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Students coming for spring 2021 classes encouraged to follow this checklist

From: Student Affairs

Whether this is your first semester at Virginia Tech, you’re returning for your final semester, or anything in between, spring is going to look different. If you were here for the fall semester, some of this will look familiar, but this checklist will help you prepare to have a successful spring semester.

Ready! Student Checklist

Adopt or refresh yourself on the Community Wellness Commitment - Join us in pledging to adopt the 10 principles that will help us care for the health and well-being of each other.

Review hygiene best practices – Guidance on a variety of public health measures – including the requirement to wear face coverings on campus – will help prevent the spread of coronavirus, flu, and other viruses. Simple hygiene keeps us all healthy.

Self-quarantine for 10 days before joining us – Laying low is one way to care for the health and well-being of fellow Hokies before you return. Remain separate from others and restrict your movements, in case you have been exposed. You can still go out for necessities (e.g., work, groceries, doctor's appointment), but you should minimize your movement outside of your home. If you do go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others, minimize your indoor interaction with others, always wear a mask, and wash your hands often. And most importantly, do not participate in activities that put you at an increased risk of exposure to the virus.

Store the Schiffert Health Center number in your phone – It’s 540-231-6444, by the way.

Download and use the Hokie Ready app – This new Virginia Tech public safety app contains the Hokie Health survey (your daily health self-check) and other emergency resources.

If you haven't already, complete the COVID-19 awareness training moduleThe module is required for all students, faculty, staff, and wage employees.

Know how and when to get tested – A test conducted through the Schiffert Health Center testing clinic is required for on-campus students at move-in. Additionally, students may sign up for testing clinics held throughout the semester at Lane Stadium or attend walk-in testing clinics when available. Students may also be selected for random prevalence testing throughout the semester. Review the testing section of the Ready site for the latest information on COVID testing.

Review Housing & Residence Life information – Learn more about move-in, testing, health and safety, and frequently asked questions. And don’t forget to register your pod for spring semester to engage in pod-friendly programs and services!

Make a plan for your commute and parking  - Parking on the Blacksburg campus will require a valid permit or the payment of a daily fee, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., unless otherwise denoted by signage. A new evening-only permit is also available.

Review any additional changes in campus diningHours and accessibility have been altered as a safety precaution this year. If you’re an off-campus student, you can add yourself to the dining plan waitlist in StarRez – there are still plans available for spring!

Explore Hokie Wellness’ resources – Whether it’s managing your health, wellness, or finances, there are plenty of options – both in-person and virtual – to assist in achieving your goals.

Keep an eye on your course schedule – Changes are possible as faculty work to finalize plans and delivery modes for their spring courses. Review information to understand all the different course modalities for spring semester.

Attend Winter Welcome Week events and check out Student Engagement and Campus Life for student center schedules and upcoming events – Spaces and events may continue to look a little different this spring, but there’s still lots to experience. Make sure to check out GobblerConnect for upcoming programs, and keep an eye on the student email for the latest Hokies Can Do options and pod programming.

Review updated procedures and offerings from Rec Sports – There are lots of options for exercise and competition while staying safe and healthy this spring.

Read the Student Email and the Ready site regularly – Keep an eye out for updates to this checklist and other information provided throughout the semester to be aware of the most current guidelines, as well as testing and even vaccination information.