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These plans are based on federal, state, and local regulations and guidance that we have at this time, as well as public health recommendations. As the situation with COVID-19 is fluid, they are subject to change. Please contact studentdevelopment@strose.edu with questions.

Booster mandate and deadline

On January 19, the College announced that it will mandate the booster for all students and employees by June 30, 2022, if they are eligible to receive it. Students will not be able to enroll for the Fall 2022 semester if they have not met this requirement. Based on data from clinical trials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health are strongly encouraging those eligible to get a booster. According to the NYSDOH, a booster dose helps everyone to “maximize their protection, prolong the vaccine’s durability and continue to safeguard our communities against the virus.” Those who have already been granted medical/religious COVID-19 vaccine exemptions will continue to be exempt. Students who have already received their booster dose should send a photo of their vaccine card to covidresults@strose.edu.

Already, all new students and employees are required, like the rest of our population, to be fully vaccinated (which is currently defined as the first and second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the J&J vaccine) unless they are granted a religious or medical exemption. (Those requests are made to healthservices@strose.edu). Students who did not comply with the vaccine requirement – aside from those who were granted a medical or religious exemption – were not able to register for Spring 2022 courses.

At this time, 97% of our employees and 95% of our students are considered fully vaccinated.

On-campus booster clinics

If you are currently eligible to receive your COVID-19 booster dose, please do so now. The CDC reports that the booster increases immune response in recipients and offers significantly improved protection from being infected with COVID-19, spreading the virus, and having a severe case.

We will hold booster clinics on January 20, February 3, and March 3 from 10 a.m. to noon and April 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium. Use this link to sign up for either booster clinic. Find information about when you are eligible for your booster dose here. If you attended a previous on-campus vaccination clinic, you are eligible for one of these booster clinic dates.

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS

Just like with the required MMR vaccine, students (and employees) can apply for either a medical or religious exemption to the initial COVID-19 vaccine series. Below is an abbreviated New York State Department of Health definition of those exemptions. Those seeking an exemption should reach out to Health Services at healthservices@strose.edu, and they will walk you through the process. This video from Dr. Mark Parisi, director of counseling and health services, addresses some common vaccination questions.

Medical Exemption
If a licensed physician or nurse practitioner certifies in writing that the student/employee has a health condition, which is a valid contraindication to receiving a specific vaccine, then a permanent or temporary (for resolvable conditions such as pregnancy) exemption may be granted. This statement must specify those immunizations which may be detrimental and the length of time they may be detrimental.

Religious Exemption
A student/employee may be exempt from vaccination if, in the opinion of the institution, that student, employee, or student’s parent(s) or guardian of those less than 18 years old holds genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of immunization. The student requesting exemption may or may not be a member of an established religious organization. Requests for exemptions must be written and signed by the student if 18 years of age or older, parent(s)/guardian if the student is under the age of 18, or the employee. It is not required that a religious exemption statement be notarized.

MASKS

Effective March 7, masks will no longer be required to be worn indoors in Saint Rose buildings. This means that when students and faculty begin classes after mid-winter break, masks will no longer be required in classes, events, or meetings. Of course, you may still wear a mask in classrooms or anywhere on campus if that is your preference. Please note, wearing a mask continues to be a required part of the quarantine process should you become infected or are exposed to COVID-19. If employees or students have medical issues that would necessitate others wearing a mask in a classroom or other setting, employees should contact Human Resources and students should contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities.

The CDC recommends that indoor masking be reinstated should community levels of COVID-19 reach high levels. We will notify you should the Albany County designation change (currently medium) and appreciate your cooperation if the College needs to revisit the mask policy.

DAILY HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE

The NYS Health Commissioner has designated COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk to public health. Based on that designation, the governor declared that NYS employers should enact the provisions of the NYS HERO Act. With that declaration, NYS employers are required to implement their Airborne Infectious Disease

As the College’s Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan includes the daily health screen as a required control measure, the daily health screenings have been re-activated, effective September 24, 2021.

Students must complete this required health check and submit their responses daily. The questionnaire allows the College to act promptly should a student test positive for, have close exposure to or have symptoms of COVID-19. For these situations, the College has a policy in place to support the reporting student and to implement exposure protections for other campus community members.

Students should submit your daily response by using the following form.

IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE COVID

You should contact Health Services at healthservices@strose.edu or 518.454.5244 for information on how to get tested. If you have an off-campus test and receive a positive result, you should email covidresults@strose.edu.

quarantine and CONTACT TRACING

Quarantine protocols

The College follows the recommendations of Albany County Department of Health and the New York State Department of Health, which are aligned with current CDC guidelines. As these evolve, the College’s protocols may change. Thank you for understanding that this process is fluid.

As the pandemic becomes part of our lives, we each need to take personal responsibility for our vaccination and COVID status, and whether we have been exposed or have exposed someone else to the virus. The most protective measure you can take for your health and others is to be fully vaccinated and boosted.

Given the high number of cases across the country at this time, the CDC has recommended a prioritization model for contact tracing. We will continue to work with those who test positive on their isolation procedures and assist them in how to identify and notify personal direct contacts. This may not include classes, unless it is determined that circumstances in a particular course may pose a higher level of risk. Testing is available to anyone who may have been exposed, and the sign-up link will be readily available in the weekly update emails from Mark Parisi, director of counseling and health services, each Friday.

By following these guidelines, we are fulfilling the Saint Rose values of caring for our community and our dear neighbors.

IF YOU TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 (NO MATTER WHAT YOUR VACCINATION STATUS IS)

  • You should isolate for 5 days, counting the first day of your symptoms or, if you are asymptomatic, the day your positive test sample is collected as Day 0.
  • If you show no symptoms (asymptomatic) at the end of 5 days or if symptoms are resolving, isolation ends and you must wear a well-fitting mask (or double mask) while around others for an additional 5 days.
  • Individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should isolate for 10 days and follow this longer isolation guidance from the CDC.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19

If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the following protocols apply. Please read carefully as they are different depending on your vaccination status and whether you have had COVID in the past 90 days.

