01/07/2022

“Guidelines for Returning to Campus” letter to Beloit employees

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As we prepare for an in-person start to the spring semester on Monday, January 24, our goal is to continue to reduce infection and limit transmission and spread of the COVID-19 virus within our Beloit College community so that we may continue to have an in-person, campus experience. Following are the requirements for our safe return.

What you need to know

  • As was previously announced, faculty and staff will be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test prior to the start of the spring semester. The test must be administered within 3 days prior to Monday, January 24 and results must be sent to the Human Resources Office no later than that same day. Test results submitted prior to January 21, will not be accepted.

  • New: All students, faculty, and staff are required to receive a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Friday, January 28. Individuals who have been unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster as a result of medical, religious, or philosophical reasons will be required to undergo weekly testing in order to remain on campus.

  • If you are fully vaccinated (received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or one dose of the J&J vaccine) and have received a booster dose, please submit a photo or scan of your vaccine card before returning to campus. You will not need to be tested weekly, nor will you be required to quarantine if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

  • If you are fully vaccinated and it has been less than five months since your final dose, you should plan to obtain a booster dose as soon as you are eligible, and submit that documentation as soon as possible. If you do not receive a COVID vaccine booster dose, upon eligibility (2 months past Johnson & Johnson vaccine dose, 5 months past Pfizer vaccine series completion, 5 months past Moderna vaccine series completion), you will be required to be tested weekly.

  • If you are unvaccinated or have yet to complete an initial vaccination series, you are required to undergo weekly testing. Students will do so through the Health and Wellness Center; faculty and staff will obtain tests in the community. You also will be required to quarantine if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

Will the college host a booster clinic?

We are exploring whether we will be able to provide boosters to students through the Health and Wellness Center. Faculty and staff should seek a booster in your local community before you return to campus. Vaccines and boosters remain widely available at local pharmacies (Walgreens, CVS), your local health care clinic or provider, and community clinics (e.g., the Beloit Public Library).

How do I submit my vaccine and booster information?

Email a scan or photo of your vaccine card to Terri Dahl (dahlt@beloit.edu) or Heather McLean (mcleanh@beloit.edu) in Human Resources.

Since boosters are now required, do I still need to get a COVID test before I return to campus?

Yes! The only exception to this requirement is if you have tested positive for COVID within the past 90 days and can submit documentation of that test to the Health and Wellness Center (students) or to Human Resources (employees).

All faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test prior to everyone returning to campus. The test must be administered within 3 days prior to the start of the spring semester on Monday, January 24 and results must be sent to the Human Resources Office no later than that same day. Here are some locations offering free non-symptomatic COVID testing.

If you get tested through a local testing provider, you do not have test results by Monday morning, and you do not have any symptoms of COVID, you should return to campus, carefully follow all proactive practices and submit the test results as soon as you receive them.

Faculty and staff should submit their results by email to Terri Dahl (dahlt@beloit.edu) or Heather McLean (mcleanh@beloit.edu). 

Conclusion

Our ongoing and layered practices and policies enabled us to have a productive and safe fall semester. Additional updates to our policies (e.g. visitors, quarantine, and isolation) will be shared in the coming days and posted to the Beloit COVID Plan webpage.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation so that we can get our in-person semester off to a great start on January 24! Self-care is community care!

Sincerely,
The COVID-19 Task Force

Kristin Bonnie
Erica Daniels
Tara Girard
Lori Rhead
Cecil Youngblood

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