Spring Semester

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 will begin on Jan. 19, and face-to-face instruction will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Due to conditions in Yavapai County, Arizona, the Prescott residential campus will host a virtual orientation on Jan. 19. The Prescott spring semester will begin remote learning (online) for two weeks, beginning Jan. 20, with in-person classes resuming Feb. 1. There will be no change 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.

Are Any Changes Planned for Spring 2021?

During the spring 2021 semester, Embry-Riddle will continue with face-to-face, hybrid/split (part face-to-face and part online) courses, with class scheduling that supports physical distancing requirements in classrooms. 

We have 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.

Like the fall 2020 semester, spring 2021 will align with our Path Forward strategic plan and Best Practices guide. Face coverings, physical distancing and daily wellness checks will remain mandatory.

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 will begin on Jan. 19, and face-to-face instruction will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Due to conditions in Yavapai County, Arizona, the Prescott residential campus will host a virtual orientation on Jan. 19. The Prescott spring semester will begin remote learning (online) for two weeks, beginning Jan. 20, with in-person classes resuming Feb. 1. There will be no change in class schedules for Prescott Campus students.
  • Covid-19 pre-semester testing will take 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
  • For everyone, sentinel type testing will begin on both residential campuses the week of Jan. 25. Sentinel testing will continue throughout the spring 2021 semester. This type of testing is voluntary and open to all Embry-Riddle students, staff and faculty.
  • Screening and contact type testing will take place on Wednesdays (rather than Thursdays) beginning on Jan. 27. If you are selected for this type of testing, you will be required to keep your appointment.
  • Teaching faculty and select student-facing staff will be required to have a Covid-19 test before returning to Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses. Invitations will be sent to schedule appointments.

If you believe you have been exposed to Covid-19 over the winter break, or if you feel ill, please stay at home and contact Health Services on the Daytona Beach Campus, (386) 226-7917, or the Wellness Center on the Prescott Campus (928) 777-6653. Anyone with a confirmed case of Covid-19 will need to isolate for 14 days, or until cleared by Embry-Riddle’s healthcare professionals.

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 goglobal@erau.edu, Study Abroad, Global Engagement at Prescott campus at obrienk3@erau.edu, and the Dean of Students Office at Worldwide at wwdos@erau.edu.

Commencements

The plan for spring 2021 commencements will be announced as soon as possible. If it is safe to hold commencements in person, Embry-Riddle will do so. However, the safety of students, faculty, staff and families will remain our top priority.

Travel Guidelines

University travel remains suspended for Embry-Riddle employees, for all nonessential university-funded or sponsored travel. Domestic and international travel deemed essential by your Core Leadership Team member will need to follow approval protocols.

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.