Throughout the pandemic, we have been unwavering in our commitment to student success, academic excellence and campus safety. Because of your diligence in adhering to Campus Entry Safety Protocols, we are able to begin the 2022 Spring Term with the resumption of all in-person classes, labs and on-campus academic activities.
To continue to ensure a safe campus environment for our students, faculty and staff, and to align our guidelines to those recently updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have revised our campus entry requirements for the 2022 Spring Term. These updated protocols address masks, length of necessary isolation/quarantine for those who have tested positive for or have a confirmed exposure to COVID-19, and vaccine booster shots.
1. MASKS/PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Effective immediately, a three-ply, surgical/procedural face mask must always be worn when entering/exiting campus and while on campus. USAHS will provide surgical/procedural masks for all students and employees who do not have them.
- As an alternate to a three-ply, surgical mask, N95 or KN95 masks are approved to wear on campus.
- Cloth masks may only be worn over a three-ply surgical mask.
- Face masks will continue to be required regardless of vaccination or booster status.
- Please ensure you are wearing your mask properly, so it covers your nose and mouth.
Reference: COVID-19 Policy on PPE Requirements
2. ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE PROTOCOLS FOR POSITIVE DIAGNOSIS OR EXPOSURE
Effective immediately to align with the CDC’s most recent guidelines, if you have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or have been exposed to COVID-19, follow these USAHS guidelines:
If you test positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status):
- Isolate and stay home for five (5) days.
- You may return to campus after five (5) days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND you have improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), AND at least 24 hours of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication, AND received clearance to reenter campus by a member of the USAHS Reentry Team ([email protected] or 1-855-GOUSAHS). A negative test result may be required before campus reentry.
If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19:
- You are required to stay home and quarantine, and may not access campus, for five (5) days from the date of last contact, AND receive clearance to reenter campus by a member of the USAHS Reentry Team ([email protected] or 1-855-GOUSAHS). A negative test result may be required before campus reentry.
- Exceptions to quarantine will be made for individuals who are currently asymptomatic AND either (a) have been boosted for at least 10 days (FDA authorized vaccine booster only), (b) have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks (FDA authorized vaccine only) within the past five months, or (c) have had COVID-19 within the last three months.
- It is recommended to test on day 5, if possible.
- If symptoms develop, get a test and stay home.
REMINDER Notification: If you have contracted COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, campus safety protocol requires:
- All impacted individuals must notify the Reentry team by sending a brief email to [email protected].
- Students must also contact their Program Director.
- Faculty and staff should contact their supervisor and local campus Human Resources partner.
If you are not feeling well or have new or unexplained COVID-19-related symptoms that began in the last five (5) days, please stay home and consult your health care provider for guidance and contact [email protected].
3. VACCINATIONS, BOOSTER SHOTS AND TESTING
Campus entry requirements have not changed for the 2022 Spring Term. Individuals may either voluntarily disclose vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of entering campus. Effective Monday, February 14, USAHS will include boosters as part of its Entry Protocols.
To protect the University’s learning environment and mitigate teaching disruptions, our campus entry requirements provide the following options:
- All USAHS students, faculty (including lab assistants and contributing faculty), and staff will be asked to voluntarily disclose and agree to provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated* for COVID-19.
- Those who are not fully vaccinated* or do not wish to disclose their vaccination status will be required to submit proof of a valid negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days prior to each campus entry.
- Vendors and campus visitors will be required to comply with the same campus entry requirements, adhering to one of the two options. Visitors are limited to those on official University business or who support the USAHS academic purpose.
*Definition: Currently in effect, you are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving a second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the one-time Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Effective Monday, February 14, you will be considered fully vaccinated if you have received:
- A Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccine dose within the last five months. The five-month timing starts from the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and the single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
- A booster shot, if eligible. In other words, if your vaccination of the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson exceeds five months as defined in the prior point, you will need to have the booster to maintain vaccination status.
The Daily Health Screening form will be updated by February 14 to reflect these changes and allow you to upload your confidential vaccine booster confirmation.
4. ADDITIONAL REMINDERS AND RESOURCES
To safeguard the health and safety of the campus community, enhanced cleaning procedures continue to follow best practice. All classrooms/labs are equipped with disinfectants, paper towels and wipes for additional cleaning during class.
Please be sure to wash your hands with soap often and for at least 20 seconds, and sanitize hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer when wash areas are not available. Hand sanitizer is provided throughout campus.
We will continue to carefully monitor changes in pandemic conditions, hospitalization rates, guidance from the CDC and best practices from higher education institutions. As has been our practice, we will revise our protocol throughout the term based on your needs and as new guidance becomes available to maintain a safe campus environment.
Thank you for collaboratively working together as healthcare practitioners and professionals who support the University mission to ensure a safe environment for the entire USAHS community. We are committed to maintaining a thriving campus experience that effectively prepares students and advances them on time toward graduation.