COVID Testing Protocol for Returning from Break


October 1, 2021

Dear Tuck Students,

Next week, October 4 – 8, is a recruiting break for T’22s. The following week, October 11 – 15 is the break between summer term and fall term for T’23s. In advance of these well-deserved breaks, we write to provide guidance on COVID protocols for returning to campus. 

Just as we managed testing upon arrival at the start of the term, we will ask that all students test—and received a negative result—no more than 72 hours before classes resume following break (Monday, October 11 for T’22s, or Monday, October 18 for T’23s). Please note that there is no weekend testing on campus. Testing is available on Fridays via take-home drop boxes until 2:30 p.m. or via observed testing at the Alumni Gym (West Gym) until 5 p.m.  

If you are traveling during break and not returning to the Upper Valley until the weekend, you will need to test promptly on Monday and participate in classes remotely until you have received a negative test result. Drop boxes for take-home testing open at 7:30 a.m. on Mondays, and the Alumni Gym testing site opens at 7:00 a.m. on Mondays. 

Vaccinated students who travel internationally during break are encouraged to test twice—once upon return and then again on day five after return. A negative result from your first on-campus test is needed to enter classrooms. The second test is out of an abundance of caution.  

Students with vaccine exemptions who travel outside New England during break must, per Dartmouth College policy, quarantine upon return for 10 days. These students may shorten their 10-day quarantine by taking a molecular (PCR-based) test five days after return from travel. If their test result is negative and they continue to be symptom free, they may end quarantine. 

We have created a system on the “My Courses” page of TuckConnect for those who need to register as a remote learner while awaiting a test result. Registering as a remote learner in this system will list your name on a report available to your faculty and appropriate support staff. It will put you in this category one week at a time. You may return to the registration page and “opt out” of this category when public health guidance permits you to do so. 

Please take good care during these upcoming breaks. 

Best Regards,

Vincent - On behalf of The MBAPO