Warm Greetings from Student Development and Campus Life!

We are writing to share a few specific pieces of information that are necessary for you to know in order to support your student’s successful transition to campus in the Fall. Over the coming weeks, Concordia will be announcing more information related to our return to campus. Promoting a healthy campus environment is our priority, and families will be key partners in this. 

Personal Medical Kit

Prevention and early detection of illness are essential. For this reason, all students (living on- or off-campus) need to bring a medical kit that contains:

  • Thermometer for daily temperature checks
  • Minimum of three washable, reusable cloth masks that fit appropriately and will be required in various campus settings (the college is providing each student with one upon their arrival; you should bring two additional)
  • Hand sanitizer that includes at least 60% alcohol (16 oz., refillable as needed)
  • Fever reducer/pain reliever (e.g., Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen)
  • Disinfectant wipes(2 containers, approximately 150 wipes)

Necessary Technology

While many courses will be taught in person, there will be elements of the educational experience that will take place online. To ensure that all students can fully engage in learning, students should have:

  • Personal computer (Chromebooks, tablets and phones are useful supplemental devices, but should not be relied on as a primary computing device)
  • Access to reliable internet (students living on-campus can access through Concordia’s network)
  • Webcam and microphone (if not built in to the computer)

Isolation and Quarantine

While we hope that no member of our campus community becomes ill, we know we must be prepared for this scenario. We are sharing these procedures with you so that you can discuss, as a family, how you might best prepare. 

Requirements

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate for approximately 14 days. 
  • If a student has come in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to quarantine for approximately 14 days. (State contact tracers will determine who specifically is required to quarantine).
  • When in isolation or quarantine, students must be separated from others and stay in their isolation or quarantine location for the required duration.

Location

  • The preferred isolation or quarantine location for your student is at their permanent home -- because while we can provide basic care for your student, it’s not the same way you can care for your student.
  • If your student lives on campus and cannot return home, we do have a limited number of isolation and quarantine spaces available. We will coordinate basic needs, such as access to meals and basic medical supplies.
  • Please note that our limited on campus isolation and quarantine spaces will only be available to students who live on campus and cannot return home.

Student Support

  • Staff and faculty will work with students in isolation and quarantine to allow them to continue their academic work remotely.
  • Access to other support services such as counseling or tutoring will be available for students in isolation and quarantine.
  • If students cannot return home and must isolate/quarantine on-campus or in their off-campus housing: They should sign up for a meal plan to ensure access to at least 2 meals a day from Dining Services, or be prepared to purchase a boost to their meal plan. (More information about meal plans can be found online at www.cord.edu/dining). We will not be able to provide groceries or coordinate other meal pick up services beyond Dining Service meals.

Assistance and Questions

If financial barriers prevent your student from bringing the required medical kit or necessary technology, students should watch their Concordia email in the coming weeks for a process to indicate that they need assistance acquiring these items.

To stay up to date with relevant information pertaining to Fall planning please use the following link: https://www.concordiacollege.edu/about/fall-2020-planning/. Students should continue to check their Concordia email accounts as well.

If you have other questions, please contact Student Development and Campus Life at sdcl@cord.edu.

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of your student, and are excited to begin a new academic year.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lisa Sethre-Hofstad
Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life