We have implemented a multi-phase testing and contact tracing program in the interest of keeping the Springfield College community safe. We have contracted with the Broad Institute of Cambridge, MA to conduct our testing.
Visitors to the state must submit the Massachusetts Travel Form if traveling from states other than Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Travelers must also quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. Please note: the list of low-risk states changes frequently. Please visit the Massachusetts State Department website for the current listing.
Each week, 10-20 percent of the student population will be selected and tested to identify positive cases among asymptomatic individuals. Students will be notified if they have been selected for testing and provided an appointment time for testing. Students are expected to comply with all notifications of selection for surveillance testing. Students who fail to comply will be quarantined in their room and prohibited from attending classes in person. Failure to comply a second time will result in suspension from on-campus housing and all on-campus activities. 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 BayState Reference Lab and the student’s private insurance will be billed.
Where will testing take place?
Regular asymptomatic surveillance testing will take place in tents located outside the Towne Student Health Center building. Testing for individuals experiencing symptoms or identified as having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive will take place by appointment inside the Health Center.
How will the test be administered?
Asymptomatic surveillance testing will be self-administered, under the direction of a health professional, using an anterior nasal swab. This anterior method is more comfortable than a deep nasopharyngeal swab and is as effective. Symptomatic testing will also be an anterior nasal swab but will be performed by a health professional.
What happens if my asymptomatic surveillance test is negative?
If an asymptomatic surveillance test is negative, students may continue to go about their day-to-day activities, while observing proper health precautions including wearing a mask, social distancing, limiting social contacts, and frequent hand washing.
What happens if I test positive?
Should a student be diagnosed with COVID-19, they will have the option to go home or remain on campus in a designated supported isolation living space. If it is safe for a student to go home and if they can do so via private vehicle, they will be encouraged to do so. Students who go home will be asked to remain in contact with the Health Center, who will help determine when they can safely return to campus.
If the student opts to stay on campus, they will move into a supported isolation space on our campus where their health will be monitored by our Health Center staff. They will continue their academic work from their room and meals will be delivered.
Based on current guidelines, anyone who tests positive will need to isolate until they are fever free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication, symptoms are improved and 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms.
Each student's situation is unique and we will work with them and their families to develop the best plan for their needs.
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. The College has partnered with CoVerified, to assist with daily symptom checking, test result management and contact tracing.
Any individual who is identified as needing to quarantine will have the option of going home or remaining on campus in a designated living space. If it is safe for a student to go home and if they can do so via private vehicle, they will be encouraged to do so.
If a student remains on campus, an appropriate living space will be assigned. Currently, a 14- day quarantine will be required. During this time a student cannot enter other residence hall rooms/apartments on campus (other than their assigned space), must participate in their classes remotely, may not enter any buildings on campus other than their designated living space, and cannot eat in the dining hall or other food service area; they will have option for “Grab and Go” meals to be picked up at Cheney Hall.
Guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will be followed to determine when a student can be released from quarantine and return to normal activities on campus.