Feb. 12: Arrival Quarantine Reminder and Mask Tips and Guidance

Dear Students,

Welcome back. We are thrilled to have so many of you back on campus, and I hope that you are looking forward to safely spending time with your friends and getting back in class to continue with your coursework.

I write with a few reminders and updates. Please read the below details carefully, which cover the following topics:

Arrival Quarantine Policies and Protocols

If you are living on campus, you should be following arrival quarantine protocols, which took effect the moment you arrived on campus.

Arrival quarantine continues until you receive an email from Vice President for Campus Life Josh McIntosh stating that arrival quarantine has ended. We expect this to be 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, when all students have received results from their second PCR test. However, this timing may be extended based on delays in PCR test results from the Broad Institute. 

With arrival quarantine extending over several days, please be fully aware of the protocols.

The basics
  • Stay in your room when in your residence hall except to use the bathroom or to leave the building.
  • Remember that face coverings must be worn on the way to and from the bathrooms.
  • Please limit the number of students in the bathroom at one time.
  • Do not visit any other students’ rooms.
  • Do not go to any other floors of your residence hall.
  • Common rooms are closed.
Where may I go?
  • You may spend as much time outside on campus as you like, provided you wear a face covering, remain physically distanced, and limit your group to three students.
  • You may enter the Testing Center, Bates Health Services, Post & Print, and Commons when they are open.
  • You may not enter any other campus buildings.
  • You may not leave campus if you live on campus.
Where may I eat?
  • You may eat in your room or outside.
  • You may not eat in any other building.
  •  Please remain physically distanced from others while eating.
What if I live off campus?
  • You must stay in your rental unit (if living off campus) or your permanent home (if commuting).
  • Do not visit stores, restaurants, laundromats, or any other indoor places.
  • Please only come to campus to pick up Dash meals, visit Health Services, or for your testing appointments.
  • Do not visit other off campus residences, and do not permit guests from other residences or campus to visit you.
May I order food delivery?
  • Yes, but please meet the delivery person outside of the building. Don’t forget to wash your hands when you come back inside!
May I do laundry?
  • Yes, you may do laundry at on-campus laundry facilities — please do not visit off-campus laundromats.

Additional Information about Face Coverings

The CDC has provided additional guidance regarding masks and face coverings. The key takeaway is the importance of fit. Read on, please:

  1. Updated guide to masks: Please note the CDC’s comments on winter clothing, face shields, and gaiters.
  1. Guidance to improve how your mask protects you: “Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19,” says the CDC “When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has.”
  1. A recent scientific report drives the mask guidance: “These experiments highlight the importance of good fit to maximize mask performance,” the researchers say. “There are multiple simple ways to achieve better fit of masks to more effectively slow the spread of COVID-19.”
Illustrations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COVID-19 Dashboard Updates

As we did this past fall semester, we will continue to provide updates to the community via our COVID-19 dashboard. Until further notice, this dashboard will be updated each day by 5 p.m. to reflect the COVID-19 test results that have been returned.

Violations of Arrival Quarantine

The college takes seriously its responsibility to our own community and to the wider world. As such, the college cannot tolerate violations of our arrival quarantine policies or any other aspect of the Student Public Health Agreement

First violation

A first violation will likely result in a referral to the student conduct process where the likely outcome will be an immediate removal from campus housing, removing access to campus facilities, and a requirement that the student return to their home residence to continue the semester via remote learning, if the courses for which they are enrolled can be completed remotely. 

Subsequent or Egregious Violation(s)

Subsequent  or egregious violation(s) likely result in a referral to the Student Conduct Committee where a minimum of a one-semester suspension will be the likely outcome. Such students may also be interimly suspended in order to protect the wellbeing of our community.

Where to Direct Questions

If you have any questions and are not quite sure to whom you should direct your question, please send your inquiry to studentaffairs@bates.edu and we will be sure to connect you to the person best situated to assist you.

Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.

All my best,

Joshua McIntosh
Vice President for Campus Life