July 21, 2020 

Information for Testing and Move-In Dates

 

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We are writing to share with you an email we sent to your student today regarding important testing and move-in dates for the fall semester. This email also includes an important clarification regarding new guidance from the state that we recently received. As indicated below, we are working to understand this guidance in the context of our testing program and will have more information to share with your student soon.

Should you have any questions about our move-in process, please feel free to reach out to us directly. We look forward to welcoming your student on campus for a safe and healthy fall.

Sincerely,

Sarah Cardwell
Senior Associate Dean of Student Life

Sara Rothenberger
Assistant Dean for Residential Education and Living
 



Dear Students,

We hope that you are safe and healthy. We are writing to provide you with an update on two important dates—your assigned testing date and the date when you will move into your assigned residence hall room. We ask that you read all of the information below carefully. Please note that if you are planning to study remotely this fall (not coming onto campus at all), this email does not apply to you.

The process to return to campus this August will be very different from previous years, and we need your support to ensure a smooth and successful process. Following mandated social distancing guidelines, the College’s testing protocols and our move-in process requires a coordinated and collective effort.

When you receive your housing assignment, you will receive a specific time block to arrive at Conn. If you are permitted to live off campus, you will receive a separate communication during the same time frame with your assigned time block for testing. It is critically important for you and your family to abide by the assigned dates and time blocks. Please understand that no exceptions can be made.

For all sophomores, juniors and seniors (whether you live on or off campus), testing and move-in dates have been assigned alphabetically by your last name:
 

  • Last name beginning with A through E—Monday, Aug. 24
  • Last name beginning with F through Mi—Tuesday, Aug. 25
  • Last name beginning with Mo through Z—Wednesday, Aug. 26


Due to current restrictions for international travel, students returning to campus from outside the United States should arrive between Aug. 24-27. Please email studentlife@conncoll.edu by Aug. 1 to coordinate your testing date and arrival time.

The assigned testing block and move-in time block will occur between 8:30 a.m.– 4 p.m. Your assigned time block will be determined by your housing assignment to ensure a socially distanced move-in process. You will be expected to check-in during your assigned time block and will not be permitted to access your residence hall prior to being tested.
 

  • Please note that testing will not be available from Friday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. to Monday, Aug. 31 at 9 a.m., so you will not be permitted to move into your assigned room if you arrive on campus during this timeframe.

 

In preparing to arrive on campus, you and your family member or guest should be aware of and discuss the following important arrival expectations:

  • You can bring one person with you to assist with move-in.

  • Move-in time blocks are limited to 1 1/2 hours. Your family member/guest will be expected to vacate the residence hall when the time block period has ended. Family members or guests will not be able to enter other buildings on campus.

  • You must go through the COVID-19 testing center before you enter your residence hall.

  • Once you have completed moving into your room, you will need to remain quarantined in your room. The duration of the quarantine period is contingent on guidance from the State of Connecticut (see below). While in quarantine, you are only permitted to leave your room for bathroom use and meal pick-up. Meals will be provided during the quarantine period.

  • For returning students permitted to live off campus, you will leave campus after testing and quarantine at your off-campus residence. You will not be permitted on campus during the quarantine period.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to move to isolation housing on campus until medically cleared to return to your assigned room.


Regarding the duration of the quarantine period, this past Friday, the College received guidance from the State of Connecticut that students arriving from outside of Connecticut should come to campus prepared to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. As you may know, the guidance changes frequently as COVID-19 continues to spread in the United States and as our state changes its own guidance. We are working with the state to understand the guidance in the context of our testing program. As we learn new information, we are trying to be transparent with students so that everyone is aware and prepared for any adjustments to our protocols. As we have more information, we will continue to update you.

More information about pre-arrival testing as well as our testing plans for the fall semester is forthcoming. In early August, we will also send you more detailed arrival instructions.

We thank you for your patience as we navigate evolving circumstances. Please feel free to reach out to us directly if you have additional questions. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Sincerely,

Sarah Cardwell
Senior Associate Dean of Student Life

Sara Rothenberger
Assistant Dean for Residential Education and Living