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Ensign College COVID-19 Information

MASK POLICY UPDATE (2/23/22)

We are encouraged by national and regional COVID-19 trends which indicate a decreasing risk related to the virus. We have also noted recent policy adjustments for local Church units, Church employees and other CES institutions which have removed the requirement for masks in most circumstances. Ensign College joins in these optimistic changes by updating our policy regarding masks on campus.

Mask Policy Update
Effective immediately wearing masks on Ensign College campus is now optional in all areas inside the building. We invite all members of our campus community to be respectful to those who may continue to wear masks based on choice and personal circumstance. Until further notice, we will continue following Temple Square guidelines by wearing masks in the Assembly Hall during our weekly Devotional.

Ongoing COVID Safety Protocol
Please continue to refer to the Self Reporting Form if you test positive for COVID-19 and follow the CDC quarantine guidelines outlined on the COVID-19 webpage . If you are feeling sick please continue to follow these guidelines:

  • ALL: Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • ALL: Do not come to campus if you have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis; follow CDC quarantine guidelines.
  • STUDENTS: Notify your instructor if you have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • INSTRUCTORS: Work with students to provide reasonable accommodations for completing work if they are sick.
  • MANAGERS: Work to find reasonable solutions for employees who show symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Remote work must be approved by the vice president overseeing each unit.

Vaccination Is Encouraged
Your recent participation in the vaccination status report indicates that 80% of our campus community has been vaccinated. Ensign College continues to encourage vaccinations and boosters.

Protecting Others From Illness
During the winter season, when respiratory diseases are more common, we remind you to follow hygiene best practices. If you are feeling sick we invite you to wear a mask to protect others, even if you may not suspect COVID-19. You may also consider staying home after consulting with your instructors or supervisors.

We are grateful for your support and flexibility as college leadership continue to monitor COVID-19 trends, government direction and Church guidance. Please continue to check ensign.edu/coronavirus for the latest information related to COVID-19 policies and protocol.

Winter Semester 2022 Policy Summary

Ensign College plans to conduct a traditional face-to-face semester with some adjustments to ensure the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors on campus. These adjustments have been put in place:

  1. Masks are Required on Campus

    Regardless of vaccination status, face masks are required to be worn at all times on campus, unless actively eating or drinking, or alone in a room, office, or cubicle.

  2. Employees and Students Required to Report Vaccination Status

    On January 6, 2022 all students and employees received an email with a personalized link to the vaccination status form. Please click on the link in that email to report your status. Vaccination is not required.

    However, all employees and students are required to report their vaccination status by January 14, 2022. Those who fail to provide their status risk disciplinary action (Read below the full email sent to all students and employees on 1/6/22).

  3. Follow CDC Quarantine Guidelines

    If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms you should follow the current CDC guidelines. In general, unless the CDC guidelines are different, you should:

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.


Questions or Concerns

Students who have concerns about these policies are invited to contact the Dean of Students, David Brooksby. He can be reached via email at: dbrooksby@ensign.edu . Employees are invited to counsel with their direct supervisor.

Ensign Students wearing masks
Resources and Guidance
Ensign College encourages students, employees, and visitors to follow the recommendations provided by the CDC in regard to masks, testing, and quarantine. We also specifically urge you to review and follow the guidance recently given by the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Testing

Test Utah
Nomi Health
Utah.gov Testing Locations


Quarantine

CDC Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines


Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County Mask Mandate (effective through February 7, 2022)

Where You Need to Wear a Mask
30-day Mask Order


First Presidency Statement on Vaccines and Masks

First Presidency Message

Ensign College Expectations for Those Who Are Sick

Students and employees feeling unwell should follow these general guidelines:

  • ALL: Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • ALL: Do not come to campus if you have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis; follow CDC quarantine guidelines.
  • STUDENTS: Notify your instructor if have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • INSTRUCTORS: Work with students to provide reasonable accommodations for completing work if they are sick.
  • MANAGERS: Work to find reasonable solutions for employees who show symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Remote work must be approved by the vice president overseeing each unit.
Students with masks studying in library
To assist with Ensign College's efforts to track the spread of COVID-19, please self-report through the form below if you have tested positive for the virus or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

This information will help us to reduce the spread of the disease in our campus community by ensuring appropriate areas of campus are cleaned and disinfected. The Salt Lake County Health Department will continue to perform contact tracing for confirmed cases within the county.

