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STUDENT RETURN TO CAMPUS PROTOCOL

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation? 

  • Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
  • Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus away from people who are not infected.

 Guidance provided by CDC and KDHE 

QUARANTINE RELATED TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The State of Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is requiring any person traveling to Kansas from a KDHE Travel and Exposure location to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to Kansas. Please note this list is periodically updated. This mandate applies to students and anyone traveling with students to help them move back to campus. 

Early Arrival Quarantine | August 1st  Move-in Date

  • Students coming to campus early to quarantine will be housed in their dorm room for the year. The Office of Student Life will ensure that students will be separated from other quarantined students. 
  • Check in will take place at Gleason Physical Education Center
    • The Athletic Training Staff will be there to greet you, screen you, and give you your room key and information about your first two weeks on campus
    • Masks are required (please see the Face Mask and Covering Policy)
    • Please limit guests to TWO per student to help you move in. Once you are in your room, guests will be asked to leave campus and limit their time in town.
    • There will be dining services available to you at no extra cost
    • You will be expected to follow all guidelines for your quarantine
    • You will complete registration steps on August 14th, once you have completed your quarantine
    • Campus staff will be in contact with you throughout your quarantine
    • Upon arrival we will give you a packet of information including dining schedules, ID cards, room key, dorm rules, and quarantine do’s and don’ts.
    • Resident Directors will be available for questions throughout your move in process and the two-week quarantine.

Move-in Dates after August 1st

  • Students who are required to quarantine based on the State of Kansas travel requirements but who were unable to be on campus for the August 1 move-in day must:
    • Contact Student Life immediately to coordinate housing for quarantine
    • The student may be required to quarantine off-campus at cost to the student, based upon the date of the arrival and the timing of the full student-body arriving 

QUARANTINE RELATED TO POTENTIAL COVID-19 EXPOSURE

Any student who has had a close direct contact with a COVID-19 positive case will be required to quarantine for 14 days and will not be allowed back to campus during that time. A close contact is defined by the KDHE as contact with a COVID-19 positive person:

  • You are considered a close contact if you have been within 6 feet of someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 for 10 minutes or more.

The SC Campus COVID-19 Hotline (620- 278-6218) must be notified of the need to quarantine due to possible direct exposure. Should a student refuse to follow quarantine orders, the student will be asked to leave campus as the failure to follow isolation and quarantine guidelines may put the health and safety of the campus community at increased risk for the spread of COVID-19. 

  • For students who live in on-campus housing and are required to quarantine due to direct exposure to a person who is COVID-19 positive, the following plan is in place.
    • On-campus isolation room, if there are no students currently being isolated
    • If the isolation rooms are not available and the student is within driving distance of their home, we would encourage the student to go home.
    • If the isolation rooms are not available the student will be moved to off-campus housing in local hotels at the expense of the college.
    • Student health services staff will monitor students daily (temperature checks and symptom screening) and transfer to an on- or off-campus site for a clinical evaluation if symptoms advance or the patient requests to do so
      • For students on the campus meal plan, dining services will arrange food delivery in collaboration with residence life staff.
      • Counseling services will be available remotely to students in isolation or quarantine as needed
      • To the degree possible, students should continue academic activities remotely
      • A team of designated staff members will be appropriately trained and on call to assist students with their personal needs (medication pickup, delivery of hygiene supplies, etc.)
      • Contact Resident Education Directors (RED’s) or the Campus Nurse for assistance
      • Transportation is made available to and from the location if medical care is needed.
      • Custodial, maintenance and residence life staff are provided with and required to wear appropriate PPE (as per CDC guidelines) when cleaning or entering isolation and quarantine spaces
  • For students who live in off-campus housing and are required to quarantine due to direct exposure to a person who is COVID-19 positive, the following plan will be implemented.
    • The student will remain in off-campus housing
    • Student health services staff will remotely monitor students daily (temperature checks and symptom screening) and transfer to an off-campus site for a clinical evaluation if symptoms advance or the patient requests it=
    • For students with a campus meal plan, dining services will arrange food delivery in collaboration with housing/residence life staff. Student Life could arrange for the purchase of a campus meal plan or coordinate meal delivery for those students who have not purchased the campus meal plan
    • Counseling services will be available remotely to students in isolation or quarantine as needed
    • To the degree possible, students should continue academic activities remotely
    • A team of designated staff members will be appropriately trained and on call to assist students with their personal needs (medication pickup, delivery of hygiene supplies, etc.)
    • Contact Resident Education Directors (RED’s) or the Campus Nurse for assistance

