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COVID Path Forward

Protocols for a Positive COVID-19 Test Result for Students

The following guidelines identify the process that Spelman College will follow in the event a residential or a commuter student tests positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Isolation Guidance

Isolation pertains to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.

The length of isolation is determined by the first date of symptoms or date of the positive test. Individuals who test positive must:

  • Isolate for a minimum of five (5) days
  • If fever free and symptoms have improved, take a rapid antigen COVID test on day six (6)
  • If test results are negative, submit proof of negative. results. Students should send the results to Student Health Services. The phone number for Student Health Services is 404-270-5249
  • If test results are positive, continue to isolate for 10 days or until a negative COVID test result is received, at which time submit proof of negative COVID test result. Wear a KN95 mask when around others for 10 days

COVID-19 Isolation Guidance for Students Who Test Positive

Commuter Students

Commuter students must isolate off campus. COVID Test Vial-blue

Residential Students

Residential students must adhere to the following:
  • Temporarily isolate in designated isolation housing. Due to limited isolation spaces, double occupancy units may be utilized.
  • Isolate at home if permanent residence is within a 100-mile radius of the College.
  • When isolation housing is full, the student will be asked to isolate off-campus.

A member of the Student Health Services staff will monitor students while they are in isolation. All students must be cleared by Student Health Services before they can return to normal campus activities.

Student Academic Support

The College is committed to providing support to all students, particularly those absent from in-person classes due to COVID-19. Students should be aware of the following:

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  • COVID-19 related absences fall under the College’s excused absence policy.
  • Upon entry into isolation protocol an academic liaison will notify the respective instructors of the student’s absence from in-person classes.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to contact their professors or academic advisor for extra assistance upon return to class.
  • Before exiting isolation, students will receive notification from Student Health Services when they are cleared to return to in-person classes and resume regular activities.

Specific Responsibilities

Spelman Student Health Services

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Spelman Student Health Services will:

  • Initiate and manage isolation protocol for students who test positive.
  • Inform students and other appropriate offices when students are cleared to leave isolation.

COVID Operations will:

  • Inform and educate exposed students of exposure guidance
  • Provide access to masks, disinfecting hand sanitizers and rapid COVID self-test kits to students.

Spelman Housing & Residence Life

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Spelman Housing and Residence Life will:

  • Manage isolation room assignments, including card access.
  • Provide student with a copy of resource information related to processes while in isolation.
  • Coordinate notification about student in isolation to Aramark Dining Services for meal delivery and Facilities and Management Services for cleaning and maintenance needs.

Spelman Facilities and Management Services

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Spelman College Facilities and Management Services will:

  • Coordinate cleaning and supplies in all isolation spaces.
  • Manage trash removal for occupied isolation rooms.

Aramark Dining Services

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Aramark Dining Services will:

  • Provide Snack Pack to students with non-perishable items, water, juice etc. that will be provided with the first meal delivery.
  • Provide meals to students in isolation.
  • Because the weekend meal schedule is a brunch/dinner schedule, dining staff will provide additional items such as fruit, danish, etc., with dinner to satisfy the student until the brunch is delivered the next day.

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