This page covers information about what students who are living on campus or in off- campus housing in town can expect during the spring semester.
First-year students arrive Monday, August 23 and will have a robust Orientation experience during the week prior to the start of classes. Second-year students will also have the option to return a day early – August 28 - to participate in a variety of activities designed specifically for this class. (More information about this is coming soon!)
Fall sports coaches will communicate directly with their student-athletes about pre-season schedules and expectations for arrival. Winter and spring sport varsity student-athletes do not arrive early unless they are approved for another reason (i.e. they are a Peer Mentor, working on campus, etc.).
All arriving students must undergo gateway testing at Kirby Stadium. For students living on campus, this should be your first stop.
Outside of the additional step of receiving a gateway antigen test in Kirby Stadium, the move-in process will follow pre-COVID operations. This means students do not need to sign up for a specific date and time for move-in, and family members are welcome to accompany them and assist with moving.
Because there will be many people moving about within indoor locations and they may or may not be vaccinated, we are requiring that everyone wear a mask in these areas during move-in. This does not apply when outside or alone in your room.
Students living in off-campus housing may plan their arrival at their convenience. Please remember that you are also required to participate in the gateway testing. All off-campus students will need to make arrangements with Health Services for this test. They will be testing from Aug 16-20.
While there is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival to campus/Chestertown, all students should come prepared with a quarantine/isolation plan. This planning should include assembling a Go-Kit with:
- Medications - any prescriptions you take regularly and/or OTC medications
- Cleaning Supplies
- Face Coverings/Masks
- Comfort Food (meals will be delivered, but your favorite snacks can be helpful!
- Comfortable Clothes
- Hygiene Products
- Spare Set of Twin XL Sheets
- Phone, Laptop and other device chargers Self-care items to support your overall well-being (art supplies, puzzles, crafts, exercise equipment, books, etc.
Enrolled students will have normal access to all campus facilities for the fall semester. Some buildings will remain Keycard-only access, so it will be important to have your Student ID with you at all times.
Students are strongly encouraged to continue clean their rooms regularly, with a special focus on high-touch surfaces such as door knobs, computers, phones, game controllers, remote controls, etc.
In shared bathrooms, personal toiletries should NOT be left out, but instead should be brought into the bathroom when needed and then returned to the student's room. Toothbrushes left out in shared spaces is a primary means of transmitting viruses.
Restrooms in student residence halls will be supplied with EPA-approved products, which students can use in between regular cleanings to avoid the mixing of chemicals and the use of non-EPA approved products.
Hodson Hall and all retail locations will be open for students under normal operations, though some service areas will still be staffed instead of self-serve. They will have some seating reserved for students who wish to maintain social distancing. Carry-out meals will also be an option.
On campus students are required to have at least a 14-meal plan and will comply with procedures issued by the Dining Hall (via email) for picking up and eating meals. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quarantine & Isolation Preparation
We will continue with standard Quarantine & Isolation procedures (same as the spring) for any student who becomes ill with COVID-like symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 during the fall semester. As required of facilities who have residential occupancy when a public health pandemic emergency is declared, Washington College has identified spaces for students who must isolate or quarantine.
Students who are required to quarantine or isolate during the semester should work closely with their faculty members to make up any work missed because of their absence. Not all in-person classes will be accessible virtually, therefore, students should communicate with their professors to determine the appropriate steps to ensure their continued participation in their courses.