- Macalester will extend remote learning through January 28, with the intent of returning to in-person classes, labs, studios, and rehearsals on Monday, January 31. Details were shared in a January 19 campus message.
- Updates on Macalester’s plans for Spring 2022 were shared in a January 14 campus message. This message includes revised guidance for isolation and quarantine based on updated recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), as well as other information and reminders.
- We expect everyone to follow the Mac Stays Safer 2.0 Community Commitment, including wearing a well-fitted mask when in public indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. We now strongly recommend the use of N95, KN95, or KF94 masks/respirators.
- All students, faculty, and staff are 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.
- 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 email@example.com, 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.
Option #1: 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 be 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.
Option #2: Anyone can order a free “at home” Vault PCR test through the Minnesota Department of Health. You order the test, a test kit is mailed to the address you provide, and you follow the instructions provided to submit a sample that is delivered to the lab using a prepaid UPS envelope. It is a good idea to have Vault tests on hand in case of COVID-19 exposure or symptoms before and after travel.
Option #3: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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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: January 19, 2022