Update to quarantine and isolation guidelines

Jan. 10, 2022

Dear SNC community,

We’d like to inform you of a change recently made to the college’s quarantine and isolation guidelines. The update was made in response to more recent guidance from the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health.

Isolation of positive cases of COVID-19:

  • Those who are symptomatic must isolate while tests are pending. If positive, isolation shall continue for a minimum of 5 days from symptom onset (or test date if asymptomatic) AND 24 hours after fever resolution without medication AND symptom improvement.
  • In the event St. Norbert College returns to mask-optional (based on transmission levels in the surrounding community), once released from isolation, masking indoors must continue until completion of the 10th day (an additional five days).
  • Isolation must be observed at an off-campus location. Limited isolation spaces are available on campus for students who face extenuating circumstances and who receive approval from the vice president for student affairs. See the COVID-19 case response policy.

Quarantine of close contacts:

  • Those who are fully vaccinated (at least two weeks after completing the primary series of vaccine: two doses for Moderna and Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) OR have a history of a confirmed COVID-19 case within the last 90 days of the date of the last close contact are exempt from quarantine; however, symptom monitoring and indoor masking (regardless of the college’s masking policy) must continue for 10 days following exposure. If they remain asymptomatic, public health recommends testing on Day 5 after last contact. If a person experiences symptoms, they should immediately isolate and be tested.  
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated with the primary series are required to quarantine at a permanent residence or off-campus location for five days (released on Day 6) after the date of their last close contact.

SNC’s indoor masking policy also will remain in effect into the spring 2022 semester. College leadership will continue to monitor the spread of various coronavirus variants and will adjust our mitigation efforts as warranted.

Please take some time to review the college’s updated COVID-19 guidelines. We also invite you to review these Frequently Asked Questions following last week’s communication about student protocols for the spring 2022 semester.

College leadership also is closely monitoring court hearings related to OSHA vaccination and testing requirements that may impact college employees; additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

If you have any questions about the college’s protocols, email covid19response@snc.edu; your message will be forwarded to the office or individual best able to respond.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-evolving situation.