PLYMOUTH — Lakeland University students will be moving back onto campus the last weekend of August, and the university has outlined its COVID-19 guidelines including requiring masking and vaccination tracking.
In a public communication on the university's website, it shared that as of last month, 90% of Lakeland employees have received at least one dose of the vaccine. According to most recent surveys, more than half of the students who will be taking in-person classes at the main class have also been vaccinated or plan to do so by fall.
Here's a look at what the university is doing to do its part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 for the fall 2021 semester.
Will students/staff be required to wear facial coverings?
Face masks will be required for all individuals regardless of vaccination status on Main Campus or Kellett Center public indoor spaces when the county is experiencing "substantial" or "high" transmission rates of COVID-19 according to health officials.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 18, the CDC rates Sheboygan County as a "high" level of community transmission.
Will COVID-19 vaccinations be required for students or staff?
COVID-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged but not required.
During campus move-in, a table with representatives from Prevea Health will be set up in which students will be required to show their vaccination status. Though the vaccines are not required, this information is being collected to implement quarantine policies.
Will students and staff have to quarantine?
Lakeland will implement quarantine protocol for those who test positive for COVID-19 and those who have been identified as having been exposed through contact tracing. Rooms have been set aside in the Suites for residential students who need to quarantine. Students or employees who can show vaccination records will not be required to quarantine unless symptomatic.
Will students and staff have to follow social distancing in classrooms?
Classrooms at the main campus and Kellett centers will operate at 75% capacity, so the university anticipates very few cohort classes. The Kellett School will return to its full range of course offerings (BlendEd, BlendEdLive and face-to-face).
Will guests and commuter students be allowed on campus?
Commuter students and Kellett School students taking face-to-face courses on Main Campus will be required to show their vaccination status for tracking purposes.
On-campus guests are permitted in residence halls and are strongly encouraged to convene in the common rooms. Off-campus guests will not be permitted in the residence halls, and overnight guests of any kind will not be permitted.
Will dining services be available?
Dining services will return to pre-pandemic services. Seating capacity in the main dining area will be at 75% and dinner hours will be extended.
Will athletics and co-curricular activities be held?
The university anticipates full schedules in all sports and will follow all Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference and NCAA guidelines.
All co-curricular campus life programming will also return to pre-pandemic status with indoor and outdoor programming. Greek life, student organizations and clubs will also return following all mitigation guidelines.