Quarantine and Isolation

All individuals, as outlined in section 1.1, who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 (i.e. suspected COVID-19 positive, or “suspected”); or are showing symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (i.e. known COVID-19 positive, or “known”), must stay home or in their dorm room in order to quarantine or isolate. Students may be required to go to their off-campus home to self-isolate.

A known or suspected COVID-19 positive individual may not remain on College property (except in the case of a quarantined resident hall student). However, these individuals can work or attend class from home. The College will practice as much flexibility as reasonably possible in its sick leave and class attendance policies for employees and students during this time of pandemic. Remote learning and telework options will be offered when feasible.



Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 (i.e. suspected COVID-19 positive) away from others. An individual who feels healthy but recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 must:

A. Stay home or in their dorm room (i.e. quarantine) until fourteen (14) days after their last exposure;

B. Check their temperature twice a day and self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19; and

C. Stay away from people who have an increased risk for severe illness.

Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms while in quarantine must immediately report their symptoms as outlined in section 2.2.3.

For residence hall students:

D. Quarantined students will stay in their dorm room;

E. All roommate(s) of a quarantined student are strongly encouraged to limit their contact with other people;

F. Food will be delivered to quarantined students ; and

G. All common areas and high-touch services in the room should be cleaned frequently.



Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) (i.e. known COVID-19 positive) from people who are not infected. An individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, is awaiting test results, or has symptoms of COVID-19 must:

A. Stay home until it is safe to return (i.e. be around others);

B. Stay in a specific “sick room” or area and away from other people and animals, including pets; and

C. Use a separate bathroom, if available.


For residence hall students:

A. Isolated students will be moved to College-identified transient COVID-19 housing until they can return to their off-campus home to self-isolate; and

B. Isolated students must go to their off-campus home to self-isolate unless travel is not advised.


Campus Outbreak Management

The College will collaborate with the Washington and Smyth County Health Departments and local healthcare providers to manage a campus outbreak of COVID-19. In consultation with the local health department, the College will determine to what extent on-campus activities need to be suspended. The College has reserved approximately 5% of its student housing capacity to serve as isolation rooms for known COVID-19 positive students.


Return of Known or Suspected Persons

A known or suspected COVID-19 positive person can return (i.e. be around others) when they have satisfied the relevant symptoms-based strategy requirements as follows:

A. An individual who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 can return from quarantine after:

i. Continuing to have no symptoms; and

ii. Fourteen (14) days have passed since last exposure.

B. An individual who thinks or knows they had COVID-19 and had symptoms can return after:

i. Three (3) days with no fever; and

ii. Respiratory symptoms have improved; and

iii. Ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

C. An individual who tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms can return after:

i. Continuing to have no symptoms; and

ii. Ten (10) days have passed since positive test.