SAINT MARY-OF-THE-WOODS, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As COVID-19 restrictions start to lift nation wide, many local students are gearing up for spring break.

Students at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will be on spring break next week. The college recently made its mask requirement optional, but professors are still allowed to require them in the classroom if they choose.

Aimee Janssen Robinson, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, said although there’s always a risk she is not very worried about a spike in cases after spring break.

“We have a contact tracer who helps us,” she said. “So, any student who reports to us that they’ve got symptoms or that they’ve been exposed, they’re in communication with our contact tracer who then helps determine if they’ve been vaccinated, whether they’ll need to quarantine..”

Janssen-Robinson said the school encouraged students to get vaccinated before spring break and will continue to have testing available to those who need it.