FSCares Plan
Frequently Asked Questions

Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

The College is dedicated to keeping students, faculty, and staff as healthy as possible and will work hard to make the fall semester an outstanding experience for every student.

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Masks

Why are masks not required everywhere on campus?

Our current protocol is guided by local and state regulations and the Florida and Polk County Health Departments. A variety of guidance was reviewed from various sources, including but not limited to, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The American College Health Association (ACHA), The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, and College medical advisers, among others. Our plan is also guided by Senate Bill 2006, Florida Statue 768.38, and executive orders by the Governor of Florida.
 

Why are masks required on campus at all?

Our current protocol is guided by local and state regulations and the Florida and Polk County Health Departments. A variety of guidance was reviewed from various sources, including but not limited to, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The American College Health Association (ACHA), The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, and College medical advisers, among others. Our plan is also guided by Senate Bill 2006, Florida Statue 768.38, and executive orders by the Governor of Florida.
 

Are masks required on College shuttles?

Yes. Here is a helpful way to think about FSC’s masking policy:  

  • If you are in an enclosed, shared space with a roof, walls, etc., then mask up to keep your fellow Mocs safe!  
  • If you are outdoors or in your own private room/office space, then feel free to unmask! We ask that students use common sense in outdoor areas, particularly if you are involved in outdoor activities like singing or heavy cardio where droplets can spread person to person more quickly – in those cases, we ask that everyone spread out and be careful!
 

Testing and Quarantine

Are you accepting antibodies tests for COVID-19 as part of the FSCares plan?

The school’s policy is that accepted tests include Diagnostic or PCR test or Active Antigen Tests. Antibodies tests will not be accepted.

 

Why are you only regularly testing students who are not vaccinated?

CDC guidelines indicate that for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 surveillance testing is NOT necessary. Furthermore, CDC guidelines indicate that if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 surveillance testing is still necessary.

The College requires regular COVID-19 testing for all unvacinnated students and vacinnated students who have not uploaded their CDC card to the FSC Portal. The student will be notified of the time and location of testing by email or text message.

All students who are symptomatic will need to be tested. If symptomatic please call 863.680.4305.
 

Why are vaccinated students not being regularly tested?

CDC guidelines indicate that for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 surveillance testing is NOT necessary. Furthermore, CDC guidelines indicate that if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 surveillance testing is still necessary.

The College requires regular COVID-19 testing for all unvacinnated students and vacinnated students who have not uploaded their CDC card to the FSC Portal. The student will be notified of the time and location of testing by email or text message.

All students who are symptomatic will need to be tested. If symptomatic please call 863.680.4305.

To help limit the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and ensure the safety of our community, the College has partnered with Rapid-Trace. Rapid-Trace will provide contact tracers who will work collaboratively with the Health Center and the College to notify students, faculty, and staff in the event that they have had close contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
 

What do I do if I have tested positive for COVID-19?

Students who receive positive test results will be instructed to quarantine at home or at an off-College facility.

Students who receive positive test results must be cleared to return to normal campus activity after quarantining for a 10-day period.

What if I test positive before coming back to campus?

Do not return to campus until you have followed the procedures in the FSCares plan and been cleared to return by campus officials. Here are the procedures:

Students who receive positive test results will be instructed to quarantine at home or at an off-College facility. Students who receive positive test results must be cleared to return to normal campus activity after quarantining for a 10-day period.

 

If I tested positive in the last 90 days, the lab said I could receive another positive test, even though I no longer have COVID. What should I do?

If you happen to receive a subsequent positive COVID test, you will need to provide a note from your physician confirming that you are no longer contagious.
 

What kind of testing will be used for scheduled testing?

CVS is our contracted partner for scheduled testing.
 

What is the protocol if an unvaccinated person is exposed to COVID-19?

Students who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual may be required to quarantine until cleared to return to campus.

If you are unvaccinated, you will need to quarantine. For commuters, this means quarantining off-campus until cleared to return; for residential students, this means quarantining at home or at an off-College facility.
 

What is the protocol if a vaccinated person is exposed to COVID-19?

Students who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual may be required to quarantine until cleared to return to campus.

If you are vaccinated and have uploaded your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card to the FSC Portal and are identified as being in close contact through contact tracing with a positive person and are asymptomatic, you will not be required to quarantine unless symptoms appear.
 

How should I keep up with my classes during a quarantine?

