Preparing to Leave Campus
How should I prepare to leave campus?
As a community, we must continue to work together to keep COVID-19 levels on campus low. As noted in a message sent to you on Oct. 30, you should have begun your own self-isolation or quarantine period on campus two weeks before your departure (beginning Nov. 6). This type of quarantine can be similar to what we consider "onboarding quarantine" when you are largely alone to limit the possibility of contracting the virus. At the very least you should limit your activities, adhere to the same protocols you have been following all semester—wear a mask/face covering, maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently—and, in particular, avoid situations and settings that present opportunities for contagion (on and off campus).
What testing is required prior to leaving campus?
You should continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week. You should not leave campus until you have a negative test result, which will be posted to the CoVerified app the day after you get tested (the time of day for reporting results varies).
What steps should I take if I want to depart prior to Nov. 19?
If you plan to leave campus or your off-campus rental property before Nov. 19, you must complete this departure form so that offices are aware you are leaving campus early. If you are leaving on or after Nov. 19, you do not need to complete this form.
I am currently in quarantine/isolation. How do I depart campus?
Students who are in quarantine or isolation will remain on campus until they are cleared by Student Health Services, unless they have coordinated with their parents/guardians and the College to go home in a private vehicle (no public transportation or Uber/Lyft).
What steps should I take to travel home safely?
You should review the travel advisory information for the state that you are traveling to. The state may have specific requirements related to what you need to do as you travel from Connecticut to the state you are traveling to. If you require a written document showing your negative test result at the College, please contact Marianne Ward.
When traveling home, you should take safety precautions to minimize exposure and transmission of the virus when stopping at rest stops, taking public transportation (e.g. trains, planes, Uber/Lyft) or eating at restaurants along the way.
Do I have to quarantine when I get home?
Once in your home community, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) recommends that if you have not started a 14-day quarantine on campus (as recommended above) you should begin to quarantine at home. You may choose to continue testing in your home community and, in particular, it is recommended that you get tested seven days from your last test taken at Conn. The DPH also notes that students who have family members at a high risk of complications from COVID-19 infection (over age 60 or with chronic medical conditions) should consider completing their quarantine somewhere other than with those high-risk family members. Lastly, the DPH highly recommends that college students not attend large social gatherings or reunions, which pose a high risk for spreading COVID-19. You should discuss this information with your parents/guardians and determine the best way to transition back to your home community.