• COVID-19 Information and Plans

  • A Message to Students

    September 6, 2022 

    *Please note: This is the student message sent on Tuesday, September 6. A similar message was sent to employees of the College.

    The campus is seeing a rise in new COVID cases as well as other viruses such as strep. To help reduce the spread of these viruses, it is important to follow the campus testing and isolation guidance.

    1. If you are sick, isolate away from others and get tested for COVID. A self-test is typically sufficient. If your self-test comes back negative (or if you don’t have access to a self-testing kit), continue to isolate and contact a healthcare provider.
    2. If you test positive for COVID, report your test result and isolate for a minimum of five days. Students may use this form to request a letter from the COVID Response Team. Students should share this letter with their instructors when they report their absence from class.
    3. If your symptoms have cleared after five days, you can return to class but need to wear a mask for an additional 5 days. If your symptoms have not cleared, continue to isolate for that time period. Remember, free KN95 masks are available at the Dawkins Welcome Center and from your RA.
    4. You must follow these policies even if your symptoms are mild. Recall that you will be in contact with people whose medical conditions make them more likely to develop severe disease.  

    For more complete information, please review the policies detailed at https://www.hendrix.edu/covid-19-testing-tracing-students.aspx. If you have concerns or questions, please contact the Steering Committee at aboutcovid19@hendrix.edu

  • COVID-19 Dashboard

    Hendrix community members, please note:

    • Booster doses should not be considered optional.
    • To report any or all of your vaccination doses, please email Tim Purkiss (purkiss@hendrix.edu).
    • This dashboard will be published weekly when classes are in session.

    The COVID Response Team monitors available data from the CDC, Arkansas Department of Health, and local sources. Those resources include:

  • Testing & Isolation Guidance

    Students and Employees: Please review the current information for testing and isolation (updated August 11, 2022).

    Protocols are based upon the most recent public health guidance available from the Arkansas Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidance is regularly monitored for changes that may result in updates to these protocols.

  • FAQ

    This FAQ list was updated on August 11, 2022.

    If you have questions after reviewing the information presented here, please email aboutcovid19@hendrix.edu

    What options are available to help isolated students keep up with their classes?

    Instructors have been asked to work with any students missing class the way they normally would with any student who is ill and could not attend. Instructors have a “toolkit” of options for working with students who are absent, and the most appropriate tools will vary depending on the nature of the course. 

    To ensure the College provides good options for students who are following COVID protocols, instructors may use one or more of these options in a way that makes sense for the teaching approach and learning goals of their course:

    • Providing notes, slides, make-up work, photos of work written on a board in class, etc. 
    • Encouraging the use of peer tutoring; for example, asking students in the class to help their classmate by sharing their notes.
    • Assisting students during office hours to help them get ready to return to class. 
    • Making changes to the syllabus that add flexibility to make recovery from consecutive absences more doable for students.  
    • If an instructor’s classroom equipment and instructional methods for the class allow, they may provide the option to have the student join the class via Microsoft Teams. This approach will only be used if it makes sense for a particular class. Instructors may also choose to record class/lectures for students to watch non-synchronously.

    What should I do if I miss class due to COVID-19? 

    Contact your instructor to report your absence and discuss any important course-related information such as missed assignments and exams. Refer to the “Testing & Isolation Guidance” page to determine when you can expect to return to class. If your instructor requires documentation, you may request a letter from the COVID Response Team when you report your positive case and upload your test result.  

    Are face coverings required on campus?  

    Masks are optional in all campus buildings. The Campus COVID Steering Committee asks that all community members continue to support classmates and colleagues who elect to wear masks on campus. We will continue to monitor public health guidance and the presence and effect of COVID-19 variants in Arkansas. If conditions worsen once again, the College may revert to requiring all members of the community to wear  CDC-recommendation-compliant masks (N95 or KN95) indoors. 

    How will the College decide if masks are optional or required?

