Messages to the Community

September 9 Message from Academic Affairs and Student Life

Dear campus community,

The fall semester is well underway and we are pleased to have been able to hold in-person opening ceremonies, classes, student activities, social events, practices, games, and performances. Senior Staff and the Campus Safety Monitoring Committee continue to meet regularly and track COVID-19 infections on campus and in the local and regional communities. 

We want to acknowledge the diligence of our students in going to the health center and getting tested when they have symptoms. 

As of today, we have 30 active student cases, and five active employee cases that have been reported to Human Resources.

Isolation and Quarantine Space 

As in the past, we have a limited number of isolation spaces available on campus. Once space is exhausted, most positive students will need to isolate themselves in their residence hall. More detailed information on the procedures for isolation in the residence halls can be found on the Always Forward website. This approach is increasingly the norm that many liberal arts colleges in New York have implemented. 

It is important to note that roommates must agree to live together during the isolation period. The University will continue to offer 29 isolation rooms (45 beds total), on a space available basis, to any positive student that is unable to remain in their residence hall room due to roommate concerns.  

Testing

Testing is widely available for students. Symptomatic students can walk in to get tested at Health Services (315-229-5392) Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. When the Health Center is closed, rapid tests can be picked up at Safety and Security.

Symptomatic employees should schedule a test as soon as possible at a local testing site or complete an at-home rapid test. 

Symptomatic students and employees should stay in/home if they feel ill.

Free Tests Available:

  • Free COVID-19 home test kits are available to everyone for pickup at St. Lawrence County’s DMV and Human Services Building entrance in Canton at 80 NY-310.
  • There are also free COVID-19 home test kits available at the St. Lawrence County Courthouse at 48 Court St; they can be found on a table outside of the Legislative Board Room. Items can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • If you stop by and do not see any home tests out on the tables, please go to the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department to request these items (located at St. Lawrence County Human Services Building).
  • Here is information from OptumRx on how to get free at-home tests

Masking

Masking on campus is optional, not required, and based on each person’s choice and comfort level. As Laurentians we expect members of our community to respect others’ individual decisions about masking that may be different from their own.

Masks remain available at the Student Center information desk free of charge. 

Booster Recommendation

Recently the CDC approved an additional booster for anyone over 12 years old. The University strongly recommends getting a booster shot, and the shots are available at all of the local pharmacies. 

Employees who test positive

Employees who test positive should notify their supervisor and email Debra Mousaw in Human resources at dmousaw@stlawu.edu.

More information about what to do if you test positive

While we are experiencing a slight uptick in the number of cases on campus, we are pleased that so many students have come to the Health Center for a test when experiencing symptoms. 

We will provide updates to the community periodically as needed this fall. With our semester off to a strong start, we hope that everyone has the chance to enjoy the beauty of this season in the North Country and the excitement of the beginning of a new academic year.

Sincerely,

Karl Schonberg, Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs
Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life

July 29 Message from Academic Affairs and Student Life

Dear campus community,

As we look forward to a new academic year, we anticipate activity on campus will look more like life prior to the COVD-19 pandemic. This is thanks to every Laurentian’s commitment to the public-health practices that mitigate the spread of the virus – including adhering to the University’s mandate that all students, faculty, and staff be vaccinated.

Below are our updated policies, informed by current guidance from the Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These policies may change if we experience an outbreak. The Always Forward website has been updated accordingly, and the dashboard has been removed.

Masking

Masking on campus will be optional, not required, and based on each person’s choice and comfort level. As Laurentians we expect members of our community to respect others’ individual decisions about masking that may be different than their own.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Not feeling well? Consult the CDC’s updated list of symptoms often associated with COVID-19.

Testing 

•  We will no longer perform weekly PCR testing.

•  Symptomatic students should contact Health Services (315-229-5392) to get a free rapid test. During the hours the Health Center is closed, rapid tests will be available at Safety and Security.

•  Symptomatic employees should schedule a test as soon as possible at a local testing site or complete an at-home rapid test. Here is information from OptumRx on how to get free at-home tests.

NOTE: Symptomatic students and employees should stay in/home if they are feeling ill.

Test positive? Here’s what to do, including instructions for Containment and Quarantine.

 Community Resources

• Free N-95 masks and COVID-19 home test kits are available to everyone for pickup at St. Lawrence County’s DMV and Human Services Building entrance in Canton at 80 NY-310.

•  There are also free COVID-19 home test kits available at the St. Lawrence County Courthouse at 48 Court St; they can be found on a table outside of the Legislative Board Room. Items can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

• If you stop by and do not see any home tests or masks out on the tables, please go to the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department to request these items (located at St. Lawrence County Human Services Building).

 The Campus Safety Monitoring Committee and Senior Staff will continue to pay close attention to the presence of COVID-19 in our community and keep you updated on any policy changes needed to protect the well-being of all Laurentians, which we are ready to implement should changing circumstances require. Stay well, and we wish you a healthy, productive semester ahead.

Sincerely,

Karl Schonberg, Vice President of the University and Dean of Academic Affairs
Hagi Bradley, Vice President and Dean of Student Life

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