August 18: Fall 2020 Return to Campus Update #1

Prep now for your return to campus next week

Dear Students,

As your last full week of summer begins, CSB/SJU faculty and staff are putting the final touches on academic year 2020-21 planning to ensure you have a safe, healthy, successful and engaging year. We know you’ve heard “life will look different” a few too many times, but this week and next, you’ll receive a daily update on important topics to help you feel prepared and excited for the year ahead.

Today’s update focuses on the tasks you should be doing now to prep for your return to campus.

Talk to your friends and roommates

We recommend connecting with friends and roommates in advance to discuss who will be in your “Pod,” a small group outside of class with whom you exclusively socialize. Once you know these groups are safe, you can start to combine with other safe pods, slowly expanding your social group over time. Even if you’ve already signed the Personal Responsibility Statement – Commitment to Community form, discuss the expectations and how you’ll manage them as a group.

Mask policy update

Due to recent research on the ineffectiveness of neck gaiters and bandanas in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, these types of face coverings are not permitted on the CSB and SJU campuses. All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear a cloth or disposable mask that covers both the nose and mouth. Learn more about our mask policy and tips for mask care.

What to pack

As you start packing (or at least start thinking about packing) remember to bring these items with you:

  • 7 reusable cloth masks (you will be provided two CSB/SJU cloth masks at move-in)
  • Thermometer
  • Hand sanitizer – with an alcohol solution of at least 70% alcohol
  • Disinfectant wipes – the most common EPA registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface
  • Hand soap
  • Insurance cards
  • First-aid kit
  • Prescribed medication

In preparation for the hybrid learning environment, we recommend all students have access to a personal laptop computer and headphones with a microphone. Those for whom obtaining a laptop would present a financial hardship can check out one out from the libraries.

Due to the longer class periods this semester, please also consider your devices and their battery life. To ensure your cell phone, tablet or laptop can last the full 3 hours of your class period, plan to bring back up power banks or extension cords (recommended length of 25 feet).

Additional information can be found on our COVID-19 Resources and Return to Campus Information page. We encourage you to check that page often for the latest updates.

Community Always.

Mary Geller
College of Saint Benedict
Vice President Student Development

Michael P. Connolly
Saint John’s University
Interim Vice President & Dean of Students