Upon completion of the required quarantine period, students are required to communicate with the Vice President of Student Life ensuring the requirements were met. 

ISOLATION

COVID-19 Symptomatic Students Waiting for COVID-19 Test

If students have a fever and/or other symptoms related to infection of COVID- 19 and a medical professional has recommended a COVID-19 test:

  • On-Campus Student: will isolate in a designated isolation room while waiting for his/her COVID-19 test result.
  • Off-Campus Student: will isolate at their off-campus home while waiting for his/her COVID-19 test result.

Upon a positive COVID-19 test the student will isolate based upon their current housing. See the protocols “COVID-19 Positive Students Protocol” below. Should a student refuse testing, the student will be considered a positive case and will follow the “COVID-19 Positive Students Protocol” below.

Upon a negative COVID-19 test verifying the symptoms are not COVID-19 related, the student may return to campus and residence hall upon submitting the test results to the Vice President of Student Life.

COVID-19 Positive Students Protocol

Students who test positive with COVID-19 with or without symptoms must isolate immediately. The student must call the SC Campus COVID-19 Hotline (620-278-6218). This will be answered by an SC employee who will direct the student on next steps and will trigger the COVID-19 Campus Response Tree. 

The student will need to isolate based upon their current housing: 

  • If the student lives in the residence halls, the isolation will be at designated on-campus housing isolation rooms. (McCreery East for females and Campbell Basement for males)
    • For students on the campus meal plan, dining services will arrange food delivery in collaboration with student life staff. Student life staff could arrange for the purchase of a campus meal plan or coordinate meal delivery for those students who have not purchased the campus meal plan.
    • Bedding and linens will be provided
    • Laundry services will be provided
    • Student health services will remotely monitor students daily (temperature checks and symptom screening) and transfer to an off-campus site for a clinical evaluation if symptoms advance or the patient requests
    • Counseling services will be available remotely to students in isolation or quarantine as needed.
    • To the degree possible, students should continue academic activities remotely
    • A team of designated staff members will be appropriately trained and on call to assist students with their personal needs (medication pickup, delivery of hygiene supplies, etc.)
    • Contact Resident Education Directors (RED’s) or Campus Nurse for assistance
    • Transportation is made available to and from the location if medical care is needed.
    • Students may choose to go home for the duration of isolation, should they live within a reasonable driving distance. 
  • If the student lives off-campus, the student will need to follow local health department guidelines for isolation.
    • The student will need to coordinate with the Office of Student Life. 
    • If the student is on a meal plan, meals will be delivered to the student and charged to his/her meal plan. 
    • If the student is not on a meal plan, the student may purchase individual meals at his/her own expense or make other arrangements for meal or grocery delivery. 
  • Should a student refuse to follow isolation orders, the student will be asked to leave campus as the failure to follow isolation and quarantine guidelines may put the health and safety of the campus community at increased risk for the spread of COVID-19. 

RECOVERED STUDENTS RETURN TO CAMPUS PROTOCOL

Recovered students will be allowed to return to campus following KDHE Guidelines. The return to campus protocol will be decided based upon the KDHE Release from Isolation and Quarantine.

Symptomatic students with a positive COVID-19 test:

According to the KDHE, Rice County Health Department and Sterling College, a student may leave isolation and return to campus after:

  • 10 days from the onset of symptoms OR
  • 72 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medication AND there has been a significant improvement in symptoms
  • WHICHEVER IS LONGER, meaning, isolation for confirmed cases is a minimum of 10 days. 

