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The College of St. Scholastica

Important Updates

Key messages to know

  • Well-fitted masks are encouraged, but not required for indoor spaces at the Duluth main and St. Cloud campuses
  • Saints vax up! The COVID-19 vaccination and booster series has been added to the list of required immunizations for students who are participating in in-person curricular and co-curricular activities.
  • Students who participate in solely online or remote programs and/or students who are participating in studies at our embedded site locations are exempt from this requirement
  • In keeping with our immunization community standards, students may submit an exemption form to Student Health Service; all exemptions will be reviewed and verified
  • In the event that our community level changes or we experience significant transmission on campus, mitigation protocols including masking and testing may be reinstated

Community Safety Expectations

Everyone has been asked to take the Saints Rise Up Community Pledge, a promise to follow health guidelines in keeping with our Benedictine values of respect, hospitality, community, stewardship and love of learning.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life for all of us. In our continued planning for a safe campus for our students, staff and faculty, we look to these guiding principles as foundational to our work

Saints Rise Up Community Pledge

I choose to be in the St. Scholastica community of learners. In doing so, I accept my responsibility to live in this inclusive community, guided by the light of our Catholic Benedictine values. I will welcome each person, in each moment and each interaction, as a holy human being.

I will do my best to safeguard the health of all by following guidelines, including those for face coverings, physical distancing, hand-washing and other safety measures. I will be attentive to changing circumstances and policies.

As a member of the St. Scholastica community, I pledge to help steward this inclusive Benedictine community and the lives of all its members in becoming the Saints the world needs.

“…let them gently encourage one another…” Rule of Benedict, Chapter 22

Guiding Principles

We will be guided by our rich Catholic Benedictine legacy and our core values. In all decisions we will strive to honor the inherent dignity of each member of our community, as created in the image and likeness of God.

We are committed to providing equity in access and opportunity for all groups, with particular attention to how our decisions may affect students facing barriers. We will cultivate flexibility and embrace patience as our guide in all things. We will withhold judgment, remembering that we are called to kindness, mercy and compassion.

Throughout, we will create ways to put our principles into action. COVID-19 realities and health considerations represent an opportunity to enlarge our sense of community and enrich our stewardship of our precious mission.

“Community members are not to pursue what they judge better for themselves, but instead what they judge better for someone else.” The Rule of Benedict, Chapter 72

Vaccine Resources

With news of full FDA approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the College has added the COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required immunizations for students. All students participating in face-to-face programming, both academic and co-curricular, must provide proof of vaccination.

Which vaccines will fulfill the requirement?

Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen/Johnson and Johnson and Moderna, AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 (e.g., Covisheld, Vaxzeria), Sinopharm COVID-19, Sinovac COVID-19

How do students submit proof of vaccination?

Up to date COVID-19 Vaccination has been added to the list of immunization requirements for students at The College of St. Scholastica. Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including booster dose(s) when eligible. Students must provide a copy of their COVID immunization record by one of the following methods:

Employees are not currently required to submit proof of vaccination. This could change if the COVID situation on campus changes.

Where can students/employees get vaccinated?

All members of the community are encouraged to use the Vaccination Connector for nearby sites.

How do I submit an exemption?

In keeping with our immunization community standards, students may submit an exemption form. These forms are located in the Student Health and Wellness portal in my.CSS. Once submitted, completed forms are reviewed and verified by Student Health Service to ensure compliance with Minnesota College Immunization Law requirements.

Higher Education Vaccine Ambassador

The College’s own Jaci Tourtellott ’22 offers her encouragement to get vaccinated. Jaci was one of four students who participated in the state’s Higher Education Vaccine Ambassador Campaign.

Important Forms

This form is for employees and students to personally report to The College of St. Scholastica if they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Community Updates

The most recent updates can be found on our News Center.

We thank the Saints community for showing patience and grace as we work through this challenging time. Please refer back to this webpage for the latest updates, or contact Pandemic Manager Mike Turner. We welcome your feedback.

Safe Return Frequently Asked Questions

During the past year and a half, our Saints community has come together in remarkable ways to care for and support one another. The following guidelines were established so that everyone can continue to safely live, learn and work together as a Benedictine community.

Well-Fitted Masks

  • Effective March 14, 2022, the College will transition to a mask-optional policy in all indoor spaces on the Duluth Kenwood and St. Cloud campuses
  • It’s important to note:
    • students and employees at our embedded sites will adhere to Minnesota State protocols
    • students and employees at our Health Science Center and in our Counseling and Student Health Service Clinic will continue to adhere to clinic environment protocols
    • students participating in external clinicals/partnerships will adhere to masking protocols set forth by those partners
    • guests of the Monastery will adhere to their masking protocols
  • While masks will no longer be a requirement, the College fully supports individuals who choose to continue wearing a face mask
  • Additionally, in the event that our community level changes or we experience significant transmission on campus, the College may reinstate the face mask requirement on a temporary basis

Social Distancing

  • If you are not vaccinated, we encourage you to continue to respect the distance between you and others
  • If we experience a surge in cases, social distancing measures may be reinstated on our campuses
  • Hugs and handshakes may not always be welcome; please be mindful and respectful of the comfort level of those around you

COVID-19 Testing and Exposure

  • COVID-19 testing is available for students on the Duluth Kenwood campus through Student Health Service
  • Experiencing symptoms? Get a test!
  • What’s the difference between PCR and antigen?
    • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are much more accurate than antigen tests; PCR tests are processed in a lab and typically take between 24-72 hours to receive results
    • Antigen tests, also called rapid tests, can be administered anytime, anywhere, with results in approximately 15 minutes


  • Please monitor your health daily
  • Regardless of vaccination status, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, connect with your primary healthcare provider or Student Health Service and stay home until your test results are known
  • Then, regardless of your test results, please stay home as long as severe symptoms such as fever and body aches persist


  • If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination:
    • Stay home and isolate from others for five days
    • If you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and your symptoms are improving or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5
    • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days
    • Complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form
  • If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19:
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
    • Test on day 5 if possible
    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

Up to Date vs. Fully Vaccinated

  • Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible
  • Fully vaccinated means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines

Cleaning and Sanitation

  • The College will continue to maintain enhanced cleaning, sanitation and disinfecting processes
  • We recommend all of our employees clean their personal workspaces on a daily basis