From: COVID19 <COVID19@USiouxFalls.edu>
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:48 PM
To: Students-Current <Students-Current@USiouxFalls.edu>
Subject: COVID-19 SUMMER PROTOCOLS AS OF 5/17/2021
Dear USF Students,
We again want to sincerely thank you for your continued work to keep the USF Campus Community healthy. Our mitigation efforts (and God’s grace) have resulted in lower numbers of positive COVID-19 cases. Below are some changes to USF policies and actions– as well as important reminders of efforts that remain in place to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on campus among students, employees, and guests. These policies are based on an increasing number of people getting vaccinated and decreasing community spread. As the CDC shared, a cluster of new cases or reemergence of broader community transmission will result in the re-evaluation of mitigation strategies. Should guidance change by the CDC, SD Department of Health, or Avera health experts, the University will re-evaluate institutional policies to help safeguard employees, students, and guests.
Masks are now optional on campus, indoors and outside, but are required for classes (although this policy may be modified by individual instructors). However, the lowest risk activities continue to be wearing a mask and staying distanced from others, and the University strongly supports those who choose to adhere to these mitigation strategies. The change to USF’s mask policy results from the recent CDC announcement that says fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outside regardless of the size of gathering or ability to socially distance. CDC guidelines can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html. Please note, NCAA Student-Athletes may have different rules in regards to masking during workouts.
- IN general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 week after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Recognizing that there are many people unable to get vaccinated for various reasons, including young children, USF respectfully asks unvaccinated individuals to consider continuing to mask.
- VACCINATION RECORD KEEPING
We ask that students please keep us informed of your status by reporting the dates of your COVID-19 vaccination(s) by filling out the proof of vaccination form and submitting a picture of your vaccination record. By letting us know you have been vaccinated, we will be better able to monitor our campus population and evaluate the COVID-19 protocols we have in place.
Steps to access the COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Form
Log into https://my.usiouxfalls.edu/ICS/ and on the student welcome page or on the COVID-19 student page, you will click on the purple button labeled Proof of Vaccination to submit your picture of your vaccination record to the COVID-19 Response Team.
In order to access this form, you are required to sign-in to your USF Office account. When you click on the link, you should be automatically requested to log-in (unless you are already logged in).
Username: MyUSF@usiouxfalls.edu (please note the username is not your whole email address). For example: firstname.lastname@example.org
Password: same as MyUSF and email
If you receive an error message, please go to www.office.com, sign in to your USF account, and then click on the link provided.
Please note that the University does not require students or employees to be vaccinated.
- CLOSE CONTACTS
As a general rule, fully vaccinated individuals with a known exposure to COVID-19 will not be asked to quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. For USF students living at home, an exception USF may invoke on a case-by-case basis is that if you reside with an individual who has tested positive, you WILL be asked to quarantine regardless of vaccination status. The CDC has not put an end date on the period of time you are exempt from quarantining with a known exposure. At this time, the efficacy of the vaccine extends beyond the previously used “90-day window”.
- REPORT YOURSELF
Stay OFF campus, and report IMMEDIATELY if…you are feeling ill or experiencing ANY symptoms, have a positive or pending COVID-19 test result, have a person in your household who is a close contact, has a positive or pending test result, or experience a similar situation you need to discuss please…PLEASE REPORT! In more simple terms, error on the side of safety if you experience anything previously described. Due to the highly transmissible nature of this disease, unnecessary risks are highly discouraged.
- LIVE SAFE App
Student-athletes must be screened prior to strength and conditioning workouts, athletic training sessions, and individual/team permitted voluntary workouts by completing the LIVE SAFE app before coming to campus and have confirmed by athletic department staff that they have a green check. To download the app, go to https://www.usiouxfalls.edu/covid, then click on "Daily Screening App." At this time, we are NOT requiring other USF students, or employees (including faculty/students of summer courses) to continue using the LIVE SAFE App; we will advise if this policy needs to be reversed.
QUESTIONS, CONCERNS, INQUIRIES:
COVID Response Team Lead
University of Sioux Falls