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A Culture of Care >> Read Smith’s plans for the spring 2022 semester.

Current Operating Mode: BLUE

Smith College A Culture of Care

Initial Operating Mode

Initial Operating Mode

From January 1–31, the campus will operate in a one-time mode (blue) to allow all arriving students to clear isolation/quarantine in accordance with state guidelines. At the end of this period, the college will move to the appropriate operating mode.


 
Current Status: BLUE
 
Summary Campus repopulation including quarantine and testing to identify and isolate active cases.
Residence Life Students are allowed to visit other residence halls. No guests are allowed in residences except for move-in.
Dining Grab-and-go only.
Learning Mode Classes are mostly remote.
Testing Testing is required three times weekly for students, twice weekly for on-campus employees.

 


Future Operating Modes: Green/Yellow/Orange/Red

Beginning January 31, the campus will enter orange mode. See details in the January 25, 2022 letter to the community.

Explore the Operating Mode Guidelines

Masking

  Blue Operating Mode
 
Indoors

Required except when alone in a bedroom (or with a roommate), in an enclosed work-space or when eating.

No single-layer cloth face coverings, such as neck gaiters or bandanas. Cloth masks must be at least two layers. Surgical or KN95/KF94 masks are strongly encouraged.

 
Outdoors Masks are not mandatory outdoors and we welcome those who would like to continue to wear them. We advise everyone to wear masks in crowded situations.

Testing

 
Students and Employees

Three times weekly for students, twice weekly for employees


Isolation and Quarantine

 
Contact Tracing

Individuals who test positive will receive an email and phone interview. Contacting tracers will send emails to the list of close contacts provided by those with positive results.

 
Students Residential students who test positive will be moved temporarily to isolation housing. Students who have been in close contact with a positive case AND have been contacted by a staff contact tracer, must follow any guidance provided.
 
Employees Employees who test positive must remain home. Employees who have been in close contact with a positive case AND have been contacted by a staff contact-tracer, must follow any guidance provided. Employees who test positive via a non-Smith test should contact testingandtracing@smith.edu

Students

 
Traditional Housing

Smith students are allowed to visit other residence halls. No guests are allowed in residences except for move-in.

 
Student meetings, gatherings, activities and affinity groups In-person gatherings of members of the Smith community are strongly discouraged; gatherings should be remotely when possible.
 
Dining To-go meals. Students are asked to eat in their rooms or to stay six feet apart when eating in  other campus locations.
 
Classes Courses are mostly remote.
 
Student research and work-study No additional restrictions.
 
Off-campus guidance for residential students Remain in Northampton—Do not eat or drink in bars or restaurants. Do not attend gatherings in any private residence other than your own. Travel exceptions are available.
 
Athletics Varsity sports and club practices allowed.
 
Olin Fitness Center and Athletics Facilities Open to students in the testing program.

Faculty

 
Classes

Courses are mostly remote.

 
Meetings or gatherings In-person gatherings of members of the Smith community are strongly discouraged and should be held remotely when possible. Members of the public are not allowed. Exceptions are rarely approved by CIRT. Email covid19info@smith.edu
 
Dining No group meals inside; isolated dining only.
 
Research and Scholarship No restrictions.
 
Faculty Travel Travel for scholarly purposes is discouraged. Please follow CDC guidance and use common sense regarding destinations and protocols.
 
Olin Fitness Center See Olin Fitness Center website.
 
Building access, visitors and vendors Visitors discouraged. All visitors and vendors must follow visitor guidelines.

Staff

 
Location

Staff urged to work remotely if possible.

 
Meetings or gatherings In-person gatherings of members of the Smith community are strongly discouraged and asked to be remote where possible. Members of the public are not allowed. Exceptions are rarely approved by CIRT. Email covid19info@smith.edu
 
Dining No group meals inside; isolated dining only.
 
Staff Travel Travel is strongly discouraged. Please follow CDC guidance and use common sense regarding destinations and protocols.
 
Olin Fitness Center See Olin Fitness Center website.
 
Building access, visitors and vendors Visitors discouraged. All visitors and vendors must follow visitor guidelines.

Public Functions

 
Admissions

Admissions tours and activities are available. Please see the Admission website for more information.

 
Campus School  
 
Fort Hill Center for Early Childhood Education  
 
Smith College Libraries Open to OneCard Holders in the testing program.
 
Museum of Art Open.
 
Botanic Garden/Lyman Conservatory Open.
 
Campus Center Open.
 
Facility Rental No external events.