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Special Statement Due To Covid-19

Keystone College COVID-19 Pledge

Students, faculty, and staff at Keystone College agree to help to keep the campus community safe by pledging to abide by the following expectations:

  • I PLEDGE to complete daily temperature and symptom checks before coming to campus.
  • I PLEDGE to refrain from coming to campus if my temperature is 100 degrees F or above or if I am experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, not related to a pre-existing condition:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • I PLEDGE to wear a mask while on campus.
  • I PLEDGE to follow social distancing recommendations everywhere on campus.
  • I PLEDGE to follow the College’s testing, self-isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing protocols before returning to work or class following an illness or suspected encounter with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • In the classroom, WE PLEDGE to:
    • Wear a mask during class and acknowledge that I will be asked to leave if I am not wearing a mask.
    • Sit six feet away from other people.
    • Refrain from eating in classrooms, and only drink a beverage by using a straw while still wearing a mask.
  • Additionally, students, faculty and staff agree to abide by the procedures outlined in the College’s COVID-19 full reopening plan, which can be viewed here.

These expectations will be monitored by designated students, faculty, and staff who have been trained to guide the campus community through these new, uncharted territories. While it is not the goal for corrective action to be punitive in nature, consistent and blatant unwillingness to comply may result in disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may include removal from on-campus housing, revised scheduling that only includes remote learning options, and possible termination of employment.

SPECIAL STATEMENT DUE TO COVID-19

Keystone College would require all students and college employees to receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Removal of the “emergency use” authorization places the COVID-19 vaccination in the same category as vaccines for diseases such as mumps/measles/rubella, tetanus, and meningitis.    

As most vaccines are a two-dose process, Keystone College will allow a maximum two-month time period for students to become “fully vaccinated”. Once their vaccination cycle is complete, students taking in-person, on-campus classes will be expected to email a picture of their vaccination card.  Online students and students taking courses at off-campus locations do not need to provide health records.

For students who have medical or religious reasons to be exempt from receiving the vaccination, the Counseling and Well-Being Center staff will provide a form for students to apply for a medical or religious exemption. These exemption requests will be reviewed by a committee that will notify students if their request has been approved.

Additional updates on our COVID-19 policies will be provided as needed. For more information on all COVID-19 policies, please visit www.keystone.edu/covid/. Our indoor mask-policy for the entire college community remains in effect as previously announced. Once again, we are making this decision in an abundance of caution for the entire campus community as COVID-19 rates continue to rise locally and nationally, mainly as a result of the Delta Variant.