Students, faculty, and staff must wear face coverings when inside buildings and when outside in situations when physical distancing is not an option. This expectation will not apply when eating in dining areas and when employees are working alone in their offices.
- Prevention Practices
Face shields will be provided to every student, staff, and faculty member and can be used as an alternative to face masks for people who cannot wear masks due to medical or other conditions.
Stav Hall and The Cage will be open to students only. The Kings Dining Room will remain closed. All locations will be cashless and contactless, so card readers have been installed at all registers, as have plexiglass barriers. X marks the spot! Please keep a distance of 6 feet from others while navigating the Caf and The Cage.
Stations in the Caf will be set up to allow for quick service and steady traffic flow. All stations will be staff-served, including the salad bar. Many dishes will be pre-prepared to reduce your time in line and prevent crowding. Each station will have enough options, including sides, to make a complete meal. You’ll get to pick up your own beverages and desserts. Beverage stations will be monitored and sanitized throughout every service, while desserts will be individually portioned and ready for you to grab one.
The Cage menu will focus on the most popular dishes, and several items will be pre-packaged for grab-and-go quick service. We are working on an online ordering option with select items from a limited menu as well. Stay tuned.
Masks and seating:
We’ll be wearing masks while serving you. St. Olaf students will be required to wear face coverings when retrieving food items in Stav Hall and The Cage. You may remove your mask to eat only once you are seated in the dining area. (See St. Olaf’s Community Standards > Prevention.) Please wash your hands thoroughly before entering and use the hand sanitizer provided at the entrance and exits
Tables and chairs have been removed to allow for social distancing if dining in. The ballroom will also have additional seating to accommodate high-volume meal service times. Each table will have a laminated card stating whether the table is clean or needs to be sanitized. Please be sure to flip the card to red once you leave so our associates and other guests know the table needs to be sanitized. Please do not rearrange tables or chairs.
We’re happy to serve you! Most self-service items are being reconfigured to be served by our staff.
- Salad bars: In Stav, we can make you your salad just the way you like it, and we will also have premixed market salads for quick service. The Cage will continue to offer salads in grab-and-go form. Most stations will have additional sides available for a complete meal.
- Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, soy sauce etc. are moving behind their stations, please request these from our serving staff.
- Silverware: Silverware will also be handed out at each station – please be sure to ask for it.
Bon Appétit dining staff safety measures:
- All dining employees will wear masks and gloves at all times.
- All staff are going through COVID-19-specific training designed by sanitation experts and updated regularly as new issues emerge. Topics covered include proper disinfection, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing protocols, and more, and are integrated with food safety and sanitation protocols.
- Amped-up cleaning and sanitation schedules with clearly detailed procedures that meet or exceed all local guidelines and national best practices. This includes frequent disinfection of high-touch surfaces, including wiping down tables and seats between guests,
disinfecting all highly touched areas such as door handles every 20 minutes.
- Pre-shift wellness screenings for employees in alignment with local regulations, which include no-contact temperature scans and daily interview questions.
- Decision tree and step-by-step action plan for unit managers who have employees who are sick or who may have had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. (Bon Appétit offers paid sick leave to all employees.)
Our chefs make abundant plant-forward, vegetarian, and vegan options as well as ones that are made without gluten-containing ingredients every day. If you have a food allergy or other medically required dietary restriction, please reach out to the Disability and Access Center; we will be happy to work together to find a way to accommodate you safely. Students with religious and cultural dietary restrictions should contact Bon Appétit directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Desks and chairs will be marked to indicate where students may and may not sit. Indicators meet the guidance for personal distancing recommended by the CDC and MDH.
- Chairs, desks, and tables must not be moved without specific approval by the professor
- Students must wear a face covering and/or face shield to class. Anyone who forgets will be asked to leave the classroom and get a face covering before returning.
- Hand sanitizer will be available so everyone can “sanitize-in” and “sanitize out” of classrooms.
In residence hall and honor house rooms it is important that beds be on walls opposite one another (six feet apart). Students must wear face coverings in all public areas of the residence halls. This expectation includes hall lobbies, lounges, restrooms, computer areas, and hallways. In residence hall bathrooms, students will only use sinks that have not been closed off in an effort to assist students in keeping appropriate distance. Face coverings may be removed in residence hall bathrooms to shower, shave, apply make-up, and brush teeth.
Gatherings of more than ten (10) people indoors are not considered protective and, as such, will not be allowed.
- Maximum occupancy of a residence room is double the number of residents. For example, a double occupancy room may have up to four (4) people in it at one time, and a quad room may have up to eight (8) people in it at one time.
- The common area in a pod may have the same number as occupants of the pod. In most cases this is ten (10).
- When students are socializing, whether outside or sitting in chairs and on couches within buildings, appropriate physical distancing is expected.
Bathroom: The Facilities staff is evaluating where plexiglass will need to be installed to allow students to use sinks. In some bathrooms sinks will be taken offline.
Laundry: Students will be allowed in laundry rooms at one student per washing machine.
Kitchens in Residence Halls: Closed for the fall. MDH recommends closing all common kitchens. Students have a refrigerator and microwave provided by the college in their room.
Stairwells: All residence hall stairwells have been designated up or down to allow for physical distancing
Custodial: Cleaning/disinfecting will take place twice daily in the high touch areas, including weekends. Best practice from CDC and MDH are cleaning common areas twice daily as well.
Students, faculty, and staff will be required to observe six (6) feet of physical distance from other people. This expectation exists in all buildings with common area spaces such as the library, chapel, lunchrooms, lounges, etc. For those higher concentration areas such as Buntrock Commons there will be directional signage provided to encourage physical distancing protection.
Based on the priority of providing food and safety for students, the Cage, Kings’ Room, and Stav Hall will be closed to faculty, staff, and visitors. The Pause is exploring the feasibility of offering a take-out menu option that would be available to faculty and staff. Faculty and staff will not not have access to workout equipment in Skoglund/Tostrud. Students will have access, but they will need to follow the protocols outlined in the Community Standards.
Yes. Please refer to the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for On-Campus Work.