Self-Quarantine Guidelines

Effective August 16, 2021

Lamar State College Orange adheres to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Orange County Health Department guidelines related to self-quarantine. Therefore, it is necessary to place a 10-day self-quarantine restriction on students, faculty, and staff who have symptoms, tested positive or have been exposed to COVID, unless fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC.  During the quarantine, physical access to College campus or its activities is strictly prohibited.

Fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff will not be required to self-quarantine unless they begin to have symptoms or test positive.  

Students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC should follow the self-monitor guidelines.

General Self-Quarantine Guidelines

Individuals who have symptoms, test positive for COVID or have been exposed to COVID and ARE NOT fully vaccinated as defined by CDC should follow these self-quarantine guidelines:

  • Stay home (or at another location approved by local health department) and refrain from going to school, work, public areas, or any public gathering. If you need medical care, call your health care provider.
  • Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of self-quarantine.
  • Separate (isolate) yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • If you develop symptoms (as described below) or if your symptoms worsen, call your health care provider BEFORE seeking in-person care.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you need to coordinate with your local health department. If you travel and become ill, you may not be able to return home.
  • Wash hands often, practice good hygiene, and social distance from family members in the same household.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are in self-quarantine.

General Self-Monitor Guidelines

Individuals who are fully vaccinated as defined by CDC but were exposed to an individual with COVID should follow these self-monitoring guidelines and use the daily self-assessment tools provided on the website:

  • Take temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever.
  • Watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit activities in public.
  • Keep distance from others, preferably 6 feet or more.
  • If symptoms develop, get tested for COVID.

LSCO Students Under Self-Quarantine

Students should inform their professors of their self-quarantine status and timeframe and work with their professors to determine options for completing their assignments while in self-quarantine.

LSCO Employees Under Self-Quarantine

Employees who have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID

If your position allows it AND your supervisor agrees to remote work, employees will be allowed to work up to 5 hours per day (25 hours per week) remotely.  Employees will be required to use 3 hours per day (15 hours per week) of their personal time to complete their 8-hour work day (40-hour work week). The following guidelines must be followed prior to a supervisor’s approval of remote work:

  • The employee is to outline/list each of the tasks/activities that he/she will be completing remotely,
  • Indicate how long each task is expected to take, and
  • Disclose the date(s) that he/she will complete the tasks.
  • The Remote Work Time Sheet is to then be reviewed by the employee’s immediate supervisor so that the supervisor has an accurate understanding of how many hours, if any, the employee is eligible to work remotely.

Once the supervisor has approved the Remote Work Time Sheet, the employee is required to maintain it documenting the actual remote hours worked.  The time sheet should be turned into the employee’s supervisor upon return from self-quarantine or when requested.

Faculty who have been exposed to COVID or have symptoms of COVID will work with the Dean and the EVP to determine how students’ needs will be met during the faculty member’s recovery and/or quarantine period.

Employees who are placed on self-quarantine a second time, will not be allowed to work remotely and must use their personal time during the self-quarantine.  Any exception to this must be approved by their immediate supervisor AND Executive Director or Vice President.

Employees who have tested positive with COVID

  • Employees who are asymptomatic - If your position allows it, AND your supervisor agrees to remote work, employees will be allowed to work up to 5 hours per day (25 hours per week) remotely. Employees will be required to use 3 hours per day (15 hours per week) of their personal time to complete their 8-hour work day (40-hour work week).  The following guidelines must be followed prior to a supervisor’s approval of remote work;
    • The employee is to outline/list each of the tasks/activities that he/she will be completing remotely,
    • Indicate how long each task is expected to take, and
    • Disclose the date(s) that he/she will complete the tasks.
    • The Remote Work Time Sheet is to then be reviewed by the employee’s immediate supervisor so that the supervisor has an accurate understanding of how many hours, if any, the employee is eligible to work remotely.

Once the supervisor has approved the time sheet, the employee is required to maintain it documenting the actual remote hours worked.  The time sheet should be turned into the employee’s supervisor upon return from self-quarantine or when requested.

  • Employees who are symptomatic – Should take personal leave during the time that they are ill and showing symptoms. If the symptoms improve, your position allows it, AND your supervisor agrees to remote work, you will be allowed to work up to 5 hours per day (25 hours per week) remotely. Employees will be required to use 3 hours per day (15 hours per week) of their personal time to complete their 8-hour work day (40-hour work week). The following guidelines must be followed prior to a supervisor’s approval of remote work;
    • The employee is to outline/list each of the tasks/activities that he/she will be completing remotely,
    • Indicate how long each task is expected to take, and
    • Disclose the date(s) that he/she will complete the tasks.
    • The Remote Work Time Sheet is to then be reviewed by the employee’s immediate supervisor so that the supervisor has an accurate understanding of how many hours, if any, the employee is eligible to work remotely.

Once the supervisor has approved the time sheet, the employee is required to maintain it documenting the actual remote hours worked.  The time sheet should be turned into the employee’s supervisor upon return from self-quarantine or when requested.

Faculty who have tested positive with COVID will work with the Dean and the EVP to determine how students’ needs will be met during the faculty member’s recovery and/or quarantine period.

Employees who are placed on self-quarantine a second time, will not be allowed to work remotely and must use their personal time during the self-quarantine.  Any exception to this must be approved by the immediate supervisor and the Executive Director of College Affairs or Vice President who oversees the employee.

Ineligible Conditions for remote work

  • If your position does NOT allow it or if your supervisor disagrees to remote work, you will be required to take personal leave.
  • Employees who are caring for someone who has been exposed to, have symptoms of, or tested positive with COVID will be required to take personal leave.
  • Employees who have school age children at home without a child care provider will be required to take personal leave.

Returning to Campus from Self-Quarantine

LSCO faculty, staff, and students will need to notify the college of their intent to return to campus by completing the Request to Return to Campus Following Self-Quarantine Form.  Self-quarantined faculty, staff, or students who have tested positive or had symptoms associated with COVID, are not allowed back on campus until all three of the following criteria are met:

  • at least 10 days have passed since they were exposed, their first symptoms appeared, or the date the specimen was collected for their test;
  • they are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications); and
  • their symptoms have significantly improved.

Self-quarantined faculty, staff, or students who have not been fully vaccinated and were exposed to COVID, but have not experienced symptoms or tested positive, will be allowed to return to campus after seven (7) days of quarantine if they have had no symptoms and receive two negative COVID test results in a row, taken at least 24 hours apart. Test results must be forwarded to LSCO’s COVID Coordinator, Patty Collins.

If a student, faculty, or staff member is under a licensed health care practitioner’s care and has a return to work document, LSCO will comply with the return to work date issued by the licensed health care practitioner.

Before being allowed to return to campus following self-quarantine, all LSCO faculty, staff, or students must receive written notice from LSCO’s COVID Coordinator, Patty Collins, or her designee.  Anyone under self-quarantine will be provided a Request to Return to Campus Following Self-Quarantine Form. Based on the responses to the questionnaire, the person may be directed to a health care provider before being approved to return to campus.