Students - COVID-19 Protocols (UPDATED 1-5-2022)

The following protocols will help streamline the necessary notifications and contact tracing if you have tested positive for COVID-19 OR have been in close contact (exposure) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you have any questions, email ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu.

Residential Student Isolation Protocols:

 There is a change to the COVID-19 housing protocol for residential students who test positive for COVID-19. Due to renovations of University Village, on-campus isolation space is very limited. As a result, residents who test positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to stay in their residence hall during their isolation period and must return to their primary residence (home) to isolate themselves. If your permanent address is outside of a 300-mile radius from SSU, only under the rarest of circumstances can University Housing arrangements be considered for students to stay during isolation. The university has contracted with a local hotel to serve as the designated isolation location for on-campus students who test positive for COVID-19. 

Tested Positive for Vaccinated and Non-vaccinated: 

  1. Email CARES Team (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu) to inform them of your status. 
  1. Self-isolate for 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the positive test). 
  1. The CARES Team will coordinate with Student Development to make appropriate arrangements for classes. 
  1. The CARES Team, Student Affairs and Auxiliary Service will coordinate to ensure that you get your meals. 
  1. Notify contacts of your illness and ask them to participate in contact tracing. 
  1. You may exit isolation after 5 full days and a negative COVID-19 test. The CARES Team will contact you when it is time for you to schedule your COVID-19 test to exit isolation. You are required to test negative for COVID-19 before resuming normal campus activities. You must wear a well-fitting mask in public for 5 additional days (day 6 – day 10) after the negative test. 
  1. Email your negative test results to the CARES Team (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu). Upon review and approval, you will receive an email from the CARES Team clearing you to resume your normal activities. 
  1. The CARES Team will inform Student Development that you are cleared to resume your activities. Student Development will email your instructors requesting that you be allowed to return to classes.

Residential Student Close Contact (Exposure)

Protocols: 

  1. Email CARES Team (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu) to inform them of your status.
  1. Received all vaccine doses and booster. You do not need to quarantine, but must follow the basic preventative measures: Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from date of exposure (close contact). The date of exposure (close contact) is considered day 0. Social distance, avoid crowds and wash your hands frequently.
  2. Get tested at least 5 days after the exposure (close contact). If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from others and follow the isolation protocols in the section above. If you test negative continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 days additional days (day 6 – day 10) after negative test.
  1. Received primary series of vaccine but not received booster shot and not-vaccinated: You must quarantine immediately for 5 full days (day 0 – day 5). If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after exposure (close contact). The CARES Team will contact you when it is time for you to schedule your COVID-19 test to exit quarantine.
  1. If you test negative, you can exit quarantine, but you must continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others and in public until 10 days after your exposure (close contact). You are required to test negative for COVID-19 before resuming normal campus activities.
  2. If you test positive, you should isolate. Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to stay in their residence hall during their isolation period and must return to their primary residence (home) to isolate themselves. If your permanent address is outside of a 300-mile radius from SSU, only under the rarest of circumstances can University Housing arrangements be considered for students to stay during isolation.
  1. The CARES Team and Housing will coordinate your quarantine location and related guidance.
  1. The CARES Team will coordinate with Student Development to make appropriate arrangements for classes.
  1. The CARES Team, Student Affairs and Auxiliary Service will coordinate to ensure that you get your meals.
  1. Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Sore Throat, Muscle Ache, Runny Nose, Congestion, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Loss of Taste, Loss of Smell). Get tested immediately if you begin to have symptoms.
  1. Email your negative test results to the CARES Team (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu). Upon review and approval, you will receive an email from the CARES Team clearing you to resume your normal activities.
  1. The CARES Team will inform Student Development that you are cleared to resume your normal activities. Student Development will email your instructors requesting that you be allowed to return to class.

Commuter Student Isolation Protocols: 

Tested Positive Vaccinated and Non-vaccinated: 

  1. Email CARES Team (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu) to inform them of your status. 
  1. Self-isolate for 5 full days (day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the date of the positive test). 
  1. The CARES Team will coordinate with Student Development to make appropriate arrangements for classes. 
  1. Notify contacts of your illness and ask them to participate in contact You can exit isolation after 5 full days and a negative COVID-19 test. The CARES Team will contact you when it is time for you to schedule you COVID-19 test to exit isolation. You are required to test negative for COVID-19 before resuming normal campus activities. You must wear a well-fitting mask in public for 5 additional days (day 6 – day 10) after the negative test. 
  1. Email your negative test results to the CARES Team (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu). Upon review and approval, you will receive an email from the CARES Team clearing you to resume your normal activities. 
  1. The CARES Team will inform Student Development that you are cleared to resume your normal activities. Student Development will email your instructors requesting that you be allowed to return to class.

Commuter Student Close Contact (Exposure)

Protocols: 

  1. Email CARES Team (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu) to inform them of your status. 
  1. Received all vaccine doses and booster. You do not need to quarantine, but must follow the basic preventative measures:
  1. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from date of exposure (close contact). The date of exposure (close contact) is considered day 0. Social distance, avoid crowds and wash your hands frequently.
  2. Get tested at least 5 days after the exposure (close contact). If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from others and follow the isolation protocols in the section above. If you test negative continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 days’ additional days (day 6 – day 10) after negative test.
  1. Received primary series of vaccine but not received booster shot and not-vaccinated: You must quarantine immediately for 5 full days (day 0 – day 5). If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after exposure (close contact). The CARES Team will contact you when it is time for you to schedule your COVID- 19 test to exit  quarantine.
  1. If you test negative, you can exit quarantine, but you must continue to wear a well-fitting mask when around others and in public until 10 days after your exposure (close contact). You are required to test negative for COVID-19 before resuming normal campus activities.
  2. If you test positive, you should isolate. Follow isolation protocols in the section above.
  1. The CARES Team will coordinate with Student Development to make appropriate arrangements for classes.
  1. Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath, Sore Throat, Muscle Ache, Runny Nose, Congestion, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Loss of Taste, Loss of Smell). Get tested immediately if you begin to have  symptoms.
  1. Email your negative test results to the CARES Team (ssucovid-19@savannahstate.edu). Upon review and approval, you will receive an email from the CARES Team clearing you to resume your normal activities.
  1. The CARES Team will inform Student Development that you are cleared to resume your normal activities. Student Development will email your instructors requesting that you be allowed to return to class.