While many of our collegiate sisters begin their fall classes, whether online or in-person, we want to share the latest in our ongoing support.

As you might imagine, this semester will look different from past fall semesters. Over the summer we adapted chapter protocol, procedures and best practices to meet varying university, local and state guidelines. In each area, prioritizing the health, safety and financial stability of our members.

Thank you for your continued commitment to our chapters. We could not do this without your support and appreciate your flexibility, dedication and resolve as we continue to pivot to address the changing needs of our members.

We ask that you continue to assist us in monitoring trends on campus to inform and anticipate the significant impacts on our chapters and their operations. We are prepared and want to assure you that you will not be navigating this alone! Our squad is here to support our chapters and advisors as we continue to detour.

Below we have included some resources and updates on modified procedures and best practices. Should you have additional questions please contact us at prepare@phisigmasigma.org.

The need for connection has never been stronger. We are in the unique position to meet that need for so many college women on our campuses. We are confident our chapters will rise to the challenge of providing a premier member experience no matter the format.

Thank you for continuing to play a vital role as the on-the-ground support for our sisters!

In Our Bond,
Katie Vlietstra Wonnenberg
Grand Archon
On campuses where students are physically returning, it is expected that members will test positive for COVID-19. Should you or a leader of the chapter become aware of a member who has tested positive, follow the university's protocol for isolating. Sisters who have been in contact with her should follow the university's protocol for quarantining.

You ISOLATE after a positive test. The isolation period is 10 calendar days from the positive test. You QUARANTINE after a known exposure or close contact with a person who has COVID-19. The quarantine period is 14 calendar days after the last known exposure.

Sisters affected will likely feel overwhelmed and scared. It is important that we continue to support them. We advise virtual check-ins on Zoom, coordinating meal delivery, etc. Chapter services managers will help you to create a support plan.

The archon should document any known positive cases on the Phi Sigma Sigma website. Each individual member who tests positive should follow state/province, local health and/or public health department and university directives to report cases as required.
The NHC has prepared their protocols with industry experts and modified plans to follow local and state health department guidelines. While we cannot guarantee that our facilities will be COVID-19 free, we are aggressively minimizing risks. Residents must be reminded that taking steps to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 is the shared responsibility of every resident in the facility. 

The following supplies are being made available in all NHC facilities:
  • Disposable face masks
  • KN95 face masks
  • Face shields
  • Disposable gloves
  • No-contact thermometers
  • Cleaning supplies/sanitizer

In the event that a resident tests positive for COVID-19, it should be immediately reported to the chapter's house director and the NHC at prepare@phisigmasigma.org.
  • The resident will need to follow our individual isolation protocol for 10 calendar days after positive test results or 14 calendar days after last known exposure.
  • Residents exposed to someone with COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 14 calendar days after last known exposure.
  • When a resident tests positive for COVID-19, it is highly likely that ALL residents of the facility have been exposed and, therefore, all residents will be required to quarantine for 14 calendar days after last known exposure.

Learn more about our updated housing protocol and how this effects guests, non-resident members, meal plans and individual facility plans on our fall housing webpage.
All chapter meetings, gatherings and events must be held in accordance accordance with state/province, local health and/or public health department and university directives. Should in-person events be permitted by the university, chapters must implement social distancing best practices and mitigate risk wherever possible. Chapter services managers will assist chapters in planning any events.

It is advised that the majority, if not all, chapter events are held virtually. Members will need to get creative and think outside of the confines of a "typical" event when planning the fall calendar. We are here to help brainstorm ideas or help you think through how to adjust a favorite event to fit the virtual format.

More than ever, we need to remain connected to one another. Observing social distancing best practices doesn't mean our sisters have to feel alone.
We will continue to post updates and resources on our COVID-19 webpage.
For additional resources please check the executive board resource library and the advisor resource library on the website.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at prepare@phisigmasigma.org.
(410) 799-1224 | phisighq@phisigmasigma.org