Tuesday, August 18 — Move-In & COVID testing for new First-Year resident students and incoming Transfer resident students

For the purposes of social distancing and keep the testing and move-in process running smoothly we have broken the First-Year Student group into three sections by last name with assigned times:

  • 8am to 10am  Those with last names beginning with A-F
  • 10am to 12pm  Those with last names beginning with G-O
  • 12pm to 2pm  Those with last names beginning with P-Z
  • 2pm to 4pm  Any First-Year resident student or incoming Transfer resident student who missed their earlier time, above

Important: We have very little flexibility with the COVID-19 testing times, so it is very important that you to arrive on your assigned day and time.

Alternatively, you may arrive with documentation of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test performed within 72 hours before your arrival. If you get your own PCR test, send their results to umf.healthcenter@maine.edu

Arriving outside of this assigned day and time (Tuesday, August 18) or without a negative PCR test result documentation will result in a 14-day quarantine.

We highly recommend you take your COVID-19 test upon arrival to campus. Our tests are free of charge and have a turnaround time of up to 72 hours. Outside tests are harder to access, may cost a great deal, and the wait time for your results could delay your arrival to campus.

Your itinerary for Move-In Day, Tuesday, August 18

  • Your first stop will be the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center for your COVID-19 test. It’s located at the end of Lincoln Street.
  • Then it’s off to your residence hall to complete the Check-In process. Here you’ll receive your room key, ID card and laundry card.
  • You may have just 1 person help you move your belongings into the hall and your room. While you’ll likely be coming to campus with multiple friends and family members, in order to keep the number of folks in the halls as low as possible, only one of them can be in the residence hall. Your helpers must wear approved face coverings (see below) and are limited to traveling only from the building entrance and to and from your room.
  • After you’ve moved in, it’s time to say goodbye to your family and friends and say hello to your new roommate, if you have one. Families and friends will need to leave the residence halls by 4:30pm.
  • You will then “shelter in place” (quarantine) in your room for up to 72 hours after your test, with your roommate. So you will have plenty of time to get to know each other and catch up.
  • Dinner Service 5pm to 6pm — dinner delivered to your residence hall room.
  • 7pm – 8:30pm — Virtual Floor Meetings – discussion of community standards, with fun icebreakers.
  • 9pm – 10pm — Online programs such as Bingo, Trivia, Conversation Breakout Rooms and chats with your Community Assistants (CA’s).

We will provide more information over the next couple weeks. In the meantime, here’s some food for thought:

  • We will provide food and snacks while you are “sheltering in place” (quarantined) in your room, but you might want to bring some of your favorite snacks as well.
  • Make sure you bring cloth face coverings with you. Face coverings will be an important part of your life this fall so find some that are comfortable for you. You will be required to wear a face covering when not in your room or while eating.
  • UMF will provide two approved face coverings, but please bring some of your own if you can.
    “Cloth Face Covering” as defined by our Maine civil authorities is a protection that covers the nose and mouth; fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; is secured with ties or ear loops; has multiple layers of fabric which cover the nose, mouth and chin; allows for breathing without restriction; and is able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape.
    Accepted:  Cloth face coverings defined above, clear masks, dust masks, disposable masks and KN95s are approved face coverings.
    Not accepted: Respirators or face coverings with exhalation valve, neck gaiters, bandanna-style coverings with an open bottom, face shields by itself (without also wearing a cloth face covering), “creative” face coverings including a paper bag, large plastic bottle, goalie mask, catcher’s mask, Mexican wrestling mask, etc.
    See the UMaine System’s Do I need to wear a face covering? for a lengthy description and images as to what does and does not meet the System requirements.
  • Guests will not be allowed in the residence halls after the Move-In process. We plan to allow one UMF community guest per resident in the halls after two weeks. We need to make sure we have a smooth transition into the school year before we allow guests into the halls.
  • For safety reasons, try to remain in Farmington as much as you can for the Fall semester, as travel increases the chances of infection. At this time, Franklin County has had just five documented active COVID-19 cases, which is comforting.
  • UMF is a special place with students working in the downtown community, student teaching in schools, volunteering and working in assisted living communities, engaged in practicum and internship experiences throughout Franklin County and beyond. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our campus and local community safe. To this end, each of us must be committed to the practice of wearing face coverings and social distancing. Thank you for your commitment to your community. As a guiding principle towards maintaining a safe and successful community, we hope you will agree to follow the UMF Safe Beaver Pledge (pdf)

Monday, August 24 — Move-In & COVID testing for Returning resident students

Important: We have very little flexibility with the COVID-19 testing times, between 10am and 2pm on August 24.

Alternatively, you may arrive with documentation of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test performed within 72 hours before your arrival. If you get your own PCR test, send their results to umf.healthcenter@maine.edu

Arriving outside of this assigned day and time (Tuesday, August 18) or without a negative PCR test result documentation will result in a 14-day quarantine.

We highly recommend you take your COVID-19 test upon arrival to campus. Our tests are free of charge and have a turnaround time of up to 72 hours. Outside tests are harder to access, may cost a great deal, and the wait time for your results could delay your arrival to campus.

Your itinerary for Move-In Day, Monday, August 24

  • Your first stop will be the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center for your COVID-19 test.
  • Then it’s off to your residence hall to complete the Check-In process. Here you’ll receive your room key.
  • You may have just 1 person help you move your belongings into the hall and your room. While you’ll likely be coming to campus with multiple friends and family members, in order to keep the number of folks in the halls as low as possible, only one of them can be in the residence hall. Your helpers must wear approved face coverings (see below) and are limited to traveling only from the building entrance and to and from your room.
  • After you’ve moved in, it’s time to say goodbye to your family and friends and say hello to your roommate, if you have one. Families and friends will need to leave the residence halls by 3pm.
  • You will then “shelter in place” (quarantine) in your room for up to 72 hours after your test, with your roommate. So you will have plenty of time to get to know each other and catch up.
  • Dinner Service 5pm to 6pm — dinner delivered to your residence hall room.
  • 7pm – 8:30pm — Virtual Floor Meetings – discussion of community standards, with fun icebreakers.
  • 9pm – 10pm — Online programs such as Bingo, Trivia, Conversation Breakout Rooms and chats with your Community Assistants (CA’s).

We will provide more information over the next couple weeks. In the meantime, here’s some food for thought:

  • Food service will be provided for returning residential students beginning on August 24.
  • We will provide food and snacks while you are “sheltering in place” (quarantined) in your room, but you might want to bring some of your favorite snacks as well.
  • Make sure you bring cloth face coverings with you. Face coverings will be an important part of your life this fall so find some that are comfortable for you. You will be required to wear a face covering when not in your room or while eating.
  • UMF will provide two approved face coverings, but please bring some of your own if you can.
    “Cloth Face Covering” as defined by our Maine civil authorities is a protection that covers the nose and mouth; fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; is secured with ties or ear loops; has multiple layers of fabric which cover the nose, mouth and chin; allows for breathing without restriction; and is able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape.
    Accepted:  Cloth face coverings defined above, clear masks, dust masks, disposable masks and KN95s are approved face coverings.
    Not accepted: Respirators or face coverings with exhalation valve, neck gaiters, bandanna-style coverings with an open bottom, face shields by itself (without also wearing a cloth face covering), “creative” face coverings including a paper bag, large plastic bottle, goalie mask, catcher’s mask, Mexican wrestling mask, etc.
    See the UMaine System’s Do I need to wear a face covering? for a lengthy description and images as to what does and does not meet the System requirements.
  • Guests will not be allowed in the residence halls after the Move-In process. We plan to allow one UMF community guest per resident in the halls after two weeks. We need to make sure we have a smooth transition into the school year before we allow guests into the halls.
  • For safety reasons, try to remain in Farmington as much as you can for the Fall semester, as travel increases the chances of infection. At this time, Franklin County has had just five documented active COVID-19 cases, which is comforting.
  • UMF is a special place with students working in the downtown community, student teaching in schools, volunteering and working in assisted living communities, engaged in practicum and internship experiences throughout Franklin County and beyond. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our campus and local community safe. To this end, each of us must be committed to the practice of wearing face coverings and social distancing. Thank you for your commitment to your community. As a guiding principle towards maintaining a safe and successful community, we hope you will agree to follow the UMF Safe Beaver Pledge (pdf)

Questions? Concerns? Let us help.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at umf.safereturn@maine.edu.

or

Mary Ellms
Coordinator of First-Year Experience
tel 207-778-7476
mary.ellms@maine.edu

Judy Peary-Adams
Administrative Specialist
tel  207-778-7348
jpadams@maine.edu