COVID-19 Alert Status and Response | St. Lawrence University

COVID-19 Alert Status and Response

This is a guide only of indicators used to determine alert levels.  Factors include:

  • Number of cases among students in the Canton area and employees reporting for work at campus facilities
  • Number of close contacts of positive cases
  • Nature of student and employee clusters:  possibility of imposing stricter rules on specific groups
  • Capacity of staff to manage on-going cases and support students
  • Capacity of staff for ongoing student disciplinary issues
  • Nature of employees who test positive—essential functions and effects on student services and safety
  • Quarantine/isolation capacity on campus
  • Effect on mental health of students and employees
  • Local hospital and public health capacity

Note: Confirmed cases and quarantine bed usage cannot correlate exactly.  One positive case may have 3 close contacts, another may have 20. So either the confirmed cases or quarantine beds could be the prompt to consider a new alert status, coupled with other factors.
 

Precautionary Quarantine:  The University reserves the right to place residence halls, extended family units, sports teams, or other defined groups in “precautionary quarantine” to limit spread of a potential exposure, until more information is gathered through testing and investigation.  Precautionary quarantine means students stay in their own residence hall rooms, leaving only to pick up meals at (a) designated distribution center(s) and to be tested.

St. Lawrence Alert Levels

 

Green: Low Risk (New Normal)

What it means:

Cases are rare and transmission controlled. Factors that we will consider:

  • Approximately 0-15 confirmed student cases and contacts in exposure quarantine either on campus or at home; or
  • Up to approximately  20% of quarantine beds used (28); or
  • Up to approximately 5% of any work group or shift report employee confirmed cases and related employee quarantines among on-campus workers

What to expect:

  • Practice everyday precautions: physical distancing, masks required, hand washing.
  • Combination of in-person/hybrid and online learning.
  • Capacity for on-campus spaces at 50% or less.
  • Student gatherings of fewer than 10 people.
  • Visitors are not allowed in campus buildings except by appointment and travel is restricted for students and discouraged for employees.
  • Dining facilities are open for students to get their food and eat, within Laurentian Pact guidelines

Additional Details:

Employee Status

Departments plan scheduled based on need; approximately 50% of employees on campus at any time; work from home as possible.

Student Status

In residence at pre-planned reduced density; general county access

Academic Delivery

In-person/Online at faculty discretion

Academic Buildings

Open to students and employees

Library

Open to students, employees, and retirees

Residence Halls

Open only to building residents – follow regular guidelines

Dining

Staggered sit down and To Go

Support Spaces (i.e. Center for Student Achievement, Vilas, Admissions, etc.)

Open to students, employees, and business-purpose visitors by appointment only

Athletic Facilities

Open to students and employees with restrictions (locker rooms limited)

Bookstore

Open to the public

Admissions

Tours with restrictions

Outside Spaces

In use with masks

Visitors

Approved official visitors by appointment, essential service providers (vendors or contractors)

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Yellow: Moderate Risk

What it means:

Incidence of the virus remains low, but indicators show increased or potential for increase in transmission. Factors that we will consider:

  • Approximately 16-50 confirmed student cases and contacts in exposure quarantine on campus or at home; or
  • Approximately 21-40% of on-campus quarantine beds used (29--76); or
  • Approximately up to 10% of any work group or shift report employee confirmed cases and related employee quarantines among on-campus workers
  • Approximately 15-30% of students resident on campus are in precautionary quarantine

What to expect:

  • Practice everyday precautions: physical distancing, masks required, hand washing
  • Combination of in-person/hybrid and online learning.
  • Frequency of testing may be increased for some populations
  • Asking employees who previously returned to campus to support reactivation activities to work remotely with manager approval.
  • College may further reduce capacity of on-campus spaces.
  • Student gatherings may be limited to extended family units only.
  • Dining facilities may only allow family unit groups of 4 to eat together.
  • Visitors are not allowed on campus and travel is strongly discouraged.
  • Additional restrictions to be determined as needed; examples could include imposing curfews or restricting students to the campus only.

