Embracing the Measures that Keep Us Safe: Vaccines, Immunity, Testing

Summary for Students

Vaccination and Immunity:

  • Prior to their arrival on campus, all students are encouraged to send their vaccination cards to schandler@beaconcollege.edu. 
  • If a student has had COVID-19 and has an antibody test indicating the presence of COVID antibodies, he or she will be considered immune, and can submit the test to schandler@beaconcollege.edu.
  • Vaccinated students and students who have COVID antibodies will be included in our measures determining the percentage of immune students.

Required Testing and Followup Profiles:

  • Students must obtain either a rapid antigen COVID test or a standard or rapid PCR test that is administered and recorded no more than three days before a student’s departure for the College. Students will be asked to supply documentation confirming a negative result on the test chosen. 
  • Upon arrival on campus, students will receive a follow-up antigen test administered by a health professional (similar to 2020-21 academic year protocols). The College will assume the cost of this process; and 
  • Should a student have a positive test result, the student will be guided to one of the campus’ “safe houses” for a quarantine period (five days’ minimum per the most recent CDC guidelines).
  • Any student who tests positive for the active COVID-19 virus just prior to leaving from home for the Spring semester must quarantine at home for a minimum of five days prior to travelling to the Beacon campus. These students will be encouraged to take part in the academic program by using the Canvas learning management system.
  • Any student who tests positive for the active COVID-19 virus during arrival testing or during the academic semester, will be encouraged to take part in the academic program by using the Canvas learning management system.  They will have to isolate for a minimum of five days in assigned “safe” residential placements. 
  • Any fully vaccinated student who is exposed to COVID-19 should get a PCR test three to five days after exposure and always wear a mask in public indoor settings.
  • Any student not fully vaccinated, who is exposed to COVID-19, should isolate for a minimum of five days.
  • As the Omicron wave unfolds during the spring 2022 semester, Beacon will continue to evaluate the frequency and efficacy of testing. Students and employees should expect a decision on testing at the close of the first week of classes informed by the variant’s spread (particularly in Florida) and the results of the College’s entry testing.

Summary for Employees

Vaccination and Immunity:

  • All Beacon personnel (faculty and staff) and Sodexo-affiliated employees are encouraged to submit their vaccination cards to schandler@beaconcollege.edu.
  • If faculty or staff have had COVID-19 and have antibody tests indicating the presence of COVID antibodies, they will be considered immune, and can submit the test to schandler@beaconcollege.edu.
  • Vaccinated faculty and staff who have COVID antibodies will be included in our measures determining the percentage of immune employees.

Required Testing and Followup Profiles:

  • For personnel scheduled to return to campus Monday, January 3, we are recommending that non-essential personnel work remotely for that day (January 3) before continuing to step #2 while faculty and staff returning later in the year (January 10 to 12) will do so the second week.
  • On January 4, employees first should report to the Beacon Hall classroom area to receive an antigen test by a health professional before starting work on campus; and
  • Employees who test negative can go to work.  Employees who test positive will be asked to remain in quarantine away from campus for a minimum of five days per the most recent CDC guidance.
  • Any fully vaccinated employee who is exposed to COVID-19 should take a PCR test three to five days after exposure and always wear a mask in public indoor settings.
  • Any not fully vaccinated employee who is exposed to COVID-19 should isolate for a minimum of five days.
  • As the Omicron wave unfolds during the spring semester, Beacon will continue to evaluate the frequency and efficacy of testing. Students and employees should expect a decision at the close of the first week of classes informed by the variant’s spread (particularly in Florida) and the results of the College’s entry testing.