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Welcome Back, and Notice about COVID Testing

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We are thrilled to officially welcome back our students this week! It will be a great semester with all of us together again, on campus.

This message provides information on how we are planning to keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help ensure that we can stay together in person, with COVID testing.

Are we doing regular surveillance testing this semester? Everyone returning to KSC this fall will have a test upon arrival to campus. For the month of September, all faculty, staff, and students, regardless of vaccination status will be tested once a week.

Who doesn’t need to participate in surveillance testing?
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. In addition, individuals who provide proof of a positive COVID test will be exempt for 90 days from testing.

Will we be doing testing all semester?
We will continue to respond and plan our surveillance testing plans around the latest scientific data and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, New Hampshire State, and our local public health officials. Updates on changes to our testing protocols will be emailed. The campus community will be emailed a weekly debrief and update from covidinfo@keene.edu.

When will surveillance testing be this semester for employees?
All employees will be tested every Wednesday between 8am-6pm. Failure to show on your assigned day will result in your information being forwarded to Human Resources. Alternate arrangements will be considered on a case-by-case basis for scheduling conflicts and employees should email covidinfo@keene.edu.

The testing schedule for students is also posted on https://www.keene.edu/featured/fall21/ for your reference as needed. The Dean of Students office will be alerted about students who do not show for testing.

Where is testing?
Testing will be on the 3rd floor of the LP Young Student Center in the Mountain View Room. There will be plenty of signage to direct you! It is very important that you do not crowd the staircase. We will do our best to ensure we move quickly but if you notice a line, we kindly ask that you find another place to wait.

What if my test comes back positive?
A member of our Rapid Response Team (RRT) will contact you as soon as the test results are received to help you through the next steps.

Do I need to quarantine if I am positive or come in contact?
If an individual tests positive, regardless of vaccination status, they will need to quarantine for 10 days.

For individuals who are contacts of positive cases, it will depend on the information that you have provided to us. If you have not uploaded your vaccination information to the health portal, it will be assumed that you are not vaccinated, and you will need to quarantine if exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID. When you are vaccinated and have chosen to upload proof, you will not need to quarantine but will be asked to monitor for symptoms, wear a mask, and then participate in surveillance testing 3-5 days after exposure.

If you have any specific questions related to surveillance testing, please contact covidinfo@keene.edu.