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Masking indoors, COVID-19 Check-in Remains for Spring Start

Masking indoors, COVID-19 Check-in Remains for Spring Start

Due to the surge in COVID-19 with the Omicron variant, SLCC will continue to follow the previously established protocols for the start of the Spring 2022 semester.  The safety of faculty, staff, and students is our priority.  Protocols include the masking requirement, daily screenings, and enhanced cleaning/disinfecting.  

All students, employees, visitors, and vendors are required to wear a mask or face covering over the nose and mouth to enter any facility owned or operated by SLCC. Anyone who does not have a face mask will receive one from security upon entry. Masks must be worn in all public open access areas, such as hallways, restrooms (unless single occupancy), and common areas. Masks do not need to be worn if the employee is working alone, but masks must be worn when students or other staff/faculty would enter. Front desk employees who do not have a private workspace may remove their mask when they are alone but must re-mask if anyone enters the area.  Social distancing is not a requirement but is encouraged whenever possible. Enhanced hygiene practices, including hand washing and use of sanitizer, is strongly encouraged.

At this time, SLCC is still allowing the mask exemption related to individuals giving a speech to an audience. This would include event speakers and faculty. Faculty have the option to remove their mask once class is in session and lecture begins. Faculty must ensure adequate social distancing of six feet prior to removing their mask and they must notify the class prior to removal to allow any student the opportunity to move further back if they so choose.

The Daily Check-In process, along with limited building access points, will remain in place as a method of gathering data for the State and Department of Health. The following reporting links are to be utilized for anyone who receives a positive COVID test:

Employees - https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ZwjbazAFD0-_iomyGPB5scW2hyWcsetPtOz3u8m5kY9UNjVYWlFDQzhUUFk5S1ZVQjY1S0dFN1Q4UC4u

If you need to report a student who has tested positive for COVID, you should use the following link:   https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ZwjbazAFD0-_iomyGPB5scW2hyWcsetPtOz3u8m5kY9UOUJWQllRNUoxUjdGWVNSTTcyMUJXOEc3Vi4u

As of Monday, December 17, 2021 the CDC shortened the recommended time for isolation.
People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days.  If they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), an additional 5 days of wearing a mask when around others will minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.

The recommended quarantine period for anyone who is exposed to COVID-19 is as follows:  

Unvaccinated CDC recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.

Vaccinated individuals more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. (Approximately 35% effective)

Boosted Individuals do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. (Approximately 75% effective)

Please note that CDC guidance is fluid based on data and may change at any time.

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