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Together for Community: The COA Safe Campus Plan for Fall Term 2020

College of the Atlantic is committed to providing a safe, thoughtful, academically inspiring environment for our students, staff, and faculty. Together, with grace and empathy, we will co-create our community of human ecologists this fall. We will adapt to the protocols and guidelines that come with our efforts to stay safe, and we will find ways new and old to communicate, connect, and create.

College of the Atlantic is committed to serving our students by using science-informed plans to reduce the spread of COVID-19, accommodate vulnerable members of our community, respond to incidents of COVID-19 infection, and protect each other and our community. We seek to limit the transmission of the virus through baseline and surveillance testing, isolation, quarantine, and a strong community commitment to physical distancing, wearing of masks, and other public health measures.

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COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing is an important part of our plan to safely reopen campus and have a productive fall term. Every member of our in-person community for Fall term 2020 is required to participate in our testing program: two tests at the start of the term for everyone, followed by weekly surveillance testing of a selected portion of the community to monitor the ongoing public health of our campus program.

View the COA Covid-19 Dashboard


Face covering considerations

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wear face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in the same household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face masks are required in all common areas and classrooms on the COA campus.

Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others, and are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.

Proper face masks include disposable medical face masks and cloth face masks with at least two layers of material. Masks should be snug but comfortable against the sides of the face, secured with ties or ear loops, alow you to breathe without restriction, and should be able to withstand machine washing and drying and not get damaged or change shape.

Masks with exhalation valves or vents should NOT be worn, nor should neck gaiters or bandanas. For more mask information, including laundering instructions: cdc.gov


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