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COVID Protocol Changes Fall 2021

(These apply to students/faculty/staff unless specified below)

Masking

Those who are unvaccinated will be expected to mask when in classrooms. Masks should also be worn anytime social distance cannot be maintained whether indoors or out.

Those who are vaccinated do not need to mask unless they become ill. Vaccinated individuals with a weakened immune response may wish to continue masking when in higher risk situations.

If any person becomes ill, they should mask while around others both indoors and out and follow Health Team guidance.

Cleaning

  • Cleaning supplies will remain available in each classroom. Cleaning will be at the discretion of each person using a classroom space.
  • Sanitizing stations, as well as individual hand sanitizer for offices and classrooms, will continue to be available.
  • Drinking fountains will re-open.
  • Restrooms will be deep cleaned daily. Cleaning for other areas will follow the pre-COVID schedules.
  • Misting after large indoor events will occur per recommended guidelines of the professional organization of custodians.

Off-Campus Trips

  • All persons riding in SSU sponsored transportation (rental van, bus, etc.) must wear a mask while inside the vehicle regardless of vaccination status. Vehicles used for transportation may use their full capacity.
  • All participants are expected to abide by SSU COVID-19 protocols for the duration of the experience.

Labs

All students and faculty participating in laboratory courses where physical contact or being within the personal space of another is required are expected to wear a mask for the duration of the activity regardless of vaccination status.

Voluntary Vaccine Reporting

Access the SSU App Self-Report Tab (directions online). Upload vaccine documentation when prompted. Person will receive an orange Vaccinated Pending Confirmation pass.

Uploaded vaccine docs are reviewed by the HT to confirm that they actually are vaccine docs (any jpeg can be uploaded). Once confirmed, the orange pass is changed to a blue Vaccinated Pass. All information submitted through the app is confidential personal health information (PHI). HT staff adhere to legal requirements concerning the protection of PHI and only HT staff have access to information submitted through the app.

The blue Vaccinated pass will be available through the SSU app for 24 hours from verification. The student/faculty/staff should screenshot and keep the Vaccinated pass to use in the future. It is recommended that the screenshot be added to favorites for easy retrieval.

Incentives for Reporting Vaccines

Those with a blue Vaccinated pass will be eliminated from the pool from which weekly surveillance testing will be drawn.

Between July 25th and August 30th, 2021 those with blue Vaccinated passes will be entered for a weekly drawing of prizes (Presidential parking space, SSU branded ear buds, wireless speakers, Qi chargers, etc.).

Residential students who display a blue Vaccinated pass will qualify for expedited move in (see below).

  • Vaccination information must be submitted and verified 48 hours in advance of scheduled arrival on campus for the student to qualify for expedited move-in. Expedited move-in eliminates the requirement to rapid test.

In Case of Illness

If a vaccinated person becomes ill with COVID-like symptoms they can self-report to the Health Team using the SSU App Pre-Screening tab.

  • The Health Team will refer the person for rapid testing and provide an absence verification if needed.
  • Person wears a mask when around others indoors and out (going for rapid test).
  • If rapid test is NEG, person reports their results through the SSU App Self-Report tab (within 24 hours this will trigger a return to their Vaccinated pass) and determines their own return per symptom severity.
  • If rapid test is POS, then the Health Team will recommend a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) if person is agreeable. Meanwhile, the Health Team will ask the person to quarantine and report to the local Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health, issue Absence Verification, and follow up during illness.
  • If polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) is POS, the Health Team will ask person to quarantine and report to the local Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health, issue Absence Verification, and follow up during illness until return to work/class. Upon resolution of symptoms and release from quarantine the person should complete the SSU App Symptom Tracker tab (within 24 hours this will trigger a return to their Vaccinated pass).

If an unvaccinated person becomes ill with COVID-like symptoms they should self-report to the Health Team using the SSU App Pre-Screening tab, by calling the Health Line at (740) 351-3276, or emailing COVID19@shawnee.edu.

  • The Health Team will refer the person for rapid testing and provide an absence verification if needed.
  • Person wears a mask when around others indoors and out (going for rapid test).
  • If rapid is NEG and the person is still sick they will be in quarantine until 24 hours after symptoms resolve or an alternative diagnosis can be established. Alternative diagnoses can be provided by a family physician, SSU Health Clinic, or other licensed medical practitioner. Alternative diagnosis documentation need only include the medical professional’s diagnosis of a condition other than COVID-19 which explains the illness. It does not need to specify the alternate diagnosis.
  • If rapid test is POS a polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) can be performed if desired. The Health Team will ask the person to quarantine and report to the local Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health, issue Absence Verification, and follow up during illness until return to work/ class.
  • If rapid/polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) is performed and are both POS. The Health Team will ask the person to quarantine and report to the local Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health, issue Absence Verification, and follow up during illness until return to work/class.
  • If rapid is POS and polymerase chain reaction test (PCR) is negative the Health Team will ask the person to quarantine and report to the local Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health, issue Absence Verification, and follow up during illness until return to work/class.

Absences

Absences due to COVID-like illness will be verified by the Health Team and absence verification provided to the absent party. The absent party may wish to provide this documentation to their professor/ supervisor. Documentation of the person’s ability to return to normal activity will be provided 24 hrs. after symptoms resolve or upon documentation of an alternative diagnosis.

Alternative diagnoses can be provided by a family physician, SSU Health Clinic, or other licensed medical practitioner. Alternative diagnosis documentation need only include the medical professional’s diagnosis of a condition other than COVID-19 which explains the illness. It does not need to specify the alternate diagnosis.