Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Concordia Seminary is closely monitoring developments relative to the coronavirus pandemic. Our students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read carefully the information provided here and to follow these guidelines for the sake of the safety, health and well-being of our Concordia Seminary family and surrounding community.

Campus Case Status

Last updated: Nov. 30, 2021

Tests since
Sept. 1, 2020
Positive cases since
Sept. 1, 2020
Positive cases
last ten days
Positivity rate
Campus community members in quarantine

553


80


4


31%


5

Tests since
Sept. 1, 2020


553

Positive cases since
Sept. 1, 2020


80

Positive cases
last ten days


4

Positivity rate


31%

Campus members in quarantine


5

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The Welcome Back to Campus Plan
2020-21 Academic Year
Guidance for students, faculty and staff in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, Lord of the church! Welcome, and for some of you, welcome back, to the 2020-21 academic year at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, our 182nd year, with the theme “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” — the perfect theme for these turbulent times.

These past few months have presented us with new challenges almost daily, and things are yet changing. We are closely monitoring developments relative to the coronavirus pandemic as we begin our new academic year. Concordia Seminary is committed to creating a safe learning and working environment for our students, faculty and staff. For our distance students, our online courses will progress as normal. For our residential students, the Seminary intends to offer in-person courses with some modified operating procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The Seminary is following current best practices, guidelines and regulations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Missouri Department of Health and the St. Louis County department of public health. Our students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read carefully the information provided here and to follow these guidelines for the sake of the safety, health and well-being of our Concordia Seminary family and surrounding community.

While we recognize that the Seminary may have to operate a little differently this academic year, we know that God our Father is in control and has us in His care — always. What a blessing it is to know that our Savior Jesus is still the Lord of the church! The current circumstances of our world demonstrate the eternal significance of what we do here at Concordia Seminary, and the exceedingly important consequences of the ministry of the Gospel.

Please continue to pray for all of those who have been affected by this terrible disease and for all those serving on the front lines who are caring for the sick and providing essential services. We pray in earnest for an end to this worldwide pandemic, and we thank God for sending His Son for our eternal salvation.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”
(Ps. 46:1-3 ESV)

Because COVID-19 information is ever changing, any updates to this plan will be posted here. Please bookmark this page and visit it often for the most current information.

Campus Updates

Dear members of the campus community,

If you have been following the news, you will know that the St. Louis County mask mandate, which has been at the center of a legal debate, has been cleared and, at least for now, is in place. In accordance with the mandate, facemasks must be worn when indoors when interacting with others regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.

As such, effective immediately, all members of the Seminary community are asked to wear a facemask indoors when in class or at work when you are with others. The exceptions are that masks may be removed when eating or drinking, or when worshipping in chapel.

This mandate applies to visitors to our campus as well and will be communicated to them via our Welcome Center and as others are invited to our Continuing Education events and other campus events.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and patience as we continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic. You are probably as weary of hearing this as I am of saying it, but I had hoped that this disease would be behind us by now. However, it is not. So let’s continue to do our part, honor the governing authorities, and keep our focus on the beautiful work that we share here: preparing faithful heralds of Christ’s life-giving Gospel.

Gracious Father, we commend to Your care all those suffering and grieving because of this disease. Bring an end to its spread and its harm. Give wisdom to those who govern. Give wisdom to medical researchers and caregivers. Give to Your people such grace that we might live each day without fear or bitterness, but full of great joy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

In Christ’s love,

Dr. Thomas J. Egger

Dear Seminary community,

As we look forward with eager anticipation to the start of the new academic year, Concordia Seminary is implementing the following COVID-19 management plan for the sake of the health and well-being of our community. Please read this entire message carefully to learn of the protocols that will be effective beginning with the fall semester.

COVID-19 Vaccination Record/Waiver form

Every member of our community is required to complete and return our COVID-19 Vaccination Record/Waiver form. This requirement applies to all students, faculty, staff, and their family members if they live on campus. It also applies to our long-term contractors. The information you provide on this form will help us make determinations about our response in the event of exposure to positive cases of the coronavirus. This information will be kept confidential and used for internal purposes only. The form is attached; however, please also expect to receive an email shortly from Dr. Julie Gary with an electronic version of the form. The form must be completed and returned to Dr. Gary by Friday, Aug. 20.  If you live on campus and have others in your household who are age 12 or older, please also complete a form for each of them.

Stay away from class or campus if you feel sick

Please do not come to class or campus if you feel unwell. This is vitally important for the sake of the health of others around you on campus. Remember, symptoms that might feel like the common cold may actually be symptoms of the coronavirus. If you feel unwell, please contact Dr. Gary immediately (text or call 618-406-7166) – please do not delay – and seek her guidance on next steps.

COVID-19 exposure: quarantine and isolation

Outlined below are two scenarios. Please read both sections carefully:

Scenario 1: In the event a member of the campus community is exposed to a positive case of the coronavirus AND is experiencing symptoms, the following protocols will be followed. (Please note that the member of the campus community will be contacted by Dr. Gary to assess symptoms for an official determination.)

