Covid-19 Testing for Remote and Winter Break Periods

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As we move toward the remote learning period of the fall semester and Winter Break, I write to provide information about COVID-19 testing that will take place from Nov. 23, 2020–Jan. 29, 2021.

Faculty and staff who will continue to teach or work on campus will also continue to participate in our regular COVID-19 testing. Faculty and staff who are on campus 1-3 days per week must be tested at least once a week. Those on campus four or more days each week must be tested twice weekly.  

Given the reduced number of students, faculty and staff on campus during this period of time, the hours at the Testing Center will change.  We will be open for testing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and hours on these days will be 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. There will be no testing on Wednesdays, Saturdays or Sundays.

The Testing Center schedule will also be adjusted to accommodate the holidays. All employees, regardless of the number of days on campus each week, will only test once during the following periods:

  • Week of Nov. 23 - testing will only occur on Nov. 23 and 24.
  • Week of Dec. 21 - testing will only occur on Dec. 21 and 22. 
  • Week of Dec. 28 - testing will only occur on Dec. 28 and 29

Please continue to use the CoVerified app to schedule your test appointments.  

We know that many of you will take time off during this period of time as well. If you are away from campus, you do not need to “make-up” a missed test. Please remember the College’s policies regarding travel and return to work. The College also strongly discourages personal travel to locations with a COVID-19 CDC Level 2 or 3 travel alert or that are on the CT Travel Advisory list. If you do travel to one of these locations, you are expected to follow CDC, State of Connecticut and College guidelines upon your return. The College requires you to self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return, submit a Quarantine Registration Form, notify your supervisor or department chair if your quarantine period will impact your work schedule, and receive a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus. 

Please note that if you are able to fulfill your job responsibilities remotely, you are expected to continue working during your quarantine period. If you visited a Travel Advisory State for more than 24 hours, you must also fill out a CT Travel Health Form upon arrival in Connecticut. It is important to keep in mind that Connecticut  and CDC travel advisories change frequently, so please check these websites often before, during and following any travel you have planned. As a reminder, the State of Connecticut has communicated that failure to submit the travel form or to self-quarantine may result in a civil penalty for each such violation.  

For individuals who will work remotely for the remainder of the fall semester but plan to return to campus at some point in January, you will need to have at least one negative test result through the College’s testing program prior to your return to work on campus.

Finally, during the winter months, we are planning a new traffic pattern to the Testing Center to create easier access to parking. If you choose to drive to the Testing Center, please drive slowly down the road. The small parking lot behind the Athletic Center will be open for parking. Cars will exit the Athletic Center using the Oneco exit (instead of exiting at the main entrance).  

Please let me know if you have any additional questions. 

Sincerely, 

Sarah Cardwell
Senior Associate Dean of Student Life