DEAR WESLEYAN COMMUNITY,

The Wesleyan administration and COVID-19 Task Force are proud of the way you have handled the changes on campus this fall. Unfortunately, the community spread of COVID-19 continues to increase in Macon, Middle Georgia, and throughout the state. As we prepare to end the fall semester and look towards the Spring 2021 semester please be aware that we will require all returning residential students and student athletes to provide results of a PCR COVID-19 test before returning to campus in January (not a rapid antigen test). We urge all commuters, graduate students, faculty, and staff (full-time and part-time) to take a PCR test, too. Testing is a critical part of minimizing the spread of the virus. Please read the following information carefully, and contact the Director of Health Services if you have any questions.

Residential Students 

Residential students and all student athletes (including commuting athletes) will be required to submit results of a PCR COVID-19 test, not a rapid (antigen) test, taken within seven days of returning but no later than January 14, 2021 at noon. If you plan to arrive on campus earlier than January 15, 2021 and have been approved to do so, a negative result must be received prior to moving in. If the test is positive, you will be required to follow the CDC and Wesleyan isolation guidelines before returning to campus. We will send more information in the coming weeks on how to upload your test results on the portal. 

All Student Athletes

Testing requirements will be the same as above for all student athletes, whether or not they reside on campus. You will receive information in the coming weeks from the athletic department on how to upload your test results on Front Rush AND on the portal. 

Commuter and Graduate Students

Undergraduate commuter students and graduate students are urged to take a PCR COVID-19 test, not a rapid (antigen) test, within seven days of returning to campus. If the test is positive, you will be required to follow the CDC and Wesleyan isolation guidelines before returning to campus. We expect you to self-monitor your results and follow college protocols about reporting positive results.

Faculty and Staff (including adjuncts and part-time employees)

Faculty and staff are urged to take a PCR COVID-19 test, not a rapid (antigen) test, within seven days of returning to their offices. If the test is positive, you will be required to follow the CDC and Wesleyan isolation guidelines before returning to campus. We expect you to self-monitor your results and follow college protocols about reporting positive results.

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Vivia Fowler, President

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQs below include a list of some of the available sites for COVID-19 testing facilities. Please check with your insurance provider for coverage of this testing, as you will be responsible for any fees that are incurred. 

Where can I get a PCR test to satisfy this requirement?
  • The Georgia Department of Public Health offers free PCR COVID-19 testing to all residents who request it, whether you have symptoms or not. Here is the link to find the site near you https://dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting. You must call to make an appointment for this testing. 
  • CVS offers PCR COVID-19 testing 7 days a week for patients who meet certain criteria with a turnaround time of 2-3 days or more. You must register online at https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing.
  • The Kroger Little Clinic offers PCR COVID-19 testing at all of their clinics for patients; appointments are recommended, and results are typically back within 3-4 days but could take longer. You can schedule an appointment at https://www.thelittleclinic.com/.
Do I have to have a PCR COVID-19 test? 

Residential students and student athletes are required to have the test. For re-entry purposes, you must receive a PCR COVID-19 test, not a rapid (antigen) test. According to the CDC, this is the gold standard for Sars-Cov-2 detection. Commuter and graduate students, faculty, and staff are urged to have the test before returning to campus.

Can I come back to campus and get a test? 

No. Residential students and student athletes must have the test done BEFORE returning to campus. Several testing facilities are able to provide this service. If you have been approved to stay on campus during the semester break you will be contacted with additional information regarding testing. 

Can I come back to campus if I am waiting for the results of a test? 

No. Residential students and student athletes who are waiting on test results must remain home until you have the results. Once you have the results and they are negative, you will be cleared to return to campus. Commuter students, faculty, and staff are urged to have the test before returning to campus.

If I don’t provide a negative test result, will I be able to take my classes from home for the semester? 

No. In person classes must be attended in person unless an accommodation has been provided.

What if I have a negative test result, but have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID? 

Following current and continuing COVID guidelines, if you have had close contact with a positive COVID patient, you will need to quarantine prior to returning to campus and contact the Director of Health Services for further instructions. 

What if my tests come back saying that I am positive for COVID-19? 

Any person whose test results are positive for COVID-19, after you upload your results, will be contacted by the Director of Health Services and instructed to follow our COVID policies for isolation. Once you have met the requirements to return to campus based on the CDC and Department of Public Health recommendations, you will be cleared to return to campus. During this time, you will be allowed to attend your classes remotely. 

What if I come back to campus without providing documentation of a negative COVID-19 test? 

Residential students and student athletes will be required to leave campus immediately and cannot return until a negative COVID-19 test is provided.

We know you have questions. Here is some information that might help. Feel free to contact the Dean of Students, Christy Henry chenry@wesleyancollege.edu, if you don't find the answer to your specific question.

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Faculty Provost Melody Blake
Staff Meagon Davis
Students Christy Henry
Academic Support KaShanda Smith Ray
ADA Accommodations Jill Amos
Health Services Ashlie Pullen
Counseling Services Myrana Craig

 

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