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 will be open to students only, during their assigned time slots, and The Cage will have limited hours of operation. 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. Please wash your hands thoroughly before entering and use the hand sanitizer provided at the entrance and exits.
Stations in the Caf will be set up to allow for quick service and steady traffic flow. Some of our menu items may be mirrored at two stations as well. Most stations will be staff-served, however as we continue to receive guidance from the MDH we are allowing some self-service in Stav. As long as everyone is wearing a mask and using the hand sanitizer prior to entering, self-service is allowed. In addition to these guidelines we have staff monitoring the station and are also changing the utensils every 20 minutes. We will continue to do so as everyone continues to move swiftly and practice good social distancing. Each station will provide a complete meal.
To-go containers are offered upon entrance of Stav Hall. You must choose whether you want to dine-in or dine-out at the time of entry. If you choose to dine-out; to-go means to-go and you must leave the dining areas – this includes Stav Hall and the Ballrooms.
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.) When you are done eating, please put your mask back on. Limit your time in Stav to 30 minutes – please do not linger or hang out to socialize after you are done eating.
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.
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.
- No. Custodial Services is providing enhanced cleaning and disinfecting to all classroom spaces. As stated by the MDH, “As long as routine cleaning and disinfecting have taken place regularly, additional cleaning and disinfecting is likely not necessary.”
- Disinfecting wipes will be placed in teaching spaces if individuals choose to clean/disinfect certain items.
- According to the MDH if everyone (1) is wearing a mask, (2) sanitizes/washes their hands as they come into class, and (3) does not touch their mouth or eyes during class then shared items (i.e., used briefly by multiple people) do not need to be cleaned/disinfected between users.
- If an item is being used by an individual for an extended length of time (e.g., 15 minutes) then it is prudent to clean/disinfect that item between users.
- Shared electronic items that are potentially high-touch (keyboards, touchscreens, mouse, etc.) should be wiped down with the disinfecting wipes between users.
- If an item might come in close contact with an individual’s face (e.g., microscope eyepieces) then disinfect those items between users.
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.