Additional Questions?

If, after reviewing this page, you have additional questions about COVID-19 protocols, please email communications@mitchell.edu.

In alignment with our adaptability model, Mitchell College is continuously assessing the changing winds brought on by the current pandemic, and carefully and thoughtfully ‘adjusting our sails’ in response – with the health and safety of our entire Mariner community as our guiding principle. 

*Due to the ongoing evolving nature of the pandemic, all plans and dates are subject to change.

May & June MiniMesters – Spring 2021

Overview

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

For important dates and information, visit:

Healthy Community

Pre-Test, Weekly Testing and Self-Reporting for Resident Students, Faculty and Staff - MiniMesters

Weekly Testing

COVID-19 on-campus testing will take place by appointment only.

Who?
All resident students, faculty and staff who will be on campus for Grad Week, May MiniMester, and/or June MiniMester must be tested on campus weekly.

  • If you are living in a residence hall for May MiniMester, and have stayed on campus for the interim period between Session II and May MiniMester, continue to follow the protocols for weekly testing in Market Café.
  • If you moved out and will be returning to live on campus for May or June MiniMester, submit a negative SARSCOV2 viral PCR test result, taken within 72 hours prior to you being on campus, to the CoVerified app or covidresults@mitchell.edu. Following your return to campus, schedule weekly testing.

Weekly Testing Schedule by Last Name:*
Mondays | 9am-Noon A-F
Tuesdays | 11am-2pm G-L
Wednesdays | 11am-2pm M-S
Thursdays | 11am-2pm T-Z

Where?:
Market Café on campus

How do I set an Appointment?
You must set your appointment through the CoVerified app. Download instructions below.

Procedure on campus:
Proceed to the Market Café entrance, following all campus signage and directions. Masks and social distancing are required.
*If you have a major conflict, please coordinate an alternative testing date with Health & Wellness by emailing healthservices@mitchell.edu.

Self-Reporting

In addition, all resident and non-resident students, faculty and staff who will be on campus for Grad Week, May MiniMester, and/or June MiniMester will be required to self-report their temperature and symptoms daily, using the CoVerified health tracker application. This information will be used to monitor the collective health of the campus and identify any potential outbreaks of COVID-19.

CoVerified 

Download the CoVerified app at https://www.coverified.us/download or go to the Applestore and download the CoVerified app.
Log-in: You will log-in using your @mitchell.edu or @my.mitchell.edu email address and password.
Download the CoVerified User App Tutorial here.

If you have any questions please email covidresults@mitchell.edu.

COVID-19 Testing and Daily Health Monitoring through CoVerified: Mitchell College is partnering with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to track daily the health of our student, faculty and staff community, as well as to provide weekly testing for COVID-19. The weekly testing program will be at no cost to the student, faculty or staff, and will use a viral molecular test via the PCR method, analyzed by the Broad Institute. This test uses a nasal swab that is inserted only a short distance into the nose (anterior nares)—a much less invasive and more comfortable alternative to the deep nasopharyngeal method that was more common at the start of the pandemic.

Pre-Test, Weekly Testing and Self-Reporting for Non-Resident Students - MiniMesters

Testing

Non-residents/Non-commuters: I have NOT been a commuter to Mitchell this spring, and I am living off-campus but attending an in-person class during May and/or June MiniMester. Do I need to get tested for COVID-19?
Yes, you must test at an off-campus testing facility on this schedule:

  • Before your first day on campus: Submit a negative SARSCOV2 viral PCR test result, taken within 72 hours prior to you being on campus, to the CoVerified app or covidresults@mitchell.edu.
  • Schedule an appointment for weekly testing at an off-campus facility, and upload your test results through the CoVerified app. If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, you do not have to submit a test but should submit your positive test result including full name, date of test and type of test to covidresults@mitchell.edu. On day 91, you would be required to submit weekly testing.
    • If you are a May MiniMester student, submit three test results: one taken within 72 hours prior to your first day on campus; one taken the week of May 10; one taken the week of May 17.
    • If you are a June MiniMester student, submit three test results: one taken within 72 hours prior to your first day on campus; one taken the week of May 24; one taken the week of May 31. *NOTE: If you are taking in-person courses for BOTH the May and June MiniMesters, you do not need to submit the June MiniMester pre-test taken within 72 hours prior to your first day on campus. 
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, you do not have to submit a test but should submit your positive test result including full name, date of test and type of test to covidresults@mitchell.edu. On day 91, you would be required to submit weekly testing.

