COVID-19 Protocols for Summer

Summer

COVID-19 Protocols for Summer

Important information about COVID-19

As UNCSA resumes residential Summer Intensives for the first time since 2019, we look forward to a summer of exhilaration and growth, but we are very much aware that the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us. Our priority remains the health and safety of our campus community. The campus protocols for a safe summer for all students are below, and these differ significantly from our academic year protocols. Please take the time to read the protocols below carefully and understand the procedures for positive COVID-19 cases or exposure.

These protocols will apply to both residential and commuter students. Please note that these protocols may be updated as pandemic conditions change.

Overview

We strongly encourage all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Continuing in the program after a close-contact exposure depends on vaccination status, so proof of vaccination should be attached to the Summer Health form.

All students, regardless of vaccination status, are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test (antigen tests will NOT be accepted) taken between 72 and 96 hours prior to arrival. The recommended schedule is:

Arrival date Sunday, June 26 Test must be taken no earlier than Wednesday, June 22
Arrival date Sunday, July 3 Test must be taken no earlier than Wednesday, June 29
Arrival date Sunday, July 10 Test must be taken no earlier than Wednesday, July 6
Arrival date Sunday, July 17 Test must be taken no earlier than Wednesday, July 13
Arrival date Sunday, July 24 Test must be taken no earlier than Wednesday, July 20

Please don’t wait until the last minute to submit your negative COVID-19 test!

  • Submit negative results by email to healthservicesinbox@uncarts.onmicrosoft.com
    no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday before arrival.
  • Bring a copy of your test results on your check-in day.
  • If your pre-arrival test is positive, your arrival on campus will be deferred as follows:
    • If you had symptoms: Isolate at home for 5 full days AND fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) AND your symptoms are improving.
    • If you did NOT have symptoms: Isolate at home for 5 full days after your positive test.
    • If you were severely ill with COVID-19: You should isolate at home for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation and submit doctor’s note to Health Services.
    • Fees will not be pro-rated or refunded for late arrival due to positive COVID-19 case.

Masking is strongly recommended in all indoor settings, and is required in Health Services and school transportation, including airport pickup. Students should bring a supply of masks with them.

Protocol for students

Symptomatic students

Symptomatic students will be tested in Health Services. Possible COVID-19 symptoms (if not related to another medical condition) are listed below:

  • Fever or chills
  • New or increased shortness of breath
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Decreased sense of smell or taste
  • Muscle aches and pain
  • GI symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)

Asymptomatic students

Asymptomatic students will not be tested unless they have a known exposure which has been identified though contact tracing.

Positive cases

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be placed in a supervised isolated room (for students with roommates, the roommates will be moved to quarantine, and roommates will follow the known exposure protocol). Parent, guardian, or other responsible adult designated in advance by parents MUST pick them up within 24 hours of notification.

  • Please be aware that COVID-19 positive students may not board an airplane or take any other form of mass transportation such as buses or trains.
  • No refunds will be given for students who test positive.

Known exposures to COVID-19

If contact tracing reveals that a student has been exposed to COVID-19, we will follow one of these procedures:

  1. If the student has been boosted OR completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months, student may continue usual activities, including attending class, while continuing to follow masking guidelines.
    1. A COVID-19 test will be given 5-7 days after known exposure.
    2. If test is negative, student may continue usual activities (masked) and monitor for symptoms.
    3. If test is positive, parent, guardian, or other responsible adult designated in advance by parents MUST pick up with 24 hours of notification.
    4. Please be aware that COVID-19 positive students may not board an airplane or take any other form of mass transportation such as buses or trains.
    5. No refunds will be given for students who test positive.
  2. If the student completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over six months ago and is not boosted OR completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson over 2 months ago and is not boosted OR is unvaccinated, student will be placed in a supervised isolated room and parent, guardian, or other responsible adult designated in advance by parents MUST pick them up within 24 hours of notification.
    1. Please be aware that COVID-19 positive students may not board an airplane or take any other form of mass transportation such as buses or trains.
    2. No refunds will be given for students who must leave campus due to a known exposure.