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Fall 2021 Semester

Welcome Back to Campus!

Our fall semester is in person, and in community, together! From in-person classroom learning, to student activities and events, our semester is more like the campus experience we know and love at Keene State.

COVID-19 Vaccines


We strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible, for their own health and safety and for that of our campus community. The medical data and public health recommendations are clear: being fully vaccinated will greatly decrease your chances of becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus or transmitting the virus to your friends, family, or others with whom you have close contact. In addition, fully vaccinated people who become infected with COVID-19 experience milder symptoms, are rarely hospitalized, and almost never die from the disease.

Students, faculty and staff, once you’re fully vaccinated, please consider sharing your proof of vaccination with the College!

The proportion of our campus community that is fully vaccinated is an important factor in determining our health and safety protocols. If you have not already, please report your vaccination status to us as soon as possible by following this link to our confidential portal. Your choice to voluntarily report your vaccination status will help us protect the health and safety of you, your family, friends, classmates, and all members of our campus community. We will hold your information in confidence and use it only to establish our campus health and safety protocols. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns about reporting your vaccination status by contacting covidinfo@keene.edu.

Here’s how to use our portal:

  • Take a photo of your vaccination card (ensure your photo shows both doses, if applicable) and save it on your computer/device, and upload the image to the Health Portal.
  • Once in the portal, click “upload” on the toolbar.
  • Select “COVID 19 Vaccine Records” from the dropdown and attach your file.
  • Once you have successfully uploaded your file, it will say “COVID19 Vaccine Records received on (date).”

The health and safety of our community continue to be top priorities. Details about the fall will be updated here as decisions are made. As always, Keene State closely follows the science around the pandemic.

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Testing for COVID-19

Through the month of October, all faculty, staff and students (regardless of vaccination status) will be tested weekly. Please refer to the schedule below to find your day for testing each week. If you have any questions about your timing for testing, please contact covidinfo@keene.edu.

Mondays: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Mountain View Room, 3rd floor, Student Center

  • Students living off campus with last name beginning with A - F
  • Students and staff living in Fiske Hall, Holloway Hall and Owl’s Nests

Tuesdays: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Mountain View Room, 3rd floor, Student Center

  • Students living off campus with last name beginning with G - N
  • Students living in One Butler Court, Huntress Hall

Wednesdays: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Mountain View Room, 3rd floor, Student Center

  • All employees
  • Students living in The Commons, Pondside 1, 2 & 3

Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Mountain View Room, 3rd floor, Student Center

  • Students living off campus with last names beginning with O - Z
  • Students living in Carle Hall

Fridays: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Mountain View Room, 3rd floor, Student Center

  • Assigned students and employees

Not Feeling Well? Symptomatic Testing Available:

Do not go to class, if you’re not feeling well! Walk-in symptomatic COVID testing is available Monday through Friday from 12 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. in Monadnock Hall. If it is after 1:30 p.m. or a weekend:

  • Students - please call the Wellness Center at 603-358-2200. Do not arrive without an appointment

  • Faculty/Staff - contact your healthcare provider

Fall 2021 Covid-19 Operational Plan

Keene State continues to carefully follow the science around COVID-19. A comprehensive plan that incorporates data is used to guide the College’s operational decisions during the pandemic. Click here to view the plan for fall 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Safety Measures

What should I do if I’m not feeling well?

Do not go to class if you’re not feeling well! Students should have a COVID test (can be rapid or PCR) if they have any COVID symptoms. Symptoms could include congestion, runny nose, sore throat, headache, fever, cough, loss of taste and smell, body aches, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, and diarrhea. You may experience one, several or many of these symptoms. If you would like to talk with a health professional about your symptoms, contact the Wellness Center at 603-358-2200. If you feel mildly ill and do not feel you need to talk to a medical team member but want to get tested, go to Monadnock Hall to the white tent on the right side of the building between 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to receive a walk-in test.

If your test is positive you need to isolate for 10 days.

