Most Frequently Asked Questions
- Make arrangements now to get a PCR nasal swab test or rapid antigen test 5-7 days prior to arrival. You can also present a positive case from the previous 90 days (not to include the previous 10 days) or a positive antibody test from the past 30 days. You will need to present your test result to your RD prior to being allowed to move into your room (if a resident student) or present to the Student Development Office prior to your first class (if a commuter student).
- Talk to your family and make a plan should you have to go into isolation (positive test) or quarantine (close contact exposure). It is strongly encouraged that students return home if at all possible. It is important that families discuss this in advance.
- Reduce potential exposure by adopting the following behaviors at least 14 days prior to arrival: avoiding large crowds and gatherings, keeping a safe distance from other people (at least 6’ apart), wearing a mask regularly when unable to maintain 6’ feet of distance, washing hands often and not knowingly come into contact with a person who has been diagnosed with the virus.
- Monitor any symptoms of the virus for at least 14 days prior to arrival. Those symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4° or more, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new GI symptoms, and/or loss of taste or smell.
- Purchase your COVID-19 supplies for the academic year
- Digital thermometer
- Seven face masks
- Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes for your room
- Plan to bring a laptop computer or tablet for remote learning
- Plan to bring your camp/lawn chair to campus for sitting outside
- Develop the daily habit of temperature taking and monitoring for other symptoms every day. Establish your baseline temperature so you know when it is elevated. Get in the habit of smelling your deodorant or toothpaste each day so you can detect a loss of smell right away. Early identification of symptoms will be essential for impeding the spread.
- Get used to wearing a mask. You will have to wear one at all times when indoors except for when on your hall and when sitting down and eating in the Great Hall. You will also need to wear a mask when outside if six feet of distance cannot be maintained.
Move-in for Spring 2021 is scheduled for January 30-31. Residence life will conduct move-in through a process that meets CDC guidelines for social distancing. In order to be able to check into your room, you must present evidence of your test results from the previous 5-7 days (preferred) up to 10 days (permitted).
- Please limit the number of people you bring to assist in your move. They will need to leave the same day.
- Please pick up all supplies before coming to campus to limit trips off the mountain.
- You and anyone coming to campus to assist you with moving in will need to self-screen for symptoms including elevated temperature before coming to campus. Please do not come to campus if you are symptomatic or have been in contact in the past 14 days with anyone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19.
- You will only be allowed to have two guests accompany you into your building at a time.
- Masks will be required for everyone inside the residence halls and other buildings at all times and outside when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Residence Life will share additional details regarding move-in through direct communication with residential students.
- Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should immediately contact Health Services by phone at 706-419-1275 for evaluation. They are to quarantine in their room and not attend class, go to work, eat in the Great Hall, or participate in any activities until assessed. If after hours, they are to contact the RD on Duty.
- The student will be assessed and a determination made by Health Services whether to send for testing or to continue monitoring symptoms.
- After being sent for testing, the student will be isolated in a private room and asked to create a list of contacts from the previous 48 hours with whom they had close contact (within six feet for more than 15 cumulative minutes in 24 hours) and where that contact took place. The student should highlight any individuals with whom they had prolonged and/or significant exposure.
- The College reserves the right to contact those students who had significant and/or prolonged exposure and instruct them to be on high alert with rigorous adherence to distancing, hygiene, mask-wearing, avoiding groups, attending class remotely, and eating only take-out from the Great Hall until further notice pending test results.
a. Roommates of the symptomatic student are to use the provided cleaning supplies to sanitize their room (high touch surfaces/objects) and clean individual bathrooms (where applicable).
- A confirmatory positive test for the symptomatic individual will then trigger the College’s formal contact tracing protocol.
- All close contacts listed by the student who tested positive will be notified to begin the required 10-14 day quarantine period. It is recommended that students quarantine for 14 days, but students without symptoms can come out of quarantine on the 10th day if they receive a negative test on the 8th day or later and remain symptom free while practicing high vigilance for the next four days. Students in quarantine should contact Health Services by phone to be cleared from quarantine. Regardless of completing the full 14 day or choosing to opt out for earlier release after the 10th day, students will need to receive a "Release note" to return to classes.
- Both the infected student in isolation and the close contacts in quarantine are strongly encouraged to continue their isolation and quarantine at home if at all possible. If staying on campus, food and care will be provided. Health Services will check on isolated students daily via phone or Google Meet.
- The faculty members and work study supervisors of isolated and quarantined students will be notified about the 10-14 day absence.
- Close contacts in quarantine are to check temperature twice a day and monitor for other symptoms of onset. Health Services should be contacted immediately at onset of symptoms. Students in quarantine without symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 on the 8th day of quarantine. Students who develop symptoms before the 8th day should get tested at onset of symptoms.
- Infected students will be allowed out of isolation once they meet the standards of the Georgia Department of Public Health. (Current guidance: Symptomatic students must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications, symptoms improved, and be at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms.) If a student was placed in isolation due to a positive test but never had any symptoms, the student can be released from isolation 10 days after the positive test.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health and the CDC, a close contact is someone who has been within six feet of an infected person for more than 15 cumulative minutes over a 24 hour period. We are calling it the 615 Rule - anytime you are less than six feet from someone for 15 minutes or more whether you are wearing a mask or not, you are now a close contact of that individual and will be quarantined should she/he test positive in the next 48 hours. That is a 10-14 day choice. Be very wise about how close you are to others and for how long.
- You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged or kissed them).
- You shared eating or drinking utensils.
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.