May 25: Updated COVID-19 Guidance
This updated COVID-19 guidance is effective as of May 29, 2021.
Dear Members of the Stonehill Community,
This guidance is effective May 29, 2021. Detailed information is available on our website.
As we enter the summer months and plan for the fall, the College will continue to collect vaccination data from community members including vaccination status, as well as the type of vaccine and date received. The percentage of our population ultimately vaccinated will help inform the College’s overall strategy and response as we prepare for the next academic year.
For the summer, the College will follow the Massachusetts protocols for face coverings and physical distancing and will maintain links to the Commonwealth’s guidance. The College’s protocols for the summer include the following:
For individuals who are fully vaccinated, you may resume all normal on-campus activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where otherwise required by state rules. 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.” Students living on campus who become symptomatic should contact Health Services to be tested, wear a mask, and follow medical staff guidance until you receive test results. Employees who are symptomatic should not report to work and should contact their doctors and follow up with Human Resources.
For individuals who are not fully vaccinated, consistent with CDC and MA DPH guidance, the College is requiring, for your safety and the safety of others, that you continue to wear a face covering, stay 6 feet apart from others when on campus, and get tested if you have been exposed to, or have symptoms associated with, COVID-19.
Summer groups and camps will follow the guidelines implemented by the State and will comply with any requirements put in place by local health officials. Summer groups and camps which host school-aged children will, at a minimum, follow mask guidelines consistent with 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.
The College anticipates that the CDC and MA DPH will update and modify guidance throughout the summer. The College will endeavor to keep its guidance similarly updated and will utilize the website as the primary means to share updates. We will provide specific information that coincides with New Student Orientation in June, our return to “regular on-campus work schedules” the first week of July, and in August just before the start of the academic year.
If you have additional questions related to health information and vaccines, you can learn more by contacting:
- Maria Sullivan
Director of Health Services
- Monique Avila
COVID-19 Testing Center Coordinator
Vice President & General Counsel