Williamson College of the Trades – COVID-19 Information
AY 2021/22 Vaccination Policy
A Message from President Michael J. Rounds
I am enormously grateful to everyone in the Williamson community for the resilience and consideration you have demonstrated as we collectively managed our way through the challenges presented by the pandemic. This has been a huge undertaking. The conscientiousness of students, faculty, and staff in complying with our COVID-19 safety procedures has been inspiring, as have been your creativity and determination in continuing our mission. Few colleges across the nation were able to successfully accomplish what we have done together as a unified team.
Our goal for the upcoming fall 2021 term remains constant, to safely provide the Williamson educational experience to each student. With the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines now well-established, and with the importance of mass vaccination so central to our commitment to having a safe campus environment, the College has decided that a COVID vaccination will be required for all enrolled students this fall. This requirement will operate similarly to our existing requirements for other immunizations.
On-campus resident faculty and staff will be similarly required to be COVID vaccinated prior to the start of the fall 2021 term. The College strongly encourages all remaining off-campus residency faculty and staff to become vaccinated for your safety and for the long-term safety of our community.
Medical and religious exemptions may be granted based on the specific circumstances of each request, but our expectation is that the student population on campus will overwhelmingly consist of vaccinated individuals. Please submit any medical or religious exception requests using the form available through this link.
Michael J. Rounds, PE
Current Campus Operations
Emerging in 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact to all elements of our daily lives. The college’s pandemic and preventative protocols are designed towards a singular focus — keeping our students and community safe. The college will continue to work alongside its local, state, and federal partners to safely conduct campus operations. We look forward to continuing our work with all members of the college community in making this upcoming academic year a memorable, safe, and successful one.
We ask the college community to understand that information and guidance outlined within our strategy may change based on the spread of the virus, the advice of public health experts, or by order of the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The college will continue to evaluate all measures and strategies to safeguard its students and the entire Williamson community. More information can be found in the sections below.
For the purposes of this guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen. Unvaccinated individuals are defined as those of all ages, including children, that have not completed a vaccination series or received a single-dose vaccine.
Public Health Measures
The CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health’s guidance for a fully vaccinated campus currently enable the college to modify much of its safety protocol measures. However, college administration will continue to coordinate with federal, state, and local authorities in assessing both the campus and local community health situation. If conditions warrant, the college reserves the right to institute additional safety protocol and requirements.
Students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks, or practice social distancing measures. The CDC recommends students, faculty, and staff with weakened immune systems to continue to wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status.
Students, employees, and guests who are not fully vaccinated will still be required to wear masks while on campus as outlined below. This policy is in alignment with the June 2021 recommendation from the CDC and the PA Department of Health Mask-Wearing Guidance issued on June 25, 2021. Neck gators are not considered as masks.
- Unvaccinated Students will need to wear masks while on campus except while eating/drinking or in their specific Dormitory room. Masks will be worn in all other areas of campus.
- Unvaccinated Employees will need to wear masks on campus except while eating/drinking or alone in their individual office space.
- Unvaccinated guests will need to wear masks throughout their stay on campus.
While Williamson is planning to mostly return to pre-pandemic operation, the following protocol will remain in place:
- The college will continue its expanded cleaning schedule of all campus facilities, including dormitories, common areas, classrooms, and shop areas. The college continues to stress good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
- The campus facility heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system filter replacement schedule will remain under pandemic protocols. MERV 13 filters will be used throughout campus in alignment with CDC, American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE), and the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) recommendations.
COVID-19 Testing and Quarantine Protocol
The college’s Health Services Department will continue to assess, test, and quarantine (if warranted) students and employees who the medical staff determines may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals who test positive may be quarantined in alignment with CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines. All students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to closely monitor their health, practice safe hygiene, and report adverse symptoms to Health Services.
All individuals that test positive for the COVID virus will undergo contact tracing protocol in alignment with CDC, PA Department of Health, and local guidelines.
College Health Services will continue to remotely monitor all individuals placed in a quarantine status. Students in quarantine are required to attend academic classes virtually. Students will be provided technology support as needed.
(6/28/21) The college is awaiting additional guidance from the National Junior College Athletics Association and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. Additional information is expected to be released within the next few weeks.
Visitors to Campus
The college is now open to visitors. As per college policy, all visitors are required to complete a welcome check-in with the reception office in Rowan Hall before proceeding to any location on campus. As part of the check-in process, visitors will be asked their COVID-19 vaccination status. Vaccinated visitors may be allowed to visit the campus without a mask. Unvaccinated visitors will undergo a Health Screening and must wear a mask throughout their visit to campus in alignment with the June 2021 recommendations from the CDC and PA Department of Health Mask-Wearing Guidance issued on June 25, 2021. Masks will be provided if needed. Neck gators are not considered as masks.
The college reserves the right to change its visitation protocol as local conditions change.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources