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Steps for Returning to Campus

Sent on January 15, 2021

Dear Keene State Students:

I hope the new year finds you well. As you know, we are planning to start our spring semester at Keene State on February 15 with in-person classes, and on-campus services and activities for our students. The health and safety of our whole community are the top priorities. We continue to watch COVID-19 incidence rates and projections, as well as listen to guidance from experts. Please stay tuned in case we need to adjust our return date for your safety. At this time, we are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus to begin the semester on February 15!

**Read this whole message carefully, please…**

Steps for Returning to Campus

We look forward to welcoming you back safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are required to be part of the college's COVID-19 testing protocol to access any campus buildings at any point during the semester, even if classes are remote. COVID-19 testing is free to students. In order to efficiently bring thousands of people back to campus, we will not be accepting COVID-19 test results from outside of Keene State.

You are required to follow three steps to return to campus for the spring semester:

  1. Take a pre-arrival COVID-19 PCR Keene State drive-up test. Your pre-arrival test will be provided at a drive-up site on campus in a new location off of Appian Way.
  • Dates for Keene State drive-up testing on Mondays and Tuesdays:
    • Off-Campus Students: January 19, 25, 26, February 1, 2, 8, or 9
    • On Campus Students: February 5, 6, or 7
  • Sign up here by January 29 for your pre-arrival test and to get directions. Please be sure to sign up – if you don't sign up, we can't test you.

Note: A Quest home test kit is an alternative pre-arrival test option. A home kit will be made available to students who cannot make the Keene State drive-up test. Details provided to you on January 22.

  1. Return home after you take your Keene State drive-up test. Stay safe by practicing precautions while you await your pre-arrival test result , which will come to you via email within 36 hours.

  2. Come to campus and go directly to the Rec Center in Spaulding Gym for Student Check In. You are *REQUIRED* to bring proof of your negative pre-arrival test result with you, either printed out (preferred), or on your phone. *Bring your Owl Card, too.* During Check In, you will get your first weekly COVID-19 test for the semester, and your first wristband. You can only access campus buildings once you have your wristband – this includes residence halls.

  • Dates for Student Check In, located at the Rec Center in Spaulding Gym:
    • Off-Campus Student Check In : Check in on the Thursday after you take your pre-arrival Keene State drive-up test. Check-in instructions will be provided to you when you take your Keene State drive-up test.
    • New-Student Check In: Friday, February 12
    • On-Campus Student Check In: Sunday, February 14 (sign up on this page for your Check In time now)

Once you get your first wristband during Check In, you are required to get tested every week, on Thursday or Friday, just as we did in the fall.

Important notes:

1. Pre-arrival Test Results: Taking your pre-arrival test using the drive-up campus location will guarantee your results are received within 36 hours. When students do the Keene State drive-up test, they will also be entered to win $500 in Owl Cash. We recognize that some students may need a different way of taking their pre-arrival test. We will have a Quest home test kit available for a smaller number of students. Instructional details for completing the Quest home kit on this will be shared on January 22 via your KSC email, and will be posted on the page.

2. Walk-up Pre-arrival Test Option: Students must first go to the Campus Safety vehicle on Appian Way by Oya Hill (next to Zorn Dining Commons) to be checked in, prior to heading to a test site.

3: Positive COVID Test Result: If you tested positive for COVID-19 during winter break, we need to know because your COVID-19 results may come back positive for 90 days after the positive result. This means you will not need to test for some period of time. If this is the case for you, please contact the Dean of Students at 603-358-2842 or and they will help you with next steps.

4. Travel Quarantine: For students who are coming to Keene from a state outside of New England (NH, ME, VT, RI, CT and MA) – If you will take private transportation to Keene, you may quarantine for 10 days at your home before you leave for Keene. If you will take public transportation to Keene (such as airplane, bus, train, shuttle) you must quarantine for 10 days starting the day you arrive in Keene. This reflects NH Department of Health and Human Services requirements.

5: Community Commitment Acknowledgement: Continued required compliance with the Community Commitment Acknowledgement remains in place during the spring semester. It is to there to ensure your health and, the wellbeing of our community.

If you have questions specifically about COVID-19 testing at Keene State, please send a message to We'll respond to you as soon as we can, Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Thank you for taking these steps as quickly as possible to ensure your smooth return to campus. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Take good care and stay well,

Jennifer Ferrell
Associate Vice President of Student Engagement
Keene State College