Updated Masking Policy — March 15, 2022

Dear St. Catherine Community,

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to keeping each other healthy and safe throughout the pandemic. We know it hasn’t always been easy, and we are grateful for your patience and support over the past two years.  

Today, we write to you with good news.

As indicated in our last Community Update, given the latest public health guidance and case rates, we will be rolling back portions of our masking policy in the coming weeks. 

 

The following changes will go into effect Monday, March 28, 2022:

  • Masks will be optional for all fully vaccinated and boosted individuals in most non-academic areas of campus, including:

    • Any dining setting on campus

    • Residence halls

    • Athletic events

    • The Butler Center

    • Most University events and activities

    • Lounges and common areas

    • Our Lady of Victory Chapel
       

  • Masks will still be required for everyone — regardless of vaccination status — in the following locations:

    • Indoor classroom and lab settings

    • Health and Wellness Center

    • University vehicles (when traveling with others)

    • The O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
       

  • Masks will continue to be required for students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and choose to return to campus on days 6-10 of their isolation period (as outlined in the Preparedness Plan). Anyone not able to wear a mask must remain home for 10 days.

As we prepare for this change, we recognize that it will be met with both excitement and trepidation. Despite this relaxation of our mandates, St. Kate’s will remain a mask-positive campus, and everyone should continue to carry a mask with you on campus. If you feel more comfortable in a mask, please wear one. If you feel sick, put a mask on, and please limit your exposure to colleagues and classmates by staying home. 

If someone asks you to put on a mask in their residence or office, please respect their personal circumstances by complying. While many are ready to remove their masks, some individuals are not or cannot. We ask that you continue to show care, compassion, and grace toward one another.

 

Post-Spring Break Testing

We recommend that anyone traveling for spring break be tested for COVID-19 three to five (3-5) days upon their return. Curative continues to provide testing on-campus for students, faculty, and staff, and the Health and Wellness Center offers appointments for students who are symptomatic. Additional testing options are available off campus, including at the state of Minnesota's free Community Testing sites. Testing providers, such as pharmacies and clinics, can also be found through the state’s Find Testing Locations map.

Finally, we should also recognize that the COVID landscape may once again change quickly. We are thankful for this respite from certain restrictions, but we must remain vigilant and flexible for any new variants that may arise.

The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority, and we will continue to monitor the latest public health information, data, and trends. Any additional changes to policies or procedures will be shared with you as needed.

 

Sincerely,

Safely Returning to Campus Committee Co-Chairs
Lauren Peterson, MS, MPAS, PA-C, Director, Health & Wellness Clinic
Matt Goodwin, PhD, Associate Provost for Student Affairs
Pat Pratt-Cook, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion