In preparation for the end of the semester

Nov. 18, 2020

Dear students,

As we approach the end of the semester, please take note of these updates related to COVID-19 and our campus community.

COVID-19 campus protocols
Our existing COVID-19 protocols will remain intact for the duration of break, including the Safer at SNC order. We will continue to update the COVID-19 case dashboard regularly to reflect the number of cases that have a campus impact. The majority of students will be returning home for break, so on-campus COVID-19 testing, isolation and quarantine will not be available for students until classes resume in spring.

Your compliance with masks and physical distancing, along with your avoidance of unsafe settings such as bars or crowded parties, will help to ensure you do not bring COVID-19 with you when you head home for winter break. Think of your loved ones, especially any who may be elderly or frail, when choosing how to spend your remaining time on campus.

If you are interested in receiving a peace-of-mind COVID-19 test before you head home for break, there are two local locations offering these types of tests at no cost. Here is more information:

Please note: The results of these COVID-19 peace-of-mind tests, like any test, are a point-in-time indicator so you should continue to exercise caution, even with a negative result.

The CDC provides some helpful information on travel and safe ways to celebrate holidays with family and friends:
Flu vaccinations
We strongly encourage you to get an influenza vaccine. Not only can this protect you from influenza, but it can help you avoid unnecessary time away from campus. This is because influenza and COVID-19 have very similar symptoms; students, faculty and staff displaying these symptoms will have to isolate until they have a negative COVID-19 test and symptom improvement. If you still need to be vaccinated, contact Health Services for an appointment, or get vaccinated in the local community.

Campus access
At the conclusion of the fall semester, beginning Saturday, Dec. 5, card access will be required for all buildings on campus. Make sure to bring your ID if you are planning to come to campus. Card access to student residential buildings will be limited to only those students who have applied and have been accepted to live on campus over break.

College operations
The majority of campus offices, services and departments will have modified operations over winter break. In many cases, offices will shift back to remote work until the spring semester begins. These arrangements will be made on a department by department basis; for complete information about modified hours or service delivery, visit an office’s, service’s or department’s website.

Winter break check-out procedures
Residential students: Stay tuned for additional information from Residential Education & Housing on winter break check-out procedures.

Please continue to check your St. Norbert College email during the break for more campus updates related to COVID-19.