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Save the Date: Fall at Keene State

Dear Keene State Owls and Families:

We are looking forward to seeing you back on campus in August for the start of the fall semester, and we hope you are just as excited. We also know that you are thinking about your own plans for returning to campus as we approach August.

We are finalizing the detailed fall semester plan for your health and safety, to ensure we will have a fully in-person, and in-community experience together. Today, we know:

COVID-19 Vaccine and Precautions

  • When you submit proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID to Keene State’s health portal, you will not need to quarantine if you are in direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID.
  • When 75% of our community of faculty, staff and students submits proof of full vaccination to the college, we will announce a surprise for the college community as a thank you. When more people are vaccinated, it’s more likely that cases will remain lower, which means less restrictions.
  • Even though masks are not currently required on campus, you should bring well-fitted face masks with you – the pandemic isn’t predictable, and you will need to be prepared. Surgical masks or tightly woven cloth masks with a nose piece are recommended.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is proven to keep people from getting sick and to greatly limit spread of the virus. We strongly encourage our community members to get vaccinated. If a health or religious reason makes getting vaccinated impossible, we will be here to support you.
  • Keene State students are invited to the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery on August 4 between 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Call (603) 358-2230 or email covidinfo@keene.edu to schedule an appointment. Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available for free!

COVID-19 Testing

  • All faculty, staff and students will be required to take a COVID test on campus (at no cost) upon arrival to start the semester off safely. Details will be shared soon.
  • In the next few weeks, we will share final Move In and campus return information by email to help you plan. Also, please save the date for a virtual student/family town hall on August 11 at 6pm. We will talk more about the semester, and you can ask questions. Zoom meeting information will be sent by email in early August.

Stay safe and we can’t wait to connect with you on our town hall.

Sincerely,

Melinda Treadwell
President

Jen Ferrell
Associate Vice President for Student Engagement

Jeanelle Boyer
Associate Professor of Public Health and COVID Leadership Team Chair