Fourth Week COVID-19 Update for Students: Surveillance Testing Results, Winter Break 2020, Winter Term 2021

9 October 2020

Dear Carls,

Last week, we recorded no new cases of COVID-19 within our on-campus community. As a result, among the College’s important thresholds measures, our 14-day infection rate decreased to 0.15%, our surveillance testing positivity rate decreased to 0.0%, and the 14-day average number of close contacts per case was cut in half.  

In total, we administered 340 tests between Sunday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 3. This includes surveillance testing, testing of symptomatic students, testing of students nearing the end of their quarantine period, and testing of employees recently approved to return to campus. Detailed data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Even during this period of very low infection on campus, we cannot become complacent. The collective efforts we’re making on campus continue to make a meaningful impact on our community. It bears repeating that it remains essential that we all practice physical distancing, limit our close contacts, monitor and track our symptoms daily, wear a mask, wash our hands, and practice other safe behaviors. Thank you for your partnership in these efforts. 

In the upcoming weeks, you will receive information about winter break 2020 and winter term 2021. During winter break, we will continue to offer the Carleton Cupboard, which provides food to students during academic breaks when the campus dining halls are closed. Information about winter term housing will be available around 6th week.  The Registrar’s Office will post the final course schedule on ENROLL by Friday, Oct. 23, for you to consult before Advising Days, which are Oct. 26 through Nov. 3. Registration will begin Nov. 2. 

We are not planning any changes to the winter term 2021 calendar, and classes will begin on Monday, Jan. 4, as planned. While we don’t know what the course of the pandemic will be over the next several months, we are proceeding with plans based on the assumption that the College will be operating with similar restrictions and structure for delivery of the academic program as this fall term. 

You will arrive on campus just before classes begin, and COVID-19 testing will be conducted during the first week of classes. This means that all classes will be held online during the first week of winter term. Additional information will be forthcoming. 

I’m always grateful for your thoughtfulness and care during this pandemic period. 


Dean Livingston