COVID-19 Handbook for Spring 2021

The COVID-19 Handbook has been updated for the Spring 2021 semester, and is now published at

Campus Access

Campus is expected to operate in the orange phase of the Campus Protection Guide this spring, meaning campus will be open only to on-campus residents, commuter students attending classes on campus, and authorized personnel. These individuals will be referred to as Petrels Authorized for Campus Access (PACAs). Campus will remain closed to those taking fully remote classes, personnel who are able to perform their duties remotely, and outside visitors.

The side gate to campus will remain closed, and a Petrel Pass is necessary for accessing campus through the front gate and the Gables gate. No visitors are permitted inside the residence halls, including parents and guardians, aside from approved visitors on move-in day.

Petrels Authorized for Campus Access (PACAs) will be expected to follow the policies and protocols outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook. This includes the following:

Petrel Pause

PACAs are expected to observe the Petrel Pause from January 25 – February 22. During this time, you should refrain from participating in social gatherings and other high-risk activities, and strictly limit yourself to essential travel. This period accounts for the two weeks prior to the semester and the first two weeks of the semester. This period of enhanced social distancing is critical in reducing the risk of COVID-19 spread among the campus community, as the beginning of the semester will be the highest risk period for uncontained spread.

COVID-19 Testing and Health Surveillance App

PACAs are subject to COVID-19 testing upon their initial arrival to campus and regular COVID-19 testing throughout the semester. PACAs are also required to participate in daily self-health screenings via the LifeguardRx mobile app. Details on testing and enrolling in LifeguardRx will be shared with PACAs prior to the start of the semester. Please do not download and register for the LifeguardRx app prior to receiving instructions.

Flu Vaccination

PACAs will need to get a flu vaccination by the start of classes on February 8, 2021, if they haven’t done so already. Those who need religious and/or medical exemptions and those who are not accessing campus during the spring semester are exempt.

Maintaining routine vaccinations can help prevent illnesses, reduce the stress on the healthcare system, and protect at-risk populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Retail pharmacies such as Publix, Costco, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Kroger, and Walmart offer flu shots at no cost with most insurance types.

Off-campus Expectations

After the Petrel Pause and the relaxing of social distancing protocols, PACAs must still adhere to the same mask and social distancing policies off-campus or away from their homes. The following activities are prohibited: indoor gatherings with 10 or more people, entering bars, indoor dining at restaurants and bars, gyms and fitness centers without mandatory mask policies, and unapproved out-of-state travel.

Oglethorpe has established a COVID Conduct Panel to review COVID conduct violations and adjudicate appropriate sanctions. Violations and concerns can be reported anonymously at

These are simply a few of the policies, protocols and expectations outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook. Please review the handbook in full for further details.