The following information was updated on January 7, 2022. This page will be updated frequently as information becomes available.

Winter 2022

 

Health and Safety

In order to mitigate the spread of the virus, it is important that everyone remains vigilant regarding the wearing of masks indoors. Please adhere to this policy. Additionally, Mayor Luke Bronin has instituted a city-wide indoor mask mandate through the end of January. Students must continue to adhere to the policies outlined in the community contract.

Students feeling ill and seeking medical treatment or advice should contact the Health Center during normal business hours or the Campus Safety Department after the Health Center has closed. Employees will follow their departmental call-out procedures and discuss alternative work arrangements with their supervisor when able to work.

Even with the limited number of students and employees on campus in January, we are prohibiting social gatherings in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus. We are evaluating our meeting and gathering policies to determine what adjustments are necessary for the start of the spring semester. In-person meetings are discouraged but allowed with masks worn for the duration of the meeting. Please avoid having meetings that include food and beverage.

Isolation and Quarantine Protocols

Given the reduced number of students on campus this January, we are piloting a plan to allow students who test positive to isolate in their place of residence.  While we continue to set aside space for isolation housing, students would have three options for isolation after testing positive, depending on the circumstances of their regular residential situation:

  • Isolate at home, with the expectation that travel occurs in private vehicles and not using public transportation or rideshare vehicles
  • Isolate in place in their own residence if they sleep in a single-occupancy room or if all members of a one-room double/one-room triple/two-room quads test positive. A group bathroom in the building will be designated the isolation bathroom. Residents of the building who are not in isolation will be directed to use one of the other bathrooms in the building. Students that live in apartment style living (on or off campus) and who sleep in a single occupancy room, will be able to isolate in that residence following the protocols as described in the document.
  • Relocate to isolation housing if roommates are not also positive.

We have provided detailed guidance on isolation protocols, which has been supported as reasonable plans by public health and infection disease experts at Hartford HealthCare. As we stated earlier, we are committed to balancing the importance of physical health and safety with mental and emotional well-being. By creating a safe way for students to isolate in place, we are aiming to reduce the negative psychological effects that come with isolation.

Students who test positive and are isolating on campus:

  1. Will be expected to isolate in their room without going into other people’s rooms
    and they may not have any guests during the isolation period.
  2. May go outside of their residence hall, with a mask on, to get fresh air.
    a. They must stay in the vicinity of the residence hall except when going to pick up
    food from the dining hall.
    b. They may not have contact with anyone else while outside.
    c. Two positive students may walk together outside.
  3. May not go into any other buildings and may not pick up packages for themselves.
  4. Will pick up their food from the designated area outside the dining hall.

Staff and faculty who test positive should inform Human Resources and are asked to isolate at home until cleared by their health care provider.

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.

Spring 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Employees and students are required to be vaccinated in order to be on campus. Please upload your vaccination card to the student health portal.

We continue to monitor CDC Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education and adjust our policies as needed. Given the emergence of the Omicron variant and new recommendations regarding vaccine boosters, the college is updating our vaccine policy: Effective Tuesday, February 1, 2022, all vaccinated students, staff, and faculty must submit proof of a booster shot within 30 days of becoming eligible.

Individuals should consult the CDC website to determine their timeline for eligibility. Individuals who have already received an approved exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine will continue to be exempt from this requirement. Individuals vaccinated with an FDA-approved or FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine outside the United States should follow CDC guidance for booster doses.

The college will host on-campus booster clinics on January 31, February 1, and February 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Terrace Rooms in Mather Hall.  All employees and students who need a booster are welcome.

For students:

  1. Take a picture of your vaccination card showing your booster dose of an approved vaccine
  2. Go to https://trinity.studenthealthportal.com
  3. Use your Trinity College credentials to sign into the portal
  4. Select “My Forms” from the banner at top of page
  5. Select the option, “COVID 19 Immunization”
  6. Enter the dates of your dose(s) in the column that matches the manufacturer of your vaccine
  7. Choose the “Upload” box and upload the image of your vaccination card

For faculty and staff:

Please email a copy (scan or photo) of your card showing the type and date that you received to Kate Durante, associate director human resources, at Kathleen.Durante@trincoll.edu.with with the subject line of Proof of COVID Booster.

