Wartburg Theological Seminary COVID-19 Response as of August 2021

The Wartburg Seminary COVID-19 task force continues to meet weekly and update the community regularly.  The situation with COVID-19 and the Delta variant is rapidly changing, and we are monitoring the situation—both locally and nationally—regularly and carefully.  We will modify our guidelines as current conditions dictate.

Current guidelines are as follows:

The decision was made to allow a one-time exception for students to attend Prolog Week synchronously, via Zoom, if they do not feel comfortable or safe traveling to campus.

The following specific practices have been implemented here at the Wartburg Seminary campus:

  1. A temporary mask expectation for all indoor public spaces has been implemented. Exceptions to this expectation are as follows:
  • When in one’s personal residence
  • When actively eating or drinking
  • When alone in one’s private working space.
  • Vaccinated faculty are permitted to be unmasked while actively teaching.
  1. We expect that everyone who comes to campus is vaccinated, unless medically prohibited.
  2. Sanitation stations have been set up at various points throughout the campus, and we ask that you not only regularly wash your own hands, but sanitize public use areas, such as tables, regularly.

Read more from the most recent announcement below.

Care for one another during this time is our top priority!

Latest COVID-19 News from President Kristin Johnston Largen

Detailed Information and Updates

HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (HEERF)

Student Portion Public Reporting

Recently, the U.S. Congress allocated funding to colleges and universities to assist students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was created to enable colleges and universities to provide cash grants to current students for expenses related to disruptions to their education due to COVID-19.

Click here for Section 18004(a)(1) Student Portion Public Reporting.

Institutional Portion & FIPSE Public Reporting

Recently, the U.S. Congress allocated funding to colleges and universities to assist students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was created to enable colleges and universities to provide cash grants to current students for expenses related to disruptions to their education due to COVID-19.

Click here to view Section 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion and 18004(a)(3) FIPSE Public Reporting.

STUDENT LIFE & COURSE DELIVERY DETAILS

Fall 2021

A one-time exception for students to attend Prolog Week synchronously, via Zoom, has been made if the student does not feel comfortable or safe traveling to campus.

All students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for the sake of the health of the whole community.

Campus Accessibility

Campus is open to the public, with these policies effective at this time:

  1. A temporary mask expectation for all indoor public spaces has been implemented. Exceptions to this expectation are as follows:
  • When in one’s personal residence
  • When actively eating or drinking
  • When alone in one’s private working space.
  • Vaccinated faculty are permitted to be unmasked while actively teaching.
  1. We expect that everyone who comes to campus is vaccinated, unless medically prohibited.
  2. Sanitation stations have been set up at various points throughout the campus, and we ask that you not only regularly wash your own hands, but sanitize public use areas, such as tables, regularly.

While Wartburg Seminary is not requiring vaccinations for either employees or students, we strongly encourage all those who are able to receive the vaccine for the sake of the health and safety of the whole community. Vaccines dramatically reduce the spread of the virus and are a tangible action you can take to care for your neighbor!

Contextual Education

Master’s level and certificate students—including those as students on internship, in CPE, and in fieldwork—are expected to follow the policies set forth by the government(s), organizations, and synods where they are serving.

ADDITIONAL UPDATES AND RESOURCES

Online Visit Opportunities (Admissions)

The Admissions Team has added several new Online Open Houses to its calendar. Individual online visits are also available for a more personalized and tailored experience.

Participants will hear from current students, faculty, and Admissions & Student Services staff, and have an opportunity to ask questions. Visit our website to learn more and register. Contact admissions@wartburgseminary.edu with questions or for help signing up.

Presidential Inauguration

Save the date to join us in person in Dubuque for the Presidential Inauguration of Rev. Kristin Johnston Largen, Ph.D. on November 6, 2021. Details are forthcoming, check the event page for the most up-to-date information.

Resources for Information on COVID-19

Please practice care and consideration for yourself and others. If you are symptomatic, stay home. If you have questions or need assistance, ask for help. Consult with medical staff if symptoms persist. Be conscientious about how you interact with others in public.

In addition to your state’s health department website, we encourage you to access the following resources:

ELCA Public Health

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

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