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Healthy Campus Information for Students

Students are required to report COVID-19 symptoms and positive test results to covid@ndc.edu. With symptoms or a positive test result, students should not go to class; immediately self-isolate and reach out to your professors concerning your absence from class. A member of the COVID-19 Response Team will work with you to determine when your isolation period will end. You must be cleared by the NDC COVID-19 Response Team to return to normal campus activity.

Students who are living in residence halls

Students who are living in residence halls who test positive for COVID-19 will be placed in isolation. Students are encouraged to isolate themselves at their permanent residence off campus.

If that is not possible, an isolation dorm room will be provided for the student. Depending on the availability of isolation rooms, double occupancy of these rooms is possible. Because residence halls are a congregated type of living, the resident of a double-occupied room who tests positive for COVID-19 will be considered for two different levels of isolation.

Tier One Isolation: 

Day 0-5 of isolation from the onset of symptoms or positive test results.

Residence hall students will be required to remain in full isolation. Students must not leave their isolation room for any reason unless attending medical appointments or if there is a medical emergency. On day 5 the student will be assessed on the guidelines below to move to tier two isolation. If the student does not meet the guidelines to move to tier two isolation the student will remain in tier one isolation for the duration of their isolation period or symptoms resolve. Students will be excused from classes and will not penalized for their absence.

Tier Two Isolation

Day 6-10 of isolation from the onset of symptoms or positive test results.

If the student is cleared by the NDC COVID-19 Response Team to move to tier two isolation, the student will be permitted to go to work, go to the cafeteria to retrieve their own meals (They are still not permitted to dine in public.), leave campus and actively participate in activities where student can effectively socially distance. The student must always wear a tight-fitting mask when around others. Due to the requirement of masking around others, the student will continue to occupy the isolation dorm for the duration of the isolation period to provide a safe sleeping space for their roommate. Students will be excused from classes and not penalized for their absence.

 

Testing Positive for COVID-19

Notre Dame College will follow the most recent CDC guidelines for isolation. You must be cleared by the NDC COVID-19 Response Team to resume normal campus activity.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and have symptoms, you must:

  1. Isolate 5 days from the onset of symptoms
  2. You can return to normal campus activity on day 6 if symptoms have resolved, including no fever for over 24 hours. Because our classrooms are not at 6-foot socially-distancing, you may not return to class until you are released from full isolation by the NDC COVID Response Team.
  3. If you are released from isolation on day 6 you must continue to wear a mask as usual campus policy, plus mask around others (off-campus, in dorms, etc.) for 5 additional days.

You are to not do any tasks that would require you to remove your mask in public, such as eating in public areas i.e.: dining at the cafeteria.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, you must:

  1. Isolate 5 days from the date of the test.
  2. You can return to normal campus activity on day 6 if you are still symptom-free. Because our classrooms are not fully socially distanced you may not return to class until you are released from full isolation by the NDC COVID Response Team.
  3. When returning to campus activity, continue to wear a mask as usual on campus plus mask around others (off-campus, in dorms, etc.) for 5 additional days.

You are to not do any tasks that would require you to remove your mask in public, such as eating in public areas i.e.: dining at the cafeteria.

 

Exposure to a Person with Active COVID-19

If you are exposed (within 6 feet or fewer for a cumulative of over 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) to someone with COVID-19 and you are up to date* on your COVID-19 vaccination status and DO NOT HAVE symptoms:

  1. You can participate in normal campus activity but continue to wear a mask as usual on campus plus mask around others (off-campus) for 10 additional days from exposure.
  2. Test on day 5 from exposure if possible.
  3. If the test is positive, follow instructions for testing positive for COVID-19.

If you were exposed (within 6 feet or fewer for a cumulative of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) to someone with COVID-19 and you are not up to date* on your COVID-19 vaccination but you DO NOT HAVE symptoms:

  1. Quarantine for 5 days from the date of exposure. If symptoms develop immediately report to covid@ndc.edu.
  2. Test on day 5 from exposure if possible.
  3. If you are symptom free on day 6, you will be cleared to return to normal campus activity. Because our classrooms are not fully socially distanced you may not return to class until you are released from full quarantine by the NDC COVID-19 Response Team.
  4. When returning to normal campus activity, continue to wear a mask as usual on campus, plus mask around others (off-campus) for 5 additional days.

You are to not do any tasks that would require you to remove your mask in public, such as eating in public areas i.e.: dining at the cafeteria.

If the test is positive, follow instructions for testing positive for COVID-19.

 

If you were exposed (within 6 feet or fewer for a cumulative of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period) to someone with COVID-19 and you HAVE symptoms, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Immediately self-isolate; you must test as soon as possible.
  • If the test is positive, follow instructions under testing positive for COVID-19.
  • If the test is negative, you will be cleared to return to normal campus activity and/or referred for additional treatment.

 

*The Center for Disease Control defines up-to-date for COVID-19 vaccination as:

  • Within two months of having completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine (one dose).
  • Within five months of having completed the primary series of the mRNA Pfizer vaccine or within six months of having completed the primary series of the mRNA Moderna vaccine (two doses for both).
  • Following a booster vaccine for those who are beyond two months of the J&J vaccine or beyond five or six months of the mRNA Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, respectively.

 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms – regardless of vaccination status

  1. Immediately self-isolate; you must test as soon as possible.
  2. If the test is positive, follow instructions under testing positive for COVID-19.
  3. If the test is negative, you will be cleared to return to normal campus activity and/or referred for additional treatment.

Students are responsible to communicate with their instructors concerning their absence from the classroom due to quarantine or isolation. Students that comply with the NDC COVID-19 protocol will be added to an excused student list. This list is accessible to instructors on the MyNDC website under employee resources. Effective communication is key to a successful semester. Please contact covid@ndc.edu with any questions and concerns.