Smith College A Culture of Care

November 15 Weekly CIRT Campus Update

Letters to the Community
November 15, 2021

Dear students, staff and faculty:

Below, please find important campus, regional and national updates from the COVID-19 Incident Response Team (CIRT). 

Campus Status

Over the past seven days, there have been three positive cases of COVID-19 reported through the on-campus campus screening program. For more data on the screening program, please visit Coronavirus Screening.

January Return-to-Campus Process and Interterm

Students will receive information shortly regarding the January return-to-campus process and Interterm policies. Students are asked not to make final travel arrangements for the beginning of the spring semester until the arrival plan is complete.

Thanksgiving Travel Reminders for Students

Students: please remember to check and follow the Thanksgiving travel policy on the Student Affairs website. Important items include pre- and post-travel testing policy; masking requirements during travel; and class attendance policies upon return.

Outdoor Tents Will Be Removed During Thanksgiving Recess

Outdoor tents will be removed by the college during Thanksgiving Recess due to the potential effects of inclement weather. The college will assess conditions later in the spring semester to determine whether the tents will be returned to campus.

Community Meeting

Please join us this Wednesday, November 17, at 12:30 p.m. for our COVID-19 community meeting at As usual, we will provide updates and answer your questions.

Masking Reminder

As a reminder, masks are required for all students, staff and faculty indoors except when alone in enclosed spaces. Members of the Smith community may not circumvent this policy by mutual agreement or any other process.

Vaccination Update

The CDC recommends that children between the ages of 5 and 11 years receive the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine. Please visit to find vaccination locations.

COVID-19 Incident Response Team (CIRT)