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COVID-19 Health Training

We Are Ready

As a good, brave, and ready community, The King’s College looks with hope toward our new school year together.

This page is a guide to help you protect yourself and others in this season on campus, at home, and around New York City.

Wear Your Face Covering

Face masks are optional while on campus. Here’s how to wear one well, if you choose to do so:

Start and end with clean hands
Wash your hands before putting on your face covering as well as after taking it off.

Cover it all
The face covering should fully cover your nose and mouth. Make sure it’s snug against your face with no gaps.

Keep it clean
Wash your face covering regularly with water and a mild detergent. Let it fully dry before wearing.

Breathe easy
You should be able to comfortably breathe while wearing your face covering.

If you need one
Ask for a mask at Student Services.

CDC Recommendations on Masks

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands is common sense. Now it’s vital for good health. Here’s how to do it right.

Count to 2o
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (You can hum “Happy Birthday” twice during this time.) Be sure to use a clean towel or air dry your hands to keep them clean.

Sanitizer is available
In addition to washing your hands, make use of the hand sanitizer stations around campus.

Avoid touching your face
By not touching your face, nose, and eyes, you prevent a common way that people are exposed to germs.

CDC Recommendations on Handwashing

Keep Your Distance

Social distancing is optional while on campus. Where possible, campus activities, classes, and spaces will be set with enough space that those who elect to be socially distant may do so. Here’s how to stay safe around your fellow Kingsians.

6 feet apart
Appropriate social distancing requires staying 6 feet away from others. Campus will be arranged to provide for the necessary voluntary distancing.

Stay aware
Stay aware of your surroundings, whether it’s paying attention to campus signage or avoiding occupied areas where social distancing is not possible.

Goes well with face masks
Combining social distancing with wearing your face covering is a powerful combination in fighting the spread of the coronavirus.

CDC Recommendations on Social Distancing

Clean Your Space

Keeping our campus and housing clean can help our community stay healthy. Here’s how.

Clean often
Students may wipe down their desks with provided disinfecting supplies before the start of every class.

At home, too
Roommates will be expected to regularly clean their apartments, especially high touch surfaces like countertops, desks, doorknobs, and sinks.

Don’t forget your phone
Disinfect your phone, laptop, and other devices frequently. Alcohol-based wipes may work, though be sure to consult the manufacturer’s instructions first.

CDC Recommendations on Shared Housing

Stay Home If You're Sick

If you feel sick, stay home. It’s a simple way to get rest and be safe. Here’s what to know about staying home sick.

Be a good roommate
For the safety of your roommates, keep away from them as much as possible.

For now, don’t share
Make sure not to share items or food with your roommates.

Common spaces
If you must use a common space, wear a mask, wash your hands before, and disinfect the area afterwards.

CDC Recommendations on When You Feel Sick

Be Safe Around the City

You’re inevitably going to travel around the city (as long as you’re not feeling sick). Here’s how to be safe.

All of the above
Use the above best practices. Face masks are required by federal law on public transportation. Wash or sanitize your hands before leaving home and immediately after arriving at your destination. Stay at least 6 feet from others when possible. Avoid touching your face.

On the subway
Practice social distancing. Avoid rush hour to minimize the number of travelers. Avoid touching surfaces (kiosks, turnstiles, handrails, poles) as much as possible. Use hand sanitizer often.

Car services (Uber, Lyft, taxi)
Avoid touching surfaces in the car. Improve ventilation by opening the windows or asking the driver to set the air conditioner to non-circulating mode.

Shared bikes (CitiBike)
Bring disinfecting wipes and clean the surface of the bike that you’ll be touching (handlebars, gear shift, lock, etc.). Wash or sanitize your hands immediately after using the bike.

CDC Recommendations on Travel

COVID-19 Monitoring Rubric

This rubric defines the conditions that apply when a member of the King’s community:

  • has been exposed to a person in quarantine
  • has been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19
  • displays new COVID-19 symptoms
  • tests positive for COVID-19
Isolation

Isolation Rubric

  • On-campus students, staff, faculty, or NYCIntern residents who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive COVID-19 test if asymptomatic, or for 10 days from the onset (start) of symptoms, and be fever-free (without using pain relievers or fever reducing medicines) for 24 hours before returning to campus.

