Virginia Tech to Start Fall 2021 Semester on August 23

Virginia Tech will begin its fall 2021 semester on Monday, August 23. This is a change from the university’s traditional calendar, which typically starts classes the week after Labor Day.

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Virginia Tech to Start Fall 2021 Semester

Virginia Tech officials announced Monday that the university will start the Fall 2021 semester on August 23, two days earlier than originally planned. The decision was made in order to give students more time to prepare for the start of the semester.

On August 23

virginia tech will start the fall 2021 semester on August 23, the university announced Wednesday.

The university said it would return to “primarily in-person instruction” for the fall semester and that students would be able to choose between living on or off campus.

The university is also planning to hold in-person commencement ceremonies for fall and spring 2021 graduates.

In a letter to the virginia tech community, President Tim Sands said the university has been working hard to prepare for the return to in-person instruction and that it is “committed to providing the safest possible environment” for students, faculty and staff.

“I know that many of you have been waiting for this announcement and I want to thank you for your patience as we have worked through the many details involved in our planning,” Sands said. “I know that there is still a lot of uncertainty in our world, but I am confident that we can come together as a community to provide the support and care that each of us needs during these challenging times.”

Classes will be in-person, online, and hybrid

virginia tech will begin the fall 2021 semester on August 23, the Monday after Labor Day, with a return to in-person instruction for all undergraduate and graduate students taking classes on the Blacksburg campus.

The university will continue to offer a full range of online and hybrid courses to meet student needs and accommodate public health guidance related to the coronavirus pandemic.

All students, whether taking classes on campus, online, or in a hybrid format, will be expected to follow public health guidance, including wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing. More information about how Virginia Tech will operate in the fall is available at https://vt.edu/fall2021.

Virginia Tech’s COVID-19 Policies

Virginia Tech will start the fall 2021 semester on August 23, 2021 and will finish on December 11, 2021. Thanksgiving break will be from November 25-27, 2021. The university will be closed from December 24, 2021 until January 1, 2022 for winter break. Classes will resume on January 2, 2022 and the spring 2021 semester will end on May 8, 2022.

All students, faculty, and staff must complete the Daily Health Check

The university is asking all students, faculty, and staff to upload proof of a negative PCR test result or documentation of full vaccination against COVID-19 (two weeks after the final dose) to the Hokie Safe app. All students, faculty, and staff must have completed the uploading process by August 1 for Fall 2021 participation.

Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces

Face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces on campus, including classrooms, labs, and common areas. All members of the Virginia Tech community are responsible for adhering to this policy.

There are a few exceptions to this policy, including when eating or drinking, when engaging in physical activity, when alone in a private space, or when wearing a face covering would pose a greater safety hazard than not wearing one.

All face coverings must:
– Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
– Be secured with ties or ear loops
– Include multiple layers of fabric
– Allow for breathing without restriction
– Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Social distancing of six feet must be maintained

In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all members of the Virginia Tech community must maintain a social distance of six feet from others when possible. This includes in academic buildings, dining facilities, off-campus apartments, and anywhere else on or around campus. If you cannot maintain a social distance of six feet, you must wear a face covering.

What This Means for Students

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors met on May 14 and decided that the fall 2021 semester will begin on August 23. This is a week earlier than the originally scheduled start date of August 30. The decision was made in order to give students more time to prepare for the semester and to allow for a longer Thanksgiving break.

Students will have the option to live on-campus or off-campus

Virginia Tech will begin the Fall 2021 academic semester on August 23 and students will have the option to live on-campus or off-campus, university officials announced today.

“The health and safety of our community remain our top priority as we plan for the return to campus this fall,” said Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, vice president for student affairs. “We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all members of the Virginia Tech community.”

All undergraduate students who choose to live on campus will be required to take two COVID-19 tests prior to arrival and quarantine for 14 days. Students who live off campus are not required to take the tests or quarantine.

Virginia Tech will offer a mix of in-person and online classes this fall. The university is also planning a series of on-campus events, including an outdoor commencement ceremony, throughout the semester.

Dining services will be available

Virginia Tech will return to in-person instruction this fall, and dining services will be available to students.

The university announced that the fall 2021 semester will start on Monday, August 23, and end on Friday, December 10.

Students will have the option of living in on-campus housing, and all dining halls will be open.

The university is urging students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before coming to campus.

Campus events will be held virtually or in-person with social distancing guidelines in place

Virginia Tech will start the fall 2021 semester on Monday, August 23, according to the university’s academic calendar.

Classes will be held primarily in-person, but some will still be offered virtually. The university is expecting increased enrollment for the fall and anticipates having enough space to accommodate all students who wish to return to campus.

Dining halls will be open at reduced capacity, and students will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing when not eating or drinking.

The university is also planning to hold some campus events virtually or in-person with social distancing guidelines in place.

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