    Multiple sources of information are considered by the COVID Response Team regarding mask policies including the CDC, ADH, campus conditions, state and local ordinances, and trusted health and education partners. The COVID Response Team regularly monitors public health data and recommendations and considers all available information when determining campus policies. It is important to note that federal public health recommendations are aimed at the general population and there are characteristics of the Hendrix community that are significantly different from the population at large. For example, our community is vaccinated at a higher rate than the general public. This level of vaccination makes community members less likely to be infected than the general population, and far less likely to experience severe disease. 

    Can I isolate or quarantine in campus housing? 

    Yes, students who live on campus may isolate or quarantine in campus housing. To do so safely, you should avoid close contact with others as much as possible including wearing a well-fitting mask around others [an N95 mask or comparable mask is recommended], asking others to help with food delivery and choosing to-go options from campus dining, not having visitors in your room, washing your hands more frequently, and using communal showers or bathrooms at less busy times. If you or your roommate have concerns about isolating in campus housing, contact Residence Life for assistance. If you need assistance with meals or other supplies such as masks, talk to your RA. 

    Whom do I contact if I need to request health-related accommodations? 

    Students who are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 may contact Julie Brown, Director of Academic Success, at brownj@hendrix.edu to discuss academic accommodations for health and safety concerns; staff members who are at high risk or have family who are high risk may contact Vicki Lynn in Human Resources at lynn@hendrix.edu to discuss work accommodations for health and safety concerns; and faculty may contact Vicki Lynn and/or Terri Bonebright (bonebright@hendrix.edu).  

    Where can students get vaccinated? Is there a cost for vaccination?  

    Students may obtain vaccinations at a provider of their choice. The Hendrix Medical Clinic is among the sites providing COVID-19 vaccinations (Pfizer and Moderna). Call 501-852-1366 to schedule an appointment. Vaccines were paid for with taxpayer dollars and are provided to all people living in the United States at no cost. Most health insurance plans cover the full cost of the administration of the vaccine. If someone is uninsured, vaccine providers may seek reimbursement from the federal government.  

    Hendrix will provide vaccination opportunities for any students who want the vaccine and have been unable to receive it, including international students.  

    Will official College travel be allowed?  

    Students, faculty, and staff will be allowed to travel on official College business (including for Odyssey projects). Special COVID approval for domestic travel is not required, but we do ask travelers to follow any destination COVID protocols and to regularly monitor for COVID symptoms. 

    Those who are traveling should follow COVID-19 safety policies as if on campus unless stricter guidelines are required by the program site. The College no longer requires special COVID-19 approval for international travel. Please register your College-sponsored travel (domestic or international) by completing the Hendrix College Travel Management Form at least 30 days before you depart. The travel policy for U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Levels still applies. Anyone traveling to a Level 2 or 3 country should also complete the College’s supplemental liability forms. Travel to Level 4 countries will be strictly off limits (unless at a Level 4 only due to COVID-19). 

    What can I do to protect myself from severe illness?   

    The best way to prevent severe illness from COVID-19 is vaccination and staying up to date on your vaccination (including receiving all recommended boosters when eligible). 

    What treatment options are currently available for COVID-19? 

    Various COVID treatments are available depending on one’s age, health status, and symptoms. Currently the federal government is covering the cost of these medications for those who meet the qualifications. Ask your health care provider about your options. 

    Preventing infection.    

    Evusheld is a monoclonal antibody that is given prior to exposure to the virus. It is available for people with moderate to severe immunodeficiency or those who for some reason cannot take the COVID vaccines. Protection lasts up to six months. This drug is not available to someone who is already symptomatic and is given by injection.   

    Treating mild to moderate disease.   

    Paxlovid and Lagevrio (mulnupiravir) are oral medications that have been shown effective at preventing mild/moderate disease from progressing to severe disease. They are available for individuals with increased likelihood of developing severe disease due to age, immunodeficiency, or certain other medical problems. To be effective, either drug must be started within five days of the onset of symptoms. Trials have shown Paxlovid to be more effective for most patients, but Lagevrio may be appropriate for others under specific circumstances.   

