COVID-19: Information & Resources

The Benedictine College community has taken and continues to take many steps to protect students, employees, friends and families against the spread of COVID-19.

Return for Fall 2022

(August 15, 2022)

We are pleased to see a diminished capacity and reduced severity for COVID infections around the country and, with that in mind, hope to return to a very normal semester this fall. However, the virus is still around, and the CDC, state and county are recommending guidelines regarding positive tests and exposure. In general, our intent is to treat COVID like any other communicable disease. And remember, Benedictine College does not require the COVID vaccine.

Here is the current situation based on CDC and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) recommendations:

  • The KDHE recommends a 5-day isolation period if you test positive, regardless of vaccination status. If you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication, then you may end isolation and wear a mask for 5 more days while returning to a normal routine.
  • For those who are exposed to the virus, the KDHE recommendation does not include quarantine, but recommends wearing a mask for 10 days and testing on Day 5, or upon the onset of symptoms.
  • Students who test positive will isolate at home if possible. If they cannot return home, other solutions will be explored, including being placed in an area hotel (at college expense).
  • We will not let students fall behind in academics while isolated. As in any year prior to the pandemic, if a student has the flu, measles, strep or any other ailment, our professors will be very helpful in keeping students up to date on their assignments. The Student Health Center will contact the Student Success Center, which will then contact their professors to get them their coursework while in isolation.
  • Students generally have meal plans, and their friends or roommates can assist them by picking up their meals from the Dining Hall or contacting Dining Hall staff to coordinate getting meals to those isolating at the hotel. The Student Health Center will continue to monitor their condition and help them deal with the symptoms.
  • This is much simpler than before as state and county agencies continue to anticipate low numbers. We will be diligent and stand ready to “Protect the Flock” as always. Remember, if you feel ill, please stay home. Also, you can always wear a mask in any situation if it makes you feel more comfortable.

For additional questions, feel free to contact the Student Health Center at 913-360-7117.

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