COVID-19 and coronavirus FAQs
We are partnering with local providers on onboarding testing, symptomatic testing, and asymptomatic/surveillance testing. The Broad Institute at M.I.T. will implement our overall testing strategy. Less than a mile from campus, Compass Medical, an affiliate of the Steward Health Care system, will supplement our symptomatic testing response protocols
The College continues to evaluate recent guidance from public health and medical experts as we develop specific protocols for our testing procedures. These procedures will be made available as part of this website when completed. We anticipate that students living and/or taking classes on campus, faculty teaching on campus, and staff in high-contact areas will be tested twice per week. Other community members will participate in less frequent testing protocols consistent with Broad Institute recommendations.
The College’s guest policy will be modified to restrict residents from hosting guests and signing-in visitors in all of our residence halls, as we continue to make decisions based that protect the safety of all our community members.
When made aware of a presumptive positive test, the College works with local and state health officials to determine notification protocols and will work 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, 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.
For additional information please see the our Return to Campus: Testing and Follow-up Protocols.
Positive COVID-19 cases will be discussed with local public health officials to receive specific guidance. The College will identify trained individuals to 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, following a conversation with and guidance from Health Services, and remain in quarantine for a two-week period. Students required to quarantine should remain in ongoing contact with Health Services regarding the process to return.
Students unable to return home will be temporarily reassigned into alternative housing for quarantine. 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.
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 will be 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 will also be installed throughout the campus.
These students will not be restricted from campus; however, it is recommended that students experiencing difficulty due to asthma and allergies engage in their coursework remotely until symptoms subside.
Students with asthma and allergies are encouraged to communicate with Health Services if concerns arise.
Sodexo, our food service provider, will be implementing changes to our dining services program in order to best ensure the health and safety of all students and staff. Included in these changes will be an increase in the grab and go options available.
With that being said, please know that 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 preparing for many contingencies including plans to move to remote learning for a designated period of time if and when necessary.