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COVID-19 Policies

COVID-19 Policies and Safety Guidelines

Before registering for any on-campus workshops, please familiarize yourself with our current policies.

Our goal is that everyone participating in any Pocosin Arts program remains healthy and safe. We understand that summarizing CDC guidance into a simple, easily understood, brief description of Pocosin Arts’ safe practices is neither simple nor easy nor brief. If any student has concerns with the practices described below, we ask that they address them with our staff before registering for any Pocosin Arts program. I hope we all appreciate the challenges and value in the reopening of in-person group programs and that we will all work together to make this succeed.

Pocosin Arts will endeavor to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education Where Everyone is Fully Vaccinated. As of December 9, 2021, this guidance can be found at:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/considerations.html#section2. Pocosin Arts will attempt to ensure that everyone participating at Pocosin Arts, in any way, i.e., staff, contractor, instructor, student, visitor, etc., is “fully vaccinated” – as defined by the CDC. As of December 9, 2021, the CDC defines “fully vaccinated” as 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html. Pocosin Arts will require that all participants prove they have been fully vaccinated. In addition, Pocosin Arts will require that all students provide proof of a negative covid-19 test taken not more than 96 hours before they arrive at Pocosin Arts. Until the CDC includes booster doses of approved vaccines in its definition of fully vaccinated, Pocosin Arts strongly encourages all students to obtain a booster dose at least 2 weeks before participating in any Pocosin Arts program.

Students will be required to provide such proof when they arrive. Students who cannot show proof of full vaccination and a negative test result will not be allowed to participate in any Pocosin Arts program or remain on the Pocosin Arts campus.

Students who are fully vaccinated should follow CDC’s Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.

As of December 9, 2021, the Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education Where Everyone is Fully Vaccinated recommends that fully vaccinated individuals practice universal use of masks indoors in public (shared spaces) in areas of substantial or high transmission. As of December 9, 2021, the CDC identifies Tyrrell County, North Carolina, as an area of substantial or high transmission – as are vast areas of the United States. See https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view&list_select_map_data_parent=Risk&map-metrics-cv-comm-transmission=community_transmission_level&list_select_map_data_metro=all. Whether masks will be required indoors in shared space will depend on CDC’s characterization of the transmission rate in Tyrrell County at the time of participation. Unless informed otherwise, students will be required to wear CDC-recommended masks while on the Pocosin Arts campus, except when in a shared lodge room, when dining, or when outside and maintaining at least 6 feet separation from anyone who is not a shared room roommate or member of their household. For CDC mask recommendations, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html.

The CDC considers shared housing, e.g., a shared lodge room, a congregate setting, and acknowledges the challenges of physical distancing and preventive measures in that environment. Consistent with CDC recommendations, participants staying in a shared room can be considered a “household” and do not need to use masks or physically distance themselves within the room unless someone in the room is ill. If a student in a shared room is or becomes uncomfortable with the medical condition of their roommate, they should immediately notify a staff member of Pocosin Arts.

Pocosin Arts encourages future students to perform daily health screenings for infectious illnesses, including COVID-19. If a future student experiences symptoms of an infectious illness, including COVID-19, or believes they have been exposed to someone with an infectious illness, including COVID-19, they should consult their medical care provider to identify proper precautions. Pocosin Arts asks that any student with symptoms and who may have been exposed stay home until it is safe to travel. If cancellation of participation in a Pocosin Arts program is required due to symptoms or exposure, please call the registrar at 252-796-2787.

If a student feels that they may have contracted COVID-19, or any other infectious illness, i.e., experiences illness-related symptoms, they should inform the Pocosin Arts staff by phone (252-796-2787), avoid contact with others, and obtain medical care and illness testing. When a student informs Pocosin Arts that they may have contracted COVID-19, and the student is staying in a shared room, Pocosin Arts will facilitate their return home or relocate them to a quarantine space if available, and assist them in obtaining appropriate medical care and testing. Pocosin Arts may also disallow students’ further participation in Pocosin Arts’ programs until a negative test result. If a student is disallowed from further participation in a workshop, Pocosin Arts will assist the student in arranging for their return home or relocation to a medical facility and provide a pro-rata refund of prepaid fees.

If a fully vaccinated student comes into close contact with someone with COVID-19, they should inform Pocosin Arts staff (252-796-2787), get tested within 5-7 days, and wear a mask indoors in public areas for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result. 

When a student informs Pocosin Arts that they believe they have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and are staying in a shared room at Pocosin Arts, Pocosin Arts will facilitate their return home, or relocate them to a quarantine room, if available, and assist them in obtaining appropriate medical care and testing. Pocosin Arts may also disallow students’ further participation in Pocosin Arts’ programs until a negative test result. If disallowed from further participation in a workshop, Pocosin Arts will assist the student in arranging for their return home or relocation to a medical facility and provide a pro-rata refund of prepaid fees.

 Pocosin Arts encourages all students to engage in health-promoting behaviors such as handwashing and respiratory etiquette to reduce the spread of infectious illness in general. Hand soap, disinfecting lotions, and disposable towels will be provided for student use.

 Pocosin Arts will continue to follow CDC cleaning, disinfecting, and ventilation recommendations, including routine cleaning of high touch surfaces and shared objects and maintaining improved ventilation in its facilities. For guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html.

 All of us at Pocosin Arts believe that if we follow these practices and come together to make them work to keep everyone healthy and safe, we can make the return to in-person, group, creative experiences and make them a reality once again.