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Testing, Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Isolation

Menlo’s number one priority is the health and safety of the community. Robust testing and extensive safety measures have been implemented with consultation from leading health experts from Stanford University, University of California San Francisco, and elsewhere.

Menlo’s plans were benchmarked against four peer institutions and two best-in-class institutions in California. The twice-a-week testing program puts Menlo among the top tier of colleges in the country and gives a high likelihood of catching most new COVID-19 infections before transmission can occur.

Menlo College is conducting COVID-19 antigen testing in front of the auditorium in the Florence Moore Hall courtyard. This is the designated campus office for results tracking and coordination of contact tracing and isolation and quarantine.

Testing

  • Menlo requires that all students returning to campus take a baseline PCR test prior to returning to campus
  • Students are required to quarantine for seven days upon arrival during which time they will have two follow-up antigen tests
  • Thereafter, students are tracked using the Athletic Training System (ATS) to take two tests per week
  • Faculty and staff have access to the onsite testing program on demand.

Contact Tracing

  • Menlo has dedicated, trained staff who implement the contact tracing program; the staff members were trained based on Johns Hopkins University and CDC contact tracing programs
  • They follow best-in-class scripts to conduct case investigation and interviews
  • Menlo also has a relationship with San Mateo County tracers to share information

Quarantine and Isolation

  • Menlo has established clear requirements for quarantine and isolation
    • New arrivals to campus and potentially exposed individuals are subject to mandatory quarantine until they are confirmed to be free of COVID-19
    • Anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 is subject to mandatory isolation
  • Students contracted to live on campus have dedicated living facilities to ensure safe quarantine and isolation, and access to mental health, food, and other support as necessary
  • Students are also provided with referrals to area health providers for follow-up care

Quarantine and Isolation Support

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be put in a temporary isolation room assignment on campus in order to slow the potential spread. Isolation does not mean they are without resources. Below is a list of resources students can still access while in isolation:

  • Designated Resident Assistant dedicated to this population
  • Snack and meal delivery from Sodexo
  • Care package from Student Affairs (no contact delivery)
  • Wellness phone call/web meeting with Dean of Student Affairs or designee
  • Mental health support through the college’s Mental Health Services
  • Staying connected is important. If a student is able, they should continue to:
    • Participate in their online classes
    • Spend time with friends and family virtually.
    • Participate in any and all Beyond the Quad initiatives hosted virtually by the Office of Student Affairs.
  • If students are symptomatic, they are encouraged to speak with their health care provider immediately to report those symptoms and ensure they are receiving the appropriate treatment.

Menlo Community members are also urged to register with the new CA Notify system. CA Notify allows everyone to receive alerts if they are in close contact with anyone registered in the system who tests positive for COVID-19. The system protects privacy and does not track your location or identity. The tool is one more way by which to keep our community safe, when combined with adherence to adhering to COVID-19 safe behavior guidelines.

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