If your test was taken outside of KSC, email your result to covidinfo@keene.edu and contact campus safety to alert them of your result. If your test is negative and you have COVID symptoms, you should stay home or in your room until:

  • You have no fever for 24 hours without use of any fever-reducing medications (e.g., Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and/or
  • You have no nausea, vomiting, diarrhea for 24 hours, and/or
  • Your upper respiratory symptoms have improved

If your test is negative when you have COVID symptoms and If fever persists beyond 3 days, consider repeat testing and follow up with your medical provider.

I tested positive outside of KSC testing, what should I do?

If your test was taken outside of KSC, email your result to covidinfo@keene.edu and contact Campus Safety (358-2228) to alert them of your result. The Rapid Response Contact Tracing Team will be notified and you will be contacted and informed of isolation procedures.

How long should I stay home if I’m not feeling well?

Employees and students who are not feeling well should stay at home until they have no fever for 24 hours and/or until they have no nausea/vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours and/or upper respiratory symptoms have improved. Anyone with a negative COVID test who has even mild symptoms such as a runny nose, is required to wear a mask in public spaces until all symptoms resolve.

Will I have to quarantine if I am exposed to someone who has COVID-19?

People who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine if they are exposed to someone who is ill. They will instead monitor for symptoms, wear a mask, and then participate in surveillance testing 3-5 days after exposure. Unvaccinated people will be contacted by a member of the Rapid Response Team to coordinate quarantine.

Who do I contact if I have a question about contact tracing? What if I was exposed to someone who has tested positive but I have not been contacted?

Please call Campus safety at 603-358-2228 to get connected with the KSC Rapid Response Team.

How often will I need to be tested for COVID-19?

All faculty, staff and students will tested weekly regardless of vaccination status. Surveillance testing frequency throughout the academic year is based on local case rates, and can change at any moment. Information will be shared often with the college community, and we urge you to check your Keene State email often for updates.

Who does NOT need to be tested for COVID-19?

The very limited number of students or faculty who have fully remote/online courses due to the nature of their program do not need to participate in surveillance testing as they are not coming to campus.

If I am having symptoms, will Keene State provide COVID testing?

All students, staff and faculty exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be encouraged to test for the virus, regardless of vaccination status. If you are having symptoms and need to be tested for COVID on campus, students, faculty, and staff can stop by Monadnock Hall between Noon and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for a test. No appointment is needed for a test during this time.

When and how will we know if campus restrictions are changed?

The college community will be notified via email and through an update to this webpage if restrictions are adjusted according to the college’s risk matrix.

What if I have COVID related questions or concerns?

All information related to COVID-19 will be sent to the campus community from covidinfo@keene.edu. Updated information related to the fall 2021 semester can be found here. Any questions or concerns should be directed to covidinfo@keene.edu or (603) 358-2230.

Do I need to wear a mask while on campus? What about my family or friends who come to campus with me?

Currently, anyone entering campus buildings must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. CDC provided updated recommendations that even vaccinated individuals should wear masks when in areas with substantial transmission. We are seeing an increase in cases in our region. Masks must also be worn outdoors on campus in groups less than 10.

Do I need to wear a mask outdoors on campus?

If you are alone or gathered in a group of less than 10 people, a mask is not required. If you are gathering in a group of 10 or more, masks are required outdoors.

What kind of masks are required to be used while on campus?

Cloth masks that fit well on the face, or surgical masks are the minimum.

What happens if a student doesn’t follow the protocols?

Keene State College recognizes that we are all in this together to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and the greater Keene Community. As such, students will be expected to follow all the safety measures explained on this page. Violations of these safety protocols will be adjudicated as violations of the College’s Directives on Public Health Policy.

What safety protocols will be in place in classrooms?

Keene State will provide 3-feet spacing in classrooms where possible. In addition, enhanced ventilation, mask use, and vaccinated populations provide added layers of protection.

How is the College preparing for COVID cases when they occur?

COVID-19 results from tests done at Keene State are received by the college within 24-48 hours. Once the college is notified of a positive test result, contact tracers at the college reach out to the affected community member and initiate isolation, and also quarantine of close contacts when needed.

Where can I find information about test results and the criteria that are used to determine how the college is operating?

