Several Missouri universities begin semester with COVID-19 protocols

COLUMBIA, Missouri (KMIZ.)

In Missouri, many students have returned to class after their winter break, but not all students will continue their studies in a classroom this semester.

Columbia College announced plans to conduct classes virtually at the start of the 2022 spring semester. The district said in a press release, “Due to the rapid increase in cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, the college will begin its spring semester this Monday, January 10, in a partially virtual learning and working environment.”

Columbia College COVID-19 Protocols:

  • Masks are not mandatory but strongly encouraged
  • If you are fully vaccinated and test positive for the virus, you should wear a properly fitted mask for ten days and get tested for COVID after 5-7 days if possible or possible.
  • If unvaccinated, quarantine for five days and return to class/work after six days after a negative COVID test.

Stephens College also announced that its students will begin the spring semester through distance learning. “As Missouri communities respond to concerns about the emerging Omicron variant of COVID-19 and potential community spread, Stephens College has announced that the first two weeks of the spring semester – Monday, January 10 through Friday, January 21 January – will be taught remotely,” the district said in a news release.

Stephens College COVID-19 Protocols:

  • All faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to wear a properly fitted mask in all indoor classrooms and meeting rooms at all times.
  • Currently does not require employees to be vaccinated
  • Students will be required to be tested weekly, either at a local pharmacy or clinic, or on campus at a regular testing event every Tuesday if they are unvaccinated

University of Missouri COVID-19 Protocols

  • Vaccinations for students, although not compulsory, are strongly encouraged.
  • No mask obligation but it is still encouraged.
  • Employees are no longer required to present vaccination documents or apply for an exemption at this time
  • Continue to follow local public health guidelines
  • Some on-campus unit buildings, including MU Health Care, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, and some College of Veterinary Medicine facilities, may continue to have requirements specific to their units

Although some schools have decided to start the semester virtually, the University of Missouri has decided to stick with in-person classes. However, the district still plans to follow Covid-19 protocols and procedures to keep its students safe.

According to the University of Missouri Covid Dashboard, there are currently 22 new Covid cases and 228 active student cases as of January 18, 2022.