September 2, 2020

Dear Parents and Families,

Colby-Sawyer received notification today that a member of the student body has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the college’s first confirmed case. The test was administered earlier this week as part of the college’s ongoing move-in process, in which more than 700 tests have so far been conducted. The student in question, as well as their roommate, have since returned home where they will be asked to remain until all requirements outlined in the college’s policy on returning to campus have been met.

The college’s move-in procedures require students to self quarantine in their residence hall rooms until receipt of a negative test result. Students tested with their roommate/s also quarantine with their roommate/s. Once quarantine has concluded, it is important that all students – as well as employees – continue to follow the policies and procedures put in place by the college, including the use of masks and daily health screening submissions, to best ensure the safety of the campus community. The nature of COVID-19 is such that individuals can be asymptomatic and still test positive, thus it is essential that all members of the campus community abide by all COVID-19-related policies.

As testing continues, further results – including potential positive cases – will be communicated through the college’s Campus Testing Results webpage to be updated on a biweekly basis. All students will be tested a second time within seven to 14 days of arrival on campus, with testing to continue throughout the semester on a random sampling of both students and employees.

Colby-Sawyer remains committed to providing a safe and healthy atmosphere for students, faculty and staff, and will continue to follow all guidelines recommended by local, state and federal health officials. The college’s return to in-person instruction this fall is a privilege, and we must all do our part in following the policies and procedures that allow us to be together on campus.

 Please direct any questions you may have regarding this message or the college’s policies regarding COVID-19 to


Susan D. Stuebner,
Ed.D. President and Professor of Social Sciences and Education