and UNC System guidance.

  • Following CDC guidance, App State uses county-based community spread data to determine when requirements, such as wearing face coverings on campus, can be lessened or lifted.  

Additional resources:
Latest UpdatesFace CoveringsCOVID-19 VaccinesReporting COVID-19 CasesCOVID-19 Testing