Health and Safety Information
General Health and Safety FAQs
The College announced in July that we will be limiting access to campus to protect the health and safety of the campus community and that of our friends and neighbors. Throughout the fall semester and moving forward, we have limited campus access to all but our staff, faculty, students, and delivery and service providers.
These are temporary measures—ones we take with the hope and prayer that they will be lifted in due course.
When made aware of a presumptive positive test, the College collaborates with local and state health officials and works to implement contact tracing and all follow-up protocols.
Faculty and staff who test positive will be sent home and required to self-isolate according to public health guidelines.
Students who test positive will be asked to return home as well, if determined safe to do so following a conversation with and guidance received from Health Services and should follow all public health guidelines. Those students unable to return home will be moved to an alternate campus location that provides necessary isolation. Students required to self-isolate should remain in ongoing contact with Health Services regarding the process to return.
Case management will occur for all persons with isolation or quarantine status, and they will be provided access to coursework, mental health support, and assistance with basic needs, such as food.
Positive COVID-19 cases will be discussed with local public health officials to receive specific guidance. The College employs trained individuals who perform contact tracing in collaboration with local public health officials. To aid in mitigating the spread of potential illness, all people diagnosed with COVID-19 should be prepared to list anyone who would be considered a “close contact” during the 48-hours prior to symptoms of illness onset. People with close contacts to a positive COVID-19 individual will be tested and contact tracing protocols will be followed. Particular areas of campus may be taken off-line for a pre-determined amount of time for disinfection.
Students who have been identified as a close contact of someone with a positive COVID test are expected to return home, if determined safe to do so following a conversation with and guidance from Health Services, and remain in quarantine for a ten-day period. Students can exit quarantine on day 11 and return to campus, with the approval of the Testing Center Team and/or Health Services, if they have not experienced any symptoms, have received a negative test after day eight, and can conduct active monitoring through day 14.
Students identified as close contacts who are symptomatic at any time during the 14 days after exposure must remain in quarantine for the full 14 days. Students required to quarantine should remain in ongoing contact with the Testing Center Team and/or Health Services regarding the process to return.
Students unable to return home are temporarily reassigned into alternative housing for quarantine. Case management occurs for all persons with isolation or quarantine status, and they will be provided access to coursework, mental health support, and assistance with basic needs, such as food.
To avoid confusion and the risk of escalation of inquiries to medical offices, the College will only send a public notice on a new presumptive positive if it is recommended by local health officials.
Our facilities staff has been following protocols consistent with best practices for disinfecting campus, with a special focus on high-touch areas and bathrooms.
We are using electrostatic disinfecting sprayers, during the overnight hours, to clean larger, high-traffic areas including dining halls, classrooms, auditoriums, the athletic training area, entryways and lobbies, all hallways, stairwells, bathrooms, large conference rooms, locker rooms, work-out equipment rooms, and any larger gathering areas, such as the Chapel. Touchless hand-sanitizer dispensers are also installed throughout the campus.
These students are not restricted from campus; however, it is recommended that students experiencing difficulty due to asthma and allergies engage in their coursework remotely until symptoms subside.
If students do consider returning to campus, we encourage them to speak with their individual medical providers about how to do so safely and communicate with Health Services if concerns arise.
Sodexo, our food service provider, has implemented changes to our dining services program in order to best ensure the health and safety of all students and staff. This includes an increase in the grab and go options available, but there are still areas with seating for students to enjoy their meal. You can find more information on dining options on Sodexo’s Stonehill page.
Students with dietary restrictions can work directly with our Dietitian, Kim Pierce, to ensure they have sufficient and safe options to meet their needs.
The College is prepared for many contingencies including plans to move to remote learning for a designated period of time if and when necessary.
COVID-19 Testing at Stonehill
The College requires weekly COVID-19 tests, at minimum, and offers twice per-week testing if community members prefer to do so.
Stonehill, similarly to many institutions across the country, is using an anterior nasal swab for COVID-19 testing. To be clear, an anterior nasal swab is different from the nasopharyngeal swabs seen often in the media in the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ahead of the fall semester, the College developed a short YouTube video that offers more details on our test.
At this time, the turnaround time for COVID-19 testing done through our on-campus Testing Center is typically around 24 hours, but that timeline is subject to change given the volume of tests the lab needs to process.
The College’s COVID-19 Testing Center, housed in Alumni Hall and co-run by two certified healthcare professionals, serves as the campus hub for testing.
Since this past summer, we have partnered with local providers to support onboarding testing, symptomatic testing, and asymptomatic/surveillance testing, while the Broad Institute at M.I.T. implements our overall testing strategy. Compass Medical, an affiliate of the Steward Health Care system that has locations in both Easton and East Bridgewater, supplements our symptomatic testing response protocols.
Test results are emailed to your Stonehill email address from the Broad Institute's CARE-EVOLVE System via the email address CareEvolve@LKNotification.com.
Individuals that receive a positive test result are contacted directly by a Stonehill Testing Center professional.
Please remember that if you are a residential student this year, you must use your Stonehill email address and the Stonehill College ZIP code (02357) when accessing the system along with your other information.
The College is covering the cost of COVID-19 testing for our campus community.
Yes. In fact, if more than a week has passed since your last COVID-19 test, you need to plan ahead and at least 48 hours before your intended visit you must come to campus to take an onboarding test and then return home. Once you have received a negative test result, you will be able to access campus.
During the semester, yes. Please follow the guidelines for visiting the campus less than once-per-week.
For Spring 2021 onboarding, please refer to those specific guidelines.
In accordance with current Commonwealth guidelines, individuals that commute daily from out-of-state should follow our standard weekly testing schedule.
The College will continue to monitor local, state, and federal public health guidance and share more information as it becomes available.