Jan. 5 - To faculty and staff: Updated COVID-19 guidance for employees

Dear Salve Regina faculty and staff,

Happy New Year! We hope that you took some time for rest and relaxation during the break, and that you safely enjoyed warm and cheerful holiday celebrations in the company of family and friends.

Throughout this pandemic, our primary goal has been to protect the health and safety of our campus community. With an ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases sparked by the omicron variant, we would like to outline some guidance for our operations in the immediate future.

On-Demand Testing

Due to limited supply, Salve Regina is currently unable to offer on-demand testing. On-campus testing is only available to undergraduate students, employees with approved exemptions and employees who are exposed to COVID-19 while working on campus.

The Rhode Island Department of Health website offers several options for testing, including state-run test sites, primary care offices, retail pharmacies and respiratory clinics. In addition, the Edward King House, located at 35 King St. in Newport, offers walk-in rapid testing from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

Submit Your Booster Record

As previously announced, Salve Regina will require a booster shot for all vaccinated faculty and staff by March 1. Approved medical and religious exemptions will remain in effect.

You may submit your booster record securely and confidentially via the employee submission form. No other medical information should be provided. If you will not be eligible for a booster by March 1, please contact Human Resources at (401) 341-2137 or humanresources@salve.edu.

Isolation and Quarantine

Salve Regina’s emergency management team has determined that faculty and staff may follow the latest CDC guidance regarding isolation and quarantine.

Isolation: If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate for five days regardless of your vaccination status. After five days, if you are asymptomatic or your symptoms have resolved, you may leave isolation, but must wear a mask around others for five additional days. If you have a fever or other symptoms, continue to isolate until your symptoms resolve.

Quarantine: If you are boosted or completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna within the last six months or the primary series of Johnson & Johnson within the last two months, you do not need to quarantine if you are exposed to COVID-19. You must wear a mask around others for 10 days and are strongly encouraged to get tested on day five. If you develop symptoms, isolate at home and get tested as soon as possible.

If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna more than six months ago or the primary series of Johnson & Johnson more than two months ago and are not boosted, or if you are not vaccinated, you must quarantine for five days if you are exposed to COVID-19. After five days, you must wear a mask around others for five additional days. You are strongly encouraged to get tested on day five. If you develop symptoms, isolate at home and get tested as soon as possible.

If you have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days (confirmed with a PCR or rapid test), you do not need to quarantine if you are exposed, regardless of your vaccination status.

In-Person Events and Meetings

Large-scale events and programs that are open to the campus community and the general public must be held virtually through Feb. 1. Athletic competitions will be closed to spectators, and external events using University facilities will be rescheduled.

Offices and departments are encouraged to hold meetings or gatherings virtually whenever possible. If you meet in person, please ensure that masks continue to be worn properly. In addition, food and beverages may not be served at any meetings or gatherings through Feb. 1. If you have a catered event scheduled prior to that date, please adjust accordingly or reschedule for another time.

Floating Holidays

As previously announced, Salve Regina is delaying the start of spring classes until Monday, Jan. 17. As a result, the University will be open and holding classes on days that staff might not normally work.

To make up for the delayed start, the University will now be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 17) and Presidents Day (Feb. 21). For 2022, these holidays will be considered floating. If you are employed at Salve Regina on the official holiday and would normally be eligible for the paid holiday, you may take these days at your discretion, with your supervisor’s approval, between Jan. 17 and June 30, 2022.

There will be a new time type available in the timecard system that should be selected when using floating holidays. Please refer to the updated staff holiday schedule for additional information.

Classes will also be held on the Thursday (April 14) and Monday (April 18) of Easter break, and staff will be expected to work on those days or take approved leave time. Academic year employees that would normally have those days off will start their schedules two days later in January. Employees should work with their supervisors to establish their new start date. If starting two days later will negatively impact operations, the employee and supervisor should determine two days in the semester that are more appropriate.

Please contact Human Resources at (401) 341-2137 or humanresources@salve.eduwith any questions or concerns related to the guidance outlined above.