Student To Do List for Departing and Returning to Conn
Congrats, Camels, on a successful, safe and healthy fall! As Thanksgiving Break approaches, it’s time to get ready to depart campus and think about your return. Please follow these steps to help ensure a smooth departure and return process. And remember, thePath Forward website should be your go-to source for the latest information on the College’s plans.
PREPARING TO LEAVE CAMPUS
Similar to the onboarding process we used in August, we are implementing a departure process to minimize the possibility of spreading COVID-19 beyond our campus to your home communities.
All students are expected to follow these steps:
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 begin your own self-isolation or quarantine period on campus two weeks before you depart campus (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).
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).
If you plan to leave campus or your off-campus rental property before Nov. 19, you must complete thisdeparture 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.
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).
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.
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.
We are planning to have students return to campus for the spring semester, but we don’t know how the COVID-19 circumstances in the country and/or in Connecticut could impact this process. Below are FAQs related to departure.
What can I leave in my room?
You may leave your belongings in your room.
What should I take with me?
You should take home any academic items and personal belongings that you may need next semester in the event, due to COVID-19 circumstances, we are not able to repopulate the campus and the spring semester is entirely remote.
How should I leave my room in case we do not return to campus?
You may choose to pack your belongings into boxes labeled with your name and leave the boxes in your room. Boxes and packing materials will be provided by the College and can be picked up at the information desk in Crozier-Williams. This is recommended for students who live at a distance and would need to store their belongings or would want to ship their belongings home (at their own expense) if we don’t repopulate the campus in the spring.
If you live in a double or apartment, consolidate all your belongings to one side of your room or one area of the apartment so that it is clear which items belong to you.
Make sure that your windows are closed and your door is locked when you leave. You should also remove all trash and perishable items from your room before departing.
What happens to my belongings if we do not return for the spring semester?
Your belongings will remain in your room, and we will develop a process to have you pick up your things in the spring/early summer depending on the COVID-19 circumstances. If you live at a distance and are unable to return to campus, you will need to coordinate to have your belongings stored or shipped to you at your expense.
What should I do if I am currently on campus and plan to continue my studies at the College remotely next semester?
If you do not plan to study on campus next semester, then you must move out of your room when you leave campus in November. This will allow us to prepare your room for another student to use in the spring semester. You will need to turn in your key to the Camel Card Office dropbox on the second floor of Crozier-Williams before you depart.
If I am moving out can a parent/guardian help me?
A parent/guardian may only enter a residence hall if that person is helping a student move out of the building. The parent/guardian may enter the building for a maximum of 90 minutes, may only go to the student’s room, must wear a mask, may not have contact with any other individuals other than their student and may not use the restrooms in the residence halls.
STAYING ON CAMPUS
College staff have reviewed student petitions to remain on campus through the end of the semester and into January. Students who will be staying on campus will receive additional details about living on campus during the period of time after Nov. 22. Students living on campus, students living in off-campus rental properties and faculty and staff working on campus will continue to participate in on-campus testing from late November to early February.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN SPRING 2021
We expect that next semester will be very similar to the fall as it relates to use of face coverings, social distancing, hand washing and other expectations linked to the Camels Care Pledge and College alert levels. Just as we did this fall, we will begin the semester in Alert Level 3 - Orange during the onboarding process and continually evaluate the COVID-19 circumstances on and off campus to hopefully move to Alert Level 2 - Yellow and then to Alert Level 1 - Green.
The calendar that the faculty approved does not include a Spring Break and instead sets aside a couple of midweek days off during the semester. Classes will end on May 12 and final exams will conclude May 17. Discussions have begun about plans for Commencement and more details will be shared next semester.
If you are currently living on campus, you can continue to live in your current room assignment next semester. If you are remote and plan to return to campus, there will be a process to assign housing for next semester. The data from a student survey distributed in mid-November will help us develop plans for spring semester housing. If you have any questions about housing, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We plan to offer a mix of in-person and remote classes, clubs and organizations will be active with a mix of virtual and in-person engagement and events and activities will be similar to those offered throughout the fall semester (e.g. food trucks, movies, music on the green). College staff are regularly evaluating ways to expand engagement opportunities for students while following State of Connecticut and College policies and expectations. We do not anticipate hosting Florialia this spring but, together with students, we will identify alternative ways to close out the semester.
