Updates on COVID-19 Testing and Flu Vaccine

Dear Students,

Happy Fall! We are almost half-way through the semester, with Fall Break just around the corner. In this communication, you will find the following updated information:

  • Update COVID screening and mandatory testing
  • Mandatory testing after Thanksgiving Break
  • Flu vaccine requirement

COVID-19 Screening/Testing

As we began to get into the cold and flu season, we wanted to remind students that although COVID-19 testing is no longer mandatory, students are still encouraged to participate in voluntary screening tests. Scripps College has set a threshold of at least 15% of students testing voluntarily on a weekly basis. If we do not meet this threshold and/or if there is a shift in COVID trends, we may require SOME or ALL students to engage in COVID screenings at random.

  • Please note that if you are randomly selected to test, that you must do so within 72 hours of receiving your notice. Students who fail to follow the testing guidelines may be subjected to conduct process. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Shawnice Ross at [email protected] for assistance.

COVID-19 Testing after Thanksgiving Break

All students will be expected to participate in mandatory testing the week (Nov. 28 – Dec. 2) after Thanksgiving Break unless they are within 90 days of a previous infection. Additional reminder(s) for after Thanksgiving Break Testing will be provided. COVID-19 testing is available Monday through Friday at SHS or the COVID-19 Test Kit Vending Machines 24/6 (test dropped off between Friday after 5pm and Saturday before 5pm will not be valid). For a list of all COVID-19 Vending Machines, please check here.

Flu Shot Requirement

All students are required to have the flu shot unless granted a medical or religious exemption. The deadline to have this completed is Monday, October 31st. You can obtain the Flu Vaccine at Student Health Services (SHS) Monday through Friday or at your local pharmacy. You can upload your flu vaccine documentation using this secure Box link. In addition, you can also email your documentation to: [email protected]. It is recommended that if you email your documentation that you use your campus email account. Personal email accounts such as Gmail, yahoo, Hotmail, etc., are not secured. Weekly reminders will go out to all students following this communication today.

As we continue to navigate the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic, please note that information will be shared with you as it becomes available. For more information about Scripps College COVID-19 policies and protocol, you can visit Scripps Strong.

Stay Healthy,

Dean di Bartolo-Beckman
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Shawnice Ross
COVID-19 Student Affairs Service Coordinator and DOS Projects Manager