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COVID Path Forward

Campus Health & Safety Guidance - Spring 2022

Recognizing the rapid increase in positivity rates and the high transmissibility of variants, Spelman and the Atlanta University Center Consortium member institutions – Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library – announce that COVID-19 vaccination booster shots will be required of all eligible staff, faculty and students for spring semester 2022. The deadline for compliance with this requirement is Feb. 6, 2022. Requiring booster shots is one of the many mitigating measures we are taking to protect the health and wellness of our campus community. We continue to monitor the latest data and consult with public health experts and epidemiologists.

Our campus health and safety protocols are informed by guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health, Fulton County Board of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the scientists and physicians of Morehouse School of Medicine.

The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving, and these protocols are subject to modifications as new information and guidance become available from federal and state agencies. While these protocols are detailed, the effectiveness of these plans are dependent upon compliance by our faculty, staff and students.

Spelman health and safety protocols include:

  • Faculty, staff, and student expectations
  • Vaccination and booster shot requirements
  • COVID-19 testing (pre-arrival testing, day of arrival testing, and frequent surveillance testing)
  • Isolation and quarantine processes
  • Visitors and vendors

Faculty, Staff and Student Expectations

Mask Wearing: Students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, must wear face masks in all indoor (except in their personal residential dorm room or singular office) and outdoor spaces, and when attending large or crowded gatherings. The mask must cover the mouth and nose. Face shields do NOT replace mask wearing. Students and employees who choose to wear a face shield, must also wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose. Multi-layered masks such as surgical masks, n95/kn95 masks are preferred. Single-layer face coverings, including neck gaiters, are not as effective in stopping respiratory droplets and should be avoided.

Physical Distancing
: Crowded settings still present a greater risk of transmission among people who have not been fully vaccinated, especially when individuals from unknown vaccination status are brought together (mixed population). Students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, are expected to observe physical distancing of at least six feet. In classroom settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained, masking is required for all students and employees, regardless of vaccination status.

Personal Responsibility: All Spelman community members must stay home from work, class and other College events if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.


Vaccination and Booster Shot Requirements

All eligible staff, faculty and students must receive a COVID-19 booster shot no later than Feb. 6, 2022, or within 30 days of becoming eligible. Exemptions will only be considered for medical or religious reasons. Employees and students must comply with the booster requirement in the same manner as the COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate. Although COVID-19 vaccination remains effective in preventing severe disease, data suggest vaccination becomes less effective over time. The recent emergence of variants further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19. All eligible staff, faculty and students are required to upload their vaccination card for the booster shot in Etrieve on the mySpelman portal.

Students and employees are considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you do not meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated.

Previous infection with COVID-19 DOES NOT indicate a vaccinated status; Individuals are required to be fully vaccinated to access the campus.

Students and employees are eligible for a booster:

  • Pfizer: 12 years and older, at least 5 months after vaccination series
  • Moderna: 18 years and older, at least 5 months after vaccination series
  • Janssen/Johnson and Johnson: 18 years and older, at least 2 months after vaccination dose

COVID-19 Testing

To reduce the possibility of students or employees arriving on campus for the spring semester while they are COVID-19 positive, we require all students and employees, regardless of vaccination status to:

  • Get a prearrival PCR test from a pharmacy, clinic or medical provider and upload test results to Etrieve on the mySpelman portal.
  • Take a Rapid Antigen test upon arrival for move in (residential students only).

Starting on Jan. 31, 2022, students and employees will continue the prescribed testing cadence as follows:

Student and employees testing frequency:

  • Fully vaccinated: once weekly Rapid Antigen test.
  • Non-fully vaccinated: twice weekly Rapid Antigen test.
  • Once weekly Random PCR Testing of only selected vaccinated and unvaccinated students and employees.
  • Periodic community PCR Testing which includes the PCR testing that will be required after spring break.

COVID Testing Requirements


Isolation and Quarantine

Students and employees are required to comply with isolation and quarantine protocols.

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

  • During isolation, residential students will relocate to a temporary housing assignment for a minimum of 10 days. Upon leaving isolation, students must receive approval before returning to class. To be cleared to return to class, students must show proof of a negative PCR test. Commuter students are required to isolate at home.
  • During isolation employees are required to stay away from campus for a minimum of 10 days. Upon returning to campus employees must receive approval before returning to campus. To be cleared to return to campus employees must show proof of a negative PCR test.
  • Students and employees who continue to have symptoms of COVID-19 after completing at least 10 days of isolation must be evaluated by a medical professional. These students and employees must: (1) provide a note from a medical professional stating the student or employee can return to campus and (2) receive clearance before returning to campus.

Quarantine applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated students and employees who have come into close physical contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. The length of quarantine will be determined by the exposure date. The day of exposure is considered day zero. During quarantine:

  • Unvaccinated residential students will relocate to a temporary housing assignment for a minimum of 7 days, asymptomatic students must receive a negative PCR test result collected on day five after exposure to exit quarantine on day seven. Students should test with a rapid test twice a week while in quarantine and upon returning to campus must provide proof of a negative PCR test. Unvaccinated commuter students will quarantine at home.
  • Unvaccinated employees are required to stay away from campus for a minimum of 7 days, asymptomatic employees must receive a negative PCR test result collected on day five after exposure to exit quarantine on day seven. Upon returning to campus employees must provide proof of a negative PCR test.
  • Vaccinated students who have come into close physical contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine in their room or off campus for a period of 5 days. During this time, students should not attend in-person classes or any campus events. Students must schedule a PCR test 5 days after exposure and wear a mask until they have received a negative result.
  • Vaccinated employees who have come into close physical contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine off campus for a period of 5 days. Take a PCR test 5 days after exposure and wear a mask until they have received a negative result.

Medical: Student Health Services will assess and manage student medical treatment.

  • Students and employees can get vaccinations and booster shots provided through Morehouse School of Medicine. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, call 404-752-1000 (employees) or 404-756-1241 (students).
  • Vaccination Locations: Morehouse Healthcare - 455 Lee Street SW, 2nd Floor Atlanta, GA 30310 (employees) or AUCC Student Health and Wellness Center 455 Lee Street SW, 3rd Floor Atlanta, GA 30310 (students).

Visitors and Vendors

Visitors are those who are not active members of Spelman or the AUCC institution’s faculty, staff or student population. Vendors provide products and/or services to the institution and are not formally considered visitors.

  • Visitors and vendors are required to always wear a face mask and physical distance while on campus.
  • Visitors and vendors are prohibited from being on campus if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past two weeks, are exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness of COVID-19 or were in close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19.

Visitor and Vendor Protocols

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