COVID-19 Testing at Trinity

Students who are returning to campus must have a negative PCR test administered within 72 hours of returning to campus. Because of the increasing demand for PCR tests and difficulty getting them in a timely manner, students returning to campus from January 26-30 have the option of getting an antigen test instead of a PCR test. Antigen tests must be administered within 24 hours of arrival. Please bring your tests results to check-in. Detailed information on the check-in process, which will include getting a PCR test at the campus testing center (Memorial Field House) on the day of your arrival, will be communicated in mid-January.

Given the rapid transmission of the highly contagious Omicron variant, we urge students to secure an additional test the week of January 10 and report a positive test to the college by submitting the test results to healthcenter@trincoll.edu. For rapid tests, you can take a picture of the results with your name and test date written on it, and for PCR tests you can scan the results from the lab. This will allow individuals who test positive to complete their isolation period at home and the test outcome will provide the college with a clearer understanding of the potential for the presence of COVID in our community. Anyone who tests positive will be exempt from on-campus testing for 90 days after their infection. Please note: If your test is negative, you will need to do another pre-arrival test within the prescribed window of your arrival date (72-hours for PCR or 24 hours for antigen).

Testing will take place in Ferris Athletic Center. Appointments for a test are not required; all tests will be walk-ups. Once test results are determined,you will receive an email notification.

Students:

Students will be tested once weekly, details on the testing schedule will be announced prior to students’ return to campus.

Faculty and Staff:

Beginning the week of January 18, employees and affiliates who work on campus will need to be tested once per week in our on-campus testing center in Ferris Athletic Center. All employees/affiliates should plan to be tested that week, either for your return to in-person work on January 24, or because you are currently working on campus. The testing center will be open for employees/affiliates on January 19, 20, and 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment is needed on these days.

We anticipate that weekly testing will continue through February. Testing will occur on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the on-campus testing center in Ferris Athletic Center. No appointment is needed.

Testing for students who are experiencing symptoms and any follow-up tests will take place at the Health Center on weekdays from 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. and by appointment at other times. If you feel ill or are experiencing COVID symptoms, please call 860-297-2018 to schedule an appointment.

We will monitor the health and safety of community and modify our testing plans if needed.

We maintain a dashboard that provides the Trinity community with information about the presence of COVID-19 on campus and our efforts to mitigate its spread. The dashboard will report key data about the number of currently active cases among our community, the number of students in isolation or quarantine, and cumulative data on our campus testing program.

The current case counts will be updated twice per week (beginning the week of September 8, 2021). The testing pool will only include our surveillance program for our vaccinated student population and weekly testing for individuals who have been granted a medical and religious exemption.

Academic Schedule and Classes

The spring semester will start on Monday, January 31. Our decision to delay the start is a proactive response to pandemic-related developments. In taking this step, we are prioritizing, as always, the health and safety of our campus and in-person student learning.

Please note that this change will require removing Trinity Days, scheduled for February 24 and 25. The regular class meeting schedule will instead be in effect for these two days. Spring Break, however, will not be impacted by the change.

The first week of classes will be conducted remotely. This should allow us to return quickly and safely to in-person learning in the second week of classes.

Trinity does require synchronous engagement with students and faculty during the scheduled class period (not during other times, which may conflict with courses or activities). This real-time interaction is essential to our mission as a liberal arts college and ensures that we comply with Trinity’s credit-hour policies. Faculty who have questions about teaching remotely should feel free to consult with their department chair/program director.

College Policies and Additional Questions

The college’s COVID-19 Steering Committee continues to monitor the transmission rates in the region and the spread of the Delta variant. 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.

Visitors and invited guests are welcome on campus, and they must wear masks in both indoor and outdoor settings. Visitors attending or participating in an indoor event will be required to show proof of vaccination to event organizers.

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.