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Simpson College COVID-19 Health Guidelines

Simpson College is currently in Phase Yellow

 

Simpson College COVID Plan and Phases

Updated Aug. 9, 2021

Members of the Crisis Management Team continue to evaluate changes in the COVID-19 pandemic. They are thoughtfully and diligently working through the myriad details that enable us to provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment. 

The College follows a four-phased model to guide its operations through the pandemic. It also follows triggers to guide decisions in moving from one phase to another.

An outline of both the four-phased model and the transition triggers is below. 
 

Phase Guidelines

The following guidelines take effect beginning Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021.

Green Phase:

  • Mask use is optional for all individuals with the exception of classrooms, where masks are required.
  • Campus community vaccination rates at 80% or greater. 
  • No restrictions within dining or residential facilities. 
  • No limitations with events, unless otherwise dictated by the event’s management. 
  • 50% of unvaccinated full-time students are required to be tested every week.
     

Yellow Phase (current):

  • Campus community vaccination rates between 60% and 79%. 
  • Indoor mask use is required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Specifically:
    • Masks are required in classrooms.
    • Masks are required for campus housing public spaces.
    • Masks are required when inside all non-residential buildings.
    • Masks are required when in private offices when not all present are vaccinated. If all are vaccinated, masks are recommended but not required.
    • Masks are not required for employees working in shared office space if all have submitted proof of vaccination; masks must be put on when others enter office space.
  • Masks are optional outdoors including events; social distancing is encouraged.
  • Indoor events are held at up to 100% room capacity with mask use required.
  • 35% of unvaccinated full-time students are required to be tested every week.
     

Orange Phase:

  • Campus community vaccination rates less than 59%. 
  • Masks are required in classrooms.
  • Physical distance by maintaining six feet or more from others. 
  • Mask use is required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Specifically:
    • Masks are required for campus housing and public spaces. 
    • Masks are required when inside all non-residential buildings. 
    • Masks are required when in private offices when not all present are vaccinated. If all are vaccinated, masks are recommended but not required. 
    • Masks are not required for employees working in shared office space if all have submitted proof of vaccination; masks must be put on when others enter office space. 
    • Masks are required for outdoor events if social distancing is not feasible. 
  • Group gatherings will be capped at 35 participants unless advance approval is received by Student Activities and/or CMT. 
  • 25% unvaccinated full-time students are required to be tested every week.
     

Red Phase:

  • Physical distance by maintaining six feet or more from others. 
  • Masks are required for campus housing public spaces. 
  • Masks are required when inside all non-residential buildings. 
  • Masks are required when in private offices when not all present are vaccinated. If all are vaccinated, masks are recommended but not required. 
  • Masks are required outdoors if unable to practice six feet social distancing. 
  • Seated dining only available in roommate groups. 
  • Visitation of other rooms in housing is restricted. 
  • Group gatherings will be capped at 10 participants unless advance approval is received by Student Activities and/or CMT.
     

Phase Transitions 

Trigger to Green:

  • Campus community vaccination rates greater than 80%

Trigger to Yellow:

  • Campus community vaccination rates between 60% and 79%
    OR
  • Level of community transmission is substantial to high (when transitioning from Green)
    OR
  • Campus random positivity rate less than 5% for two weeks (when transitioning from Orange)

Trigger to Orange:

  • Campus community vaccinated rates lower than 59%
    OR
  • Campus isolation/quarantine capacity roughly at 50% occupied
    OR
  • Campus random positivity rate 10% over 3-5 days (when transitioning from Yellow)
  • Campus random positivity rate 10% for two weeks (when transitioning from Red)

Trigger to Red:

  • Campus isolation/quarantine capacity roughly at 75% occupied
    OR
  • Campus random positivity rate greater than 15% over 3-5 days (when transitioning from Orange)