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Student Isolation Instructions

Reporting and General Instructions

Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be isolated. Students will be notified by the College’s COVID-19 Response Team to coordinate their transition into isolation housing.

Students should plan to pack enough clothing, prescription medication, and personal supplies to last 10 days. They should also bring textbooks, course materials, phone and charger, laptop, and other materials so they can continue with their coursework.

Health Services will follow up with individuals on a daily basis to coordinate symptom check-ins and testing for students at their isolation location. It is imperative that students in isolation continue to complete their daily symptom screening in CoVerified as well.

The standard stay in isolation is 10 days from a person’s first positive test, but it may be extended due to individual health considerations. It can also be reduced if the student receives two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart, along with approval by the College’s medical director. While in isolation, the student can neither leave their room unless there is an emergency nor have visitors in their room. Students will be given an Occupancy Agreement that extensively lists the policies and protocols regarding their stay in isolation. Failure to comply with these terms is a violation of Colby policy.


Access to General Support

Students will have access to support while in isolation. Sandeep Kaur, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team, is the College’s primary student support coordinator. The COVID-19 Response Team can provide assistance with facilitating communications with faculty or administrative staff, personal needs, and deliveries of materials needed for academic work, as well as to answer general questions about the isolation process. To reach them, email Medical/health questions should be directed to the Health Services at or 207- 859-4460.



Testing during isolation is coordinated directly by Health Services. A student in isolation is tested at the next available testing window. Questions regarding testing during isolation should be directed to Health Services at or 207- 859-4460.


Access to Meals

While students are in isolation, Dining Services will deliver meals to their door three times a day. Each day, students will receive a Google form directly from Dining Services that they must fill out every day they’re in isolation in order to receive meals.

The approximate delivery time for each meal is:

  • Breakfast: 8 a.m.
  • Lunch: Noon
  • Dinner: 5:30-6 p.m.

Dining Services will also provide students with a few snacks when they deliver meals. Should students need more, they should notify Dining Services via the form. Dining Services will then provide more snacks at the next meal delivery.

Questions or concerns about dining can be directed to Marietta Lamarre at or at 617-272-5595 or 207-859-5464.


Access to Academic Needs

For assistance acquiring textbooks or technology, please contact the COVID-19 Response Team ( to arrange for a delivery or service. In regards to courses, students are asked to reach out to their professors to coordinate any additional academic support.

Academic deliveries are made once every afternoon on weekdays. Students should plan ahead and communicate their needs in advance to ensure they receive their materials in a timely manner.


Release from Isolation

On the last day of isolation, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team and a member of Health Services will schedule a Zoom to release a student from isolation. During this call, an agreed upon departure time will be established for Security to transport the student back to campus. It is essential to have belongings packed before the departure time. 


Returning Home

Colby and its healthcare providers strongly recommend that students remain in isolation in the Colby-designated space and that students not leave their location to complete isolation with family or others. If a student chooses to leave, they assume the risks of that decision, including the risk to family or others, who may be exposed to COVID-19 and the severe adverse health impacts that can result from the infection. Colby may need to notify the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention if a student leaves before an isolation period is complete. Question about the importance of isolation should be directed to Health Services at or 207- 859-4460.


Additional Resources

CDC COVID-19 website:

Colby College COVID-19 informational webpage: