Health & Safety Information
General Health and Safety FAQs
- The College is following the Massachusetts protocols for face coverings and physical distancing.
- Individuals who are fully vaccinated may resume all normal on-campus activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where otherwise required by state or College rules.
- Individuals who are not fully vaccinated, consistent with CDC and MA DPH guidance, must continue to wear a face covering, stay 6 feet apart from others when on campus, and get tested if they have been exposed to, or have symptoms associated with, COVID-19.
- Everyone on campus (regardless of vaccination status) is required to continue wearing face coverings in Health Services, Counseling Services, and any other pre-approved area displaying a sign that reads “mask required.”
- Summer groups and camps will follow the guidelines implemented by State and local health officials and camps which host school-aged children will follow the State’s requirements for K-12 public schools.
Guests and visitors will be allowed on campus throughout the summer. This will include prospective students, parents, alumni, vendors, attendees at Mass, and the general public. During business hours, the campus security gates will be left open; however, the gates will be closed after hours and card or “fob” access will be required. In most cases, our expectation is that guests will follow state health and safety guidance, yet stricter protocols may be implemented for certain events.
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 48-72 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 Vaccination and Testing at Stonehill
You can find that information on our Vaccination FAQ page.