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Skidmore College
Health Services

Skidmore’s isolation policies:

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines and recommendations from the New York State Department of Health, if you test positive, regardless of your vaccination status, you will need to isolate for a minimum of five days.

If you tested positive on a PCR test as part of Skidmore’s surveillance testing, Day 0 of your isolation period will be the day that your test was collected. Please note that surveillance testing is for asymptomatic (i.e. without symptoms) students so we will assume that you were not experiencing symptoms at the time your test was performed. If you develop symptoms after beginning your isolation, your 5-Day isolation start date will restart, with symptoms start date as Day 0. If no symptoms develop, you may leave isolation on Day 6 and continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at all times until Day 11.

If you are experiencing symptoms and have a positive rapid antigen or PCR test through Health Services, Day 0 of isolation will be the date of symptom onset. You may leave isolation on Day 6 if symptoms are resolving and you have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicines. You must continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at all times until Day 11.

**Days 6-10 are considered a precautionary period: It is still possible to transmit COVID-19 to others during this time. Therefore, per CDC guidelines, you must wear a well-fitted mask around others at all times until Day 11. Because you cannot mask while sleeping, if you share a room with another student you must continue to sleep in a separate isolation space until Day 11. For more information about moving to an isolation space, see “I tested POSITIVE for COVID-19, what should I do.”


I tested POSITIVE for COVID -19, what should I do?

If you test positive through Skidmore’s surveillance testing you will receive a text message alert and an e-mail with information regarding isolation.  You will also become restricted in CoVerified.

If you live in a double or triple dorm room on campus, you will be moved to an isolation space. You will receive the text message alert, an e-mail with information and be restricted in CoVerified.  In addition, a member of the Covid Support Team will call you to help coordinate your move. Please follow the algorithm below:

Flow diagram - Isolation for on-campus housing in a double/triple


Flow diagram - Isolation for on-campus housing in a single/apartment OR off-campus

The following communications will be e-mailed to students throughout isolation. See each document with detailed isolation information below:

Day 0 Communication for on Campus Students

Day 0 Communication for off Campus Students

Day 1 Communication

Day 4 or 5 Communication

Final Release Communication