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Covid-19 Information

The Covid Response Team (CRT) will continue to monitor and respond to the most up-to-date CDC guidance, health data in Hampshire and surrounding counties, as well as any changes in state or local public health regulations, and adjust campus policy accordingly. Hampshire College remains committed to providing a vibrant, fully in-person educational and social experience to our new and returning students.

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Information will be added here as we have it, and is subject to change.

January 5, 2022: Spring Semester COVID-19 Policies Update

The COVID Response Team has been evaluating the implications of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases nationally and in our region, and has been monitoring information from public health experts. Based on changes to CDC guidance on quarantine and isolation, as well as an assessment of strategies that are likely to slow the spread of COVID on our campus, we are updating some of our existing policies for the spring semester. These policy changes are effective immediately.

Pre-Arrival Student Testing:

Hampshire College strongly requests that all students test for COVID-19 within three days before their arrival on campus. The test could be either a single PCR test or two at-home antigen tests separated by at least 24 hours.

If you test positive, please inform Health Services at 413-559-5458 or healthservices@hampshire.edu; do not return to Hampshire College until you have met the College’s criteria for completing isolation (see below). If you test positive but are unable to stay home, please contact the dean of students for guidance.

You do not need to send documentation of negative test results to the College, but you may upload the results into CoVerified for personal tracking purposes.

If you had a documented COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days, do not re-test with a PCR, as you may continue to have a positive test. Please contact Health Services at 413 559-5458 or healthservices@hampshire.edu if you have any questions.

Arrival Testing for Students:

Upon arrival on campus, every student will be tested as soon as possible and then twice a week during the first two weeks of the semester. Specific details about testing dates are available on the Hampshire intranet.

Campus Dining:

Until at least January 31, there will be no on-site food service allowed at events and activities (grab-and-go is acceptable). Dining Commons seating will be limited to one person per table, and the Kern Kafé and Bridge Café will offer only grab-and-go food. 

Visitors:

No off-campus guests are permitted in student residences until February 28.

Vaccination Definition:

Isolation and close contact requirements differ based on the vaccination status of a student or employee.

  • Fully Vaccinated: The College defines fully vaccinated as completing an approved COVID-19 vaccine series AND receiving a booster shot, if eligible.
  • Incompletely Vaccinated: The College defines incompletely vaccinated as anyone who has not completed an approved COVID-19 vaccine series (two weeks after final dose), AND anyone who is eligible for a booster shot but has not yet received it.
  • Unvaccinated: The College defines unvaccinated as anyone who has been granted a medical or religious exemption from vaccination for COVID-19.

Isolation policies for positive tests:

A fully vaccinated student or employee who tests positive:

  • Must isolate for at least five days from onset of symptoms or from the date of positive COVID test if asymptomatic.
  • Students may isolate at home or in campus isolation housing. Employees should isolate themselves at home.
  • May exit isolation after five full days, if (1) all symptoms have  resolved; and (2) after two negative antigen tests, one on day five and the second on the day of release. Must wear a KN95 or better mask indoors at all times after leaving isolation, until the 10th day after they begin isolation. Students may remove their mask in their own room with the door closed; employees may not remove their mask indoors at any time during the 10 day period.

An incompletely vaccinated or unvaccinated student or employee who test positive:

  • Must isolate for 10 days from either onset of symptoms, or date of positive test if asymptomatic.
  • Students may isolate at home or in campus isolation housing. Employees should isolate themselves at home.

Close contact policies for asymptomatic students and employees:

A fully vaccinated student or employee who is an asymptomatic close contact:

  • May continue to work, attend class, and participate in activities.
  • Must wear a KN95 or better mask indoors at all times and get a PCR COVID test on day five after the last day of exposure.*

An incompletely vaccinated or unvaccinated student or employee who is an asymptomatic close contact:

  • Must quarantine in quarantine housing or at home until five days after the last day of exposure,* and get a PCR test on day five.
  • Once a negative PCR test is received after day five of quarantine, may resume work, attend class, and participate in activities, but must wear a KN95 or better mask indoors at all times for five days after finishing quarantine.

Masking and Usage Requirement:

It is recommended that you obtain supplies of KN95 masks to use while on campus. The College requires well-fitted masks (with no gaps), and recommends either double masking (a reusable mask with 2+ layers of washable fabric PLUS a surgical mask) or a KN95 or better mask. Loose fitting masks that need constant readjusting, single layer cloth masks, masks with one way exhalation valves, bandanas, and neck gaiters are not permitted. Recommended that masks be worn at all public spaces indoor and outdoor.

Access to Rapid Tests and KN95 Masks:

The College is in the process of securing a supply of rapid tests for use by students and employees who need them during isolation or other purposes. We expect those will be available soon. If you are currently in isolation and are eligible to finish isolation based on the new guidance above, but cannot secure rapid tests, please follow the previous policy, which requires 10 days of isolation. The College has a supply of KN95 or better masks that can be provided to close contacts who do not have these masks. Departments and offices may order masks from the Duplication Center (duplications@hampshire.edu), to make available.
 
* For people with ongoing exposure to someone infected with COVID-19 (such as living in households with sick family members), the last day of exposure is the last day the person is in proximity to an infectious person.


December 2, 2021: COVID-19 Booster Shot Requirement

Students, Staff, and Faculty,

Thank you to everyone at Hamsphire College for your care for one another as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we have created an environment that allows us to learn and work effectively because we have so diligently followed pubic health guidance and reasonable safety precautions. I am deeply grateful to all of you for taking responsibility for the safety of our community. As we near the end of the semester, I write with some important updates about our COVID-19 protocols.

Booster Shot Requirement

Hampshire College will require that all eligible students and employees receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. This policy is consistent with the current requirement that students and employees be fully immunized against COVID-19, and will help us maintain the safest possible campus environment. We ask that every member of our community arrange for a booster shot as soon as they reasonably can after becoming eligible.

This Tuesday, December 7, the College will offer a Pfizer booster shot clinic. The booster clinic will be open from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. at the Robert Crown Center. The booster shot clinic is open to all students, employees, and family members who are eligible* for a booster shot. Employees and family members should bring insurance information with them to the clinic; however, no one will be turned away for lack of insurance. The clinic will take place alongside the asymptomatic testing program, so you can do your weekly test at the same time.

If you need an appointment to get a booster shot, you can find information about vaccination sites at Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccine finder or Vaccines.gov.

The deadline for all employees and students receiving a booster is March 21, 2022, which is the Monday after spring break. By that time most members of our community will be eligible for the booster; any exceptions will be handled on an individual basis. Students and employees with approved medical or religious exemptions are not required to get a booster. Right now you do not need to provide any information to the College about your booster status—details for verifying your status will be provided in the spring.


 

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