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Fall 2021 Semester

We’ll See You Back on Campus This Fall!

We’ll see you on campus, as our fall semester will be held in person, and in community, together! From in-person classroom learning, to student activities and events, our semester will be 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.

Please, if you are not already fully vaccinated, follow the links below to learn how you can be vaccinated as soon as possible. Please also let us know if you have questions or concerns about becoming fully vaccinated by contacting covidinfo@keene.edu.

Did you know that more than 80% of people who are on campus this summer are fully vaccinated against COVID-19? We need to keep this trend going for fall!

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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Academic Calendar

The fall semester will begin on Monday, August 30. Last day of classes for the fall semester is December 10. The full calendar is posted online.

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Will I need to be tested upon arrival to campus at the start of fall semester?

Yes, everyone returning to campus regardless of vaccination status will need to be tested. We encourage individuals to isolate until test results are received.

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

IF you experience any or all of the following:

  • A fever (greater than 100 degrees)
  • Respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath
  • Flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, and severe fatigue
  • Changes in sense of taste or smell

THEN you must stay home (residence hall room, apartment)

  • As applicable: individuals must notify their roommate(s), CA, professors, supervisor by email
  • Employee: call their health care provider
  • Student: call KSC Health Services

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

Employees and students who test negative for any COVID symptoms, should stay off campus 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 test but who has even mild symptoms such as a runny nose, is required to wear a mask in public spaces until all symptoms resolve.

Which COVID safety protocols are in place for the fall 2021 semester?

Safety protocols will be determined, and adjusted as needed, based on how many college community members are vaccinated, and COVID case rates at Keene State and in the city of Keene. Faculty, staff and students who are accessing Keene State’s campus this fall will follow adjusted requirements, based on monitoring of these key data.

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

Individuals who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine if they are exposed to someone who is ill. Unvaccinated individuals will be contacted by a member of the Rapid Response Team to coordinate quarantine.

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

All individuals on campus for the fall 2021 semester will have a return to campus COVID-19 test. Surveillance testing frequency throughout the summer 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.

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. Faculty, staff and students can receive a rapid and PCR test at the Upper Respiratory Clinic on campus by appointment. In addition, walk-in testing will be facilitated by Stewart’s Ambulance Corp three mornings per week for faculty, staff and students with minor symptoms.

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?

Unless the conditions change and Keene State moves to a different level, masks are not required but recommended for individuals who are high risk or cannot be vaccinated. If you are vaccinated and feel more comfortable wearing a mask, we encourage that as well.

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.

The next available clinic is August 4, 2021 from 11:00am-2:30pm. Both Pfizer (two doses) and Johnson and Johnson (one dose) will be available. Just call (603) 358-2230 or email covidinfo@keene.edu to schedule an appointment. Bring your Owl ID. Wearing a mask is required.

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

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.

What if I can’t get the COVID-19 vaccine?

As we plan for the fall 2021 semester, we are working on delivering the safest and most engaging college experience at Keene State for all of our students, including those who cannot get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. Please stay tuned.

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.

We are in the planning stages for fall semester, and we expect this list to grow and evolve.

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:

Academics

Will classes be face-to-face?

As we move into the Fall 2021 semester, Keene State College is recommitting to providing an in-person learning experience for our students. If at any time, the conditions change on campus and we move to another level on the risk matrix, faculty may be asked to move to another delivery system (i.e. hybrid or remote). Faculty members are preparing in advance for any such change to be support students.

Will 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. To begin the fall semester, occupancy limits of academic spaces and congregate areas will be at 67% of pre-COVID capacities. 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. 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 603-358-2450.

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

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

Yes! In fact, the college is working on finding even more ways for students to connect through activities and organizations during the fall semester.

What will student life be like on campus?

From in-person classroom learning, to student activities and events, our semester will be more like the campus experience we know and love at Keene State. When a large 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.

Events and Visitors

Can I have visitors on campus?

Yes, visitors are allowed, however; if at any time, the 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.