COVID-19: Information for Employees

Kalamazoo College is committed to the health and safety of our community. As the pandemic continue to evolve, Kalamazoo College adapts to adjusting conditions while supporting our students in their academic pursuits. The resources below provide guidance to employees and support a healthy environment. Questions or suggestions may be directed to Renee Boelcke at renee.boelcke@kzoo.edu

Is there a vaccination and/or booster mandate for faculty, staff, and/or students?

Yes, faculty, staff, and students are expected to be to to date (vaccinated and boosted, if eligible) against COVID-19 unless an accommodation has been approved. Learn more about the requirement by visiting https://hr.kzoo.edu/requiredc19vaccfs/.

How can I learn more about vaccination resources?
To what does up-to-date, fully vaccinated, unvaccinated, and boosted mean?

Fully Vaccinated: At least two weeks past the final dose of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved primary COVID-19 vaccine series.

Unvaccinated: Have not received any dose of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine or are less than two weeks past the final dose of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Booster shots: Additional doses of a vaccine needed periodically to “boost” the immune system.  

Up to date: A person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

I may have been exposed to COVID or am exhibiting COVID symptoms. How can I locate information about COVID testing?

Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are expected to notify Renee Boelcke, AVP for Human Resources, at renee.boelcke@kzoo.edu, (o) 269.337.7248, or (c) 773.391.7128.

Testing for exposed and symptomatic faculty and staff should be done off-campus. Many colleagues have found OptiMed to be a particularly useful testing option. Testing locations may be found by visiting https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/community-based-testing-sites/index.html.

Over the counter tests can be found a various businesses like Walmart, Walgreens, Meijer, etc. Walmart seems to have the best pricing for the same product. Over the counter tests are in high demand and can be challenging to locate. Contact Renee Boelcke for urgent testing needs.

The federal government makes four at-home rapid COVID tests available to every residence in the United States, including free shipping. Requestors only need to provide their name and mailing address. An email address can be provided for tracking purposes. No credit card or other information is requested. Learn more and request tests for your household by visiting https://www.covidtests.gov/. Order the tests now so that you have them when you need them. Shipping may take two weeks. View the video below to learn how to use the test.

How to I access the daily health screening options?
How can I request a COVID-related accommodation?
How do I find out more and request a COVID-related leave?
How do I access the COVID modules on Vector/ Safe Colleges?
How do I find the College’s COVID Preparedness and Response Plan, released in July 2020?
What was the plan to return to a completely in-person experience?
How do I know what my COVID potential exposure is with my position?
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