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
AY 2021/22 Campus Protocol
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.
In April 2021, the college announced its fall vaccination requirements, which mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for the 2021-2022 academic year, beginning this fall. Please reference this link for the college’s vaccination policy
In alignment with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines, individuals are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
Individuals who received an exemption under the college’s immunization policy or have yet to complete the vaccination requirements outlined above will be considered unvaccinated in terms of the college’s policy and safety protocol.
Public Health Measures
Current CDC Level of Community Transmission in Delaware County, Pennsylvania
One of the challenges throughout the pandemic is the need to make policies while new facts and the local community health assessment continue to unfold and evolve. Our principal goal for this fall semester remains to sustain the safety of the entire college community to the best of our ability. Certainly, the college is striving to restore a sense of normalcy to campus life but must take reasonable steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our community. The college continues to closely monitor reports and recommendations from the CDC and the PA Department of Health and may modify its protocol accordingly. We understand the difficulty and significant impact that the pandemic has made on our college, nation, and world. As last year, we ask all members of the college community to remain flexible and patient as we successfully begin the upcoming year.
All students and college employees, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask while indoor any college building or facility. This includes all academic classrooms and shop areas, dining and recreational/fitness facilities, and dormitories, excluding a student’s individual dormitory room. Neck gators are not approved as a substitute for masks. Masks must at all times be worn to cover both the mouth and nose.
Masks must also be worn in all college-owned or chartered vehicles. This includes transportation to all field trips and sponsored athletic/extracurricular events.
Masks are optional in an outdoor setting for all vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks outdoors.
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.
Given the high rate of transmission of the COVID-19 variants, the college will conduct both diagnostic and screening testing of both students and employees. Diagnostic testing is intended to identify current infection in individuals and is performed when a person has signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or when someone has been exposed to a known positive COVID-19 individual. Screening testing is intended to identify infected people who are asymptomatic and do not have known, suspected, or reported exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Screening helps to identify unknown cases so that measures can be taken to prevent further transmission.
All employees and students may receive diagnostic testing depending on symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or when exposed to a known positive COVID-19 individual.
Vaccinated employees and students can refrain from routine screening testing. Unvaccinated employees and students will be subject to weekly screening tests conducted within the college Health Services Clinic.
Contact Tracing, Isolation, and Quarantine
Student Health Services (SHS) will continue to offer a full range of services to students, through both in-person and virtual consultations. Students or employees who believe they have been exposed to, have contracted COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms associated with the virus should contact Student Health Services immediately or their Dormitory Manager if after hours.
- Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will use the Rowan Hall Student Lounge which will serve as an additional patient waiting area. Students with non-COVID-19 symptoms will use the current SHS waiting area.
- Students reporting COVID-19 symptoms will be assessed by the SHS staff. Diagnostic testing may be administered if COVID is suspected. The SHS staff, consistent with CDC and PA Department of Health Guidance, may place the student in isolation or quarantine based on the medical assessment. Given the small size of the college students placed in isolation or quarantine status will likely be sent home if they reside within the local region. The college has set aside limited housing for both the isolation and quarantine of students who are unable to travel home.
SHS staff will remain in contact with all students and employees in isolation or quarantine to assist and monitor the developed recovery strategy for a safe return to campus. SHS Staff and college administration will notify and work with local and state agencies to conduct contact tracing. The college may require additional students or employees to quarantine awaiting the results of COVID-19 test as a result of contact tracing.
Visitors to Campus
The college is now open to scheduled visitation. 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.
Vaccinated visiting guests must wear a mask while indoor any building or facility on campus. Masks are recommended for vaccinated guests while outdoors.
Unvaccinated visiting guests must wear a mask while on campus, both indoors and outdoors.
Visiting guests not in compliance with Williamson’s safety protocol may be asked to leave campus.
The college reserves the right to change its visitation protocol as local conditions change.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resources