- 2/12/2021: Inclusion of Rapid Antigen Testing as Testing Option – The College updated the Classroom Guidelines and Faculty Guidelines to include
Rapid Antigen Testing as a testing option in addition to Polymerase Chain Reaction
(PCR) testing to return to campus following close contact exposure or symptoms.
1/4/2021: Updated Close Contact Protocols – The CDC updated the criteria for close contacts ending quarantine and reimplemented a Test-Based Strategy. Individuals who are close contacts have 2 options for ending quarantine sooner than 14 days:
- Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have occurred or were reported without the use of pharmaceutical interventions during daily monitoring.
- Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a PCR test is taken and is negative and if no symptoms occurred or were reported without the use of pharmaceutical interventions during daily monitoring. The test must be taken within 48 hours before the planned end of quarantine (Day 6 from exposure), but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
In either case, individuals must continue to monitor symptoms until Day 14.
- 10/23/2020: Testing Option for Symptomatic Individuals – A clarification was given in the Classroom Guidelines and Employee Guidelines to
include a testing option for symptomatic individuals. Rather than self-isolating for
a 10-day period, “individuals who have symptoms similar to those associated with COVID-19
who are not close contacts with any person who has a confirmed or suspected case of
COVID-19 (defined below) may also wish to receive a diagnostic Polymerase Chain Reaction
(PCR) test for COVID-19. If the PCR test result is negative, and they have not been
a close contact with any person who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19,
and all symptoms have resolved including no fever for 24 hours without the use of
a fever reducing medication, they may return to campus after communicating with Student
Development [or with Benefits] and receiving clearance (unless otherwise directed
by a healthcare provider).”
- 10/23/2020: Further Clarification of the Definition of a Close Contact – On October 21, 2020 the CDC provided further clarification of a close contact to
include being less than six feet apart for more than 15 cumulative minutes over a
24-hour period. The Classroom Guidelines and Employee Guidelines have been updated
to reflect the change.
- 9/9/2020: Food or Drink in the Classroom – An update was provided to faculty and placed in the faculty FAQ’s regarding food
and drink in the classroom. “Food and drink may not be consumed in classrooms. This
is because this practice is difficult to monitor and control, and sometimes people
leave it off because they are repeatedly sipping water or eating for a few minutes
at a time. Faculty should give breaks in longer classes and allow students to go outside
and eat or drink if necessary.”
- 9/9/2020: Use of Face Coverings in the Classroom – An update was provided to faculty and placed in the faculty FAQ’s regarding face
coverings in class. “Faculty must wear a mask the entire time they are in the classroom.
The only exception is if the faculty member is more than 6 feet from students, and
stationary, during which time they may wear a face shield in lieu of a mask. Masks
should cover both nose and mouth and must be worn properly. Gaiters or scarves should
not be worn in lieu of a mask. Masks or shields must be worn even if the room comes
equipped with a plexiglass shield at the podium.”
- 8/28/2020: Clarification of Acceptable Face Coverings – Based on updated guidance form the CDC on acceptable face coverings, all protocols
for students and employees were changed to reflect this guidance. Only 2-layer masks
are acceptable and the use of gators or face masks with vent holds are prohibited
on campus. “All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must be made with
at least 2 layers of breathable material and fully cover the nose and mouth. At this
time, based on guidance from health authorities, single layer coverings, open-chin
triangle bandanas and masks with holes or vents of any kind are not appropriate face
- 8/27/2020: Test-Based Strategy Removed from Guidelines – The CDC no longer supports test-base strategies for individuals to end quarantine after a positive test or for close contacts. The college removed the test-based strategy as an option for ending quarantine for any situation. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html)