Guide to Campus Operations

COVID-19 update from App State — December 3, 2021

Posted 12/03/21 at 2:15 p.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 Note that printed information may be out of date, and always defer to communications with the most recent time and date stamp.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 — especially over the break — for information about returning to campus, operations updates and other important news and reminders.

In her Dec. 3 message to campus, Chancellor Sheri Everts shared highlights from this week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Highlights included the future App State Hickory Campus, updates on the recent state budget and capital projects, and the influential work of App State faculty and staff. She also provided a COVID update that included active case counts and vaccination rates.

Final exams began yesterday and continue through Dec. 8. The university will celebrate graduates at our Fall Commencement ceremonies on Dec. 10. 

  • Dec. 2-8: Exam period — view exam schedule
  • Dec. 9-13: Faculty grading period
  • Dec. 10: Fall 2021 Commencement
  • Dec. 23-31: Winter break closure
  • Jan. 10: First day of classes for the spring 2022 semester

Summary of important information:

  • Fifty fully vaccinated App State students will be awarded $1,000 scholarships ahead of spring 2022 tuition bills. Students received an email with eligibility instructions on Dec. 2.

  • Boosters are recommended for all adults 18 years old and older to strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19-related serious illness, hospitalization or death. Vaccines are our best defense against COVID-19 — including new variants such as Omicron.

  • Final exams continue through Dec. 8. View the exam schedule, as well as academic resources and wellness resources for students.

  • On-campus testing clinics continue, with the last on-campus testing clinic for 2021 taking place at Legends on Dec. 22 from noon to 4 p.m.

  • To prepare for upcoming travel and gatherings — review CDC’s Travel page and Holiday Celebrations page for guidance. 

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

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

COVID-19 Update

Vaccination continues to be encouraged and boosters are recommended for all adults 18 years old and older

In a Nov. 30 press release, Gov. Roy Cooper urged all North Carolinians to get vaccinated this holiday season and encouraged boosters for everyone 18 years and older to strengthen and extend protections against COVID-19-related serious illness, hospitalization or death. 

The bottom line: Vaccines are our best defense against COVID-19 — including new variants. What you need to know about variants:

App State continues to encourage vaccination for all students and employees, and ahead of spring 2022 tuition bills, the university is awarding $1,000 scholarships to 50 fully vaccinated students. Students must be enrolled for the spring 2022 semester and have submitted proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by Dec. 15 to be eligible. Students received an email with instructions on Dec. 2.

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

Preparing for the End of the Semester and Winter Break

Final exam resources

Final exams continue through Wednesday, Dec. 8view the exam schedule here

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

Preparing for winter break

Operations updates

  • The Student Health Service clinic will close Dec. 23 and reopen on Jan. 4. The after-hours nurse line will be available at 828-262-3100 during the closure.

  • The Counseling Center will be closed from Dec. 23-31. Regular hours resume Jan. 3. Remember: Emergency services are always available — call 828-262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on-call.

  • Campus Dining will operate an amended schedule through Dec. 10 and will be closed Dec. 11-Jan. 2.

  • University Recreation will operate an amended schedule Dec. 4-17 and will be closed Dec. 18-Jan. 6.

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

Winter Break and Holiday Travel and Gatherings

The university will be closed for winter break Dec. 23-31 — view the 2021-22 holiday schedule.

During winter break

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

  • Get a flu vaccine! CDC and NCDHHS continue to urge everyone to get vaccinated against the flu as well as COVID-19.

  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine, booster or additional dose!

  • Get tested for COVID-19 if you exhibit symptoms, even if you are fully vaccinated.

  • If you test positive, self report your positive result to the university and seek treatment early. Treatment is not a substitute for vaccination against COVID-19.

  • If you are vaccinated, talk with family and friends who are still unvaccinated about the benefits of the vaccine and consider taking them to get vaccinated over the break.

In preparation for Winter Break, Facilities Operations will share instructions with faculty and staff soon to help prepare university offices and property for energy savings

  • Temperatures in most academic and support buildings will be lowered to maximize energy and cost savings.

In addition, to prepare for holiday travel and gatherings — review CDC’s Travel page and Holiday Celebrations page for guidance. Consider getting tested for COVID-19 prior to and after holiday travel.

Travel Resources:
Travel (CDC)Holiday Celebrations (CDC) •  Small and Large Gatherings (CDC)

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)Get your COVID-19 vaccination record (NCDHHS)

Looking Ahead to Spring 2022

Spring 2022 semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 10.

Spring move-in for students living in residence halls

  • Reminder: Residence halls will reopen for the spring 2022 semester on Jan. 7 at 8 a.m. University Housing has shared spring move-in instructions with students living in residence halls.

Spring 2022 COVID-19 testing

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

Additional Information

Please remember to continue checking your App State email regularly prior to the Spring semester — these updates are 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