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COVID-19 Policy & Procedures

Update: May 7, 2022

Endicott College has seen an increase in the number of self-reported positive COVID-19 cases within the community. This follows a broader trend in Essex county, and across the United States. 

Current isolation guidelines from the CDC recommend that individuals who test positive for COVID-19 isolate for at least 5 days after a positive test result (or the start of symptoms.)

Endicott will continue to follow these guidelines and asks that students help reduce the risk of spread by agreeing to travel home within 24 hours of a positive test.

Students isolating away from campus during finals should work with their professors to make appropriate arrangements and fulfill all course obligations. 

COVID-19 Booster Requirement

Prior to the beginning of the spring semester on January 24, 2022, all members of the community who will be present on campus are required to be fully vaccinated, including receiving an approved booster vaccination as soon as eligible, unless they have a previously approved exemption.

Current CDC guidelines set eligibility at five months after your second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech series, or 2 months after your J&J/Janssen vaccination. Individuals who received vaccinations outside of the United States should follow the CDC guidelines. For individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, the CDC recommends receiving a booster after clearing isolation guidelines, or as soon as eligible.

Students must agree to an updated Student Compact for the spring 2022 semester. The Student Compact will be available in myEndicott on January 18. Upon agreeing to the Compact, students will receive instructions on how to submit their proof of booster vaccination. 

 

Isolation 

The omicron variant of COVID-19 is highly transmissible, and we expect to see a higher positivity rate within our campus community. Vaccines—including boosters—are proving effective at reducing the severity of symptoms with many cases presenting as asymptomatic. 

Any student testing positive through an at-home antigen test, a test through the Health Center, or a test through an alternate third party will be required to isolate regardless of vaccination status.

Isolation should take place at the student’s home or an off-campus location for students who live within driveable distance (240 miles) from campus. All students should develop a “response plan” defining a process for at-home isolation in the event that the student contracts COVID-19. 
 

The College will maintain limited isolation facilities on campus, but space will be offered at the discretion of the College.

In the event that on-campus isolation space is filled and the College determines a student is unable to quarantine off-campus, students may be required to isolate in their rooms. This means students may be isolating with roommates—who in turn need to quarantine. 

In select cases, roommates may also elect to quarantine at home or at an off-campus location.

 

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

  • What To Do If You are a Close Contact for a Positive COVID-19 Case

    As we have throughout the pandemic, the College will continue to follow local, state, and federal guidelines regarding quarantine (what you do if you’ve been exposed) and isolation (what you do when you test positive or have symptoms). 

    In cases of exposure, day 0 is considered the last date of exposure, with day 1 marking the first full day after your last contact. Current CDC guidelines for cases of COVID-19 exposure vary based on an individual's vaccination status.

    Fully vaccinated individuals:

    • Are NOT required to quarantine, unless symptoms develop
    • Should monitor daily for symptoms
    • Should wear a mask at all times for 10 days after exposure, even in a residence hall room with roommates, where able (masks do NOT need to be worn while eating, sleeping, drinking, or bathing)
    • Should get tested at least 5 days after your last contact with the positive individual
    • If symptoms develop, isolate immediately and get tested. Students should contact the Wellness Center at wellness@endicott.edu, while employees should contact their healthcare provider.

    Unvaccinated individuals:

    • Should quarantine for at least 5 days
    • Should get tested at least 5 days after your last contact with the positive individual
    • Should wear a mask at all times for 10 days after exposure, even in a residence hall room with roommates, where able (masks do NOT need to be worn while eating, sleeping, drinking, or bathing)
    • If symptoms develop, isolate immediately and get tested. Students should contact the Wellness Center at wellness@endicott.edu, while employees should contact their healthcare provider.

    Students in isolation/quarantine should make arrangements with their professors to continue coursework. Once the College is notified of an isolation/quarantine case, we will alert your professors. Where possible, remote class attendance will be provided.

    All employees have been granted 5 days of COVID exposure time to be used for quarantining and/or isolation. If employees  require further time off after 5 days, they will be required to take health absence time to cover any remaining time away from work.

    Employees required to quarantine or isolate should reach out to humanresources@endicott.edu and their manager to make arrangements. Employees will be required to take health absence time to cover any time away from work once they have exhausted their five days of COVID paid time off (PTO). Only managers can input COVID PTO hours into the ADP system on behalf of their staff. If employees remain symptomatic after 5 days, employees should work with their manager. 

    Faculty who are required to quarantine should reach out to their Dean to discuss the continuation of coursework and student learning. Faculty and staff should always ensure they are taking care of themselves and/or their families.

  • What To Do If You Test Positive for COVID-19

    Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 with either a PCR or at-home antigen test must immediately begin isolation regardless of vaccination status. Students who test positive should immediately alert covidvaccine@endicott.edu and begin isolation procedures. 

    A COVID response team member will be in contact with the student to facilitate at-home isolation. Students are asked to begin their isolation at home, within 24 hours. The CDC defines day 0 as the sample date for a positive test or the first day of symptoms, whichever came first.

    • Individuals must isolate for at least 5 full days, and may be eligible to end isolation on day 6
    • If you are experiencing symptoms, you may end isolation when you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications) and symptoms are improving
    • If you do not have symptoms, you may isolate after 5 full days
    • Individuals whose symptoms are not improving should isolate for a full 10 days. In the case of an emergency, reach out to Public Safety at 978-232-1111

    In all cases, individuals must wear a mask when in public through day 10.

    Students in isolation/quarantine should make arrangements with their professors to continue coursework. Once the College is notified of an isolation/quarantine we will alert your professors. Where possible, remote class attendance will be provided.

    Faculty who are required to isolate should reach out to their Dean to discuss the continuation of coursework and student learning. Faculty and staff should always ensure they are taking care of themselves and/or their families.

  • Testing
    The College has secured a limited number of self-testing kits which will be made available to students at scheduled times throughout the semester. Since these rapid tests provide results quickly, students will be expected to perform the test within a short time period after receipt and provide the results—positive or negative—to the College by emailing covidvaccine@endicott.edu.
     
    Due to the limited number of tests available, priority will be given to students who were a close contact or are experiencing mild symptoms.
     

    Tests will be available to qualified students in the Lower Callahan Information Booth Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

    Students who are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms below should stay in their residence hall and reach out to the Health Center at 978-232-2014.

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Head/body aches
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    After hours, students experiencing a medical emergency should contact Public Safety at 978-232-1111.  

    For non-emergency medical assistance, students can contact the 24-hour on-call service with the Wellness Center health care provider, Middleton Family Medicine, at 978-774-2555.

    Routine testing for unvaccinated students, as well as student-athletes, will continue to be available every Tuesday in the Lower Callahan from 10 a.m.–noon and from 4–6 p.m. If students fail to test, they will loose access to vital campus services including Gull Card access, email, MyEndicott, and Canvas. Repeated violations of the testing requirement may also result in disciplinary action. 

    Students in the School of Nursing who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been a close contact will be required to take an antigen test and provide a negative result prior to attending in-person clinical, simulation, or lab instruction. Students will be required to provide their own tests, and more details were shared directly with impacted students.

  • Contact Tracing

    Students

    Students will receive more information on managing contact tracing when they notify the College of a positive test result through the covidvaccine@endicott.edu email address. The Endicott response team will work with professors who may inform other students in the class of their exposure at the next course session.

  • Events and Guests on Campus

    From our galleries to performances and athletic competitions, Endicott College is a destination for many on the North Shore. It is important that we continue to be open to the community, as well as our students and families. Campus activities will continue throughout the spring and summer. View the full calendar of upcoming events online.

    Masks are now optional on the Endicott campus regardless of vaccination status. These new guidelines extend to public events including athletic games, meetings, and lectures. Faculty will continue to make the individual decision to require masks in their classroom, laboratory space, or during office hours.

    Performances hosted by the School of Visual and Performing Arts and open to the public will continue to require masks for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Admission events that take place indoors, including tours, may require masks.

  • COVID-19 Dependent Care
    Endicott understands the challenges employees continue to face through the pandemic—specifically those related to dynamic dependent care needs. When situations arise, employees should work directly with their supervisor to make arrangements. Employees are strongly encouraged to use appropriate PTO in cases where they are unable to work on campus.
  • Health Absences Unrelated to COVID-19

    Students, when you’re sick, you’re sick. It is important to take care of yourself to focus on your health. The best way to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases is to isolate when you’re sick. In these cases, please reach out to your professors to discuss their attendance policy and how missing class due to illness is handled within their policy.

