COVID Community Update: Remaining Diligent and Planning for Spring

On Remaining Diligent and Planning for Spring

Dear St. Catherine Community,


It’s been nearly a month since the fall semester began and we appreciate your ongoing efforts to keep our community healthy and safe. As you have settled in and feel more comfortable in your new routines, please continue to live out our Community Commitment and remain diligent in following the policies and procedures outlined in the Preparedness Plan so we can continue with in-person courses and activities as much as possible.


Masks Required

Remember that masks must be worn in all indoor common and shared spaces, even when you are able to maintain a six (6)-foot distance from those around you. Details can be found on page 8 of the Preparedness Plan.


Planning for Spring

In planning for spring, we are continuing to monitor recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), especially related to any changes that may be necessary to manage COVID-19 at the same time that influenza season is ramping up and colder weather has us spending more time indoors. It is possible adjustments may need to be made if guidelines change, but for now we are planning that the spring semester will be very similar to the fall.


Spring Courses

Continuing our efforts to keep our campus community as safe and healthy as possible, courses for the spring semester will align with the same tier designations that we are using this fall. Tier One and Tier Two will be face-to-face, with some TRW and GSJ courses provided in a hybrid format. 

Time slots will remain the same as they are for fall, with the exception of MWF afternoon and evening time slots, which have been moved forward by 10 minutes.


Calendar Changes

Spring Break is being adjusted to coincide with Easter Break. This change will allow time for students and faculty to relax and recharge, while also working to reduce COVID-19 spread by limiting the number of times people will leave for longer breaks and then return to campus. The new dates are now March 29 - April 5. 

In addition, May 14 will now be a study day, with final exams scheduled for May 17 - 20.

NOTE: These changes do not apply to OTA Online.


Study Abroad

Global Studies international affiliate programs as well as faculty-led Global Studies programs are suspended through the Spring 2021 semester due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Twin Cities-based Global Studies programs, run through our partner HECUA and virtual programs offered through affiliate providers, remain available. Students are eligible to use financial aid to cover the cost of participation, and the St. Kate’s Global Studies admin fees for virtual programs for Spring 2021 will be waived. The application deadline for local and virtual Spring 2021 Global Studies programs is December 1. Please contact Global Studies with any questions. 


Employees

Faculty and staff will continue working on campus in a limited capacity. The majority of employees will continue to work remotely through the end of spring semester.


Don’t Forget Your Flu Shot

Now’s the time to get your flu shot. St. Kate’s will be offering flu shot clinics for faculty and staff working on campus one or more days a week, as well as students and their families living in the Residence Halls and those attending in-person classes. The clinics have been scheduled for the following days, and additional details can be found here:

  • Wednesday, October 14, from 3:15 – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 21, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Employees working remotely who still need a flu shot can also sign up if there are appointment times available.

 

Recent Preparedness Plan Updates

We continue to review and update the Preparedness Plan to reflect current health guidance and requirements. Please note the following changes:

  • Additional information regarding testing prioritization and types (pages 11-12)
  • New COVID-19 reporting requirements for employers with employees in California (page 12)

 

Thank you for your continued partnership,


Safely Returning to Campus Committee Co-Chairs

Amy Kelly, MD, MPH, Director, Health and Wellness Clinic
Ann Garvey, Interim Assistant Provost for Student Affairs
Pat Pratt-Cook, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion
Lynda Szymanski, PhD, Associate Provost