Building upon the successful reopening of select on-ground academic resources, learning spaces, and residence halls during this academic year, SCAD intends to return to an on-ground course schedule beginning in Summer 2021 and beyond, while continuing to supplement with real-time virtual instruction via SCADnow. SCAD eLearning will continue to offer the university's vibrant online courses and degrees. No matter how students choose to learn at SCAD, The University for Creative Careers will honor its mission of preparing talented students for creative professions through engaged teaching and learning in a positively oriented university environment.
The SCAD community's successful adherence to COVID-19 health and safety policies continue to inform the university's thoughtful decision-making as more on-ground campus resources reopen. The CDC updated its masking guidance on Tuesday, July 27, to recommend that fully vaccinated individuals resume wearing face coverings in public, indoor settings in areas of substantial or high COVID-19 transmission. Included in the update is a recommendation for universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools.
In accordance with these recommendations and those of local government officials, effective Friday, July 30, face coverings will be required for all individuals while inside SCAD buildings and in the presence of others, regardless of vaccination status.
Daily health checks
It is recommended that all members of the university community, regardless of vaccination status, continue to complete voluntary daily health checks and symptom monitoring. Students, faculty, and staff will continue to receive an email sent daily via Qualtrics. Temperature checking stations will also remain available at SCAD building entrances.
Self-assess for the following symptoms as part of the daily health check:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fever (normal temperatures should not exceed 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New gastrointestinal symptoms
- New loss of taste or smell
Students should not enter a SCAD building if they are exhibiting any symptoms attributed to COVID-19, according to the CDC. Students who reside in SCAD housing should immediately notify the SCAD Department of University Safety if they exhibit these symptoms. They may be reached in Savannah at 912.525.4500 and in Atlanta at 404.253.3333. Students should inform the Dean of Students at their respective location if they have a sick family member at home or are living with someone who has COVID-19.
Students should follow CDC guidelines related to quarantine and isolation, and can consult with University Safety for additional guidance. Students who fall into categories defined by the CDC for quarantine or isolation should immediately contact University Safety for guidance on next steps.
SCAD'S Contact Tracing team stays in frequent communication with students in quarantine and isolation, allowing for tracking, notification, and connecting the student with testing and health care resources.
Student exposure protocols
If a student contracts COVID-19, the student must immediately notify SCAD Department of University Safety for guidance on next steps. Savannah- and Atlanta-area students can search available testing sites through the Georgia Department of Public Health. Students who test positive for COVID-19 must meet qualifications based on CDC guidelines to return to SCAD or end isolation if living in a residence hall.
Complete the following steps each time you wash your hands:
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel.
Fully vaccinated individuals are no long required to adhere to social distancing on SCAD property, either indoors or outdoors, in line with updated CDC guidelines. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to maintain social distancing to avoid potential exposure to COVID-19. Stay at least six feet away (about two arms' lengths) from other people at all times.
Face masks and coverings
In accordance with updated CDC guidance, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings, either indoors or outdoors, including in university classrooms, labs, other academic buildings, and residential and dining spaces. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear to face coverings in SCAD buildings.
SCAD will not require proof of vaccination, but unvaccinated individuals who choose not to wear face coverings while on SCAD property, whether inside or outside, will be asked to leave. Violations will be referred to student conduct (or SCAD human resources if an employee is in violation) for disciplinary action as appropriate. Access to and continued use of SCAD facilities may be revoked. This does not include individual living spaces.
Disposable face coverings may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash. Students may also wear a cloth face covering, which may only be worn for one day and then properly laundered before use again.
Group meetings and projects may be held in whole or partly using the extensive range of available remote collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, or phone).
Students traveling or arriving via international flights should follow the latest CDC guidance.
What to do if you are sick
We recommend any student exhibiting symptoms to immediately contact a health care provider. Students living in a SCAD residence hall or using university facilities must call the SCAD Department of University Safety (912.525.4500 in Savannah and 404.253.3333 in Atlanta) to receive further instructions. This will allow us to help arrange for self-quarantine, isolation, or other actions, as well as to begin contact tracing in an effort to keep our university community safe.
Fully vaccinated students with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine, be restricted from attending class, or be tested following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, as their risk of infection is low. However, they should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.
Unvaccinated students who are not exhibiting symptoms but who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive should follow the advice of a health care professional. Students in this situation who live in SCAD residence halls must immediately inform SCAD University Safety, take a test for the virus, and begin self-quarantine until the test results are received. If an on or off-campus student has been in contact with someone who has tested positive, they will not be allowed in any SCAD buildings. They are to contact the SCAD Security Operations Center (912.525.4500 in Savannah and 404.253.3333 in Atlanta), who will then contact the Dean of Students and create an incident report for reporting purposes. Asymptomatic students who test negative should self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure date.
The SCAD attendance policy allows for four missed class sessions, or about two weeks. Students may also attend through real-time, virtual instruction via SCADnow. This will provide students the option to attend all classes, with very few exceptions, on-ground and in-person, or virtually, or through a combination of the two. Students should contact their faculty to inform them of the situation if they are unable to participate according to course guidelines.