COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation

[Last updated February 1]

Quarantine and Isolation Overview

Throughout the spring, students may need to be: 1) isolated as a result of a COVID-19 positive test result, 2) isolated when symptomatic and awaiting COVID-19 test results; or 3) quarantined as a result of contact tracing.

Students are strongly encouraged to contact their parents or guardian if they are moved into quarantine or isolation. If a student is quarantining or isolating, House Deans will be notified and a short term health leave will be processed, if necessary. Professors will not be notified of specific diagnosis and test results for individual students. Professors may be notified if they are found to be a close contact, but the individual student's name will not be released during this process.

If you are currently in quarantine or isolation, please see this site for information on what to expect, meal pickup times, virtual activity resources, and more.

 

Modified Quarantine

Students will participate in modified quarantine upon move-in. Learn more about arrival testing.

Modified quarantine as part of move-in, will end after a student is informed of a negative test result by email. They will be able to move about the campus while still maintaining all health and safety protocols described in the F&M Pledge. If you receive a positive test result (or are identified as a close contact), you will be contacted by the SWC.

Thereafter, students may need to participate in a modified quarantine if they are associated with a situation that poses increased risk of positive cases on campus, as determined by senior leaders and the Student Wellness Center (e.g. positive wastewater test for their residence hall). A modified quarantine is different than the standard quarantine, so we have created a document answering frequently asked questions on modified quarantine.
 

Quarantine

Students will need to quarantine when 1) they receive their initial move-in test (modified quarantine) until they receive a negative test result,  or 2) if they have been found to be a close contact to someone who tests positive or has been suspected of having COVID-19. Learn more about testing and the estimated results turnaround.

The information below refers to quarantine after the initial move-in testing. For information regarding move-in quarantine, please refer to Testing and Screening.

Quarantine Housing
  • If identified as a close contact or traveling from another state or country, students in on- or off-campus housing may choose to quarantine at home if they feel well enough to travel and if traveling does not impact the health and safety of the public. If returning home for quarantine, students will need to ensure there is a safe way to travel (i.e. limited to no risk for the individual or those around him/her during travel) and that home is a safe environment for the individual and family members. If you choose to return home for your isolation period, please notify the College at COVID19testing@fandm.edu and contact the testing team upon your return to coordinate your re-entry to campus.

  • If choosing to stay on campus for your quarantine period, students living in on-campus and off-campus housing will be relocated to Schnader Hall, which will be used exclusively for isolating and quarantining students. Quarantined students will not be mixed with isolated students; they will be separated by floor with no mixing on the same floor. 
  • Commuters will need to quarantine at home and also limit their time in shared spaces until their test results are received.
Quarantine Protocol
  • During quarantine, students will be able to leave their rooms only to use the bathroom, get their meals from the hall delivery point, or in case of an emergency. It is critical that during the quarantine period all protocols for physical distancing, use of face coverings, and hand hygiene are followed.

  • Students who are asymptomatic and in quarantine should still attend COVID-19 testing at their weekly time slot. It is crucial that any students attending testing go straight to their testing appointment and then return to Schnader while maintaining physical distance and wearing their PPE.
  • Learn more about dining options available for students during quarantine
  • Students' mental health is of vital importance. Learn more about what virtual activities and services will be available during quarantine. Mental health resources can also be found through DipCares.

  • Students in quarantine will be able to participate in their courses remotely.
Quarantine Release

 

Isolation:

According to the CDC “Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.”

Reasons for Isolation
  • Students will need to isolate when they receive a positive test result for COVID-19 or if they are symptomatic and under suspicion for COVID while awaiting results.
Isolation Housing 
  • Students in on- or off-campus housing are encouraged to return home to isolate if they feel well enough to travel and if traveling does not impact the health and safety of the public. If returning home for isolation, students will need to ensure there is a safe way to travel (i.e. limited to no risk for the individual or those around him/her during travel) and that home is a safe environment for the individual and family members. If you choose to return home for your isolation period, please notify the College at COVID19testing@fandm.edu and contact the testing team upon your return to coordinate your re-entry to campus.

  • If choosing to stay on campus, students living in on-campus and off-campus housing who need to isolate will be relocated to Schnader Hall, which will be used exclusively for isolating and quarantining. Isolated students will not be mixed with quarantined students; they will be separated by floor with no mixing on the same floor.
Isolation Protocol
  • During isolation, students will be able to leave their rooms only to use the bathroom, get their meals from the hall delivery point, or in case of an emergency. It is critical that when isolating, all protocols for physical distancing, use of face coverings, and hand hygiene are followed.

  • Students who are in isolation or are symptomatic should not attend weekly testing.
  • Learn more about dining options available for students during isolation

  • Students in isolation (if physically well) will be able to participate in their courses remotely.  The college can arrange a short-term medical leave, if necessary.

  • Students' mental health is of vital importance. Learn more about what virtual activities will be available during isolation. Mental health resources can also be found through DipCares.
Isolation Release
  • Clearance from isolation occurs when an individual has improving symptoms, is fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours, and has been at least 10 days from either positive test or start of symptoms.

  • Symptomatic students who test negative will be treated on a case-by-case basis. Based on the severity of symptoms and degree of suspicion of COVID-19, they could be released after a negative test or could remain in isolation to be monitored and potentially retested.