Letter from Vice President of Student Life to Students
We hope your summer is off to a good and healthy start.
Recently, the CDC and St. Louis County officials made significant changes to guidance surrounding COVID-19. The new guidance, and signs of normalcy, means Maryville is also revising policies and procedures. So, what does this mean for you? We’ve outlined key points below and are providing information on how to sign-up to receive your COVID-19 vaccine on campus.
Both CDC and St. Louis County officials have lifted many mandates for fully vaccinated people. In addition to the changes summarized below, we have revised our events, visitor and university-sponsored travel policies. Please visit the SaintStrong website for complete details on all the changes.
As a reminder, according to the CDC, individuals are “fully vaccinated:”
- Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines OR
- Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
Fully vaccinated individuals (as defined by the CDC below AND who have completed the Vaccination Reporting Form) are:
- No longer required to wear a face covering indoors or outdoors
- No longer required to social distance
- No longer required to complete the Health Screening Survey every day. Students will only need to complete the survey, posted on the SaintStrong website, if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19
- No longer required to quarantine for COVID-19 exposures
- No longer encouraged to quarantine after travel
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are:
- Required to continue completing the Health Screening Survey daily. (Students who are not enrolled for the summer semester are not expected to complete the survey until they return to campus for the fall semester.)
- Strongly encouraged to continue wearing face coverings indoors. Face coverings are strongly recommended when outdoors when social distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained.
- Encouraged to continue to practice social distancing of 6 feet of physical distance in doors as outlined by the CDC.
- Strongly encouraged to observe a 7–10-day quarantine or isolation period after out-of-town travel domestically or internationally (including by personal vehicle and/or public transportation), consistent with CDC guidelines.
- Encouraged to get tested 3-5 days after domestic and international travel.
- Required to quarantine after COVID-19 exposures.
If you have not been vaccinated, we encourage you to do so. Vaccination is an important tool to minimize the risk of serious illness and stop the spread of COVID-19 allowing all of us to return to normal. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be more likely to experience disruptions in their daily activities, such as attending classes in-person and participating in campus activities, due to continuing public health quarantine protocols for COVID-19 exposures. You can find a list of vaccination sites on our Vaccination Information Page. See below for information on how to receive the vaccine on campus.
Maryville has been approved as a vaccination site by the State of Missouri. We’ve received doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine and are now scheduling vaccination appointments on May 26 and June 3.
To register for an appointment, click here. We’ll add more dates as we receive more doses. If you have questions about the vaccine, please contact Health and Wellness at 314-529-9520.
Vaccinations will be administered in the Health and Wellness Office by their nursing staff. Students can expect the entire process from check-in through the post-vaccination monitoring period to take no more than 30 minutes.
If you have already received the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s important you submit proof via our vaccination reporting form. The form is confidential. While the university has not made a decision about requiring the vaccine in the future, we still need students to submit this information to help us with contract tracing efforts and to understand the vaccination needs on our campus.
We’re proud of the SaintStrong community and all the resilience shown over the last year. We understand fully vaccinated students may not feel comfortable removing face coverings yet and may wish to continue social distancing, and that’s understandable. While the more relaxed CDC and guidelines from local health officials indicate positive progress in the fight against COVID-19, there are differing individual opinions about whether these protocols are appropriate at this time. Throughout the pandemic, Maryville has aligned its policies with those of the CDC and local health and will continue to do so. Please be respectful of each other’s decisions on how to best protect themselves and the community around them.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay SaintStrong!
Dr. Nina Caldwell
Vice President for Student Life