Plaid Protects FAQ

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If You Feel Sick

What should I do if I feel sick, or have symptoms of COVID-19?

If you are experiencing critical or life-threatening symptoms, you should call 911 or go to your local hospital emergency department.

If symptoms are less severe, please call Wilcox Medical Center at (989) 463-7181. If there is no answer, please leave a message. You can also make an appointment online with MidMichigan Urgent Care – Alma at this link.

Students, staff and faculty should also be completing their Daily Health Screening on the Plaid Protects app and mark their symptoms there. Indicating symptoms on the app will prompt a nurse to call you.

I have called and left a message at Wilcox Medical Center and I’m waiting to hear back from them. Alternately, I’m waiting to be seen by my healthcare provider. What should I do while I wait?

If you are experiencing symptoms and are waiting to be seen by a medical professional, or waiting on test results, you should:

  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Maintain appropriate social distancing
  • Stay in your apartment or residence hall room — do not go to work, meetings, classes or athletic events
  • Have food delivered or get your meals to-go, if possible

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for at least seven days. See the Quarantine and Isolation page for more information.

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who feel ill and are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test should not go to class and must contact the Wilcox Medical Center. Students should also contact their professors and discuss potential options in addressing their absence. For additional assistance in addressing academic plans and questions, students may also consult with the Director of Student Success, Dr. Phil Andre (989-463-7430, andre@alma.edu).

Screening and Testing

If I have already had COVID-19 (more than 90 days ago), but have not been vaccinated, do I still have to get tested for COVID-19 when I return to campus in the fall? 

Yes, if it has been past 90 days, you must participate in periodic (weekly) rapid surveillance testing and/or periodic testing required for athletic participation.

If I have been vaccinated and am exposed to COVID-19, do I have to quarantine?

If you are vaccinated and are a close contact to a positive case, you will not need to quarantine unless you are experiencing symptoms. You will be required to test on Day 1 and Day 5 after your exposure date and will receive an e-mail with further instructions.

If I have not been vaccinated and am exposed to COVID-19, do I have to quarantine?

If you are a close contact of someone who is COVID-positive and you are unvaccinated, you must quarantine at home for five days, as long as you remain asymptomatic. You can leave quarantine after Day 5 if you remain asymptomatic and with a negative PCR test performed on Day 5 or later after cleared by the Alma College nursing staff or Human Resources.

Until Day 10, you should wear a well-fitted mask for any time you are around others inside your home or in public, and avoid travel, eating with others and being around high-risk people.

If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask around others and note any symptoms on your Daily Health Screening. If you test negative, please see a healthcare provider and stay at home until you are fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms have improved.

Will face coverings be required when I go back to campus?

As of Wednesday, March 9, 2022, face coverings are not required by the college to be worn indoors on campus, provided that the current active case count remains below 12 students. Individual faculty members may require students or staff in their classrooms to wear face coverings at their own discretion. Changes to this policy will be communicated to students, staff and faculty via email.

The situation surrounding COVID-19 and its variants is always evolving, and we will respond by adapting our policies to best protect the health and safety of our campus community. Please be as thoughtful and flexible as possible as we deal with these continued challenges together.

Housing and Residence Life

I am a returning student. How might housing and residence life be different than what took place in 2020-21?

Additional occupancy limits in common areas of residence halls have been lifted. Gatherings are permitted in residence hall shared spaces.

Students will have ID card access to all residence halls from 7 a.m. to midnight, and their own residence halls at all times. This is a return to our standard ID card access practices.

Students may use any bathroom in any residence hall; bathrooms will not be assigned to specific individuals.

The college still requires residency for all students unless a student has a documented accommodation or otherwise meets the qualifications for a residency exemption. If you have a qualifying need that is not met by your current housing arrangement, contact Disability Support Services to begin the accommodation process.

What is the college’s policy regarding guests in residence hall rooms, and how is the policy affected by COVID-19?

As of Wednesday, March 9, 2022, we have returned to our standard policies regarding guests, gatherings, and events in all college-owned housing, including small houses. Standard policies can be found in the student handbook. Changes to this policy will be disseminated to students via email.

Quarantine, Testing and Vaccinations

Will I be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when I go back to campus?

Becoming vaccinated for COVID-19 is a personal choice. The more people in our campus community who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, the more likely it is that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms allowed by fewer restrictions. While we are not mandating vaccination, we strongly encourage all members of our campus community to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the beginning of the fall term.

Will the college continue to offer quarantine space on campus this term?

Campus accommodations for quarantine or isolation will be extremely limited, so all students should make a personal plan to quarantine off campus should that be necessary; in addition, faculty will not be required to provide virtual class options for students in quarantine.

Will the college refund room and board charges for students who are required to quarantine off-campus due to COVID-19?

No. Due to the fixed nature of costs for room and board, no refunds are available for students who are required to quarantine.

I heard that the college is testing wastewater on campus for COVID-19. I have privacy concerns about that — will the college be testing wastewater for anything besides COVID-19?

We are cognizant of privacy concerns raised by testing wastewater. However, wastewater alone will not identify individuals who have COVID-19 — it will only help identify from which area on campus the wastewater came. The college is only testing wastewater for the presence of COVID-19, not any other medical conditions or substances.

Will the college offer vaccine clinics on-campus this term?

Vaccines are readily available in our community at various locations not far from campus. To find a location where you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine,

Depending on interest from the campus community, Alma College may host an on-campus vaccine clinic this term.

Is Alma College going to verify its students are vaccinated?

Students will be required to indicate vaccine status via a web form prior to move in and unvaccinated students will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test at move in.

College Visits

Will the college continue to host visitors on campus this term? What precautions are being put in place to ensure their safety and the safety of those on campus?

We always want to ensure that our Admissions Office visitors feel safe during their time on our campus. Admissions visitors must be masked indoors regardless of their vaccination status. Face coverings are not required outdoors. Plan your personalized visit.

The following visit policies are in place for your safety:

  • Prior to their visit, prospective Alma College students will receive the following communications from the Admissions Office:

    • a registration confirmation email, and

    • an email that outlines additional precautions/steps for the visit.

  • Personal protective equipment is available for admissions visitors as needed.

  • All events on campus, as well as their attendees, must adhere to all college, local, state, federal and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Policies and guidelines. On event day, attendees must complete a COVID-19 screening survey before arriving to the event location.

  • Names and contact information for all event attendees must be provided to the college within 24 hours of the completion of the event. Attendance must not exceed the stated COVID-19 occupancy limit for an event space — typically one-third of the standard room occupancy.

  • Any event contractors that come onto campus, including rental deliveries, must complete a COVID-19 screening on the day of their arrival before coming to campus.

Employees and Records

Is Alma College going to verify its employees are vaccinated?

Alma College is encouraging its employees to be vaccinated. Vaccination information will be submitted via web form, which has been emailed to all employees. Standard exceptions, such as for medical or religious reasons, will be permitted.

Who will have access to my vaccination record?

The Information Technology Services Office has installed the necessary protocols to the form on our college portal to ensure that the information is secure, and can only be viewed by those with authorization to see it.

How can I get a replacement vaccine card?

Please contact the pharmacy or provider that you received your vaccine from to retrieve a replacement card.