T’21 Arrival and COVID-19 Testing


August 17, 2020

Dear T'21s,

We hope you have had a productive, rewarding, and safe summer. We know it was unlike the summer you imagined, and we applaud you for having the flexibility and spirit to tackle a new working environment with grace and success. We’re proud of you for rising to the challenge.

As you continue to make plans for your second year, we want to outline the steps necessary to begin Fall term. Please understand that starting school during a pandemic is an evolving process, and we may not have all of the answers yet. We are hoping to clarify what we can!

Thanks to those who have already completed the survey designed to capture your plans to move back to Hanover. If you have not yet had a chance to do so, please complete it T'21 Arrival Survey. This information is necessary to help Dick’s House with their planning for COVID-19 testing.

Testing Process
All second-year students will be required by Dartmouth College to be tested for COVID-19. The testing will be administered at Dick’s House and Tuck students can be tested August 18 - September 4. Testing is taking place at Dick's House under the tent Monday - Friday, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Testing is on a first come, first served basis and Dick's House can test the first 60 students per day. The testing appointment should take about 15 minutes and involves a self-administered nasal swab. Results are usually available in 48 hours. A negative result will be posted in the Health Services Portal. If you test positive, a clinician will contact you directly to discuss next steps. You can park at Dick's House in 15-minute parking.

“I've been in the Upper Valley this summer, do I need to quarantine?”

We have considered three categories of protocols T’21 students need to follow.

No Test, No Tuck until after September 22
Please note, after September 4, Dartmouth College COVID-19 testing priority will shift to undergraduates from September 8 – September 22. Graduate and professional students will not be able to be tested during this time. If you arrive after September 4, you will be unable to enter Tuck buildings until after a negative COVID-19 test is completed by Dick’s House and a 14 day quarantine has been closely followed.

“How do I get my new mail and locker key?
We will have a table outside of Tuck Hall where you can retrieve your key packet. This table will be on the lawn of Tuck Hall and will be staffed by a member of the MBPO from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, August 19 – September 4.

We realize that you likely have many questions. Please feel free to reach out to the MBAPO at any point and we will try to answer them. Additionally, Tuck’s FAQ’s should provide helpful information: https://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/covid-19/fall2020-faq .

We look forward to seeing you, virtually and in person. You have been missed!




Dartmouth has formed a high-level task force to plan for and manage possible disruptions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, monitor federal and state recommendations, implement guidance, and communicate with our community.

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