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Spring 2022 Term updates – January 10 impacts

Dear Rollins students and families:
 
We continue to monitor the spread of the Omicron variant in Central Florida. As a follow-up to last week’s communication, we are providing additional information to help us all safely return to campus.
 
Please obtain your COVID-19 vaccine/booster and update your booster status in FoxLink (for students and employees). For those unable to obtain COVID-19 boosters prior to returning to campus, the Wellness Center will administer both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines starting Wednesday, January 5. In addition, we recommend everyone get tested prior to returning to campus, if possible.
 
COVID-19 testing is available in two locations on campus:
 
  • Wellness Center (1/4): Students, if you are not feeling well or have not cleared #CampusClear for the day, students should contact the Wellness Center at 407-628-6340. Employees can visit a local urgent care facility for a medical evaluation. Beginning January 5, COVID-19 testing at the Wellness Center is for students who are experiencing symptoms.
  • 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. In addition, all faculty and staff testing occurs at the Campus Safety location, regardless of symptoms.
 
As a reminder, masks are required in all buildings on campus regardless of vaccination status. We recommend using medical grade masks, given the highly contagious nature of Omicron. Masks will continue to be required in classroom settings in conjunction with a physical distance of three feet. In addition, masks are strongly recommended outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
 
Given the rising positivity rate in Orange County, please note below the following updates and temporary adjustments that will start Monday, January 10, and continue for at least two weeks. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to our COVID-19 FAQ.
 
Thank you for your attention and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we make these temporary adjustments.
 
Provost Susan Singer

Town Hall: Friday, January 7, 2022

We will host town halls on Friday, January 7, 2022 for students and families, faculty, and staff, in preparation for the 2022 spring term.
 
Student and Family Town Hall will take place at 11 a.m.
Call-in info: 1-415-655-0002, access code: 2436 602 4908.

#CampusClear

We continue to encourage the use of the #CampusClear app to report positives and exposure/close contact. In addition, we ask those who are symptomatic to report their symptoms. Click here for more information on the CDC’s current guidelines on isolation and quarantine. Residential students who test positive and reside less than 100 miles from campus are asked to isolate off campus. If isolation spaces reach capacity, isolation will occur in place.

In the Classroom

At this time, all classes will be in-person, unless the instructor is ill.

Dining

Please limit dining to small groups of roommates or friends with whom you regularly meet, take advantage of grab-and-go dining opportunities, and consider eating outdoors. We have revised seating in the Marketplace temporarily to provide more physical distance among groups. Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring meals from home or purchase lunch off campus.

Events

  • All indoor events will be at 50 percent of the room capacity with masking and physical distancing required.
  • Large indoor groups campus-wide are capped at 30; larger groups may be considered by the metrics group by request. Please email events@rollins.edu with your request.
  • Fans will not be permitted at athletic events.
  • Orientation opening and welcome will continue as scheduled with some programs shifted to virtual.
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life is currently moving forward with Panhellenic sorority recruitment and are working closely with stakeholders to make the necessary adjustments to the recruitment plan as needed. Students involved with Fraternity and Sorority recruitment can expect updates directly from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
  • Workout facilities (Daryl’s Fitness Center and the Anchor Club) will be open at half capacity and masks are required.
  • We will pause indoor catering for two weeks.

Campus Safety

If you arrive on campus this week and are in need of parking decals or other Campus Safety services, please keep in mind the Campus Safety office is open 24/7 and you can stop by over the weekend or during non-business hours to avoid long lines or wait times.