Date: September 6, 2023

We all know about the recent press coverage about the new variant. And VTS is in the middle of a small outbreak of COVID. We have several students and at least one Faculty member who have tested positive for COVID. So, it is worth just pausing and reminding ourselves of our policy.

First, anyone who has any concerns about their health are encouraged to wear a mask. Wearing a mask is responsible. In addition, all the practices that we have learned – meeting outside, having some space – are good practices to continue to do.

Second, if you test positive, then the current guidelines recommend that you isolate for at least five days. Click here to find more information from the Virginia Department of Health.

Third, if you are exposed to someone who has tested positive, then the guidelines recommends that you wear a mask for the next ten days. There is no need to isolate; instead, you should monitor yourself and only isolate immediately that you have symptoms. Click here to find more information on what to do if you are exposed.

The Seminary is continuing to follow the health department guidelines. I understand that some members of our community would like the guidelines to be more flexible or, in some cases, more strict. This has been the case throughout this pandemic. Precisely because this issue divides us, we are continuing our policy of following official advice.

Meanwhile, stay well.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President Virginia Theological Seminary and President of The General Theological Seminary

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