COVID Communication Notification Protocols

Updated 8/4/21

Pursuant to the Sarasota County Health Officials and USF Student Health Services the following protocols are in place:

For Employees
Employees who test positive for COVID-19 must contact both Human Resources and their Supervisor immediately. If a positive test is received, regardless of vaccination status, you will need to isolate and not return to work until medically cleared and cleared by Human Resources.  If vaccinated, the employee may return to work as long as they are asymptomatic and are cleared by a negative COVID-19 test. 

If the employee with COVID-19 has been on campus in their work space within the past 24 hours, that portion of the building or potentially the whole facility will be closed, and cleaned after 72 hours. Supervisors have the discretion to send employees home for the day, pending contact tracing and final determination of the potential exposure. 

Human Resources will notify all appropriate offices, including at a minimum: Facilities, Police, Information Technology and Emergency Management. Human Resources will also notify the office impacted, and appropriate President’s Cabinet-level officer. Emergency Manager Yosef Shapiro will initiate contact tracing, starting with the impacted employee.

For Students
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must contact the Counseling & Wellness Center (CWC) immediately.  If on campus, CWC will make all determinations as to the appropriate response for the student. If a positive test is received, regardless of vaccination status, you will need to isolate and not return until medically cleared to do so.  If vaccinated, the student may return as long as they are asymptomatic and are cleared by a negative COVID-19 test.  CWC will initiate notification to Emergency Manager, Yosef Shapiro, who in turn will notify impacted areas and divisions. With the student’s permission, the CWC will also notify the Provost’s Office, if the student is unable to attend class in person. 

fall 2021 reopening plan


Updated 7/28/21

Letter from VP for Finance & Administration Chris Kinsley



We are excited to welcome you to campus next month! To help us provide high-quality classes, student services and extracurricular activities in a healthy environment, we strongly recommend that you get vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus.

This message is being consistently sounded across the entire State University System of Florida (Fall 2021 Letter to Students from Presidents of Florida SUS Universities.)

Before coming to campus, please submit a negative COVID-19 test result to The negative test result should be dated within 14 days of the date you will arrive on campus. For example, if your move in date is August 15, the test date should be between August 1 and August 14. If you are already fully vaccinated (i.e. your final shot was two weeks ago or more before your move-in), you have the option to submit a copy of your vaccination record in lieu of the mandatory test, also to . 

If you test positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should remain off campus and contact the Wellness Center at 941-487-4254 (option 2) for further guidance as to when you can come on campus. Please do not come to campus until you are cleared to do so.

Since the onset of the pandemic, our successes on campus have been a result of our commitment to the health and well-being of our community by taking recommended safety precautions. Being vaccinated is your greatest protection from COVID-19, and you are likely to avoid disruptions in your semester if you are exposed to COVID-19.

We wish you all a healthy and productive start to the fall term. New College is ready for your return!

Updated 7/27/21

The presidents of all of the Florida SUS universities strongly recommend that all students get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible:

Fall 2021 Letter to Students from Presidents of Florida SUS Universities

Updated 6/9/21

New College of Florida plans to return to in-person instruction, research and co-curricular activities for the Fall 2021 semester. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 and plan to fully reopen in August based on scientific forecasts that the virus will be largely under control by this summer.  We anticipate that more than 90% of our classes will be taught in person, all student activities will resume normal operations, and campus housing will be fully occupied this fall. New Student Orientation will be held on campus August 15-18, 2021. Classes will start on Monday, August 23.

New College will continue to communicate proactively about the expectations for students, faculty and staff in the fall semester. We encourage all incoming students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated against COVID.  If you need information on where to obtain a COVID vaccination, please contact the Counseling & Wellness Center via

Please visit this site regularly for additional information.

General Information

Consistent with CDC guidelines, we recommend (but do not require) maintaining physical distancing for those who have not been vaccinated. We encourage everyone to be mindful that this is a time of adjustment and to be considerate and respectful of others’ personal space. Further, we ask everyone to be patient as we gradually transition campus physical spaces to accommodate pre-pandemic capacities. 

Yes. Physical distancing will be relaxed, although mask wearing may still be required in certain instances.

Given recently released guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in concert with the State University System, New College has made masks optional rather than required for students, faculty, staff and guests on NCF property and in NCF facilities effective May 24, 2021. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance. 

Scheduling of campus space for non-campus entities will not resume until September 1st; exceptions will require approval by the VP for Finance and Administration. 

NCF offers a variety of mental health services and resources. Our NCF Employee Assistance Program offers confidential 24/7 access to support for employees at no cost. To access online services, visit and request the log in information or contact Espyr by calling 800-869-0276.

The Counseling and Wellness Center is available to all registered students for individual and/or group counseling.  Students should call 941-487-43254 option 1 for appointments, which are available in person and through telehealth. More information may be found at

Increased sanitation and disinfecting services in NCF facilities will continue through Building Services. These enhanced measures are integrated and incorporated into our standard operating procedures.

Please email for additional questions not answered here.

Information for Students and Families

Students no longer must be “cleared” for campus. However, students may take a screening questionnaire and schedule a COVID-19 test if they choose to do so. NCF  strongly recommends that people who are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with a person who is positive to stay home and contact their healthcare provider or Student Health Services. Further, the Department of Health or Student Health Services may quarantine anyone who tests positive or is symptomatic. Students who are living on campus may have additional requirements, which will be communicated over the summer.

Yes, students will have ample opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities. Students can engage in a variety of in-person events, along with continued virtual programming so all students can participate. Follow NCF Student Life on Instagram and Twitter or visit 

NCF is allowing on-campus events for College priorities, such as pre-Orientation, with social distancing, through July 31. Beginning August 1, the College anticipates transitioning spaces back to pre-pandemic capacities, and relaxing social distancing for indoor events and gatherings. There are no current restrictions for outdoor events. 

A very limited number of online courses will be available, but most classes will be in person, and not available online.

Assuming the pandemic continues to diminish, physical distancing and masking requirements will be relaxed in the fall term for extracurricular events. Updates on planned upcoming events are available at