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Changes to COVID policy

As students plan on returning to campus for in–person learning, there are COVID-19 policies to follow as the pandemic continues.

The exceptions to the mask policy have been removed, meaning everyone, vaccinated or not, will be required to wear a mask indoors. Masks can still be removed when alone in a workspace or while eating and drinking.

The quarantine/isolation guidelines will remain the same, meaning that if one tests positive for COVID-19, they must quarantine for five days regardless of vaccination status.

Unvaccinated individuals are still required to be tested weekly. Tests can be scheduled at http://www.svsu.edu/nestplan/.

President Bachand shared some advice he has for students to stay safe this semester.

“First off, our students have done a great job of following the guidance we have provided,” he said. “I have noticed it and appreciated it. Throughout this pandemic, we have maintained a relatively safe campus environment, thanks to everyone’s cooperation.”

He said that this was possible due to the dedication of staff.

“Since August 2020, our dedicated contact tracing team has followed each case where a student, faculty or staff member has tested positive,” he said. “There have been zero cases of transmission traced back to a classroom or laboratory setting at SVSU. Vaccination and booster shots continue to protect against infection and spread. I have received my booster shot and I encourage others to do the same.”

Bachand said the school is paying attention as things change.

“We will continue to adjust our policies as our understanding evolves and expert guidance changes,” he said. “We will make updates that are appropriate for current conditions, which are constantly changing.”

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