Embry-Riddle’s strict safety requirements and rigorous contact-tracing protocols helped us keep the incidence of Covid-19 low during the fall 2020 semester. Building on that success as well as lessons learned along the way, we look forward to the spring 2021 semester.
At Embry-Riddle’s residential campus in Daytona Beach, Florida, orientation began on Jan. 19, and face-to-face instruction resumed on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Due to conditions in Yavapai County, Arizona as of early January, the Prescott residential campus hosted a virtual orientation on Jan. 19. The Prescott spring semester then began remote learning (online) for two weeks, beginning Jan. 20, with in-person classes resuming Feb. 1. There were no changes in class schedules for Prescott Campus students.
The spring 2021 academic calendar was specially configured to help reduce the threat of Covid-19 while promoting academic success. Classes are resuming one week later than usual. To minimize community health risks associated with extended travel, Embry-Riddle has eliminated the conventional spring break and two three-day weekends from the spring 2021 calendar.
Instead, two reading/study days have been added to the spring semester calendar, to provide everyone with a restorative change of pace and help students stay on track in their spring classes. Reading/study days will not be university holidays; Embry-Riddle will remain fully operational, but classes will be cancelled.
Students who are unable to attend on-campus classes during the spring 2021 semester due to the Covid-19 pandemic can work with their academic advisors to determine whether they can meet their program requirements through available online courses (including those offered through the Worldwide Campus).
Spring 2021 Academic Calendar
Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
Jan. 19 – Orientation
Jan. 20 – Classes Begin
March 16 – Reading/Study Day
April 7 – Reading/Study Day
April 29 – Classes End
April 30 – Reading/Study Day
May 1 and 3-5 – Final Exams (Daytona Beach)
May 1 and 3-6 – Final Exams (Prescott)
For faculty and staff, fiscal-year or academic pay will remain unchanged.
Please note that Embry-Riddle’s academic calendar will remain as follows, even if a surge in Covid-19 cases requires us to migrate to fully online course delivery. We remain optimistic that our strict health precautions will keep our campuses as safe as possible.
Did We Make Any Changes for Spring 2021?
Embry-Riddle’s plan for the spring 2021 semester was the same as for the fall 2020 semester, with some refinements. Required safety protocols such as wearing face coverings, physical distancing and daily wellness checks did not change. All students, faculty and staff were required to review and acknowledge Embry-Riddle’s safety requirements before logging onto our computer systems at the start of the spring semester.
During the spring 2021 semester, Embry-Riddle is continuing with face-to-face, hybrid/split (part face-to-face and part online) courses, with class scheduling that supports physical distancing requirements in classrooms.
For the spring semester, we set a goal to increase the amount of in-person instruction as well as extra-curricular student activities – to the greatest extent possible without compromising safety.
Our multi-pronged testing strategy has continued to evolve in response to advances in technology as our supply chain. Key information about spring 2021 testing is as follows:
- At Embry-Riddle’s residential campus in Daytona Beach, Florida, orientation began on Jan. 19, and face-to-face instruction resumed on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Due to conditions in Yavapai County, Arizona as of early January, the Prescott residential campus hosted a virtual orientation on Jan. 19. The Prescott spring semester then began remote learning (online) for two weeks, beginning Jan. 20, with in-person classes resuming Feb. 1. There were no changes in class schedules for Prescott Campus students.
- As a safety precaution, Covid-19 pre-semester testing took place, by invitation, for selected students, teaching faculty and student-facing staff as follows:
- Daytona Beach Campus – Jan. 11-14
- Prescott Campus – Jan. 13-14
- Screening and contact type testing began to take place on Wednesdays (rather than Thursdays) on Jan. 27. If you are selected for this type of testing, you are required to keep your appointment.
- Teaching faculty and select student-facing staff were required to have a Covid-19 test before returning to Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The university has adopted a list of guiding principles and benchmarks that will be leveraged as we consider resuming study abroad and exchange programs for the summer of 2021.
There is no singular set of criteria for making these decisions. Each country will require a case-by-case decision designed to ensure the safety and security of students, faculty, and staff. Study abroad programs that are approved by university leadership will be open to students on both residential campuses as well as the Worldwide Campus.
To learn more about potential Study Abroad and Exchange programs, contact the Office of Global Engagement on Daytona Beach campus at firstname.lastname@example.org, Study Abroad, Global Engagement at Prescott campus at email@example.com, and the Dean of Students Office at Worldwide at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Embry-Riddle recently updated its travel policy. Read the latest announcement regarding University travel.
For personal travel, Embry-Riddle’s recommendations are based upon U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommendations and best practices. To help keep the university community safe, we encourage all students, staff and faculty to follow these guidelines:
Prior to any travel, we recommend that you review the following guidelines as well as the Travel protocols on the CDC website. It is flu season, so these same protocols can help protect you from Covid-19 as well as other flu viruses:
- Get a flu vaccination.
- Do not travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days.
- Don’t travel with someone who is sick.
- If someone is sick at your planned destination, consider rescheduling your trip.
- Wear your face mask. Additional precautions can include wearing a face shield and/or glasses.
- Maintain six feet of physical distancing. Avoid crowds and lines.
- Sanitize surfaces and wash your hands frequently.
- Avoid any large gatherings (ten or more people).
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and use hand sanitizer after touching any surfaces.
- Avoid travel out of the country or on cruise ships.