Update to faculty and staff: Operational updates for Phase 2

Aug. 19, 2020

Dear SNC faculty and staff,

This email contains several updates and reminders about Phase 2 and the return of students this week.

Student move-in
Students begin returning to campus this week. The majority of first-year students will move to campus on Thursday, Aug. 20. Continuing students were able to move in beginning Monday, Aug. 17, but the majority are expected to return to campus on Friday, Aug. 21. More details are on the move-in webpage.

Please extend a show of physically distanced communio to all students and families you encounter on campus this week.

If students or families have questions about the availability of resources or services across campus, refer to the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Plan operations grid to advise them on the current state of operations for offices or departments.

On-campus dining for employees
Phil's resumed service for the campus community on Monday, Aug. 17. Ed’s resumed service on Tuesday, Aug. 18. You can view the current operating hours for Phil's and Ed's online.

As we begin the semester, Ruth's Marketplace will reopen for students but remain temporarily closed to employees. This will allow the dining services team to focus on serving students with new menus and new protocols in place.

Since Ruth’s Marketplace currently is closed to employees, the option to purchase and redeem faculty and staff meals has been temporarily disabled.

Employees will continue to receive three complimentary meals at Ruth’s Marketplace, which they will be able to use after Ruth’s reopens to faculty and staff.

Seating for student dining is at a premium this semester due to the requirement of maintaining physical distance on campus. Faculty and staff are politely asked to refrain from using the inside seating at Ed’s and Phil’s, especially during peak meal times. Additional outside seating has been added for faculty, staff and students on the patios around campus, including near Michels Commons, Bemis and the Mulva Library.

Future updates to employee dining arrangements will be posted on the dining services website.

Catering and conference operations
Catering and conference operations will look different at SNC this semester as staff from this area support overall campus dining operations and adhere to new protocols:

  • Campus catering will be available only when Ruth’s Marketplace is open.
  • Catering food options will be limited to delivery of individually served meals or snacks.
  • Each catering meal will be served in an up-scale disposable container with high-end heavy-duty cutlery kits.
  • Any catering or conference services must be billed to an internal budget. No cash, debit or credit transactions will be accepted.
  • Catering and conference operations may change throughout the semester, so stay tuned for future updates.
COVID-19 communications and ongoing response
In preparation for the fall semester, we have launched a new COVID-19 dashboard, which details the number of known confirmed-positive COVID-19 cases that impact the St. Norbert College community. This dashboard will be updated weekly on Fridays to provide ongoing, transparent data reflecting student, faculty and staff cases that have been reported to the college.

If faculty or staff have a confirmed-positive case of COVID-19, they are strongly encouraged to use the COVID-19 voluntary disclosure form to assist the college in collecting and reporting positive cases impacting campus.

If students, faculty or staff are identified as a contact of a positive case of COVID-19 on campus, they will be notified through the contact-tracing process conducted by Health Services and/or public health. Health Services and/or local public health officials will provide information about quarantine or isolation requirements to individuals at that time.

As we begin the semester, the Return to Work and Return for Students working groups are wrapping up their work. We are grateful for the work done by those two groups, which has brought us to this point. A new COVID-19 Response Group has been formed to monitor the evolving nature of the pandemic throughout the fall semester and to make recommendations on a college response. This group will meet twice per week. Following are the members of that group:
  • Julie Massey (Student Affairs)
  • Amy Sorenson (President’s Office)
  • Jon Enslin (College Advancement)
  • Nina Rouse (Communications)
  • Chrystal Woller (Health Services)
  • Rick Warpinski (Auxiliary Services)
  • Patrick Wrenn (Facilities)
  • Joe Totman (Housing)
  • Lauren Gaecke (Academic Affairs)
  • Matt Stollak (Academic Affairs) / Jamie Lynch (Academic Affairs)
  • Scott Crevier (ITS)
  • Eric Dunning (Campus Safety)
Campus buildings and traffic patterns
In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all campus buildings will remain locked this semester, requiring swipe access for entry. You should make a habit of carrying your SNC ID card to gain access.

New traffic patterns have been developed for many buildings on campus, including designated exterior entrances and exits. These patterns are indicated by on-site signage throughout the campus.

The furniture in campus buildings, including classrooms, has been arranged to accommodate physical distancing. For this reason, you should refrain from moving furniture.

Response to evolving child care needs of employees with school-aged children
Many of the local school districts have released their plans for K-12 education. Plans range from online to in-person, and some call for hybrid methods of delivery. Supervisors should be flexible as possible as their team members adjust to plans put forward by school districts. For the safety and well-being of all, employees should refrain from bringing their children to campus. The college is currently exploring ways for each of us to support one another on this issue.

Basic health and safety reminders
  • The three W’s: WEAR your mask, WASH your hands, WATCH your distance from others.
  • You must monitor your symptoms daily. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or recently have been exposed to someone who potentially has COVID-19, you are not allowed to come to campus.
  • Make sure you’re familiar with the complete list of required health and safety precautions.
We continue to be grateful for your flexibility and commitment to the well-being of all in our community.


The Return to Work Working Group
Jon Enslin (College Advancement)
Chrystal Woller (Health Services)
Rick Warpinski (Auxiliary Services)
Sue Brinkman (Human Resources)
Lauren Gaecke (Academic Affairs)
Paul Mashl (Academic Affairs)
Nina Rouse (Communications)
Matt Stollak (Faculty Representative)
Patrick Wrenn (Facilities)
Scott Crevier (ITS)