Message to Faculty and Staff about Baseline Testing Plans

29 August 2021

Dear faculty and staff,

As we previously shared with you, all students, faculty, staff and regular contractors are required to be tested for COVID-19 at the start of Fall Term. Below you will find further details about Carleton’s baseline testing plan for faculty and staff, including the dates when you can expect these tests to take place. Please carefully review this information to ensure you are prepared for your initial COVID-19 tests on campus. Should you find you have questions, please contact us.

WHY WE ARE TESTING

As a community, each one of us will undergo two rounds of baseline testing. We are taking this action in order to understand the initial health status of our population and further our goal for the coming year: to minimize the number of COVID-19 cases within our community and prevent significant transmission that could affect in-person learning.

HOW WE PLAN TO SHARE AND USE THE RESULTS

We will report the results of these tests publicly on a new dashboard that will be published to the Responding to COVID-19 website near the start of the term. At the conclusion of both rounds of baseline testing, we will carefully review the results with Carleton’s consulting epidemiologist to determine whether any current or additional mitigation measures—such as masking and surveillance testing—should be extended further into the term.

BASELINE TESTING DATES

The first round of baseline tests will be administered community-wide on Sept. 7, 9, 10, 13 and 14. Faculty are encouraged to be tested on Sept. 7 or 9. Staff should sign up to be tested on Sept. 7 or 10. Second-round baseline tests will be administered Sept. 17, 20, 21, 23 and 24, and will correlate with the date of your first test. (For example, if you receive your first baseline test on Sept. 7, you will receive your second test on Sept. 17).

THE TESTING EXPERIENCE

Generally, all tests will be administered by appointment in Great Hall. Baseline tests are PCR tests administered by medical professionals from Homeland Health, an external provider with which Carleton has an established relationship. You should expect to receive an invitation to sign up for your first baseline test by email no later than Friday, Sept. 3. The email will come from Primary Bio on behalf of Carleton College and Homeland Health.  

Thank you for your patience and partnership as we continue to put Carleton’s Fall Term plans into action.

Sincerely,

The COVID-19 Core Team

Carolyn H. Livingston, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Eric Runestad, Vice President and Treasurer
Elise Eslinger, Vice President and Chief of Staff
Eric Egge, Associate Dean of the College
John Bermel, Director of Security and Emergency Management
Helen Clarke, Director of Digital Strategy and Public Affairs