Dear campus community,
As we have moved into the middle of the semester, we are watching our COVID numbers go down and our vaccinated individuals go up! We thank you for your continued cooperation in masking, distancing and meeting virtually or in small groups. All these activities are helping us reduce the virus spread. As the days get longer and warmer, please remember to keep following these steps to ensure we can keep everyone healthy and in class through the end of the semester.
We are pleased that some spring events will be taking place in person on campus this Spring under guidance and approval from the Vigo County Health Department. Ring Day is scheduled for March 20 by invitation only. Details regarding Ring Day can be found on Woodsnet. Commencement Ceremonies will be held on May 8 with a limited number of tickets per family. Home athletic events are currently scheduled for softball and women’s soccer. All SMWC protocols will be in place.
Also, as a reminder, Campus classes are not in session March 29-April 5 for Spring/Easter Break. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 6. Please travel safely and be aware of your health and surroundings. We ask that you monitor your health closely for upon returning to campus.
As a reminder, individuals have a variety of options to obtain COVID-19 testing in Vigo County. The SMWC Health Services Clinic is open and will see symptomatic patients who can also get a COVID test if needed. Individuals who need a test for the end of quarantine, to travel or are asymptotic can also utilize the Lucid Laboratory Services located in the lower level of Rooney Library. They will be operating until March 31. Various locations within Terre Haute are also available with convenient turnaround times such as the Indiana Department of Health, local pharmacies such as CVS and Union Health Convenient Care. If you need a test for SMWC purposes, the taskforce prefers that a PCR test versus a rapid test.
The taskforce encourages all members of the SMWC community to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available for your age group or demographic. Go to https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/ to sign up for appointments or find locations. If you have questions about the vaccines available, the taskforce recommends asking your healthcare provider or finding more information from the CDC.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Covid-19 antibody testing is available at the SMWC Health Clinic. The cost for antibody testing is approximately $50 and will be billed to you health insurance. Test results are available within 24-48 hours.
It is important that everyone checks in on the #CampusClear app daily – all 7 days of the week! You will notice that some of the choices have changed, including the addition of “vaccinated.” Please take a few moments to review the selections, choose accordingly and pay attention to the instructions regarding any next steps once you have submitted your selection. It is still very important for us to track the data within the SMWC community and follow up with individuals who are sick or exposed.
Your daily efforts in following these protocols is so appreciated! Together, we will be able to support in-person operations and face-to-face classes throughout the remainder of the semester!
Janet R. Clark, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs