01/21/2022

“Updated: Spring Semester COVID-19 guidelines” letter sent to Beloit employees

Dear Staff and Faculty,

As we look to the start of classes on Monday, below are some reminders and updates relating to COVID-19. Please read carefully.

You are required to submit proof of a negative COVID test administered within 72 hours of the start of the spring semester. PCR, rapid antigen, and at-home methods are all acceptable. The exception is if you have had a documented positive test result within the past 90 days from the date of your current test; no test is required.

Results may be sent via e-mail, campus mail, or fax to Terri Dahl (dahlt@beloit.edu) or Heather McLean (mcleanh@beloit.edu). If you have tested positive for COVID in the last 90 days, please contact either Heather or Terri.

You should still return to campus if your test results from a local testing provider have not arrived by Monday morning and you do not have any symptoms of COVID, nor have you been exposed to someone with COVID. Submit the test results as soon as you receive them.

Many locations are offering free non-symptomatic COVID testing. You may be tested at any testing center or use a take-home COVID test as long as the test is to determine a current active virus and is administered no more than three days before your return to campus. Antibody tests will not be accepted.

If you have no symptoms of COVID-19 and you are currently working on campus or planning to be on campus between now and when you can be tested, continue to do so while following the Protective Practices policy. As a reminder, it is important that you do not come to campus if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Masking

The COVID-19 Task Force is recommending KN95 masks (or similar, 5-layer protective masks) as in the mask policy below. A limited number of KN95 masks are available by request through the Security Department, with more on order.

All faculty, staff, students, and emeriti faculty and staff, regardless of your vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors, except when you are alone in your private, enclosed workspace or while in your residential room with your roommate(s). Masks should fit snugly around your face, covering your nose and mouth. Masks are not required to be worn outdoors.

  • KN95, similar five-ply type masks or three-ply surgical masks are strongly recommended.
  • Cloth and handmade face coverings are not recommended. Double masking with a surgical mask is recommended for those using cloth and handmade masks.
  • Face shields, bandanas, neck gaiters, scarves, turtleneck collars, masks with valves, and balaclavas/ski masks are not acceptable.

Boosters

Beloit requires COVID boosters for all students, faculty, and staff. Send documentation of your booster shot by Jan. 28 if you were vaccinated over five months ago (Pfizer and Moderna) or two months ago (J&J). If you are neither five months nor two months out, submit your booster documentation as soon as you are eligible after that.

Please submit your vaccine/booster documentation to Terri Dahl (dahlt@beloit.edu) or Heather McLean (mcleanh@beloit.edu) in Human Resources.

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 unable to be fully vaccinated, please contact Human Resources for more information. Anyone who exhibits symptoms of the virus also will have to be tested.

Getting tested, receiving a COVID-19 booster, and following protective practices will allow us to continue to have the on-campus experience that we all want this spring.

Please be kind and thoughtful to your colleagues as we navigate through another semester during the pandemic. We thank you for all that you’ve done to protect yourselves and the community, and we know that with your help, we’ll have another successful semester.

We look forward to your return on Monday.

Be well
The COVID-19 Task Force

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