Testing (updated 9/24)

Pre-Arrival

  • All students arriving from abroad (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 will be required to wear their mask until their arrival test confirms a negative status. Unvaccinated students will wear their masks at all times. 
  • All non-residential students will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test on either Tuesday September 7th or Wednesday September 8th. 
  • Non-residential (commuter) students participating in New Student Orientation will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test on Friday, September 3rd from 8am - noon at the PE Annex (239 Wilbraham Avenue).
  • Various dates for testing to accommodate all groups approved for early arrival and all residential students at assigned move-in time

Weekly Testing (updated 9/24)

  • 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. 
  • Fall 2021 Testing Center Hours* (effective 9/13) for students and employees required to test will be:
    • Mondays 10:00am-5:30pm
    • Wednesdays 8:30am-3:30pm (*On 10/6 testing will only be available from 8am-noon because of the afternoon flu clinic)
    • Thursdays 8:30am-3:30pm
    • *On Monday, Oct. 11, Springfield College, including the Testing Center, will be closed in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day. As such, there will be no testing on Oct. 11. Testing will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 8:30am-3:30pm and on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

  • Fall 2021 Testing Center Hours* (effective 9/27) for employees who work on the main campus and choose to test will be:
    • Mondays 2:00pm-5:00pm
    • Wednesdays 9:30am-11:30am, 1:00pm-3:00pm (*On 10/6 testing will only be available from 8am-noon because of the afternoon flu clinic)
    • Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am, 1:00pm-3:00pm
    • *On Monday, Oct. 11, Springfield College, including the Testing Center, will be closed in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day. As such, there will be no testing on Oct. 11. Testing will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Oct. 14 from 9:30am-11:30am and again from 1:00pm-3:00pm.
  • Testing will be individual PCR testing through the Broad Institute.

Recent Positive Test (updated 8/4)

Any student who has tested positive over the summer 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.

Contact Tracing/Quarantine (updated 8/4)

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. 

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 required to undergo a COVID test 3-5 days post exposure.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals who develop any symptoms will be evaluated by medical staff and may need to quarantine.

An appropriate quarantine living space will be designated as needed. 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). 

If a student chooses to go home to quarantine, they must be able to do so via private vehicle.