- A May 11 campus message includes reminders to use multiple layers that minimize potential spread and disruption created by a coronavirus infection including wearing a high quality (i.e. N95, KN95) mask in indoor spaces whenever possible; staying away from others when you are not feeling well; and getting tested for COVID-19 when you are not feeling well and reporting positive test results to email@example.com. The message also includes details on COVID-19 precautions related to Commencement 2022.
- There are several options for student COVID-19 testing. The drop-down section below (“Options for Getting a COVID-19 Test”) describes the types of COVID-19 testing available for students.
- We expect everyone to follow the Mac Stays Safer 2.0 Community Commitment. Effective April 4, masks are optional for students, faculty, and staff on campus in both outdoor and indoor settings, with exceptions noted in the Well-Fitted Mask Policy. Masks are expected to be worn in classrooms, labs, and studios. All visitors and guests on our campus are expected to wear masks when in indoor settings.
- All students, faculty, and staff were required to provide evidence of a COVID-19 vaccine series and booster dose by February 1, 2022. Exceptions to this requirement include those in the waiting period for when a booster can be provided, and those who have an existing COVID-19 vaccine exemption in place. More than 99% of our community members report being up-to-date (i.e. boosted or in a waiting period to receive a dose) on their COVID-19 vaccinations.
- We strongly encourage those with symptoms to stay away from others and to seek testing and medical advice.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it is important to minimize your interactions with others. Hunker down in your room, wear a well-fitting mask if you need to leave your room, make use of grab-n-go food options, and maintain 6-feet distance where possible. Students: You can contact the Hamre Center, 651-696-6275 or firstname.lastname@example.org, during business hours to make an appointment. Call the Access Nurse line (651-696-6275, option 3)* for 24/7 medical advice. If you are experiencing severe symptoms and want to be seen urgently, see this list of urgent and emergency care medical resources.
Faculty and staff: The Minnesota Department of Health provides guidance for COVID testing. For more information about COVID-19 testing and related Macalester benefit programs, refer to this Employment Services COVID-19 Employee Resource Guide.
- Students who desire a rapid antigen test (most sensitive for people with symptoms, but can also be used for asymptomatic people or to meet travel requirements) on campus for any reason may sign up and get tested in the atrium (2nd floor) of the Leonard Center:
1. Sign up for a time AND
2. Complete this BinaxNow Testing waiver and demographic information form. This form must be completed PRIOR to arriving for a test.This testing site is available between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday in the atrium of the Leonard Center.The most reliable and informative time to provide a sample for COVID-19 testing is 5 days after your last exposure to a person who tested positive.
- Order free rapid antigen tests from both the state of Minnesota and the federal government.
- Students can schedule COVID testing in the Hamre Center by calling the Hamre Center at 651-696-6275 during clinic hours. If you choose this option, you will be scheduled for a telehealth visit with a Macalester Nurse or Provider. They will order and schedule you to come to the Hamre Center for the test and you will receive results through the student health portal 2-5 days after your test.
- If you are on the Macalester United Healthcare insurance, there would be no out of pocket costs to you.
- If you are on family or self-insurance, the cost will be billed to your student account and you would submit a request to your insurance company for reimbursement. The cost of this PCR test for those on private insurance is $105.
- You can obtain a PCR test elsewhere, such as at a pharmacy or one of the MDH COVID-19 testing sites (e.g. MSP airport, Roy Wilkins auditorium in downtown St. Paul, etc.).
If you get tested for COVID-19 and your test result comes back positive, you should email email@example.com. The Macalester contact tracing team collaborates with the Minnesota Department of Health and will follow up with you. Students will be connected to the COVID case management team for support, and employees will be advised about support resources and next steps for the contact tracing process.
Learning and Building Community During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has required a re-envisioning of teaching and learning, new approaches to working, and creative solutions to help us find community when we are separated by distance. We are making this change together and we are finding strength in our community.
Responsive Teaching and Learning
- For information about working remotely, sign in to search the Help Desk’s Self Service Knowledge Base or checkout the following topics to find answers to these common questions: Zoom Meetings & Webinars, Remote Access with VPN, Return to Campus.
- Faculty can use the Serie Center’s Teaching Resources or get tech help at MacDigital.
- Students should visit the Student Affairs Resource page or sign in to search the Help Desk’s Self Service Knowledge Base.
Virtual Community and Wellness
An online hub for student engagement, community, and involvement.
Thanks to those of you who’ve asked how to support students. You can make a gift to the Macalester Fund, which provides critical flexible support that can be deployed rapidly wherever it’s needed. Gifts will help our students with unanticipated expenses and help every campus department reimagine remote student support and programming.
Reviewed: May 5, 2022