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Masking requirements are determined based on the College's review of a variety of metrics, both internal and external to the institution. Requirements fall into one of two categories, Masking Optional or Masking Required.

The current status of campus is: 

Masking Optional: Masking is optional for all students, employees, and visitors—regardless of vaccination status.

 

CDC Requirements for Quarantine and Isolation

  • Per CDC guidance, individuals who have tested positive in the last 90 days are not required to quarantine if they remain asymptomatic.
  • Individuals testing positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for 5 days (from the date of the positive test). On day 6, individuals may return to class or work if there is improvement of symptoms. Continuation of symptoms will require the individual to complete a 10-day isolation period. The CDC recommends masking in all settings for 5 days following a release from isolation on day 6. 
  • Per CDC guidance, close contacts (limited to shared living environments) of a positive case (including those who are vaccinated but not boosted, if eligible) must quarantine for 5 days starting on the date of last contact with the positive case. If the individual remains asymptomatic through day 5, they may return to class or work. The CDC recommends masking in all settings for 5 days following a release from quarantine on day 6. Those who are up-to-date on Covid-19 vaccinations but continuously exposed to a positive case because of a shared living environment are advised to wear a well-fitted mask for 10 days, in alignment with CDC guidance
  • Positive test results and close contacts (limited to shared living environments) for all individuals should be reported using the COVID-19 Reporting Form .

Main COVID-19 Page

Provide proof of vaccination: Vaccination Record Submission Form *Information provided through the Vaccination Record Submission Form will not be retained in medical records maintained by College Health Services

Provide notice of close contact/off-site test/test results: COVID-19 Reporting Form

Ask a question about COVID-19 policies or changes: COVID-19 Question Form

Vaccination & Prevention

  • The College strongly encourages students and employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine and a booster when eligible. Students in some programs may be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine to meet clinical setting requirements. Masking requirements are determined based on the College's review of a variety of metrics, both internal and external to the institution. Requirements fall in to one of two categories, Masking Required or Masking Optional. The current status of campus is available at the top of this page
    • Masking Required: Indoor masking is required for all students, employees, and visitors--regardless of vaccination status.
    • Masking Optional: Masking is optional for students, employees, and visitors--regardless of vaccination status.
  • Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or who have been identified as a close contact (limited to shared living environments) should not report to campus.
    • Individuals who are fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) and who have provided proof of vaccination do not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. Additionally, those who have tested positive in the last 90 days are not required to quarantine if they remain asymptomatic. 
  • Posted guidelines and signage must be followed.

FAQs

At this time, College Health Services and any associated COVID-19 testing spaces (symptomatic testing annex, asymptomatic or random testing locations, etc.) will remain masked environments. 

Additionally, the campus community is reminded that some faculty and staff may display a "masking preferred" sticker on their individual office or individual workspace. Please be respectful of this designation and mask up where appropriate. 

The CDC provides guidance on selecting a proper mask. A face covering is defined as one that (1) completely covers the nose and mouth; (2) is made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source); (3) is secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind the head. If gaiters are worn, they should have two layers of fabric or be folded to make two layers; (4) fits snugly over the nose, mouth, and chin with no large gaps on the outside of the face; and (5) is a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, visible holes, punctures, or other openings. 

Those who opt to wear neck gaiters should choose ones that feature two layers or that can be easily folded to form two layers. Single-layer cloth masks and masks made from fabric that is loosely woven or knitted, allowing light to pass through and not providing a tight fit to the face (like bandannas and homemade masks from T-shirts), are not permitted. Scarves, ski masks and balaclavas are also not substitutes for masks.

All individuals 5 years of age and older are now eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine. Guidance on eligibility for booster shots is available here. You can find vaccine locations near you using the CDC's Vaccine Finder tool. 

Individuals who have received two doses of Moderna are eligible for a booster 5 months from the date of their second dose.

Individuals who have received Pfizer-BioNTech are eligible for a booster 5 months from the date of their second dose. 

Individuals who have received a single dose of Johnson & Johnson are eligible for a booster 2 months after their first dose.

The College strongly encourages students to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Students in some programs may be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine to meet clinical setting requirements. 

In alignment with CDC guidance, vaccinated persons who have not received a booster shot and are eligible, and who have an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are required to quarantine. 

Persons who do not meet the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Proof of vaccination/booster is required.

