Welcome back faculty and staff!
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.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-637-7425.
The ROAR App
TCNJ employees are expected to use the self-checkup option in the ROAR app as a critical component to maintaining the health of the TCNJ community. There are differences in how you use the ROAR App based upon your vaccination status.
Download the ROAR App
The following links can be used to download the Roar app on your phone.
ROAR App for the Vaccinated
Fully vaccinated individuals do 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, have tested positive for COVID-19, 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-19, you need to get tested 3 to 5 days after your last exposure to the positive case even if you do not have symptoms. In addition, you are required to wear a face-covering in all public indoor settings for 14 days.
Employees who are a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 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 email@example.com. You will be notified by the COVID outreach team if you are cleared to return to campus or by the Office of Human Resources.
ROAR App for the Unvaccinated
All individuals who are unvaccinated (this includes those who have an approved medical or religious exemption) and who come to campus are required 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.
ROAR App Self Report Feature
A component of the ROAR app is the self-report COVID Diagnosis feature. You can use this feature to report if you have recently been tested for COVID and the test results. This is separate from the daily self-checkup.
No Smart Phone or Access to a Computer?
If you do not have a smartphone or access to a computer:
conduct the checkup at home/your room, if you pass, then proceed to work/school, and;
upon checking in at work, complete the checkup again, print, date, and sign it
If you have any questions about this process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Employees who choose to be tested off-campus at their own expense will need to email their results to: email@example.com. 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.
If You Develop Symptoms of the COVID-19 Virus
Employees, regardless of vaccination status 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
6) If test result is positive you must isolate for 10 days
A 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 judgment regarding distancing at all events.
TCNJ Employees Hosting Visitors/Guests On-Campus
All guests are required to wear a face covering when indoors.
Additional Health & Safety Protocol Reminders
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 and after utilizing desks in study areas; and, continue to monitor your symptoms. If at any time you experience any symptoms, please stay home and update the ROAR app and the COVID Outreach Team will be in contact regarding next steps.
If you have any questions or concerns about this health and safety information, please reach out to email@example.com or 609-637-7425.