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COVID-19 Response and Information

Randolph College remains committed to providing a safe and healthy campus experience this semester. With positive cases increasing locally, as well as across the country, it is important for each of us to diligetly follow policies and protocols.

Masks are Optional on Campus

March 18, 2022 – Lynchburg is now in the medium transmission category, so, effective immediately, mask wearing on campus is now optional.

It is still very important to maintain good health practices. Wash your hands and don’t go to class or work if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

Anyone who feels more comfortable continuing to wear a mask to please do so.

If the level of transmission rises once again, we may need to reinstate the mask mandate. However, the trend in our area is showing a steady decrease in cases, and we hope to see this continue until we are in the low category.

Spring 2022 Semester Policy Update: Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)

Isolation (positive for COVID-19)

Randolph College students or employees who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days from test date, regardless of vaccination status or symptom onset.

If asymptomatic (no symptoms) or symptoms are improving (without fever for 24 hours) AND a negative test result is submitted on day 5, normal campus activities can resume while wearing a mask for an additional 5 days.

If there is no test option available on day 5, the result remains positive, or symptoms appear and are not improving, the infected person must remain in isolation until the previous requirements have been met, or until day 10 (with improving symptoms).

Quarantine (exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19)

If a student or employee is considered a close contact (exposed) of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, quarantine protocols should be implemented as follows:

Individuals who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted should quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use* for an additional 5 days.

Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.

Randolph College requires ALL individuals who are exposed to submit results from COVID-19 test administered at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19. If testing results are positive, individuals will be required to isolate (see Isolation above).

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html

Isolation and Quarantine Resources

Fall 2021 Semester Policies

Vaccines

All students are required to be fully vaccinated unless an approved medical or religious exemption is on file. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Employees should let the Office of Human Resources know when they have been vaccinated.

We believe that vaccination is the best way for us to protect ourselves and keep one another safe. We will track the vaccination status for each student and employee to make informed decisions on future health and safety protocols.

Testing

Weekly antigen testing will take place on campus for all non-vaccinated students (and students who are not yet *fully vaccinated, but are in the process), as well as some or all non-vaccinated employees. We continuously assess testing results, campus COVID-19 incidence and prevalence, regional COVID-19 activity, and health and safety recommendations by the CDC, VDH, and the Governor’s executive orders related to the pandemic. Additional future testing may be required at various intervals. We will not be making any adjustments to our current protocols and restrictions at this time, but will notify the campus community if and when adjustments or changes will be made.

All testing will be conducted at the Health Center until further notice. Employees who are drawn from the pool will be tested on Tuesdays. Students will be tested on Wednesdays.  Testing will be conducted by “walk-in” appointments from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on those days. If a student or employee needs to be tested on another day of the week due to scheduling conflicts, they may be accommodated in the Health Center by appointment only, or they may seek testing off-campus at their expense. The documentation will then need to be submitted to the Health Center. Students should call to make an appointment with the Health Center to be tested as soon as possible for any symptom of or exposure to COVID-19, regardless of severity or vaccination status.

Students who are not considered fully vaccinated before College breaks are required to submit a negative PCR test result to Ruby Bryant, director of health services, at rbryant@randolphcollege.edu.  PCR tests must be administered no earlier than 4 days before arrival on campus. For any questions regarding your vaccination status, please also email Ruby at the above email address. 

*Fully vaccinated means that 14 days have passed since the final dose of a vaccine.

Face Masks

Masks are optional on campus for community members and visitors.

Classes and Campus Life

Classes at Randolph will return to predominantly face-to-face instruction with some protocols from our previous semester staying in effect for the fall semester. Physical distancing will not be required during classes and labs. Clubs and organizations may meet in person but must wear masks if indoors or outdoors when physical distancing is not feasible.

Cheatham Dining Hall will return to full-capacity seating, and all food stations will return to full pre-pandemic operation. Dining services employees and patrons will follow the College’s protocols regarding face coverings when not eating or drinking.

Events, Visitors, and Athletics

During indoor college events or outdoor events where physical distancing is not possible, everyone will be required to wear face masks until further notice.

Randolph College is open to all visitors, including prospective students and their families. Visitors must adhere to current campus protocols.

Athletics teams will be competing as scheduled, and all student-athletes and staff will follow NCAA and conference guidance. Spectators are allowed and will follow campus protocols.

Continued Monitoring

We will continue to closely monitor campus COVID-19 incidence and prevalence data as well as regional COVID-19 activity and health and safety recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), VDH, and the Governor of Virginia, all of which will help inform future decisions on our campus.

Dashboard

Up-to-date information on campus COVID cases.

Have COVID-19 symptoms?

Students who develop symptoms (see below) or have come into contact with an infected individual should contact the Health Center (434-947-8130) as soon as possible – if after hours, contact the Reception and Information Desk (RAID) at 434-947-8000 .  Faculty and staff should seek treatment from their primary care providers. Health information (including a list of symptoms) about COVID-19 is available here.

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