December 22, 2021 at 12:24 p.m.
Staff Colleagues — COVID Plan for Interim 2022
To St. Olaf College staff
From Vice President of Human Resources Leslie Moore ’77 P’19
Dear staff colleagues,
I am writing to follow up on the message from Enoch Blazis about the decision to take a phased approach to our return to campus during Interim. We will be limiting on-campus activity and shifting to remote classes and work where possible for the full month of Interim.
Staff who can work remotely during January should do so based upon guidance from their supervisors, who will be consulting with their Division leaders.
Please note the following: because some courses will continue in-person, staff colleagues who directly support these courses should expect to work on campus at least part of the time. Similarly, since a portion of our students will still be on campus, staff in “public-facing” offices need to ensure that they are able to meet the on-campus needs of faculty, staff, and students.
Student employment: some or all of your student employees may be studying remotely over Interim, and it is unlikely that they will be allowed to return to campus to work. Your student employees will know by the end of the day Thursday, December 23, whether they will be studying on or off campus. Students who live in the state of Minnesota are permitted to work remotely. Those who reside in other states or internationally are not.
Please check with your student employees to confirm the following: (a) whether they will be on campus; (b) if their work can be done remotely; and (c) if they will not be on campus, whether they reside in the state of Minnesota and thus are able to work. If you need — but do not have — students to work on campus during Interim, please contact Human Resources at email@example.com with details of the work and skills needed, and we will do our best to find student employees from among the students who will be on campus.
Booster shots: half of our faculty and staff have already received boosters shots, which is great news. All faculty and staff are required, as a condition of continuing employment, to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and to have received a COVID-19 booster shot by February 1, 2022, or within two weeks of eligibility for a booster. (You are eligible to receive a booster shot if you are six months past your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two months past your single Johnson & Johnson dose.) Independent contractors, staffing agency employees, and volunteers who are working on campus are subject to the same requirement. Individuals who may need reasonable accommodation because of a disability or a sincerely held religious belief should contact VaccineAccommodation@stolaf.edu.
Report your booster shot by filling out the COVID-19 reporting form.
For those of you who haven’t yet received boosters, please obtain your shot as soon as possible. You will likely need some lead time to secure an appointment, and our consulting epidemiologist has advised us that it takes at least two weeks for the booster to generate enough antibodies to be effective.
Testing: all employees working on campus in January will need to participate in two rounds of baseline COVID-19 testing. The first round will take place from Tuesday, January 4 through Thursday, January 6. Sign up for a testing slot now.
Masking: starting December 26, masks are required at all times while indoors on campus, regardless of your vaccination status. The only exception is if you are working alone in an enclosed office.
Thanks for all that you’re doing to keep our campus safe, and please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns.
All the best to you for the holidays and New Year —