Vaccination Requirement

Based on recommendations from the CDC, the American College Health Association, and the State of Massachusetts Department of Health, Springfield College is maintaining the requirement that all students and employees who study and/or work in-person have completed the primary series of COVID-19 vaccinations (two doses of Novavax, Moderna, or Pfizer - preferred - or one dose of J&J)  or otherwise have an approved religious or medical exemption. We also highly recommend that all students and employees stay up-to-date with their vaccinations and receive booster(s) when they are eligible. 

The College vaccination policies apply to all students attending classes in a face-to-face format. Completely online students do not need to provide proof of vaccination. All students, faculty, and staff should follow guidelines set forth by the governing agencies in the areas in which they live/work. 

Vaccination Documentation

Students should send a copy of their vaccination card to healthcenter@springfield.edu. Employees may send a copy of their vaccination card or complete the online attestation form which can be found on PrideNet under My Profile. 

Vaccination Exemptions

Students requesting a medical and/or religious exemption should begin the process by submitting the Vaccination Exemption Request Form to healthcenter@springfield.edu

Employees seeking a religious exemption from the College’s Vaccination Policy must submit a Religious Accommodations/Exemption Form.  Employees seeking an exemption from the vaccination requirement for reasons related to health or a disability, would need to complete and submit the ADA Accommodations Request form.  All such requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation from your healthcare provider.

Face Coverings

At Springfield College, all mask or face coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face,

  • Be secured with ties or ear loops,

  • Include multiple layers of fabric, and

  • Allow for breathing without restriction.

The CDC discourages the use of cloth masks. Updated recommendations are to wear masks with at least two layers of fabric that are closely fitted to cover the nose and mouth. Double masking with a surgical mask and cloth mask is preferable to a cloth mask alone. When available, N95, KN95, and KF94 masks are deemed more effective than other types of masks.

Masks with exhale valves are not permitted.

The Springfield College mask policy follows guidance from the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the American College Health Association, as well as complies with local municipal regulations. 

Masks are:

  • Required where posted, including in any office, campus location or event.

  • Required in classrooms or class-based activities per individual instructor communication.

  • Required in healthcare service settings (including the Health Center, Counseling Center, and Athletic Training rooms).

  • Optional in other indoor locations on campus, such as in the learning commons, residence halls, at East Campus, during recreational activities at the field house, wellness center, and PE complex, at Athletics events, in administrative offices and buildings, and at the Campus Union.

In the spirit of Humanics, we ask you to respect the wishes of your close community members and act accordingly within individual departments, offices, and buildings.  

Testing/Contact Tracing

Springfield College will no longer require pre-arrival, or arrival testing for domestic or international students; surveillance testing of students and employees is also no longer required. Students who have tested positive should notify the Health Center (healthcenter@springfield.edu); employees should notify their supervisor. A confirmatory COVID-19 PCR test is not required; a photo of the results of a home test will be accepted as documentation for both students and employees. 

 

Drop-in PCR testing is not available at this time. Instead, individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or exposure may make same-day appointments at the Health Center (413-748-3175) to take a rapid antigen test or are encouraged to test at home prior to coming to campus. Employees are encouraged to contact their primary care provider or utilize community testing sites. A limited number of free rapid antigen tests are available from the Health Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

We will continue to follow the guidelines put forth by the CDC and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts regarding contact tracing. Springfield College will conduct contact tracing for any student who tests positive from a campus-provided test. Students and employees should follow the requirements of their local department of health for notification of their positive test results from any rapid/antigen home test.

Quarantine/Isolation

Any student or employee (regardless of their vaccination status) who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate for five full days prior to being released from isolation. Day 0 is the date of the positive test, Day 1 is the first full day of isolation. An appropriate quarantine/isolation living space will be designated for students as needed.

  • Students/employees may return to campus/leave isolation after five days if they were symptom-free or their symptoms have resolved (e.g., feel well enough to return to class/work, and without fever for 24 hours), but they must adhere to strict mask wearing for the following five days (days 6-10). In this instance, high quality masks must be worn at all times, except for when a student is alone in their own residence hall room/apartment; employees must wear that mask at all times, even when alone in their office. 

  • During quarantine/isolation, a student must remain in their designated quarantine/isolation space. They may not enter any other campus buildings or participate in any in-person activities (including in-person classes, athletics/club sports, in-person employment, and campus activities).

  • Direct contacts who are unvaccinated or not up-to-date on their vaccinations (more than five months out from their second mRNA dose or more than two months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted will quarantine for five days followed by strict mask use for an additional five days.

Guests/Campus Visitors

  • We respectfully request that visitors to the Springfield College campus, who are eligible, be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or meet the requirements of a medical or religious exemption. External guests should review and follow all of our current masking guidelines.  

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