Will there be COVID-19 testing on campus this academic year?
There will be no surveillance testing on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year. Antigen testing is available to students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing symptoms or after day five for those who have been notified of an exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 at Coles Tower/Thorne Hall, Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additionally, antigen tests are readily available at local drugstores.
2. I have an approved COVID-19 vaccination exemption or booster exemption, do I need to test this coming academic year?
No, there will be no surveillance testing on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year. If conditions warrant a change, you will be contacted by Human Resources.
3. Are masks required on campus?
Bowdoin is a mask-friendly campus, and we encourage anyone who desires to wear a mask to do so with our full support. However, masks are only required on campus in the following circumstances:
- Individuals, including visitors, who have not been fully vaccinated (i.e., have not completed their primary series of either the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine).
- Individuals who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Individuals who are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are expected to wear masks indoors (except when eating) and in crowded outdoor environments for ten days after exposure.
- Visitors to Health Services.
4. Since the College is only offering limited antigen testing hours on campus, how else can I obtain an antigen test?
Our medical insurance carrier continues to reimburse employees for the cost of tests purchased at local retail pharmacies (e.g., Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, etc.) and testing is also widely available in the community through pharmacies and medical facilities.
5. What kind of COVID-19 testing is acceptable?
Either PCR or antigen testing can be used, although your primary care provider may recommend a confirmatory PCR test with an antigen test in certain circumstances.
6. If I go on vacation, are there any testing procedures for returning to work?
As long as you are symptom-free and have not experienced an exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, there are no testing requirements to return to work.
7. Does the College conduct contact tracing for positive cases of faculty and staff?
Based on CDC guidance, the College does not conduct individual contact tracing. Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID–19 are responsible for contacting any individuals they believe have been close contacts (a cumulative fifteen minutes over a twenty-four-hour period, closer than six feet, and unmasked in the previous two days). If fully vaccinated, an individual who is considered a close contact can continue to work on campus masked and must arrange for testing after five days. If the employee has a COVID-19 vaccine exemption or is not fully vaccinated they must quarantine at home for five days following the exposure and arrange for testing in order to return to work on campus.
8. How do I record my time if I need to isolate or quarantine?
For day-to-day absences due to illness employees must use their sick time. If no sick time is available, vacation time must be used. Awards of emergency sick time will be considered on a case-by-case basis for employees whose sick time balances are depleted. Please contact Mary Cote (email@example.com or 725-3033) for additional information.
9. How do I record my time in Workday if my spouse/partner or child is sick (non-COVID-19 illness), and I need to remain home?
The College’s family care absence policy provides up to forty hours of job-protected leave per calendar year. The time can be drawn from your sick or vacation balances as “Family Care Absence–Sick” or “Family Care Absence–Vacation.” If both balances are depleted you can take unpaid time as “Family Care Absence–Unpaid.” This allowance can also be used for illness or medical appointments where your presence is required for a spouse/partner, child, or parent.
10. My child’s school/classroom or daycare has announced a temporary closure due to COVID-19, or my child must stay home in quarantine and I need to be home to provide care. How do I proceed?
The College will provide a one-time award of up to seven paid days off (up to fifty-six hours) for a sudden public school or daycare closure in connection with COVID-19 or when your child must stay home to quarantine due to a COVID-19 exposure when no other childcare options are available. This policy will remain in effect for the coming academic year through June 30, 2023. All benefits-eligible faculty and staff are eligible. Eligible employees must make the request to Mary Cote in Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org (207) 725-3033), and a notice from the school/daycare of the emergency closure or required quarantine may be required in order to approve the request. If additional time is needed it must be taken as vacation time. Please note: Managers are asked to work with employees on altered work schedules during times of public school/daycare closures.
11. My position requires me to work more directly with the campus community and even though they are vaccinated this makes me very uncomfortable. Do I have to come to campus?
You will be expected to fulfill the essential functions of your position on campus or through a hybrid work schedule that has been approved by your senior manager and is in keeping with College policy. Faculty are expected to teach and be present on campus. If your physician indicates you have a medical necessity for an accommodation that requires you to work remotely, please contact Human Resources (email@example.com or 207-725-3033) for additional guidance and next steps. Working remotely for medical reasons must be approved by Human Resources.
12. Can I receive my COVID-19 booster shot on paid time?
The College will allow hourly employees to use up to two hours of paid time to receive their COVID-19 booster immunization for appointments that can’t be scheduled outside of normal working hours. COVID-19 booster shots are available at local Walgreens, Walmart, and CVS pharmacies, as well as the pharmacies within Hannaford and Shaw’s. Call ahead to check vaccine availability and whether appointments are needed.
13. If I have questions regarding the Fall 2022 COVID-19 protocols or procedures, who do I contact?
Please contact either Mary Cote in Human Resources (firstname.lastname@example.org, (207) 725-3033) or (email@example.com, (207) 208-2514) with any questions regarding COVID–19 protocols or procedures for this fall.
Updated August 22, 2022