As we look toward a spring that will almost certainly have a resurgence of COVID with the new variant spreading, the best thing you can do is get vaccinated, and get the booster dose if you are eligible. Most of our policies will remain the same from last fall, but please email COVID_Response@georgetowncollege.edu if you have any questions.


MASKS:

Beginning 2/22/22, masks are now optional for indoor spaces based on numbers on campus. Students are responsible to have masks with them at all times, and faculty and staff may require masks in classes and private spaces.

VACCINE POLICY: 

COVID vaccines are not required, but they are strongly encouraged. Those who choose not to be fully vaccinate must be tested for COVID-19 as they return and every three weeks after that. Students who choose not to vaccinate will also be required to quarantine if found to be exposed, and this must be done off campus and at the student’s expense.  Vaccine cards can be emailed directly to COVID_Response@georgetowncollege.edu. Vaccine cards showing the booster shot can be uploaded on the portal by clicking on "COVID Booster Upload."

Beginning on February 1st, "Fully Vaccinated" will mean individuals who have gotten the booster shot or are within six months of receiving their initial COVID vaccine.

TESTING CLINICS:

 All students (and faculty and staff) who are not fully vaccinated are required to test every three weeks. After hearing from many students and parents concerns about finding affordable testing options, we are happy to announce that we will be able to host testing clinics on campus in the Fitness center, free for all students. These tests will be on specific days, and students who are required to test must test at these clinics. Failure to test at a required clinic will result in a fine of $85.

Testing clinics will be on Monay afternoons from 12-4 pm in the Fitness center. Testing will be on these dates:

  • Monday, 4/4: noon to four.
  • Monday, 4/25: noon to four.

Again, the testing clinics are free for any student, but are mandatory for students who are not fully vaccinated. Beginning on February 1st, this will include students who are more than six months past their initial vaccine doses but have not gotten a booster shot. Failure to test will result in a fine of $85 per missed test. Athletes who are required to test but miss a test will be fined and also will not be able to participate in any athletic activities until they present a negative test.

Previously Infected Students:

Students who have been positive for COVID in the last 90 days are still required to test at all mandatory testing dates and sites if they have not been fully vaccinated. However, students who were infected in the last 90 days might test positive without it being a new infection. Because of this, we recommend that students bring proof of their previous infection. If they have proof of a previous infection and do not have any new symptoms, they will not be required to isolate. If there is doubt, the health center will determine which students need to be treated as a new positive.

ISOLATION and quarantine:

In the interests of keeping students on campus as much as possible while keeping everyone as safe as possible, here are the campus COVID policies for this spring applying the above. We have kept these as simple as we could, but it is definitely getting more complicated, so please let me know if you have any questions and I will try to clarify. 

No matter your vaccination status:

  1. If you test positive, you must isolate for 5 days off campus. At the end of 5 days, if you are asymptomatic, you may be released from isolation and return to campus. The CDC recommends that you take an antigen (rapid) test, and that you wear a mask anytime you are around others for the next 5 days after you return. If you are still symptomatic, then you must complete the full 10-day isolation.

Quarantine has now gotten even more complicated. Please find which status below describes you, and the associated rules for that vaccination status if you are exposed:

Fully vaccinated and you have a booster, or within 6 months of getting your initial COVID vaccine (the first two doses for Pfizer or Moderna, or the single shot for J&J)

  1. You are not required to quarantine, even if known to be exposed. Individuals in this status remain substantially protected against being infected or becoming contagious.
  2. Please note that if you got the Pfizer shot, you may now get your booster after 5 months, and if you got J&J you may get your booster shot after 2 months. For Moderna, it remains 6 months. For all shots, though, you are considered fully vaccinated for 6 months from the initial dose. See more here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0104-Pfizer-Booster.html

Fully vaccinated more than 6 months ago (you have the first two doses for Pfizer or Moderna, or the single shot for J&J, but they are more than 6 months old), and you do not have the booster shot.