Additional Details:

Employee Status

Faculty teaching hybrid classes may continue, other employees work from home if not direct student support or essential campus services

Student Status

In residence at pre-planned reduced density; possible campus-only access, gatherings of family units only, dining in groups of 4 maximum, possible curfew

Academic Delivery

Classes may move to fully on-line for a specified period of time at the discretion of the Dean of Academic Affairs. 

Academic Buildings

Open to students and employees

Library

Open to students, employees, and retirees through card access

Residence Halls

Open only to building residents – follow regular guidelines

Dining

Staggered sit down and To Go

Support Spaces (i.e. Center for Student Achievement, Vilas, Admissions, etc.)

Open to students, employees, and business-purpose visitors by appointment only

Athletic Facilities

Open or closed to students and employees at the discretion of the Athletic Director

Bookstore

Hours and services determined by the Director of the Brewer Bookstore

Admissions

No tours

Outside Spaces

In use with masks

Visitors

Essential service providers or by appointment for business purposes only

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Orange: Higher Risk

What it means:

Incidence has increased above baseline modeling and indicators show rates of infection are increasing. This is defined as:

  • Approximately 51-75 confirmed student cases and contacts in exposure quarantine; or
  • Approximately 41-60% of quarantine beds used (up to 84); or
  • Up to 20% of any work group or shift report employee confirmed cases and related employee quarantines among on-campus workers
  • If more than 30% of students are in precautionary quarantine.

What to expect:

  • Practice everyday precautions: physical distancing, masks required, hand washing.
  • Frequency of testing may be increased for some populations.
  • Additional steps will be taken to de-densify campus and may include:
    • Moving all classes online and requiring students to stay in their rooms or apartments, except to get food or go for testing.
    • Prohibiting gatherings of any size – instructional or non-instructional – until transmission rates decrease.
  • Visitors are not allowed on campus and travel is strongly discouraged.
  • All dining will be carryout only (students walk through line and return to their rooms).
  • All Athletic facilities will be closed.

Additional Details:

Employee Status

Work from home if not direct student support or essential campus services

Student Status

Restricted to residence halls except for take-out meals or testing, shower times/laundry assigned, no gatherings allowed

Academic Delivery

Online only

Academic Buildings

Closed except to faculty who must access equipment for instruction

Library

Pick-up and drop-off services

Residence Halls

Open only to building residents – follow regular guidelines; option to exit if no health status restrictions; no refund after end of drop/add period

Dining

To Go

Support Spaces (i.e. Center for Student Achievement, Vilas, Admissions, etc.)

Closed

Athletic Facilities

Closed

Bookstore

Online only

Admissions

No tours

Outside Spaces

In use with masks

Visitors

Essential service providers

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Red: Highest Risk of In-Person Learning

What it means:

Significant increase in incidence with limited quarantine, isolation and/or local hospital capacity. Factors to consider: 

  • 76+ confirmed student cases and contacts in exposure quarantine on campus or at home; or
  • 61% or more of quarantine beds used (85 or above); or
  • Up to 30% of any work group or shift report employee confirmed cases and related employee quarantines among on-campus workers

What to expect:

  • Practice everyday precautions: physical distancing, masks required, hand washing.
  • Frequency of testing may be increased for some populations.
  • Campus will be shut down:
    • Classes are online only.
    • Campus is restricted to essential operations; only residential students and employees needed to support residential students or essential research and clinical activities will be allowed on campus.
    • On-campus students must remain in their rooms (except to receive meals or for testing) until such time as it is safe for them to return home. Provisions will be made for students who cannot safely return to their homes.
    • Off-campus students in the Canton area are also asked to return to their permanent homes.
  • No gatherings of any size are permitted.
  • Visitors are not allowed on campus and travel is strongly discouraged.

Additional Details:

Employee Status

Work from home if not essential campus services

Student Status

Students return home except for those without safe options

Academic Delivery

Online only

Academic Buildings

Closed except to faculty who must access equipment for instruction

Library

Closed

Residence Halls

Room and Board refunds will be prorated until the point of 60% of the semester has elapsed, after which there will be no refunds

Dining

To Go/Delivery

Support Spaces (i.e. Center for Student Achievement, Vilas, Admissions, etc.)

Closed

Athletic Facilities

Closed

Bookstore

Online only

Admissions

No tours

Outside Spaces

In use with masks

Visitors

Essential service providers

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