WCSU Reopening

April 15, 2022

To the WCSU Community,

As of April 4, 2022, all Connecticut community colleges and state universities stopped requiring masking on all campuses. In addition, all weekly testing requirements for employees and students have ended.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state Department of Public Health (DPH) have issued updated guidance and mandates that have lifted restrictions on public activities. In particular, the CDC’s new metrics related to the virus have deemed that all of Connecticut is at low risk of spreading of virus.

Some members of our community may continue to wear masks for a variety of reasons — perhaps they have an underlying medical condition, care for young children or older adults, or are simply not ready to drop the mask. Please be courteous and compassionate toward our fellow community members whose masking choices may be different than your own.

In addition, we will remove physical distancing restrictions in areas such as lounges, cafeterias, conference rooms, and other non-academic setting. However, in most instances, current classroom arrangements will remain as set for the remainder of the semester. Campus leaders are encouraged to plan for more in-person activities, including commencements and other special events this spring as well as a full schedule of in-person courses, meetings, convenings, etc., for the summer and fall.

Lastly, we have ended weekly testing of employees and students and individual case contact tracing. COVID coordinators will have antigen tests available for those who are concerned about their potential exposure to the virus and would like access to a rapid test.

We will continue to monitor state and federal guidance and the community virus conditions, and will reinstate mitigation strategies as needed to respond to upticks in cases if and when they occur this spring and in future semesters.

We expect employees and students to continue to self-monitor their health and stay home whenever they have COVID-like symptoms and follow current CDC guidance on quarantine and isolation. Employees and students who test positive should continue to follow the campus process for notification. Human Resources, Health Services, or the COVID coordinator, as appropriate, will determine the quarantine and isolation expectations, confirm when it is safe to return to campus or classes, and notify close contacts as needed.

Thank you again for all your hard work over the past two years.