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Campus Covid Status

Covid Status Forms

We invite Newman community members to voluntarily report their vaccination status to either Human Resources (faculty and staff) or Student Affairs/Athletic trainer (students/student athletes). It is our hope that the university can revisit COVID protocols once 75% of the main campus is documented as vaccinated.

***Individual vaccination status records will not be disclosed outside the office in which the information was submitted/received.

Employee Vaccination Status Form Student Vaccination Status Form

On-Campus Covid Protocol

The health and safety of the Newman community remains the university's highest priority. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have continued to evaluate and update our plans, using, in part, guidance from the Sedgwick County and Kansas health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Due to current CDC directives stemming from a rise this summer in COVID cases throughout the country and locally in Sedgwick County, all Newman students, employees and visitors will be required to wear masks while indoors on campus. This updated policy is in effect as of August 13, 2021.

While the mask policy will remain in effect for the start of classes on August 23rd, and continue as long as county transmission levels remain “high” or “substantial”, University officials will continue to monitor and evaluate pandemic risks to our community and make appropriate adjustments to health protocols, as needed. Students and employees can access updates on the university’s Together We Soar-COVID Update webpage. Please bookmark and refer to the page frequently to stay informed.

This policy does not apply to enrolled students or instructors in a fully online program who will not visit the Newman campus or an outreach center. Advanced Standing students are to follow guidelines of their individual high schools, unless visiting the Newman campus.

University administration is hopeful that this current mask protocol will be short-lived and that its updated COVID policy provides a thoughtful and flexible approach to keeping the community healthy and safe.

Newman’s COVID Policy Update:

  1. Mask wearing required: This will remain in effect as long as level of community COVID transmission in Sedgwick County is in the ‘high’ or ‘substantial’ range as tracked by CDC -CDC COVID Data Tracker (Once on page, select “Kansas” as state and “Sedgwick County” as county or metro area). If Sedgwick county transmission drops below the “high” or “substantial” level for a week, masking requirements may be relaxed and notice of the campus masking protocol status will be posted on Newman’s website.

    Per NCAA guidance student athletes are not required to wear masks during games or practices. Athletes in season will be tested regularly so long as the mask requirement is in effect.

    Students in campus housing are not required to wear masks in their rooms as long as visitors are NOT with them in their room. When students are in residence hall common areas, mask wearing is required.

    Masks may be temporarily removed for instructing, performing, taking photographs, etc. … Note: Temporarily is defined as 10 min or less.

    Individuals may apply for an exemption to the masking requirement through HR or Student Affairs. Anyone with a mask exemption must remain socially distanced at all times.

  2. Mask wearing relaxed/NOT required: When masking requirements are relaxed (“moderate” to “low” Sedgwick County transmission range) … Newman expects all community members and all visitors to campus to protect themselves and our community by taking the following actions:

    1. Becoming fully vaccinated with one of the COVID vaccines. When case transmission risk lessens enough to relax masking protocol, having an option not to wear a mask,

      1. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after administration of the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (ie: Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after administration of a single dose vaccine (ie: Johnson & Johnson).

    2. If unvaccinated, wearing a mask while indoors on campus or within 3 feet of someone outdoors.

  3. Vaccination is strongly encouraged. Since nearly all severe cases and deaths from COVID are currently occurring in the non-vaccinated populations, the university strongly encourages students and employees to be vaccinated.

  4. Vaccination is not required at this point but if vaccines receive full FDA approval, rather than emergency use authorization, this policy could be revised.

    1. NOTE: Medical officials expect that the COVID-19 vaccines will receive standard approvals by the FDA later this year.

  5. We invite Newman community members to voluntarily report their vaccination status to either Human Resources (faculty and staff) or Student Affairs/Athletic trainer (students/student athletes). It is our hope that the university can revisit COVID protocols once 75% of the main campus is documented as vaccinated.

    1. Employees may use this form to notify HR of their status (EMPLOYEE LINK)
    2. Students may use this form to notify Student Affairs of their status (STUDENT LINK)

    ***Individual vaccination status records will not be disclosed outside the office in which the information was submitted/received.

  6. Vaccinated persons who are exposed to a case or person with a positive COVID test result, will NOT be required to quarantine unless they develop symptoms; if symptomatic they will be required to be tested for COVID and if positive they will be required to isolate for 10 days. Students will isolate in Merlini Hall.

  7. Unvaccinated persons who are exposed to a case or person with a positive COVID test result, will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Students will quarantine in Merlini Hall.

  8. When mask protocols are modified due to a lessening of risk, Newman expects community members to honor their community colleagues by staying at least 3 feet away from anyone wearing a mask wherever possible. A masked person may be unvaccinated, or may be vaccinated, but still taking precautions due to an underlying condition, or living in close quarters with a person at home who is a risk, etc. Continuing to respect our fellow community members is an example of respecting every individual and living in a state of critical consciousness. Additionally, mask wearing individuals should be respectful of how they interact with others who choose not to wear mask, while maintaining their own precautions.

    Masks will not be required for employees when they are alone in enclosed offices.

  9. Newman will continue to revisit COVID policies and protocols as the pandemic evolves and new developments arise. Our primary reason for these policies is to keep everyone in our community safe and minimize the spread of this virus.

Level of Community Transmission in Sedgwick County, Kansas

LOW MODERATE SUBSTANTIAL HIGH

As part of its decisions on masking protocols, Newman University is using Sedgwick County transmission data. When the transmission ranking is in the “high” or “substantial” level for a week, masks are required indoors. When the county levels are in the “moderate” or “low” range, requirements may be relaxed, per current university policy (see above).

Please visit https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view for the most current data from the CDC.

Covid-19 Statistics

Covid Statistics for 2021-22 School Year

Covid Stats 2021-22 School Year

Covid Statistics for 2020-21 School Year

Covid Stats 2020-21

Note: Test results reflect data from Newman’s main Wichita campus, online students and outreach centers in Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas.