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Together We Will Remain Healthy at Thomas More (july 29, 2021)

On July 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidance for fully vaccinated individuals to recommend masks indoors in areas of substantial or high transmission. Kenton County and our surrounding Kentucky counties are currently in the substantial or high transmission range. Therefore, effective Monday, August 2, masks are required for all individuals indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status. This policy will remain in effect until the vaccination and incidence rates within the Thomas More community clearly demonstrate our ability to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. To date, the percentage of faculty, staff, and students who have submitted vaccination records remains low. Given the vaccination numbers on-campus, we must take all necessary precautions to protect our community. The best way to prevent the spread of Covid is to be vaccinated.

In addition, all Healthy at Thomas More guidelines remain in effect. As a reminder:

  • All resident students must provide a negative test result or proof of vaccination prior to returning to housing. The test result must be from a test taken four days prior to arrival on campus. The test result or vaccination record must be submitted at least 24 hours in advance of arrival.
  • All athletes must provide a negative test result or proof of vaccination to participate in athletics. The test result must be from a test taken four days prior to participation and submitted at least 24 hours in advance. Additional information has been sent to resident students and student- athletes from the dean of student diversity, engagement, and success.

Students participating in clinical, student teaching, or other experiential learning sites may be required to document vaccination to continue in those experiences. Failure to do so may delay degree progress. Documented vaccination will only be required according to the published guidelines of those third parties and communicated to students by their departmental advisors. Verification of vaccination will be provided to the supervising faculty member through the covid response team.

Once vaccinated, Thomas More University faculty, staff, and students should have their vaccination record on file through MyTMU (link for employees, link for students). This information will be used to track the vaccination rate of our community, when needed to identify individuals who may need to be tested or quarantined during screening or contact tracing, and when complying with third party requirements for participation in onsite experiential learning. Except in the cases above, no employee or student may be asked about their vaccination status, and only members of the covid response team are permitted to collect and share this information.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has provided several informative resources regarding the vaccine. To find a vaccine location near you, click here.

We are looking forward to a full return to campus with our first international student-athletes arriving on campus this week. As the vaccination rate of our internal community increases and we monitor our internal indicators throughout the first few weeks of the semester, we hope to adjust our mask policy for documented vaccinated individuals. However, the Delta variant and the number of unvaccinated individuals on campus pose too great of a risk to take at this time. The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. The covid response team will continue to review all CDC, state, and local health department guidelines to adjust our response. We will promptly communicate any changes.

Sincerely, President Chillo