June 1, 2021 at 9:50 a.m.
To St. Olaf College faculty and staff
From Campus Reopening Lead Enoch Blazis
Dear St. Olaf Community,
Now that finals have concluded and commencement weekend is over, almost all students have departed from campus. We will have 290 students living and working on campus this summer, and a number of faculty and staff members will be on campus as well. As we transition to summer, I’m writing to provide an update on the COVID-19 guidelines that will remain in place on campus.
With far fewer people on campus and new guidance from the CDC and Governor Walz, we will relax our masking requirements. Beginning June 1, members of our campus community who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask on campus (indoors or outdoors). Members of the campus community who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to continue to wear a mask indoors. Masking requirements may change over the course of the summer to remain in line with government guidance and requirements. We also ask the community to respect those who, even if vaccinated, still choose to mask in public.
If you have not yet reported your vaccination status, please take a moment to do so through the Health Reporting Form (students may also report directly through the Student Health Portal). This is our best tool to move toward resuming normal campus activity. Human Resources is following up individually with employees who have not yet reported their vaccination status.
Testing and Contact Tracing
Our regular COVID-19 surveillance testing ends May 28, but the college will continue to facilitate symptomatic testing for students living on campus. The St. Olaf Contact Tracing Team and Case Managers will remain in place throughout the summer. We will remain in a Green Campus Alert Level, and the COVID-19 campus dashboard will continue to be updated over the summer.
Health Care Services
This summer students can continue to access the St. Olaf Timely Care program, which offers virtual medical and mental health care as well as health coaching. Local clinics are also available and accessible by Dial-a-Ride. Information about Northfield Hospital and Clinics is on the St. Olaf Student Health Services web page.
Beginning June 1, visitors with a business purpose are allowed on campus. Students, faculty, and staff who host visitors are responsible for ensuring that they adhere to our campus community guidelines. All faculty and staff — regardless of whether they are currently working on campus — are welcome to attend the Years of Service and Retirement Event in Boe Chapel on June 3. Retired faculty and staff are also invited to return to the Hill and celebrate the honorees. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated is strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
The Cage will be open this summer to students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Due to the limited number of people on campus this summer, Stav Hall will not be open daily over the summer. For students who desire to be on a meal plan, the college is offering a meal plan option through the Cage.
Beginning June 28, Tostrud and Skoglund will be open to current employees in addition to students who are living on campus this summer. It will not be open to retirees, family members of current employees, or Northfield residents. We anticipate opening the facility fully later in the summer as conditions allow.
For many reasons, the 2020-21 academic year will be remembered as daunting and unpredictable. It will also be remembered as a time that the St. Olaf community came together to support each other and accomplish great things in spite of the pandemic. We are not out of the woods yet, but summer promises an opportunity to recharge and transition from COVID-19 response to COVID-19 recovery.
Have a great summer!