Universities Take Precautions As Students Return to Classroom During Omicron Wave | St. Louis News Headlines


ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious variant of omicron, colleges and universities in the region are taking additional measures to protect students when they return to the campus for the start of the spring semester.

Karen Hoshino is an international student at the University of Saint Louis.

“Yes, I am very excited to meet my new international students and my friends,” she said.

SLU students will be in class when classes resume on Tuesday. Students were tested for COVID-19 during winter break and will need to test negative to return to campus. Students are also required to be vaccinated, be reminded, and wear a mask indoors.

University of Washington students will begin the spring semester on Tuesday with online learning for the first two weeks. Chenchong Chang is a graduate student at WashU.

“I think staying virtual is the best option for students,” he said.

WashU students have received COVID-19 tests and will need to be negative to return to campus. Masks inside and vaccinations are mandatory, but no booster.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis begins classes next week with a mix of in-person, hybrid and online classes. Students are required to wear masks indoors but are not required to be vaccinated.

Students resumed classes at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on January 11 with all online classes through Monday. A negative test was required to return to campus and masks must be worn indoors. Vaccinations are not required, but unvaccinated students should be tested weekly.

Students at the University of Maryville were back in class on Monday and had to test negative to return to campus. The mask is compulsory for all despite the vaccination status.

Harris-Stowe State University started classes Monday, but not with in-person learning. Dr. Alandrea Steward is Vice President of Communications and Marketing.

“We have a delayed start for our in-person classes here on campus. So students are online for the first two weeks. They will be returning to campus for in-person classes on Monday January 24,” she said. .

Students must be tested for COVID-19 before returning to the Harris-Stowe campus. Vaccinations are not mandatory but masks must be worn indoors.

Editor’s Note: This article previously incorrectly stated that the University of Maryville does not require masks for all students and staff. The information was then updated with the correct information.

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