New COVID-19 Testing Policy for Quarantined Employees/Students
As a result of the revised CDC guideline, William Penn University has developed the following policy, effective January 11, 2021.
If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19 they must isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms or 10 days from the positive test, if asymptotic. If an employee or a student is deemed a contact of a positive test, they must quarantine for 10 days.
The employee who is quarantined will be required to have an on-campus COVID test on the 7th day (or after if testing on campus is unavailable) of their quarantine. If the employee’s test is negative they will return to work that day. If the employee is positive, the employee will be required to isolate for an additional 10 days.
A student in quarantine may choose to take an on-campus test on their 7th day of quarantine (or after if testing on campus is unavailable). They will be obligated to pay for the test. If the test is negative, the student may return to class and activities. If the test is positive, they will isolate for an additional 10 days.
Spring Semester Move-In
All students were tested when they arrived on campus in August and we will be completing the same process to start the spring semester. Testing will be held January 4-10, 2021 and all students will have a recommended day for them to move back to campus. This move-in strategy will assist us in a steady return of the residential students back to campus so that we can test students before they enter their residence hall. We believe this will help us manage the potential quarantine risk of students that come in contact an asymptomatic student that return to campus. Please check your William Penn email for more important updates regarding testing. If you have further questions, please contact email@example.com
William Penn University will use funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Click here to read more about the CARES Act or the heerf quarterly reporting.
This is an evolving situation and updates are available from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including updated Travel Notices for countries with community transmission.