Isolation Defined

  • Call the Emergency Phone at 646-242-4411 for guidance.
  • Remain in an isolated location (not leaving or accepting visitors) for 10 days from the date of the positive COVID-19 test if asymptomatic, or for 10 days from the onset (start) of symptoms, and be fever-free (without using pain relievers or fever reducing medicines) for 24 hours before returning to campus.
  • The King’s College will provide isolation locations for on-campus students or NYCIntern residents.
  • Students and NYCIntern residents will receive assistance with the procurement of basic needs.
  • Follow COVID-19 Testing Procedures outlined below.

 

Quarantine

Quarantine Rubric

  • Exposed Quarantine: Unvaccinated on-campus students, staff, faculty, or NYCIntern residents who are asymptomatic AND who have been in close contact (within 6 feet, with or without a mask, for 10 minutes or more) with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days from the last day of their close contact before returning to campus.
  • Symptomatic Quarantine: All on-campus students, staff, faculty, or NYCIntern residents who display new COVID-19 symptoms that are not normal to their regular ongoing health condition must quarantine for 10 days from the onset (start) of symptoms, or until they can present a negative COVID-19 test, and be fever-free (without using pain relievers or fever reducing medicines) for 24 hours before returning to campus.

Quarantine Defined

  • Call the Emergency Phone at 646-242-4411 for guidance.
  • Remain in a quarantined location (not leaving or accepting visitors) for 10 days since exposure or travel if asymptomatic or for 10 days from the onset (start) of symptoms if symptomatic, and be fever-free (without using pain relievers or fever reducing medicines) for 24 hours before returning to campus.
  • The King’s College will provide on-campus students and NYCIntern residents with locations for quarantines.
  • Students and NYCIntern residents will receive assistance with the procurement of basic needs.
  • Monitor symptom development for a total of 14 days (check temperature twice daily). If symptoms develop, follow the COVID-19 Testing Procedures outlined below.

Individuals Exempt from Exposed Quarantine

On-campus students, staff, faculty, or NYCIntern residents who fall in the below category (and remain asymptomatic) do not need to quarantine after confirmed or suspected exposure to COVID-19:

  • Those who have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection
  • Those who are vaccinated
Monitoring

Monitoring Rubric

  • Unvaccinated on-campus students, staff, faculty, or NYCIntern residents who have been in close contact (within 6 feet, with or without a mask, for more than 10 minutes) with a quarantined person must monitor for symptoms (check temperature twice daily) and take extra precautions while on campus.
  • On-campus students, staff, faculty, or NYCIntern residents displaying symptoms who test negative for COVID-19 may return to campus after 24 hours of being fever-free (without using pain relievers or fever reducing medicines).

Monitoring Defined

  • Call the Emergency Phone at 646-242-4411 for guidance.
  • Remain vigilant in your personal hygiene and take extra precautions while on or off campus, and reduce in-person social activity.
  • Monitoring individuals are permitted to leave their apartments, but are discouraged from accepting visitors or visiting others.
  • Monitor symptom development (check temperature twice daily). If symptoms develop, follow the COVID-19 Testing Procedures outlined below.
COVID-19 Testing

Those who display COVID-19 symptoms or suspect exposure to COVID-19 should follow these steps:

  1. Consult the above COVID-19 Monitoring Rubric.
  2. Contact The King’s College:
    • On-campus students and NYCIntern residents should call the Emergency Phone at 646-242-4411.
    • Faculty and staff should call the Director of Human Resources, Grace Gleason.
  3. Call the NYC COVID-19 hotline at 888-364-3065 or visit nyc.gov to schedule a free covid-19 test.
    • If asymptomatic, test five days after exposure. If symptomatic, test 24 hours after onset (start) of symptoms. Individuals must use their New York City addresses and identify themselves as a member of The King’s College.