  1. The campus member will be required to be tested immediately for the coronavirus, regardless of his or her vaccination status, and quarantine until learning the test results.
  2. If the test is positive, the campus member will be placed in isolation or asked to isolate away from campus for 10 days. After that, the campus member will be asked to take another test and may return to campus only after receiving a negative test result.
  3. If the test is negative, the campus member will be released from quarantine and may resume his or her activities on campus.

Scenario 2: In the event a member of the campus community has been exposed to a positive case of the coronavirus but is NOT experiencing symptoms, the following protocols will be followed. (Please noted that the member of the campus community will be contacted by Dr. Gary to assess symptoms for an official determination.)

  1. Those who ARE vaccinated will not be required to quarantine but will be required to be tested after five days from the date of exposure.
  2. Those who are NOT vaccinated will be required to quarantine and be tested after five days from the date of exposure.
  3. In the event of a positive test result, the campus member will be required to isolate for five more days. After that, the campus member will be required to take another test and may return to the campus only after receiving a negative test result.
  4. If the test is negative, the campus member may return to campus.

Remote learning

During times of quarantine or isolation, students may participate in their classes virtually if feeling well enough to do so. Accommodations for remote learning will be made available.

Remote work

During times of quarantine or isolation, employees who are able to work remotely may do so with their supervisor’s approval, if feeling well enough to do so.

Facemasks

As you know, the status of a local face mask mandate is uncertain; however, the Centers for Disease Control has updated its guidance to encourage everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, to wear a mask indoors as a result of the surge in the Delta variant of the virus. We will continue to monitor the guidance provided by our government and communicate any changes to you as soon as possible.

Vaccination

I continue to strongly encourage each member of our community to make an appointment to get the coronavirus vaccine if you have not already done so. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and many other health care professionals, the vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and those you love from the coronavirus. While we do not have a campus wide mandate on the coronavirus vaccination, the more of us who are vaccinated, the more protected the entire campus community will be from disruptive and potentially dangerous infections. As outlined above, one very practical benefit of vaccination is freedom from the need to quarantine and miss class or work if you are exposed to COVID-19 but asymptomatic.

I am sure I speak for all of us in saying that I hoped that the pandemic would be behind us by now, but that is not yet the case. I pray that it will be soon. Be assured that we will continue to monitor developments relative to the pandemic and be in communication when changes to these protocols are needed.

The turbulent times of the pandemic have certainly demonstrated the eternal significance of what we do here at Concordia Seminary, and I look forward with great hope and optimism to a new academic year and to working together for the sake of our Lord’s sacred mission.

Every blessing in Christ,

Dr. Thomas J. Egger
President, Concordia Seminary

Dear Seminary community,

We continue to ask for your patience and your willing cooperation as we go about our shared life and work here at the Seminary during what, we pray, is close to the end of “COVID-19 times.”

You will be hearing soon regarding some significant protocols and requirements that we are adopting heading into the fall semester. For the next two weeks, in light of increasing COVID-19 cases nationally (including some in our Seminary community), please abide by the following guidelines for indoor spaces on campus:

  • Classrooms: Because of the long stretches of time spent in close proximity, we ask that all students wear masks during class, in the restrooms, and when entering and exiting the classroom buildings. Professors may teach without face coverings when standing at the front of the classroom, but should mask when walking among the students.
  • Chapel: With fewer people in chapel in the late summer, please spread out a bit and take advantage of the large space to maintain some reasonable distance between you and others.
  • Offices and other spaces on campus: Offices or wings on campus may post signs requesting that those entering wear face coverings. If you see such a sign on an office door or on the entry to an office complex, please respect that request, whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. This is a small request and should be honored by all.
  • This last point means that all Seminary students and employees should keep a mask with them while on campus.

We continue to thank and praise God for the significant protection from this virus that He has afforded us through the vaccines that have been developed. If you are not yet vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment for this as soon as possible.

Finally, if you are experiencing any symptoms or illness, it is essential that you do not come to work or class, but that you contact Dr. Julie Gary (garyj@csl.edu) right away. She has been given the responsibility of caring for you and the whole campus during this time. She is on your side, and she will ask you to do only what is best for you and for those around you!

I thank God for all of you. Let us live in these strange times with confidence and joy in our God—and with gratefulness and love for one another!

Every blessing in Christ,

Dr. Thomas J. Egger
President, Concordia Seminary


CARES Act

Concordia Seminary acknowledges that we have signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that we have and intend to use the applicable amount of funds designated under the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) program to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

Amount
Received
Amount
Disbursed
to Students
Number
of Students
Eligible
Number
of Students
Receiving Grant
$604,619 $62,231 413 59

Students who had unexpected expenses after the campus closure due to COVID-19 were encouraged to submit an application outlining how they were affected and their subsequent needs. Students were selected to receive the grant based on eligibility for Title IV federal financial aid.

Students who received the grant received information regarding the nature of the emergency grant and were notified that these funds do not need to be repaid. Students were advised that the grant could be used to cover their unexpected expenses outside of tuition.

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