The following information was updated on June 30, 2022. This page will be updated frequently as information becomes available.

Summer 2022

 

Health and Safety

Trinity is a mask-friendly community and the college will continue to respect the right of any individual – including students, faculty, staff, and visitors – to continue to wear a mask. All members of the Trinity community should act in a manner that demonstrates respect and understanding for those around them, including and most especially for individual choice regarding health and safety considerations.

 Masking is required in the following locations:

  • In all classroom, lab, studio, and instructional spaces during scheduled classes.
  • In all healthcare facilities.
  • At indoor athletic and performance art events, or other gatherings that include external audiences.
  • In any campus space where signage indicates masking is required.
  • Individual offices and group meetings when requested by the host or participants.

In the above locations and situations, all members of the campus community should wear a surgical-type, minimum ASTM level 1, or a KN95 mask. Cloth masks are not allowed unless they are used over ASTM-approved masks as part of double masking.

All campus community members will be required to keep a mask with them at all times and be prepared to wear it upon entering a space where it is required or at the request of another community member.

As a reminder, wearing a mask remains an important public health tool coupled with being vaccinated and boosted. Individuals who fall into a CDC high-risk category should continue to wear masks. Individuals who are not vaccinated or who have a vaccination/booster exemption must remain masked at all times.

For students living on campus this summer, the Health Center will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. Please come to the Health Center for COVID tests. If you test positive for COVID after business hours or on weekends, please inform the healthcenter@trincoll.edu so you can receive instructions on what steps to take.  Employees working on campus this summer should report a positive COVID test result to Kate Durante, associate director of human resources, at Kate.durante@trincoll.edu.

Please consult the Gathering Guidelines for specific information. We will continue to assess the presence of Covid on campus, locally, and nationally and may make other adjustments following spring break. Dining halls are operating at full capacity, with grab-and-go still an option for those interested.

Isolation and Quarantine Protocols

We expect all members of the college community to respond responsibly at the onset of symptoms and to consult a healthcare professional promptly. We expect anyone infected or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to respect the health of others by refraining from attending in-person classes, coming into close contact with others, and altogether avoiding large group settings.

Employees working on campus this summer should report a positive COVID test result to Kate Durante, associate director of human resources, at Kate.durante@trincoll.edu.

The COVID Steering Committee, in consultation with public health and infectious disease experts at Hartford HealthCare, has evaluated this guidance and determined the following protocols for students who are isolating on campus.

  1. Students who test positive must isolate for a minimum of five days and possibly up to 10 days, depending on test results. Students must remain in contact with the Health Center while isolating and the Health Center approves the end of your isolation.
  2. Students who are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (e.g., no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducers), and want to test, the best approach is to use a rapid antigen test toward the end of the five-day isolation period. The Health Center will oversee this process for students.
  3. If the rapid test on day five is negative, followed by a negative test on day six, they may leave isolation with the approval of the Health Center.  If the test is positive on day five, they may test again on day seven. If that test is negative followed by a negative test on day eight, then the student may leave isolation. Otherwise, isolation must continue for the full 10 days.
  4. All individuals who test positive must wear a mask for 10 days.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated (as defined by the CDC) and to have received one booster shot.

If you are eligible for the booster and you tested positive for COVID-19 prior to getting your booster shot, you may receive the vaccination immediately following the 10-day isolation period.

If you have any questions, please contact the Health Center at healthcenter@trincoll.edu

COVID-19 Testing at Trinity

For students living on campus this summer, the Health Center will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. Please come to the Health Center for COVID tests.

We are prepared to continue to offer symptomatic testing to the community, much like we have done since April 4. We do not anticipate conducting surveillance testing.

For students living on campus this summer, the Health Center will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. Please come to the Health Center for COVID tests.

We will discontinue the COVID dashboard over the summer. We will continue to monitor presence of COVID on campus and communicate to the community as needed.

Campus Gatherings

Please consult the Gathering Guidelines for specific information. We will continue to assess the presence of Covid on campus, locally, and nationally and may make other adjustments in the future.

Effective July 1, 2022, guests at indoor campus events will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination to be admitted.

We do request that visitors only attend events if they are up to date with all COVID-19 vaccinations, as recommended by the CDC. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we have adjusted our policies as campus and community conditions have changed over time.

As a mask-friendly community, the college will continue to respect the preference of any individual—including students, faculty, staff, and visitors—to continue to wear a mask. We maintain our current indoor masking policy, encourage individuals to get vaccinated, and ask that any person who has tested positive or is experiencing symptoms remain at home.

 

College Policies and Additional Questions

The college’s COVID-19 Steering Committee continues to monitor the transmission rates in the region. As always, we are guided by the State of Connecticut’s policies and recommendations, as well as recommendations from public health and infectious disease experts and organizations. Safety, health, and well-being remain our all-important guiding principles as we make decisions about policies and procedures.

Academic and administrative departments may host guests and visitors in the college’s buildings. Guests, speakers, or programmatic participants (e.g., lecturers, panelists, employment candidates, vendors, or visitors for other business purposes) must show proof of vaccination before gaining access to the space.

As a reminder, the college no longer accepts proof of vaccination via email. Event and meeting hosts should advise campus visitors to come prepared to show proof of vaccination upon arrival (physical card or photo of card). The host of the event will determine masking requirements.

The current travel policy will remain in place at this time. Faculty and staff may participate in college sponsored travel in accordance with CDC travel guidance, which differentiates between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. It also has guidance specific to domestic and international travel. International college sponsored travel by employees is prohibited to all areas categorized by the CDC as Level 4 risks, where the COVID-19 level is “very high.” Such travel to Level 3 areas is permissible in very limited circumstances and must be approved by a division head.

Please email PlansToReturn@trincoll.edu with questions or feedback. Many answers will be developed in the coming days as we continue to monitor the situation locally and globally and as we make decisions based on guidance from the state and other authorities and the best interests of all members of our community.

Fall 2022

Over the summer, we will continue to evaluate the most appropriate protective measures for the coming academic year and adjust our plans as necessary. A few key points to remember:

  • All new students, transfer students, and employees are required to be vaccinated and to have one booster shot prior to arrival in the fall.
  • The same requirements apply to returning students and employees, but all are not required to receive an additional booster at this time. We will inform our community by early July should this requirement change.
  • We are prepared to continue to offer symptomatic testing to the community, much like we have done since April 4. We do not anticipate conducting surveillance testing.
  • For arrival in August, all students will need to present a negative rapid COVID test taken within 24 hours of coming to campus. Arrival details will be sent out in coming months.
  • We continue to require that all students who test positive isolate in place; we will have a small number of beds for isolation housing if needed.

We cannot predict how variants will evolve in the future nor can we predict the number of positive cases in the community come fall. Should public health conditions change, we will consult our trusted partners at Hartford Healthcare in order to make the most prudent decisions moving forward.