Arrival for Spring Semester 2021 is scheduled from January 30 through February 2, 2021. All students must schedule any initial COVID-19 test as part of the on-campus testing protocol before they will be permitted to on-campus. This testing appointment will also serve as your move-in date.
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Before arriving to campus, please be sure that you have reviewed the items below. To avoid delays, we recommend that all items be completed immediately, but no less than 48 hours prior to arrival.
- Pay your Spring semester bill
- Get a Flu Shot – The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires all college students to receive a flu shot by December 31, 2020. Forward written confirmation of receipt by email to Valerie Tobia (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students with a religious or medical exemption will still need to provide documentation of the exemption.
- Review and update Emergency and Missing Student Contact Information (found in the “Window” section under “Personal Information”)
- Make plans to address current Massachusetts state travel requirements (if applicable)
- New residential students only: submit a Campus Evacuation Planning Form (Access to this form is limited to Wheaton students, you must log into Google using your Wheaton credentials to access)
- New students only:
Limiting Social Contacts: Please limit social contacts and exposure to others–especially those outside of your immediate social unit (e.g., your household, family). If you are in a home where others who live with you aren’t self-isolating, you should minimize close contact with them by avoiding situations where you have face-to-face contact closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. Students are especially asked to avoid attending large gatherings or social hotspots (bars, parties, gyms, etc.). Overnight trips or nonessential travel should be curtailed.
View COVID-19 Safety Training Video: All students will be required to view the updated COVID-19 Safety Training video (available in late January 2021) this to learn about COVID-19, personal mitigation strategies, and Wheaton’s approach for mitigating the risk of infection on campus.
Review Community Commitment: All students are expected to review the commitment in its entirety and abide by the guidance within the document. In completing your Arrival Attestation, you will be acknowledging this commitment.
Complete the Spring Arrival Attestation: Arrival Attestation (available in late January 2021) is will require all students attest to:
- Viewing the Student COVID-19 Training Video
- Confirming they have read, understand and commit to the Community Commitment
- Scheduling an initial testing date
- Making plans satisfy the Massachusetts travel order
- Reviewing the Health and Safety Requirements (below) for themselves and their traveling party
- Having limited social contacts
Additional Health Requirements: If any of the following symptoms or situations pertain to you or others who may be assisting you, do not travel to or arrive on campus. We thank you for your compliance with this directive and for protecting the health and safety of our campus community. Individuals must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be eligible to report to work or class:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain/body aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- New foot sores (COVID-19 toes)
- New rash
- Nasal congestion/runny nose
Additionally, do not travel to or arrive on campus if you/others who may be assisting you:
- have recently been exposed to or had close contact (within six feet for 10 minutes or more with or without a face covering) with someone who
- has tested positive for COVID-19
- is awaiting test results for COVID-19
- has been advised by a medical provider or employer to be tested for COVID-19
- are awaiting results from COVID-19 testing or your medical provider or employer has advised you to be tested for COVID-19.
- have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not been cleared by your medical provider to return to work or daily activities.
- have tested positive and are still feeling ill: running a fever without the use of fever reducing medication and/or still experiencing symptoms.
Schedule An Initial COVID-19 Test
Students will be permitted to return to campus between January 30, 2021 and February 2, 2021. If you are planning to arrive after February 2nd, please contact Ed Burnett to coordinate your arrival planning. Unfortunately due to the strict arrival requirements in place, arrival prior to January 30th is not permitted.
Beginning on the dates below, your initial Spring semester COVID test can be scheduled through the CoVerified app.
- January 12th – New students and those traveling from outside the New England region will be cleared to schedule their on-campus test
- January 14th – All remaining residential students will be cleared to schedule their on-campus test
- January 18th – All commuter and off-campus students will be cleared to schedule their initial test
All students who will be living on campus AND students who will be commuting to campus must have scheduled an appointment for a COVID-19 test. For RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS, this is your move-in date and the only way you will be able to move into your campus room.
If you have not already been part of the on-campus testing protocol, two consent forms are required for testing: One from the InHouse Physicians that can be completed online and a second Student COVID-19 Testing Form (pdf) that can be printed in advance to speed up your processing or completed on-site.
PLEASE NOTE – If you arrive on campus without an appointment and enter into a residence hall or theme house without first being tested, and/or you enter into another building on campus without completing your modified quarantine, you and your host will be referred to the Dean of Students Office for the Student Conduct Process. This may result in immediate removal from housing and restriction from campus for both you and your host.
More information about testing can be found on the Screening, Testing & Contact Tracing page of the Return to Campus site.
Arriving to Campus
When you arrive on campus, please go directly to Parking Lot 10 located behind the Norton Post Office. You are able to access the lot from Main St (between Taunton Ave/Rt 140 and Howard St). Staff will be there to guide you through the check-in and testing process.
From there residential students will be directed to move into their room. Remember although more people are permitted to accompany you to campus, only one additional individual is permitted within the residence hall. Note, those accompanying you are not part of the on-campus testing protocol.
Awaiting Test Results
All students while awaiting test results should continue to limit social contacts and exposure to others–especially those outside of your immediate social unit (e.g., your household, family). For residential students, you will be under a “Modified” quarantine which means that would be permitted to leave their room only to:
- Use the bathroom on their floor or in their house/suite
- For the purposes of picking up food from assigned pick-up locations
- Go outside periodically for fresh air
All students are expected to comply with the Modified Quarantine to support our mitigation efforts. Any student who does not comply with these requirements and restrictions will face student conduct actions, including sanctions up to and including removal from housing or restriction from campus.
Test results are typically delivered within 48 hours. More information about testing can be found on the Screening, Testing & Contact Tracing page of the Return to Campus site.