March 26: Minnesota’s Stay at Home Order

Dear CSB/SJU students, staff, faculty and parents,

Let us begin by thanking each of you for all you have done to help sustain our communities during this challenging time. With our students at the center, we have seen our faculty move learning online and engage new pedagogy to help our students continue to learn and make academic progress. We are so grateful for this source of stability for our students and institution. Our administrators and staff, many of whom are working incredibly long hours, are responding to each new bit of guidance and are making decisions to not only sustain us during this moment but are also endeavoring to ensure a sustainable future as well. We thank everyone for all you have done.

On March 25, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued a Stay at Home Executive Order for our state, which will take effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 27, and be in effect through Friday, April 10. These directives mandate that people stay at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs for two weeks.

The changes we have already implemented at CSB/SJU are aligned with the Governor’s order, and, for most of us, this will not significantly change the way we are currently teaching, learning, and working. In light of these latest actions, we want to reiterate and emphasize the following guidelines:

  • CSB/SJU students living at home should stay at home and continue to participate in online learning.
  • CSB/SJU students on campus should stay in their living spaces and continue to participate in online learning. Students can leave their residences for health and safety activities, outdoor activities, and necessary supplies and services.
  • CSB/SJU employees working remotely should continue to work from home.
  • CSB/SJU employees in various service areas who need to report to work to sustain operations and serve the students who remain on our campuses will be notified by your supervisor if you need to continue to report. Thank you for your critical work.
  • All staff and administrators will continue to receive their regular salary through April 4. We will work with each employee to explore future options in the next week.

The ongoing health and safety of the CSB/SJU community is our highest priority. As COVID-19 mitigation actions escalate across the country, and in our state, we are working to provide resources and information to help our community. Please continue to visit www.csbsju.edu/covid-19 for more information.

We remain grateful for every member of the CSB/SJU community. The energy and unique strengths you are using for the greater good are helping all of us weather this crisis.

Sincerely,

Mary Dana Hinton                       

CSB President                                              

Eugene McAllister

SJU Interim President