  1. For January, you will be treated as fully vaccinated, meaning that you do not need to complete mandatory testing, nor do you need to quarantine if you are found to be exposed. This period is to give everyone time to get the booster shot.
  2. Beginning on February 1st, you will not be considered fully vaccinated. Due to the decline in efficacy of the vaccines over time and against the Omicron variant, you need to get the booster shot to be fully vaccinated. This means that if you are found to be exposed after February 1st and do not have the booster shot, you will be required to quarantine for five days. You will also be required to complete any mandatory tests for students who are not fully vaccinated.
  3. After February 1st, if you are required to quarantine, that quarantine period will be for five days off campus. At the end of 5 days, the CDC recommends that you take an antigen (rapid) test, and that you wear a mask anytime you are around others for the next 5 days after you return.  
  4. Please note that if you got the Pfizer shot, you may now get your booster after 5 months, and if you got J&J you may get your booster shot after 2 months. For Moderna, it remains 6 months. For all shots, though, you are considered fully vaccinated for 6 months from the initial dose. See more here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0104-Pfizer-Booster.html

Not fully vaccinated (never got the single shot for J&J or two doses of Pfizer/Moderna or equivalent)

  1. If found to be exposed, you must quarantine off campus for five days from the known exposure. At the end of 5 days, the CDC recommends that you take an antigen (rapid) test, and that you wear a mask anytime you are around others for the next 5 days after you return.  

 

For classes, here is the college's official policy:

  1. Absences due to a college-required quarantine or isolation will be excused by policy, and should be treated like other excused absences as provided for in the syllabus. However, in some cases, courses may not be adaptable to extended student absences, and such situations will be noted in the syllabus.  
  2. As with other excused absences, faculty shall be as accommodating as is reasonable given course requirements and outcomes. Where possible, faculty are encouraged to explore methods (such as Zoom) that allow students who are excused to participate in class, but such accommodation is not always reasonable and may not be possible.  In all cases it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to keep up with course work missed and to communicate with the faculty about how they will make up work. Faculty must allow students who are absent due to a college-required quarantine or isolation to submit make-up work, but faculty are allowed to set specific, reasonable deadlines for receipt of that work.  

Reporting:

The following chart reflects all known positives/quarantines at any given time, regardless of where the test or exposure occurred.

Date Student Positive Student Quarantine Faculty/Staff Positive Faculty/Staff Quarantine
8/23/21 11 10 0 0
8/30/21 9 11 0 0
9/6/21 6 4 2 0
9/13/21 1 5 0 0
9/20/21 3 1 0 0
9/27/21 2 1 0 0
10/4/21 2 2 0 0
10/11/21 3 0 0 0
10/18/21 0 0 1 0
10/25/21 0 1 0 0
11/1/21 1 3 0 0
11/8/21 2 5 0 0
11/15/21 9 6 0 0
11/22/21 1 1 0 0
11/29/21 1 2 0 0
12/6/21 7 5 0 0
1/18/22 12 3 4 0
1/24/22 23 7 6 0
1/31/22 17 4 1 0
2/7/22 8 8 0 0
2/14/22 2 0 1 0
2/21/22 1 0 0 0
2/28/22 2 0 0 0
3/7/22 0 0 0 0
3/14/22 0 0 0 0
3/21/22 0 0 0 0
3/28/22 1 3 0 0
4/4/22 0 0 0 0
4/11/22 0 0 0 0
4/18/22 1 0 1 0
4/25/22 0 0 0 0

Testing Clinics: All unvaccinated students are required to test at regular clinics. Hopefully the number of students will decline as more choose to be vaccinated, but we will report the results from these clinics below. Each of these positives would also be reported in the chart above.

Date Total tested Positive Positivity Rate
8/22/21 402 7 1.7%
9/7/21 352 0 0%
9/28/21 68* 0 0%
10/19/21 258 1 0.3%
11/9/21 222 6 2.7%
11/30/21 210 5 2.4%
1/10/22 228 19 8.3%
1/31/22 260 5 1.9%
2/21/22 307 0 0%
3/14/22 324 0 0%
4/4/22 274 0 0%
4/25/22 231 0 0%

*Due to a mistake at the lab, the original tests were lost. 68 people showed up for a follow up test on Friday after we found out that the original results had been lost.

Percent Fully Vaccinated:

Date Percent of all students vaccinated Percent of full-time faculty/staff vaccinated
8/30/21 67% 83%
9/6/21 67% 83%
9/13/21 69% 85%
9/20/21 70% 85%
9/27/21 72% 85%
10/4/21 73% 85%
10/11/21 73% 85%
10/18/21 74% 85%
10/25/21 74% 95%
11/1/21 75% 95%
11/8/21 75% 95%
11/15/21 75% 95%
11/22/21 76% 95%
11/29/21 76% 95%
12/6/21 77% 95%
1/18/22 78% 95%
1/24/22 78% 95%
1/31/22 78% 95%
2/7/22 78% 95%
2/14/22 79% 95%
2/21/22 79% 95%
2/28/22 79% 95%
3/7/22 79% 95%
3/14/22 80% 95%
3/21/22 80% 95%
3/28/22 80% 95%
4/4/22 80% 95%
4/11/22 80% 95%
4/18/22 80% 95%
4/25/22 80% 95%

 


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