I imagine that everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving break as much as I did – I certainly hope that you heard a lot from your kids about their experiences throughout the fall, and got a lot of quality time over the last week. It’s great to be back, and we’re even happier that the temperatures are falling, and it looks like by the time you’ll read this we’ll have gone skiing here at Waterville – YAHOOO!!
Thanks to everyone for the prompt and thorough attention to completing the Covid testing required to return to campus. I’m impressed and grateful. Now that we’ve passed the Thanksgiving break, we’re ready to start talking about the December break.
Campus will close for the holiday break after training on December 22nd. Boarding students will be able to return to the dorm to pick up their stuff after skiing on Dec 22nd afternoon.
The dorm is closed until January 1st.
Many coaches, if not all, are planning to hold training during the holiday break. If your family does not have a local place to stay for that week, please work with your child, your child’s teammates, or your child’s coaches to make a plan if they wish to be in Waterville for that training.
Everyone will once again be required to be tested before moving back into the dorms on Jan 1st or returning to classes on Jan 4th (whichever is earlier for your child). For this campus return, we are requiring a PCR test result for everyone, and will no longer accept a rapid test result. Thanks for your understanding on this.
Please plan for an adequate (3-5 day) incubation period and results turnaround after any holiday gathering, which depending on your family’s plans, might include New Year’s Eve (though if there has ever been a time to skip a big NYE party this is the one…although trust me when I understand how eager we all are to see the end of 2020!!) Athletes are not required to have a test result before resuming training, which is assumed to be entirely outdoors.
If your family plans indicate that your child may return later, we’re prepared for that, and ask only that you let us know. Please help us keep this community safe.
Thanks, as always,