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Important Information for Returning to Campus

Here are some important things you will need to know as you return to campus for the 2021-22 academic year:

In accordance with new CDC guidance for institutions of higher education, Fontbonne University will implement the following:

Mandatory COVID Testing Effective January 2022

REQUIRED TO RETURN TO CAMPUS, FOLLOWED BY WEEKLY TESTING: All unvaccinated students and employees and those who have not already submitted their vaccine card to the vaccine status form will be required to provide a negative COVID test upon return to the main campus following winter 2021 break.

Tests may be accessed from our campus nurse or you may provide test results dated within 72 hours of return to campus

STUDENT COVID test results may be uploaded here.

EMPLOYEE COVID test results may be uploaded here.

On-Campus Testing

Given the supply chain limitations of rapid tests available and the amount of documentation tracking and reporting required for each test administered on campus, we are currently only able to offer on-campus testing for those required to test per our campus policy. Our policy requires all unvaccinated students and employees and those who have not already submitted their vaccine card to the vaccine status form to provide COVID test results once per week. Until further notice, we will not be able to administer COVID tests to vaccinated individuals unless recommended by campus officials.  

We will have limited hours available on campus for COVID testing on a first-come first-served basis. You are not required to test on campus and may also choose to take a COVID test in the community at any available testing facility. For options near you, please see testing site locations here for information on free available test sites near you.

Below please find drop-in hours for on-campus COVID testing beginning the week of January 3, 2022. Hours will be updated for subsequent weeks and will be posted along with other COVID safety information on this page.

  • Tuesday 1/18 10am-4pm @ Ryan 103
  • Wednesday 1/19 3:30-5pm @ DSAC 119
  • Thursday 1/20 from 10am-2pm @ Ryan 103
  • Friday 1/21 3-4:30pm @ DSAC 119

As a reminder, those who do not comply with this requirement will be referred to student conduct. Employee noncompliance will be handled in accordance with Fontbonne’s workplace discipline policy and will include progressive sanctions up through termination. Per CDC guidelines, students or employees who tested positive within the last 90 days should not test but will be asked to provide the date of their last positive test.

For options near you, please see testing site locations here for information on free available test sites near you.

  • Masks are required at all times on campus unless you are in an enclosed space by yourself. Masks should be of a type and fit as recommended by the CDC.  Masks should have two or more layers of fabric, should completely cover your nose and mouth, and should fit snuggly against your face without gaps. 

  • All available scientific evidence continues to indicate that the vaccine and booster shots provide significant protection against severe illness and death.  We strongly encourage anyone who is eligible to get the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots.
    Students should upload their proof of vaccination
    here 
    Employees should upload their proof of vaccination here.
  • In the event that contact tracing occurs, all those without verified proof of vaccination will be treated as unvaccinated individuals until otherwise confirmed. Your personal vaccination status will only be made known to the Director of Human Resources and to contact tracers. 

Students are expected to complete this Self-Reporting Form, regardless of vaccination status, when:

  • You have been tested for COVID-19, with or without symptoms 
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been given a diagnosis of presumed positive by a health professional
  • You have symptoms, but not yet tested positive for COVID-19
  • You have had a CLOSE contact with an individual who has been tested and diagnosed with COVID-19

If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19:

  • Stay Home. Do not come to campus at any time, for any reason. Students living in University Housing should not leave their personal living space.  
  • Please notify faculty that you are unable to attend face-to-face coursework.
  • If you hold a student employment position, please notify your campus employer that you are unable to report to work.
  • If you are a student athlete, please notify your coach that you are unable to report to practice or games.
  • You will soon be contacted by a member of the Student Affairs team who will guide you through the next steps.
  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 has spread in our classrooms. Nonetheless, as the number of cases in the region rises sharply, courses will be disrupted by the expected large number of students and employees who will need to quarantine or who will test positive and need to isolate. To provide the best possible educational environment, for most courses, faculty and students should plan to shift to on-line instruction for the first two weeks of the semester, January 18 – January 28, 2022. Students should visit the course in Canvas on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, for directions from faculty about how to participate in the course. Also, students should check their campus email regularly (at least once per day) for additional instructions. Some experiential courses will continue to meet face to face. Additionally, students with internships, clinicals, or practicums will follow the directions of the placement site. Contact your instructor for additional information. We are committed to returning to in-person instruction as quickly as possible and will closely monitor cases on campus and in our region. 
  • The residence halls will reopen as scheduled and will remain open for anyone that needs or desires to be on campus, however, we strongly encourage students to make the best decision for themselves about whether to stay home or return to campus during the period of remote instruction.  