At this time, College Health Services does not offer the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Many individuals are reporting flu like symptoms shortly after a vaccination, specifically a second dose or booster. This reaction is anticipated, may vary from person to person, and usually only lasts about 24-36 hours. Individuals who were NOT experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 prior to receiving their vaccination, but do experience side effects in the timeframe immediately following vaccination, should follow the guidance provided by the individual administering the vaccine on whether they should report to work or class.

As always, individuals who are unsure of the origin of their symptoms or who do not feel well enough to work or attend class, should stay home and consult College Health Services or their medical provider.  

In the event of a lost or damaged mask, please visit one of the following locations to for a single-use mask: 

Locations with standard business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

  • SASC Front Desk
  • ATHS Mail Services Center (ATHS/E138)
  • School of Engineering Technologies (LEC/B1134)
  • School of Business, Arts & Sciences (ACC/102)
  • School of Nursing & Health Sciences (ATHS/E257)
  • Earth Science Center
  • Aviation Center
  • BWD Front Desk

Locations with extended business hours:

  • Campus Center Information Desk:
    Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
    Friday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday: noon-8 p.m.
     
  • Library Resource Desk:
    Monday – Tuesday: 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
    Wednesday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
    Friday: 7:30-9 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Sunday: Noon-2 a.m.

Face shields are not a substitute for face masks, but may be used in limited instances as an acceptable accommodation or when providing instruction during Masking Required status (while maintaining a distance of 6 feet or greater from students).

 

Disability and Access Resources will be the point of contact for any accommodations requested as a result of COVID-19, and Human Resources will be the point of contact for employee needs. All accommodations will follow Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and will be responsive to COVID-specific guidance related to accommodating instances of elevated risk.

For accommodations related to Mask Optional status: 

COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, but a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated may experience what is known as a ‘breakthrough case’ and still become ill with COVID-19 if they are exposed to someone carrying the virus.  Given this, do not report to class or work and contact College Health Services for a COVID-19 screening; this will help determine whether a COVID-19 test would be appropriate. 

Testing & Mitigation

  • College Health Services will continue to conduct COVID-19 testing and contact tracing for the College community.
  • Quarantine and isolation procedures are in place for affected students and employees.
    • Per CDC guidance, those who have tested positive in the last 90 days are not required to quarantine if they remain asymptomatic. 
    • Individuals testing positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for 5 days (from the date of the positive test). On day 6, individuals may return to class or work if there is improvement of symptoms. Continuation of symptoms will require the individual to complete a 10-day isolation period. The CDC recommends masking in all settings for 5 days following a release from isolation on day 6. 
    • Per CDC guidance, close contacts (in shared living environments) of a positive case (including those who are vaccinated but not boosted, if eligible) must quarantine for 5 days starting on the date of last contact with the positive case. If the individual remains asymptomatic through day 5, they may return to class or work. The CDC recommends masking in all settings for 5 days following a release from quarantine on day 6. 
    • Positive test results and close contacts (in shared living environments) should be reported using the COVID-19 Reporting Form.
  • On- and off-campus students may isolate on campus after a positive COVID-19 test result. 
  • Only on-campus students may quarantine in on-campus facilities. 

FAQs

All tests, results and notifications of close contact (limited to shared living environments) should be reported to the College using the COVID-19 Reporting Form

College Health services provides testing for symptomatic individuals. Student testing services are being expanded to include asymptomatic testing for individuals seeking peace of mind regarding their COVID-19 status. This testing, which begins the week of March 14, will be walk-in, no appointment required.

There is no charge for COVID-19 testing for students.  For employees, effective March 1, the College returned to a fee-for-service model for employees that was in place before the pandemic. 

If students report any symptoms of COVID-19, they will be instructed to notify College Health Services immediately by calling the office at 570.320.5234; employees may notify College Health Services or their preferred provider. College Health Services is seeing those concerned about COVID-19 in the College Health Services Annex in the Bush Campus Center. Staff in College Health Services will provide you with directions when you call. When you are seen in College Health Services, staff will conduct a second-level screening process and, based on that screening, may test for COVID-19. In the event of a medical emergency, dial 911.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 through a provider other than College Health Services should report their result via the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Students tested for COVID-19 will be presumed to be positive and required to immediately isolate pending test results. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to continue isolation and remain isolated until day 6 (with improvement in symptoms) or complete a 10-day isolation period. Students will have the option to return home to isolate, but the College has isolation space available for those who wish to stay on campus.

College Health Services will conduct contact tracing for anyone who tests positive, which will be limited to shared living environments. This includes any unvaccinated individuals, and those vaccinated but not boosted, if eligible. Individuals who have tested positive in the last 90 days are exempt from quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. Those notified of their exposure through contact tracing are required to quarantine for 5 days as long as the individual remains symptom free. Students will have the option to return home to quarantine or to quarantine in their existing residence. Students who live off campus will not be permitted to quarantine on campus. 

