Protocol for Positive Case(s) on Campus & Contact Tracing

Protocol for Positive Case(s) on Campus & Contact Tracing

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and/or test positive, you MUST complete the Health Screening form. Do not come to campus until you test negative.

Complete the Health Screening

After receiving your completed screening, TC’s Environmental Health and Safety Team will follow up with you directly to further explain the steps outlined below.

Overview of TC’s Protocol and Procedure

The Teachers College Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Team has been trained by John Hopkins University and maintains compliance with New York City, New York State, and CDC requirements and guidelines. EHS leads the identification and isolation procedure for positive COVID-19 cases and conducts internal contact tracing. They work closely with the Office of Human Resources and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs to communicate procedures to employees and students, respectively.

The College is required to report all positive cases to New York City Department of Health. Upon confirmation of a positive case on campus, the EHS team will provide NYCDOH with the following information:

Business Name
Name of case and contact information

Steps You Need to Take: Positive Cases and Exposures

An individual should report COVID-19 symptoms, a positive PCR test result, and/or a known exposure by completing the Health Screening.

Positive Cases

If you receive a positive PCR test result (whether you have been vaccinated or not):

  • Immediately begin a mandatory 5 day isolation* period
  • You can end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. Pleate note: Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

*Isolation is defined as keeping someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 with or without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.


If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you must follow these guidelines in order to continue accessing campus:

  • Be symptom-free.
  • Get a PCR test 5 days after exposure (or within 5-7 days if not possible at exactly 5 days after exposure).
  • Wear a high-quality mask around others for at least 10 days after exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a PCR test and immediately begin isolation.

Please note: All individuals are expected to comply with any COVID-19 policies and procedures that apply to them. Individuals who do not comply may be subject to disciplinary action, including being restricted from campus.

Restoring Campus Access

Beginning August 19, 2022, any employee or student who tests positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to return to campus until 5 days have passed since their positive test result and they have been cleared by EHS.

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