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Spring 2022 Health Protocols

Every person associated with the College shares in the responsibility for “Protecting the Hive.” Public health guidance advocates specific practices designed to prevent and limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. In keeping with this guidance, Kalamazoo College expects that all students, employees and visitors to campus abide by our campus protocols and follow steps required to mitigate and manage potential illness. If recommendations change, we will adjust our protocols accordingly. Thank you for Protecting the Hive!

Definitions:

Fully Vaccinated: At least two weeks past the final dose of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved primary COVID-19 vaccine series.

Unvaccinated: Have not received any dose of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine or are less than two weeks past the final dose of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Booster shots: Additional doses of a vaccine needed periodically to “boost” the immune system.  

Up to date: A person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

Quarantine: The practice of separating people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. 

Isolation: The practice of separating sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

Close Contact: The CDC defines close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask.

Shared Interior Spaces: Shared interior spaces of campus buildings are typically used by multiple people and include but are not limited to classrooms, laboratories, the library and library study rooms, hallways, points of service, offices, lounges, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

Health Protocols

Vaccination Requirements
  • All K studentsfaculty and staff will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with a World Health Organization-authorized vaccine. Exemptions will be rare.
  • COVID-19 booster shots are required, and vaccine records must be submitted by March 1, 2022, or upon earliest CDC eligibility.
Masking Guidelines
  • The College has a mask-optional policy. Masks will not be required as a general rule inside College buildings. They may still be required by faculty members or staff inside classroom spaces or in individual offices, or for gatherings. 
    • In classes where masks are not required by the faculty member, students and faculty may still choose to wear a mask if they wish. 
    • In classes where masks are required by the faculty member, all students must continue to wear a mask.
    • If you would like to post a sign in your area (office, cubicle, room, etc.) requesting that masks be worn, a printable sign is available online.
  • Masks may be required by athletics staff as needed in shared spaces (such as team busses or athletic training room spaces). 
  • Mask-wearing is expected whenever you are experiencing symptoms of any illness, have a positive COVID-19 test, are awaiting test results or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. 
  • Members of the community should feel comfortable continuing to wear masks anywhere and anytime, if they prefer to do so.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated  are respectfully asked to wear a mask at all times to protect yourself and others from infection. 
  • When masking, please wear the mask properly over nose and mouth and do not pull it down to talk/sneeze/cough. The CDC recommends that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well.
Guidance for Gatherings and Campus Visits
  • There are currently no restrictions on gatherings in terms of size or location. Outdoor gatherings are encouraged where possible.
  • Event participants and visitors must follow latest campus masking requirements.
  • For visitors who will be spending more than 15 minutes on campus (example: job candidates, guest lecturers), vaccination including boosters (if eligible) will be required. Any exceptions must be approved by President’s Staff. Vaccinations are not required for outdoor-only events. 
  • Additional protocols may be required for events on a case-by-case basis for the safety of our community. 
  • Residence Halls: Students are not permitted to invite visitors from outside campus to visit and stay in residence halls. Parents and other visitors may drop off items to students. 
If You’re Feeling Ill: Students
  • Students need to isolate themselves if experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Schedule a COVID test with the Student Health Center (269-337-7200) and continue to isolate until the results come back. 
  • Please wear a mask at all times while you are symptomatic with any illness.
  • Please distance from others when ill. 
  • Use the daily symptom checker before you come to campus.
If You’re Feeling Ill: Employees
  • Please wear a mask at all times while you are symptomatic with any illness.
  • Please distance from others when ill. 
  • Do a symptom check or use the Campus Clear app before you come to campus and please stay home if you are symptomatic. 
  • Contact your supervisor for further instructions.
  • Visit the COVID-19: Information for Employees page for more information. 
Quarantine Guidelines if Exposed to COVID-19

If you are NOT up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccines, including your booster (not yet had your booster and are booster eligible):

  • You DO
    • Need to quarantine for at least 5 days from exposure. For students, this means:
      • Stay home and do not go to class/activities/work for at least 5 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home/in your residence hall.
      • Get food “to go” from the cafeteria. You may order a meal for a friend to pick up for you through Dining Services or go and pick up a meal to take back to your room.
      • You may seek medical care if you need to. You may contact the Student Health Center through your MyChart, by phoning 269-337-7200, or emailing healthsv@kzoo.edu. After hours care is available at 269-337-6500. Identify yourself as a K student. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 right away.
    • Need to watch for symptoms for 10 days after exposure. If you develop symptoms, isolate and get a COVID-19 test.
    • Need to get tested with any COVID-19 test on or after day 5 from exposure, even if you are symptom free. If you are a student, contact the Student Health Center at 269-337-7200 for testing options. 
    • Need to wear a well-fitting mask in public for 10 days any time you are around others inside your home or in public.

If your COVID-19 vaccinations are up-to-date, including your booster dose (if eligible):

  • You do NOT
    • Need to quarantine after close contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless you have symptoms.
  • You DO
    • Need to watch for symptoms for 10 days after exposure. If you develop symptoms, isolate and get a COVID-19 test.
    • Need to get tested with any COVID-19 test on or after day 5 from exposure, even if you are symptom free. If you are a student, contact the Student Health Center at 269-337-7200 for testing options. 
    • Need to wear a well-fitting mask in public for 10 days any time you are around others inside your home or in public.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have had a positive COVID-19 test within the past 90 days:

  • You do NOT
    • Need to quarantine after close contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless you have symptoms.
  • You DO
    • Need to watch for symptoms for 10 days after exposure. If you develop symptoms, isolate and get a COVID-19 test.
    • Need to get tested with any COVID-19 test on or after day 5 from exposure, even if you are symptom free. If you are a student, contact the Student Health Center at 269-337-7200 for testing options. 
    • Need to wear a well-fitting mask in public for 10 days any time you are around others inside your home or in public.
If You’re Waiting for Test Results

The following guidance is for students who have taken a COVID-19 test and are waiting for their test results. Guidance for faculty and staff who are awaiting test results may be found at the COVID-19: Information for Employees site. 

I HAVE symptoms of COVID-19:

  • You may NOT go to class.
  • You may NOT go to the cafeteria.
  • You may NOT go to the fitness center.
  • You are to quarantine, meaning stay in your room. Have a friend pick up and drop meals/food at your door by filling out the Sick Meal Request Form on the dining services website. You must do this for each meal you request for pick-up.  
  • Wear a mask if you share a bathroom with others and wipe surfaces you have touched with a disinfectant. 

I am up to date on my vaccinations (COVID-19 vaccination series plus booster, if eligible), HAVE HAD a known exposure, but have NO symptoms of COVID-19: 

  • You may go to class.
  • You may go to the cafeteria.
  • You may go to the fitness center.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask in public and around others.
  • Continue to mask and monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after exposure, even if your test results are negative.

I am NOT up to date on my vaccinations (have not had my booster and am eligible), and HAVE HAD a known exposure: 

  • You may NOT go to class. Continue to quarantine until you receive your negative result.
  • Stay in your room. You may grab to-go food or have a friend pick up and drop meals/food at your door by filling out the Sick Meal Request Form on the dining services website. You must do this for each meal you request for pick-up.  
  • Wear a well-fitting mask in public and around others.
  • Continue to mask and monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after exposure, even if your test results are negative. 

Please look for your test results in MyChart in the next 24-48 hours after testing. You may message the Student Health Center through your MyChart secure messaging.

What to Do if You Test Positive for COVID-19

Your COVID-19 test is positive. Please isolate yourself right away. Your isolation period will be at least 5 days, even if you don’t have symptoms.

