December 28: Hawk Hill Ahead: Return to Campus Instructions Spring 2021​​​​​​​

TO: SJU Community
FROM: Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Life and Associate Provost
RE: Hawk Hill Ahead: Return to Campus Instructions Spring 2021
DATE: December 28, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.

What You Need To Know:

  • It’s not too early to start planning for your return to Hawk Hill for the spring 2021 semester.
  • Undergraduate students will be required to limit their activity to essential-only activities for 14 days prior to return.
  • The University will be providing free testing, which will be mandatory for some Hawks.
  • If you are a residential undergraduate student currently residing in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, or a student-athlete, look for an email from Saint Joseph’s on or around January 8, with instructions for pre-arrival testing conducted by a company called Color.  

While I know that students are just now taking a deep breath after the end of the semester and settling in to a well-deserved break, it is not too early to start planning your return to Hawk Hill. As part of the spring planning process, working groups have been incorporating lessons learned and your input from the Feedback to Spring Ahead survey to optimize our operations and COVID-related protocols.
 
While we don’t have all of the answers or details now, as science and recommendations evolve on a daily basis, we do have information to share with you regarding pre-arrival and arrival.
 
Testing Overview
Testing programs have been designed and will continue to be informed by the latest public health guidance, the most effective tests available, and campus transmission trends. Those groups with higher case counts, historically and as the semester evolves, will be tested more frequently. In the fall, this was among undergraduate residential students.
 
The pre-arrival and arrival tests will be coordinated through Color and shipped through FedEx. Color’s test uses a non-invasive, mid-nasal/nostril swab (and not the nasopharyngeal swab, sometimes referred to as “the brain tickler”). In addition to pre-arrival and arrival testing, the University will continue surveillance, symptomatic, cause and exposure testing.
 
Note that individuals who have tested positive will be exempt from all additional testing programs for 90 days after receiving the result. Please have a copy of your positive test result available when you return to campus and fill out this form.
 
Pre-Arrival Period of Essential-Only Activity

  • All undergraduate students will be required to complete a 14-day period of essential-only activity prior to returning to campus. This should be calculated from the time you plan to first step on campus (residential return, first class, etc.).
  • Essential activities include seeking medical care, grocery shopping and traveling to campus – all with masking, physical distancing and attention to hygiene.
  • The University will not require a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival. However, prudence will require extra vigilance to masking, physical distancing and hand washing during the 14 days after arrival to protect yourself and your fellow Hawks.

Pre-Arrival Testing

  • All residential students currently residing in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, as well as student-athletes, will be required to complete a pre-arrival test, which you will receive by FedEx, self-administer, and return to the lab in a prepaid mailer.
  • These students will receive an email from Saint Joseph’s around January 8. It will include instructions from Color and you will have the opportunity to update the address to where you want the pre-arrival test kit delivered by FedEx.
  • The University must receive your test results no more than 72 hours prior to your planned arrival into University housing or on campus.

Arrival Testing

  • The University will offer arrival testing. Residential and non-residential undergraduate students will be required to test before or on the first available testing day after you return to campus. Note that testing is not offered on Saturdays, due to FedEx shipping restrictions.
  • This testing will be offered and highly encouraged for graduate and doctoral-level students, faculty, staff and affiliates.
  • Specific dates and more instructions on where to go and how to complete your arrival testing will be available in January.

We are also planning a number of programs and activities to welcome you back to Hawk Hill. Because public health recommendations and programming are still evolving in a number of areas, more information will be forthcoming regarding the following in future announcements:

  • Fun events like food truck Thursdays, music on Barbelin Beach and enhanced recreation.
  • Ways to stay connected and engaged with your fellow Hawks throughout the semester.
  • Wellness programs and resources – mind, body, spirit.
  • Support services – academic, personal and professional.

I look forward to seeing you all soon. Wishing you a healthy and safe holiday season.