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COVID-19 Policy & Procedures

As we enter the endemic phase of COVID-19 and are armed with effective mitigation strategies to prevent the severity and treat the disease, our policies must reflect the current reality. At this time, we expect to follow the policies and procedures below for the 2022-23 Academic Year. 

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

    Vaccinations against COVID-19 remain safe and effective at preventing serious illness. In keeping with our existing policy, Endicott College will be requiring all students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an up-to-date schedule of a CDC-approved vaccine, or WHO authorized vaccine for international students. Full vaccination includes all recommended boosters.

    New students are expected to provide proof of vaccination through the 2022-23 Health Form

    Medical exemption requests will be evaluated through our standard procedures. Please send an email to wellness@endicott.edu for a medical exemption request, including a note from your primary care physician detailing their recommendation against your receiving that vaccine.

    All other questions regarding vaccinations should be directed to wellness@endicott.edu

     
  • 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)

    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

    Students who test positive for COVID-19 should reach out to the Wellness Center at wellness@endicott.edu or 978-232-2104 to discuss next steps.

    All students should develop a “response plan” defining a process for off-campus isolation in the event of a positive COVID-19 test and should coordinate with roommates to develop a plan regarding quarantining and isolation.

    Isolation should take place at the student’s home or an off-campus location for students who live within a driveable distance (240 miles) from campus. In select cases, Endicott will assist students who reside outside of the driveable distance in locating isolation space.

    In keeping with the current CDC guidelines on quarantining and isolation, and with a vaccine requirement for all students, faculty, and staff, quarantining—when a vaccinated individual is a close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19—is not necessary on our campus. In all cases, vaccinated community members who are not symptomatic nor produce a positive test result can stay active in campus life while self-monitoring for symptoms.

    If a student is unable to isolate off-campus, students may want to isolate in their rooms. In this case, all roommates should wear masks while in the same room—except for while actively eating, drinking, or sleeping. 

    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.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.

  • Isolation

    The White House’s COVID-19 Response Team is predicting high rates of transmission in 2022—especially in the fall. 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 a driveable distance (240 miles) from campus. In select cases, Endicott will assist students who reside outside of the driveable distance in locating isolation space.

    All students should develop a “response plan” defining a process for off-campus isolation in the event of a positive COVID-19 test and should coordinate with roommates to develop a plan regarding quarantining and isolation.

    If a student is unable to isolate off-campus, students may be required to isolate in their rooms. In this case, all roommates should wear masks while in the same room—except for while actively eating, drinking, or sleeping.

    Students who test positive for COVID-19 should reach out to the Wellness Center at wellness@endicott.edu or 978-232-2104 to discuss next steps.

  • Quarantine
    In keeping with the current CDC guidelines on quarantining and isolation, and with a vaccine requirement for all students, faculty, and staff, when a fully vaccinated individual is a close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, quarantine is not required. In all cases, vaccinated community members who are not symptomatic nor produce a positive test result can stay active in campus life while self-monitoring for symptoms.
  • Testing
    As we enter the endemic phase of COVID-19, the College will no longer require regular testing of students—regardless of vaccination status. 

    Students, along with all members of the community, are expected to self-monitor for symptoms and administer at-home tests if exposed or based on symptoms.

    At-Home testing kits are readily available through local pharmacies, Target, and online. Students, faculty, and staff, should secure their own testing kits as needed throughout the academic year.

    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

    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.

    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.

     
  • 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.

    Endicott is adhering to CDC recommendations and encourages individuals to monitor county transmission data in considering whether to wear a mask or not. In all cases, individuals on campus are asked to respect members of our community.

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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 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 already had COVID-19. 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.
  • 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.