COVID-19 Management Plan

The guidelines below align with current local, state, and national legislation, including guidance and best practices from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), and the American College Health Association (ACHA). These guidelines are applicable to all students, staff, faculty, and visitors at ATU. 

The guiding principles of this management plan are as follows: 

This management plan is effective Aug. 2, 2021, and will be updated as the public health situation evolves. 

 

Current ATU COVID-19 Guidelines: 

1. Members of the ATU campus community should practice good hygiene, including: 

a. Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or high-touch surfaces; 

b. Avoid touching your face; 

c. Sneeze or cough into the inside of your elbow; 

d. Disinfect frequently used items or high-touch surfaces as much as possible; 

e. Limit physical contact, i.e. avoid handshakes during greetings, and; 

f. Wear a mask and practice social distancing recommendations by maintaining 6 feet of space when possible. 

2. ATU employees and students are encouraged to be vaccinated for COVID-19. 

3. ATU employees, working on the Russellville or Ozark campuses, must submit a Health Screening Form and follow subsequent instructions before reporting to work each day. 

4. ATU students should perform a daily health self-screen before coming to campus. 

5. Individuals who feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms should stay home and not come to ATU for any reason, along with contacting and following the advice of their medical provider. 

6. Individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms, who have been exposed to COVID-19, or who have been tested for COVID-19 should report this information to the ATU Health and Wellness Center staff by completing the online reporting form located at https://www.atu.edu/hwc/ or calling (479) 968-0329. 

  1. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status) must:

    1. isolate at home for five days from the date symptoms first appeared or, if asymptomatic, the date of the positive test.
    2. stay away from others in the household as much as possible during isolation.
    3. after five days, if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you have not had fever for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, you may end isolation
    4. if symptoms are not improving or fever has not resolved, you should continue isolating until these criteria are met.
    5. after ending isolation, you should continue to wear a mask around others for five days.
    6. surgical masks and N95 masks are preferred in avoiding transmission of the Omicron variant.

  2. Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19, have received all recommended doses of the vaccine AND have been boosted if eligible, or have had a COVID positive viral test in the last 90 days:

    1. do not need to quarantine at home.
    2. should wear a mask around others for 10 days.
    3. if possible, get tested on day five.
    4. if symptoms develop, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.

  3. Individuals who are unvaccinated, or became fully vaccinated more than five months ago (Moderna or Pfizer vaccine) or more than two months ago (Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and have not received a booster:

    1. must quarantine at home for five days; after that, continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.
    2. if possible, get tested on day five.
    3. if you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate at home until test results are received, then proceed in accordance with the test results.

7. Those coming to campus will be required to wear face coverings regardless of their vaccination status when indoors in a congregational setting, including classrooms, meeting rooms, building lobbies and hallways. Faculty and staff members who are alone in their offices and students who are in their residence hall rooms and on-campus apartments will not be required to wear face coverings.

8. When possible, individuals should maintain at least 6 feet of space from other individuals to meet social distancing recommendations. 

9. Meetings and events may be conducted face-to-face but are limited in size. Gatherings inside of buildings are limited to 50 individuals or fewer. When possible, social distancing of 6 feet between individuals should be met. Special requests for university events may be made with the COVID-19 task force. No non-university events will be hosted at this time. 

10. Outside gatherings are not limited in size. Individuals gathering outside should practice good hygiene, including: 

a. Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or high-touch surfaces; 

b. Avoid touching your face; 

c. Sneeze or cough into the inside of your elbow; 

d. Disinfect frequently used items or high-touch surfaces as much as possible; 

e. Limit physical contact, i.e. avoid handshakes during greetings, and; 

f. Wear a mask and practice social distancing recommendations by maintaining 6 feet of space when possible 

11. ATU sanctioned domestic travel is permitted. Mask and social distancing recommendations should be followed when possible. 

12. Monitor ATU COVID-19 website, OneTech, and email for updates to the public health situation.