April 7, 2021
Dear ASD Staff,
For those of you who are on vacation, I hope you are enjoying the spring break—the weather outside is absolutely beautiful! For those of you who are here on campus working with our students, thank you for taking care of them and keeping them entertained this week.
We have one student on campus who has tested positive for COVID-19. That student is currently in quarantine. We also have two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Both of them are quarantining at home, so there is no further impact on campus.
The Department of Public Health contacted us about students over the age of 16 receiving the Pfizer vaccine. We are currently working with our local DPH officials to make arrangements for vaccinations for those students, and we are hopeful that it will happen soon.
At our weekly meeting, the State Department of Education and the Department of Public Health shared new travel guidelines for individuals who are fully vaccinated: they are not required to quarantine upon return, unless they are feeling ill or are exhibiting any kinds of symptoms.
For our students who will be returning to campus next week, quarantine procedures will vary. Students returning from known hot spots, or from far away, may be required to quarantine, while other students returning from neighboring states, such as New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, will not be required to quarantine unless they have a fever or are exhibiting any kind of symptoms. Andrea Dillon and the staff at the Student Health Center will be making the determinations about who will need to quarantine.
The State shared this week that the CDC has released new guidelines for cleaning procedures, and we will be adjusting our cleaning based on the CDC’s recommendations. Click here
for more information.
The fitness center is now open for anybody who is fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people have received their full doses, and it has been two weeks since they have received their final dose. To use the fitness center, staff will need to provide proof of vaccination to the Student Health Center., which will maintain a copy of that document in their confidential records. Staff who have shared that document with the Student Health Center and would like to use the fitness center will need to contact security first. Security will check with the Student Health Center to make sure your proof of vaccination is on file, and then you will be permitted to use the fitness center, with the following guidelines:
- If there are other people in the area, please wear your mask;
- If you are the only one in the fitness center, you do not have to wear a mask;
- If there are students present, please wait until they have finished and left before using the fitness center.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Have a wonderful rest of the week, and we will continue to keep you posted if there are any further updates.