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What will the spring semester look like?

The spring semester at Lyon College will be a little different due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and the rise of the highly contagious Omicron variant. While the College’s policies may change as new information is released, below are a few questions and answers about what the start of the semester will be like.

 

Will masks be required?

Yes, masks will be required when indoors on campus. This includes academic buildings, Edwards Commons, Becknell Gymnasium and residence halls. 

 

Will student-athletes have to wear masks during practice?

No, student-athletes are not required to wear masks during active practice and competition. However, all individuals, including student-athletes and staff, will be required to wear a mask when on the sidelines.

 

Will students have to be tested when they return?

Yes, all students returning for the spring semester are required to participate in entry testing. 

Testing will be conducted on Sunday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Temp. The antigen test (rapid test) will be administered.

 

Will students have to quarantine while waiting for results?

No, students will not be required to quarantine while awaiting results. 

 

Do commuter students have to be tested?

Yes, commuter students will need to come to campus on Jan. 9 to participate in entry testing. They can also schedule a testing time with the Director of Health and Wellness.

 

Will students be tested throughout the semester?

Yes, four classes will be selected at random to take rapid tests each week. If a class is selected, all faculty and students in the class will take a COVID-19 rapid test during the first 5-10 minutes of class time. 

The purpose of weekly surveillance testing is to gather a statistical sample of the campus population to determine the College’s infection rate.