Winter Semester 2022 COVID-19 Policies and Vaccination Status Reporting

The following email was sent to all students and employees on January 6, 2022.

WELCOME

We welcome you back to Ensign College at the start of another great semester and the beginning of a new year. 2022 will be a year never to be forgotten. Unfortunately, it will also be another year in which we will continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together. We are saddened by the terrible toll the virus and its associated consequences have taken on health, relationships, livelihoods, and society at large. We are all weary of discussions of masks, distancing, and vaccines and, like you, we look forward to the day when none of this is necessary—but that day is not yet here.

In light of the new wave of COVID-19 we are taking some additional precautions as we strive to keep our campus safe and open. This will only be possible if we each do our part. This email outlines our policies, potential consequences for failure to abide by those policies, and resources to help you remain healthy.

For your information, a similar email was sent to all students.


GOVERNMENT AND CHURCH GUIDANCE

With this newest wave of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the United States government and individual states, including Utah, have provided some updated guidance. At Ensign College, we intend to follow and enforce all guidelines that come to us from federal and local government as well as counsel from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We specifically urge you to review and follow the guidance recently given to us by the First Presidency .


IMPORTANCE OF VACCINATION AND MASKING

Ensign College will not mandate vaccinations for Winter Semester 2022. However, every student and employee will be required to report their vaccination status even if it has been previously reported voluntarily. Information about reporting your status is found below. To assist those who remain unvaccinated or who have not received a booster, we will be holding several vaccination clinics on campus this semester. Details will be provided as they are available.

As important as the vaccines are in curbing this pandemic, the nature of virus mutations means that continued social distancing, mask wearing, and testing is still necessary. This is especially true for our campus community, which gathers from diverse locations into a single building where we are often at close-quarters—particularly in elevators, stairwells, and classrooms.


CAMPUS COVID-19 SAFETY POLICIES

  • Regardless of vaccination status, the College requires face masks to be worn at all times, unless you are actively eating or drinking, or alone in a room, office or cubicle. Wearing masks at all times including in classrooms, elevators, and hallways, shows respect for others and will allow us to have a successful semester.

  • All employees must report or update their vaccination status, including booster information, by Friday, January 14th. Those who do not may face disciplinary action.

  • All campus-based students must report or update their vaccination status, including booster information, by Friday, January 14th. Students who do not may be barred from attending class, have a hold placed on their student record or experience additional sanctions up to and including suspension. Part-time student employees who do not report their vaccination status may face loss of campus employment.

VACCINATION STATUS REPORTING FORM

Being vaccinated is not required. Reporting your status is required. Please report your vaccination status by using the personalized link to the reporting form provided in the email sent to you on 1/6/22.

PLEASE DO YOUR PART

Brothers and sisters, it will be largely up to you, the students and employees of Ensign College, to determine whether our campus remains open for face-to-face instruction. What you do will have a significant impact on whether our campus remains open for face-to-face instruction. We want to be very clear: Masks on campus are required. While we ask that you provide your own mask, to help you follow this requirement, complimentary masks can be easily found in high-traffic areas around campus.

Wearing a mask on campus and being vaccinated will not eliminate COVID-19 at Ensign College completely, but they are measures that will reduce your likelihood of serious illness. And, to some degree, we will see less transmission of the virus which will protect everyone on campus. Please be considerate and show your love for one another by respecting others’ health. Like you, we look forward to the time when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

We love you. We look forward to being with you this semester and we express, in advance, our gratitude for your willingness to follow this guidance so we can all have a successful semester.

Sincerely,
President’s Executive Council 

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