Updated April 30, 2021

Following University of Maine System guiding principles, Farmington’s faculty, staff and administration have worked to re-imagine how we can continue to provide the education and service our students and community expect from us.

Our plan is based on four principles designed to inform the greater community and shape our behavior:

  1. Commitment to the health and safety of all members of the Farmington community
  2. Stacking preventative measures to create the greatest possible protection against exposure and community spread of COVID-19
  3. Flexibility that allows us to anticipate potential future challenges and adjust quickly as circumstances change
  4. Awareness that we have a critical role to play in the successful return to on-campus and in-person activities. Our actions must be guided by concern for others

These plans are subject to change, as the circumstances around us are constantly shifting. And we recognize that for some members of our community returning to campus this fall may not be the best option. The following information is not comprehensive but it will help you understand what kind of changes you can expect and how we can work together to make Farmington a safe place to live and learn.


NEW:  April 30, 2021

Fully vaccinated members of the University community will be exempt from weekly COVID-19 testing required of everyone participating in an on-campus experience this spring and summer.

We will continue our weekly asymptomatic testing, tracing and isolation strategies beyond the end of the spring semester for those of us working and learning on a campus. Members of the UMF community who voluntarily provide verification that they are fully vaccinated will not be required to participate in our asymptomatic testing program and are exempt from quarantining if they are a close contact of someone known to have COVID-19.

If you are  fully vaccinated, please visit the appropriate link fully vaccinated student or fully vaccinated employee to complete the Vaccination Submission Form on our COVID-19 Testing Tracker so you can report your status. It’s fast, easy, confidential and doing so ends the requirement that you test weekly to participate in on-campus activities.

Departure Testing and Continued Adherence to Safety Practices

If you have been a member of our on-campus population and will be traveling home at the end of the semester, please get tested next week. Knowing your COVID-19 status before you travel protects those around you and the community and loved ones you are returning to.

You have been showing up all semester to keep yourself and our community safe. Let’s finish our time Together for Maine this spring safe and smart by getting one last test — a departure test.

And please continue — as you have done all year — following the safety practices that have kept us together as safely as possible throughout the pandemic. Wear your face coverings indoors or when you cannot be safely distanced outside, wash your hands, stay away from large gatherings and get vaccinated as soon as you can.


Farmington-specific COVID-19 Vaccination Information

The student UMF Peer Care Managers (Hunter Ellis, Brianna Hinkley, Brooke-Lynn Hinkley, Nora Laprise, Chelsea Pruitt, Madison Vigeant) recently developed a Guide to COVID-19 Vaccines.

Goals of the Vaccine

  • Save the lives of Maine people at greatest risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.
  • Ensure vaccine providers can efficiently and quickly vaccinate as many people as possible
    Source: maine.gov/COVID19/VACCINE

When is it my Turn to be vaccinated? (Maine)

Now! Right now, everyone in Maine age 12+ can get vaccinated

Pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine through the State of Maine here: https://vaccinateme.maine.gov

Vaccination Sites in Farmington

There are 4 places in Farmington, Maine where you can get your vaccine

MaineHealth Vaccine Clinic (Franklin Memorial Hospital campus)
To schedule an appointment, visit:  https://vaccine.mainehealth.org
Or phone 877-780-7545

Walgreens Pharmacy
To schedule an appointment, visit:  https://www.Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine
Or phone 1-800-walgreens (1-800-925-473367)
Walk-ins are not accepted

Walmart Pharmacy
To schedule an appointment, visit:  https://www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine
Please check your eligibility before scheduling an appointment

Hannaford Pharmacy
By appointment only
For info, visit:  https://www.hannaford.com/pharmacy/covid-19-vaccine

Different Types of Vaccines

There are three main authorized and recommended vaccines:

Pfizer

  • 2 shots, 21 days apart
  • Recommended for people over the age of 16
  • Most side effects were mild to moderate

Moderna

  • 2 shots, 28 days apart
  • Recommended for people over the age of 18
  • Most side effects were mild to moderate

Johnson + Johnson (Jannsen)

  • 1 shot
  • Recommended for people over the age of 18
  • Side effects were common within 7 days of getting vaccinated but were mostly mild to moderate

Facts About COVID-19 Vaccine

  • COVID-19 Vaccine development was accelerated without compromising safety
  • Vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety before they’re approved for use
  • Vaccine side effects are usually mild
  • Pneumonia vaccines do not prevent COVID-19
  • Vaccine test trials involve a diverse range of volunteers
  • You won’t be able to make a COVID-19 Vaccine at home
  • COVID-19 vaccine trials are following safety and ethical standards

Source: World Health Organization


Looking Ahead to Fall 2021: UMaine System Chancellor Expects UMF to Return to In-Person College Experience

I’m happy to let you know that we are announcing later this morning that we expect to welcome our students, faculty and staff back to our university campuses this fall to safely resume the most traditional in-person college experiences we all took for granted before the pandemic.

That’s right. We expect to return as normally as possible this coming fall.

We’ve been together safely through this challenging year by following the recommendations of our UMS Scientific Advisory Board, Maine’s public health authorities, and the testing, masking, social distancing and other public health measures we have in place. Now, with the promise of a Maine spring and summer ahead, with public health restrictions easing and with new confidence stemming from the growing numbers who can and will receive the pandemic-ending vaccines that are available, it feels like we can finally say that the pandemic’s grip is loosening. So we’re kicking our planning into high gear to provide the most traditional, on-campus college experiences this fall that we can safely manage.

I should be clear, though. Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our university communities, remains our top priority. So does respect for Maine’s public health authorities and their guidance. We’ve been able to limit the spread of COVID in our university communities because of these commitments. We’re going to keep following them. That means social distancing and face coverings everywhere on our campuses will continue to be the rule as we complete the semester and manage university events. And we’ll continue to test everyone in our in-person community every week through commencement. It’s also true that working through the pandemic has shown us new opportunities and, in some cases, new ways of doing business. We intend to learn from these experiences as we work to return to near normalcy this fall.

I owe all of you my thanks. Your discipline and concern for the welfare of everyone in the UMS community and the state has kept us safely together through what has been perhaps the most challenging year in our lifetimes. That same resilience and commitment will make our fall return to normalcy both safe and rewarding.

I’m looking forward to it.

Sincerely,

Dannel P. Malloy
University of Maine System Chancellor


Limited Campus Visitations

University of Maine at Farmington campus spaces and buildings are open only for official University business. Campus spaces and buildings are not open to the general public, although campus offices that serve the public will continue to do so.

Visitors are permitted on UMF property only for the specific purposes.

All visitors must check in with the Conferences and Events Office located inside the front entrance of the Olsen Student Center (111 South Street), adhere to University guidelines and be hosted by a University employee, department, or registered student organization.

For details on this policy update see the Communication Updates page.

Communication Updates

Safety Protocols, COVID-19 Testing

In order to safely return to campus, students, staff and faculty are required to wear an appropriate face covering and socially distance themselves at all times.

In addition, we will conduct Asymptomatic Testing on campus as part of our comprehensive Safe Return to Campus efforts. The goal of the Asymptomatic Testing Program is to assure that the Spring Semester is as healthy of a campus community as possible.

Phase 6 Testing Appointments

UMF adopts new PointnClick web portal for weekly testing signups.

The UMF Asymptomatic Testing Team heard how frustrating the mobile app had been, especially when it came to managing your asymptomatic testing appointments and receiving test results. The Team is pleased to announce that it has replaced the app with a simpler to use a web portal.

This web portal includes additional features such as preferred name, opt-in text messaging, email reminders, timely notification of results and the ability for UMF Safe Return to track every sample (in case there is an issue).

For the remainder for the semester, please sign up for your weekly test using the new PointnClick web portal
https://umaineportal.pointnclick.com

Phase 6 Asymptomatic Testing

Phase 6 Testing began the week of February 1

We will use the same Vault tests (PCR saliva tests) that we used in the fall for this first week of testing. There is no shelter in place after testing in Phase 6.

Spring 2021 asymptomatic testing will take place weekly for all UMF community members who:

  • Live on campus
  • Take or teach any classes on campus
  • Work on campus
  • All student-athletes (living on or off campus)

If you need to come to campus and are not part of the weekly testing group, please visit UMaine System’s Together for Maine site.

