Updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information. lsc.edu/coronavirus

Updated information and resources from Lake Superior College/Minnesota State regarding concerns over Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As Lake Superior College continues to receive updated information from the Minnesota State system office and other government and healthcare partners, we will continue to provide updates here, www.lsc.edu/coronavirus, via email and through other official LSC communication channels including LSC’s official social media. If you have questions about COVID-19 that are not addressed here, please send them to [email protected] and they will be routed to the appropriate contact. This situation continues to evolve rapidly and we will provide new updates as we receive them. Please be sure to refer to this site and other forms of official communication from Lake Superior College and/or Minnesota State, www.minnstate.edu/coronavirus, to ensure information is accurate, verified and current. The top priority of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and Lake Superior College is protecting the health and safety of all students, employees and community members while also enabling students to progress their educational goals. Minnesota State has developed a dashboard for reporting the COVID-19 case data that is impacting the colleges, universities, and the system office.

Latest Updates as of March 4, 2022

  • Lake Superior College is open and safely serving students, with instruction and services delivered both in person as well as online.
  • Minnesota State has developed a dashboard for reporting the COVID-19 case data that is impacting the colleges, universities, and the system office. The dashboard is updated weekly and serves as a tool to inform campus communities about changes in COVID-19 cases and community spread and aid campus leadership decision making.
  • Lake Superior College to make masking optional as of Monday, March 7Lake Superior College will be adjusting the masking protocol on all LSC campus locations effective Monday, March 7, 2022.

    Based on updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota State system, and updated COVID-19 community levels from St. Louis County, Lake Superior College will be making masking optional as of Monday, March 7. Masking has been required at LSC, and all Minnesota State colleges and universities located in counties with high community levels, in recent months. As of Thursday, March 3, community levels in St. Louis County were reduced from a high level to a low level, allowing LSC to remove the mask mandate and instead make masking optional.“I want to thank everyone for helping keep LSC safe and open during these challenging times,” said Lake Superior College President Patricia Rogers. “I know masking, social distancing, speaking through plexiglass, and endless zoom meetings have been challenging for these past two years, but now here we are! I am so pleased to officially lift the mask mandate as of Monday, March 7, 2022. We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation and must remain vigilant and flexible as things change around us. But for right now, beginning Monday, masking on campus is optional.”

    Students, staff, faculty and campus guests who choose to continue to wear a mask will be fully supported. Lake Superior College also continues to strongly encourage all students and employees to get vaccinated and boosted, and continue to do all they can to help keep the campus community safe. College officials will continue to work closely with public health officials and community and state partners to monitors community levels and guidance. If community levels increase, masking may become required once again. Additional information and updates will continue to be posted on the website, www.lsc.edu/coronavirus. Questions and/or concerns can also be sent to [email protected].

Updated guidance regarding COVID

Mask Wearing

As of March 7, masks/face coverings are optional once again inside all public spaces on all Lake Superior College campus locations.

Minnesota State system continues to require face masks at colleges and universities that are in counties with high transmission community levels according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view. As of now, St. Louis County is within a low community rate, which is why LSC is allowed to make masking optional. College officials will continue to monitor community levels. Any changes to campus mask requirements will be communicated via email and on the LSC website.

Vaccinations

Minnesota State is following the guidance from the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health on vaccinations of our students and employees. All state workers, including all LSC employees, must either be fully vaccinated or be tested for COVID every week beginning September 8. We are working to establish processes for handling this requirement at LSC, and are in communication with the system office to ensure that all processes follow MDH, State, and MinnState guidelines. These processes include employees providing proof of vaccination and signing an attestation form (see https://mn.gov/mmb/employee-relations/laws-policies-and-rules/statewide-hr-policies/ for the COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination and testing policy #1446). We are working to make our local process as simple as it can be, and hope to have an electronic solution in place, as well as drop-in times for employees who prefer to meet with HR in person. We are working to provide COVID testing on the main campus for those who have medical or other reasons for not getting the vaccine. This testing will be available is such a way that all work shifts will be able to take advantage of the testing during work hours. More details to follow soon. In the meantime, employees are able to find additional information on available vaccines at www.mn.gov/covid19. While students are not currently required to be vaccinated (with exceptions in some programs, including some healthcare programs), we are strongly encouraging all students to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The most effective way we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and avoid further restrictions as we move forward is to get vaccinated as soon as possible, if you’re not already. For more information on this and how to find a vaccine location, please visit mn.gov/covid19/.

Health Screening Tool

Effective May 23, 2021, the Minnesota State Health Screening Tool will no longer be required to enter colleges, universities, or the system office, and will no longer be available for campus use.

Social Distancing and other Safety Precautions

While 3-6 feet of social distancing is no longer required, it remains strongly recommended. We are encouraging all students, employees, and guests to continue to practice social distancing to the extent possible. We further recommend washing your hands often, using the cleaning materials available throughout campus, and staying home if you’re not feeling well.

Domestic Out-of-State Travel

Effective June 1, 2021, approval of college/university sponsored domestic travel requests by students, faculty, or staff will revert to the campus president or their designee. All travel will continue to be subject to adherence to guidance and local advisories. Because we know that travel guidance can and will change over the months ahead, the Out-of-State Travel Request Form has been updated to note that approval to travel is applicable at the time of actual travel.

International Travel

Guidance suspending international travel has not changed from the last communication (February 23, 2021). We will continue to monitor changes to travel restrictions and provide updates, if and when the systemwide international travel ban is modified or rescinded.