December 09, 2021
As the semester end nears, thank you to everyone for keeping Susquehanna safe for the fall 2021 semester. Each of your individual efforts provides for the health of the entire community.
Wear a Mask!
Please continue to wear masks indoors (even off-campus and during the break).
What’s the Plan for Spring?
The plan for the spring semester will be updated over the break. No major changes are anticipated from the fall plan. Students and employees should continue to monitor their email. Students will receive a message about testing requirements and the process to return to campus.
Testing Option for Students Prior to Break
For students heading away for winter break, limited testing will be available next week from Dec. 13–16. Time options range from 8:30–9:30 a.m. (Mon–Thu) and 3:30–4:30 p.m. (Mon–Wed). Please register using one of the links below.
Students Residing on Campus for Break
Students must be registered to stay on campus over the winter break. A separate email from Student Life will provide information about applying for campus residency during the break. Students who are approved to stay on campus are strongly encouraged to continue to self-test, and some testing supplies will be made available. Students who are required to test must continue to follow notices from the Student Health Center and Athletics.
Students Who Test Covid-Positive Over Break
Students who test positive over winter break, whether on or off campus, must notify the Student Health Center of their status at 570-372-4385 (the center will be closed Dec. 18–Jan. 23, though nurse triage will be available). A positive result will affect the ability of a student to follow the general test procedures for the spring semester return to campus. In such cases, health center staff will work with these students to ensure a safe return plan for everyone.
Break To-Do List: Covid Booster + Flu Shot
Getting a flu vaccine is the best protection against flu and its potentially serious complications, and getting a Covid-19 vaccine, including a booster, is the best protection against Covid.
The FDA approved Covid booster shots for fully vaccinated Americans age 18+. Students who get a booster over winter break can email an image of their updated Covid vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty and staff who have received a booster can submit it on the Faculty and Staff Covid Vaccine Form.
Also, get your flu shot. Some of the symptoms of flu and Covid are similar, making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.
Covid Plan Updates
Recent updates to the plan include clarifications to;
- Information sharing: “Student and employee information related to Covid is considered confidential and will only be shared with the Covid Response Team as needed to ensure the safety of the campus community.”
- Telework flexibility for employees while students are on break.
- Time recording and leave updates for employees related to vaccines, boosters and illness to provide more flexibility. Also, an update on employee close-contact requirements.
The Covid Dashboard data for fall 2021 will conclude on Dec. 17. The spring dashboard will resume weekly in February.
Happy and safe holidays!