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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.

Course delivery

To allow time for thorough testing of our Saint Rose community before in-person classes begin, we are switching to remote instruction for the first week of the Spring 2022 semester. That means you will take classes remotely from Tuesday, January 18, through Friday, January 21, with in-person instruction beginning January 24.

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.

The College will not grant exemptions for the booster requirement if the student/employee had already received the initial vaccination series unless the student/employee provides a note from a doctor providing a medical reason for not getting the booster dose.

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.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE ON CAMPUS for Spring 2022

We’re requiring all students and employees – regardless of vaccination status – who will be coming to campus for the Spring 2022 semester to be tested on campus at the beginning of the semester. We will use the same saliva testing we employ for asymptomatic surveillance testing throughout the academic year. We will also randomly test 25% of our campus population weekly throughout the semester regardless of vaccination status.

If possible, we strongly encourage you to take a COVID-19 test prior to your arrival on campus (at-home test or at a testing site) because if your test result is positive, you will be able to quarantine at home.

Resident students who test positive upon arrival on campus, will have to quarantine in designated campus housing or travel back home to quarantine.

Should you test positive before coming to campus, quarantine at home and report your positive result to covidresults@strose.edu, as we are required to submit reports to the Department of Health.

Students who live in the residence halls: You will receive a test kit the weekend of January 16 through 17 from your RA. You will provide your saliva sample on the morning of January 18 and drop the sample in a collection bin. We will let you know where the bins will be located when you return.

If you wish to remain home during the first week of the semester because classes will be delivered remotely January 18-21, you may do so. You will be provided a test kit when you arrive. Please see your RA when you return. We also encourage you to test before you come to campus if you are able as an added measure of protection. Should you test positive before coming to campus, quarantine at home and report your positive result to covidresults@strose.edu, as we are required to submit reports to the Department of Health.

Commuter and graduate students: Testing will be offered in the Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium by advance sign-up on January 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or you can pick up your test kit from the Student Development office at the Campus Green-side windows of the EAC that day from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., provide a saliva sample, and drop it in a collection bin. Test kits will also be available for pick up at the same location on January 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Some early-arrival students, such as some student-athletes, resident assistants, and nursing students, will be tested prior to these dates.

Commuter undergraduate and graduate students who are not able to come to campus on January 18 or January 19 to test, can sign up to test on January 24, 25, and 26. Testing will be in Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. If someone cannot make that time, please email richardj@strose.edu and we will make other arrangements. Here is the link to sign up for testing on January 24-26.

If you’ve tested positive in the last 90 days: If you’ve tested positive in the 90 days prior to your return to campus, it is possible that you will test positive again. You should email covidresults@strose.edu from your Saint Rose email account to let us know that information, so you can be exempt from testing. Please include in the email your name, when you tested positive, and when your dates of isolation were.

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.

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.

SURVEILLANCE TESTING

Random weekly surveillance testing will be done in the spring semester for all asymptomatic students and employees, regardless of vaccination status. This means that about 25% of our campus community will be tested weekly (reaching all members monthly). We’re expanding the population selected for surveillance testing given what we now know about COVID-19 and new variants. Students and employees will receive a weekly email with a link to sign up for this testing.

Symptomatic testing will continue to be available through Health Services.

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.

RESIDENCE HALL MOVE-IN PROCESS

Residence halls will reopen for move in on January 16 at 10 a.m. Appointments will not be required. Please see the Housing and Dining page for details.

MASKS

Masks must be worn inside of all College buildings, regardless of vaccination status, and the College is recommending double-masking (a cloth mask over a surgical mask) based on guidance from the CDC. Masks do not need to be worn when eating or while alone in one’s residence hall room or office. Due to the low level of transmission risk, masks do not need to be worn outside. We will revisit this policy as needed.

EVENTS, ACTIVITIES, AND RESIDENCE HALL POLICIES

Events:

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

Residence hall guests:

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.

Fitness Center and pool:

The College’s fitness center and pool will operate as it did last year, with masks required at all times. 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. Do not use either facility if you are not feeling well.