COVID-19 and Variants Protocols for Residential Students Spring Semester 2023

  1. Monthly testing will not be required throughout the academic year for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
  2. Contact tracing will be maintained when indicated to track exposure to COVID-19. During the semester, students who test positive, who live within two hours driving distance, will be asked to return home for isolation.

If you test positive, regardless of vaccination status, follow the following steps:

  1. Isolate: You must isolate for 5 days. (Day 1 is the day you were diagnosed. You may return on Day 6.) On-campus isolation for students will be located in the Gatehouse. Students who test positive who live within two hours driving distance will be asked to return home for isolation.
  2. Notify: Students should notify the Health Center 610-341-5955.
  3. Self-Monitor: You must be asymptomatic and fever-free for 24 hours prior to Day 5 in order to leave isolation. No test is required. If you have a fever after Day 5, continue to isolate until your symptoms are resolved.
  4. Mask: Wear a mask for 5 more days (from Day 6 until Day 10).

Exposure Policies: If you are exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID, regardless of your vaccination status, quarantine is not required. The CDC now recommends you: 

  • Wear a high quality mask around others for 10 days.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms.
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and start isolation until test results are confirmed.

Masking: There is currently no mask mandate on the St. Davids campus, except for in the Health Center, and for individuals following the Isolation or Exposure policies outlined above. If you would like to reduce your personal risk of contracting the virus, research has shown that N-95 masks, when worn properly, offer strong self-protection against the virus.