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COVID 19 Guidance

Updated Spring 2022 Protocol

We optimistically enter the Spring 2022 semester with hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to dwindle. Of course, we are aware of new variants of the virus. We continue to monitor the Alabama Department of Public Health’s and the CDC’s websites for guidance and updates. Approaching two years since the discovery of COVID-19, we have increased our understanding of personal health and wellness and the personal responsibility we all carry to continue to minimize the effects of the virus.

College personnel have worked to identify specific measures to help ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff. All are required to follow this protocol or may be subject to disciplinary action.

All measures listed in Coastal Alabama Community College's protocol are subject to change at any time due to state or health agency updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

COVID-19 Protocol

COVID-19 Protocol Files
Name File Type
Spring 2022 COVID-19 Protocol

COVID-19 Protocol Archive

COVID-19 Protocol Archive Files
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Amendment to Fall 2020 COVID-19 Protocol
Fall 2020 COVID-19 Protocol
Fall 2021 COVID-19 Protocol

COVID-19 Guidance FAQs

Facial coverings/masks are not required for Spring 2022. For certain programs, facial coverings may be encouraged based on policies of the College’s partners (i.e. clinical sites for allied health programs). For athletics, guidelines for facial coverings/masks are issued from the Alabama Community College Conference.

Vaccination is the leading prevention strategy to protect individuals from the COVID-19 disease and end the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 vaccine significantly reduces the potential of severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and everyone 12 years of age and older is now eligible to get a free COVID-19 vaccination. 

Pursuant to state law, the Alabama Community College System and its colleges will not mandate the COVID vaccine as a condition of attendance or employment, but vaccination is strongly encouraged for all students, faculty, and staff.

Yes. Sun Chief Hall and Thompson Hall on the Bay Minette Campus and Lakeview Apartments on the Brewton Campus will be open for students. The College will hold a set number of rooms to be used for quarantine purposes based on trends of the pandemic.

Yes. Food services provided on campus will follow county and state health and safety guidelines.

Persons arriving to campus with signs or symptoms of COVID-19:

Should a faculty/staff or student arrive to campus exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, and shortness of breath), the College will ask the person to leave campus and consult a healthcare provider before returning to campus. Further guidance is listed below regarding when someone can return to campus.

Per the CDC and the Alabama Department of Public Health, retesting is not recommended
within three months after the date of symptom onset for the initial COVID-19 infection.

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, shall:

  • Stay home for 5 days
  • If there are no symptoms or symptoms are resolving after 5 days, the individual may return to campus/work. The individual should test, if practicable, prior to returning to work.
  • Individual shall wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • Note: If the individual has a fever, they should continue to stay home until the fever resolves.

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, shall:

  • Stay home for 5 days
  • If there are no symptoms or symptoms are resolving after 5 days, the individual may return to campus/work. The individual should test, if practicable, prior to returning to work.
  • Individual shall wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • Note: If the individual has a fever, they should continue to stay home until the fever resolves.

Persons who are fully vaccinated within the last 6 months OR have been boosted shall:

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

Persons who are fully vaccinated over 6 months ago and are not boosted or are unvaccinated
shall:

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
    Coastal Alabama Community College COVID-19 Guidelines – Updated January 5, 2022 Page 7

If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms their symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.