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Protocol for Faculty Regarding Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Exposure(1) To COVID-19

Last Updated 01.12.2022

Download a printable version of the faculty protocol (PDF)

What to do if:

1. You Tested Positive for COVID-19

  • Isolate yourself, do not come to campus(3), and wear a mask at home and in the community as much as possible.
  • We recommend you contact a healthcare provider.
  • As directed by the faculty handbook (Part Six:I.D.1), you should report the absence to the Dean. If your health permits you to otherwise continue your duties, you may teach remotely for the isolation period after consultation with the Dean.
  • Return after at least 5 full days (day 6 or after), fever-free for 24 hours, and improving symptoms. (Loss of taste and smell may persist and need not delay the end of isolation.)

2. You have been exposed(1) to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you are fully-vaccinated(4):
  • Continue normal routines including in-person work (masked) and monitor symptoms daily.
  • PCR Test(2) day 5 after exposure. Contact provider or use TestIowa PCR test.•

  • If you test positive, see directions in section #1.
  • If you develop symptoms see document entitled Protocol for Employees Experiencing Symptoms. You may also contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance.
If you are not fully-vaccinated or you have received a vaccine/booster exemption(4):
  • Stay home for full 5 days and monitor symptoms daily(3).
  • PCR Test(2) day 5 after exposure. Contact provider or use TestIowa PCR test.
  • As directed by the faculty handbook (Part Six:I.D.1), you should report the absence to the Dean. If your health permits you to otherwise continue your duties, you may teach remotely for the isolation period after consultation with the dean.
  • If you develop symptoms see document entitled Protocol for Employees Experiencing Symptoms. You may also contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance.
  • If you test positive, see directions in section #1.

3. You have a household member who has tested positive for COVID-19

Wear a mask as much as possible in the home and at all times when indoors at work.

If you are fully-vaccinated(4):
  • Continue normal routines including attending in-person work (masked) and monitor symptoms daily.
  • PCR Test(2) as soon as possible (day of exposure). If test results are negative, retest with PCR on day 5 after exposure.
  • If you test positive, see directions in section #1.
  • If you develop symptoms see document entitled Protocol for Employees Experiencing Symptoms. You may also contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance.
If you are not fully-vaccinated or you have received a vaccine/booster exemption(4):
  • Stay home for full 5 days after exposure and monitor symptoms daily.
  • PCR Test(2) on day 5 from the day of exposure.
  • If you test positive, see directions in section #1.
  • If you develop symptoms see document entitled Protocol for Employees Experiencing Symptoms. You may also contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance.
  • Contact the dean to notify of a need to quarantine.
  • If your health permits you to otherwise continue your duties, you may teach remotely for the quarantine period after consultation with the dean.
If you have tested positive within the past 90 days and recovered and remain asymptomatic:
If you need to care for your household member who has tested positive and/or needs to isolate:

As directed by the faculty handbook, you should report the absence to the dean. If your health permits you to otherwise continue your duties, you may teach remotely for the isolation period after consultation with the dean.


  1. Exposure is when you have had close contact with a confirmed positive (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more cumulative in a 24-hour period without a mask).
  2. Faculty can contact the Dean’s office (x3100) for a free rapid antigen test kit or TestIowa kit (subject to availability).
  3. As needed, work with a colleague or the Dean of the College to arrange a contact-less transfer of anything you need from campus.
  4. Fully-vaccinated means that your vaccines are up-to-date and you have received the recommended doses and boosters in the recommended timeframes. See CDC Vaccine guidance.
  5. Protocol for Employees Experiencing Symptoms

Contact Office of the Dean of the College: (641-269-3100 or dean@grinnell.edu)

 

Protocol for Staff Regarding Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Exposure(1) to COVID-19

Last Updated 01.12.2022

Download a printable version of the staff protocol (PDF)

What to do if:

1. You Tested Positive for COVID-19

  • Isolate yourself, do not come to campus, and wear a mask at home and in the community as much as possible.
  • We recommend that you contact a healthcare provider.
  • Contact your supervisor and HR to notify of your need to be absent.
  • If your health permits you to otherwise continue your duties and your position allows, work remotely. The College has provided up to 80 hours of Covid care time for staff members.
  • Record time on your timesheet as SIOF if not working and SIWK if working.
  • Return after at least 5 full days (day 6 or after), fever-free for 24 hours, and improving symptoms. (Loss of taste and smell may persist and need not delay the end of isolation.)

2. You have been exposed(1) to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you are fully-vaccinated(3):
  • Continue normal routines including in-person work (masked) and monitor symptoms daily.
  • PCR Test(2) day 5 after exposure. Contact provider or use TestIowa PCR test.
  • If you test positive, see directions in section #1.
  • If you develop symptoms see document entitled Protocol for Employees Experiencing Symptoms. You may also contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance.
If you are not fully-vaccinated or you have received a vaccine/booster exemption(3):
  • Stay home for full 5 days and monitor symptoms.
  • PCR Test(2) day 5 after exposure. Contact provider or use TestIowa PCR test.
  • Contact HR and your supervisor to notify of your need to be absent.
  • If your health permits you to otherwise continue your duties and your position allows, work remotely. The College has provided up to 80 hours of Covid care time for staff members.
  • If you develop symptoms see document entitled Protocol for Employees Experiencing Symptoms. You may also contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance.
  • If you test positive, see directions in section #1.

3. You have a household member who has tested positive for COVID-19

Wear a mask as much as possible in the home and at all times when indoors at work.

If you are fully-vaccinated(3):
  • Continue normal routines including attending in-person work (masked) and monitor symptoms daily.
  • PCR Test(2) as soon as possible (day of exposure). If test results are negative, retest with PCR on day 5 after exposure.
  • If you test positive, see directions in section #1.
  • If you develop symptoms see document entitled Protocol for Employees Experiencing Symptoms. You may also contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance.
If you are not fully-vaccinated or you have received a vaccine/booster exemption(3):
  • Stay home for full 5 days and monitor symptoms.
  • PCR Test(2) as soon as possible (day of exposure). If test results are negative, retest with PCR on day 5 after exposure.
  • If you test positive, see directions in section #1.
  • If you develop symptoms see document entitled Protocol for Employees Experiencing Symptoms. You may also contact your healthcare provider for additional guidance.
  • Contact HR and your supervisor to notify of your need to be absent.

If your health permits you to otherwise continue your duties and your position allows, work remotely. The College has provided up to 80 hours of Covid care time for staff members.

If you have tested positive within the past 90 days and recovered and remain asymptomatic:
If you need to care for your household member who has tested positive and/or needs to isolate:
  • The College has expanded the definition for use of the up to 80 hours of COVID care time to include care for a household member who has tested positive and/or needs to isolate or because of a temporary school closure.
  • Work remotely if your position allows and it is feasible given the care responsibilities.
  • Contact HR for further instructions.

  1. Exposure is when you have had close contact with a confirmed positive (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more cumulative in a 24-hour period without a mask).
  2. Staff can contact HR (x4818) for a free rapid antigen test kit or TestIowa kit (subject to availability).
  3. Fully-vaccinated means that your vaccines are up-to-date and you have received the recommended doses and boosters in the recommended timeframes. See CDC Vaccine guidance.
  4. Protocol for Employees Experiencing Symptoms

Contact Human Resources: 641-269-4818 or hr@grinnell.edu

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