PORT Announcements announce-port@fandm.edu

Sat, Sep 26, 1:31 PM

Dear Colleagues and Students,

As you may know, the College is conducting periodic COVID-19 wastewater testing at campus residence halls.

We have just learned that wastewater testing at Bonchek House has tested positive for the presence of COVID-19 virus. 

Effective immediately, all Bonchek residents must go into modified quarantine. This means students must stay in their rooms except to go to the restroom and to go to the dining hall to pick up a grab-and-go meal. When they leave their rooms, they must wear a mask and must strictly observe the six-foot physical distancing rule at all times. Students will have to take their classes remotely until they are released from modified quarantine.

All Bonchek residents will be tested for COVID-19, along with all staff members who work in Bonchek. Those affected have been notified of this decision and will receive detailed information about sign-up times for testing. Testing will take place on Monday. 

This quarantine will be in effect until students and staff tested have been notified that test results have been received and the quarantine has been lifted. Accordingly, members of Bonchek College House who are not currently in residence will not be allowed to visit the house during this time.

I know this is difficult news for everyone on campus and especially for our students in Bonchek. Please note that none of the three students who tested positive for COVID-19 in Wednesday’s surveillance testing are residents of Bonchek. 

This process of testing and quarantine is part of how we keep our community safe and functioning. As a reminder, the common sense protocols that are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain critically important: wash your hands, wear a mask, and maintain a physical distance of six feet. We appreciate everyone’s conscientious and ongoing observance of these important precautionary measures. It isn’t easy, but our combined efforts will help keep each individual and the whole community safe. 

Deb Moriarty

Interim Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs