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COVID-19 Update: Read latest guidance for Summer 2022 campus residential programs.

Coronavirus Response

Protective measures that will be in place will be guided by science, recommendations through our network of college and university health care providers, and what the College determines to be in the best interests of public health. If you have any questions, please feel free to send them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu.

Our updated guidelines for Summer Programs (as of 7/21/2022) include:

  • Vaccination & Boosters Status Form—The College continues to require all students, faculty, and staff who are present on campus at any time to be fully vaccinated and up to date with a COVID vaccine. Any student who is requesting an exemption from vaccination is required to submit this form.
    • Fully vaccinated means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Up to date means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series COVID-19 vaccine, and a booster dose when eligible.
  • Arrival Testing—The College will require all arriving students to participate in Day Zero and Day 7 PCR testing administered by the College. After Day Zero testing, students will be required to remain masked indoors until a negative test result is obtained. (NOTE: Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months will not be tested.) 
  • IsolationStudents who test positive will be required to isolate in designated COVID-19 isolation spaces with other positive students. Isolation can end at least 5 days after symptom onset if an individual:
    1. receives a negative antigen test, and
    2. has been fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and
    3. symptoms are improving wears a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10.
  • Close ContactsRoommates (versus other close contacts) of a positive student: do not need to quarantine; should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0); should Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0); get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19; get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19 (If you tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact. You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). All other close contacts of a positive student (as opposed to roommates) should get tested if they develop symptoms at any time – even if vaccinated or recently have had COVID-19.
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms at any time, get tested.
  • Masking—The College currently maintains a "mask-optional" policy, which means each individual can and should make a personal choice regarding wearing a mask. However, during registration periods for all summer programs, indoor masking is required.
    • All students should arrive with a supply of masks in the event the College needs to pivot to required indoor masking; also, all students in the High School Summer Program will be required to wear a mask when picking up medications from Health Services.
    • Masks are required in Health Services at all times.
    • Even when masks are not required, anyone who desires to wear a mask for any reason is encouraged to do so, and each member of the Landmark community is expected to respect an individual’s personal choice. We must continue to treat one another through our core values of Respect, Understanding, Safety & Honesty. For this and other reasons, it is recommended that everyone carry a mask with them for any special circumstance that may require its use.
  • Other Recommendations—
    • Students should plan to bring a thermometer in order to monitor their health. Any student who is sick or experiencing symptoms should visit Health Services to be tested.
    • Students should arrive on campus with some rapid antigen tests on hand. (Health Services will have a small supply of rapid tests, but students should be prepared with their own.)
    • All paperwork should be completed prior to arriving on campus in order to expedite the registration process.
    • Consent for COVID testing (for minors) should be completed prior to arrival on campus, via eSign.

If you have any questions, please feel free to send them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu. These emails are received by the entire Critical Incident Response Team.


Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)

Guidelines for Campus Operations for 2022 Fall Semester (as of 1/19/2022)

  • 7/11/2022 - High School Program Testing Update Employees | High School Program Students & Families

    7/1/2022 - Summer Program Arrival Information (Summer High School Program, Summer College Readiness Program, Summer Bridge Experience Program, and Summer Session II for current LC students).

    3/22/2022—Shifting to 'mask optional' Students & Employees | Parents & Families

    3/16/2022—CIRT Information Session Students & Families

    3/11/2022—Return from Spring Break Students & Families

    1/21/2022—Returning Student Arrival Information Students | Parents & Families

    1/19/2022&—New Student Arrival Information Students | Parents & Families

    12/22/2021—JTerm & Spring Semester Campus Guidelines—Parents & Families

    12/21/2021—JTerm & Spring Semester Campus Guidelines—Students | Employees

    10/15/2021—COVID-19 Policy Update Students | Parents & Families

    9/11/2021—COVID-19 Masking Policy Update Students | Parents & Families

    9/07/2021—COVID-19 Update—Week 1 Students | Parents & Families

    8/18/2021—Online Town-Hall Meeting on 8/20 Students | Parents & Families

    8/18/2021—Reminder: Complete the Vaccination Requirement Status Form before Arrival Students | Parents & Families

    8/07/2021—Fall COVID-19 Guidelines Update Students | Parents & Families

    7/28/2021—Returning Students: What you need to know about returning to campus

  • Arrival Testing—The College will require all arriving students to participate in Day Zero and Day 7 PCR testing administered by the College. After Day Zero testing, students will be required to remain masked indoors until a negative test result is obtained. (NOTE: Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months will not be tested.) Students who test positive will be required to isolate in designated COVID-19 isolation spaces with other positive students.

