[PORT] Transition to HIGH Alert

Dear F&M community,

We received additional positive COVID-19 results since yesterday’s PORT update, which requires us to move to High Alert, effective immediately. 

  •  35 students have tested positive since Monday, April 19.

  • Our information suggests that there are connections (close contacts) among many of the positive results, and that there is not significant random community spread. There is evidence that unsafe gatherings and/or parties may be endangering the health of our whole community. 

  • No employees have tested positive through F&M testing this week.

We ask for your immediate attention to the following changes to our pandemic operations on campus.

Pandemic Operations Updates

What’s different in High Alert?

  • All gatherings must occur outdoors only, with the exception of classes. We urge students in the strongest possible terms not to compromise your health by gathering indoors. Outdoor campus events following masking and distancing protocols may continue.

  • Do NOT allow any (F&M or non-F&M) guests in your rooms or apartments.

Regardless of whether or not you have been vaccinated, everyone in our campus community must exercise extra caution and continue to adhere to the following risk-mitigation strategies:

  • Avoid traveling off campus except for essential services. Please stay on campus. We urgently request that you not go to bars, restaurants or any indoor establishments. 

  • Wear your masks properly and continuously in public spaces and whenever you are with others.

  • Participate in ongoing, twice-per-week testing, as required.

  • Immediately notify the Student Wellness Center at studentwellness@fandm.edu or 717-544-9051 if you have symptoms.

Students may also choose to implement their own risk-mitigation strategies, such as:

  • Adhere to a self-imposed modified quarantine.

  • Move out early and finish the term as a remote learner. (Students who wish to move out early should contact their House Dean and remove all items from their room per the move-out protocol.)

Students who adhere to the aforementioned risk-mitigation strategies and the Franklin & Marshall Pledge are encouraged to:

  • Attend in-person classes.

  • Attend College-organized outdoor events.

  • Go to the Dining Hall and other campus dining services.

  • Enjoy outdoor, distanced recreation with a friend or two on campus grounds.

  • Take care of your mental health. Go for walks. FaceTime with friends and family. Use your campus resources and seek support and guidance from DipCares.

  • Get vaccinated. (Visiting Vaccinate Lancaster is considered an essential service.)

At this time, we are still planning to host the Class of 2021 Commencement at Clipper Stadium on Saturday, May 15 with participation in person. However, we are monitoring the situation closely, and are prepared to change to a remote ceremony if necessary. 

We understand that everyone in our community is experiencing pandemic fatigue, but we cannot let down our guard now. Please help us keep each other safe. It is imperative now to follow these critical mitigation strategies, so that we will be able to stop the spread, complete the spring term in-person, and celebrate our graduates with an in-person Commencement. Let’s all do our part.



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