August 11: Temporary CSB/SJU Masking Policy

Dear CSB and SJU Students, Faculty, Staff and Parents:

This message is to inform you about CSB/SJU’s temporary masking policy. This policy is based on recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American College Health Association (ACHA). We understand that we have asked a lot of our campus community in the last week. We appreciate your flexibility and willingness to be adaptable for the good of the entire community.

The CDC and MDH are recommending that indoor masking should be required for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, in any county where the COVID-19 transmission rate is substantial or high. Stearns County is in the high transmission category for COVID-19 at the present time.

Temporary Mask Requirement: For Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Individuals

  • Beginning Thursday, August 12th, CSB/SJU is requiring masks indoors and on transportation for all students, faculty, staff and visitors (vaccinated and unvaccinated) as a temporary action.
  • The temporary masking requirement will be reevaluated weekly based on the transmission category of our surrounding county and on the vaccination rate of our campus community.

Exceptions to the Temporary Mask Requirement:

  • Residence hall rooms
  • Private offices
  • While eating in dining areas
  • Outdoors (CSB/SJU expects masking for unvaccinated individuals in high-density outdoor events where social distancing cannot be maintained.)

Please visit our COVID-19 website for a list of FAQ’s and contact information for staff who can assist you. We continue to appreciate your flexibility and willingness to be adaptable for the good of the entire community. Dr. Casey Gordon, chair of the CSB/SJU Pandemic Planning Team, will be in touch regularly on the status of our temporary masking policy.

Gratefully,

Laurie Hamen, J.D.                         James H. Mullen, Jr., Ed.D.

Transitional President                     Transitional President

College of Saint Benedict                Saint John’s University