SPU isolation/quarantine protocols

Updated March 28, 2022

SPU has developed isolation and quarantine protocols to address situations when employees and students test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with others who test positive for COVID-19. The information below summarizes current protocols and may be updated periodically. 

SPU employees and students should contact Health Services with health related questions through our Secure Messaging portalThe guidance below about when to isolate or quarantine generally applies to both students and employees, even if employees do not isolate or quarantine on campus.

Isolation and Quarantine Generally

Part 1: If you test positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status):

  • Stay home or in your residence, apart from others, wear a mask in any shared spaces.
  • Notify Health Services through the patient portal (spu.medicatconnect.com)
  • Isolate for five (5) full days from the first day your symptoms started (the first day of symptoms is day zero) or the date of your test if you had no symptoms.
  • You may end isolation after five (5) days (on or after day 6) if you have had no fever for more than 24 hours and your symptoms are improving.
  • Continue to follow SPU Health and Safety guidelines including mask protocols.

Part 2: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 – even mild (regardless of vaccination status):

  • Stay home or in your residence, apart from others, wear a mask in any shared spaces.
  • Get tested as soon as possible
    • If positive see part 1.
    • If negative, stay home until your symptoms have improved (no fever for more than 24 hours without medication and other symptoms are better).
    • If your symptoms are not improving or new symptoms develop in the first few days — stay home and get tested again.
  • Notify Health Services through the patient portal (spu.medicatconnect.com)
  • If you have symptoms AND you have been exposed to a confirmed case — you may need to stay home longer — please contact Health Services for guidance.

For a list of symptoms associated with COVID-19, see the section of SPU's Health and Safety Expectations webpage titled "Personal Health Self-Screening."

If you have NO SYMPTOMS and you have been in close contact* with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to get tested and quarantine as follows:

  • If you received your booster more than two weeks ago, or are recently vaccinated (this means you have completed the series for Moderna or Pfizer in the last five (5) months; or the Johnson&Johnson dose within the last two (2) months:
    • You do NOT need to stay home but …
    • Monitor yourself carefully for any new symptoms (even mild) and if they occur — stay home (see part 2).
    • Wear a well-fitting mask in all shared spaces for 10 days.
    • You need to get tested 5–7 days after your last date of contact with the positive person.
      • If your test is negative — continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask for 5 more days.
      • If your test is positive — stay home, contact Health Services — see part 1.
  • If you are previously vaccinated (this means it has been more than five (5) months since you completed your Moderna or Pfizer series, more than two (2) months since your Johnson&Johnson and you have not received a booster) OR you are unvaccinated.
    • Stay home for five days and …
    • Wear a well-fitting mask in all shared spaces for 10 days.
    • Monitor yourself carefully for any new symptoms (even mild) and if they occur see part 2.
    • Get tested 5–7 days after your last date of contact with the positive person.
      • If your test is negative — continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask for five more days.
      • If your test is positive — stay home, contact Health Services — see part 1.

*You are considered a close contact when you have been within 6 feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19, for a cumulative 15-minute exposure over a 24-hour period.

Support for Students in Isolation and Quarantine

If SPU places a student in isolation on campus, SPU staff will assist the student in moving to the isolation unit and will clean the vacated area. SPU Health Services will determine whether family members or close contacts should be notified and whether any other students should be placed in quarantine. If SPU instructs residential students to isolate or quarantine on campus, SPU staff will work with those students regarding their academic and living needs. For specific information about meals, laundry, and mail, see below. Also, students who have been asked to isolate or quarantine in a designated campus location can find information about this process and available resources here. An SPU staff point of contact (typically a staff member from the Office of Student Life or Office of Residence Life) will be assigned to students in isolation or quarantine if they have questions about University services. Health Services will also check in with students in isolation and quarantine on a regular basis. 

If students choose to quarantine on campus on their own initiative, separate from SPU instruction, SPU staff may not necessarily be available to provide the same assistance.  

Community Notification

SPU has created a webpage that identifies reports of individuals on campus who test positive for COVID-19, which may include students, employees, or guests. Due to confidentiality considerations, the webpage will not identify the name of any individual placed in isolation, and SPU administration will not publicly identify individuals or sections of residential facilities that are placed in quarantine.

Rules for Isolation and Quarantine

When students are in isolation or quarantine on campus, they are required to remain in the isolation or quarantine space at all times, absent medical need, emergency evacuation, or other exception permitted by Health Services or the Office of Residence Life. Students in isolation or quarantine are not permitted to have guests. For any residential area placed in quarantine, no student should go into another student’s room, all students should wear masks in shared spaces, and all students should disinfect shared surfaces and wash hands frequently. Students who do not follow quarantine and isolation instructions may be removed from SPU housing.

Specific Information about Meals, Laundry, and Mail

Meals

  • Each student placed in isolation or quarantine is eligible to order up to three meals a day to be delivered to the unit where the student is living. Students will use the GET app (the same app that links to the Falcon card for meal-plan management) to order the meals (full instructions are provided to students when they are placed in isolation or quarantine). Meal orders through the GET app must be submitted by 6:00 p.m. each day in order to receive meals in the daily delivery, starting at 5 p.m. Available meals are dinner on the day of ordering, and breakfast and lunch for the following day. If a student requires emergency meals earlier in the day they can call the Isolation and Quarantine Services hotline at 206-286-6901 for assistance from 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • At the end of the isolation/quarantine period, the Office of Housing and Meal Plans will bill for the meals that a student received by deducting meal swipes from the student’s meal plan. If a student does not have a meal plan or does not have sufficient meal swipes, deductions will be made to the student’s Dining Dollars, followed by Falcon Funds, at the rate of $10 per meal. If a student also does not have Dining Dollars or Falcon Funds, the Office of Housing and Meal Plans will add Falcon Funds to the student’s account to cover the balance owed for the meals ordered, charging the student’s Student Financial Services account.
  • Students should not let the meal cost keep them from ordering enough meals to be well-nourished during isolation/quarantine. Students who think the cost of meals is prohibitive should use this application form to apply for meal assistance through “Swipe Out Hunger.”
  • Problem with an order? Call 206-281-6901 to speak to the Isolation and Quarantine Services hotline.
  • Problem with the GET app? Email falconcards@spu.edu.
  • Questions about your meal plan or charges? Contact mealplans@spu.edu (this inbox is checked M–F, 9–4:30 p.m.)

Laundry

  • If a student’s isolation/quarantine unit does not have a washer/dryer, the student is eligible for one bag of laundry to be washed, dried, and folded, free of charge per week. Students must opt in to receive this service.  To opt in, students should reply to the email the Office of University Services sends to isolated/quarantined students each Monday of their isolation/quarantine duration. That email will give instructions for how to receive a laundry bag for the first laundry order. To receive laundry service in the weeks following the first order, students must continue to opt in by responding to the Monday email each week. Students who have a washer/dryer in their isolation/quarantine unit are not eligible for this service.
  • Questions about this laundry service should be sent to laundry@spu.edu (the inbox is checked M–F, 9–4:30 p.m.).

Mail

  • Students placed in isolation/quarantine on campus will have their mail, including all packages, delivered to their residential unit entrance once daily, starting at 5 p.m. Students do not need to do anything to opt-in to this service.
  • Questions about mailing should be sent to mailing@spu.edu (the inbox is checked M–F, 9–4:30 p.m.).

Off-Campus Programs

The protocols outlined above apply to SPU’s operations at its Seattle campus. If SPU conducts off-campus programs for students (e.g., at Blakely Island Field Station or Camp Casey Conference Center), different isolation or quarantine protocols may apply.