(Last updated August 11, 2021)
Given the increase COVID-19 cases in Washington County and the governor’s new guidance, we are updating our mask protocol to require them in all indoor public spaces on campus, including hallways, bathrooms, meeting rooms, etc. We will continue to assess and provide continued guidance as the situation continues to develop.
In order to provide the safest and healthiest campus environment, we will require all students, faculty, program guests, and staff working on campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except for those with an approved medical, religious, or barrier-to-vaccination-access exemption. This means they must have received their final dose of the vaccine no later than 14 days prior to arrival on the VCFA campus. Additional guidelines are as follows:
Students, faculty, program guests, and staff living in the United States should receive a US Food & Drug Administration-approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) prior to their arrival.
Students, faculty, program guests, and staff living abroad without access to the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines should prioritize WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines, followed by any other government vaccines provided in their location prior to coming to campus.
After careful consideration, the college has determined that the October 2021 MFA in Graphic Design residency will be held virtually, in the same format as the program’s three recent residencies. However, this fall the campus will be open to those in the program who would like to be together during the residency. Plans include common spaces designated for viewing residency events together (online), library access, and an on-campus experience similar to a retreat, with no formal exhibition or pin-up. Amid the uncertainty of virus variants, this approach allows the program to commit to a schedule that offers an equitable academic experience to the entire community. The college will continue to monitor vaccination progress and pandemic developments as we plan for future residencies.
Space rentals and on-campus events are being considered on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to Tanya Patterson for information about availability: [email protected].
HEERF II — Emergency Relief Grants
Under the CARES Act in January 2021, VCFA became eligible for a second allocation of federal dollars in the amount of $71,143 to provide emergency grants to students. These emergency funds can be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including eligible expenses under your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
VCFA created criteria for eligibility for grant awards based on need and enrollment in degree programs at VCFA in March 2021. Two tiers were identified which were based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as reported on students’ 2020-21 or 2021-22 FAFSAs that the college has on record. The tiers were: EFC between 0-2000 and 2001-10,000. Grant awards for students with EFC of 0-2000 were $660, and grant awards for students with EFC of 2001-10,000 were $280.
All students were emailed this information about eligibility on April 16, 2021, and were given an opportunity to alert VCFA by completing a short survey if their financial circumstances had changed due to the pandemic in order to be considered for an award or a larger award. If you are/were a student who was enrolled in March 2021 and had extenuating circumstances that prevented you from acting on the email sent in April, please contact VCFA at [email protected] as soon as possible.
As of July 8, 334 grants have been issued totaling $142,286.
PRIOR MESSAGES & COMMUNICATIONS
- August 4, 2021 community update
- CARES Act HEERF info — April 2, 2021
- CARES Act HEERF info — August 24, 2020
- CARES Act HEERF info — July 27, 2020
- CARES Act HEERF info — July 6, 2020
- May 5, 2020 community update
- April 29, 2020 library update
- April 20, 2020 community update
- March 26, 2020 library update
- March 20, 2020 library update
- March 17, 2020 press release
- March 12, 2020 COVID-19 update
- March 6, 2020 COVID-19 update