Dear Springfield College community members,
Effective Wednesday, Aug. 4, Springfield College will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear masks when inside campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status. We are disappointed that we have to make this decision, but out of an abundance of caution and to continue to protect the health and well-being of our entire campus community, we are taking additional protocols to bring the community safely back to campus.
Members of the Springfield College community who are exempted from vaccination, or who are not fully completed with their course of vaccinations (post two weeks final inoculation) must wear their masks at all times while on campus – both indoors and outdoors.
This action follows CDC and Massachusetts public health officials’ recommendations for fully vaccinated people to begin wearing masks indoors again in locations with high COVID transmission rates. Hampden County has been identified as an area of “substantial” risk for transmission of the COVID-19 virus due to its increased number of cases.
Currently, vaccinated individuals may choose not to wear masks outdoors, alone in a private office, when students are in their living space, and may remove masks during the consumption of food or drinks in dining halls. Like all issues surrounding COVID, this policy will be reviewed on an on-going basis and changed as necessary.
The COVID vaccines available in the U.S. are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death. Getting vaccinated remains the most important step you can take to protect yourself and others. We urge all members of the Springfield College community who have not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible.
Slandie Dieujuste, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs
Jonathan Howell, MPS
Director of Human Resources