In cases of isolation or quarantine, students will be supported in efforts to remain current with their coursework through coordination with their faculty. Students in isolation or quarantine will have meals delivered to them in accordance with their existing meal plan, if they have one, or billed as a declining balance expense, and they will have ongoing health support from College Health Services, as well as access to counseling though telehealth.

Employees who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 should refer to guidance provided by Human Resources.

Students and employees receiving positive test results while away from campus should remain in their home location to isolate. The COVID-19 Reporting Form should be completed, and College Health Services or Human Resources will follow up regarding medical clearance for return to campus. 

Employees must also submit a Leave of Absence Request and notify their supervisor. 

In an emergency situation, College Health Services will notify the individual designated as the student’s emergency contact in the SIS.  In non-emergency situations, College Health Services will not be able to discuss student health issues without the permission of the student.  Students can authorize College Health Services to provide information to designated individuals by signing a Release of Information when they come in for care.  In addition, students can designate individuals they would like to authorize to share information with by logging into the SIS and selecting ‘Full Academic and Staff Contact’ under Parent/Guest Access.   

Per CDC guidance, prior infection in the last 90 days exempts an individual from quarantine requirements, as long as the individual remains asymptomatic. The COVID-19 Reporting Form can be used to report tests and results. 

Academic Instruction

  • Masking requirements are determined based on the College's review of a variety of metrics, both internal and external to the institution. Requirements fall in to one of two categories, Masking Required or Masking Optional. The current status of campus is available at the top of this page
    • Masking Required: Indoor masking is required for all students, employees, and visitors--regardless of vaccination status.
    • Masking Optional: Masking is optional for students, employees, and visitors--regardless of vaccination status.
  • Faculty and staff may not impose additional requirements beyond those outlined by the College, with the exception of masking preferred designations in individual offices.

FAQs

Masking requirements are determined based on the College's review of a variety of metrics, both internal and external to the institution. Requirements fall in to one of two categories, Masking Required or Masking Optional. The current status of campus is available at the top of this page

  • Masking Required: Indoor masking is required for all students, employees, and visitors--regardless of vaccination status. Faculty may wear face shields when providing instruction, and when at least 6 feet from others.
  • Masking Optional: Masking is optional for students, employees, and visitors--regardless of vaccination status.

 

Domestic travel for employees and students may resume. At this time, when traveling for or with the College, individuals are expected to follow the masking guidance outlined by the CDC for their travel destination. Masking expectations can be determined by reviewing the COVID-19 Community Levels tool. 

Masking requirements are determined based on the College's review of a variety of metrics, both internal and external to the institution. Requirements fall in to one of two categories, Masking Required or Masking Optional. The current status of campus is available at the top of this page

  • Masking Required: Indoor masking is required for all students, employees, and visitors--regardless of vaccination status. Faculty may wear face shields when providing instruction, and when at least 6 feet from others.
  • Masking Optional: Masking is optional for students, employees, and visitors--regardless of vaccination status. Some faculty and staff may request that visitors wear a mask when in their office space. The College asks everyone to be respectful of others’ preferences. If an individual refuses to comply with this request, the faculty or staff member may request a different meeting format. 

Masking requirements are determined based on the College's review of a variety of metrics, both internal and external to the institution. Requirements fall in to one of two categories, Masking Required or Masking Optional. The current status of campus is available at the top of this page

  • Masking Required: Indoor masking is required for all students, employees, and visitors--regardless of vaccination status. Faculty may wear face shields when providing instruction, and when at least 6 feet from others.
  • Masking Optional: Masking is optional for students, employees, and visitors--regardless of vaccination status. Faculty and staff may not impose additional requirements beyond those outlined by the College. Individuals who wish to continue wear masks may do so. Some clinical and off-site locations may require additional precautions. 

Consistent Communication

  • Masking requirements are determined based on the College's review of a variety of metrics, both internal and external to the institution. Requirements fall into one of two categories, Masking Required or Masking OptionalThe current status of campus is available at the top of this page, on the homepage of the College website, and in the daily COVID-19 case update AdminWire.
  • The College maintains a dashboard documenting cases of COVID-19, testing, vaccination, and recovery data.
  • Daily case notification (Monday-Friday) and updates are provided to students, faculty, and staff via AdminWire, the College’s internal communication system. Any results received over a weekend are reported in Monday's data.
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