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FVS Rising: Our Plan for 20-21

Return to Campus & Quarantine Requirements

FVS Rising: Our Plan for 20-21

Faculty & Staff
Faculty and staff will return to campus on August 6, but will be required to undergo a self-quarantine in advance and then take a COVID-19 test on campus administered by UC Health. Faculty and staff already working on campus will continue to do so following the health and well-being protocols outlined in this  document. The specific expectation for self-quarantine is that faculty and staff will remain at home (or on campus for those who reside here) as much as possible and only interact with members of their household or campus community throughout their quarantine. Outdoor exercise is encouraged so long as the individual does not interact closely with others outside of their "household." In addition, we ask that family members of faculty and staff undergoing quarantine be mindful of their travels and interactions with others, and work to minimize the potential for those quarantined to experience secondary exposure.”

  • Aug. 1 - Faculty begin self-quarantine
  • Aug. 6 - COVID test for all faculty
  • Aug. 6-14 - Virtual in-service meetings

Students 
Students will return to campus in distinct groups listed below and will undergo quarantine and testing on campus. All arrivals will be coordinated through the Deans’ Office, which will also manage logistics such as airport shuttles.

  • Aug. 8 - Group 1 boarding students arrive and begin quarantine
  • Aug. 12 - Group 2 boarding students arrive and begin quarantine
  • Aug. 13 - Group 1 boarding students COVID-19 testing on campus
  • Aug. 15 - Group 3 boarding students arrive and begin quarantine
  • Aug. 15 - Day students begin self-quarantine at home
  • Aug. 17 - Group 2 boarding students COVID-19 testing on campus
  • Aug. 21 - Self-quarantined boarding students driving to campus. Tested upon arrival.
  • Aug. 21 - COVID-19 testing on campus for group 3 boarding students, boarding students who are arriving by car to campus, and day students

Students Arriving by Air or Public Transportation
Students who will be traveling by air or other public transportation will arrive in three groups that will be organized by the Deans’ Office. Upon arrival, these students will be required to undergo small-group quarantines in residence halls. Each student will be assigned an individual room which will be their home during quarantine. Students will be required to eat all meals in their rooms. All meals will be prepared in the dining hall and delivered to students in their room. Students may not visit other students’ rooms but may gather in the common area of their residence hall where they must practice physical distancing and wear a mask. Students must remain in the residence hall during quarantine, but ample, supervised opportunities to get outside and/or exercise will be coordinated each day. In addition, faculty and staff, including each student’s advisor and FVS Health Center personnel, will communicate and check in regularly with students who are in quarantine to ensure their well-being.

Following the prescribed quarantine period, students will be tested for COVID-19 on campus by UC Health and will remain in quarantine pending results. Once cleared, these students will move to a second, temporary residence hall and join the mainstream FVS Community for meals and other daily activities. In addition, a post-quarantine outing to the FVS Mountain Campus is being planned for students in groups 1 and 2.

Students Arriving by Car
Students who will be traveling to campus from their home by car (both boarding and day students) will be required to self-quarantine at home beginning on August 15 in advance of their arrival on campus on August 21. The specific expectation is that these students will remain at home and only interact with members of their household throughout their quarantine. Outdoor exercise is encouraged so long as the individual does not interact with others or enter any buildings. In addition, we ask that family members of students undergoing quarantine be mindful of their travels and interactions with others, and work to minimize the potential for quarantined students to experience secondary exposure. These students will be tested by UC Health when they arrive. While awaiting test results, boarding students will remain in small-group quarantines following the quarantine protocols outlined above, and day students will return home to continue self-quarantine pending test results.

Details for Parents Accompanying Students
A student's first day on campus is both exciting, but sometimes anxiety provoking for both the student and their parents. While parents are welcome to accompany students to campus, in order to maintain the integrity of quarantine, parents may not enter residence halls and will be required to wear a mask while on campus. Access to other buildings may also be limited for parents. When possible, please limit adult accompaniment to one parent. In addition, the School will coordinate delivery of dorm room supplies purchased by parents but will also assist students and families in acquiring any items they may need.

Packing for Quarantine on Campus and Mountain Campus; Final Residence Hall Assignments
During quarantine, students will be assigned temporary, individual rooms in residence halls. Following testing and once cleared by the FVS Health Center, students will likely move to a second, temporary room until they move to the room to which they are assigned for the year. This shuffling is required in order to maintain the integrity of quarantine and allow for adequate cleaning and preparation of rooms between arrival groups.

Students should arrive with a week’s worth of clothing and supplies that they will use until they move into the room to which they are assigned for the year. These should be packed separately from the rest of their belongings, which will be stored on campus and not accessible to students until the final move to the residence hall where they will live for the year. Students will have access to laundry machines.

In addition, the School is planning excursions to the FVS Mountain Campus following quarantine for students who arrive in groups one and two on August 8 and 12. Therefore, they should also pack clothing and other items appropriate for this setting, such as a sleeping bag if available, headlamp, water bottle, and warm layer for the chill of the mornings and evenings in the mountains. Students will sleep indoors, and activities will include hiking and other time spent outdoors. Temperatures typically range from 40-80 degrees Fahrenheit with frequent afternoon rainstorms.


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