COVID Restart Plan Aug 2021
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Pillar College
Beginning this Fall 2021 semester, Pillar College will resume predominantly in-person classroom experiences with hybrid learning options. In all cases where in-person courses, support services and social activities are hosted on campus, safety protocols will remain in-place. The option to participate remotely provides maximum flexibility to accommodate today’s student for greater access to Christ-centered higher education. In all cases, use of digital technology will remain a vital component of Pillar College’s educational experience. Utilizing this modality in the classroom helps prepare all students for career options in which technology skills are expected in the workplace. All students should assume their courses will be offered in-person on campus unless otherwise instructed by their professor or program director/chair.
Protocols for in-person instruction:
The latest guidance from Governor Murphy and Commissioner Persichilli on July 28th “strongly recommends that both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents wear masks in indoor settings where there is increased risk.”
Accommodations to participate remotely:
For students who desire to participate remotely (online), please complete an accommodation request form via the link below:
Safety and Wellbeing
At Pillar, we have the privilege of learning and working together in the community. As Christ-followers, we have a responsibility to care well for one another’s mental, physical, and spiritual health during a challenging season. All community members—regardless of vaccination status—will be asked to acknowledge and adhere to the following guidelines to ensure that we can continue to study, work, and socialize safely on campus.
COVID-19 Testing and Exposure
Antigen tests are an effective tool to help us prevent the spread COVID-19 at the college. As part of our COVID-19 prevention and control program Pillar College will provide, upon request, a self administered Testing Kit. These kits can be used anywhere — at home, in a car, or any other private and convenient location. The test kits provide complete instructions in English and in Spanish for self testing.
Antigen tests are especially useful for screening because they can identify individuals
If an employee or student with no symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19 receives a positive screening antigen test result, they should stay at home and quarantine while waiting for that result to be confirmed with a laboratory-based test
If the laboratory-based test is positive, the student/employee has been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. This individual should
All positive antigen test results collected as part of a Pillar College self testing program should be reported to the college. All positive test results will remain confidential.
The CDC on 9/21/2021 wrote: “The specificity of antigen tests is generally as high as most lab conducted tests, which means that false positive test results are unlikely when an antigen test is used according to the manufacturer’s instruction” However false positives are possible and need to be confirmed with a laboratory-based test.
Cleaning and Sanitation
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COVID Restart Plan Aug 2021