Testing Times & Locations

Testing will be conducted on the following days and times:

  • Tuesdays  7am – 7pm
  • Wednesdays  7am – 7pm
  • Thursdays  7am – 1pm

Testing Locations:

  • Students Living in the Residence halls will test in the Lobby of Dearborn Gymnasium
  • Commuter Students, Faculty and Staff will test at 274 Front Street – the future home UMF Sweatt-Winter Childcare Program, across Main Street from the Roberts Learning Center

In Case of Inclement Weather

Students Living in the Residence Halls:
If the University cancels classes on your scheduled testing day, you will still be expected to keep your appointment at the Dearborn Gym Lobby.

Commuter Students, Faculty & Staff:
Please reschedule for another time during the week of your original test.

If You Have Previously Tested Positive

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you are exempt from testing for 90 days from the date of your positive test.

Please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu if you have tested positive within the last 90 days. Include documentation that verifies your name, the date of the test and the results. 

If You Have Been Vaccinated for COVID-19

If you have been vaccinated for COVID-19, YOU MUST STILL BE TESTED as part of this asymptomatic testing program. 

Please Note: This information is current as of the day / time it was published. As we know, things may change relative to all aspects of the virus, which may necessitate changes to our guidance and policies. If you have any questions, please contact us at umf.safereturn@maine.edu


What-to-Do Flowchart for Employees

Should you find yourself ill with COVID-19 symptoms or are medically at risk, or if you are caring for immediate family who is ill / medically at risk, or you are caring for your child because their school / daycare has closed, please consult this COVID‐19 Employee Support Flow Chart (pdf) to see your work options.

A Word about Prohibited Student Parties

Attending or hosting functions or social gatherings that exceed state group-size limitations may be deemed a violation of the University of Maine System Student Conduct Code for endangering public health and safety. Students who host or promote prohibited events at any venue, including private residences, may face suspension or dismissal.  See details here.


2020-2021 Academic Calendar

There are some Spring Semester changes to be aware of.

This year, classes for the Spring Semester began Monday, January 25 rather than our typical Tuesday following Martin Luther King Day. There is also no week-long Spring Break. Instead, there will be a single-day break on March 24 and a few “Reading Days” (no classes) have been added. In addition, Spring classes will end Friday, April 30 and Finals will begin Monday, May 3. Commencement is scheduled for May 8.

See the Academic & Student Housing Calendar


Campus and Classroom Modifications

Facilities Management worked non-stop on the herculean task of modifying campus as we know it, into an appropriately distanced and sanitized environment, that we can feel safe in. Classroom layouts have been adjusted to allow for a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals. Hand sanitizer stations have been placed all over campus, and each classroom is equipped with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.

Building access across campus is now via key card doors only to allow for contact tracing. Pedestrian foot traffic is differentiated by direction in some areas. This includes designating areas of 1-way foot traffic, Enter-Only and Exits-Only classroom and building access points (except in the case of emergencies) and physical separation devices. Where possible, staircases have been designated UP or DOWN with proper signage.

Learn more about what safety enhancements you can expect to find on campus in our Safe Return to Farmington – Your Maine Home Plan (pdf)


Athletics, Sports, Fitness and Recreation

Varsity Athletics

Mens & Women’s Basketball

  • Team practices & training: Ongoing
  • Competition in North Atlantic Conference: Cancelled
  • Competition, non-conference: Limited
  • Spectators not allowed at any competitions
  • Visit UMF Athletics for updates & details

Mens & Women’s Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding / Freeride

  • Team practices & training: Ongoing
  • Alpine: USCSA / Reynolds Division / USSA: Limited competition
  • Nordic: Limited competition
  • Freeski / Snowboarding: Limited competition
  • Spectators not allowed at any competitions
  • Visit UMF Athletics for updates & details

Mens & Women’s Indoor Track & Field

  • Team practices & training: Ongoing
  • Competition: Limited, Visit UMF Athletics for updates & details
  • Spectators not allowed at any competitions
  • Visit UMF Athletics for updates & details

