Information for Students

Information for Students

Northark COVID-19 Policy

Students, employees, family members, or other visitors may not come to any Northark campus or college event if they are running a fever, and unless they have been fever-free (without the use of medication) for 24 hours.  Students and employees should communicate with their instructor or supervisor, as usual, if they are unable to work because of illness or because they are caring for a sick family member.

Face-coverings

Northark will strongly recommend face coverings inside buildings for individuals who are not fully vaccinated but will not require them as per law.  Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.  Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at  increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.

Social Distancing

The CDC maintains six feet of social distance between individuals. Individuals are encouraged to avoid gathering in proximity where exposures could occur.

Vaccinations, Testing & Reporting

The College encourages individuals to be vaccinated. Northark in partnership with Boone County Health Department and NARMC will offer multiple vaccine clinics on campus throughout the year.  Clinic details will be communicated via Northark email, the Northark website and social media.

State guidelines require students and staff to isolate when ill with COVID and to quarantine if unvaccinated and exposed to the virus, or if vaccinated but experiencing symptoms.  The CDC defines a close contact as an individual confirmed to have been within six feet for 15 cumulative minutes or longer within a 24-hour period during the infectious period of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated students or employees do not have to quarantine unless they have or develop symptoms. The CDC recommends fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.  If you’ve been exposed to COVID, have symptoms of COVID, or have had a positive test for COVID, use this link to complete the Reporting Form https://bit.ly/3xbZz9A , or call Kris Greening at (870) 754-4578. Specific questions or concerns may be sent to coronavirus@northark.edu. Do not come to campus if you are awaiting test results or suspect you have COVID.

Campus Communications & Reporting

Periodic campus updates will be communicated via email, on the Northark website at www.northark.edu/coronavirus, and on social media.  Northark reports weekly pooled testing results to students, faculty, staff and the public here: http://www.northark.edu/about-us/public-health

Campus & Community Events

Events on campus and large meetings must be approved by the President on a case-by-case basis.  Events may be affected or adjusted during the semester due to health considerations. 

Handwashing & Cleaning

We are following safe and proper cleaning practices across campuses. The entire campus will be deep cleaned on August 13, 2021.   Hand-sanitizer will be maintained in buildings and common areas.   Individuals are encouraged to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after being in a public place, or after coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.