COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update

Salem Academy and College has created this webpage to keep campus members and others informed about the prevention of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), important travel-related advisories and updates, and the latest community announcements issued by Salem regarding COVID-19.  For your reference, this webpage also provides links to important resources and information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the U.S. State Department. During this period, we ask that you please continue to review your Salem email on a frequent basis for additional updates as the situation warrants.

Frequently Asked Questions for Salem Students and Employees

Please see COVID-19 FAQs for Students (updated: March 24) and COVID-19 FAQs for Employees (updated: March 24) for your reference;  these FAQs as they contain important information. The FAQs will be updated frequently and added to the Salem Academy and College COVID-19 web pages for easy access.  Moving forward and to the extent possible, we will work to address questions and answers for the campus community regarding COVID-19 in this FAQ format.

April 3, 2020

Dear Salem Academy Community,

Today I shared with the students and faculty the news that because of the uncertainties in regards to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our May 30 Academy Graduation will be a virtual ceremony but that we will celebrate the Class of 2020 when we are all able to assemble together. This decision did not come swiftly or easily, and we are all saddened by this change in plans.

In this video, President Sandra J. Doran and I share with you the plans that we have made to celebrate, both virtually and later in person, the accomplishments of our students through ceremonies that will incorporate the finest of our traditions, our enduring legacy, and gifts that the class of 2020 has brought to our community.

We are committed to creating opportunities for our families, our friends, and the entire community to celebrate the accomplishments of all our students as Salem’s strength and resilience moves us through these unprecedented times.

Far may our song ring clear!
Carol Killebrew

March 28, 2020

Dear Salem Academy Students,

Please see the updated FAQs for Students which respond to questions about the following subjects: 

  • retrieving your personal belongings from the Academy, 
  • process for fall housing assignments, 
  • update on Prom plans,  
  • update on Graduation plans, 
  • changes to grading for College classes,  
  • exam plans for College classes, 
  • tips for safer WiFi usage, and 
  • how to improve video conferencing.  

We will continue to update existing FAQs and provide new FAQs on pressing issues as the situation evolves.  Thank you for reviewing this new information. 

March 27, 2020

Today, Governor Roy Cooper issued a Stay at Home Order for North Carolinians, which goes into effect on Monday, March 30 and remains in effect until Wednesday, April 29.  A copy of the Order is available for your reference here:  North Carolina State Stay at Home Order.

March 26, 2020

Dear Salem Community, 

Mayor of Winston-Salem Allen Joines issued a Stay at Home Order yesterday that affects all of us - whether it is a delay in retrieving your belongings or in accessing our campus facilities, and if you live in Winston-Salem or beyond. 

It is imperative that we follow the Order for our health and safety, for the health and safety of our families, and for the health and safety of our entire community as we all try to do our part to contain the virus. 

Pursuant to the Order, all Winston-Salem residents must stay at home; however, they may leave to provide or receive essential services or engage in essential activities and work for essential businesses and government services as set out in the Order. Educational institutions such as Salem Academy and College are considered essential businesses under the Order for purposes of facilitating distance learning and performing essential functions; in our case, only campus personnel who are needed to provide such essential on-campus services as designated by Salem will be allowed on campus during this time to support campus residents and continued operations. Essential personnel will receive a letter from Human Resources today and as needed during this period with additional information about their on-campus status. 

The Order goes into effect at 5:00 pm on Friday, March 27 and continues in effect until Thursday, April 16. Should it be extended, we will continue to follow such orders. 

In recognition of the significance of this Order, all other employees and all students without approved residential status will be restricted from accessing campus facilities during this period. Nonessential employees should continue to work remotely as directed by their supervisors, directors, and department heads. Faculty will receive additional guidance from Head of School Carol Killebrew (Academy) and Deans Susan Henking and Richard Vinson (College). 

The Order further restricts travel on public streets and roadways, except by those in need of medical assistance, food, or other commodities or services for their well-being or the well-being of a family member. A complete copy of the Order is available for review: cityofws.org/2680/Stay-At-Home-Order-Provisions.  

We will soon provide substantive details regarding move-out, end of year celebrations, and similar matters. These important matters require careful thought and planning, particularly as we receive new guidance and direction from local authorities regarding permissible activities in and around our campus community. We ask for your continued patience as we work through these details and your vigilance in taking the recommended preventive measures to stay well. 

As a community, we are all impacted. I am proud that we are working through these challenges together.

Sincerely,

Sandra J. Doran
President

March 24, 2020

Dear Salem Academy Community - 

I hope this letter finds you well. I am sending this as a follow-up to the email that President Doran and I sent yesterday, and much of the same information is included here. I would also like to direct you to the Salem Academy website which has a link on the landing page that directs you to all updates concerning COVID-19. There will be additional information added as new developments occur. (salemacademy.com/COVID-19)

In all my years of education, I have never faced what we - students, parents, and faculty/staff -  are facing right now, and that is the loss of the last quarter of the school year. The spring quarter always brings hope and promise as we begin plans for the next year and celebrate the seniors, and the Class of 2020 has been a spectacular class. Simply put, this is a disappointing (and heartbreaking) time for the Salem Academy community.

Like you, we have been navigating this unprecedented health threat on a daily basis, trying to make plans that will not get derailed. Yesterday, as you know, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order closing public schools K-12 until May 15. While we are not a public school, we recognize and respect this decision.

Taking all factors into consideration, we have come to this decision:

Salem Academy will conduct all classes online for the remainder of this academic year, and students enrolled in Academy classes will not take cumulative semester exams. (Students in Salem College classes will receive information from their professors next week.)

Many questions still remain, and these will be answered as soon as possible as we develop a thorough FAQ list that addresses Academy specific concerns. For now, I want you to assure you that we are confident in the decision to complete the academic portion of the remainder of this school year through virtual instruction, and to quote a fellow Head of School: The road may have shifted, but the destination remains the same.

I will be in touch as soon as concrete decisions are made. Until then, know that we are doing everything in our power to support our students and faculty in this ever-evolving situation. 

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew
Head of School

March 23, 2020

Dear Salem Academy and College Students, 

We have been navigating the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on a daily basis and working to make careful and informed decisions based on guidance from local, state, and federal agencies and health officials.

Today, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order closing public schools K-12 until May 15. We respect this decision and its significance and so we have come to this difficult decision: Salem Academy and College will conduct all classes and student programs remotely for the remainder of this academic year. 

We recognize that with this decision come new questions about how this impacts pressing matters such as traditional end-of-year celebrations, recovering your belongings from residence halls, exams and grading, and more. In the coming days and weeks, you will receive additional information about these matters. These issues are significant and require careful planning. We will continue to communicate with you by email and through updates on our COVID-19 web-pages:  salemacademy.com/COVID-19 (Salem Academy) and salem.edu/COVID-19 (Salem College). 

As we move into this new way of learning, please be in touch with your faculty, advisors, staff, and academic support, and stay in contact with your peers.  Our goal is to finish this semester strong.  We are a community and here to support you. 

#SalemStrong

Sandra J. Doran
President

Carol Killebrew
Head of School

March 20, 2020

Dear Members of the Salem Community,

As we head into the weekend and each reflect on this past week, I would like to share a message to our Salem community. 

Sandra J. Doran COVID-19 Message Cover

Sincerely,

 

Sandra J. Doran
President

March 19, 2020
Message from Sara Spong, Director of College Counseling

Hello Salem Academy Families,

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity as our country is responding to the Coronavirus crisis. This has affected all aspects of life, including the College Application process. My inbox is filled daily with colleges and testing organizations sending updates regarding current trends. Typically, this time of year is filled with college visits, accepted student days, and standardized testing, but now we are finding ourselves locked in our homes wondering what it may mean for what is ahead.

  1. On Friday, March 20th at 10 am, I will be available in Zoom to all students to answer questions you may have and how I may assist you. This is an open forum and not a meeting with an agenda. It is my desire to help you navigate this process especially in light of all that is happening.
  2. After spring break, I will be hosting Zoom group sessions for Freshmen and Sophomores to begin their journey on Scoir, our new college admissions platform that our Juniors have been "test driving" since February. We are excited to be among one of the first schools to use this wonderful tool! So far this year,  9th and 10th grade students have participated in exploring and growing as individuals during Pathways (with Ms. Johnson);  in January,  we took a full day on a college tour day in order to begin the college exploration process;  and now we will move into career and college exploration. I look forward to working and getting to know these girls in a greater way. We will send the dates/times after the break. Our goal the first week back is to allow the girls time to acclimate to a new method of learning.
  3. Juniors and Seniors can schedule individual and/or family sessions to discuss specific needs they may have at this time. The weekly e-newsletter provides updates and I am available to all students or parents who may have questions. I know many decisions from colleges are coming out in the next 10 days. I am available to discuss even during the break next week.

Please stay healthy and safe with your family. I hope that this unique time draws you closer together. I know having all four of our children/adult children home this week has created some laughter and some challenges as we learn to be together 24/7!

Here is the information for the meeting tomorrow (3/20/2020):

Sara Spong is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Topic: College Counseling Open Forum
Time: Mar 20, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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March 18, 2020 

Dear Salem Academy Students,

Please see the updated FAQs for Students, which include new questions and answers that explain how you can remotely access counseling support and counseling sessions with Ms. Mary Margaret Johnson, Academy Counselor.  Please also see the message of support from Chaplain Amy Rio, including details for connecting with her office while you are away. 

Dear Salem Academy and College Employees,

Please see the updated FAQs for Employees, which contain news questions and answers about IT support, working remotely, and access to campus facilities. You can access the FAQs by going directly to the Academy and College COVID-19 webpages or by clicking on the links below.  Please review all new questions and answers to ensure your understanding of the subjects covered.

Erin Jones Adams

Message from Salem College Chaplain Rev. Dr. Amy J. Rio

Dear Salem Academy Community,

All of you are very much in my heart during these days. Please know that the Office of the Chaplain is here to provide support. While in-person meetings and programs are suspended during this time, I and our Chaplain Intern, Emily Hall (jacquelyn.hall@salem.edu), are available for pastoral care and spiritual support. We can be reached via email or by calling the office at 336-917-5087. We are also available via Google hangouts or Zoom sessions. We will continue to provide support and insights through Facebook: Salem College Chaplain’s Office and Instagram @salemchaplainsoffice. Once Spring Break has ended, our office will offer virtual opportunities for spiritual growth, wellness, and fellowship.

It is important to care for your spirit during this time. If you are involved in one of the spiritual life groups, keep your eyes open for emails and contacts from your campus minister for virtual meetings. While many faith communities have limited face to face offerings at this time, there are other ways we can care for our spirits and help support each other.

Caring for Self and Others in Times of Trouble

  1. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe some more. Take time in your day, at any moment, to take ten deep even breaths. Carve out 5-10 minutes to meditate or practice mindfulness or contemplative prayer. Start here, now, wherever you are.
  2. Ground yourself in the present moment. Focus your awareness on something real, enduring, or beautiful in your surroundings. Look up often. Discover the wonder and awe that is already here.
  3. Acknowledge your fears, anxieties, concerns. Offer them up in prayer, if you pray. Write them in your journal. Share them with others. Feel what you feel, honor it, and know that it is not the final word.
  4. Remember you are not alone. Ever! You are surrounded by care and support. Reach out. 
  5. Create and sustain community. Show up for one another. Listen compassionately. Practice empathy. Even while avoiding “close physical contact,” message the people you care about. Stand with those most vulnerable and those who suffer the brunt of prejudice and fear. Check in on folks. Call your mother, father, guardian, mentor, little sibling, long lost friend, colleagues.
  6. Unplug, judiciously. While staying aware of developments, do not let the Corona-chaos govern you, but forgive yourself when and if it does.
  7. Practice kindness. There is a temptation in health scares to view others as potential threats. Remember we are in this together. While practicing health guidelines and appropriate caution, remember to engage one another. Smile when you can. Bring good deeds and good energy into our world.
  8. Stay healthy through sleep, diet, exercise. See healing and wellness holistically – mind, body, and spirit.
  9. Make art. Discover, imagine, engage your hopes and fears, the beauty and ugliness of our world. Write, paint, sing, dance, soar.
  10. Practice gratitude. In the face of crises, make note of the things for which you are grateful: your breath, the particular shade of the sky at dusk – or dawn. The color blue, the color green, the gifts and strengths you have, other people in your life, the ability to laugh. A pet.
  11. Connect with your spiritual, religious, humanist, cultural, or other communities. Find strength and solace and power in traditions, texts, rituals, practices, holy times and seasons.
  12. Pray as you are able, silently, through song, in readings, through ancestors. Remember the long view of history, the rhythms and cycles of nature, the invisible threads that connect us all.
  13. Practice hope. Trust in the future and our power to endure and persist, to live fully into the goodness that awaits. 