Spring Baseball, Softball, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s & Women’s Outdoor Track & Field, Golf

  • Team practices & training: Ongoing
  • Competition: Return to North Atlantic Conference competition
  • Updated models have been designed to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19 while maximizing the experience for student-athletes
  • Teams will follow NCAA guidelines for the safe return to collegiate athletics, as well as directives from all federal, state and local health authorities
  • Each campus will also determine specific protocols unique to their campus based on local circumstances — including whether fans will be permitted
  • Visit UMF Athletics for updates & details

Club Sports

Men’s Rugby, Women’s Rugby, Co-ed Ultimate Disc will not return to Spring competition

NEW:  3-23-2021

UMF Fitness & Recreation Center

The Fitness & Recreation Center is open to students, staff and members of the public. It has different operating hours and new protocols.

Cloth face coverings are required in the Fitness Center at all times — even when working out.

The facility is Open Monday – Friday: 6am – 8pm.  Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm.

The hours of operation will be reevaluated and will be expanded as we are able and permitted.

Open spaces & activities:

  • Strength training & cardio equipment
  • Track — for walking only
  • Multi-purpose courts — but for limited activities only (tennis, pickleball, etc.)
  • Group Fitness classes (see the schedule of In-person and Virtual classes)
  • One-to-One Personal Training
  • NEW: Pool (see details below)

Closed spaces & activities:

  • Locker rooms & showers
  • The Cradles & Crayons program
  • Children’s After School Program

See the Fitness & Recreation Center site for activities and details.

NEW: 3-23-2021  FRC Pool Reopens April 5

In order to be consistent with CDC, State of Maine, UMaine System and American Red Cross requirements and best practices, as well as FRC needs and limitations, there are a number of requirements and restrictions swimmers need to be aware of. It’s not yet appropriate that we resume our full slate of activities.

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times on the pool deck. Only while in the water and in the shower may face coverings be removed
  • Only lap swimming and water walking / jogging is permitted
  • Reservations are required. There is no cost to reserve a lane
  • Patrons will sign up for a 40 minute swim block and have an additional 10 minutes transition out of the pool area.
  • Reservations can be made one business day in advance by stopping by or calling the FRC front desk 207-778-7495
  • Only 1 swimmer per lane. Families living in the same household may have 2 swimmers in the same lane. UMF students may not share lanes
  • Locker rooms are not accessible. Changing areas and showers will be limited. Please arrive in your swimsuit ready to get in the water
  • Storage totes for personal belongings will be provided to each swimmer
  • It is recommended to change and shower at home following your pool visit

For information about available times, requirements and restrictions, please visit The Fitness & Recreation Center website.

Questions can be directed to Fitness & Recreation Center Director Ben White benjamin.j.white@maine.edu or Aquatics Director, Jen Pageot jennifer.pageot@maine.edu

Mainely Outdoors Program

Mainely Outdoors gear rentals will be available Mon-Thur, 11am – 7pm; Fri 11am – 5pm.

Outdoor Adventure Trips for UMF students are being scheduled.

See the Mainely Outdoors site for activities and details.

Visitors to the Mainely Outdoors building do not need to check in at Conferences & Events Office, as they will be screened at the entrance to the Mainely Outdoors building.


We all play a role in keeping everyone safe.

The most important thing to remember is that each of us plays a vital role in our ability to minimize risk as we have returned to campus. Each day we must live our obligation to each other as members of this community. Wear a mask, wash your hands, check your symptoms and keep your distance.

We’re in this together, even at six feet apart.


Farmington-specific Messages

We have developed a series of pages to help guide you on our Return to Campus plans. Please check back frequently as we will update our Communication Updates and FAQs throughout the Fall Semester.

Communication Updates FAQ for Students & Parents FAQ for Employees FAQ for General Public & Visitors FAQ for Vendors, Suppliers & Contractors

The University of Maine System has prepared a broad System-wide resources page and FAQ.

UMaine System's Together for Maine site UMaine System's Daily COVID Updates

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: umf.safereturn@maine.edu


Additional Resources

Federal Reports


The University consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by the University such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves.