Dear students and families,
As we continue to welcome students to campus for the start of the fall semester, I wanted to provide an update on the state of COVID-19 testing at the college and where our numbers currently stand. Over the course of the last 15 days, through a collaboration with New London Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and the college’s Baird Health & Counseling Center, more than 400 students, staff and faculty members have been tested for COVID-19. Thankfully, I’m pleased to report that the college has yet to receive notification of a positive result.
For those who are interested in checking in on the college’s numbers as testing continues, we have begun posting twice-a-week updates on the college’s website. Test results can be accessed by clicking on the red “Campus Testing Results” link located on the college’s COVID-19 Safety Commitment webpage – or by clicking here – and will be updated on Mondays and Thursdays. A second round of testing – to complement initial testing administered as part of the college’s move-in procedures – will begin Sept. 7, with testing to continue periodically throughout the semester on a random sampling of students.
It is important to know that college has a set of procedures in place in the instance a member of the campus community does test positive for COVID-19. Students who test positive will be asked to return home when possible – or be relocated to a designated isolated area on campus – while faculty and staff members will be required to remain home. Those who test positive will be asked to remain home, or in isolation, until all requirements outlined in the college’s policy on returning to campus have been met.
I would like to thank all of you for adhering to the policies and procedure put in place by both the college and the town of New London, and for your continued patience as we adjust to life amid this pandemic. Our ability to be together on campus is a truly a privilege, and I’m proud to see just how seriously our community has taken this privilege.
Susan D. Stuebner, Ed.D.
President and Professor of Social Sciences and Education