Bee Safe, Bee Responsible

COVID-19 Pandemic Response

It is our continued expectation that all community members adhere to the Bee Promise.


July 9 – Please read the Campus Update below regarding our return this fall to Responsible Normalcy.

STUDENTS: Submit your COVID-19 vaccination record to SAU Health Services

Wash Your Hands

wash your hands

Keep washing those hands! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend frequent hand-washing to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.

CDC: Steps to Prevent Illness

Bi-Weekly Updates

May 20

Bi-Weekly Report

The May 20th report is the last situation report by Master of Public Health professors for the time being.

2-Weeks Ending May 20 (pdf)


Bee vaccinated for yourself and for the hive

Immunize Against COVID-19


The COVID-19 vaccine is readily available across the U.S.

Find a location near you and schedule your vaccine today!

Get more information on immunizing against COVID-19


Campus Updates

July 9

In the weeks since the spring semester concluded, we have continued to see very promising news related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Positive cases locally and across the nation are declining and vaccination rates are increasing resulting in a return to more normal activities in our communities.

The Cabinet, with recommendations from the Implementation Team, continues to monitor CDC guidance and other information being released. At this point in time, factors continue to indicate that it is reasonable to expect a return to "responsible normalcy" this fall semester. We anticipate following the current CDC guidance which includes:

  • Those who are fully vaccinated may go without masks both indoors and outdoors and no longer need to engage in social distancing. Some vaccinated individuals may choose to continue to wear masks, and those who are unvaccinated will need to do so as well. No one should draw any conclusions about the vaccination status of those who continue to wear masks, and it would be inappropriate for any of us to ask each other about vaccination status.
  • Receiving a vaccination continues to be strongly encouraged. Reporting your vaccination status confidentially to Human Resources and Student Health Services is an important way for the University to understand the risks within our campus community. This reported information will be used confidentially to understand the percentage of our community that is vaccinated and also to determine if a quarantine is necessary if exposure to a positive case occurs.

As we anticipate a fully engaged, on-campus experience, please note the following as we plan for the fall semester:

Fall Courses

  • Classrooms will be open to full seated capacity and classes should not need to be planned in a hybrid or virtual manner unless explicitly approved by the College Dean and Provost.
  • Vaccination rate is still being monitored closely as it may impact some COVID-19 mitigation practices in activities where close interaction is required (e.g. labs, interactive activities). The Provost, College Deans, and Directors/Chairs will continue to monitor.
  • Using WebEx and other technology is encouraged to support student learning and as a potential supplement to assist students who have an excused absence. Faculty are not expected to duplicate the class in a synchronous or asynchronous delivery format.
  • COVID-19 isolation and quarantine protocols and supports will continue to be in place should a positive case occur.

Residence Halls

  • As with last year, residence halls will be open to full capacity, and fully vaccinated students will have no masking or distancing requirements. Unvaccinated students will be required to mask and practice social distancing when not in their own room.
  • Vaccinated visitors and student guests will be allowed in the residence halls beginning with First-Year and Transfer Move-In Day, August 20.
  • Parents, family members, and friends will be allowed to assist their students with moving into the residence halls in August. See "Visitors" instructions for details. All unvaccinated visitors helping with student move-in will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing, and they will be health screened and temperature checked by staff at check-in.
  • COVID-19 isolation and quarantine protocols and supports will continue to be in place should a positive case occur.

Offices

  • Offices will be open for full service, and fully vaccinated employees will have no masking or distancing requirements. Unvaccinated employees will be required to mask and practice social distancing when not in their own office.
  • Working remotely, in response to COVID-19, is not anticipated given the decreasing rate of positive cases and increasing vaccination rate. Working remotely requires prior approval from Human Resources.

