What to Expect this Fall — August 31, 2021

Dear St. Catherine Community,

As we near the beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year, we are excited to be moving forward with our plans to return to in-person instruction for all Tier One, Two, and Three courses this fall. The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority and we continue to monitor data and public health recommendations closely, adjusting policies and procedures as needed. 

Vaccination continues to be the best action we can take to protect ourselves and others, and we begin the semester with nearly 90 percent of students and 97 percent of employees fully vaccinated. As an extra precaution, masks are currently required for everyone (regardless of vaccination status) at all times while in public or common areas of campus buildings (including classrooms) unless eating or drinking, and medical-grade masks (which will be provided by the University) are required for those participating in clinical simulation labs.

In addition, the following mitigation measures are in effect, and additional details and information can be found in our fall Preparedness Plan:

  • Daily symptom screening via LiveSafe or the online form
  • Required COVID-19 PCR testing for: 
  • Faculty, staff, or students on campus who aren’t fully vaccinated (testing completed weekly)
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who are identified as close contacts (testing completed three to five days following contact with a positive case) 
  • Quarantine and isolation protocols 
  • Staying home when sick

Given our community’s high rate of vaccination, all social distancing requirements and capacity limits have been removed. 


We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

 

Safely Returning to Campus Committee Co-Chairs
Amy Kelly, MD, MPH, Director, Health and Wellness Clinic
Matt Goodwin, PhD, Associate Provost for Student Affairs
Pat Pratt-Cook, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Equity and Inclusion