The College has created an email address to answer your COVID-19 questions. Please email FSCares@FLSouthern.edu and a staff member will respond.
The College requires scheduled COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated students. 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. Students, faculty, and staff may also self-report a positive test or exposure to COVID-19 by calling Rapid-Trace at 813.699.3551.
Students who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual may be required to quarantine until cleared to return to campus. Students are required to have a quarantine plan in place prior to arriving on campus. Quarantining must be at an off-College facility.
There are limited spaces for quarantining at Warren Willis United Methodist Camp and Conference Center, 990 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park, FL 34731. There is a charge for staying at Warren Willis United Methodist Campus and Conference Center. Rates can be shared with students if there are vacancies.
Faculty or staff members who show COVID-19 symptoms should not come to work and should immediately contact their healthcare provider. Faculty and staff must then immediately alert their dean/supervisor and the Office of Human Resources (HR@FLSouthern.edu or 863.680.5079). If tested positive for COVID-19, faculty or staff members will be asked to provide a copy of the positive test result that includes the date of test. Please call Rapid-Trace self-report line at 813.699.3551.
Faculty or staff members who test positive for COVID-19 will work with Rapid-Trace to identify all work areas where they were present three days prior to the onset of symptoms. The affected faculty or staff member will identify individuals they encountered within the workplace in the three days prior to the onset of symptoms.
If symptoms were not present, the faculty or staff member will identify individuals they contacted from the known or estimated exposure date. In accordance with privacy laws, the College cannot personally identify infected persons.
Employees who have been identified through contact tracing as having been exposed in the workplace to close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual will be sent home to quarantine.
If required to quarantine, faculty and staff may be cleared to return to normal campus activity after quarantining for a 5-day period.
Frequent hand washing is still a very important tool to use to stop the spread of COVID-19 and many other viruses. If you are unable to wash your hands properly with warm water and soap, please use hand sanitizer located throughout the campus. Social distancing continues to be another very important way to stop the spread of COVID-19. In meetings, residence halls, dining halls wherever possible stay three to six feet away from your friends, colleagues, or members of the public.
All buildings, classrooms, residence halls, shuttles, etc. are cleaned according to best hygiene practices as informed by the CDC and State of Florida health and hygiene guidelines. All buildings have been upgraded with antimicrobial air filters.
For more information on our policies and procedures, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website.
Last updated: January 11, 2022