- From Alex Levering Kern, Northeastern University, Boston 

Blessings and Peace,
Chaplain Amy Rio

March 16, 2020 

Dear Salem Academy and College Employees,  

Thank you for your patience during this uncertain time. As you know, the Salem Task Force is monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily to ensure that we communicate to you the most up to date information. Based on the latest recommendations from health experts and related mandates from local government agencies, we will be transitioning to a remote workforce as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, for those employees who are able to work remotely.  If you are uncertain if you can perform the essential functions of your job from home, please communicate your concerns with your immediate supervisor and head of your department. For essential personnel who are needed to remain on campus to provide support for students living on campus, you will receive additional guidance and direction from your supervisor.

To facilitate this process of temporarily transitioning to a remote workforce to the extent possible, we will use tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17, 2020) as a “remote testing day.”  Please be on the lookout for additional information from your direct supervisor regarding the manner in which your department will practice remote testing tomorrow.  Academy and College Faculty, please watch for an email from Head of School Carol Killebrew (Academy) and Dean Susan Henking (College) regarding this and other matters. Please take time to ensure that you are able to access the software and programs that you need to be able to perform the essential functions of your job. If you run into technological problems, please reach out to your immediate supervisor and the IT department for assistance.  We will provide updates to the FAQ for Employees with additional information regarding IT support during our remote workforce period. 

As we will transition directly from a “remote testing day” to a temporary remote workforce, please be prepared to take with you when you leave today all items that you will need in order to work remotely.  With this fast moving situation, even if you are currently on Spring Break, we encourage you to come to campus this week to retrieve the items that you may need in order to work remotely.  If you are unable to come to campus this week to retrieve your items, we will provide an FAQ that explains the process we will ask you to follow in the interests of safety. 

The direction provided in this message regarding our transition to a remote workforce (to the extent possible) supersedes the previous messaging stating that faculty and staff alike should contact the Director of Human Resources, Emily Young, or the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Richard Vinson, to seek approval prior to working from home.  Please coordinate with your supervisor directly regarding remote work arrangements. 

Remote working arrangements (for faculty and staff alike) will remain in place through the end of the remote learning period, Sunday, April 12, 2020. As of today, please plan to report for work on campus as of Monday, April 13, 2020. As the situation continues to evolve, the Task Force will update the COVID-19 page on the Salem Academy and College sites and send communication to you via Salem email as well as through the FAQ document for employees.

It is important that we work together, as a community, during this challenging time to ensure that the mission of our institution is met along with the needs of our students, employees and their families alike. Please know that we are all in this together. Be on the lookout later this afternoon for a survey from the Office of Human Resources requesting updated mobile and emergency contact information. It is critical that we know how to get in touch with you during this ever changing time.

During this period of remote work, please direct your questions to:

For matters pertaining to Human Resources, administrative or other leave, personnel, or benefits:
Emily Young, Director of Human Resources and Benefits

For matters pertaining to technology and online/virtual access: 
Kris Kelley, Director of IT  (via helpdesk@salem.edu)

For matters pertaining to payroll:
Debbie Sullivan, Payroll Manager

For matters pertaining to Academy faculty/remote learning or student affairs:
Carol Killebrew, Head of School
Lauren Rogers, Dean of Students  

For matters pertaining to College faculty/remote learning:
Susan Henking, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the College
Richard Vinson, Dean of Undergraduate Studies

For matters pertaining to Fleer students: 
Betty Telford, Interim Dean, Martha H. Fleer Center 

For matters pertaining to graduate students:
Sheryl Long, Director of Teacher Education & Graduate Studies in Education

For matters pertaining to College student affairs:
Mindy Bliss, Dean of Students

For matters pertaining to the COVID-19 Task Force:
Erin Jones Adams, Associate Vice President for Administration and Title IX Coordinator

March 15, 2020 

Dear Salem Employees,

As an update, the COVID-19 FAQs for Employees have been updated today in response to the closing of public K-12 schools for two weeks.  The updates address the process for seeking remote work arrangements as a result of childcare-related needs. You may access these updates by going directly to the Salem Academy or Salem College COVID-19 web pages or by clicking on the following links:

COVID-19 FAQ - For Employees | Salem College

COVID-19 FAQ - For Employees :: Salem Academy

(Note: The FAQs for Employees on these sites provide the same content for both Academy and College employees.)

