Posted February 1, 2021 by Wheaton College Parent Engagement
Tags: Parent Announcements
The communication below was sent to the campus community on February 1, 2021.
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Members of our campus community are asking whether the mask requirement applies to faculty, staff, or students who have previously contracted COVID-19 or who have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
The answer is yes, everyone on campus must continue to follow all COVID-Safe, Thunder-Strong guidelines throughout spring semester. This includes:
- Masking in all public spaces around campus
- Socially distancing at least 6 feet
- Performing required weekly testing (for on-campus undergraduate students)
It does not matter whether you have previously contracted COVID-19 or have had the vaccine. We are not in a position to know who is or isn’t immune to COVID. Further, the length of protection from reinfection with the virus is still being studied, particularly due to varied immune responses and potential exposure to new strains of the virus. The Center for Disease Control continues to recommend masking and social distancing for everyone.
Staying COVID-Safe and Thunder-Strong is crucial to successfully finishing this academic year and holding live Commencement for the Class of ‘21. This includes loving our neighbors by wearing our masks and keeping our distance.
Grace and peace,
COVID-19 Leadership Team