Commuters: I have been a commuter to Mitchell this spring and I intend to continue to live off campus and attend an in-person class during May and/or June MiniMester. Do I need to get tested for COVID-19?
Yes. Please follow this schedule:

  • Submit a negative SARSCOV2 viral PCR test result, taken within 72 hours prior to you being on campus, to the CoVerified app or covidresults@mitchell.edu, then schedule and follow the protocols for weekly testing in Market Café.
    • If you are a May MiniMester student, submit three test results: one taken within 72 hours prior to your first day on campus; one taken the week of May 10; one taken the week of May 17.
    • If you are a June MiniMester student, submit three test results: one taken within 72 hours prior to your first day on campus; one taken the week of May 24; one taken the week of May 31. *NOTE: If you are taking in-person courses for BOTH the May and June MiniMesters, you do not need to submit the June MiniMester pre-test taken within 72 hours prior to your first day on campus. 
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, you do not have to submit a test but should submit your positive test result including full name, date of test and type of test to covidresults@mitchell.edu. On day 91, you would be required to submit weekly testing.

    Self-Reporting

    In addition, all non-resident students who will be on campus for May MiniMester and/or June MiniMester will be required to self-report their temperature and symptoms daily, using the CoVerified health tracker application. This information will be used to monitor the collective health of the campus and identify any potential outbreaks of COVID-19.

    CoVerified 

    Download the CoVerified app at https://www.coverified.us/download or go to the Applestore and download the CoVerified app.
    Log-in: You will log-in using your @mitchell.edu or @my.mitchell.edu email address and password.
    Download the CoVerified User App Tutorial here.

    If you have any questions please email covidresults@mitchell.edu.

    COVID-19 Testing and Daily Health Monitoring through CoVerified: Mitchell College is partnering with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to track daily the health of our student, faculty and staff community, as well as to provide weekly testing for COVID-19. The weekly testing program will be at no cost to the student, faculty or staff, and will use a viral molecular test via the PCR method, analyzed by the Broad Institute. This test uses a nasal swab that is inserted only a short distance into the nose (anterior nares)—a much less invasive and more comfortable alternative to the deep nasopharyngeal method that was more common at the start of the pandemic.

    Dashboard - COVID-19 Testing

    As of May 10, 2021

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    What other safety measures will be in place?

    The health and safety of all members of our community has been a priority in our responses and decision-making to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of us must be responsible and act in ways that prevent the spread of the virus.

    Our plan includes:

    • Requirement that students, faculty, staff, and approved campus vendors and visitors:
      • wear face coverings in all indoor and outdoor public spaces on campus; masks are not required in student rooms. Review face mask/covering policy.
      • adhere to handwashing protocols
      • maintain 6’ social (physical) distance whenever possible
    • Finding alternative solutions for individuals with medical conditions precluding them from wearing a face covering.
    • Protocols for COVID-19 testing, contact tracing.
    • Reducing density in residence halls and other campus buildings and identifying quarantine and isolation spaces.
    • Installation of signage to support wearing of face coverings, hand washing and social distancing practices.
    • Continuation of extensive cleaning and disinfecting protocols consistent with the state guidance for colleges and universities.
    Resident students also should…
    • Have a plan ready in the event of illness. A student who tests positive for COVID-19, is required to isolate; a designated residence hall with the ability to utilize telemedicine will be used for isolation for students who are COVID-19 positive. If that is not preferred, the student may go home to isolate if they have access to private transportation and a safe, secure space to isolate. If a student has been exposed to someone COVID-19 positive, that student is required to quarantine in their room for 14 days. All meals will be provided via delivery from dining services to students in isolation or quarantine.
    What is the difference between Isolation and Quarantine? 
      • According to the CDC, isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. View Mitchell College Self-Isolation Instructions.
      • According to the CDC, quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. View Mitchell College Self-Quarantine Instructions.

