Feel Well, Do Well: Health & Safety
The health and safety of our community is our top priority as we adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we must all recognize that this is a shared responsibility as members of the Barnard community.
Barnard's Public Health Response team provides expertise and sustained focus on health and safety and support faculty, staff, and students in partnership with other areas within the College and university.
For more information on Covid-related processes, please visit Barnard's Covid documentation website.
The Feel Well, Do Well: Summer Health & Safety plan requires:
- Testing. Testing plan to isolate infections via both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing, as well as to monitor for potential spread.
- Face masks/coverings. Well-fitting masks of the highest grade possible (surgical masks, N95, KN95) must be worn indoors except if alone. Masks are provided if needed.
- Good hygiene. Emphasis on handwashing. Hand sanitizer will also be made available throughout campus facilities.
- Maintaining physical distancing. All members of the campus community will comply with the College's requirements and CDC guidelines around distancing wherever possible.
- Staying in if you feel ill. Faculty, staff, and students who feel sick are to stay home, even if their symptoms are inconsistent with common COVID-19 symptoms.
- Proof of COVID-19 and Booster vaccinations. Beginning in Fall 2021, all members of the Barnard community are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination(primary COVID-19 vaccine series), unless they have an approved exemption. All members of the Barnard community are also required to have a booster vaccination as soon as they are eligible.
- Flu shots. All members of the campus community must fulfill the College’s flu vaccination requirements.
- Community pledge. Community members must continue to adhere to community expectations established through a community pledge that emphasizes the responsibility of every member of the community in helping to maintain a safe campus environment by complying with all federal, state and local requirements and Barnard COVID-19 policies.
Maintaining a Safe Environment
Hygiene and Cleaning
Hygiene is an important layer of safety and it is important for all members of the community to wash their hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and to exhibit good habits related to cleaning.
- Faculty and staff should use the SUPPLY FORM to request any cleaning supplies for offices or other areas.
- Facilities clean public bathrooms and common bathrooms in the residence halls and high-touch spaces such as lobbies, elevators, and door handles three times per day. All other spaces are cleaned once per day. Cleaning includes disinfection as well as new procedures and products related to COVID-19.
- Facilities does not clean the interiors of offices, and will not enter office suites, unless specifically directed and authorized. Additionally, facilities do not clean residential bedrooms and en suite bathrooms.
- Hand sanitizer stations have been deployed across campus.
Masks are required on campus indoors, except if in a space alone. Masking is not required outdoors for those who are vaccinated though some outdoor large gatherings may require masking for all. The College will provide face masks to all students, staff and faculty on an as-needed basis. Faculty and staff should use the supply form to request any PPE for their work on campus. Community members should avoid cloth masks and wear well-fitting masks of the highest grade possible (surgical masks, N95, KN95).
Improvements have been made to the College’s ventilation systems. It is important to note that ventilation upgrades are not a stand-alone means to assure safety, but are one of the layers that work to reduce risk.
- The College hired an outside engineering consultant, CFS Facilities Management, who reviewed and assessed the air handling systems and opportunities for upgrade.
- Improvements and upgrades include increasing the proportion of outside air delivered to the space and increasing filtration effectiveness. In some locations, additional stand-alone filtration units or ultraviolet lights have been placed.
- Windows in many locations have been made operable where they previously had been sealed shut, with the accompanying installation of proper window guards.
- Staff/faculty should contact Facilities at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions and concerns related to ventilation.
Health Ambassador Program
The Barnard Health Ambassadors (BHAs) cultivate community and educate peers, promoting a healthy campus experience for all. The three pillars of the program include:
Who are the BHAs?
The Barnard Health Ambassadors are undergraduate students who serve as visible public health ambassadors available on campus to encourage our Barnard community to engage in healthy behaviors related to COVID-19 and provide health and safety resources, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
It’s important—by following the Barnard Community Pledge, we’re all doing our part to reduce the risk of transmission for ourselves and others. This commitment reflects the extraordinary degree to which we’re dependent on each other to remain healthy individually and as a community.
For more information, contact BHA@barnard.edu.
What are the goals of the BHAs?
- To follow the COVID-19 reopening plan and regulations created by the College.
- To use peer to peer influence to encourage others to practice healthy behaviors, such as physical distancing as needed, wearing face masks/coverings, and regularly washing your hands and using hand sanitizer.
- To provide the campus community with public health resources, education, and representatives to answer COVID-19 related questions.
What are the responsibilities of an ambassador?
