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COVID-19 Guidelines & Protocols

The parameters and guidance below are based on the .

The CDC provides (have a weakened immune system), as they are more likely to get sick with COVID-19 or be sick for a longer period. Hope College strongly recommends that immunocompromised persons follow the , including the creation of a personal COVID-19 plan in consultation with their healthcare provider.

Student Testing

On days when classes are held, any student who is experiencing can call the Health Center (616.395.7585) to schedule testing.

The Health Center will provide a test for any student who has been exposed to COVID-19. Per , testing for those without symptoms will be at least 5 days after exposure, not sooner. Interested students can call the Health Center (616.395.7585) for more details.

It is recommended that each student and employee maintain a supply of COVID-19 self tests (aka 鈥渉ome tests鈥). These can be used for rapid diagnosis of or for their own asymptomatic (鈥減eace of mind鈥) testing.

Isolation(Positive test)

If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, they are responsible to isolate for at least 5 days regardless of vaccination status in accordance with . During this time, the individual should not attend class or work and should remain separate from others to the extent possible.

Students needing to isolate are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent (i.e., non-Hope) residence by a private vehicle and safely isolate themselves at home. See the 鈥淪tudent Isolation Location鈥 section below for more details.

Students and employees are responsible for notifying their professors and any work supervisors or coaches of the need to isolate. They are also responsible to inform any close contacts* of their exposure to COVID-19 and advise them to consult this document and the for further instruction. Additional notification to the college is not required, and professors will not be notified by college personnel of student absences.

For isolation, Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or a positive viral test, and Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms developed (for those with symptoms) or the test specimen was collected (for those without symptoms). Isolation ends after the conclusion of Day 5 if the individual is fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and their symptoms are improving. A subsequent negative COVID-19 test cannot eliminate the 5-day isolation or shorten the duration.

A person who isolates is responsible to wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) through the conclusion of Day 10 any time they are around others inside their home or in public, and should not go to places where they are unable to wear a mask. They should not travel through the conclusion of Day 10. Masking and travel restrictions can be discontinued prior to Day 10 with two (2) sequential negative antigen tests at least 48 hours apart.

If a person gets very sick from COVID-19 or has a weakened immune system, they should isolate for at least 10 days and consult their doctor before ending isolation.

* A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from a confirmed COVID-19 infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting 2 days before the infected person developed symptoms or tested positive.

Student Isolation Location

Students needing to isolate are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent (i.e., non-Hope) residence by a private vehicle and safely isolate themselves at home. If they are unable to return to their permanent residence, students who reside on and off campus should isolate-in-place at their college residence and should only leave their room for restroom, food, medical appointments and to go outside. For situations involving a roommate, the isolating student and all roommates should wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) in the room while awake.

  • The isolating individual should not have sustained interactions with others and should wear a mask at all times when not in the room or when the roommate is present and awake.
  • No one other than the official residents should enter a living unit while someone is isolating there.
  • Roommates or friends can bring meals to the isolating student. For those on a meal plan, the student鈥檚 ID can be used to obtain self-service carryout meals from the dining halls.
  • Students will not be reimbursed for tuition, room, board or other fees due to isolation.
Student Academic Work While in Isolation

Students are responsible for notifying their professors of their need to isolate. Additional notification to the college is not required, and professors will not be notified by college personnel of student absences.

Upon knowing they need to isolate, a student is responsible for contacting each of their professors about materials and assignments that will be missed. Professors should coordinate with students to ensure that any materials or assignments missed during isolation are provided in the most timely and effective manner possible. When appropriate and effective, professors are encouraged to facilitate real-time participation via Google Meet or equivalent methods.

Students who visit the Health Center will be provided with proof of their appointment. Should the student wish to do so, they can provide that proof to the professor. However, for many student COVID-19 absences (including home tests) such proof does not exist. Professors should develop plans for missed classes due to isolation in light of the medical needs of the student.

Exposure to Covid

Persons who have had recent confirmed or suspected exposure to a COVID-19 infected person that meets the criteria for close contact* should follow the . This includes wearing a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) for 10 days around others when indoors in public and receiving testing 5 or more days after exposure (or sooner, if they are symptomatic), regardless of their vaccination status.

Students who are close contacts* who start experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should isolate (per the guidance above) and call the Health Center (616.395.7585) to schedule a test.

* A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from a confirmed COVID-19 infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting 2 days before the infected person developed symptoms or tested positive.

Vaccines

All students, employees and visitors to campus are strongly encouraged to stay up to date with all , including those for COVID-19. 

Students who desire a COVID-19 vaccine dose (including a booster) can call the Health Center (616.395.7585) to schedule an appointment. Multiple options are available, including both subunit protein (Novavax) and mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) vaccines.

While COVID-19 vaccination is not required for activities on the Hope College campus, some off-campus programs and experiences facilitated by other organizations (e.g,. internships, study abroad programs) may include such a requirement.

Masks

Wearing a mask is a personal choice and optional everywhere on campus with the exception of those who are isolating and anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19.

Consistent with the mission and core values of Hope College all students, employees and visitors will honor any requests from others to wear a mask. In support of this, it is recommended that each student and employee maintains their own supply of well-fitting face masks.

When a mask is needed, one that fully covers the nose and mouth should be used. In all situations, cloth masks are not recommended, and high-quality masks or respirators (e.g., N95) are preferred.

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 at Hope College, please email healthcenter@hope.edu.