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COVID-19 Information and Updates

Weekly COVID-19 Briefing 1/15/2021

January 15, 2021

Here We Go! 

We are excited to begin the process of transition back to in-person learning for the Spring semester.  It will be very important that students and employees are diligent to review their ENC email over the next two weeks for important information related to the start of the semester.  Because COVID cases in the Commonwealth and across the country are high it is important that each member of the ENC community stands ready to engage the safety protocols to facilitate the health and well-being of the entire community.  We are a community that cares for one another and it will take every Lion to help Protect the Den! 

Testing Expansion 

This semester we are pleased to announce that students commuting to campus will be part of the College’s surveillance testing program.  Communication will be going out to commuting student next week with information regarding on-boarding testing and surveillance testing.  This expansion will ensure that every undergraduate student coming to campus to participate in curricular and co-curricular opportunities has access to regular testing. 

Test and Go 

Because COVID cases are much higher now than they were last August, all students will participate in “Test and Go” prior to moving in to Residence Halls.  Test and go dates are January 27th and 28th for all residential students (other than approved early arrivers). Students will come to campus on their assigned day, complete their COVID 19 test and shelter off campus or at home until they receive their test results.  If you have not received your testing date please reach out to housing@enc.eduFurther information and instruction regarding “Test and Go” will be sent to students via email next week from the Housing Office. 

Move-in and Eased Entry Process 

With the exception of approved early arrivers, student move-in will occur January 28th and 29th after students receive their ENC negative test results. Student should wait from communication from housing@enc.edu before coming to ensure a smooth move-in process.  Please note that students cannot shelter on campus while awaiting test results, even if they possess negative PCR test from an external source. If a student tests positive, the College will contact the student and make arrangements for the student to move into isolation housing on campus or to isolate off-campus. 

We will be engaging an eased re-entry process to help ensure all students participating in on-campus learning are COVID negative and ready to engage life on campus.  Eased re-entry is designed to help minimize person-to-person transmission within the first week of class until all student receives a second COVID test.  Further details on “Eased Entry” will be coming from Jeffrey.kirksey@enc.edu the week of January 18th. 

Classes and Clearance 

Classes for all virtual and on-campus undergraduate student begin February 1, 2021!  All undergraduate classes will be conducted online only the first week of February to help facilitate the “Eased Entry” process and allow students to obtain two Campus PCR test results before gathering in classes. 

Students that do not yet have a Spring schedule should contact their advisor immediately to put a schedule in place.  Having a schedule in place ensures your text books will be ready for you at the start of the semester.  If you are unable to register for Spring classes because there is a hold on your account please review your student portal and perform the needed action to address the hold.  If you have any questions related to holds on your account please email clearance@enc.eduand a staff member will be happy to help you.  Please note that students must be fully cleared to participate in Test and Go and to move on to campus. Clearances must be complete before arriving to campus. 

Pre-arrival Preparation  

For those participating in on-campus life this semester now is the time to start preparing yourself to mitigate exposure to COVID prior to returning to campus.  We encourage you to avoid group gatherings and unnecessary travel to help stay COVID free! 

If you tested positive for COVID over the break there are re-entry steps you need to take prior to your arrival on campus.  Please see the notice from Jeffrey.kirksey@enc.edu sent to students and families yesterday, 1/14/21 for more details. 

We are excited to have you back on campus!!  This place just isn’t ENC without you! 

Blessings to you on behalf of the Emergency Response Team,

Jeffrey Kirksey
Vice President for Student Development and Campus Services
 
23 East Elm Avenue
Quincy, MA 02170-2999
www.enc.edu
617-745-3718 

 

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