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Fall 2021

*Plans are subject to change in accordance with public health conditions or guidance.

Here you will find information about Mitchell College’s current health and safety protocols, as we continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, State of Connecticut and our local Ledge Light Health District. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Mitchell College requires all Mitchell and Thames students, both resident and commuter, to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine, unless approved for a religious or medical exemption.

Read the Mariner Promise to learn how our students are committing to keep each other healthy.

Questions? Please email CRTeam@mitchell.edu.
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Return from Thanksgiving COVID-19 Testing Requirements

ALL students – resident and commuter, vaccinated and unvaccinated with exemption – must provide a COVID-19 test result following the break. Faculty and staff will also be required to provide a test result (faculty and staff: please check your email inbox for instructions). Session II begins on Monday, November 29.

For students, a test must be completed using one of two options:

Option 1 – Recommended: We encourage students to take a PCR test at a facility near their home (pharmacy, clinic, etc.) on Saturday, November 27. Schedule now to ensure availability. Test results should be uploaded by Monday, November 29, either through the CoVerified app or to covidresults@mitchell.edu. If you choose Option 1, but do not receive the results by Monday, November 29, please contact Abby Weymouth, RN, at healthservices@mitchell.edu to let her know that you have been tested but results are still pending.

Option 2: You may test on campus for a $35 convenience fee, which will be added to your tuition bill. PCR testing will take place on Monday, November 29, and Tuesday, November 30. Students will be scheduled for testing with their Session II class. Testing will take place in the Market Café. (Note: Any students who are unvaccinated with an exemption will be contacted in a separate communication and will be required to test on Monday, November 29.)

The following protocols are currently in place for Fall 2021:

  • Both indoor and outdoor gatherings will return to normal capacity, including athletic events. View Spectator Policy.
  • Given the increased transmission of variants of COVID-19, face coverings must be worn for all indoor activities and in common areas (classrooms, event spaces, and hallways) except when alone, such as in a private office or in college sponsored housing.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended for all outdoor college-sponsored and student-sponsored events and gatherings, including athletic events.  The College reserves the right to require masks at outdoor events where physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible and/or where there are more than 25 attendees.
  • While outside and going about daily outdoor activities, members of our community are not required to wear face coverings at this time.
  • Visitors and invited guests are welcome on campus; visitors should follow the college guidelines (above) for wearing face coverings indoors and outdoors.
  • Classrooms will maintain 3-foot distancing.
  • Building hours are operating at pre-pandemic hours.
  • Signage on campus follows the latest CDC guidance.
  • Domestic travel is allowed.
  • International travel is allowed in accordance with CDC guidelines, including possible testing and/or quarantine upon return and arrival.

FAQs

Will there be regular on-campus COVID testing?

Regular on-campus weekly surveillance testing for COVID-19 through Health and Wellness is required for unvaccinated (exempt) students and unvaccinated faculty and staff.*

When: Mondays, 9am-Noon; Wednesdays, 11am-2pm
Where: Red Barn
How: Pick your weekly testing day and time (Monday OR Wednesday) and just walk in. No appointment needed!
Questions about testing? Please contact Health and Wellness at healthservices@mitchell.edu.

*If you are in the process of completing your vaccination series, testing is no longer required once you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after receiving the final dose of the vaccine).

Will I need to self-report symptoms?

All students, faculty and staff must monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 and report their health status daily through the CoVerified app.

To learn how to use the app, go to CoVerified User App Tutorial.

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      Alert Level 1 (Green)

      This is considered the College’s COVID-19 “normal” level with vaccines widely available. Here, the College is fully populated with students, faculty and staff and operating with some protocols in place that address the existence of COVID-19. This baseline state of operations may change as the circumstances with COVID-19 improve or if the prevalence of COVID-19 changes on campus, in the region and in the state.

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      Alert Level 2 (Yellow)

      This alert level indicates that operations need to be modified, though the number of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 is still manageable and contact tracing suggests that exposures are confined to a small number of people. Effective contact tracing remains possible, and there is confidence in the ability to contain, isolate and remediate small clusters. Here, the campus continues to be populated with faculty, staff and students with adjustments to baseline operations in order to reduce density and in-person contacts.

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      Alert Level 3 (Orange)

      This alert level indicates that on-campus operations must be reduced in response to a rising number of both positive tests and potential exposures. Isolation capacity is decreasing and confidence in the ability to complete contact tracing is moderate. As a result, parts of the College or the entire campus may need to shift into “cautionary quarantine” to limit movement on campus and minimize in-person contact.

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      Alert Level 4 (Red)

      This alert level indicates the need for significantly reducing campus operations to a minimum, with students either operating in a remote learning format on-campus or transitioning to off-campus remote. The College shifts to this alert level when there is ongoing campus or community transmission occurring at an accelerating rate and there are limited strategies to contain or control the spread of COVID-19.

      For a detailed description of each status level, view the Covid-19 Campus Alert Status and Response PDF:

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