IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING REOPENING OF CAMPUS
EFFECTIVE START OF CLASSES MONDAY, OCTOBER 19.
Because of the more than 300 consecutive negative results from our COVID testing this past week, we will be "unpausing" and returning back to campus on Monday, October 19. The Cabinet and COVID Task Force have made this decision based on the following information:
Within the past week or so, we have tested nearly one-third of our campus community and have had no positive cases and will test a similar number of students and employees next week to consistently monitor the health of the campus.
The overall positive rate of testing members of the College community is 0.35%.
After an investigation, we are confident that the five positive cases we caught through our testing last week were an isolated cluster — and that there were no inappropriate actions or violations of our policies involved. All five individuals are doing well.
The numbers in Rockland County have declined to a positive test rate of 4.3%.
Classrooms and other touchpoints have been thoroughly cleaned, including the use of the ultraviolet light, and areas of high contact such as the Lougheed Library, Romano Center, and the Kraus Fitness Center have been extensively disinfected.
The Kraus Fitness Center will re-open on a phased basis. Student-athletes will use the Center with strict supervision from coaches during the first phase. The Fitness Center will be opened for other students at a later date.
This is all good news; however, it underscores the need for all of us to follow our COVID regulations: we need to continue daily screening to receive the green pass, wear masks the correct way, and practice social distancing wherever we are. Furthermore, to help keep us safe we are significantly increasing the random COVID-19 testing of all employees and students (free of charge as in the past). If you receive an email indicating that you are being tested as part of our random groupings, please promptly follow the directions regarding how to complete the test.
We have been saying this all along because it is true: when we work together to keep each other safe, we make it possible to keep doing what we do best: teach, work, and learn in person.
Last Week's Message:
Phase 3: Temporary Safety Pause
EFFECTIVE END OF DAY, OCTOBER 9, 2020: St. Thomas Aquinas College will begin a “safety pause” for at least one week. This means that for the next academic week -- October 13-16 -- all instruction will be conducted remotely.
The residence halls will remain open, and the McNelis Dining Hall will be open for take-out meals only.
For general COVID-19 updates and breaking news, keep informed via our Coronavirus Updates page. For more information about our #SpartanStartup Plan and details for our safe return to campus, please visit our Spartan Startup page.