May 3, 2021
Dear Springfield College Students, Faculty, and Staff,
I am writing with important information about our plans to welcome back our College community members in the fall of 2021.
As part of our plan to return to more normal operations, Springfield College will require all undergraduate and graduate students who study on our main campus in Springfield, MA to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to returning to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Faculty and staff who are in more direct contact with students will also be required to be fully vaccinated, with all others strongly encouraged to do so. A process will be in place for accommodating medical and religious exemptions. Fully vaccinated means two weeks past the second dose for Moderna and Pfizer or only dose for Johnson and Johnson. And, consistent with CDC guidance, those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not need to be regularly tested beginning May 17.
More detailed information about timelines and processes will be provided in the coming weeks.
As I communicated on Friday, April 30, the College is partnering with CVS for a vaccine clinic on campus on May 5 and May 6. The vaccine clinics for our students, staff, and faculty will be held in Blake Arena from 11 am to 5 pm on each day. This is a timely option for members of the campus community interested in receiving their first dose before the end of the academic year. Your second dose is administered at a CVS location of your choice.
Our operations follow the requirements of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. With restrictions on outdoor gatherings expected to be lifted on later this summer, we are planning for a more typical set of campus activities in the fall. As we have been since the fall of 2020, Springfield College will continue to be a residential campus in the fall of 2021. With some exceptions, we expect that fall classes will be fully in person. Of course, we will continue to offer our regularly scheduled fully online courses and programs. In addition, we are all eager for the return of in-person performances, lectures, concerts, athletic contests, and other events.
Since March of last year, our community has prioritized protecting one another and has acted to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while continuing teaching and learning in a primary residential format. Your commitment has helped to ensure a safe and healthy campus environment.
This past year has demonstrated our community’s strength and resilience. I continue to be so very proud to be a part of the Springfield College community and, like you, I am looking forward to seeing you all in person this fall. Till then, best of luck finishing up the semester and be well.
Mary-Beth Cooper, PhD, DM
Springfield College President