Keene State has a page dedicated to sharing test result data and criteria for operations. Visit this page for the latest information.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Will Keene State offer vaccination clinics on campus?

Yes! In partnership with Cheshire Medical Center we will be offering vaccination clinics in the fall semester. Please watch your email and this website for more details as they become available. In addition, the Wellness Center will also offer flu shot clinics this fall.

Does, or will, Keene State require the COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend in person?

Though the vaccine is not required, we strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible, for their own health and safety and for that of our campus community. The medical data and public health recommendations are clear: being fully vaccinated will greatly decrease your chances of becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus or transmitting the virus to your friends, family, or others with whom you have close contact. In addition, fully vaccinated people who become infected with COVID-19 experience milder symptoms, are rarely hospitalized, and almost never die from the disease.

Why isn’t Keene State requiring the COVID vaccine?

The college, along all University System of NH institutions, is prohibited from requiring the vaccine by state law. This was not a determination made by Keene State.

What’s different about my experience at Keene State in the fall if I get vaccinated?

The vaccines are highly effective at greatly reducing transmission and contraction of COVID-19. When you’re fully vaccinated (14 days after from the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or single-dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and if you elect to provide proof to the College, you won’t need to quarantine when exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. The proportion of our campus community that is fully vaccinated is an important factor in determining our health and safety protocols.

I’m unsure about getting vaccinated. Where can I go to get more information?

Reliable, science-based information about the COVID-19 vaccine is important to read. Check out these sources:

What happens to the COVID vaccine proof that is submitted to Keene State?

The information is held confidentially within our Wellness Center, and used only as part of larger, aggregate data to determine how much of our community has been vaccinated.

Academics

Are physical classrooms be back to normal?

The number of people in a classroom space will be determined based upon criteria described in the trigger point matrix. Occupancy limits of academic spaces and congregate areas will be based on 3-feet spacing, wherever possible. The use of space will be managed on a case-by-case basis, and will include flexible seating arrangements. People in these spaces are asked to maintain 3 feet spacing between seats and wear masks. Dining, recreational, and childcare facilities on campus should continue to follow specific industry guidance for spacing and other protective measures.

What if I am feeling ill and have a scheduled class?

It will be important that sick students, faculty, or staff, even those with what appear to be cold symptoms, remain out of the classroom until symptoms resolve and a negative COVID-19 test result is received. Students should stay home, out of the classroom, and call the Wellness Center for next steps at 603-358-2200.

Can students attend class virtually if they are not feeling well?

Yes, students should talk with their professors to make temporary arrangements when they are not feeling well, or if they need to isolate or quarantine due to COVID. Students who are not feeling well should stay home in their apartment, house or residence hall, and call the Wellness Center at 603-358-2200 for next steps.

When am I allowed to go back to class after I’ve been feeling ill?

When your symptoms have resolved and a negative COVID-19 test result is received.

Student Activities and Living On Campus

Are KSC students living off campus allowed to enter on-campus residential buildings this academic year?

Yes, at this time, other KSC students who are living off campus are permitted to enter on-campus housing buildings. Guests outside of KSC are not permitted to enter on-campus housing buildings.

Will student clubs and organizations still meet in person (as well as virtually) in the fall?

Yes! In fact, the college providing even more ways for students to connect through activities and organizations this semester.

What is student life be like on campus?

From in-person classroom learning, to student activities and events, our semester is more like the campus experience we know and love at Keene State. When a larger percentage of our college community gets vaccinated against COVID-19, it will open up in-person opportunities, and will make the campus experience even more exciting.

Travel Guidelines

Are students permitted go home for a weekend to visit family or friends during the semester?

Yes, students may go home for a visit or appointments during the semester. At this time, there are no other protocols that need to be followed in order to do so.

Events and Visitors

Can I have visitors on campus?

Yes, currently, visitors are allowed on campus. However, visitors who are not Keene State students are not permitted to enter residence halls. If COVID conditions change on campus and we move to another level on the risk matrix, visitor restrictions will change.

Will spectators be allowed at athletic games?

Yes, spectators are allowed, however; if at any time, the conditions change on campus and we move to another level on the risk matrix, spectator restrictions will change.