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Rollins COVID-19 updates for spring

Rollins Students and Families:
 
Given the rise in cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 globally, nationally, and in Orange County, we are adjusting our reopening plans to keep our community safe. We are increasing testing due to the heightened positivity rates in Orange County associated with the Omicron variant. The following overview will allow our community to plan for a safe return to campus.
 
We are committed to starting the academic term on time, and all stated dates in the College calendar are accurate. Residence halls will open on January 8, Intersession will be online, with classes held between January 3 and 7, and the first day of class is January 10.
 
As the landscape is changing rapidly, anticipate follow-up guidance during the week of January 3. Given the rising positivity rate in Orange County, we anticipate limiting in-person indoor events the first two weeks of the semester, but are currently planning on in-person classes, fully masked with 3-foot distancing. Specifics will be determined by the positivity rate in Orange County.
 
Provost Susan Singer
 
COVID-19 Boosters

Please obtain your COVID-19 vaccine/booster prior to returning to campus and update your booster status in FoxLink. This will help ensure a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 and will allow us to resume a fully in-person college experience for you and the Rollins community. For those unable to obtain COVID-19 boosters prior to returning to campus, the Wellness Center will be administering both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in January.

Masks

Until conditions warrant a change, masks will be required in all buildings on campus regardless of vaccination status. We recommend using medical grade masks, given the highly contagious nature of Omicron. Masks can only be removed in single-use office spaces with full walls/doors or individual residential rooms. For the time being, masks will be required in common spaces of all residential halls. This requirement will be re-evaluated at the end of January to assess whether it can be lifted. Masks will continue to be required in classroom settings in conjunction with a physical distance of 3 feet.

COVID-19 Testing
All students, regardless of vaccination status, should complete a COVID-19 test 48-72 hours prior to traveling/returning to campus. Please contact the Wellness Center if you test positive and plan to isolate at home before returning to campus.
 
Required on-campus testing:
  • Any student who has not submitted their COVID-19 vaccination record or reported that they are not vaccinated prior to the start of the semester will be required to complete a COVID-19 test upon arrival to campus. We will continue to monitor residential-hall wastewater for COVID-19 and will complete further surveillance testing of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should the need arise on our campus.
  • Student-athletes who have not reported their COVID-19 vaccination or report they are unvaccinated will continue to be tested following NCAA guidelines.
  • All who are required to test will receive scheduling notifications.
 
COVID-19 testing will continue to be available in two locations on campus for students:
  • Wellness Center (beginning 1/3 and 1/4): if you are not feeling well or have not cleared #CampusClear for the day, please contact the Wellness Center at 407-628-6340 or a local urgent care facility for a medical evaluation.
  • Campus Safety building (beginning 1/5): asymptomatic testing is available at the Campus Safety building Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Testing at this location is for those identified as close contact exposure, athletic testing, and/or travel testing.
Quarantine

Those identified as a close contact exposure will be required to quarantine, unless they have provided documentation of receiving a booster, are asymptomatic, and test negative for COVID-19 at the Wellness Center. Boosted, exempt individuals will only be required to monitor symptoms for 10 days. Students will quarantine in their own residential space or return home if able to do so via personal vehicle.

Isolation

Those who will be required to isolate after testing positive for COVID-19 will be encouraged to return home if they are able to do so via personal vehicle. Limited isolation space is available on campus and will be a shared space with other positive COVID-19 individuals.