FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thomas College Charts Course to Return Students to Campus This Fall MacKenzie Riley Young | May 6, 2020

WATERVILLE, MAINE, May 6, 2020 – Thomas College provided additional details today on its comprehensive plans to bring its students back to campus for the fall semester in late August.   
   
“We’ve been working with hospitals and other colleges in the area to plan how we can safely bring our students back to the college experience they know and love,” said Thomas College President Laurie G. Lachance. “Our top priority is the safety of our students and community. We will follow local, state, and federal guidelines to ensure their safety.”  
   
Thomas College has been participating in a coalition of community leaders in central Maine to explore protocols to jointly and safely reopen area campuses that will safeguard the health and safety of every student, faculty member, and staff person.  Included in this effort are government officials, the early childhood and K-12 systems, and representatives from community services and safety agencies. Thomas has also been working directly with our local hospitals, MaineGeneral Medical Center and Northern Light Inland Hospital, as well as Colby and the other eight private colleges in Maine, in order to have access to the most relevant and timely information possible.    
   
“We know that reopening this fall will look much different than any year before,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Lisa Desautels-Poliquin. “Following safety guidelines is crucial, and that will have an impact on how we work and interact academically in our classrooms and administrative buildings, how we play with student activities, sports, and clubs, and how we rest, recharge, and stay healthy using our on-site health center and counseling services, dining facilities, and residence halls. We are working tirelessly to plan for reopening safely.”  
   
The College will be taking steps to minimize risk of exposure whenever possible.  These include focusing on class size and location, flexibility in academic delivery, prevention cleaning and increased access to hand sanitizer dispensers, evaluating housing capacity and population density, mandatory training and education for all faculty, staff, and students, and occupancy limits to common spaces.  
 
Thomas College has worked diligently to protect the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff, closing its campus in early March and transitioning to online learning for its students and faculty, and providing virtual student services and engagement opportunities. More information about the College’s response can be found here.   
     
About Thomas College: Thomas College has been preparing students for success in their personal and professional lives for over 125 years. Thomas College nurtures the unique potential within each student. Our Guaranteed Job Program, 3-year accelerated offerings in all undergraduate degrees (masters in the fourth year), individualized advising, career counseling, and our Innovation Centers in Business and Education meet a student’s determination to succeed with the direction, confidence, and tools to realize the highest version of themselves. From the classroom to community activities, or on the athletics field with our 18 varsity sports, Thomas College provides a personalized experience that prepares you for the workplace of tomorrow. Data reported by the New York Times ranks Thomas in the top 13 percent of all higher education institutions in the U.S. for upward mobility of its graduates, and U.S. News & World Report ranks us #8 among colleges in the Northeast. For more information, visit wwwold.thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley Young at [email protected] or 207-859-1313. Find us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.