FSCares Plan
Plan Details

Back-to-Campus Testing

Students who have chosen to receive a COVID-19 Vaccination

  • 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 Portal, do so within seven days prior to arrival on campus.
 

Students who have chosen not to receive a COVID-19 Vaccination

  • A negative COVID-19 test is required and must be uploaded to the Portal within seven days prior to arrival on campus. Accepted tests include Diagnostic or PCR test or Active Antigen Tests. Antibodies tests will not be accepted.
 

When Masks are Required

  • Masks will be worn by everyone in all College residence halls, apartments, and houses during the Move-In Weekend.
  • Masks will be worn in common areas of residence halls (e.g., lounges and hallways).*
  • Masks will be worn at all indoor events.
  • Masks will be worn in all academic and all administrative buildings at all times (e.g., classrooms, labs, financial aid offices, Fannin Ministry Center, Simmons Multicultural Center, and Carlisle Rogers Building).
  • Masks will be worn in the Wellness Center with some exceptions due to social distancing for heavy cardio activities. (See signs in the Wellness Center or speak with the Wellness Center staff).
 

When Masks are Not Required

  • Masks are not required outdoors.
  • Masks are not required when dining:
    • Wynee’s Bistro – utilize grab-and-go options and socially distanced seating.
    • Happy Place, Buck Stop, Tutu’s, or Grill Master – utilize grab-and-go options, with seating outdoors.
  • Masks are not required when by yourself in your own office or workstation.
  • Masks are not required in a student’s own residence room.*

* Non-FSC guests will not be allowed in residence halls for visits.

Testing:
Unvaccinated, Unvaccinated/Symptomatic, Vaccinated/Symptomatic

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.

Students With Positive Tests

  • Students who receive positive test results will be instructed to quarantine at home or at an off-College facility. Administrative staff will work with the student to make arrangements for pick-up of the student within a reasonable amount of time.
  • Students who receive positive test results must be cleared to return to normal campus activity after quarantining for a 10-day period.
  • Students are advised to have a quarantine plan in place before arriving on campus. Due to the transmissibility of the Delta variant, the College-supervised quarantine space is extremely limited.
    • It 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.
  • Students who quarantine in College quarantine space will not be able to bring emotional support animals with them and must arrange to house them separately when quarantining in College-supervised accommodations.
 

Contact Tracing

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.

  • The College will follow local, state, and federal guidelines for contact tracing and notifying individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 positive students, faculty, and staff.
  • Students, faculty, and staff who test positive will identify all areas where they were physically present within three days prior to the onset of symptoms.
  • If you are vaccinated and have uploaded your CDC COVID-19 card to the 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.

Quarantine Procedures for Students Exposed to a Positive Case

Quarantine Venue

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.

  • If you are vaccinated and have uploaded your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card to the 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.
  • 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.
  • Students are advised to have a quarantine plan in place before arriving to campus. Due to the transmissibility of the Delta variant, the College-supervised quarantine space is extremely limited.
    • It 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.
  • Students who quarantine in College quarantine space will not be able to bring emotional support animals with them and must arrange to house them separately when quarantining in College-supervised accommodations.

There are limited spaces for quarantining. The most space the campus does have is at Warren Willis United Methodist Camp and Conference Center, 990 Picciola Road, Fruitland Park, FL 34731.
 

Academic Expectations

  • 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.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff Back-to-Campus Testing

Faculty and Staff who have chosen not to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Unvaccinated faculty and staff will be tested for COVID-19 beginning August 23. Please see your email for instructions about on-campus testing prior to the start of classes.

Faculty and Staff Testing:
Unvaccinated, Unvaccinated/Symptomatic, Vaccinated/Symptomatic

Faculty and Staff With Positive Tests

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.

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.
 

Faculty and Staff Contact Tracing

Faculty and staff who become infected with COVID-19 should contact their immediate supervisor or Human Resources at HR@FLSouthern.edu, and the Rapid-Trace self-report line at 813.699.3551.
 

Faculty and Staff Exposed to a Positive Case

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 exposed in the workplace, the employee may be asked to be tested in the on-site testing center. An appointment will be arranged through Human Resources.
  • Employees who believe they have been potentially exposed to a positive COVID-19 case in their household or other non-work related event may be sent home to quarantine.
  • Faculty and staff must immediately alert their dean/supervisor and the Office of Human Resources (HR@FLSouthern.edu or 863.680.5079) if contact tracing has indicated they have been exposed to a positive case.
  • Impacted faculty and staff members should contact a qualified healthcare provider to seek advice as to what additional steps, if any, should be taken.

If required to quarantine, faculty and staff will be cleared to return to normal campus activity after quarantining for a 10-day period.

Faculty and staff who test positive, or who are instructed to quarantine due to being in direct contact with someone who is positive, are not permitted to be on campus until directed otherwise by your Dean/supervisor/HR.

Campus ​Cleaning Procedures

Academic Areas, Residence Halls, Administrative Buildings, Shuttles

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on our policies and procedures, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website.


Last updated: September 7, 2021