What happens to my class if I test positive or if I become a close contact?

August 20, 2021

If you are vaccinated and are identified as a close contact, then as long as you remain asymptomatic, you can continue teaching your in-person classes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that vaccinated individuals test 3-5 days after being identified as a close contact.

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are unvaccinated and identified as a close contact with a COVID-positive person, you should:

  1. Self-report your diagnosis to your supervisor as soon as possible.
  2. Follow the isolation and quarantine guidelines.
  3. At the start of the semester, make sure that a back-up instructor has been designated for your class. If you need assistance in finding a back-up instructor, discuss this with your department chair.
  4. Add the backup instructor in Canvas as an instructor.
  5. Continue to teach the class if you are teaching an online class and your health situation allows it.
  6. Communicate with the back-up instructor with a copy to the department chair about the need for them to step in to continue instruction.
  7. Resume your normal instructional duties, after your isolation/quarantine period.