Welcome back to Skidmore
This website outlines Skidmore’s guidelines and plans in relation to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
Skidmore looks forward to returning to a fully in-person, residential learning experience on campus and to more of the normal practices we enjoyed before the pandemic — while continuing to prioritize our community’s health and safety.
Daily Health Certification now required for all employees
Effective Sept. 6, 2021, New York state has designated COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease under the NYS HERO Act. As a result, all employees must now complete the Daily Health Certification form at the beginning of every work day, using the Skidmore College web portal (link below) or by completing a hard copy of the form provided by their supervisor. Any employee with symptoms of COVID-19 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test to Human Resources at email@example.com before returning to work on campus.
Plans are consistent with guidance issued by the American College Health Association, Centers for Disease Control and state and local health departments. They are subject to change at any time. As we navigate this together, our efforts are guided by two key principles:
- Protecting the health and safety of our community of students, faculty and staff, and the greater Saratoga Springs community
- Providing access to a residential, excellent liberal arts education
We are currently in a yellow status
The College has set forth two status levels for the fall: green for a “low to moderate” county transmission rate, and yellow for a “substantial to high” county transmission rate.
Students: All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving on campus for the fall unless exempted from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. All eligible students are required to receive a booster shot by Jan. 24, 2022 or within 30 days of becoming eligible. Learn more
Faculty and Staff: All faculty and staff (union and non-union) are required to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 3, 2021, unless exempted from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. All eligible faculty and staff are required to receive a booster shot by Jan. 24, 2022 or within 30 days of becoming eligible. Learn more
Visitors: Vaccines are not required to visit campus; however, vaccination status may affect how you participate, or your ability to participate, in various activities. Review Visitor guidelines.
Students: Skidmore will be conducting surveillance PCR testing for all Skidmore students throughout the semester.
Employees: Currently, unvaccinated individuals are being tested regularly.
Skidmore’s spring semester classes will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and end on Tuesday, May 3, with the semester officially coming to a close on May 13.
See the 2021-22 academic calendar for additional dates and deadlines.
The College's planning process is focused on complying with health and safety guidance from New York state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other public health organizations.
- Skidmore Health Services
- Saratoga County Public Health
- NYS Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control
- U.S. State Department
- Policies and procedures, including for masking, dining, testing, isolation, and visitor guidelines, are outlined.
- Skidmore will welcome all our students back to campus on schedule for the start of classes on Jan. 25. Our goal in the coming weeks is to ensure we can operate safely and in compliance with CDC requirements while maintaining the residential, in-person learning environment we all value.
- We are writing today with an important update regarding the College’s ongoing efforts to respond promptly and responsibly to evolving health and safety guidance related to COVID-19, including information about the new Omicron variant and the effectiveness of primary vaccination doses over time.