For those who are fully vaccinated and have received the booster dose at least 2 weeks before the first date of exposure:

  • No quarantine is required, but you should wear a well-fitting mask (or double mask) while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure. If you live on campus and have a roommate, we will move you to another room so you can sleep and eat in isolation and are able to follow the masking guidelines described here.
  • If possible, it is recommended you test at Day 5 with either a PCR test or antigen test. The testing link will be sent each Friday in the weekly email from the College’s Director of Health Services, Dr. Mark Parisi.
  • If symptoms appear, you should quarantine and immediately seek testing through the College’s Health Services. You can end quarantine if your test result is negative. If you receive a positive test result, you should follow isolation recommendations for those who have tested positive, counting your onset of symptoms as Day 0.

For those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, regardless of vaccination status:

  • No quarantine is required, but you should wear a well-fitting mask (or double mask) while around others for 10 days after the last date of exposure. If you live on campus and have a roommate, we will move you to another room so you can sleep and eat in isolation and are able to follow the masking guidelines described here.
  • If possible, it is recommended you test at Day 5 with either a PCR test or antigen test. The testing link will be sent each Friday in the weekly email from the College’s Director of Health Services, Dr. Mark Parisi.
  • If symptoms appear, you should quarantine and immediately seek testing through the College’s Health Services. You can end quarantine if your test result is negative. If you receive a positive test result, you should follow isolation recommendations for those who have tested positive, counting your onset of symptoms as Day 0.

For those who have been fully vaccinated and are eligible for but have not received a booster dose:

  • Quarantine for 5 days and wear a well-fitting mask (or double mask) while around others for an additional 5 days. If you live on campus and have a roommate, we will move you to quarantine housing so you can sleep and eat in isolation and are able to follow the masking guidelines described here.
  • If possible, it is recommended you test at Day 5 with either a PCR test or antigen test. The testing link will be sent each Friday in the weekly email from the College’s Director of Health Services, Dr. Mark Parisi.
  • If symptoms appear, you should quarantine and immediately seek testing through the College’s Health Services. You can end quarantine if your test result is negative. If you receive a positive test result, you should follow isolation recommendations for those who have tested positive, counting your onset of symptoms as Day 0.

For those who are not fully vaccinated:

  • Quarantine for 5 days and wear a well-fitting mask (or double mask) while around others for an additional 5 days. If you live on campus and have a roommate, we will move you to quarantine housing so you can sleep and eat in isolation and are able to follow the masking guidelines described here.
  • If possible, it is recommended you test at Day 5 with either a PCR test or antigen test. The testing link will be sent each Friday in the weekly email from the College’s Director of Health Services, Dr. Mark Parisi.
  • If symptoms appear, you should quarantine and immediately seek testing through the College’s Health Services. You can end quarantine if your test result is negative. If you receive a positive test result, you should follow isolation recommendations for those who have tested positive, counting your onset of symptoms as Day 0.

If you live on campus in multi-occupant housing without your own bedroom:

We recognize it is impossible to wear a mask at all times during the 10-day period if you live in the residence halls with a roommate, so you will live in your quarantine space for all 10 days.  For the first five days, your meals will be delivered to you.  After the first 5 days of quarantine, as long as your symptoms have subsided, you can still go to classes, the library, EAC, etc., as long as you are masked at all times. You will utilize take-out from the dining facilities during this time so you can remove your mask to eat without others present.

Eating and drinking:

If you are in any of the described quarantine periods above, you should not eat or drink in the presence of others, including in our on-campus dining facilities. Please utilize the takeout options and do not drink or consume food while you are in class or any other spaces where others are present.

Notification about positive cases:

Again, given the high number of cases across the country at this time, the CDC has recommended a prioritization model for contact tracing. The College will continue to work with those who test positive on their isolation procedures and assist them in how to identify and notify personal direct contacts. This may not include classes, unless it is determined that circumstances in a particular course may pose a higher level of risk. Testing is available to anyone who may have been exposed, and the sign-up link will be readily available in the weekly update emails from Mark Parisi, director of counseling and health services, each Friday.

Booster guidance:

A common question is whether you can have the booster if you’ve recently tested positive for COVID-19. This is the CDC’s guidance on the subject.

EVENTS

Please see the events page for more details on events protocol.

RESIDENCE HALL visitors

Residents will be allowed to entertain one guest, from either off campus or another Saint Rose residence hall, per resident. The visiting guest must be a current Saint Rose student. A guest, in this updated policy, is a Saint Rose student (commuter or residential) who intends to visit a residence hall room but is not a resident of that hall or room. Non-Saint Rose-affiliated guests are not allowed at this time.

To be clear, each resident of a living unit is allowed to have one guest in their living unit at a time. Meaning, if you live with a roommate(s), you can each have one guest present. If you live in an Apartment or Suite-style residence hall, you are allowed to have one student guest per resident. This means that if you live in Centennial, only four guests, one per resident, are allowed for the entire apartment at one time.

It is important to understand that while residents are now allowed to have one guest per person at a time, roommates/suitemates/apartment-mates MUST agree to the guest. The ability to have a guest does not override others’ ability to feel comfortable with the guest in the living unit. Please work with your RA and AC if you need assistance coming up with a schedule that is mutually agreeable to all parties.

OTHER COLLEGE FACILITIES

You must sign up for a 45-minute slot in advance in order to use the center. The links to sign up for timeslots will be provided on the fitness center webpage and the pool webpage (information to come). Do not use either facility if you are not feeling well.