Alert levels for COVID-19 status on campus

Current level: Moderate Alert

Alert levels:

Alert level Description
Level 1: New Normal
New normal. Identified cases are rare and transmission controlled.
Gettysburg College is open with a gradual easing of risk mitigation strategies.

Operational guidance:

• Follow State/CDC guidelines and campus protocols related to mitigation strategies and gatherings
• Classes are in-person or hybrid
• High-risk individuals can request accommodations
• Continue to monitor internal and external data points
• Observe and document student behavior concerns and compliance issues
• Educate the community on health prevention and information strategies

Level 2: Moderate Alert
A manageable number of individuals test COVID-positive and contact tracing suggests that exposures are confined to a small number of additional people. Effective contact tracing remains possible and there is confidence in the ability to contain, isolate, and remediate small flare-ups.

Open with risk mitigation strategies in place.

• Instruction is primarily in-person and hybrid
• Some course sections may have increased reliance on remote instruction due to students and/or faculty being placed in quarantine
• Implement limits on-campus activities and events as a safeguard for the spread of the disease
• Utilize expanded testing and contact tracing protocols
• Consult with local and State public health officials as needed
• Decreased density in residence, dining, and academic spaces
• Baseline, surveillance, contact tracing, symptomatic testing
• Physical distancing, face coverings, hand washing
• High-level enforcement of compliance
• Increased cleaning
• Mix of in-person, hybrid, online instruction
• Accommodations for vulnerable populations
• Employee flexibility to decrease density
• Required health and safety training for all
• Travel restrictions – no travel without approval
• Visitor restrictions to mission-critical
Level 3: High Alert
The number of positive tests and potential exposures is rising and confidence in the ability to accurately complete contact tracing is moderate. Quarantine and isolation capacity is decreasing.
“Moderate” mitigation strategies plus:

• Increased distancing, social rules
• Increased travel restrictions
• Increased restrictions on extra-curricular activities, campus events
• Increased online instruction
• Increased telework
• Greater de-densification
• Increased visitor restrictions
• Building access restrictions
• Curfew considered
• Temporary closure of one or more floors, wings, or whole residence halls, or other common-use buildings
• Consider a campus-wide pause that invokes “low risk” quarantine standards
• All classes move to remote
• All co-curricular events are canceled
• Strict campus-wide curfew allowing movement during a short window of time
• All dining moves to grab and go
• Ban all off-campus travel and visitors to campus
• Consider expanding testing options
• Activate emergency operations team
Level 4: Very High Alert
Ongoing campus or community transmission is occurring at an accelerating rate. There is no realistic strategy to contain or control the situation. Also considered are State, Federal and local restrictions that do not allow in-person/on-campus programming – along with other restrictions impacting campus life. Failure of testing and contact tracing also considered.
• Only essential employees on campus
• 24-72 hour planned move-out of students from campus with the exception of approved students (e.g. international, extenuating circumstances)
• All instruction online