The COA Covid-19 Dashboard is now live

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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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Start-of-term testing schedule

COVID-19 testing is an important part of our plan to safely reopen campus and have a productive fall term. In our plan, every member of our community who plans to be on campus for any reason will need to participate in our testing program: two tests at the start of the term for everyone, followed by weekly surveillance testing of a portion of the community to monitor the ongoing public health of our campus program.

All community members are asked to do their best to be available on their test date, as there is limited flexibility with our testing partner, The Broad Institute of MIT and Cambridge.

  • First test for newly arriving international students and for students in Reuben Hudson’s monster course will be on Friday, Sept. 4, from 9-10am
  • First test for all other new students and for returning students living on-campus will be on Sunday. Sept. 6, from 2-5pm
  • First test for all other returning students, faculty, and staff will be on Tuesday, Sept. 8, from 12:30-5:30pm
  • Second test for all new students and campus residents will be on Friday, Sept. 11, from 8-9am and then again from 10:30am-12pm
  • Second test for all other returning students, faculty, and staff will be on Monday, Sept. 14, from 12-5pm
  • A back up test date for second tests for people who are unable to make their earlier scheduled test date will be on Friday, Sept. 18, from 8am-12 pm

COA is using the CoVerified app and web-based platform for test scheduling, symptom checks, and to track and trace close contacts this fall. The app is now live and can be downloaded at or in the Google Play store or App Store. Everyone is asked to download the app and schedule their tests as soon as possible.

Read more about the testing schedule, process, and other important details…

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:

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