    For the health and safety of the Mitchell College campus community, the following measures are in place:

        • Mitchell College is providing hand sanitizers at the entrances to all buildings, classrooms, and dining halls. Signage reminds the campus community to wash hands frequently.
        • Cleaning solutions or wipes are available in all bathrooms, classrooms and other shared spaces such as multifunction copier/printer spaces and shared kitchen/coffee and vending facilities.
        • The College has increased the frequency of cleaning all public spaces, with special attention given to corridors, entrances and exits, office spaces (and affiliated bathrooms), handrails, door handles, elevators and stairways. 
        • Commonly  used  bathrooms on campus  will be thoroughly cleaned:  Bathrooms will be fully cleaned/disinfected by housekeeping staff a minimum of once daily, using products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. Spartan’s HDQ C2 disinfectant will be used.  In areas of high use, the bathrooms will be cleaned more frequently with documentation and sign off. 

    HVAC  (where applicable):  

    All HVAC systems will be  thoroughly  inspected and maintained  by:  

      • Increasing  fresh air intake to buildings. 
      • Increasing  the timing of  filter changes. 
      • Encouraging  the use of open windows  when available. 
    What about Health & Wellness?

    For information and Health & Wellness clinic hours, visit mitchell.edu/health-wellness. Mitchell College partners with Northeast Medical Group, part of Yale New Haven Health, to provide health and wellness services to students at Mitchell College and Thames at Mitchell College. The health clinic, located in the Yarnall Center, operates during regular hours Monday through Friday, and is staffed by a registered nurse, a physician’s assistant and a licensed psychologist. A dedicated COVID-19 telemedicine hotline is also available for use after hours.

    How does health insurance work?

    All full-time students are required to maintain adequate health insurance, either under your own private plan or under the Student Health Insurance Plan sponsored by the College. For information on plans, waivers, and deadlines,  visit www.gallagherstudent.com/Mitchell.

    What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    From the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) | cdc.gov

    Watch for symptoms…

    People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as more is learned about COVID-19.

    Academics & Support Services

    Will I be able to access all of Mitchell's support services?

    Most support services in the Duques Center (Accessibility, Advising, BLC, Integrative Career Development) will continue to operate in an appointment- only hybrid model. Make an in-person or virtual appointment through Starfish.

    Tutoring remains fully remote – make an appointment through tutor.com or with our own professional Mitchell or Thames tutors via Starfish.

    Who do I contact if I am having log-in issues?

    Please contact technology support at 860-701-5190 or support@mitchell.edu for all log-in issues. Library staff is also available to assist with Moodle/Open LMS and library database log-in help (asklis@mitchell.edu; 860-701-5156).

    Will I be able to access Library Services?

    The library is open without an appointment during May and June Minimesters:

    Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm 
    Saturday – Sunday Closed

    For updates, visit: http://mitchell.libguides.com/hours.  The library staff is also available for remote assistance by phone, chat, email, and Zoom appointment.  Remember to wear a mask and observe social distance in the library. 

    I'm wondering about tuition, room and board.

    Mitchell College is working hard to ensure a safe return of our students to campus, with faculty providing the same high quality course content across all delivery modalities (in person, hybrid/blended and remote). Support services associated with advising, accessibility, the Bentsen Learning Center, the Mystic Program, and Thames at Mitchell will also operate regularly, regardless of modality. As you know, during COVID-19, extra precautions must be taken to ensure the health and safety of the campus community, which come with additional costs. In light of these added expenses, we are not able to adjust our tuition.

    Discounts for housing for May or June MiniMesters 2021 are available in some instances for students who resided on campus during Spring Sessions I and II (restrictions apply). Please visit mitchell.edu/minimesters to learn more.

