VACCINATIONS

TESTING

MASKS

QUARANTINE & ISOLATION

HOUSING

MISC

VACCINATIONS

Is JBU requiring the COVID-19 vaccine?
No. However, we continue to recommend students, faculty and staff immunize themselves against COVID-19 by being vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and effective and receiving it greatly decreases the chances that you will face disruptions this year.

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?
Fully vaccinated means that an individual has received the COVID-19 vaccine and is 14 days past receiving the vaccine's last dose. If you received Pfizer or Moderna, you must be 14 days past the second dose. If you received Johnson & Johnson, you must be 14 days past the vaccine's single dose. 

Am I required to provide proof of my vaccination?
In order to enjoy the benefits for fully vaccinated individuals, JBU requires students to submit a copy of their vaccination card to nurse@jbu.edu. You may choose not to provide proof, but you will then have to follow the protocols for non-vaccinated individuals. The Health Services office protects confidential student medical information and will only use this to determine next steps should a student be exposed to COVID.

Does a fully vaccinated person have to quarantine if they come into contact with a COVID-positive person?
No. Per CDC and ADH guidelines, an individual who is fully vaccinated does not have to quarantine if they come into contact with a COVID-positive person. The only exception to that guideline is that if the fully vaccinated person becomes symptomatic, they will have to quarantine. 

Will JBU offer a vaccine clinic after school starts?
We are making arrangements to offer another vaccine clinic sometime after the start of school. We’re not sure which vaccine we will be able to secure.

If I get my first Moderna or Pfizer vaccine before I come to campus, can I receive my second dose at JBU?
We will not be able to accommodate second dose shots during our vaccine clinic, but there are several places in Siloam Springs that offer vaccines. You can go to this website and search by zip code and by vaccine manufacturer to see where you can go to get your second shot.

I already had COVID-19. Do I need to be vaccinated?
If you had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you will not need to pre-test before arrival or quarantine if you are a close contact. If the 90 days is past you will have the same protocols as a non-vaccinated individual. The CDC reports that unless you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, it is safe for you to get a vaccine any time, and there is no need to wait a specified period. 

Will you accept proof that I have COVID-19 antibodies in place of vaccination?
Current CDC guidance does not recommend antibody testing to assess for immunity to COVID-19. We also are required to follow Arkansas Department of Health Guidelines regarding quarantine and isolation and they have not made an accommodation for antibody levels or anything outside the 90-day window. Therefore, if your COVID-19 illness is outside the 90-day window you will need to be vaccinated to avoid isolation, testing, etc.

TESTING

Who needs to have a COVID-19 screening test before school?
All non-vaccinated individuals who live on campus (J. Alvin, Hutcheson, Mayfield, Walker, and the Sheridan Townhouses) are required to have a negative COVID-19 test within three days prior to arrival on campus (unless you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days). If you cannot secure a test, JBU will provide any unvaccinated students with a quick, simple COVID-19 self-swab test when they arrive on campus. We will confirm any positive result with an Abbott PCR test. If you test positive when you arrive, you will have to isolate for 10-14 days before moving on to campus. Therefore, especially if you live further from campus, we highly recommend getting a test before traveling.

Can I use a home self-swab stick for my pre-testing?
Because home self-swab tests don’t provide a printed result you can save, we prefer a test done in a lab or doctor’s office. If that is difficult to find, we will have testing available at check-in. However, if you live quite some distance from JBU, we recommend a home self-swab rather than no test as we would hate for you to arrive on campus, test positive and have to go home for isolation. We will just do another test when you arrive.

I have had COVID-19 within 90 days. Do I need to test?
No. Please bring proof of your positive COVID test that includes the date of your results when you check-in on campus. 

If I live off campus, how do I submit my negative pre-screening test result?
If you are a new student, you will bring your test result to new student check-in on Wednesday, August 18. Returning commuter students are encouraged, but not required to pre-test. A free test will be available on Monday, August 23 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Simmons Great Hall. Those that pre-test should send their test result to nurse@jbu.edu.

If I have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine, do I need to do pre-testing?

Yes. Anyone who is not two weeks past the last vaccine dose will need to pre-screen for COVID-19.

Does JBU plan to do surveillance testing during the semester?
If it becomes necessary, JBU may choose to conduct surveillance testing (i.e., regular testing of a random 20% percent of unvaccinated people) during the fall semester to control an outbreak. We may surveillance test student-athletes.

Will testing be available on campus for students with COVID-19 symptoms?
Yes, we will have tests available. Students displaying COVID-19 symptoms should contact nurse@jbu.edu immediately for an assessment. (There is also a drive-up testing spot at the Community Physicians group one block south of campus.) 

MASKS

Will masks be required?
In keeping with CDC guidance, JBU is recommending, in general, that students wear masks in “public indoor spaces,” and we trust students to implement that policy appropriately. However, JBU will require masks in classrooms, chapel, and when groups of more than 12 people are meeting indoors. To facilitate student learning, faculty will not be required to wear masks in classrooms as long as six-foot distancing is maintained.

QUARANTINE & ISOLATION

What happens if I get COVID-19?
Students who develop COVID-19 will need to isolate from others for 10 days after the onset of the first symptom AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms have improved. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, students will be expected to return home for isolation.

Does JBU have quarantine and isolation housing like last year?
We expect almost all students to return home for quarantine or isolation. We do have limited availability for unique circumstances such as international students, those with severely compromised individuals at home, etc.

If I am in isolation or quarantine will remote instruction be available?
Faculty will work with students in isolation or quarantine due to COVID to determine the best way to facilitate their continued learning experience. It is the student’s responsibility to reach out to faculty as soon as possible in these situations. Students should refer to course syllabi for additional information about specific course policies related to illnesses and absences.

If I am fully vaccinated and are a close contact with someone who has COVID-19 what do I need to do?
Fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine after exposure. As breakthrough cases can occur, just watch for symptoms. Symptoms can include fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; diarrhea. Contact Nurse Rhonda if you develop symptoms.

HOUSING

Will we have open dorm?
Not at this time.

Can students visit the lobbies of other residence halls?
The lobbies will have regular open lobby hours and will follow the masking policy for groups based on size.

MISC

Is campus still closed to outside events and visitors?
We are generally not hosting outside events for local companies and civic groups but there is not a specific restriction on visitors coming to campus for things like athletic events.