Visitors and Alumni

  • Visitors and alumni will check-in at a visitor center (listed below) that's closest to their intended campus destination:
    • Admissions Welcome Center
    • Rogalski Center
    • Galvin Fine Arts Center
    • Center for Communication and Social Development
    • North Davenport Education Center
    • Center for Health Sciences Education
  • Unvaccinated visitors will need to wear a mask, go through a health screening, and complete a temperature check before receiving their visitor sticker.
  • Vaccinated visitors and alumni will not be required to mask and will not have to practice social distancing.
May 25

Effective immediately, those who are fully vaccinated may go without masks both indoors and outdoors and need no longer engage in social distancing.

We recognize that some vaccinated individuals may choose to continue to wear masks, and those who are unvaccinated will need to do so as well. No one should draw any conclusions about the vaccination status of those who continue to wear masks, and it would be inappropriate for any of us to ask each other about our vaccination status. In all of this, we are trusting that all will act in a manner to protect the health and safety of all our community. We will, throughout the summer, continue to send reminders about the protocols for social distancing and wearing of masks for those who are not fully vaccinated.

A recent statement by Iowa State University may be helpful in this regard: "Whether someone is wearing a face covering - or is not wearing a face covering - should not be used as an indication of their vaccination status. A person who is vaccinated may choose to continue wearing a face covering for other health or personal reasons. We ask all members of the campus community to be respectful and supportive of others' right to wear a face covering, and to not ask others about their vaccination status."

In the ever-evolving situation related to the pandemic, the Implementation Team will continue to meet and to advise the Cabinet and Sister Joan Lescinski (and Dr. Amy Novak after August 6) throughout the summer. As changes in any of the protocols become appropriate, we will communicate them to you. Should you have any questions or concerns, please consult with an appropriate vice president, with the Dean of Students, or with Audrey Blair in Human Resources.

We thank all of you for doing all that you can to keep our campus community safe and healthy.

May 3

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines in late April for people who have been fully vaccinated.

We will continue to abide by national, state, and local guidelines. In consideration of the updated guidance from the CDC on safe activities:

  • It is not required to wear a mask outdoors when alone or with small groups of colleagues, close friends, or members of your same household if fully vaccinated.
  • If attending a large outdoor event, wear a mask.

It is essential to continue wearing face masks indoors, distance from others, and practice good hygiene.

February 17 – Vaccination Update

A vaccinated person with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Persons who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

February 9

Message from Sister Joan
On Friday, February 5, Governor Kim Reynolds updated the State of Iowa COVID-19 public health proclamation and lifted the mask mandate and gathering restrictions that were implemented in December 2020. Despite these changes at the state level, there are no changes to the St. Ambrose COVID-19 protocols at this time.

Upon returning to on-campus operations for the Fall 2020 semester, St. Ambrose implemented COVID-19 health and safety protocols which include required face masks, social distancing, capacity limits based on space, frequent sanitizing and daily health screenings. These protocols, which remain in effect for the Spring 2021 semester, can be reviewed at this link and follow the CDC guidance on reducing the spread of COVID-19.

It is imperative to our successful spring semester that we all continue to adhere to the Bee Safe, Bee Responsible Promise, practice all health and safety precautions, and limit potential exposures to reduce the spread of the virus.

Jan. 21 – Welcome Back!

As we prepare for the spring 2021 semester, the COVID-19 Implementation Team would like to thank each and every member of the campus community – St. Ambrose parents included – for your cooperation and active assistance in helping the university manage the many challenges the virus presented in the fall.

As indicated by Sister Joan in this video regarding COVID-19 and the Spring 2021 semester, the challenge will change, but likely won't lessen in the new semester. We need your ongoing and continued cooperation to safely navigate these next several months.

Please send questions and concerns to the Implementation Team via email. We will make every effort to respond in a timely fashion.

Thank you,
Co-chairs Lynn Kilburg and Christopher Waugh and all members of the Implementation Team

Questions?


This email is monitored.
You can expect a response within 1-2 business days.
COVID19@sau.edu

Explore More


CDC: COVID-19

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? Click on the visit button below to learn more about our virtual and in-person visit options.