- Serve as a public health resource and provide information that supports the Barnard College COVID-19 campus plan.
- Act as a role model for healthy behaviors and practices on campus to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Barnard Community encourages campus and government regulations. Encourage the use of face masks and coverings, physical distancing as needed, and proper hand hygiene.
Provide supplies such as hand sanitizer, masks, and other wellness-related supplies to those who need them.
Create health and wellness related programming and social media posts.
Please see the College’s Influenza Vaccine Policy, including the requirement that all staff, students, and faculty receive a flu shot and the process for faculty and staff to seek an exemption. The exemption form can be found here and should be submitted to email@example.com.
For more information on the critical importance of the flu vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit CDC Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2022-2023 Season.
It is safe to get both COVID-19 and flu vaccines at the same time. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, and reduces illness, hospitalizations, and death from the flu.
- Faculty & Administrative Staff: Please review the Pharmacy Directory for the Cigna plan. Faculty and staff are also able to get the seasonal flu shot at their local retail pharmacy. Vaccines are covered under your medical benefit with CIGNA and Emblem Health at no cost ($0) to you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or require assistance.
- 2110 & TWU Staff: Emblem Health Members can go to a local CVS for in-pharmacy servicing, by showing their ID card. Please email email@example.com if you have questions or require assistance.
- Students: Off-campus appointments and walk-up opportunities for students can be found at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/
Vaccine information can be found on our Vaccine webpage.
You can find details about this PCR test on this fact sheet.
If you receive a “red screen,” do not come to campus. The following applies:
- If the red screen is in CoVerified, you will be contacted by a Barnard administrator with further questions and instructions.
- If the red screen is in ReopenCU, you should also input your information to CoVerified. A Barnard administrator will then be in touch.
Information about the College’s insurance plan can be found in Primary Care Health Services.
All medically necessary care for COVID-19 related illness is covered by the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan
Quarantine & Isolation Q+A
COVID-19 symptoms might include:
Fever (above 100.4°F) or chills/cough;
shortness of breath or difficulty; breathing
muscle or body aches
new loss of taste or smell
congestion or runny nose
nausea or vomiting
Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, should:
- Students who are not feeling well can always reach out to Primary Care Health Services (PCHS) to be evaluated and help with medical management.
- As they wait to hear next steps, students should arrange with friends to have food or other needs supported via contactless delivery until it is confirmed that they do not have to isolate. Symptomatic students should continue wearing masks in their indoor common spaces and roommates, suitemates, and other people in the residential spaces should be masked.
Faculty and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, should:
- Contact their supervisor to report that they will be absent from work due to sickness, in the same way that they would for a non-COVID related illness.
- Take a COVID-19 test, and/or see a healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
- If they obtain a negative test, stay home until symptoms have improved and they’ve remained fever-free without the use of medication for 24 hours.
More information is available on the PHRT mini-site symptomatic quiz guide.
If you have not already done so:
1. Go straight home to self-isolate in order to protect others from infection.
2. Upload your test documentation to CoVerified.
3. Await contact from a Barnard clinician.
As a fully vaccinated community member, you can continue to access campus as usual following close contact, as long as you do not have or develop any symptoms of COVID-19. You also do not need to report your close contact in CoVerified. We recommend testing on day 5 following close contact with a PCR test and monitoring for symptoms for a full 14 days. As always, please report any symptoms you do begin to notice in CoVerified. Otherwise, there is no additional action you need to take.
Quarantine is applicable for someone who:
- has had contact with someone who has a confirmed positive COVID-19 test or has contact with someone.
Fully vaccinated people are exempt from quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic; they are able to access campus, attend classes, and go about their daily lives without clearance from the Public Health Response Team.
More information is available on the PHRT mini-site close contact quiz guide.
Isolation is applicable for someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or who has symptoms or an inconclusive Barnard test result.
Barnard students living in the residence halls isolate in their room to recover. Students do NOT move to separate isolation spaces. It is important to confirm a plan if you or your roommate/suitemate must isolate in your room. Consider them your “pod” — it’s important that you develop open lines of communication so that you’re all on the same page about how you will work together to keep each other healthy and safe.
Faculty are understanding of the fact that students may miss class due to a COVID-related reason and they will be flexible. If the instructor hasn't already built into their class a hybrid format, students should work with the instructor to come up with an individualized plan to make sure that they keep up with their classes. Refer to this Guide for Academic Continuity during Quarantine or Isolation Due to COVID-19.
PHRT@barnard.edu can help to advise any related questions and a member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.