    Due to the number of new students and family members who will be traveling to campus during the upcoming summer program registration days, and similar to how we started Summer Session I, the College will require all arriving students to participate in Day-0 PCR testing that will be provided and administered by the College and occur during registration. Follow-up (Day-7) testing will occur approximately 7 days later. (NOTE: Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three months will not be tested).

    NO PRE-ARRIVAL TESTING is required for students or families that will be arriving on campus.

    Until results from Day-0 testing return students and families will be required to remain masked indoors. Test results are expected within 24-36 hours of arrival. After Day-0 testing results return, the College will fully shift back to its "mask-optional", which means each individual can and should make a personal choice regarding wearing a mask.
     
    To participate in testing, please review and sign the appropriate consent form, which will be submitted to the College upon completion. Please note that reminders for incomplete forms have been disabled. You should only receive one e-mail upon submission, and one upon completion.

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact CampusLife@Landmark.edu.

  • Last year, the College required that all students and employees who would be on campus beginning in the fall 2021 semester receive a primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated.

    For persons 18 and older, a primary series consists of a 2-dose series of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine). 

    New students for the spring 2022 semester are required to be vaccinated with an original vaccination series (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of J&J) by January 19, 2022, or have made provisional plans in writing with Health Services (i.e., for rare cases where full vaccination is still in progress due to extenuating circumstances.)

    Being vaccinated with an original vaccination series means that a person is two weeks past their final dose of an original vaccination series. Exemptions for religious and medical reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Exemption forms for new students can be found on the College’s COVID-19 response web page.

  • Beginning in January 2022, the College will require all students and employees to remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine, which includes booster doses within two weeks after becoming eligible to receive one. A person is eligible for a booster:

    • five months after completing a primary Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccination series, or
    • two months after completing a primary Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccination series.

    Click here to determine when you are eligible for your COVID-19 booster.

    Based on the vaccination deadline for the fall 2021 semester, the College expects that most individuals will be eligible to receive their booster shot by February 25, 2022. It is highly recommended and advised that students obtain their booster over winter break before returning to campus if they are eligible to do so.

    Getting a booster is an important step we can all take to help protect the College and the community at large, and one of the better options to return to an active spring semester with the least restrictions.

    In a recent survey of Landmark employees, 92% of the 191 who responded have either already received a booster or plan to once they become eligible.

    • All students should submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination (new students) and proof of their booster (new and returning students) by completing the College’s Vaccination Status form, which will be available after noon on 12/23/2021. This form will also be used to register all guests that may come to campus with you at the start of the semester.
    • Employees should send proof of their COVID-19 booster vaccination to HumanResources@landmark.edu.

    Existing exemptions for religious and medical reasons that were previously submitted to the College remain in place for the booster as well. Exemption forms for new students to the College this spring can be found on the College’s COVID-19 response web page.

    If the College has not received proof of a booster shot within two weeks of an individual becoming eligible to receive one, they will be considered not fully vaccinated by the College.

    1. After their eligibility date for the booster (plus two weeks) students will not be permitted to remain on campus unless they have (1) submitted proof of vaccination (new students) and a booster shot (new and returning students); (2) submitted and have been approved for a medical or religious exemption, or (3) made provisional plans in writing with Health Services (i.e., for rare cases where full vaccination is still in progress due to extenuating circumstances).
    2. After their eligibility date for the booster (plus two weeks), employees will not be able to report to work unless they have uploaded proof of booster to HumanResources@landmark.edu or have been previously approved for a medical or religious exemption.

    NB: Employee and student vaccination records and status are not considered protected health information (PHI) and may be shared with others at the College as needed to manage public health and safety standards. For students, this may include the disclosure of vaccination status to residential staff, faculty, advisors, and Student Affairs staff. For employees, this may include disclosure to supervisors. Reasons behind an individual’s vaccination status (medical or religious) will not be redisclosed.

  • As of 1/10/2022, all students will be required to adhere to a modified room quarantine until their Day-0 PCR test results return. This is expected to last approximately 24 hours after testing closes on arrival days.

