Quarantine, Isolation, and Notification

Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines for Faculty and Staff

Plans are in place to support faculty, staff, and students who are quarantined or in isolation. More information, various resources, and support available to help both you and your students can be found below.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed or have symptoms, please refer to this flowchart. These overviews apply to the whole GVSU community and may also be used as resources for student concerns.

If you become aware of a student or student employee who has tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19, additional resources can be found below, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Quarantine and Isolation and Plans for the Notification of Faculty.

Faculty and staff may refer to and/or refer students to a broad collection of resources that the Grand Valley CARE team has compiled for GVSU community members affected by COVID-19, available here.

KEY TERMS

  • Isolation is when someone who tested positive with COVID-19 is separated from others. This means having a separate bedroom and bathroom, and staying there to prevent or limit the transmission of the virus.
  • Quarantine is when someone has been exposed to COVID-19 or has symptoms and has not yet been tested and is separated from others. This means staying home and away from others as much as possible to prevent or limit the transmission of the virus.
  • Release date means the last full day of your isolation or quarantine. You should stay home until you are released by the local health department or by GVSU on behalf of the Kent and Ottawa county health departments.
  • Exposure or close contact is generally defined as being within 6 ft. of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a cumulative time period of 15 minutes or longer over 24 hours. You may learn about your exposure from the positive person, a supervisor, the health department or the GVSU COVID Assessment Team. You may not be informed of the positive person’s name in order to provide confidentiality.

Under the public health code:

  • Isolation is required of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • Quarantine is required of individuals who have been exposed to others who have tested positive, or have symptoms and have not yet been tested.

We have plans to support and care for students who are quarantined or in isolation. See this flowchart for "What happens when a student gets COVID?" (Division of Student Affairs), and the Student Information on Quarantine and Isolation page for more information and resources.

Faculty receiving notification of a student in quarantine or isolation should read the rest of the information on this page concerning how best to handle that situation.

More information on this page:

The Difference Between Quarantine and Isolation


If You Are Diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Begin isolation immediately, staying away from others for at least 10 days.
  • Report the positive test via the GVSU self-assessment as soon as possible.
  • Prepare for a GVSU COVID Assessment Team nurse to call you to:
    • Provide information on isolation.
    • Discuss your release date and criteria to end isolation.
    • Identify your close contacts associated with GVSU.
  • Know that GVSU contacts will be called by the COVID Assessment Team to inform of exposure and need to quarantine.
    • Your name will not be shared when talking with contacts.
  • Notify your supervisor and/or appointing officer that you are unable to come to campus, and discuss whether it is possible to work remotely.
    • Notification is sent to HR and your supervisor/appointing officer to facilitate communication regarding options if unable to work remotely and assist in early identification of contacts/decisions regarding unit operations.
  • Monitor for symptoms and submit the GVSU self-assessment each day.
    • Self-assessment information is required to determine when criteria has been met to end isolation.
  • At the end of the last date of isolation, a letter will be sent via email if the criteria to end isolation has been met.
  • A minimum of 10 days has passed since your symptoms started or, if you never developed symptoms, since the date of your positive test.
  • If you had a fever, you must be fever free for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • If you have other symptoms, they must be substantially improved.

If You are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19:

  • Begin quarantine immediately if you’re not fully vaccinated or if you have symptoms, staying away from others for at least 10 days from last exposure.
    • If you’re fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask for 14 days or until you receive negative test results.
  • Report the exposure and any symptoms via the GVSU self-assessment as soon as possible.
  • Get tested for COVID-19:
    • Immediately if you develop symptoms, whether or not you’re vaccinated.
    • 5-7 days after exposure if you are not fully vaccinated.
    • 3-5 days after exposure if you are fully vaccinated.
    • NOTE: Because the virus incubates 2-14 days, you must complete the quarantine period, even if your COVID-19 test is negative.
  •  If you are required to quarantine, the GVSU COVID Assessment Team will contact you to:
    • Discuss follow-up recommendations.
    • Provide information about quarantine.
    • Discuss your release date and criteria to end quarantine.
  • Notify your supervisor and/or appointing officer that you are unable to come to campus, and discuss whether it is possible to work remotely.
  • Monitor for symptoms and submit the GVSU self-assessment each day.
    • Self-assessment information is required to determine when criteria has been met to end isolation.
  • At the end of the last date of quarantine, a letter will be sent via email if the criteria to end quarantine has been met:
    • A minimum of 10 days from the date of last exposure.
      • If living in the same residence as the person who has tested positive, the last day of exposure is considered the positive person’s last day of isolation.
    • No symptoms or positive test results at the end of quarantine.
    • Daily symptom monitoring using the GVSU self-assessment,
  • Continue to monitor for symptoms for 4 days after your release and quarantine and report any new symptoms on your self-assessment.

NOTE: If an individual is an essential worker (i.e. health care worker, first responder etc.) and meets their employer’s criteria to work during their quarantine period, they should remain quarantined, except when working.


Quarantine and Isolation FAQ

An operational flow chart, as well as details about student isolation and quarantine, has been published by Student Affairs.

There are two ways you can report that you are in isolation or quarantine:

  • Report a positive test or recent exposure through the daily self-assessment.
  • Call the GV COVID-19 hotline at (833) 734-0020.

If you are contacted by an employee or student regarding their quarantine or isolation status, encourage them to submit the self-assessment or call the hotline if they have not yet done so.

Instructors do not need to send in a CARE report. Employees do not need to contact Human Resources.

Yes, a set of rooms has been reserved for this purpose by our Housing office, as well as plans to provide food and other support. Details are available from Student Affairs.

The University has a published Class Attendance Policy in the GVSU Catalog that details what is expected of both students and faculty.  The policy includes the following:  "faculty members will make reasonable accommodations for students when an absence is excused."  COVID-19 related absences should be “excused”.  Students and their faculty members should work together to ensure continuity in learning.


Notification Protocols

Student Isolation/Quarantine Process

We have plans to support and care for students who are quarantined or in isolation. See this flowchart for "What happens when a student gets COVID?" from the Division of Student Affairs.  You may also visit the Student Information on Quarantine and Isolation page for more information and resources.

Notification Protocols

The Virus Action Team (VAT) receives and processes data concerning GVSU-affiliated individuals who have tested positive or have been exposed. When the VAT has been made aware that a student must isolate or quarantine, the student's instructor(s) receive a notification email. Deans' offices or advising centers are copied on these notifications to lend support. These students are advised and encouraged to reach out immediately to faculty, unless they are too ill to do so.

Notifications are not sent to instructors at the end of a student's isolation or quarantine. The VAT encourages ongoing communication with students to develop a personalized plan to meet individual student’s needs.

 Additional Guidance

More guidance on how instructors will work with students in isolation and quarantine can be found at the Provost's office website and in the frequently asked questions below.


Notification FAQ

Only individuals who have had direct contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) with someone who has tested positive for or is suspected to have COVID-10 are considered a "contact" required to quarantine. Were additional steps required—i.e., the entire class to be quarantined and thus to move online—separate communication would be made to the instructor.

No, that is private information that is not to be shared. Contact tracing will be managed at the university level.

No, a notification will not be sent to instructors. However, faculty should plan for the student to be absent from in-person classes (and, if the student is ill, from online courses) for 10-14 days. Isolation lasts ten days, as long as symptoms improve; quarantine lasts 14 days.

Students will get an official notification from the health department when they can leave isolation.

If there is a conflict with the daily self-assessment, the faculty member could ask the student for an explanation. In many cases, the student is no longer in isolation and quarantine, and they may have documentation for a doctor or the public health authorities. Generally, it is 10 days for isolation, 14 for quarantine.

 

A student will be in isolation for testing positive for COVID-19 but they may or may not have symptoms.  If they don't have symptoms, there should be no problem with a student completing their work for an online course. If the student is ill, the instructor should treat the situation like any other with an ill student.

A student in quarantine was exposed to someone with COVID-19. That student should be able to complete their work for an online course.

Talk with the student directly. Decipher if they are struggling to understand the content or if something else if impacting their learning. Referrals can be submitted for student concerns related to academic progress through the EAB Navigate Advising System by clicking here: https://www.gvsu.edu/navigate.

This page is maintained by GVSU's Virus Action Team (VAT). Navigate to the other VAT-administered pages using the buttons above. For questions, concerns, or to report a non-emergency health/safety issue, email us at virusactionteam@gvsu.edu.  For general questions contact the Lakers Together Call Center: (616) 331-INFO (4636). For personal health questions, call the 24/7 GVSU COVID Health Line (833) 734-0020.