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Hamp Forward: Fall 2020

We are confident that, with regular virus testing combined with community adherence to health and safety protocols and behavioral expectations, our faculty and staff can deliver a genuinely Hampshire education, safely

This fall, we expect to welcome all of our new and returning students to campus. Our clear plans will create an environment that preserves the immense benefits of a residential campus while minimizing opportunities for potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

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

July 29, 2020

New Massachusetts Travel Order

On Friday Massachusetts Governor Baker announced a new travel order that will apply to all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts, effective August 1, 2020. Unlike the previous travel instruction, the new policy is mandatory. The new order will require modification of arrival policies for some students. The rest of this letter discusses these changes in more detail, but here is a summary:

  • Students arriving from “lower-risk” states: no changes to Hampshire College arrival policies.
  • Students arriving from all other areas who have a qualifying negative COVID-19 test result: no changes to Hampshire College arrival policies.
  • Students arriving from all other areas without a qualifying negative COVID-19 test result: tested upon arrival on campus and then remaining in quarantine in their room until a negative test result is posted – results are generally available within 24 hours.

The State order applies to all people entering Massachusetts from areas other than those states designated as lower-risk. That list currently includes New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and Hawaii; the list may change as conditions evolve. The order requires that travelers to Massachusetts from any other state either produce a negative COVID-19 test result from a test administered within 72 hours prior to arrival in the state, or quarantine for 14 days. The order allows for testing after arrival in Massachusetts, but requires quarantine until a negative result is obtained.

To conform to the new travel order, Hampshire has made the following changes to the arrival process for new and returning students. Because the travel order has different requirements based on point of origin, our policies also need to distinguish between students arriving from lower-risk states, and all others. Every student will be tested for COVID-19 on the day of arrival, regardless of where their travel originated.

Students Arriving from Lower-Risk States

  • Come to campus at your assigned arrival time.
  • You may have up to two non-student guests assist with moving for the duration of the assigned arrival time, as long as the guests are also arriving from lower-risk states.
  • All students and guests will be required to provide and wear their own mask or facial covering for the duration of the move-in process.
  • Go to the campus test site to get a COVID-19 test at the assigned time.

Students Arriving from Non-Lower-Risk States, with a Negative Test Result that meets the 72-hour Rule

Students Arriving from Non-Lower-Risk States, without a Negative Test Result that meets the 72-hour Rule

  • Complete and submit the Massachusetts Traveler Form.
  • Come to campus at your assigned arrival time.
  • Go immediately to the campus test site to get a COVID-19 test; you must wear a face-covering and stay more than six feet from everyone in the test site.
  • Move your belongings into your room. You may not have non-student guests assist unless they have a negative test result that meets the 72-hour rule (if they do have negative results, you are limited to two guests). The College will provide assistance in moving your belongings to your room.
  • Once moved in, you may not leave your room until you receive your test result, except to use the bathroom.
  • Meals will be delivered to your room until the test result is received.
  • Test results are expected within 24 hours, so you should have a test result prior to the beginning of classes; if the result is delayed for any reason, you will be able to begin class remotely.
  • If the test result is negative, you are released from quarantine and may leave your room.
  • If your test result is positive, you will be moved to the designated residential spaces on campus to be used for isolation of any student who tests positive for COVID-19.

Families/Friends Traveling from Non-Lower-Risk States, without a Negative Test Result that meets the 72-hour Rule

  • In the case of travel to drop off students at college, the order reads: “If a parent/guardian/family member is entering Massachusetts only to drop off the student and then immediately leaves the campus and the state, then they would meet the exemption of transitory travel.”
  • As required by the State’s order, families and friends may not enter any campus building and must leave campus as soon as the student’s belongings have been unloaded from the vehicle. Assistance will be provided to help students move belongings into their rooms.

Families/Friends Traveling from Non-Lower-Risk States, with a Negative Test Result that meets the 72-hour Rule

  • Anyone over the age of 18 must complete and submit the Massachusetts Traveler Form.
  • You may assist a student for the duration of the assigned arrival time (limit two people).

If you have further questions about the details of moving into campus residences, please contact deanofstudents@hampshire.edu.

Zauyah Waite

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

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