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IMPORTANT: Welcome Back – Information on Current Health & Safety Protocols

Dear TCNJ Community,

Welcome back! We are thrilled to have everyone back on campus and look forward to an exciting semester. In order to ensure we are able to maintain the level of on campus activity we all anticipate, it is critical that we keep the health and safety of our campus community as a top priority. We know that regional COVID cases continue to rise due to the delta variant, and we are actively monitoring local, state and national trends.

Over the past few days, there have been multiple reports regarding the lack of face coverings indoors. Please remember, it is crucial for our community to continue to wear their face coverings (fully covering nose and mouth) while indoors.

The following are the most current health and safety protocols for the TCNJ community. We appreciate your cooperation and invite you to reach out to the COVID Outreach team with any questions. I understand that this email is quite lengthy but I wanted to ensure you had all information in one location. Please save this and refer back as necessary.

ROAR App

We will continue to use daily self checkup in the ROAR app as it is a critical component of TCNJ’s health and safety initiatives. Please note that the expectations for its use will be different for those who are vaccinated versus those who are not.

The following links can be used to download the Roar app on your phone.

Download the TCNJ Roar app for iOS »

Download the TCNJ Roar app for Android »

It is required that all individuals who are unvaccinated (this includes those who have an approved medical or religious exemption) and who come to campus will need to complete the daily self checkup. Completion of this checkup helps the COVID Outreach team monitor symptoms and determine whether contact tracing needs to occur. Once completed, you will get your health pass (green pass indicates being cleared, red pass indicates not cleared) for the day.

Another health and safety component as part of the ROAR app is the self-report COVID Diagnosis feature in which you can input if you have recently been tested for COVID and the results which is separate from the daily self-checkup.

Please note, while some of you may remember from last year that we asked that QR codes be scanned upon entering campus locations to assist with contact tracing, this procedure will NOT be used for the fall of 2021 semester. However, some events may be required to utilize QR codes as a precaution. Event organizers will be contacted should this be necessary based on the nature of the event.

If you do not have a smartphone or access to a computer:

  1. conduct the checkup at home/your room, if you pass, then proceed to work/school, and;
  2. upon checking in at work, complete the checkup again, print, date, and sign it

If you have any questions about this process please contact covidcomply@tcnj.edu.

Fully vaccinated individuals will not need to complete the daily self-checkup before coming to campus as they will have an automatic green pass. The only time a fully vaccinated person should complete the daily self-check up is if they begin to experience symptoms or have tested positive for COVID or have been in close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period) with a confirmed positive case. If you have been in close contact with someone positive with COVID, you will need to get tested 3-5 days after your last exposure to the positive case even if you do not have symptoms, and wear a mask in all public indoor settings for 14 days. Students should contact Student Health Services at 609-771-2889 to coordinate testing. Employees should arrange for testing at an off campus location. To find a location near you visit: https://my.castlighthealth.com/corona-virus-testing-sites/ . Please submit your test results to OWL tcnj.med if you are a student or to covid-documentation-group@tcnj.edu, if an employee. You will be notified by the COVID outreach team if you are cleared to return to campus or by HR.

Contact Tracing

Last year, TCNJ established the COVID Outreach Team to help monitor cases and slow the spread of the COVID-19. We will continue to use this initiative as it assists those who have been exposed to get resources for testing, and provides information regarding isolation (for those testing positive) and quarantine (for those identified as close contact of someone who tests positive). The ROAR app will continue to be used to help monitor your symptoms or recent exposures when completing the daily self check up and will allow the COVID Outreach Team to reach out to those individuals to provide support and resources.

Testing/Masking/Physical Distancing

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center (BNBMC) will continue to provide COVID testing on-campus in Decker Social Space. Individuals who are not “fully vaccinated” (unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or are within 2 weeks of completing vaccination) are required to be tested every 3-4 days in order to be on-campus. Students may choose to be tested off-campus at their own expense, but must provide a copy of the results within the required timeframe in OWL at tcnj.medicatconnect.com. Please login into OWL and on the top webpage select upload and read the instructions carefully. In the bottom of the page, there is a dropdown bar where you will choose the document you are uploading: COVID-19 Test Report and finally click upload. Employees who choose to be tested off-campus at their own expense will need to email their results to: covid-documentation-group@tcnj.edu. Those who are vaccinated may be required to complete periodic random testing. You will be notified by TCNJ’s Testing Coordinator if you are required to test. Only those required to test may utilize the BNBMC testing center in Decker. Your health insurance will be billed the cost of this test. Whatever cost is not paid by your health insurance will be paid by TCNJ. Please note that COVID testing obtained off-campus will not be paid by TCNJ.

Students (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who develop symptoms consistent with COVID should:

  1. Update their ROAR app
  2. Mask up and stay away from others
  3. Contact Student Health Services during business hours (M-F: 8:30am- 4pm) for evaluation and test coordination, or a healthcare provider of your choice. If you choose to get tested for covid off-campus, you can find a location at https://my.castlighthealth.com/corona-virus-testing-sites/ . Upload COVID test results to OWL at tcnj.medicatconnect.com
  4. If test result is positive, isolate yourself from others for 10 days. Residential students should remain in their rooms with masks on until a member of the Res Ed staff reaches out to you with further instructions to relocate you to isolation housing.

Employees (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who develop symptoms consistent with COVID should:

  1. Update their ROAR app
  2. Mask up and stay away from others
  3. If on campus immediately leave campus and notify your supervisor
  4. Contact your healthcare provider to discuss the possible need for testing or Get tested at an off campus location of your choice https://my.castlighthealth.com/corona-virus-testing-sites/
  5. Upload your results to human resources covid-documentation-group@tcnj.edu
  6. If test result is positive you must isolate for 10 days

A temporary universal indoor masking policy has been implemented on-campus. The masking requirement will be in place until local and state virus transmission levels are reduced.

While there are no occupancy or distancing restrictions in place, we do ask that consistent with CDC guidance, unvaccinated individuals observe 3ft of physical distance in classrooms when feasible, and that all members of the community use good judgement regarding distancing in events of all sizes.

TCNJ Employees Hosting Visitors/Guests On-Campus

All guests are required to wear a face covering when indoors.

Additional Health & Safety Protocol Reminders

Finally, as we enter the traditional flu season, we ask that you continue to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Be sure to cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and immediately wash or sanitize your hands. Clean and disinfect high touch surface areas daily such as door handles, phones, keyboards, after utilizing desks in study areas, etc. Lastly, continue to monitor your symptoms and if at any time you experience any symptoms, please stay home and update the ROAR app so that the COVID Outreach Team will be in contact regarding next steps.

Questions/Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns about the health and safety information listed above please reach out to covidcomply@tcnj.edu or 609-637-7425.

I wish you the best this semester and stay safe,

Rafia Z. Siddiq, MPH, CHES
TCNJ Contact Tracing Coordinator