Calculating Isolation: Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or after your test specimen was collected (if asymptomatic). [QI Calculator: https://doh.sd.gov/covid/calculator/]

Employees should contact Human Resources to notify them of your positive test and receive further guidance.

Students should contact the Student Health Center (if positive test was received off campus) to notify them of your positive test and receive further guidance.

STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Student Isolation Instructions
    • If you live on campusA QI Coordinator will contact you to help coordinate your next steps. You are encouraged to go home for the isolation period if you are able and it is safe for your family. If you are unable to go home, we will try to move you to an on-campus isolation space. You may not remain in your residence hall. On-campus isolation houses will have several other K COVID-19 positive students isolating with you. You may have a roommate in the house. This will not affect your isolation period. Your food will be delivered to your house. You must order your meals through dining service the day prior to delivery. Erica.morrison@kzoo.edu will help you with the ordering process. There is a QR code in the information provided in the isolation house to use as well.
    • If you live off campus: A QI Coordinator will contact you to ensure you understand fully what isolating in your current home entails. You will not be moved to an on-campus isolation space. You may go home if you are able and it is safe for your family. For up-to-date information, please take a look at the CDC link regarding isolation.
    • The QI Coordinator will be available for support and resources to all students in isolation or quarantine and can be reached at QIsupport@kzoo.edu
  1. Contact Tracing
    • You will need to do your own contact tracing.  Due to the high volume of positive COVID cases, the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services department and the Student Health Center are no longer able to do thorough contact tracing. 
    • Please let anyone that you have been in close contact with, starting 2 days prior to your positive test or your symptom onset, that they need to look at the current CDC recommendations for exposure to a COVID positive case.
    • The CDC defines close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of a confirmed infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask. 
  1. If you are not feeling well:
    • Contact the Student Health Center (SHC) for medical advice or call for afterhours care at 269-337-6500. Identify yourself as a K student. If you are having trouble breathing or having worsening symptoms, please call 911 for emergency care.
  1. If you are a student-athlete: 
    • Notify the athletic department soon with your positive COVID-19 results and for further instructions.
  1. If you are an international student:
    •  Notify the CIP soon with your positive COVID-19 results and for further instructions if needed.
  1. Faculty Notification:
    • The Dean’s office will send an official notice to your professors that you will not be in person to class for at least the next 5 days. 
    • If there is a virtual option, and you are well enough, you will be expected to attend class virtually. You need to notify your professors as well to work out a personal plan to complete your missed work.
  1. Ending Your Isolation:
    • You will need to let the Student Health Center know that your symptoms are improving and you no longer have a fever before you will be released from isolation. You can do this through your MyChart Daily Symptom Tracker
  1. After Your Isolation
    • You need to wear a well-fitting mask for at least an additional 5 days.
When Can I Come Out of Isolation?
  • Your isolation period will be at least 5 days, even if you have no symptoms. If you have symptoms:
    • You must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. (Note: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.)
  • Students need to submit the MyChart Daily Symptom tracker or Covid Care Companion regularly throughout your isolation and contact the Student Health Center via MyChart message with any questions concerning your symptoms. In order to be released from isolation, you need to complete the “Isolation Exit Form” provided by Quarantine/Isolation coordinators. Students are not cleared to return to campus until this is completed.
  • Please wear a well-fitting mask around others for at least an additional 5 days after your isolation period.
Isolation Housing
  • Students who live off campus should quarantine or isolate in their personal residences. 
  • A limited number of spaces have been allocated for the purposes of isolation in the event of breakthrough cases among residential students. If a residential student tests positive for COVID-19, the QI Coordinator will work with them to relocate to isolation housing. On-campus isolation houses will have several other K COVID-19 positive students isolating with you. You may have a roommate in the house. This will not affect your isolation period.
  • Your food will be delivered to your house. You must order your meals through dining service the day prior to delivery. Erica.morrison@kzoo.edu will help you with the ordering process. There is a QR code in the information provided in the isolation house to use as well.

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