Asymptomatic students with positive COVID-19 test:

According to the KDHE, Rice County Health Department and Sterling College, a student may leave isolation and return to campus after:

  • 10 days from the specimen collection date
  • Isolation for confirmed cases is a minimum of 10 days. If the student develops symptoms during the isolation period, the student becomes symptomatic with a positive test and must meet the guidelines listed above. 

The student is required to contact the Vice President of Student Life confirming the above criteria has been met prior to returning to campus and residential living. 

 


 

EMPLOYEE RETURN TO CAMPUS PROTOCOL

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation? 

  • Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
  • Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus away from people who are not infected.

 Guidance provided by CDC and KDHE

QUARANTINE RELATED TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

The State of Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is requiring any person traveling to Kansas from a KDHE Travel and Exposure locations to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to Kansas.   Please note this list is periodically updated. This mandate applies to all employees of Sterling College. 

 CONTACT DIRECT SUPERVISOR IF:

  • The employee has traveled to any of the KDHE banned travel locations.
  • The employee is planning on any travels prior to the start of a semester.
  • The employee has any travel plans during an academic semester.
    • The employee will be mandated to quarantine, according to KDHE guidelines, for 14 days upon their return to Kansas.    
    • The supervisor will contact the COVID-19 Task Force of the travel quarantine
    • The COVID-19 Task Force will communicate with the employee when they will be allowed to return to campus
    • The supervisor will communicate with the employee job duties that can be fulfilled while quarantined.

QUARANTINE RELATED TO POTENTIAL COVID-19 EXPOSURE

Any employee who has had a close direct contact with a COVID-19 positive person will be required to quarantine for 14 days and will not be allowed back to campus during that time.  A close contact is defined by the KDHE as contact with a COVID-19 positive person:

  • You are considered a close contact if you yourself have directly been within 6 feet of someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 for 10 minutes or more.

The employee’s direct supervisor must be notified of the exposure and the need to quarantine. The supervisor will notify the COVID-19 Task Force which will trigger the COVID-19 Campus Response Tree.

The employee will not be allowed back to campus for work until they have a documented release from a physician.

ISOLATION

COVID-19 Symptomatic EMPLOYEE Waiting for COVID-19 Test

If an employee has a fever and/or other symptoms related to infection by the COVID-19 and a medical professional has recommended a COVID-19 test:

  • The employee will isolate until the test results are read.

Upon receiving a negative COVID-19 test verifying the symptoms are not COVID-19 related, the employee may return to campus upon submitting the test results and physician’s release to their direct supervisor.

COVID-19 Positive EMPLOYEE Protocol

An employee who tests positive with COVID-19 with or without symptoms must isolate immediately. The employee’s direct supervisor must be notified of the exposure and the need to quarantine. The supervisor will notify the COVID-19 Task Force which will trigger the COVID-19 Campus Response Tree.  

RECOVERED EMPLOYEES RETURN TO CAMPUS PROTOCOL

A recovered employee will be allowed to return to campus following KDHE Guidelines. The return to campus protocol will be decided based upon the KDHE Release from Isolation and Quarantine.

Symptomatic employees with positive COVID-19 test:

According to the KDHE, Rice County Health Department and Sterling College, you may return to campus and no longer isolate after:

  • 10 days from the onset of symptoms OR
  • 72 hours after fever is gone without the use of fever reducing medication AND there has been a significant improvement in symptoms
  • WHICHEVER IS LONGER, meaning, isolation for confirmed cases is a minimum of 10 days. 

Asymptomatic employees with positive COVID-19 test:

According to the KDHE, Rice County Health Department and Sterling College, you may return to campus and no longer isolate after:

  • 10 days from the specimen collection date OR
  • Isolation for confirmed cases is a minimum of 10 days. If the employee develops symptoms during the isolation period, the case becomes symptomatic with a positive test and must meet the guidelines listed above. 

The employee will be required to submit a physician’s release confirming the above criteria has been met prior to returning to campus.

 


 

 


 

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