September 25, 2021 at 4:25 p.m.
Follow up to Yesterday’s COVID Response Message
To St. Olaf College staff and faculty
From Campus Reopening Lead Enoch Blazis
Yesterday we announced that the College would be reducing some COVID-related restrictions because of the very encouraging milestones we have reached because of our high vaccination rates. We have made these decisions with careful consideration and an abundance of caution, and feel confident about our ability to sustain our Green Campus Alert Level status as we make this shift.
This change is significant, and it has understandably raised questions for some members of our community.
As I indicated in the update provided yesterday, indoor masking will not be mandatory for the campus overall. Visitors will still be required to mask. We highly encourage those who would prefer to mask to continue to do so. Faculty may also determine whether they want students to be masked in their classrooms or labs, and staff who are masking can ask others entering their work space to mask.
As always through this pandemic, our alert levels and mitigation plan have been reviewed by our epidemiologist and based on higher education guidance from the CDC and MDH. We will be continuing to closely monitor cases through our testing and contact tracing program.
For more context regarding the mitigation plan we recommend that you watch the August 31 town hall, where we discussed the revised alert levels and heard from the College’s consulting epidemiologist as well as from the Reopening team. All of the recent messages from the Reopening and COVID Response teams can be found here.
All the best,