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Fall 2021 Protocols

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Vaccine Documentation 

Reporting record of vaccination is not required for ETBU faculty, staff, and students, but it is respectfully and highly recommended. Any person who has not submitted documentation of vaccination will be considered unvaccinated. If you have yet to receive your vaccine, we encourage you to sign-up for an appointment at the upcoming Free COVID-19 Vaccine ClinicHowever, getting vaccinated is a personal choice for your health. It is a decision that you should make in consultation with your loved ones and/or health care provider. 

Vaccinated Individuals

Masks are recommended for vaccinated individuals indoors. Universal masking is required of all campus community members (vaccinated and non-vaccinated) in classrooms and in Chapel and other campus worship services. In addition, fully vaccinated individuals will not need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19, unless symptomatic. COVID-19 testing will be available to all individuals on campus through the Sisk Health Services Clinic

Unvaccinated Individuals

All unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff are required to wear masks indoors and in outdoor settings where social distancing cannot be maintained. Unvaccinated individuals will be subject to quarantine and isolation for a period of 10 days, after exposure to COVID or testing positive for COVID. Any person who has not submitted documentation of vaccination will be considered unvaccinated. Submit your vaccination form here.

Sisk Health Services

The Sisk Health Services Clinic will continue to operate as a resource for the ETBU campus community. Services include: full service laboratory testing, COVID-19 tests (PCR, Rapid Antigen, and Antibody), rapid tests for influenza, strep, mononucleosis, urinalysis, physical exams, health screenings, and more.

Virtual Learning Accommodations

Virtual learning will be available ONLY to COVID-infected, exposed, or symptomatic students who have been isolated or quarantined by ETBU Sisk Health Services.

COVID-19 Daily Health Screening 

Students should still monitor personal health conditions and refer to the daily health screening before leaving their residence each day.

Testing Protocols

The University will have on-site antigen rapid and PCR testing for symptomatic individuals. There will also be random antigen testing among students. Per American Southwest Conference athletic rules, NCAA fall championship sport athletes will be tested weekly (NCAA fall championship sports: football, volleyball, cross country, and soccer). On-campus quarantine space will be limited, so isolation at a personal residence is recommended, if possible. COVID-19 positive individuals will be required to quarantine for 10 days, with an option for non-symptomatic individuals to take a COVID test on day 7. If test is negative, the individual will be released from quarantine. 

Experiencing symptoms or need a test? Submit a Symptom Report here.

Questions

If you have questions about East Texas Baptist University’s response or plans as related to COVID-19, please contact us at stayhealthy@etbu.edu.