    Remdesivir is an injected drug that helps people recover more quickly but has little if any effect on the development of severe disease. It is given by injections (over the course of three days) which must begin within seven days of the onset of symptoms.  

    Bebtelovimab is a monoclonal antibody therapy for immunocompromised patients that is effective at preventing progression to severe disease. It is given by infusion at a medical center. 

  • Health & Safety Information

    [Note: This section was last updated August 30, 2022, with monkeypox vaccination information.]

    Students may schedule healthcare visits by calling the Hendrix Medical Clinic, 501-852-1366. When you call, please mention that you are a Hendrix student and be prepared to give the clinic your student ID number. You may also make an appointment at www.conwayregional.org/hendrix. If COVID-19 testing is needed, the clinic has testing available.

    The clinic is open to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Students have three free visits to the clinic per academic year. Currently, the clinic’s hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

    The health and safety of the entire Hendrix community remains our top priority. Hendrix College continues to monitor information about COVID-19 from the Arkansas Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Conway Regional Health System. 

    External Resources

    Vaccination is effective against the coronavirus. Further, Hendrix College policies and responses to the pandemic prevented spread of virus on campus and protected the Hendrix community from spring 2021 to the present. While the following resources demonstrate the severity of the pandemic, the Steering Committee continues its work to assure safety for the Hendrix community. 

    Watch a June 22 Today Show segment featuring Dr. Cam Patterson, chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, describing the severity of illness among young unvaccinated covid-19 patients. 

    This interactive map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows infection rates, vaccination rates, social distancing, age, health disparities, the availability of healthcare and other factors. It illustrates very clearly that areas in the U.S. with lower vaccination rates have higher infection rates. 

    Sources for information on covid-19 vaccines: 

    Conway Regional Medical Center 

    Arkansas Department of Health 

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 


    August 30, 2022, update: The UCA Student Health Clinic currently has some Monkeypox vaccine available to Hendrix students who qualify for immunization. If you are interested in receiving vaccination against monkeypox, you may contact the UCA clinic. Please note: 

    • the vaccine is available only to people who fulfill certain criteria, and
    • the vaccine can be given to people after exposure. 

    [The information below was posted August 11, 2022.]
    The College is also closely monitoring the outbreak of monkeypox (CDC 2022 U.S. Monkeypox Outbreak). Monkeypox is a virus that is spread mainly through close, intimate contact with someone who is infected with the virus. There are steps to help prevent getting monkeypox: 

    • Vaccination is recommended for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who may be more likely to get monkeypox. 
    • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash: Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox. Do not kiss, hug, cuddle, or have sex with someone with monkeypox. 
    • Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used: Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox. Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom. 
    • If you meet certain criteria related to exposure, you may be able to obtain the monkeypox vaccine. Learn more at the Arkansas Department of Health website

    There is also an antiviral for smallpox that has been approved for use against monkeypox. It is available by provider referral by contacting the ADH via phone: 1-800-803-7847.

    Helpful Links for COVID-19 Information

    Screening and testing information from Conway Regional Health System: Conway Regional Health System offers local COVID-19 testing, which can be obtained through the Hendrix clinic: www.conwayregional.org/hendrix or 501-852-1336.

    Arkansas Department of Healthhttps://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus

    Centers for Disease Controlhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

    CDC guidelines for selecting and wearing face coverings to protect yourself and others: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html  

  • Additional Resources

    Coping with COVID: COVID-19 may have an impact upon your mental health, regardless of whether you’ve tested positive. These resources can help you attend to your well-being and be mindful of how others may be feeling, as well.

    A series of essays by Mark Sutherland, Ph.D., Hendrix Professor of Biology, Emeritus:
    COVID Awareness and Information

    U.S. Department of Education Required Reporting Information for funds received under the CARES Act