Jan. 6, 2022
COVID-19 update for Spring 2022 semester
As we enter into the new year, it’s evident that COVID is not being left behind. Cases across the country and in Boone County are shattering records.
While the Omicron variant does not seem to cause severe illness in most cases, it does spread much more easily. The CDC suggests certain isolation and quarantine periods and Columbia College strives to abide as closely to the guidelines as possible. Large numbers of students in isolation or quarantine will quickly overwhelm the infrastructure we have in place to support students in isolation and quarantine. By limiting the people on campus to those who absolutely must be here, we can mitigate risk while providing necessary educational and co-curricular experiences.
Out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to return to a partially virtual environment starting Monday, January 10, through Friday, January 28, 2022. Classes will be held virtually at all locations, with the exception of classes with a required in-seat component such as labs, clinical experiences, student teaching or internships. Students will be required to attend the in-seat component of such classes in person. Student-athletes or residential students enrolled in classes with in-seat requirements are required to move back into the residence halls on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Staff who have responsibilities that require them to be in person will also be required to be on campus.
Residential student move-in for all students will be postponed from Saturday, January 8, to Saturday, January 29. The intention is to allow the post-holiday surge to peak and subside before bringing everyone back to campus.
The COVID-19 Taskforce will continue to monitor the situation daily and will provide regular recommendations to senior leadership, and the college community can expect further updates by Friday, January 21, 2022.
Decisions such as this are difficult to make. Our priority is always the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. It is everyone’s desire to return to normalcy as soon as feasible.