    A modified room quarantine means that students will remain in their room or suite, leaving only to use the bathroom/shower, go to the dining hall to get a meal to-go, and leaving the building for a brief 15 – 20 minute walk outside. Masks must be worn any time a student is outside of their own bedroom. Congregate gatherings outdoors are not allowed during room quarantine.

  • Unvaccinated students and employees (those who have not received their initial vaccination) will be required to submit to weekly PCR testing for COVID-19 infection throughout the semester.

    Individuals who are eligible for their booster shot but have not received it will be required to submit to weekly PCR testing for COVID-19 infection throughout the semester. Individuals are eligible for their booster shot if they completed their Pfizer vaccine series more than 5 months ago, their Moderna vaccine series more than 6 months or their Johnson & Johnson vaccine series more than 2 months ago.

    Health Services will administer COVID-19 testing during office visits at their discretion.

  • The College shifted to "mask optional" as of March 23, 2022 (with the exception of requirements associated with arrival testing).

    The College will continue to evaluate masking requirements on a regular basis and are subject to change based on various factors including rates of transmission in the area.

    Masks are still required when entering the Health Services suite in the Strauch Family Student Center, regardless of vaccination status.

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to direct them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu.

  • Isolation for an individual who tests positive, regardless of vaccination status

    Isolate for at least 5 days.

    Isolation can end after 5 days if an individual:

    • has never had symptoms,
    • has two negative antigen tests performed at least 24 hours apart beginning no earlier than day 4, and
    • is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers.

    After isolation, individuals should continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days (10 days total).

    Close-Contacts of a Positive Case

    For an individual who (1) has been boosted, or (2) is not yet eligible for a booster:

    • does not need to quarantine but should wear a mask around others for 10 days. Meals in the dining hall should be taken as “to-go” meals.
    • Test on day 5 after exposure.
    • If symptoms develop: Stay home and get tested immediately.

    For an individual who is (1) unvaccinated, or (2) completed the primary series of Pfizer vaccine over 5 months ago; the primary series of Moderna over 6 months ago and are not boosted or (3) completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted:

    • Required to quarantine for at least 5 days.
    • Test oth one PCR test on or after day 5 or two negative antigen tests performed at least 24 hours apart beginning no earlier than day 4. Quarantine ends if test is negative and you have no symptoms.
    • After day 5 and a negative test, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days (10 days total).
    • If symptoms develop: Stay home and get tested immediately.
  • The campus is open to all guests and visitors in accordance with all current College policies. Campus visitors are required to follow all current campus guidelines related to their vaccination status.

    Students will not be able to host unvaccinated guests in the residence halls.

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to direct them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu.

  • Students and employees should monitor their health on a daily basis before interacting with others and stay home if they are sick.

    Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not go to class. Instead, they should make an appointment to see Health Services in the Strauch Family Student Center. Appointments are required and can be made by e-mailing HealthServices@landmark.edu or by calling (802) 387-1636.

    It is highly recommended that students return to campus with 2 – 4 sets of COVID-19 Antigen tests (home test kits) for personal use.

    Employees who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not come to campus; however, they should call their health care provider for further guidance, and then contact their direct supervisor and Human Resources.

  • Students may travel off-campus (and out of state) without any restrictions on their return. The CDC recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated because travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

    For students and employees who are traveling in areas of substantial or high transmission, the CDC highly recommends all individuals wear a mask indoors in public spaces.

    Those who are not fully vaccinated should also consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated.

    When traveling off-campus, you may be required to wear a mask in some settings even if you are fully vaccinated. Examples include some businesses, health care settings, long-term care facilities, and public transportation.

    Travelers should follow the guidelines of the state or country they visit. These rules may be different state by state or country by country.

    If you have any additional questions, feel free to direct them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu.

As part of the College’s Emergency Operations Plan, the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is a small, focused team that is called on to manage threats that require efforts beyond the capacity of the College’s daily operations. The CIRT was activated in March 2020 to coordinate the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to meet regularly.

CIRT Members:

  • Peter Eden, President
  • Michael Luciani, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Gail Gibson Sheffield, Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Mark DiPietro, Vice President for Marketing & Communications
  • David LaValley, Vice President for Administration & Finance and Chief Financial Officer
  • Michael Giannetto, Director of Campus Safety
  • Janie Jenkins-Evans, Director of Human Resources

If you have any questions, please feel free to send them to PublicHealth@landmark.edu. These emails are received by the entire CIRT membership.

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