July 22: Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University has implemented the following protocol for the return of students for Fall 2021 Semester. Protocol is based on recommendations from Center of Disease Control (CDC, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and American College Health Association (ACHA) on returning students to campus. While we will not be requiring COVID-19 vaccine the 2021-2022 academic year, we are strongly encouraging all students to get vaccinated to decrease risk to our campus community and spread of disease throughout the academic year. (Please note Aug. 4 announcement about vaccine requirement for students, faculty and staff)

If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, we ask you to submit your vaccine to Student COVID Coordinator.  Submitting your vaccine record is voluntary, however, if you do not submit vaccine record, you will be considered unvaccinated and must adhere to guidelines for unvaccinated students.

To submit vaccine record, send picture of it via email: [email protected] or COVID Vaccination Record Submission.

Return to campus plan for students who have submitted COVID-19 Vaccine Record (will be referred to as VACCINATED students):

Pre-Arrival Testing

  1. Returning to campus via air travel (via international or domestic flights)
  • Domestic – no testing requirement
  • International – United States will require a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) 72 hours prior to boarding plane
  1. Returning to campus via land travel (car, bus, train)
  • No testing requirement

Post-Arrival Testing

  1. Returning to campus via air travel (via international or domestic flights)
  • Domestic – no testing requirement
  • International -Must be tested with viral (PCR) test 3-5 days after travel AND monitor for symptoms. No quarantine required.
  1. Returning to campus via land travel (car, bus, train)
  • No testing requirement

Return to campus plan for students who have NOT submitted COVID-19 Vaccine Record (will be referred to as UNVACCINATED students):

Pre-Arrival Testing

  1. All students returning to campus (via air travel or land travel) must submit a COVID-19 test result that has been completed within five (5) to seven (7) days before arriving on campus.
  • PCR tests are the only acceptable test. Rapid antigen test for screening purposes in someone without symptoms are not reliable and will not be accepted.
  • Students must upload an image of the test results prior to arrival to Campus. A link will be posted to CSB|SJU COVID website. If you are unable to upload an image, send screen shot of your test results (must include, name, date of test and result) to [email protected]
  • Students may also upload test results via QR Code

     

  1. NEGATIVE RESULTS: Students with negative test results may return to campus**

 **note if traveling via air to campus, you will have to quarantine upon arrival (see below)

  1. POSITIVE RESULTS: Students with positive test results will need to complete 10 days of isolation prior to returning to campus. To return to campus, the following criteria will have to be met:
    1. End of Isolation Criteria=10 days after the date of your positive test (if asymptomatic) OR 10 days from the start of symptoms (if symptomatic) AND 24 hours fever free without fever-reducing medication AND improvement of symptoms.
    2. Student will coordinate with Residential Life return to campus date
  2. Exemptions: Have tested positive for COVID-19 on or after May 20, 2021. Copy of test results must be submitted to Student COVID Coordinator at [email protected]

Post-arrival testing

  1. Returning to campus via air travel (via international or domestic flights)
  • Must be tested with viral (PCR) test 3-5 days after travel AND will be required to quarantine on campus for full 7 days after travel
  • Negative test: Need to quarantine for a full 7 days
  • Positive Test: Will be moved to on campus isolation
  • If unable to get tested, will quarantine for full 10 days after travel

**Based on current CDC travel guidelines

  1. Returning to campus via land travel (car, bus, train)
  • Must be tested with viral (PCR) test 3-5 days after return to campus AND monitor for symptoms. No quarantine required.

**Based on current CDC travel guidelines

**Tentative on campus test date: Thursday, Sept. 2nd More information will be forthcoming at the beginning of August. As we have all experienced over the past year and half, information and guidelines regarding COVID-19 are forever changing. Please continue to monitor for COVID-19 updates on the CSB|SJU website.