February 2, 2021

Dear Students,

We hope that you are having a restful break. All is well here on campus as we prepare for your return and the start of the spring semester. We have seen significant progress in responding to the pandemic with growing availability of vaccines, but we must remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, knowing that widespread access to the vaccine is still months away and there is growing concern about the COVID-19 variants that are complicating response efforts.

We write today to remind you about the three important actions you must take if you are planning to return to campus later this month.

  1. Start your at-home quarantine. All students—those planning to live in college-owned housing or off-campus housing—need to complete a 10-day at-home quarantine and obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test before returning to campus. You should begin your quarantine 10 days prior to your arrival back to campus.
  2. Obtain your pre-arrival COVID test. Please submit your COVID-19 PCR test via the CoVerified app. The test must be within 7 days (preferably three) of your return to Hartford. If you do not submit a PCR COVID- 19 test result, you will not be allowed on campus.
  3. Sign-up for move-in/testing time slot and complete the CT travel health form. Move-in will occur Thursday, February 18, through Monday, February 22. Students should complete the pre-arrival checklist and, if you haven’t already, sign-up for a move-in time slot before you come to campus (https://moodle.trincoll.edu). You can access the checklist and sign-up for your move-in time slot by using your Trinity College username and password (parents: please note this is a site that requires student login). Careful completion of each of these tasks before arrival is required. You will not be granted access to residential buildings or classes until you complete your check-in, move-in, and testing processes.Depending on where you are traveling from, you may be required to meet the requirements of Connecticut’s Travel Policy which requires Affected Travelers to self-quarantine for a 10-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or country. An Affected Traveler is an individual who is traveling into Connecticut from a state or territory, other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, or from a country other than the United States

    An Affected Traveler is exempt from the State of Connecticut self-quarantine requirement if the Affected Traveler (1) has had a test for COVID-19 in the seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Connecticut or at any time following arrival in Connecticut, (2) the result of such COVID-19 test is negative, and (3) they have provided written proof of such negative test result to the Commissioner of Public Health. Tests must be submitted via email to: DPH.COVID-Travel@ct.gov or via facsimile to: (860) 326-0529.

    If a test was obtained in the seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Connecticut, or following arrival in Connecticut, and such Affected Traveler has not yet received their test results, such traveler shall remain in self-quarantine until a negative test result is received and submitted to the Commissioner. Students will be able to submit their negative on-campus arrival PCR COVID test to show that they have met this requirement.

    Additionally anyone who is traveling to Connecticut from an Affected State and will remain in state for more than 24 hours must complete the State of Connecticut Travel Health Form that will be filed with the CT Department of Public Health. An Affected State is a state or territory, other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, and an Affected Country is a country other than the United States.

    Failure to submit this travel health form or to self-quarantine may result in a civil penalty of $500 for each such violation.

    Once you (including the students that met the above stated State of Connecticut requirement) arrive in Hartford (either to live in college housing or not), you will be required to remain in a “transitional quarantine” from the time of your arrival until March 1. You must have received at least three negative COVID 19 PCR tests administered at Trinity College during that time period. During this transitional quarantine students will be allowed to:

    -Go to the testing site at the field house (same location as the fall semester)
    -If needed, go to the Health Center
    -Get mail and packages from the mail room
    -Receive meals via grab-n-go at Mather dining
    -Exercise as an individual or in pairs only by using the facilities outside. You must remain physically distanced from others at all times. Ferris will not be open until March 1

We know that much is being asked of you in preparation for your return to campus. We are here to answer questions you may have which can be shared at doso@trincoll.edu. Stay safe, stay healthy and we will see you in a couple of weeks.

Sincerely,

Joe DiChristina, Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Management
Jason Rojas, Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for External Relations