Winter athletes will return to campus at the same time as the general student body (Feb. 4 and 5). The College is planning for on-campus training and is working on identifying opportunities for competition, which will be dependent on COVID-19 levels on and off campus, as well as the State of Connecticut’s guidance and regulations. The NESCAC has approved an extension of the winter season through May 2021 so that winter and spring seasons are operating concurrently and we are waiting to hear if the NCAA approves this plan. More details on winter athletics will be communicated in January 2021.
The NESCAC athletic directors are discussing potential plans for spring sports, and the NESCAC presidents will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss this topic. On-campus training is planned and competition is being considered, but is also highly dependent on COVID-19 levels on and off campus as well as the State of Connecticut’s guidance and regulations. A decision date regarding spring NESCAC conference competition has not been announced.
RETURNING TO CAMPUS
In mid-November, you will receive an email from Dean Singer, Dean McKnight and Dean Arcelus that includes a link to a brief survey about how you intend to continue your Connecticut College education next semester–on-campus or remote. All students (those currently on campus and remote) are required to complete this survey by Nov. 30, 2020. This information will help the College prepare for the spring semester. You will have until Jan. 22 to inform the College that you are planning to return to campus (pending housing availability)—and until Feb. 15 to shift from on-campus to remote and receive a full refund for room and board (beyond this date the existing refund policy applies).
As you develop your plans for the spring semester we are providing you with a preliminary course schedule with information about course formats (7.5 week or 15 week) and whether courses will be taught in person or remote. The formal schedule will be released Nov. 24, advising starts on Nov. 30, and pre-registration begins Dec. 7 and goes through Dec. 10.
Below is information on the process for returning to campus.
Move-in Dates: Students will be returning to campus on Feb. 4 and 5. Each student will have a particular assigned move-in day in order to minimize the volume of people coming back to campus at once.
Thursday, Feb. 4–Students with last names beginning with L to Z
Friday, Feb. 5–Students with last names beginning with A to K
Students need to arrive on campus between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and go directly to the Testing Center at the Athletic Center (wood court gym). Note: International students received information on arrival and move-in dates from Dean Patton.
Self-Quarantining at Home. Beginning Jan. 21, students should self-quarantine and follow the same protocols that are in place on campus–wear a mask/face covering at all times, maintain social distancing, wash your hands and avoid opportunities for contagion.
Pre-Arrival Test: When you arrive on campus, you will need to show that you recently had a PCR COVID-19 test conducted and the test result is negative. The test must be a PCR test and NOT a rapid antigen test. You will receive more information about when the test should be conducted. If you do not have access to PCR testing in your area, you will have the option to have a test kit sent to your home. The cost will be $130 and more information about accessing the kits will be sent in December and January.
On-Boarding Quarantine: Given the COVID-19 levels across the country, we expect that all students will be required to be in onboarding quarantine for two weeks: Feb. 4/5 until Feb. 17/18. The details about onboarding quarantine will be provided in January. During this period of time, it is critical that each student be on their own with extremely limited contact with others. Classes will start remotely on Feb. 8 and in-person classes will likely begin Monday, Feb. 22.
Twice-a-Week Testing: Beginning Monday, Feb. 8, all students will be required to participate in testing twice a week on assigned days (Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday). If you miss three tests over the course of the semester, you will be required to complete the semester remotely.
IF YOU LIVE OFF-CAMPUS
If you are approved to live in an off-campus property and you plan to be at the property during the remote period in November/December. and/or Winter Break in December/January, you will be required to continue to participate in the College’s testing program. This is required in order to maintain the health and safety of our New London County community. You should only come to campus to study in Shain Library or to take your test at the Testing Center. If you plan to be living in your rental property for any portion of time from late November to early February and have not already notified the College, please email Dean Cardwell (email@example.com) so that she can make arrangements for you to participate in regular COVID-19 testing on campus.
Please note: At this time, we are not planning to approve any more students to live off-campus next semester.
Important Note: If you choose to be a remote student, whether full-time or part-time, you may not live within 50 miles of the College unless you are residing at your permanent address. If you are an on-campus student, you may not rent a property beyond 50 miles and still come to campus–you will be considered remote. If the College learns that you are not following these requirements, you will be referred to the conduct process for non-compliance, which could lead to suspension from Connecticut College. For more details, please review this message sent to all students on Aug. 22.
For off-campus renters, commuters and remote students, please be sure to check with the Office of Financial Aid if you have any questions about your financial award for the spring semester.