Dear College Community:
As we prepare for our spring semester courses to resume, I welcome everyone from all of our sites back to the new term. I also want to offer my gratitude to all who are faithfully abiding by the Coronavirus health and safety precautions of physical distancing, masking and frequent hand washing. Our numbers of positive coronavirus cases remain manageable at this point, but it is the nature of the virus that this could change quickly, so it is important that we remain vigilant to our community pledge.
Because we have seen our COVID positivity rates fall to lower levels, we are officially returning to the Level 2 on our Alert Dashboard. We begin the spring term much like we started fall, in hybrid format, modified activities in accordance with MDH guidelines, and with a two-week "quiet period" with regard to restrictions in residential living. SHS will continue to monitor the situation and provide testing for symptomatic individuals.
In addition, as spring semester gets off to a start, we are strongly encouraging all faculty, staff and students to complete COVID testing prior to arriving back or within the first days of return to campuses and sites this semester. The MN Department of Health has made this process even easier. You can still go to an in-person site or can order a kit to be delivered to your home. These options are free of charge regardless of your insurance coverage. You can also obtain testing through your health provider.
To help contain the spread of Coronavirus, each of us must continue to take personal responsibility to protect ourselves, our families, our co-workers and our friends. You have heard in the news that new strains of the virus are being discovered that appear to be more easily passed on. Wearing a face covering is an important element in maintaining a safe environment for everyone. Make sure that when you wear a face covering, you select the right type, wear it properly and keep it clean. To help you out, here are tips from the CDC:
COVID Aware MN App:
Also, if you haven't already, we strongly encourage you to download the free COVID-19 exposure notification app, COVIDaware MN. The app notifies you if you've been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you've been near. If you are outside of Minnesota, you can download your state's app.
Employee Reopening Plan:
I also ask that you refer to our Employee Reopening Plan that can always be found on css.edu or on the Human Resources page in the updates section of my.CSS.
In this plan you will find information on our required daily COVID-19 personal health screening process that should be conducted each day you come to a campus location, how to report confirmed positive COVID-19 illness and what steps you should take to protect yourself and others.
The College of St. Scholastica Athletics Update:
St. Scholastica Athletics is currently planning to resume winter, fall and spring practices and competitions during the second semester. We are committed to following UMAC, NCHA, NCAA, SSI and MDH guidelines and have updated our CSS Athletics Safety Plan which covers home event management, practice protocols and travel arrangements. We have secured PCR testing and will adhere to both NCAA and MDH testing recommendations as we move forward. In addition, all student-athletes will be tested upon re-entry to campus.
As we prepare for the semester, we are still closely monitoring our campus safety plan, NCAA/MDH protocols and our CSS athletics safety plan which will all have an impact on our practices and competitions. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Franco Bari, CSS Athletic Director, at email@example.com. A huge shout out to the entire team of staff in the athletics for managing a very complex and ever-changing environment to support our student athletes.
Reminder of Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration:
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion would like to welcome you to a day of events celebrating Martin Luther King Day on January 18, 2021. Below is the agenda for the day.
All St. Scholastica programming is free and open to the community. This year, everything will be streamed online for safety.
9:00 - 10 a.m.
Live Stream from the Mitchell:
Welcome: Sarah Stewart, Associate Director, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Ogidaaki-bines Drum with Jeremy and Jakob Wilson
Opening Remarks from President Barbara McDonald
NAACP Rally, Live Stream
5 - 5:30 p.m.
Evening Message from Pastor Frank Stewart, CSS YouTube
Duluth Campus Saints Shop Hours Update:
Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Saints Shop will be open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Please email Dawn Savela at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to request the store be open outside these hours for special events.
You can also shop online at shop.css.edu. Shop now through January 31 and get Free Shipping! No minimum purchase is required.
If you'd prefer, choose in-store pickup. Orders are usually ready the same day if ordered during business hours. If you place an order on Saturday-Monday, it will be ready for pick-up on Tuesday.
Please email email@example.com if you have general questions or need assistance with an order.
Thanks to you all and have a safe and restful weekend!