MARCH 13, 2020

Please see COVID-19 FAQs for Students and COVID-19 FAQs for Employees; read these FAQs as they contain important information. The FAQs will be updated frequently and added to the Salem Academy and College COVID-19 web pages for easy access.  Moving forward and to the extent possible, we will work to address questions and answers for the campus community regarding COVID-19 in this FAQ format.

March 12, 2020 - 8pm

Dear Members of the Salem Community,

We have been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19; guidelines issued by federal, state, and local authorities; and the potential impact of the virus on our community. Our response to this challenge provides us with the opportunity to support each other and to focus on the wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff.

Social distancing, recommended by world health experts, has proven to be an effective measure to slow the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. Effective immediately, we will implement the following precautions:

  • New Spring Break Schedule: Beginning Monday, March 16, all Academy and College students will transition to Spring Break, which will extend through Sunday, March 29.
    • For Academy and College employees who work the academic calendar and are off work during Spring Break, your work holiday will occur during its originally scheduled week for either the Academy or College, as applicable.
  • Classes and Instruction:
    • New Schedule: Beginning Monday, March 30, students will transition to a remote learning platform. On-campus classes will be suspended through Friday, April 10. At this time, on-campus classes are scheduled to recommence on Monday, April 13.
    • Academy Remote Learning Plan: Academy students received details by email today regarding the remote learning plan from Director of Studies Betsy Boyd.
    • College Remote Learning Plan: College students will receive additional details by email regarding the remote learning plan from Dean Richard Vinson and their faculty members.
    • ​​​​School Counseling Program: College students in the online School Counseling program will continue to follow their regular schedule.
    • ​​Internships: College students participating in off-campus spring semester internships will receive additional instruction by email from Dean Vinson.
    • ​​​​Cross-Registered for Classes: College students who are cross-registered in classes at other colleges and universities should follow the remote learning guidelines issued by those institutions for any such classes. College students who need support or have questions should contact Dean Vinson.
    • ​​​​Continued Monitoring: During this period, Salem will continue monitoring guidance provided by federal, state, and local health authorities regarding spread of the virus and recommended social distancing measures. Should it be necessary to extend the remote learning period, Salem will provide you with as much notice as possible.
  • Student Internet and Remote Learning Devices:
    • Checking Out Computers: If you responded to the remote learning technology surveys issued by IT (for Academy students) and Dean Vinson (for College students) and indicated that you need access to a computer for completing coursework remotely, please email library@salem.edu to coordinate a time to check out a device before leaving campus for Spring Break. Gramley Library will hold extra hours on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 to assist students.
    • Internet Access: If you completed the remote learning technology surveys and reported that you needed assistance with Internet access, IT will email you to discuss support measures available.
    • Completing IT Remote Technology Survey: If you have not yet completed the remote learning technology surveys, please do so immediately:
  • Students in Residence Halls: From 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 17 through 9:00 am on Saturday, April 11, all students must temporarily leave their on-campus housing and take the items that they would anticipate needing for a period of at least four weeks.
    • Housing will be available during this period only for students who have no option but to remain on campus, including those from countries with travel restrictions, those whose legal residence is Salem Academy and College, and those with other extenuating circumstances.
      • For Academy students to whom this applies, please complete the survey that you received from Dean Lauren Rogers earlier today to request housing.
      • For College students to whom this applies, please complete this request for housing form by 12:00 pm on Friday, March 13
      • If you are approved to stay on campus during this period, you will receive additional instructions from Dean Lauren Rogers (Academy students) or Dean Mindy Bliss (College students).
    • For students allowed to remain on campus, additional details will follow regarding food service options for Academy and College students. 
  • Athletics: All Salem athletics practices and events will be suspended from the period of Friday, March 13 through Monday, April 13. During this period, all athletic facilities (including the Fitness Center) will be closed.
  • Faculty and Staff: All other normal campus operations will continue at this time and campus will remain open for faculty and staff (excluding student workers). Faculty and staff should continue to come into their offices and adhere to their regular work schedules. Faculty and staff received a message today from the Office of Human Resources with additional details regarding teaching and working continuity and reporting COVID-related concerns.
  • Events: Effective Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13, Salem is suspending the following events: (1) all in-person school-sponsored events involving external visitors, (2) all in-person student events, and (3) all in-person external events scheduled to take place on campus.
    • Employees: Please contact your supervisor if you have an event scheduled during this suspension period.
    • To the extent possible, events that can be rescheduled will be rescheduled.
    • Salem will continue monitoring the need for social distancing in response to COVID-19 and notify the campus community of any need to extend this period.
  • Travel: All Salem-sponsored travel for the period of Friday, March 13Monday, April 13 is suspended, and personal international travel is strongly discouraged. On March 11, 2020, the U.S. State Department issued a global Level 3 travel advisory due to COVID-19. As a result, any employees traveling internationally or on cruises during Spring Break will be required by Salem to self-quarantine off campus for a period of 14 days before returning to campus.
  • Prevention of COVID-19: We continue to request that you please be vigilant in following CDC recommendations for prevention:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
    • Stay home when you are sick, and avoid close contact with others.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash or use your elbow or sleeve to cover your cough or sneeze. 
    • Clean and disinfect your frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We extend our special thanks to the COVID-19 Task Force, under the leadership of Associate Vice President for Administration Erin Adams, who have worked tirelessly to help our community address this challenge.

Sincerely,

 

Sandra J. Doran

President

 

Carol Killebrew

Academy Head of School

 

COVID-19 Task Force Members
Dean Shannon Alford (College student affairs/residential life)
Dean Mindy Bliss (College student affairs)
Betsy Boyd (Academy academy)
Gloria Frost (Academy residential life)
Dean Susan Henking (College academics/student affairs)
Patricia Hughes (athletics)
Brenda Hutchens (physical plant/custodial services)
Kris Kelley (IT/remote work and learning)
Lee Ann Manning (institutional advancement)
Suzi Moore (external events)
Dean Lauren Rogers (Academy student affairs/residential life)
Dean Richard Vinson (College academics)
Julie Voss (dining services)
Emily Young (human resources)

March 12, 2020 - 1PM

Dear Campus Community Members,

Please be advised that by 8:00 pm this evening, you will receive a message from President Sandra Doran and Head of School Carol Killebrew providing the campus community with an update regarding plans for the coming weeks.

March 12, 2020 - 11am

Dear Campus Community Members,

It has come to our attention that a news outlet reported today that Salem, along with some other colleges, had implemented a distance learning platform.  As it pertains to Salem, this media report is not accurate.  Salem has not to date modified it regular class schedule and operations.  Please rest assured that should Salem transition to a remote learning platform, you will receive that information directly from Salem and as soon as any such decision is made. 

MARCH 11, 2020

Dear Salem Community Members,

We are writing to share guidance related to your Spring Break travel plans as we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19.  Please read this message fully as it may impact your plans.

  • Travel is Discouraged: Under these extraordinary circumstances, travel during Spring Break is discouraged. If you must travel, please pay close attention to the travel risks identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State.  The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority.
  • Self-Quarantine Required for Level 3 and Level 4 Travel: Please be advised that if you travel to a country identified by the U.S. Department of State as Level 3 or Level 4 due to COVID-19, you will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before you can return to campus. 
  • Possible Impact to Domestic Travel:  Please be aware that as areas of the United States are impacted by COVID-19, it is possible that local health authorities may ask people entering locales from heavily infected areas of the country to self-quarantine.  
  • Students Should Take Coursework Materials:  While there remains no confirmed case of COVID-19 on our campus or in Forsyth County, it is important that you are prepared should Salem need to transition to a remote-learning model.  If you are planning to leave campus for Spring Break, you should bring with you any materials and devices you need to complete your spring semester classes remotely.  Should any such changes be implemented by Salem, we will notify you promptly.
  • Communications Moving Forward:  As you are aware, the situation involving COVID-19 and its spread is evolving rapidly. Moving forward, you will receive communication from Salem on a daily basis regarding our plans and any updates.  Please continue to check your Salem email frequently. Additionally, Salem has created this COVID-19 page. Please visit this site for immediate access to campus announcements related to COVID-19 and information from trusted sources such as the CDC, U.S. Department of State, and World Health Organization. 

March 5, 2020

Dear Salem Community,

As we all work to stay well in the wake of COVID-19, preventive measures recommended by trusted health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are our first line of defense. We are writing to share with you some of the measures that Salem Academy and College is taking to aid in the prevention effort.  We are also asking for your help by using preventive hygiene practices, getting adequate rest, staying hydrated, and staying home if you are ill.

In our effort to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our campus, here are some of the measures that Salem is employing:

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be set up in strategic, high traffic locations on campus for your use. While hand sanitizer is very helpful, please remember that thorough hand washing is best. 
  • Disinfectant wipes will be placed in classrooms, computer labs, science labs, the fitness center, and other strategic locations for use in wiping down frequently touched spaces (e.g., desks, chairs, keypads, mobile devices, etc.).  
  • Our Physical Plant custodial staff are enhancing the frequency of their cleaning of frequently touched surfaces on campus (e.g., doorknobs, handrails, countertops, tables, toilets, sinks, etc.). 
  • Hand washing and preventive hygiene posters by the CDC and other trusted health organizations have been placed around campus as reminders to us all.  

The sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be placed around campus for use beginning today.  We ask for your assistance in ensuring that the sanitizer and disinfectant wipes described above remain in their designated locations on campus as placed there by our Physical Plant staff.  These supplies are meant to be tools for use by our campus members in those designated locations and we encourage you to use them.  We will continue to provide these materials for use by our campus members as supplies are available and the situation warrants.

As President Doran and Head of School Carol Killebew shared in their community message earlier this week, the CDC has advised that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed and to stop the spread through everyday prevention practices such as: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash or use your elbow or sleeve to cover your cough or sneeze. 
  • Clean and disinfect your frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Other helpful measures include: 

  • Do not eat, smoke, or drink after others and refrain from sharing personal items like towels and bedding. 
  • Use self-care: get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, manage stress (students: remember Counseling Services for support), drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. 

The COVID-19 Task Force will continue to communicate with you on updates and information as needed.

 

Best regards,

Erin 

 

On behalf of the COVID-19 Task Force

 

Erin Jones Adams, J.D.

Title IX Coordinator

Associate Vice President for Administration

Salem Academy and College
601 South Church Street
Winston Salem, NC  27101

Telephone: (336) 721-2702

Facsimile: (336) 721-2832

 


March 3, 2020

Dear Salem Community,

As we continue to learn about the latest developments in the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Salem Academy and College is carefully monitoring updates and guidance provided by world, national, and local health organizations to consider the potential impact on our campus.  To assist with this process, Salem has created a special COVID-19 Task Force, led by Associate Vice President for Administration Erin Adams, which is comprised of a subset of our Emergency Operations Response Team and staffed by Salem officials over student, employee, and campus services, to help direct our coordinated response. As of this message, though there remain no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina, we recognize this situation is evolving daily and are prepared to respond accordingly. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel virus.  There is uncertainty regarding the spread of COVID-19, and there is currently no vaccine to protect against it. The CDC has advised that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed and to stop the spread of the virus through everyday prevention practices. The CDC recommends the following actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue (or elbow) and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect your frequently touched objects and surfaces (e.g., mobile devices)

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. In some patients, sore throat and diarrhea have been reported. If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please seek medical care from your health care provider as soon as possible. Students who have concerns about these symptoms should notify Academy and College Health Services during regular operating hours in order to be evaluated. After Health Services’ operating hours, Academy students should notify Dean of Students Lauren Rogers (336-721-2776), Director of Residential Life Ms. Gloria Frost (336-721-2765), or Public Safety (336-917-5555) after 5:00 pm, and College students should notify Residence Life (336-721-2727 until 5:00 pm) or Public Safety (336-917-5555 after 5:00 pm) of any symptom-related concerns and the need for medical care. Our Novant Health team supporting Health Services has been in regular contact with the CDC, and the safety of our school community remains our highest priority. 

Salem community members are urged to evaluate their immediate travel plans, including Spring Break travel, particularly if traveling to an international destination. Travel risks could include contracting COVID-19, being subject to local government or health authority restrictions, being quarantined for up to 14 days, or experiencing these restrictions in a manner that could impact participation in academic programs.

Due to the seriousness of these issues, anyone who chooses to travel is encouraged to consider travel advisories and restrictions issued by the State Department and recommendations from the CDC.

For more information please visit the CDC website about COVID-19.

In addition to the development of COVID-19, we are also in the midst of a robust flu season in North Carolina.  As we work to stay well and engaged in campus life, it is imperative that we are vigilant in washing our hands and covering our coughs and sneezes with tissues or our elbows to diminish the spread of germs.  We will continue to communicate with you on updates as needed while this situation develops. 

Sincerely,

 

Sandra Doran

President

 

Carol Killebrew

Head of School