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Important Information for Returning to Campus

Here are some important things you will need to know as you return to campus for the 2021-22 academic year:
  • Following CDC and public health guidance for educational institutions and considering the elevated COVID-19 positivity rates in St. Louis County and the state of Missouri, all members of the campus community will be required to wear a mask whenever indoors regardless of vaccination status. The only exceptions are when you are actively eating or drinking in designated on-campus dining areas or if you are in an enclosed space by yourself. Eating and drinking in the classroom is not permitted.
  • Campus community members are encouraged to mask outdoors when in large groups. 
  • Masks should be of a type and fit as recommended by the CDC.  In particular, cloth masks should have two or more layers of fabric, should completely cover your nose and mouth, should fit snuggly against your face without gaps, and should not have exhalation valves, gaps, holes, or mesh that would allow virus particles to escape. Face shields are not an acceptable substitute for a mask.
  • While not required, we strongly encourage everyone who is able to get vaccinated. We understand there are exceptions for religious considerations or health concerns. The more of us who are vaccinated, the more successful we will be at returning to our previous level of engagement on campus.
  • We are asking campus community members to voluntarily disclose their vaccination status here, which will allow us to make determinations about COVID-19 mitigation initiatives. 
  • In the event that contact tracing occurs, all those without verified proof of vaccination will be treated as unvaccinated individuals until otherwise confirmed. Your personal vaccination status will only be made known to the Director of Human Resources and to contact tracers. 
  • All unvaccinated first-year students participating in New Student Orientation, and all residential students regardless of class year, will be asked to provide recent negative COVID-19 test results (within 72 hours) or take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to campus. 
  • If you wish to take a test prior to coming to campus, please see here for information on free available test sites near you.  
  • Per CDC guidelines, students who tested positive within the last 90 days should not test but will be asked to provide date of last positive test.

Students are expected to complete this Self-Reporting Form, regardless of vaccination status, when:

  • You have been tested for COVID-19, with or without symptoms 
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been given a diagnosis of presumed positive by a health professional
  • You have symptoms, but not yet tested positive for COVID-19
  • You have had a CLOSE contact with an individual who has been tested and diagnosed with COVID-19

If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19:

  • Stay Home. Do not come to campus at any time, for any reason. Students living in University Housing should not leave their personal living space.  
  • Please notify faculty that you are unable to attend face-to-face coursework.
  • If you hold a student employment position, please notify your campus employer that you are unable to report to work.
  • If you are a student athlete, please notify your coach that you are unable to report to practice or games.
  • You will soon be contacted by a member of the Student Affairs team who will guide you through the next steps.
  • We will return to instruction at approximately 75% capacity. Most rooms will have some available space for distancing. Masks will continue to be required in classrooms at all times.
  • We will utilize a structured seating approach in most classrooms that will include seating charts to assist with contact tracing efforts if needed. Faculty will provide additional information on the first day of class.
  • Students who have underlying health conditions that put them at risk from COVID-19 and who have not been vaccinated may request accommodations by contacting Regina Wade Johnson, Director of the Kinkel Center. 
  • We will be offering only standard single and double rooms or suites this fall. Students will not be housed in triples or quad rooms.  
  • Residential students will be permitted to visit one another within the residential community, but no additional outside guests will be permitted at this time, including non-residential Fontbonne students.
  • Capacity limits will still be in effect that permit a maximum of three people per room.
  • All campus COVID-19 guidelines, including mask-wearing, apply to all common spaces in the residential facilities. 
  • All campus eateries will be open for service during regular hours. See here for details. 
  • Ryan Hall Cafeteria (in Ryan Hall) will operate “buffet style” with a rotating menu. All guests are asked to use available hand sanitizing stations before and after handling serving ware. 
  • The Griffin Grill (in the DSAC) will continue to provide “grab and go” as well as Grill menu items made to order.
  • The Fontbonne Coffee House (in the Library) will serve Starbucks coffee and snacks from their walk-up counter.  
  • We will be following guidance from St. Louis County on event capacity limits and restrictions. At this time, student organizations will be permitted to host on-campus events so long as all other COVID safety guidelines are followed. No outside guests will be permitted to attend Fontbonne student events at this time.

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