    Employees should also ensure they are taking steps to not spread infections throughout the campus community. Health absence time is available for this purpose, and employees should reach out to their supervisor if they are feeling ill. 

    Faculty who are ill should reach out to their Dean to discuss the continuation of coursework and student learning. Faculty and staff should always ensure they are taking care of themselves and/or their families.

  • Face Coverings

    Masks are now optional on the Endicott campus regardless of vaccination status. These new guidelines extend to public events including athletic games, meetings, and lectures. Faculty will continue to make the individual decision to require masks in their classroom, laboratory space, or during office hours.

    Performances hosted by the School of Visual and Performing Arts and open to the public will continue to require masks for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Admission events that take place indoors, including tours, may require masks.

    All individuals are encouraged to do what they are comfortable with in regard to mask wearing and are asked to respect others.

    Regardless of vaccination status, individuals who test positive or are a close contact of a positive case are expected to follow CDC guidelines, which currently recommend wearing a well-fitted mask when around others for 10 days after the last known exposure, the onset of symptoms, or positive test.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I don’t think I really have COVID-19, can I take a second test?
    The College will consider any positive result as a positive case; there is no opportunity for a second test—even a PCR test—to contradict the result. Throughout the fall, we saw a nearly 100% confirmation rate on PCR tests following a positive antigen at-home test.
  • Why are you allowing students to quarantine and isolate in their rooms?
    All students are strongly encouraged to complete quarantine/isolation in their home or an off-campus location. We understand that in some limited circumstances this is not possible, so we will continue to offer limited space in the mods. In-room isolation and quarantining within residence halls will only be enacted if necessary and, in all cases, roommates will have the option to quarantine off-campus.
  • I’m not yet eligible to receive my booster, what do I do?

    Some individuals may not yet be eligible to receive their booster depending on when they completed their vaccination series. In those cases, students should complete the Student Compact on myEndicott and reach out to wellness@endicott.edu indicating when they’ll be eligible to receive the booster. A booster should be received within two weeks of eligibility and, once completed, you should follow the instructions received from wellness@endicott.edu on submitting your updated vaccination card.

  • I had COVID-19 over break. Am I eligible for the booster?

    The CDC recommends that individuals receive the booster once they are recovered from a positive COVID-19 case. In the case of an asymptomatic individual, this would be the end of isolation. As with our initial vaccine mandate, and in keeping with the science, individuals who have had a positive COVID-19 case will still be expected to receive their booster.

  • Why doesn’t Endicott go remote for the spring semester?
    While the omicron surge is highly transmissible, vaccines and boosters are proving effective to reduce the severity of disease, with many cases presenting as asymptomatic. If Endicott were to go remote during every surge we would be unable to fulfill our mission of educating students and preparing them for meaningful roles in the global community. It is clear that the coronavirus pandemic is becoming endemic and will be with us well into the future. Our focus must shift from prevention to adaptation.
  • How does Endicott define a "close contact"?

    Endicott continues to follow the “close contact" definition of the CDC with regard to COVID-19 exposure. Someone is considered to be a close contact if they were within 6 feet of a positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes in an indoor setting over a 24-hour period up to 48 hours before that individual tested positive or began to show symptoms.

  • Who is considered fully vaccinated?

    Under the new CDC guidelines it is important to think more about being “up-to-date” with your vaccination series. Individuals are considered vaccinated if they have fully completed their initial series of the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, J&J/Janssen vaccination and are not yet eligible to receive a booster. Once eligible for a booster vaccination, a booster must be received for an individual to be considered fully vaccinated.

  • What if I tested positive within the past 90 days?
    Individuals who have had a positive viral test within the past 90 days are not required to test following a close contact exposure. According to CDC guidelines, they should monitor for symptoms and wear a mask when in public. If desired, individuals may test 5 days after exposure. Anyone experiencing symptoms should isolate immediately, students should reach out to the Health Center, while employees should contact their healthcare provider for further guidance.
  • What should I do if I’m not feeling well, but don’t have access to a test?
    If you are not feeling well, you should isolate and minimize your contact with others. Reach out to the Health Center at 978-232-2014 or your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms and determine the best next steps.