This page covers information about what students who are living on campus or in off- campus housing in town can expect during the spring semester.
A staggered move-in schedule (Jan. 19 - Jan. 30) has been worked out by Residence Hall, and students living on campus will sign up for a specific move-in time. The ResLife Team will communicate directly with students once the sign-ups are ready. Please be aware that the move-in times you are going to be choosing from are specific to the Hall. So if you have requested a change, that will impact the move-in schedule.
Campus move-ins will be staggered, beginning Jan. 19. Students may have two helpers with them. Everyone must wear a mask at all times during move-in, and helpers will not be permitted to remain on campus once the belongings have been dropped off. A reminder as well that all students must have verification of a flu shot and all other health forms and Conduct forms turned in prior to move-in. They will also be administered a COVID test upon arrival, before getting their keys.
Students living in off-campus housing may plan their arrival at their convenience. However we do ask that you also limit those helping you and adhere to all Town and county guidelines. Please remember to also observe the 2-week quarantine window at home, prior to arrival. Gateway tests will need to be scheduled as well- ResLife will contact off-campus students.
Quarantine Upon Arrival
All students arriving to live on campus or in Chestertown are required to quarantine in place for the first 14 days. The two week self-quarantine begins on the day of each student's arrival to campus. As noted, a COVID test will be administered as part of the arrival process, and then repeated on Day 12. Repeating the test - and the self-quarantine - helps protect against false negatives from the initial test.
We understand that some students will be coming in via air travel and therefore technically "breaking quarantine", but would ask that even in those circumstances, the exposure prior to arrival still be limited. Entering quarantine upon arrival is a continuation of this effort to keep our baseline numbers low.
Do's and Don'ts
- Come prepared with whatever essential supplies you need for two weeks (contact lens solution, hygiene products, medications, etc.)
- Bring plenty of your favorite Snacks!
Get your Grab & Go meals from the dining hall (wear your mask of course)
- Pick up mail/care packages
- Attend any medical appointments or mandatory athletic training appointments
- Plan for outdoor breaks for exercise and/or fresh air - bring your cold weather gear. (If cold weather exercise isn't your thing, find a fitness app that will let you get in a good workout indoors. It's a great time to practice meditation!)
- Plan video chats with family and friends to stay connected Get a jump-start on your reading for the semester!
- Don't congregate with other students (with the exception of suitemates, if applicable) during the self-quarantine window.
- Don't attend gatherings off-campus
Once the 2nd COVID test confirms a student is negative, the self-quarantine will be lifted. Students will then be encouraged to form "pods/families" and to still limit social activities to stay within these groups.
Beyond the requirement to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to campus/Chestertown, all students should come prepared with a quarantine/isolation plan. An Isolation & Quarantine Planning Guide will be distributed to all students prior to the start of the semester. This planning should include assembling a Go-Kit with:
- Medications - any prescriptions you take regularly and/or OTC medications
- Cleaning Supplies
- Face Coverings/Masks
- Comfort Food (meals will be delivered, but your favorite snacks can be helpful!
- Comfortable Clothes
- Hygiene Products
- Spare Set of Twin XL Sheets
- Phone, Laptop and other device chargers Self-care items to support your overall well-being (art supplies, puzzles, crafts, exercise equipment, books, etc.
- Identifying and preparing informal indoor spaces where students can go for a change of scenery when studying, working on assignments
- Identifying and preparing indoor spaces that are intended for socializing
- Providing organized outdoor activities such as walking trips, evenings at the Fire Pit for S'mores
- The use of the JFC and Swim Center (this will be done through a reservation system)
- Plans for the placement of tents (after March 1) that can be used for social activities.
- Bring a tailgate-style chair (or two, one for a friend!) so you can easily set up outside for some social time.
- Pack a few extra cold weather layers so that you can take advantage of outdoor time even when it's cold
- Get matching masks for you and your friends.
- Find a fitness app and some personal workout gear that travels easily, that way you always have some options for physical fitness. Now is a great time to learn and practice meditation which is a great stress reliever.
- If you need support, reach out, either to a friend or family member or through the Counseling Center. Know that you are not alone.
Access to campus will continue to be restricted and vehicular traffic can only access the campus via the main Washington College entrance on Washington Avenue. Pedestrian traffic throughout campus is permitted, however, anyone on the campus is required to adhere to the campus mask policy which requires everyone to wear a mask on campus, indoors and outdoors.
Campus building access will be determined on a building-by-building basis, and those restrictions are subject to change based on the current Alert Level.
Students living on campus and those in Chestertown will have access to various buildings throughout the semester, as outlined in the Operations Chart. Students should carry their Washington College ID card with them at all times while on campus.