Students will need to communicate with professors directly to establish a plan for keeping pace with course material and submission of assignments during the quarantine period. As with any absence from class, students are responsible for contacting all of their professors to make arrangements for keeping pace in courses. The same holds for students who have to quarantine.
 

Do international students need to quarantine before arriving on campus?

No. International students, like all residential and commuter students, will need to upload their COVID-19 Vaccination card to the FSC Portal or upload a negative COVID-19 test to the FSC Portal within seven days prior to arrival on campus.

However, if a student is traveling into the USA, they must adhere to all federal regulations concerning entering the country.
 

How will off-College quarantine work?

Students who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual may be required to quarantine until cleared to return to campus. Students are advised to have a quarantine plan in place prior to arriving on campus. Quarantining will be at home or at another off-College facility.

The College-supervised quarantine space will be used as the last resort for students who are vaccinated and test positive through contact tracing or exhibit symptoms. In addition, it will be used for students who have extenuating circumstances as deemed by the Dean of Students. These students will be provided food, medical checks, counseling, and other services as needed.
 

Events

Will there be events on-campus this semester? How will the FSCares procedures apply?

Yes! We are currently looking forward to hosting on-campus events this semester. As for our FSCares protocol, all students will need to wear masks at indoor events. At outdoor events, masks will not be required, but we do ask that students continue to use common sense in outdoor areas by spreading out. Again, here is a helpful way to think about FSC’s masking policy:

  • If you are in an enclosed, shared space with a roof, walls, etc., then mask up to keep your fellow Mocs safe!   
  • If you are outdoors or in your own private room/office space, then feel free to unmask! We ask that students use common sense in outdoor areas, particularly if you are involved in outdoor activities like singing or heavy cardio where droplets can spread person to person more quickly – in those cases, we ask that everyone spread out and be careful!

 

How will organizing and running off-campus events work this semester?

Off-campus events must be registered on Engage and will be reviewed and approved or denied by the Center for Student Involvement. If approved, the event will be required follow all on-campus policies outlined in the FSCares policy (ex: masks indoors, etc). Alumni or other non-FSC guests may be allowed to attend and will considered on a case by case basis.
 

Vaccination Card

Should I still upload my CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card to the FSC Portal if my second dose isn’t until after the start of the Fall 2021 Semester?

Only upload your CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Card once you have been fully vaccinated. Until that time, follow the FSCares plan procedures for unvaccinated students. However, you may upload your complete vaccine card at any point in the semester once you are fully vaccinated.

Improving the number of vaccinated members of our campus community improves safety, minimizes direct complications, and limits interruptions. Getting a vaccine or uploading your card to the FSC Portal is your choice and is voluntary.
 

How do I check that my CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card uploaded to the FSC Portal?

  1. Head to the health tab on the FSC Portal.
  2. Click on 'View Reports' in the Health Forms section.
  3. Locate your entry and confirm that the progress is at 100 percent.

If it is not at 100 percent, please upload your card again. Make sure the file is a PDF all the fields are complete, and hit the submit button.
 

If I have uploaded my CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card to the FSC Portal do I need to upload it again before I come to campus?

No. If you have already uploaded your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card to the FSC Portal, you do not need to upload it again. If you have received a COVID-19 vaccine and have not uploaded your card to the FSC Portal, do so within seven days prior to arrival on campus.
 

Miscellaneous

Are you offering remote learning for Fall 2021 Semester?

No. We will continue to monitor patterns and could reconsider our practices to apply different guidelines at any time. Due to the nature of this ongoing pandemic, no refunds will be granted for tuition or for room and board if you leave the campus due to quarantine, or in the event of remote instruction, or any other similar events related to COVID-19.
 

Will students have to acknowledge another Mocs Pledge?

Yes, residential students will have to acknowledge the Mocs Pledge before moving in, and commuter students will have to acknowledge the Mocs Pledge before the first day of classes. The pledge has been uploaded to the Health Tab on the FSC Portal.
 

Is the College’s plan legal under Florida law?

Yes. The plan is guided by Senate Bill 2006, Florida Statue 768.38, and other executive orders by the Governor of Florida.
 

Were residential areas cleaned over the summer break?

Yes. All buildings, classrooms, residence halls, shuttles, etc. are cleaned according to best hygiene practices informed by the CDC and State of Florida health and hygiene guidelines. All buildings have been upgraded with antimicrobial air filters.
 

Are the antimicrobial air filters actually going to be changed?

Yes, air filters will be changed according to manufacturer recommendations.
 


Last updated: September 7, 2021