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Spring 2021

As we prepared for the start of the 2020-21 academic year, Trinity College developed a framework of alert levels to provide the community with up-to-date guidance about activity and movement on campus, based on a number of factors related to the virus. The framework employs four different operating status levels, from green to red, and the system is intended to help mitigate the spread of the virus among our community.

We learned much from our experience in the fall. One important lesson concerns a need for more flexibility within these alert levels. Flexibility allows us to respond with more precision to particular circumstances, to implement or ease up on specific limitations depending on what we’re seeing and where.

Therefore, with the spring semester, we’re enhancing the alert level system—still using the same four levels but taking a more flexible, nimble approach to the operational details that correspond to each level. The college’s current operating status will always be visible on our website and the COVID-19 dashboard, and we will notify you via email when there’s a change in the alert level and share specific guidance at that time.

NOTE: During periods of major transition for the campus, namely when students are arriving or departing en masse, we will not employ a particular color-coded alert level. These periods of transition are critical in managing community health and safety and must be managed specifically. From February 18 through February 28, the college will be in one such campus transition phase, during which we will provide specific guidance on campus operations and activities. We will resume use of the color-coded alert level system on March 1.

Guidance on Alert Levels

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL: GREENThe green alert level aligns with what a COVID-19 “normal” operating status for the spring, in which virus transmission levels are low and not stressing the college’s systems and resources. At this level, conditions allow for in-person learning and on-campus work for some faculty and staff, with substantial health and safety protocols and pandemic-related policies in place for travel, visitors to campus, and more. In addition, operations at the green alert level would mean:

  • Dining in Mather Hall is open with modifications and very limited capacity
  • Students’ residence hall access is limited to their own residence hall; students may visit individuals on other floors, and common areas; students must wear face coverings and maintain a minimum of 6 feet of physical distance from one another if you are in a room with someone other than your suitemate or apartmentmate(s)
  • Students living off-campus may not be in residence halls; students in campus housing may not visit off-campus houses
  • Travel off-campus by students is for essential purposes only
  • Work-related or college-sponsored travel by employees is for essential purposes only
  • Visitors are allowed in limited circumstances and for pre-approved reasons only (Admissions visitors are permitted, and Cinestudio and Trinfo.Café are open)
  • Campus activities are permitted outdoors and limited to 29 if supervised by a faculty/staff member and 12 if unsupervised; face masks and proper physical distancing are required

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL: YELLOWThe yellow alert level is used when a manageable number of cases exist and the college believes that it can mitigate the spread through contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, and other proactive measures. At this level the college may take necessary steps in addition to any listed above, including:

  • Quarantining of specific residences or groups
  • Increased frequency of testing for identified individuals
  • Grab-and-go dining only
  • Increased restrictions on student residence hall and common room access
  • Suspension of athletic and organized student activities
  • Increased limitations on the size of permissible gatherings

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL: ORANGEAt the orange alert level, transmission levels are increasing, capacity for quarantine and isolation is significantly decreasing, and resources to mitigate the virus are stressed. At this level the college may take necessary steps in addition to any listed above, including:

  • Transition to remote learning
  • Suspension of all gatherings on campus, whether indoors or outdoors
  • Closing of athletic facilities (the COVID-19 testing center in Ferris will remain open)
  • Limiting library access to appointment only
  • Suspension of visitors to campus; Closure of Cinestudio and Trinfo.Café
  • Limiting of employees on campus to those whose work requires them to be on campus

COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL: REDThe red alert level is reserved for conditions of widespread community transmission and increasingly depleted resources to mitigate the virus. At this level the college may take necessary steps in addition to any listed above, including:

  • Limiting library service to pick-up and drop-off only
  • Further restrictions to student movement on campus
  • Limiting of employees on campus to only those performing essential functions
  • Closure of residence halls and plan for move-out of students

Alert Level Criteria

In assessing conditions to determine the appropriate alert level, the COVID-19 steering committee evaluates  many indicators. They are considered in relation to one another, not individually. They include:

  • The number of active cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff
  • The number of students in quarantine
  • The capacity (space and staff) to manage the number of students requiring quarantine or isolation
  • The capacity of our health center to manage the demand of day-to-day operations, both for COVID-19 matters and general student health
  • The availability of PPE supplies
  • The ability to conduct COVID-19 testing and receive timely test results
  • The level of community spread of the virus locally, statewide, and beyond, as appropriate
  • The capacity of area hospitals to manage hospitalizations and accommodate surges in the virus

In addition, we keep a close eye on relevant travel advisories and restrictions and other guidance and executive orders issued by local, state, and federal authorities.