St. Olaf College | COVID-19

Monday, February 8, 2021 at 12:58 p.m.

Move-In Week Reminders

To St. Olaf College studentsFrom Campus Reopening Lead Enoch Blazis

Dear Oles,

We’re excited to welcome you back to campus this week! As you make your final preparations for returning to the Hill, please take a moment to review these important reminders:

Move-In Appointment
If you haven’t already done so, use the form you received from Pamela McDowell to sign up for a move-in time this Tuesday or Wednesday. As a reminder, you will have a one-hour slot of time when you may have one guest help you move back into campus housing. This is necessary in order to have a controlled process and facilitate physical distancing, so it’s important that you sign up for a time.

COVID-19 Testing Appointment
You received an email last week from the Testing Team with a form to sign up for a COVID-19 testing time. If you have not already done so, please sign up now. All students must participate in both rounds of baseline testing and the campus quarantine period. Any student who does not participate in both rounds of baseline testing and campus quarantine will not be allowed to return to in-person classes on February 22.

Health Reporting
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 using this form. The ProtectWell app will no longer be used, so delete that app from your phone.

When you return to campus, you will receive a handout with the following information:

Health Supplies
Prior to the start of the fall semester, each student received a “COVID-19 kit” containing two masks, a face shield, and a thermometer. If you brought these or other health supplies home, remember to bring them back to campus with you. If you were not on campus during the fall and did not get your kit, submit a request for one here. Please remember that it’s important to make sure that your mask is fitted and worn correctly at all times, including covering both your nose and your mouth. The CDC’s guide to masks is a helpful resource.

Campus Services During Campus Quarantine
All students will participate in a modified campus quarantine February 9–21 as we conduct two rounds of baseline testing. During this time, these campus services will be available:

  • Stav Hall meal times will be by appointment. Sign up using the forms on this page.
  • The St. Olaf Post Office will have packages available and you may pick them up at mealtimes during the quarantine period.
  • The St. Olaf Bookstore will remain open during the quarantine period, and students may make their textbook purchases or pick up their online orders during their scheduled mealtime. The spring semester bookstore hours will be:
    • Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
    • Saturday: 12 p.m.–4 p.m.
    • Sunday: Closed
  • The Counseling Center (Boe House) will be available by video appointment. Their phone number is 507-786-3062.
  • St. Olaf Student Health Services will be available by telephone and video appointment beginning February 15. Please call them at 507-646-6523. Before February 15, students who need medical assistance should call Northfield Hospital + Clinics at 507-646-1494 or go to the Emergency Department if it is an emergency. More information is available on the St. Olaf Student Health Services website.

During and after the campus quarantine period, all of the Community Standards and heightened Yellow Campus Alert Level conditions remain in place. We will continue to carefully monitor COVID-19 data, and will provide updates on any changes we see in conditions on or surrounding campus.

As we work to reestablish our campus bubble this spring, it is critical that we continue to wear masks, physically distance, and follow all of our Community Standards. Data has shown that classes and structured activities that follow COVID-19 protocols are not where the virus is likely to spread — rather, social gatherings are. We are already seeing other colleges and universities dealing with virus outbreaks as a result of social activities that did not follow COVID-19 protocols. This is a good reminder for us that the virus is still prevalent and we need to resist the “pandemic fatigue” that many of us are feeling. It will take all of us working together to have another successful in-person semester.

If you have any questions, please contact the Campus Reopening Team. We wish all of you safe travels to campus!

Enoch