March 10, 2022
Dear Hendrix community,
Based on current COVID-19 levels in Faulkner County, we
will transition to mask-optional in campus buildings beginning Saturday, March
This transition follows new indoor masking guidance from the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) based on COVID-19 community hospitalizations and new case
While indoor masking will become optional on campus, the
Steering Committee asks that all community members continue to support classmates
and colleagues who elect to mask on campus.
Please know that if you are at high risk for illness and
concerned about the move to a mask-optional campus policy, you should reach out
to discuss accommodations for health and safety concerns.
Other COVID-related items
Thank you for all you have done to keep campus healthy and
safe over the past two years.
Steering Committee members: Kesha Baoua, Terri Bonebright,
Julie Brown, Jay Burling, Jeremy Dickerson, Amy Forbus, Pete Gess, Dawn Hearne,
Hailey Johnston, Mike LeBlanc, Vicki Lynn, Rob O’Connor, Tim Purkiss, Sharron
Russell, Tom Siebenmorgen, Todd Tinsley, Amy Weaver, Jim Wiltgen
View the COVID-19 Dashboard for May 13, 2022 (student and employee vaccination updates, testing and tracing on campus, and local positivity rates).
Employees: If you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive, follow the corresponding instructions here.
Students: Please review the student information for testing and tracing. Students who are living on campus are required to strictly adhere to designated protocols. Students who are living off-campus are encouraged to follow designated protocols.
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
This FAQ list was updated most recently on April 22, 2022.
have questions after reviewing the information presented here, please
January 27, 2022] 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.
ensure the College provides good options for students who are following COVID protocols,
especially during the current COVID surge, 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:
will be strongly discouraged from logging on remotely when they are healthy and
not quarantined, as it is important for students to be in the classroom
actively engaging with the instructor, the material, and with other students.
21, 2022] While the semester began with online instruction,
the plan for this spring is a complete return to in-person
classes as soon as possible. If a student must miss class because of
COVID-19 isolation or quarantine protocols, they should contact their
instructors to discuss plans for missed coursework as they would for any other
illness or temporary absence. Instructors are notified of all students who are
officially in a COVID-related protocol so that any related absences will be
[Updated March 15,
listed Faulkner County at a medium COVID community transmission level starting
on Thursday, March 10 the College moved to mask-optional in campus buildings
beginning Saturday, March 12, 2022. With this change, the Campus COVID
Steering Committee asks that all community members continue to support
classmates and colleagues who elect to mask on campus. Students who are at high
risk of severe illness from COVID-19 may contact Julie Brown, Director of
Academic Success, at email@example.com to discuss academic
accommodations for health and safety concerns; faculty and staff members who
are at high risk or have family who are high risk may contact Vicki Lynn in
Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss work
accommodations for health and safety concerns. 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
and outdoors when not able to maintain distancing of 6 feet or more.
[Updated April 22, 2022] The SAA athletic conference currently follows
NCAA guidance for testing, including frequency and type of test performed. As
such, student-athletes are not currently required to undergo surveillance
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
will provide vaccination opportunities for any students who want the
vaccine and have been unable to receive it, including international
faculty, and staff will be allowed to travel on official College business
this spring (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.
International travelers must petition for approval at this link.
15, 2022] The best ways to keep the community safe are still
vaccination (including a booster if eligible), symptom monitoring,
and masking when transmission in the area is classified as “High” by the CDC.
More than 90% of Hendrix students and employees are fully vaccinated (see
the dashboard above for the latest numbers).
[Updated March 15, 2022] Visitors
to campus are now welcome.
15, 2022] Events and activities do not currently require any special
approval from the COVID administrators. Outdoor gatherings are encouraged
when possible, and location should always be chosen to maximize social
15, 2022] Off-campus groups are now being allowed on campus.
[Note: This section was
last updated March 15, 2022.]
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
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
Sources for information
on covid-19 vaccines:
Conway Regional Medical Center
Arkansas Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Screening and testing information from Conway Regional Health
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 Health: https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control: https://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
Student information for COVID-19 testing and tracing
U.S. Department of Education Required Reporting Information for funds received under the CARES Act
Students and employees who have received a booster vaccination against COVID-19 should submit documentation at the appropriate link below:
Student COVID-19 Vaccination Update
Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Update
Students should use this form to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus for the Spring 2022 semester:
Spring 2022 Return - COVID Test Submission
The College allows petitioning for exceptions to its pandemic-related restrictions on travel. Please use the form linked below to make such requests:
Petition for International Travel
If you have been
fully vaccinated for SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) with a vaccine that has been emergency-use
authorized by the FDA, you should register your vaccination using the form below. To be considered
fully vaccinated, you should have already received all required doses specified by the
vaccine manufacturer. Those who are fully vaccinated will be exempted from
College-sponsored required gateway and surveillance testing, and in most cases,
they will be exempt from quarantine protocols due to close contact with someone
infected with COVID-19. Please
note that vaccination does not exempt someone from other required College
protocols and guidelines related to COVID-19 including, but not limited to,
facial coverings, social distancing, monitoring your health and reporting
concerns, and symptomatic testing if recommended by a medical provider.
Proof of COVID Vaccination