Parent Email Updates

To help you support your student and to provide you with ways to connect to the larger Bates community, the Parent Team sends out periodic email updates to those families for whom we have active email addresses. Our updates are meant to supplement official college information, so please keep directing your student to their Bates email account and continue to watch the Covid-19 Information website.

Our more recent update emails will have the most reliable information to support you and your student. Please note that links and information from earlier updates may have changed or moved as the college’s plans have continued to evolve.

If you do not receive these email updates and wish to do so, please first check your spam folder and then reach out to records@bates.edu to make sure the college has your correct contact information.

Email Archives

  • Updates and upcoming invitation – June 17, 2021
    Hello, Incoming Bates Families – We hope your summer is off to a good start and that you are looking ahead with excitement to Bates in the fall. We wanted to share a few updates: Watch for an invitation next…
  • May 29 — Update for Families of Returning Students
    Dear Bates Families, Greetings from Maine! You are an important part of the Bates community, and as we move into summer, we hope you will stay connected with Bates. Please explore these Bates resources: Our colleagues in Purposeful Work are…
  • Covid Vaccination Expectations – May 11, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families – The college has announced expectations related to students’ being vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the 2021-2022 academic year. The college policy is articulated here, and further detail is available in this FAQ. As noted, any questions…
  • Academic summit, move out, the calendar, and more – May 3, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families – As we approach the close of the academic year, we want to share some resources with you. The Housing team has a detailed guide on the move-out process, including a link to local storage options.  When…
  • Update: Status of In-Room Restrictions – April 13, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families – Students have received an update regarding the status of in-room restrictions. Please encourage them to read the full update to understand how the rest of the week will unfold. Parents of seniors: We will shortly resume our Commencement updates…
  • Student COVID-19 Vaccinations – April 5, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families – As you know, Governor Mills has accelerated Maine’s vaccine roll-out, and individuals 16 years old and older are eligible to register now to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting on April 7. Out-of-state students, including international students,…
  • Update: COVID-19 and In-Room Restriction – April 5, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families – Students have received an important update regarding the situation on campus. Please encourage them to read this information carefully so they understand the seriousness of the current spike in COVID-19 cases as well as the status of in-room…
  • Campus activities, vaccines, and more – March 23, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families – Students have received an update that includes information about additional campus activities, off-campus social gatherings, and Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination outlook. Please read the full update here.  We hope the following information will also be helpful: If your…
  • Student Experience Update – March 9, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families – Students have just received an encouraging update about activities on campus. Please read the full update here.  In addition, these resources may be helpful:  We have added an abbreviated Bates Today feed to the parent website. Students can explore…
  • Important COVID-19 Update – Feb. 26, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families – As we head into the weekend, students have received an important update about the transmission of COVID-19 on campus – and a request for help as we all stay focused on safe behaviors.  The college has already found…
  • February 18, 2021, Parent Information Session
    We encourage you to watch this parent/family information session in its entirety to hear from our Campus Life expert, who provided insights on the services provided by their office. Remember that the information on this page was current as of…
  • Update on dining, campus life, and more – Feb. 22, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families – Following the start of the semester last week, students have received an update regarding dining and additional outdoor furniture. Students are working hard to keep themselves and the campus community healthy, and we thank you for supporting them…
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  • Arrival Quarantine Update – Feb. 13, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families – On-campus students have received reminders on continuing arrival quarantine. You can read that update here. If you have not already done so, we encourage you to speak with your student about the importance of following campus health…
  • Bates Family Networking
    We know Bates families are eager for more opportunities to connect with the college and one another. Thanks to your input, we are launching a series of Bates Family Networking virtual events for Spring 2021. Bates Family NetworkingGuest: Nick Dressler,…
  • Parent Campus Update – Feb. 2, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families – Earlier today, students received an update about additional testing protocols Bates will use when students return to campus on Feb. 11 and 12. This change in student testing requires all students returning to campus to take timely…
  • Parent Campus Update – Jan. 19, 2021
    Hello, Bates Families –  Earlier this morning, students received an update about returning to campus for the winter semester. Please read the full update here, and encourage your student to check Garnet Gateway to sign up for arrival testing, select Module C…
  • December 14, 2020, Parent Information Session
    We encourage you to watch this parent/family information session in its entirety to hear all panelists and their live answers to questions. Remember that the information on this page was current as of December 14, 2020, and may have changed…
  • December 14, 2020, Parent Information Session
    We encourage you to watch this parent/family information session in its entirety to hear all panelists and their live answers to questions. Remember that the information on this page was current as of December 14, 2020, and may have changed…
  • Parent Information Session December 14, 2020
    December 14, 2020, Parent Information Session We encourage you to watch this parent/family information session in its entirety … Continue reading December 14, 2020, Parent Information SessionParents and Families