March 6, 2020
Spelman Community,

Spelman leadership has been meeting regularly to coordinate our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We remain focused on the health and well-being of our campus community, and in that spirit, the president, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., has approved enhanced travel protocols, including guidance for the upcoming Spring Break.

This notice is to provide additional guidance for faculty, staff and students who are traveling independently of Spelman programs during Spring Break.

Please read this communication carefully, as the protocols and guidelines will impact all students, faculty and staff. All of the information in this message, along with additional guidance and resources, can be accessed via Spelman’s Coronavirus Update web page.

Travel Registration

1. Spelman is requesting that you register your travel for Spring Break, even if you are traveling within the United States.

2. While we have not historically asked any member of our community to register personal travel, we strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to register, as the path of the Coronavirus is fast moving.

3. Local, state and federal travel regulations, and health guidelines are changing rapidly, and we want to be as responsive and supportive as possible should more changes occur.

4. Your registration information, travel location, and all details will be kept confidential and will only be used to contact you should the location to which you’re traveling be designated Level 3 or Level 4 by the U.S. Department of State or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Travel Protocol

1. The College has established a protocol requiring anyone returning from a country that has been designated Level 3 or Level 4 by the Department of State to self-isolate for 14 days, and obtain a medical screening before returning to campus, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms associated with the Coronavirus.

2. In order to protect the broader community, students, faculty, or staff who have traveled internationally and are experiencing any of the symptoms related to the Coronavirus - including fever, cough or shortness of breath - should receive a health screening immediately and self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days before returning to campus.

3. In order to return to campus, students who are symptomatic must have a health screening to confirm that they are virus free.

Travel Advisories

1. Please visit the Department of State's website, which provides current travel advisories for countries worldwide. Additional information and guidance regarding travel and the Coronavirus can be found on the CDC’s website.

2. If you do have to travel,
a. Download the International SOS (ISOS) app.
b. Stay alert to changes and developments that may affect your plans. Monitor travel advisories, including potential restrictions on border crossings, and be ready to change your plans if conditions change.

3. Please see earlier guidance shared about Spring Break travel below, and continue to visit our Coronavirus Update page on for the latest information.

March 5, 2020: Spring Break Travel Advisory

• Spelman has canceled study abroad programs in Italy, which has areas designated Level 3 and Level 4 by the CDC and Department of State. College officials have communicated with all students studying abroad in programs sponsored by Spelman, and have paid particular attention to those who are studying in countries with Level 3 and 4 designations.

• Faculty, staff, and student travelers should be aware that viral outbreaks change quickly and, according to the CDC, they "may face unpredictable circumstances, travel restrictions, and challenges returning home or accessing health care while abroad."

Protect Yourself

Community transmission of the Coronavirus is increasing. The College strongly encourages that we all restrict greetings to respectful nods and smiles, or elbow bumps to replace handshakes and hugs.

The entire Spelman community is encouraged to continue to take the following precautions to avoid the spread of viral illnesses:  

• Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.

• Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol hand rub regularly, especially after coughing or sneezing.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Anyone who is ill should keep a safe distance (at least 3 feet) from others to reduce the risk of transmitting germs.

• Stay home if you don’t feel well. If you’re seriously ill, seek medical advice from a health care provider or emergency department.

Office of Communications  
350 Spelman Lane
Atlanta, GA 30314

Email Marketing by ActiveCampaign