I am fully vaccinated, do I still need to wear my mask? [Updated 4/29/21]
On April 27, the CDC released new mask guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Based on these new guidelines, we are providing the following updates to our on-campus protocols.
- If you are fully vaccinated* and with others who are fully vaccinated you can gather in small groups outside without a mask and without social distancing.
- As a reminder, regardless of vaccination status, if you are outdoors and at least 6 feet from others, you do not need to wear your mask.
- If you are fully vaccinated* and with others who are fully vaccinated you can gather in small groups inside private spaces (residence hall room, private office) without a mask and without social distancing. Classrooms, hallways and other public spaces cannot be used for this purpose even with the door shut.
- While the CDC did not define small groups, we recommend that you consider the size of your space. For example, we continue to believe that a small group in a residence hall room should be approximately 4 people. Groups of fully vaccinated individuals gathering in groups should follow our current capacity guidelines and event guidelines. As the percentage of our community that is vaccinated increases, we will be able to further relax restrictions on gathering sizes.
*Fully vaccinated means that two weeks have passed since your Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks have passed since your 2nd dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.
What types of face coverings are acceptable?
We follow CDC guidelines for face coverings and will provide updated links to this information as it becomes available.
What will be the consequences if students don’t follow the health and safety protocols?
All members of our community are expected to follow the College's health and safety protocols including social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. Doing so will ensure a healthy community.
Students who do not comply will be subject to disciplinary actions ranging from a warning to sanctions. Severe violations could result in suspension or separation from the College.
What are the cleaning procedures in place?
Facilities Services will provide cleaning and disinfecting on a once-daily basis during the week on campus following CDC guidelines. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting for residential areas will continue to be provided on the weekends and if a person who is sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the space.
Disinfection kits: Disinfection kits are available for employees and students to disinfect frequently-touched surfaces in their work areas and/or classrooms. This is an additional resource to the enhanced cleaning and disinfecting conducted daily by Facilities Services. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a kit or to get refills.
Will students and employees be expected to submit daily screenings?
Prior to being on campus each day, students and employees must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. We are using the emocha health app for screening. For additional information, see the emocha FAQ section.
Will all students be tested? When and how often?
Any student who will be on campus for classes, activities, or to use campus facilities will need to be tested as the term starts. We will also be conducting weekly testing of all students throughout the term.
Effective April 19, once you are fully vaccinated and your vaccination record is uploaded in emocha, you will no longer be required to participate in campus testing. If you would like to continue testing, you can sign up using the scheduling link. Please note, you should continue recording your daily attestation in emocha.
What does a student do if they have symptoms – isolation, quarantine, self-observation?
During business hours, students should call Wicker Wellness Center, which can test in-house for COVID-19. For a positive case, Wicker staff would notify the local Health Department to initiate isolation or quarantine as indicated. After hours, students needing medical attention should contact Campus Safety for transportation to an urgent care center or emergency room. Vehicles used for medical transportation will be equipped with a barrier to protect the driver and occupant(s) and will be sanitized after each use.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be transferred to designated isolation rooms until they can safely return to normal activities. Students who have been exposed to an infected individual will be asked to self-quarantine for an observation period or until they have been tested and cleared to return to normal activities.
What do I do if I’m exposed to a person who is confirmed or presumptive positive for COVID-19?
Employees: If you have been in close contact with someone who has recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home from work, contact your healthcare provider and notify your supervisor. If your healthcare provider requests you to be quarantined and/or tested, the College must receive clearance from your healthcare provider in order to return to work.