April 01, 2022

Covid-19 Mitigation Requirements for NSTs

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Page last updated: 5/31/2022

Covid-19 guidelines can change quickly and frequently, please check back on this page for updates!



All participants and leaders on New Student Trips (NSTs) must be up to date with vaccination against Covid-19, including a booster dose for all those who are eligible. 

All vaccinated students must follow this two-step process for uploading vaccination documentation into the LC Health Portal by June 29th, 2022

Students with Covid-19 vaccine exemptions granted by LC should contact College Outdoors to see if their circumstances might allow them to participate.



We’re evaluating different Covid-19 testing options to try to make the New Student Trips safer, and more information about testing requirements before your New Student trip will be coming out this summer.

Students may be asked to arrive to campus with a recent negative Covid-19 test result, and they may be additionally required to test again upon arrival.  



Wearing a mask will be required in some situations during your New Student Trip, so please pack enough so that you can wear a fresh one each day.

We kindly request that you wear a KN95 mask (or KF94, or N95 if you prefer), since these are significantly more effective than cloth face coverings. KN95 masks are now widely available, and you can even get them for free at some pharmacies such as CVS and RiteAid. If you are unable to bring your own supply of KN95 masks, contact us at outdoors@lclark.edu

We anticipate masks will NOT be required:

  • Once you are with your trip group, and separate from other people. Your group will be considered your “pod”, and you do not need to mask around each other indoors or outdoors. Think of your trip group as a “household” – you’ll be one big happy family!
  • Outdoors when at least 6 feet of distance can be maintained away from any individuals who are not members of your trip group.
  • While you are eating or sleeping.

We anticipate masks WILL BE required:

  • During arrivals and check-in, and throughout your trip’s arrival day until your group is isolated and only with each other.
  • Anytime you are in an indoor public space, including campus buildings.
  • On buses and group transportation (if your group has been assigned a van and  the drivers are leaders of your trip group, then you won’t need to mask in the van).


Symptom Checks

  • If you have any Covid-19 symptoms on the day your trip begins, DO NOT travel to Lewis & Clark College. Instead, consult with a health professional and obtain a negative molecular Covid-19 test (e.g., NAAT, PCR) before arriving on campus. You must provide documentation of your test result to LC staff.
  • When you arrive to check-in, you will be asked to complete the S.C.A.R.F. (Symptom Check And Reporting Form).
    • Any student who has been recently exposed as a close contact to COVID-19 may be subject to additional testing requirements, or may be required to quarantine and might not be able to participate on their trip.
    • All testing, transportation to a testing site, and hotel lodging/meal costs while you isolate or quarantine would be your responsibility - both logistically and financially (this is different from what would happen later in the year, once you have been cleared to move into your residence hall).
  • If you obtain a positive Covid-19 test result, or Wellness staff deem you at high risk for Covid-19 given recent symptoms or exposure, you may not be allowed to participate in your program, and a refund will be provided.
  • In the 2 weeks leading up to your trip, avoid high-risk exposure situations. Always wear a mask in any indoor space where you do not know the vaccination status of everyone else present (such as a grocery store, shopping mall, party, or airport). This will significantly reduce the chances of you developing any Covid symptoms, whether they are from Covid-19 or another illness.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms in the two weeks before your trip is scheduled to depart. If you have any Covid-19 symptoms in the ten days leading up to your trip, you will be required to provide LC with negative Covie-19 test results from a molecular test (not an antigen test) before trip departure.