At Ridgewater College, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. We, along with our colleagues at Minnesota State, continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and are following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota State System Office. Ridgewater College is committed to taking the steps necessary to protect the health and safety of our faculty, our staff, and our students.
Health and Safety Measures
Face Coverings No Longer Required Indoors
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to update their public health recommendations. At Ridgewater, we follow these recommendations, along with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). As of March 2, 2022, Ridgewater does not require masks indoors on campus. Changes in state and local cases could cause this to change at any time.
Vaccinations are not required for students to be on campus. However, all are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. Some students may need to be vaccinated as a requirement of their clinical or internship site. In addition, students participating in intercollegiate athletics will need to follow vaccine and testing protocols consistent with the NCAA and Minnesota College Athletic Conference.
Effective September 8, 2021, all state employees, including those employed by Ridgewater College, who are assigned to work at the workplace or otherwise provide agency services outside their home are required to either show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or be tested at least weekly.
To locate a vaccination clinic or learn more about vaccinations, visit the MDH’s vaccination web page.
Social/Physical Distancing Guidelines
The social/physical distancing requirements were lifted on 5/28/21 per guidance from MDH and Minnesota State. Although these requirements have been lifted, we ask that you continue to be respectful, considerate and kind regarding each other’s needs or desire for social distance and physical boundaries.
Stay Home if You are Sick
If you feel unwell or have the following symptoms, please leave campus and contact your health care provider. Then, follow up with your instructor or supervisor.
- Shortness of Breath
- Sore Throat
Reporting Positive COVID-19 Test Results and Exposures to Positive Individuals
If you are a student or an employee who has been on a Ridgewater College campus in the last 14 days and:
- Has tested positive on a COVID-19 test – AND/OR
- Has had possible exposure to someone who has tested positive to the COVID-19 virus – AND/OR
- Are experiencing new or worsening Symptoms (per CDC) matching those of COVID-19 that cannot be explained by other reasons
Please submit our COVID-19 Exposure Reporting Form and be sure to inform (call or email) your instructor(s) or supervisor.
Campus Screening Tool
The daily self-screening tool was suspended on 5/24/21 and we no longer require a COVID self-screening process in order to be on campus. The screening tool has been taken off the website and the screening stations on each campus have been removed. It’s possible the screening tool may be reinstated.
Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocols
Ridgewater College has met or exceeded CDC guidelines for cleaning in classrooms, study spaces, and public spaces, with a special focus on high-touch surfaces. Cleaning supplies, including hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipe dispensers, in classroom spaces, dining areas, study spaces, and other high-traffic areas are available and allow for self-service cleaning. Ridgewater College uses cleaning products on the EPA List for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). In addition, we have:
- Installed hand sanitation stations throughout our campus
- Displayed signage across campus to provide guidance related to hand hygiene, vaccinations and COVID19 symptoms
- Developed and implemented a detailed safety plan for campus labs and instructional spaces.
- Followed CDC guidance for group sizes and building occupancy limits
We are committed to monitoring and following the recommendations regarding cleaning and sanitation as the COVID19 situation evolves.
Customized Training and Continuing Education Courses
Customized Training and Continuing Education at Ridgewater College is currently holding classes virtually as well as face-to-face, both on campus and off. In person classes can be scheduled, providing they are held as allowed per the latest direction of the Governor, Office of Higher Education, the Minnesota State College and Universities System, and Ridgewater College. All individuals involved in the delivery of face-to-face classes are subject to screening protocols and health guidelines as established by both the college and/or the client site hosting the classes. Please contact your Training and Outreach Manager or the Customized Training department if you have specific needs or questions.
For questions or concerns related to COVID-19, please email us at [email protected].