Tabor College returning to pre-COVID operational levels for fall 2021 semester

All Tabor classes and activities will return to pre-COVID operational levels on Aug. 1. There will be no physical distancing requirement in classes or in the dining hall. All sporting and arts events are fully open to the public with no restrictions. Face masks are optional at all campus events.

“State and county regulations have all been lifted, and we believe it is safe to eliminate all capacity limits and mask requirements,” President David Janzen said.

Students and employees are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated. Ideally, students would return to campus with a record of their vaccination. Tabor will be hosting vaccination clinics with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (one-shot protocol) at the start of the semester. This is free for all faculty, staff, and students. Vaccinated students, faculty, and staff will not have to quarantine in the event that they are exposed to someone with COVID.

“We are working with medical providers to provide COVID testing on an as-needed basis,” Janzen said. “If a student tests positive, they will be asked to isolate in their room or return home. As you have probably read, COVID continues to spread in the state and there are concerns about variants. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

Should there be a need to move to one of the color-coded risk levels, the college can do so almost instantly. 

“I hope that we can create a culture where everyone feels comfortable wearing a mask, distancing, and not shaking hands if they choose,” Janzen said. “Many of us noticed the lack of common illnesses such as colds and flu this past year. If you have a cough or are sneezing, please consider wearing a mask to help prevent the spread.”

In accordance with Section 18004 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Tabor College provides the following required quarterly report.