Margaret Hazlett

Thu, Aug 13, 5:22 PM

Dear Students,

While we at the College are excited to welcome students back on campus, the COVID-19 pandemic will require all of us to be conscientious stewards of our own health and safety and that of our communities. Understandably, we have received many questions regarding move-in, testing and quarantine. This message provides only a brief overview. As always, the latest information is found on the F&M reopening plan website.

If you are studying remotely or taking a leave of absence, you will not need the information contained in the rest of this email.


Before you return, it is imperative that you complete a pre-return screening questionnaire as soon as possible.

Based on the results of this screening, Student Wellness Center staff may contact you by email or phone to recommend or require that you obtain a COVID -19 viral antigen test prior to your arrival back on campus.

Where should I first arrive on move-in day?

Upon arrival in Lancaster and before going to your residence, please report to the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center (ASFC) at your scheduled time to receive a COVID-19 test, health kit, arrival instructions, and your room key.

Housing assignments and dining plans can be found by logging into Inside F&M. Select My Info, My Housing Self-Service to view your specific information.

Can first-year students bring a vehicle to campus?

Yes. The College has created a vehicle exception for first-year students. In fall 2020, during modules 1 and 2, and ending on Nov. 22, F&M will allow all students to register to bring a vehicle to campus. A parking spot for all students is not guaranteed, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to returning students.

Student parking will be located in the west lot of the ASFC and the Tylus Athletic Field parking areas. A designated parking area for commuting students will be located in the Tylus lot adjacent to Harrisburg Avenue. See campus map.


Will I be tested when I move in and have to quarantine?

Yes. You will be tested and quarantined in your room until your test results are received. Anterior nasal swab tests will be performed on-site at F&M.

Please note that quarantine is expected to be up to 72 hours but may be shorter or longer depending on certain conditions. During quarantine, you will be able to leave your room only to use the bathroom, get your meal from the hall delivery point, or in case of an emergency.

Will I be tested if I am living in College-approved, off-campus housing?

If you already have started your lease and are living in your approved off-campus housing, you should sign up for your COVID-19 test here. Current sign-up times run through Aug. 19, but more will be added, so check the sign up link often.

Can I get tested prior to arrival on campus so I do not need to quarantine while waiting for results?

No. Students may not get tested prior to arrival on campus since there is risk of exposure while traveling to F&M. ALL students must be tested on campus.


Will meals be provided during my quarantine?

During the initial quarantine period, on-campus students will have their meals delivered to their residence hall or College-owned residence. Meals will be delivered three times each day.

Students living in College-approved, off-campus locations should prepare for quarantine in advance of their arrival—bringing food or arranging safe food/grocery delivery for their meals until the end of their quarantine period.

For complete dining information, including allergy and dietary concerns, please see Dining.

To rent a microfridge for the semester, place orders no later than Aug. 15 You will need your room number to place the order.

Will activities be planned for students during quarantine?

Yes. We will be offering virtual activities planned with input from fellow students. Check out F&M’s Virtual Quad for the latest offerings and keep an eye out for communication on other available activities. Information about New Student Orientation will be provided soon to first-year students.

As we plan to reopen, today’s Diplomats are tasked with new responsibilities. We thank all of you for your cooperation as we meet new guidelines for public health and safety.

All the best,

Margaret L. Hazlett

Vice President and Dean of Students