Prior to classes beginning:
If an individual has not been to Converse’s campus routinely throughout the Spring semester, Converse will require the individual to get tested and have proof of a negative test within 3-5 days prior to the start of the course or to submit proof of vaccination or provide a COVID-19 diagnosis within the last three months.
Before the course begins, and throughout the program, all employees and students must continue to complete the daily questionnaire. Anyone currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who has not had COVID-19 within the last three months or been vaccinated and who has been exposed to an individual who is diagnosed with COVID-19 must quarantine. Also, anyone under order for isolation or quarantine by a member of the Wellness Center or a healthcare provider should make arrangements to take their course online while they are in isolation or quarantine.
Throughout the summer course:
- Vaccinations are key to returning to normal operations. Converse is not requiring the vaccination at this time for most employees and students, but we are strongly encouraging all to get the vaccine if they are eligible. This is the most important thing we can do to keep our campus and community healthy. Those who have already started or completed vaccination should submit their information via the secure Vaccination Portal. Converse has partnered with DHEC and Healthy Me Healthy SC to offer occasional on-campus vaccination clinics. The VAXLocator can be used to find many other local community partners offering the vaccine.
- Staying home if sick or having symptoms of COVID-19. Students or faculty who believe they may have had close contact with someone who is ill with COVID, or are exhibiting symptoms themselves, should seek advice from the Wellness Center on next steps. Honesty and prompt action are necessary for early detection of potential cases so offering flexibility in the program design to allow students to stay home when not well is important. Individuals who fall ill during the day may be asked to go home and seek further guidance before returning.
- Developing backup plans to offer continued coursework. Flexible planning should be developed and communicated if in the event an instructor or student needs to remain at home due to being ill or because of quarantine or isolation guidance.
- Encouraging routine testing to stay in the know. Whether through a local provider or taking part in Converse’s on-campus offerings, routine testing continues to remain an important way of understanding your health status. Results should be submitted to the Proof of Test portal.
- Completing the daily health screening tool. This Daily Questionnaire should be completed by each student, faculty, and staff every day. Green, clearance checks should be verified at the beginning of each class and for supervisors, with each employee.
- Distancing of classroom and meeting spaces. While the CDC has started to relax this in specific areas, Converse looks to maintain 6 feet of distancing where possible. Over the course of the summer, some classrooms will begin to get reset in preparation for the Fall term which means additional furniture may start to get moved back in. Continue to follow the distancing requirements unless otherwise instructed.
- Use of masks that cover the nose and mouth. Except when in outdoor settings where distancing is maintained, masks must still be worn in all indoor locations. Converse can offer programs a supply of masks to have on hand should individuals arrive without a mask and we also continue to sell branded masks in the Mail Center if faculty or students are interested.
- Cleaning and disinfecting to maintain healthy facilities. A supply of cleaning materials are offered in each classroom for use between classes or as needed, as well as routine, daily cleaning protocols in place by our custodial team. Frequent hand washing continues to remain an effective way to prevent the spread of germs.
For Residential Students
A negative test result is required for any student prior to moving into campus housing. Students must not have any symptoms at the point of move-in. Negative test results can be submitted at this link.
The campus library has started normal summer operations. All individuals who are visiting the library will be required to complete the daily self-screening, use a mask, and maintain physical distancing.
It is important that each student maintain an accurate phone number within Jenzabar in the event they need to be contacted due to a possible exposure. Adherence to the recommendations of the Wellness Center and/or contact tracing team is essential to maintain a safe environment for all. Converse reserves the right to adapt these protocols if conditions or public health guidance changes to best serve and protect the students, faculty and others involved.