The Housekeeping team will be increasing the frequency of routine cleanings in the Residential Halls as well as other buildings on campus that are in use. They will be cleaning bathrooms in traditional corridor-style halls twice a day, and suite bathrooms once a week.
For students in common non-suite halls:
- Spray disinfectant will be provided and students are encouraged to use it on high-touch surfaces within the BR before and after use. This particular disinfectant doesn't even need to be wiped- it's better for it to sit and do its work in between uses. However, every bathroom does have paper towel dispensers for students to use.
- Students should clean their rooms regularly as usual but pay extra attention to wiping down high touch surfaces- door knobs, computers, phones, game controls, etc.
For students in suite halls with suite bathrooms:
- Although housekeeping staff will deep clean bathrooms once a week, students need to plan to supplement that full cleaning periodically during the week.
- Students are required to clean high touch surfaces twice a day- this includes sinks, toilet handles, shower handles. This is fairly simple with current products like sprays and wipes, toilet bowl rim cleaners that hang over the edge, etc.
- Suites have paper towel dispensers by the sinks that are filled by housekeeping staff once a week.
Bathroom fixtures will be marked and students will be assigned to fixtures, so that they use the same set of fixtures every time the bathroom is used.
Hodson Hall will be open for student dining with safety modifications. Operations will be determined by the College's overall Alert Level. Changes may include shifting to serving pre-packaged meals only, limited beverage service to bottles/disposable cups only, and/or distancing of tables and chairs within the dining room.
On campus students are required to have at least a 14-meal plan and will comply with procedures issued by the Dining Hall (via email) for picking up and eating meals. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for a detailed Spring 2021 opening plan.
Dining Safety & Operations
A "Path to Open" plan has been created in order to support students on campus, while still complying with necessary safety standards and social distancing measures that will help reduce the spread of COVID. The below outlines the enhanced safety standards will be in place daily in Hodson Hall.
Daily Wellness Checks:
- Every associate will receive a wellness check to include self-reported illnesses and a contactless temperature check.
Personal Protective Equipment:
- Face coverings will be provided and expected to be worn at all times by associates.
- Gloves will be worn at all times when handling food.
- Plexi health shield barriers used at all registers and points of service.
- All visitors to Hodson Hall will be required to wear a mask/face covering, except when eating or drinking.
- Associates wash hands and change gloves every 30 minutes, or less.
- Associates continuously cleaning tables, chairs and all high-touch surfaces with sanitizer.
- Sanitizer stations are available for guests to use at the entrances and exits and in the production areas for associates.
- Upon closing for the day, the team will disinfect the entire facility utilizing Diversey disinfectant.
- Back of house cleaning procedures will take place every 30 minutes.
- The culinary team will clean and sanitize surfaces and high-touch areas. Restrooms will be sanitized every 30 minutes.
- One-way traffic management to help guests navigate dining and seating areas.
- Social distancing in our kitchens and other back of the house areas.
- New capacity thresholds for each dining location.
- Elimination of cash handling.
- Signage visible at all hand washing sinks and time clocks.
- Floor decals and signs for guests to follow proper distancing and flow of service.
Scheduled Pick-Up & Dine-In Meal Times In Effect
In order to better manage traffic flow, students, staff and faculty will need to sign up for a time slot for meals - once to pick up Grab & Go meals during the initial quarantine; and again for dining or pick-up after the quarantine window ends. Please pick this time based on your schedule and try to stick to it for the entire semester. Sign-ups will be managed via SignUp Genius - link will be provided in an email from Dining Services. If a student is Covid positive, Dining Services will reach out via email with their menu and delivery options.
Other Dining Services Notes
- Seating in Hodson Hall will be limited, and there will be no seating at other retail food areas
- All food stations have been altered to either pre- packaged items, or will be served by an attendant
- Hand sanitizing stations are available and use is required by anyone entering the dining area
- Hodson Hall will not be accepting cash as payment
- During the initial two-week quarantine period, all student meals will be Grab & Go only. This will include hot meals.
Quarantine & Isolation Preparation
As noted, all students arriving on campus or to Chestertown should be prepared for the following:
- An initial 14-day self-quarantine period. During this time activities should be restricted
to only what is essential, such as:
- Picking up meals from Dining Services (Grab & Go service only during this initial quarantine)
- Picking up mail/packages
- Essential errands to the pharmacy
- Doing laundry
- A move into Quarantine or Isolation Housing, should a positive COVID test or exposure through a close contact require it. An Isolation and Quarantine Planning Guide will be distributed to all students directly. We strongly encourage you to review that document carefully and share it with your family/support system as well.