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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Contact Tracing to Continue on Campus (May 26, 2021)
As a follow up to last week’s announcement regarding updated campus protocols surrounding COVID-19, the College will continue to follow contact tracing guidelines per the Jefferson County Health Department and in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Quarantine protocols will continue to be followed in accordance with Health Department regulations, and the College will follow CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals. The College will also continue utilizing a variety of mitigation strategies and best practices, including social distancing and vigorous sanitization of classrooms and heavily used spaces/surfaces.
As has been our practice from the inception of the pandemic, the College will continue to be proactive with our health and safety plans and update/communicate them as necessary prior to the fall semester.
You may be aware that the CDC is recommending everyone 12 and older in the U.S. receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccines are widely accessible at many doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics. The federal government continues to work toward making vaccines widely available for everyone at no cost. As more individuals are vaccinated and the College experiences a dwindling number of infections on campus, there is great hope that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is near.
Thank you for your continued support of these critical health and safety practices in making Jefferson College a safe place to learn, live, and work.
Based on new public guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late last week, coupled with the continued decline in positive COVID cases on campus and in our region, effective immediately, Jefferson College will no longer require the wearing of masks in campus buildings by employees, students, or visitors.
Please note that the CDC still highly recommends that those who are not fully vaccinated continue wearing masks in all public spaces. Regardless of age, the CDC also recommends that individuals keep following all safety precautions until they are fully vaccinated.
As an extension of the new campus protocols, the College will end weekly updates to the COVID dashboard.
Sanitization stations at building entrances and classroom/office plexiglass dividers will remain in place as a long-term health resource, at least through the fall semester. Classroom distancing will also be reduced to 3 feet throughout the summer in preparation for the fall semester.
Throughout the pandemic, the College has been extremely proactive in its response to do everything possible to minimize the impact on our campus community. As more individuals are vaccinated and the College experiences a dwindling number of infections on campus, there is great hope that the end of the COVID pandemic is now in sight.
Thank you for adapting and overcoming the numerous challenges we faced together during the pandemic. Your patience and cooperation over the past year have been remarkable and your determination, support, and resolve have made the difference as the College “finishes strong” for the safety of our entire campus!
COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions / FAQs (Updated 12/17/20)
COVID-19: Close Contact Flowchart (Updated 12-10-20)
COVID-19: Individual with COVID-19 Symptoms (Updated 12-10-20)
Jefferson College Return to Campus Plan
Who to contact at Jefferson College if you have COVID-19 symptoms?
- Student Contact Tracer - Tina Robinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Employee Contact Tracer - Chris Stanfill, email@example.com
- ATS Student Contact Tracer - Cheryl Sodomka, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coronavirus Cases in the United States
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
- Jefferson County Health Department
- Johns Hopkins University Tracker
- CDC Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education
- St. Louis COVID-19 Response Dashboard