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Returning to Campus, Spring 2022

Welcome Back to Campus!

REMINDER: From January 18 (Tuesday) through January 21 (Friday), Keene State College will be using Synchronous Online Remote in Residence (SOLiR) learning practices. That means students and faculty will participate in synchronous classes – online only classes held at the scheduled course meeting time. Faculty will be notifying students with information regarding the online tool(s) being used and the means for accessing the course (links, passwords, etc.).

The health and safety of our community continue to be top priorities. Details about the spring will be updated here as decisions are made. As always, Keene State closely follows the science around the pandemic. 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. Keene State has a page dedicated to sharing test result data and criteria for operations. Visit this page for the latest information.

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

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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. – 2:30 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. – 2:30 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. – 2:30 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

Symptomatic Testing for COVID-19

Do not go to class, if you’re not feeling well!

Beginning January 17 - Walk-in symptomatic COVID testing is available at 115 Winchester Street Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm. No appointment needed.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Safety Measures

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

If your test was taken outside of KSC, we need documentation (See below).

If you tested positive within the last 24 hours, your first step should be to 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.

What if I was tested at a doctor’s office, testing site, or pharmacy?

An official test result is the preferred documentation and should be uploaded [online to your health portal] (https://ksclogin.keene.edu:8443/cas/login?service=https%3a%2f%2fkeene.medicatconnect.com%2fdefault.aspx)

What if I use(d) an at home testing kit?

Important – don’t throw away your test until you complete the necessary steps!

  1. Print off the at home testing result template and fill out the form completely
  2. Take a photo of the form
  3. Upload the form to your secure health portal - keene.medicatconnect.com

What happens after I submit a positive test result?

A member of the Rapid Response Team will contact you within 24-48 hours. If you are within 10-days of your positive test date, you should be in isolation. The team member will discuss where you will complete your 10-day isolation and if you had any close Keene State College contacts.

How will I know if I am exempt from testing protocols?

If upon review your information is verified, you would receive a testing exemption email from us. Please note: As of right now, we are following the 90-day testing exemption guidelines from the CDC. We anticipate that the guidelines may change over the coming weeks, so if they do, you may need to rejoin surveillance testing earlier than the 90 days.

What if I have no documentation of a positive test result?

Unfortunately if you no longer have any documentation related, we are unable to exempt you from testing protocols.

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 and/or other symptoms for 24 hours. 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 after exposure. Unvaccinated people will be contacted by a member of the Rapid Response Team to coordinate quarantine for 10 days.

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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.

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. Masks must also be worn outdoors on campus if you are gathering in a group. Surgical grade masks or better are required.

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.

Academics

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.

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?

Keene State College athletic events are closed to spectators until at least January 31. This policy will be revisited at the end of the month of January and updates will be posted here.