Testing Information and Contact Tracing (updated 1/6)
Pre-Arrival and Arrival Testing (COVID & Influenza)
All residential students must provide documentation of a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours (preferred) to one week of their scheduled return to campus before they can move into their residence hall on their scheduled staggered move-in date. Students will be tested upon arrival before they move into their residence halls and will self-quarantine in their rooms until they receive a negative result on their arrival test. In addition, all students must have documentation of an influenza vaccination. This documentation needed to be submitted to the Health Center via email (email@example.com or faxed to 413-748-3444) by December 31, 2020. The only exception is for students who exclusively attend classes online and NEVER visit the Springfield College campus in person.
Positive Test Within the Past 90 Days
Any person who has tested positive for COVID-19, has completed the required isolation period, and is now asymptomatic, is not required to have a pre-arrival test and should not have a surveillance test for 90 days. You must submit proof of your positive test to the Health Center to be exempt from surveillance testing for the 90-day period. You may bring this documentation to the Health Center/Testing Center, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax 413-748-3444.
All residential students and any commuter students who have in-person, eEngaged+ courses, or who want to access any building on campus (Learning Commons, Wellness Center, Campus Union, Cheney Dining Hall, etc.) will be tested weekly. Students who fail to comply or miss their weekly test will be quarantined in their room and prohibited from attending classes in person or entering any building on campus other than their residence hall. Failure to comply a second time will result in a $100 fine. Failure to comply a third time will result in suspension from on-campus housing and all on-campus and/or in-person activities for two weeks. The cost for surveillance testing will be covered by Springfield College.
Any student who reports symptoms of COVID-19 or is identified as having had a direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be evaluated and tested accordingly by the staff of the Health Center. Testing will be sent to BROAD Institute, Baystate Reference Lab or Quest Diagnostics and the student’s private insurance will be billed where necessary. Federal guidelines state that insurance should cover the cost of testing as it is medically appropriate.
Contact Tracing/Quarantine (updated 1/6)
A trained campus Contact Tracing team will work in concert with the Springfield Department of Public Health and the Health Center to identify anyone who has been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Any individual who is identified as a direct contact will need to quarantine. An appropriate quarantine living space will be designated. Currently, a 10 day quarantine will be required and we will follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to determine when a student can be released from quarantine and return to normal activities on campus. During quarantine, a student must remain in their designated quarantine 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). Food will be delivered to quarantine spaces and weekly laundry service will be provided through Residence Life.
If a student chooses to go home to quarantine, they must be able to do so via private vehicle.