St. Olaf College | COVID-19

January 19, 2021 at 12:07 p.m.

More Updates for Spring Semester

To St. Olaf College faculty and staffFrom Campus Reopening Lead Enoch Blazis

Dear Colleagues,

I hope your Interim is going well. As we continue to look toward an in-person spring semester, I’m sharing additional information that I hope will assist you in planning for spring semester.

We continue to carefully monitor COVID-19 case numbers in Minnesota and Rice County, as well as information about the variants of the virus. At this point, we anticipate that we will begin spring semester as planned.

Spring Semester Baseline Testing
As a reminder, the first round of COVID-19 baseline testing for faculty and staff will be February 8 and 9. The second round of testing for faculty and staff will be February 15 and 16. You will receive an email from the Testing Team in the coming weeks with a form to sign up. This testing is required for all faculty and staff members who will be on campus this spring. Please email with any additional questions about testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that beginning January 26, all travelers flying to the United States will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight. Please review this requirement carefully and make any travel plans you might have accordingly.

COVID-19 Vaccines
We have been in regular contact with public health officials about becoming a closed point of dispensing (CPOD) the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available for our students, faculty, and staff. Being a CPOD means that St. Olaf would staff and manage a vaccine distribution program on campus for our own students and employees. At this point, health officials don’t have a clear timeline for us on when this will be possible. As soon as we learn more, we will communicate this with the campus community.

Regardless of whether we become a CPOD, we are committed to assisting our community in accessing vaccination as expeditiously as possible. We’ll know more about what this will look like when vaccination of this segment of the population begins becoming available in our vicinity.

Please note that students who have received a vaccine prior to returning to campus will still be required to participate in the campuswide quarantine at the beginning of spring semester. Vaccinated members of the community will also be required to continue to adhere to all Community Standards, including wearing a mask.

Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms or Positive Test
We are no longer using the Protectwell App for daily symptom checking. You should delete the app from your phone. All members of the St. Olaf community should monitor their health and take appropriate steps if you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, including reporting your situation to the college.

Whether you are on campus or not, you must report to the college if you have a positive COVID-19 test result, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or if you have symptoms. Please report by filling out this form.

Thank you for your attention to these updates as we continue to plan for and look forward to our spring semester together.