    Campus Life/Residence Life/Student Activities

    What is a family unit?
    For resident students, the roommates/suitemates with whom you live will be viewed as a family unit. Floors in some designated residence halls will also be divided into a group of rooms or “pods,” denoted by color. Pods are considered a family unit.
    Family Units by Residence Hall: 
    Mariner Hall: Your suitemates
    Montauk: by the first floor as one family unit, and by apartment for the second and third floors
    Simpson, Saunders, Matteson & Waterfront: assigned pod on your floor 
    Guidelines for Family Units
    • Keep your areas clean and sanitized for the collective health and safety of your family unit!
    • Socialize freely when in your room, pod, suite or on-campus apartment. However, we recommend face coverings and social distance. If a member of your family unit tests positive for COVID-19, the other(s) in your room, pod, suite or on-campus apartment are required to quarantine in place, while the positive person will be relocated to the designated isolation residence hall.
    What about off-campus travel for resident students?

    The College strongly discourages non-essential off campus travel for resident students until further notice.

    All students should avoid traveling anywhere – whether in state or out of state – to spend time with any persons who are currently sick, quarantining or awaiting COVID test results. All students should continue to follow the Mariner Promise.

    Resident students should review and abide by this document: Off Campus Travel for Resident Students which includes a link to the College Travel Acknowledgment Form.

    What about dining services?

    May and June MiniMester
    Milner Dining Hall Hours:
    Monday-Saturday
    Breakfast 7:30am – 8:30am
    Lunch 12:30am – 2:00pm
    Dinner 5:00pm – 6:30pm

    Sunday
    Brunch 11am-1pm
    Dinner 5-6:30pm

    Will the mailroom be open?

    As in other areas of the college, the mailroom will have occupancy limits but will operate during regular hours, following state and federal guidance.

    Prospective Students

    I'm hoping to visit as a prospective student. Can I visit campus?

    Yes, we have re-opened guided on-campus tours for Spring and Summer 2021 and are also hosting virtual tours, a video tour and our campus drive-through tour. Visit mitchell.edu/visit-us to view all the ways to visit Mitchell College this spring or summer!

    You may also contact Kelby Chappelle at chappelle_k@mitchell.edu or 860-701-5034 for campus visit information.

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    Resources

    The following resources offer guidance regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    World Health Organization (WHO)
    https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

    Connecticut State Department of Public Health
    https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Public-Health-Preparedness/Main-Page/2019-Novel-Coronavirus

    Ledge Light Health District (our regional health department)
    https://llhd.org

    Know how COVID-19 spreads

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

    • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
    • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
    • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
      • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
      • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
      • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
      • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
    What are the symptoms and who is at risk?

    Watch for symptoms…

    People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19.

    What you need to know…

    • Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.
    • Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
    How can I help protect myself and others?

    Everyone should…

    Wash your hands often

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • It’s especially important to wash:
      • Before eating or preparing food
      • Before touching your face
      • After using the restroom
      • After leaving a public place
      • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
      • After handling your mask
      • After changing a diaper
      • After caring for someone sick
      • After touching animals or pets
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    Avoid close contact

    Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

    • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
    • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
      • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
    • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
    • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

    Cover coughs and sneezes

    • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

    Clean and disinfect

    Monitor Your Health Daily

    • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. 
    • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
      • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
    • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

    Also…

    Practice common sense cafeteria and personal etiquette:

    • Do not refill drinks from a cup you have been drinking from.
    • Avoid touching utensils that others may be using.
    • Do not share towels and only handle your own towels.
    • Do not share water bottles or other food/drink utensils.
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    What is the HEERF2/CRRSAA Grant?

    The 2021 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was approved by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. Part of the CRRSAA established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) which includes support for higher education, including emergency grants for students facing expenses related to the pandemic.

    Please visit mitchell.edu/crrsaa-emergency-grants for more information on this grant, eligibility and methodology.

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    What is the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant?

    The CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant Fund provides emergency financial aid assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, as stipulated by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Please visit mitchell.edu/cares-act for more information on this grant, eligibility and methodology.

    Statement on combating stigmatization, bias and xenophobia

    As a reminder, this disease does not discriminate against race or ethnicity. We encourage our community to work together to help others understand that the risk of coronavirus is not at all connected with any specific national, ethnic or racial identities.

     Information on these pages is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.