Preparing for Phase 2 of relaxing mask mandates

Feb. 28, 2022

SNC community:

As COVID-19 conditions continue to improve, the college will move to Phase 2 of its plans to reduce mask mandates. Effective Tuesday, March 1, masking will be optional in all spaces on campus except the following areas, where masks will continue to be required:

  • Health Services
  • Sports Medicine
  • Other athletics spaces as identified per NCAA guidelines
  • Some rehearsal spaces and labs
Instructors will notify their classes if their rehearsal spaces or labs are among those in which masks will continue to be required. Coaches will be notified by the athletics department and will communicate updates to their teams.

While most campus spaces will be mask-optional, we strongly recommend all members of campus keep masks in your pockets or backpacks so that you have one available if needed.

Individuals may continue choosing to wear masks based on their own comfort levels or for medical reasons. Please be respectful of others’ choices and continue showing kindness, compassion and understanding to all in our community.

Our ability to continue cautiously relaxing our mitigation strategies is due to consistently low positivity rates on our campus and in the greater Brown County community.
  • The CDC recently provided updated masking guidance and categorized Brown County’s risk level as medium.
  • On-campus surveillance testing has found zero positive cases since the college resumed in-person classes for the spring semester.
  • Health Services is seeing significantly reduced incidence of positive cases that affect campus.
As with all aspects of the pandemic, college leadership will continue to monitor conditions and adjust policies and protocols as warranted.

Ongoing Safety Measures
  • Stay away from campus if you have a fever, unexplained cough or shortness of breath (even if symptoms are mild), or are otherwise not feeling well.
  • Vaccination continues to be the best protection against serious COVID-19 illness. Health Services provides COVID vaccines and booster shots; make an appointment by emailing or calling 920-403-3266.
  • Surveillance testing of unvaccinated students will continue at this time.
  • Additional masking and/or quarantine requirements are in place for those who test positive for COVID-19 and those who are identified as close contacts. Review the Isolation of Positive Cases and Quarantine of Close Contacts sections of the St. Norbert College COVID-19 Guidelines.
Questions about the college’s COVID-19 response can be emailed to
We thank you for your patience, flexibility, cooperation and resilience. We appreciate your willingness to adapt to ongoing changes, and we are grateful for your commitment to the common good.