    If you currently live on-campus and self-identify as someone at high-risk for complications from COVID-19, please contact Janelle Julian, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs to discuss options for potential mitigation strategies.  

  • For those staying on campus: Students will not be housed in triples or quad rooms.  
  • Residential students will be permitted to visit one another within the residential community, but no additional outside guests will be permitted at this time, including non-residential Fontbonne students.
  • Capacity limits will still be in effect that permit a maximum of three people per room.
  • All campus COVID-19 guidelines, including mask-wearing, apply to all common spaces in the residential facilities.

On-Campus Dining

  • All campus eateries will be open for service during regular hours. See herefor details. 
  • Ryan Hall Cafeteria will provide “grab and go” food. The Griffin Grill (in the DSAC) will also offer grab-and-go options as well as Grill menu items made to order.
  • The Fontbonne Coffee House (in the Library) will serve Starbucks coffee and snacks from their walk-up counter.  

 

Events and meetings: 

Moving all meetings and gatherings to a virtual format is strongly recommended. For those meetings that must occur in person, capacity is limited to the number of attendees that may comfortably be in a space with a minimum of 6 feet of distance from one another. No food and no outside guests are permitted at this time. 

 

Athletics: 

Athletic competition will continue; however, no spectators will be allowed on campus throughout the remainder of the month of January. Spring athletes returning to campus for practices or competitions prior to January 28, 2022, should consult with their coaches about testing for COVID prior to returning to campus. 

CDC Guidelines

When should I enter quarantine?

  • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and you are unvaccinated, or your Johnson & Johnson single dose shot was more than 2 months ago, or your Moderna or Pfizer second dose shot was more than 5 months ago, or you had COVID more than 3 months ago – you should quarantine for a minimum of 5 days from the date of the infectious person’s positive test.
    • If you develop symptoms at any point during your quarantine, you should get tested for COVID immediately.
      • If you test positive for COVID you will begin isolation for a minimum of 5 days from the date of your positive test.
    • If you are not experiencing any symptoms, you should get tested for COVID on or after the 5th day of quarantine.
      • If you test negative for COVID on or after the 5th day of quarantine, you can end your quarantine, and you will be required to wear a properly fitted mask around others at all times for the next 5 days.
    • If you are sick – you should quarantine immediately and get tested for COVID as soon as you are able.
      • If you test positive for COVID you will begin isolation for a minimum of 5 days from the date of your positive test.
      • If you test negative for COVID on or after the 5th day of quarantine, you can end your quarantine, and you will be required to wear a properly fitted mask around others at all times for the next 5 days.

 

When should I enter isolation?

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 – you should isolate yourself for a minimum of 5 days from the date of your positive test.
    • If you continue to experience symptoms on or after the 5th day of isolation, you will need to remain in isolation for up to 5 additional days or until you are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing meditation and otherwise symptom-free.
    • If you have no symptoms on or after the 5th day of isolation, you can end your isolation, and you will be required to wear a properly fitted mask around others at all times for the next 5 days.

When can I be released from quarantine or isolation?

  • You may not leave quarantine or isolation and/or return to campus until you have been officially released by Student Affairs (students) or Human Resources (employees).
  • It is not an option to “test out” of quarantine or isolation prior to the 5th day, regardless of the type of test.
  • Although we are following the general guidelines outlined by the CDC, there may be some unique circumstances that require different instructions.
  • Guidance may change based on the available science and recommendations by public health officials.

 

What is considered a close contact?

  • The most common guideline for determining a close contact is when you have been within 6 feet of an infectious person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • There is also evidence that being farther than 6 feet from an infectious person could result in transmission of COVID-19, particularly when there is prolonged exposure (more than 15 minutes) to an infectious person, if they are engaged in increased exhalation (e.g. exercising, shouting, singing), and in an enclosed space with inadequate air handling.
  • Those who come into close contact with infectious individuals do not have to quarantine if you have gotten a booster shot, or if your Johnson & Johnson single dose shot was less than 2 months ago, or your Moderna or Pfizer second dose shot was less than 6 months ago, or if you tested positive for COVID-19 less than 3 months ago.

Contact Us

Please email coronavirus@fontbonne.edu with any additional questions.

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