As Maine’s community colleges continue to work toward keeping our community members safe and healthy during the ongoing pandemic, it is essential that everyone stays informed. KVCC will continue to provide information as the pandemic develops and changes. Please check back regularly for updates.
All seven colleges within the Maine Community College System have removed the vaccination requirement for attending live, in-person classes. Please note that specific programs–especially those in the health care fields–may still require proof of vaccination.
The Maine Community College System is also posting regular updates and information about COVID-19. For answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the community colleges’ response, please visit the MCCS COVID-19 information page.
Important Information for Fall 2023:
1. If you become sick with COVID-like symptoms, you are expected to remain off-campus until your symptoms improve, regardless as to whether you have tested positive for COVID-19. To continue to keep each other safe and healthy, we should avoid exposing each other to colds and influenza, as well as COVID-19!
2. COVID-negative individuals who have been exposed to the COVID virus are still able to come to campus, so long as they remain asymptomatic.
3. Following the Federal CDC’s guidance, COVID-positive individuals are expected to remain off-campus for five days after symptom onset (or testing positive if they are asymptomatic. COVID-positive individuals will then have to wear an approved face covering indoors while on campus for five days additional days.)
The College’s Emergency Response Team is leading the college’s response to the COVID-19 virus. If you have questions or concerns, please email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
Important Information for Fall 2023
Back Together @ KVCC
KVCC will be holding most classes on campus and in person this Fall. We’re able to take this step toward a more normal KVCC experience because of the ongoing commitment of our faculty, staff and students over the last couple of years. The health and safety of our community continues to be our top priority, so we will continue to assess the situation and follow the guidance of the Maine Community College System, the State and Federal Centers for Disease Control, and our health care partners.
The College remains “mask friendly,” which means anyone who wishes to wear a mask is encouraged to do so. Face coverings are not required within campus buildings; however, we will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic as the semester progresses, and work with the Maine Community College System to modify this face covering guidance as appropriate.
Q: Are COVID-19 vaccines required for students on campus?
A: Proof of vaccination is NOT required of all students taking classes within College facilities.
Q: Are COVID-19 boosters required for students on campus?
A: Proof of booster shots are strongly recommended, but not required.
Q: I’ve recently had COVID. Do I need to provide a negative test to return to campus?
A: No–those who have had COVID-10 can return to campus five days after symptom onset (or after their positive test, if they were asymptomatic), as long as their symptoms have improved, and they have no fever. Those returning to campus after having COVID should wear an approved face covering within College buildings for five more days after the end of their isolation period.
Q: I have COVID-like symptoms, but I’d prefer not to test. Can I just return to campus once I feel better?
A: No. If you have COVID symptoms but don’t test, you might return to campus before the recommended CDC isolation period is over, and would probably do so without a mask. This would put others on campus in jeopardy of contracting the virus from you, and so this is not permitted.
Q: I have COVID-19. What should I do?
A: If you test positive for COVID-19, please let us know by emailing COVIDemail@example.com. In that email, please provide the date your symptoms began, or—if you have no symptoms—the date of your positive test.
Please also let your instructors know so that they can work with you to create a plan for making up any lost work.
Q: Will testing be provided on campus?
A: Although tests are now widely available and can be acquired for free through the Federal government, you can request to be tested (using a rapid/antigen test) through our Safety and Security department by emailing COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What should I do if I think my symptoms are due to seasonal allergies?
A: Some allergy symptoms overlap with symptoms of COVID-19. Get tested for COVID-19 if you normally experience seasonal allergies and also have:
- Any symptoms after a close contact exposure to an individual with COVID-19
- Any symptoms that are not typically associated with seasonal allergies, such as fever, chills, body aches, or loss of taste or smell
- Any new symptoms you don’t normally experience with your allergies
- Allergy symptoms that occur when you normally wouldn’t have them
- Allergy symptoms that don’t respond to your usual allergy medications.
Q: I was exposed to someone who had COVID-19. What should I do?
A: If you were within six feet of someone for 15 minutes or more within a twenty-four hour period, you should test five days after exposure, and wear a mask until ten days after exposure. Please see this link for more information about post-exposure behavior: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/if-you-were-exposed.html
Please also note that the 6 feet/15 minute rule is only a “rule of thumb,” and that other factors such as ventilation, if the sick person was symptomatic, and masking are all important considerations. The CDC has a helpful site related to these risks here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/risks-exposure.html
Q. Will student clubs and organizations still meet in person (as well as virtually) in the fall?
A: Students and student groups are encouraged to meet live and in person this fall, as long as our pandemic-related protocols are adhered to.
Social Stigma and COVID-19
As the College continues to manage its way through the challenges associated with this outbreak, it’s important that we remain true to our values, and continue to support each other. Below is a guide from the World Health Organization that provides information on avoiding social stigma related to the pandemic:
General Flu Information and Prevention:
Although the coronavirus does constitute a special area of concern, more common strains of flu and related illnesses are serious enough that we should all take the following flu tips and facts to heart.
What is influenza (flu)?
The flu is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that attacks the nose, throat, and lungs. Illness is usually mild or moderate, not requiring hospitalization. However, at times flu can be severe, even leading to death. It is not the same as the “stomach flu.”
What are the symptoms?
Flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, and body aches. These symptoms usually begin suddenly and might be severe enough to stop your daily activities.
How is the flu different from a cold?
Colds are generally less serious than the flu. With a cold, you’re more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose, while the flu causes body aches, fever, and extreme tiredness. A person with a cold can usually conduct their normal activities, but someone with the flu can’t. Flu can result in serious health problems like pneumonia, bacterial infections, and hospitalization.
What can I do to protect myself and others?
- Consider a flu vaccination
- Avoid being around others who are sick
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based, waterless hand sanitizer
- What do I do if I think I have the flu?
- Stay home if you are sick
- Avoid contact with others
- Rest and drink lots of fluids
- Go to the doctor or the emergency room if you are having difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, experiencing sudden dizziness, or having severe or persistent vomiting
Additional hand sanitizer stations and free, personal sanitizers are available throughout both campuses, for your safety and convenience.