For higher education

  1. Guidance for Housing
  2. Guidance for Classrooms


  • Get vaccinated
  • Physical distance of at least six feet (if not vaccinated).
  • Wear face masks (if not vaccinated).
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains, grab bars, hand railings, bathroom stalls, tables).
  • Handwashing stations/sanitizer stations in buildings.
  • Avoid large gatherings/group activities (if not vaccinated).


  • Suggest that residents keep up-to-date lists of medical conditions and medications, and periodically check to ensure they have a sufficient supply of their prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  • Make sure that residents are aware of serious symptoms of their underlying conditions and of COVID-19 symptoms that require emergency care, and that they know who to ask for help and call 911.
  • Encourage residents who live alone to seek out a “buddy” in the facility who will check on and help care for them and safely make sure they are getting basic necessities, including food and household essentials.
  • Check the CDC’s Traveler Health Notices for latest guidance and travel recommendations. 
  • Provide students, faculty and staff with guidance of circumstances in which they should avoid returning to in-person classes and activities until they have received medical care (ie: exposure, symptoms). 
  • Set up notification process (ie: email, website, hotline, automated text messaging, newsletters and flyers) to communicate important information with staff and students.
  • Consider planning for a quarantine and/or isolation wing for students living on campus. 

What to do if you have a confirmed case 

  • Encourage students, faculty, and staff who are sick to stay home.
  • Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use these areas until after cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Consider virtual learning options. 
  • Possible stand-up of quarantine and/or isolation wing.
  • Unvaccinated individuals who were in close contact with a positive case will need to quarantine

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