From the Dean of Undergraduate Students - Updates on-campus testing capacity

COVID-19 response weekly update

Dear students,

I’m writing with an update on our SARS-CoV-2 testing capacity for this week. While this situation remains somewhat in flux, it is clear that our capacity will be limited for the remainder of the week. This presents significant challenges for the days ahead, and I would ask for patience and understanding from everyone as we find our way through this situation together.

Our priority for the rest of this week will be testing, as we are able, students currently residing in the residential colleges. For this reason, all off-campus students currently scheduled for testing during the remainder of this week (i.e., between tomorrow, February 17 through Sunday, February 21) must cancel their test and reschedule for the week of February 22. To reschedule your test, please visit: https://coronavirus.rice.edu/testing-resources

A campus alert was sent out that says that regularly scheduled testing for tomorrow has been canceled. For all students currently on campus, we are working on - limited testing options for tomorrow -- so please watch your emails for notification that you should report for testing. We are working with the Magisters and will contact students directly as testing appointments become available for tomorrow, and the remainder of this week. Please be flexible, check your emails regularly, and report for testing when you are contacted.

If you are experiencing any symptoms please do not sign up for a test through the Magisters. Please fill out a health reporting form found on https://coronavirus.rice.edu and wait for a contact tracer to follow up with you with instructions.

For those of you scheduled for move-in this week (including tomorrow) I am sorry that this storm has caused longer problems than anticipated with travel. Similar to what I said in my message last Friday, it would be best if you can delay your arrival until after conditions improve and our testing program is fully operational again. Since we don’t know exactly when that will happen, I’d ask you to delay your arrival until early next week, if at all possible. If not and you will be moving in this week, please let your magister know.

Finally, please remain diligent around safety behaviors in the days ahead. With everyone indoors, this presents real risks around disease transmission -- especially with our reduced testing program this week. Please take care and look out for your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your friends and college communities.

Take care and stay safe,

Bridget Gorman, Dean of Undergraduates