Student To Do list for Returning to Conn in February
Spring 2021 will be here before you know it! Please check this page frequently, as we'll be adding updates you'll need to get ready to arrive on campus. And remember, the Path Forward website should be your go-to source for the latest information on our fall plans.
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 email@example.com.
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.