Welcome to October! I hope this finds you all well as we near midterms and the end of the first half of the semester. 

Following up on last week’s update, we are glad to confirm that we had no positive COVID-19 cases on campus. This means that we have yet to experience a student testing positive this semester. Thank you all for your active support. 

Please, as we get ready to leave for Academic Travel, it is more important than ever that we remain vigilant and take all necessary precautions. Wear a mask whenever you are indoors, even when in the residence hall with friends, make sure your mask covers your nose and mouth, maintain physically distancing while indoors or outside, and wash your hands. 

As a reminder for students enrolled in an Academic Travel this semester: 

  • All students and faculty traveling will be tested for COVID-19 on October 15, 16 or 18, 2021 depending on your group’s departure date. Click here for the schedule for pre-travel testing or ask your travel professor. Testing is mandatory and is intended to ensure both your safety and the safety of the travel group.
  • Traveling students, please fill out the Academic Travel release and health form by October 8, 2021. This is mandatory to be able to participate in academic travel.

 Also, all Franklin students will be tested for COVID-19 during the first week of classes following the November break. This will ensure both your safety and the well-being of the community at large. Click here for the schedule for post-travel testing.

 Finally, this marks the last week for you to proceed with getting your foreign COVID vaccination validated so that you can be issued with a Swiss QR code. Foreign certificates will no longer be accepted in local businesses starting October 11, 2021. Contact the Coordinator of Student Medical Services and Well-Being if you have additional questions about your situation, or if you still need to share your status with us.

Stay safe, everyone, and please make sure you are rested, hydrated, and taking care of yourself during midterms.