Elon is committed to providing on-going support for students in quarantine on and off campus due to COVID-19. Here are some of the support processes designed to assist any student who may be asked to remain in a quarantine space while seeking treatment or testing. Read about Elon’s notification and contact tracing or visit the Student Care and Outreach website for additional resources available to students.
If You are Feeling Ill
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or if you do not pass the daily health screening app, please do not come to campus. Instead, isolate and seek medical consultation. Students should contact Health Services at 336-278-7230 for a virtual screening (do not come to the office) and follow directions as posted on the Student Health Services website.
- Students who need to be isolated or quarantined will be isolated in a single bedroom with a bathroom that is not shared with another person.
- Students living in a single residence hall or apartment room with a bathroom that is not shared with another person, will be directed to quarantine in their current living situation.
- Students living in a shared residence hall or apartment room or with a shared bathroom will be moved to one of our quarantine/isolation spaces on campus or a local hotel room off-campus. A member of the Student Life Staff will reach out to the student to coordinate logistics, key access to the quarantine space, meals, classes, etc.
- In situations where multiple students within a living area are to be quarantined, the university will follow local health department guidance on whether to quarantine students in their current space or provide a separate quarantine space for each individual.
- If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and lives in an apartment or any setting with a shared common space, they must go to a separate quarantine and isolation space where there are no shared facilities, including the need to use common household appliances. This will likely be in one of the university designated spaces on campus. This is true even if they have their own bed/bath within the current space and live in off campus housing. This will reduce spreading the virus through potential contact in a common space — kitchen, living room, etc.
- Health department guidelines strongly discourage students from returning to their home for quarantine purposes. Doing so increases the risk to parents, siblings and others in the community.
- Information about other resources for students (i.e. laundry services, pharmacies that deliver, library resources, etc.) are available on the Student Care and Outreach page for Quarantine Support.
- Students should follow all guidance and directives of the Alamance County Health Department and the Office of Student Care and Outreach. More specific information will be provided to students who are required to isolate or quarantine.
Student life staff will work with quarantined students on campus to have meals delivered to their residence hall room or on-campus apartment and debited from their meal plan or charged to their student account (if they do not have a meal plan). Meals will also be delivered to our partner hotels where some students might be quarantined. If students require items beyond the dining services delivery options or are off campus, they will be able to use a variety of grocery and restaurant delivery services. Those resources are posted on the Student Care and Outreach site.
Daily Check-Ins by Staff
As a matter of precaution, students in isolation should not have direct contact with others, except in a medical emergency. Throughout their quarantine period, students in quarantine will receive a daily “check-in” call from a staff member to provide non-medical assistance. Students can also set up virtual check-ins with Health Services staff. Although physically most students will not require any medical intervention beyond symptomatic treatment, students will also be provided information about contacting Student Health Services for a virtual visit if their condition worsens while they are in quarantine or contacting 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
It will also be important for family members and friends to keep in phone/video contact with quarantined/isolated students to keep their spirits up and provide support.
Once a student is advised by a healthcare provider or the Alamance County Health Department to isolate and the Student Care and Outreach staff is advised, the Student Life staff will advise the students’ faculty members that the student should plan to participate in classes and academic assignments remotely during the required isolation period. Students should also contact faculty to ask about how to connect and continue coursework during quarantine.
Leaving Belongings in Residence Halls
If the university was forced to shift to remote learning with students returning home for the remainder of the term, students could leave their belongings in their residence hall room or on-campus apartment in anticipation for a return to on-campus classes in the Winter/Spring.
Quarantine Kit: Supplies to Bring to School this Fall
Students and families are encouraged to bring their own pre-packed Quarantine Supply Kit that includes:
- Cleaning supplies (ex. antibacterial spray or wipes, window cleaner)
- At least 5 washable face coverings (required on campus)
- Hand soap/sanitizer
- Facial tissues
- Non-perishable foods for your room
- Bottled water
- First-aid kit
- Trash bags
- Toilet paper/paper towels
- Personal hygiene products
- Medical information (i.e. insurance information)
Additional specific assistance and guidance for those in isolation and quarantine are posted on the Student Care and Outreach site.