Testing

Pre-Arrival (updated 1/7/2022)

  • All students arriving from outside the United States (vaccinated and unvaccinated) are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within one week (preferably 72 hours) of arriving on campus. Students who do not comply will need to quarantine.
  • Mandatory pre-arrival COVID test for any student who is not fully vaccinated (fourteen days post final dose). Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within one week (preferably 72 hours) of arrival to campus. Students who do not comply will not be allowed to move into the residential halls.
  • While not required, it is recommended that ALL students receive a COVID test 12-14 days prior to their arrival on campus. Data shows that vaccinated individuals can contract COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic. Advance testing will allow a student who tests positive to complete the 10 day isolation period at home, before arriving on campus. Residential students who test positive upon arrival will need to move into supportive isolation housing for 10 days. 

Arrival

  • All residential students will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test upon move-in. Students may  not attend in-person classes until their arrival test confirms a negative status and should wear their masks, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Various dates for testing to accommodate all groups approved for early arrival and all residential students at assigned move-in time

Weekly Testing (updated 1/21/2022)

  • All testing for students and employees will occur in the PE Annex (239 Wilbraham Avenue) next to Towne Health Center.
  • Any student or employee who is not fully vaccinated (fourteen days post final dose) will be required to have weekly testing.
  • Spring 2022 Testing Center Hours (effective 1/19) for all students and employees required to test and for any students and employees on the main campus who choose to test will be:
    • Mondays 10:00am-5:30pm*
    • Wednesdays 8:30am-3:30pm
    • Thursdays 8:30am-3:30pm
      Results should be available 36-48 hours following the test.
  • Testing will be individual PCR testing through the Broad Institute.

*The week of March 14th (Spring Break), the testing center will only be open on Wednesday 3/16/22 from 9am -12pm.  Please contact the Health Center (413-748-3175) if you need to schedule testing on a different day that week

Recent Positive Test (updated 1/18)

Any student who has a positive test over the past 90 days should provide documentation of their positive test to the Health Center (email healthcenter@springfield.edu). Per CDC recommendations, asymptomatic testing is not recommended for 90 days from the date of a positive test. Any student within their 90 day period will be exempt from pre-arrival and arrival testing. Unvaccinated students will be exempt from surveillance testing until their 90 day period ends. If you test positive on an at-home COVID 19 test, you should have a confirmatory COVID-19 test done, but a photo of the results of a home test will be accepted.

Contact Tracing/Quarantine (updated 2/21)

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 who was tested on campus.

All individuals who are direct contacts will be contacted by the contact tracing team.

  • Unvaccinated individuals (and those not fully vaccinated) will need to quarantine. 
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals who remain asymptomatic are not required to quarantine. They are strongly encouraged to undergo a COVID test 5-7 days post exposure.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals who develop any symptoms will be evaluated by medical staff and may need to quarantine.

Effective Monday, February 21, 2022, any student (regardless of their vaccination status) who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate for 5 full days and produce a negative rapid antigen test taken on day 6 prior to being released from isolation. Day 0 is the date of the positive test, day 1 is the first full day of isolation, and day 6 is the day of retest. An appropriate quarantine/isolation living space will be designated as needed.

  • Students may take a rapid test at home or at the Health Center on day 6. If the day 6 retest is positive, they will remain in isolation and may retest 24 hours later. If the day 6 retest is negative and their symptoms have resolved (e.g., feel well enough to come to class, and without fever for 24 hours), they may return to campus/leave isolation, but must adhere to strict mask wearing for 5 days (until day 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.
  • Students must receive clearance from the Health Center to end isolation. The Health Center will contact students throughout the process with guidance.
  • 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).
  • 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 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted will quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.