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Notre Dame College COVID-19 Information

Our Healthy Campus

 

Notre Dame College
COVID-19 Policy

 

 

Our Healthy Campus

Based on our experiences from the 2020-21 academic year, we understand the importance for our students of making a smooth transition to college, building relationships, maintaining good social and emotional health and experiencing a rich learning environment. For this reason, we have opted for a fully in-person, campus experience that is as normal as possible for Fall 2021 which we are continuing into Spring 2022. We know that our students want and need an in-person classroom experience paired with a robust campus life.

Still, COVID-19 variants are causing pandemic conditions to change rapidly. While vaccination has been generally safe and largely effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death, the CDC is reporting that fully immunized people as well as unvaccinated individuals can transmit the virus to others.

 

Face Coverings

Our campus is now face mask optional with the following exception: 

  • Faculty and staff members have the right to require you to wear masks in their classrooms or offices.  

 Faculty, staff, and students are asked to do the following to help protect themselves and others on campus and in the community:

  • Engage in the practice of good hand hygiene by regularly washing hands with soap and warm water or using hand sanitizer.
  • DO NOT come to work or go to class or practice if you are not feeling well. Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other infections such as influenza, common cold, or strep throat. A healthy campus relies on everyone doing their part to not spread a disease to the campus community.
  • If you are not feeling well or have COVID-19 symptoms, please report your symptoms to covid@ndc.edu or by using this online form. COVID testing will be available on campus.
  • If you have tested positive COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, please report this to covid@ndc.edu or by using this online form. These measures are designed to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • If you are not fully vaccination against COVID-19, the College encourages you to do so. Unvaccinated people are at the greatest risk for serious illness, hospitalization, and death. You can schedule an appointment for the vaccine at hundreds of locations in Ohio at Coronavirus.ohio.gov, or book directly with a local provider. New appointments are posted regularly. For other areas of the country, the CDC has a vaccine finder site at Vaccines.gov.
  • If you haven’t yet done so, please fill out the vaccination status form. If you have been fully-vaccinated you will be asked to upload a photo of your vaccination card to verify your status.

 

None of the policies above are permanent. Future communications about COVID-19 and associated protocols are forthcoming.

 

At-home COVID-19 Testing

At-home tests must be proctored to be accepted by NDC. This can be accomplished by one of the following methods:

  • For the Abbott BinaxNOW at-home tests, download the NAVICA app to your phone and follow instructions to register.  This will give you the ability to download your test results and send them to the college.
  • For other brands of at-home tests, read instructions on how to download results. The college will accept results from at-home tests if written verification is sent to the college and/or the test is proctored by an NDC COVID-19 Response Team member. Please email covid@ndc.eduto verify approved proctored official.
  • WHERE TO SEND RESULTS:  covid@ndc.edu

 

COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Protocols (Effective January 14, 2022)

The NDC COVID-19 Response Team has updated our COVID-19 protocols for the spring 2022 semester to align with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (CCBH) and the new guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Development of symptoms and positive test results should be sent to covid@ndc.edu in addition to any question or concern pertaining to COVID-19.

The following links are specific protocols for students and employees (staff and faculty).

 

NDC Health Clinic

The NDC Health Clinic can also assist with non-COVID-19 illnesses, such as other upper respiratory illness/complaints, diagnose and treat minor oral, eye infections, skin conditions/infections, strep throat (coming soon), sinus or ear infection, point of care urine testing (diagnose and treat UTIs) (coming soon). The clinic can provide a referral for imaging, a specialist or emergency services as medically necessary. The Clinic’s practitioner can prescribe antibiotics or other medications as medically necessary.

If you would like to schedule an appointment (at no cost) with the NDC Health Clinic’s practitioner, please email HealthClinic@ndc.edu.