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COVID-19 preparations for fall 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

July is halfway over, which is a signal that the academic year is quickly approaching. We hope you’ve been enjoying a fun, renewing, and productive summer. Westminster College will be returning to fully in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 academic year, and we are strongly encouraging vaccination. This position has not changed, and the policies you can expect for fall will reflect this position. Faculty and staff have spent the summer preparing for in-person classes and services, and we are not planning for remote or hybrid learning at the level you experienced last year. We are committed to providing you with a safe living and learning environment. In fact, nearly 70% of employees have been vaccinated and this number is increasing daily.

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Reentry Testing & Quiet Phase Conclude

Thursday, January 21, 2021

At this time, we have completed the College’s Reentry Testing process. Over 1300 tests were administered with a positivity rate of 1%.  An additional 10 positive cases were identified through our pre-arrival testing requirement for students.  Pre-arrival tests were conducted at home prior to students’ return, so these numbers will not be included in our dashboard statistics.
 
Beginning Friday, January 22, the Reentry Quiet Phase will conclude and normal activity that complies with the College’s pandemic plan and our mitigation strategies may resume.
 
Now we will move into our surveillance testing protocols. A detailed email is forthcoming.
 
Please be reminded to conduct daily health checks, wash your hands regularly, wear your mask, and remain physically distanced from others.  May we, as a College community, remain healthy, well, and committed to working together toward a successful semester.

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Reentry Testing and Quiet Phase Thursday, January 14 through Thursday, January 21

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Thank you, all, for your cooperation, questions, and feedback regarding our reentry testing procedures.   Pre-arrival testing is an important part of our safe reopening, providing us with a solid assessment of the health and well-being of our campus community. Students - If you have been tested off campus and are awaiting your results, thank you. Please post those results to the Student Health Portal as you receive them. To date, only a small percentage of students have submitted their pre-arrival COVID test results and a number of those are positive. Many more students are reporting difficulty getting testing and we understand this. This is why we are requiring on campus testing as well.

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