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A Culture of Care

Read Smith’s plans for the spring 2021 semester.
Current Operating Mode: BLUE

Smith College A Culture of Care

Initial Operating Mode

Initial Operating Mode

From arrival through the end of the second week of classes, 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.


Overview of Current Status: Blue

Summary Campus repopulation including quarantine and testing to identify and isolate active cases.
Residence Life Students may not visit other houses or rooms. Kitchens and common spaces closed. Food and grocery drivers may not enter buildings; recipient must meet driver outside.
Dining Grab-and-go only.
Learning Mode Remote only.
Testing Regular testing required for all students, on-campus faculty and staff.

 

Residence Life Operating Mode

  Blue
 
Traditional Housing Students may not visit other houses or rooms. Kitchens and common spaces closed. Food and grocery delivery drivers may not enter buildings; recipient must meet delivery driver outside.
 
Ada Comstock Scholars and Graduate Students in On-Campus Apartments Students may not visit other residences. Common spaces closed. Food and grocery delivery drivers may not enter buildings; recipient must meet delivery driver outside.
 
Off-Campus Undergraduates, Ada Comstock and Graduate Students in Testing Program Students may only access testing site or Schacht Center for Health and Wellness.

Student Life Operating Mode

  Blue
 
Off-Campus Travel Students must remain on campus. They may only travel up to 1 mile from campus for work or to purchase essential commodities (e.g., groceries and medicine). Students may not visit any off-campus residences or participate in off-campus social gatherings of any kind.
 
Dining Grab-and-go only, for those on the meal plan.
 
Visitors No external visitors allowed in campus buildings; two non-Smith guests arriving from low-risk states may accompany students into residence hall during the assigned move-in period. Visitors are required to wear a mask over their mouth and nose and physical distancing must be maintained.
 
 
Campus Center Limited hours and services available.
 
Campus Center Café Closed.
 
Meetings / Gatherings / Student Activities & Affinity Groups Some Campus Life programming in small groups (e.g., orientation).
 
Testing Center Open to those in the testing program.
 
Medical Services from the Schacht Center Open for remote care for students residing in Mass. Open for in-person care for students living on and off campus within a 10-mile radius.
 
Counseling Services from the Schacht Center Remote with exceptions for crises.
 
Disability Services Remote with exceptions for crises.
 
Olin Fitness Center and Athletics Facilities Available for approved varsity athletic team use. Get Fit Smith classes will be offered remotely.
 
Athletics (Varsity) All varsity teams will follow NCAA “resocialization” program. Student-athletes will be divided into small groups for practice/workout sessions limited to 10 people. Local off-campus student-athletes will be grouped separately from on-campus student-athletes. Athletics trainers will implement a daily screening process of all student-athletes and related personnel in addition to testing, which will be recorded. Masks will be worn at all times, including during practice sessions. Lockers available, no showers available. The squash courts will be converted into athletics training space. Appointment system will be used.
 
Outdoor Athletic Facilities Outdoor tennis courts are available to anyone who carries a current Smith OneCard. Priority given to athletics program use. No community passes available.
 
On-Campus Employment Limited in-person student employment for essential functions.
 
Campus Van Use (Access Van and Off-campus Program Transportation) Not available.

Isolation & Quarantine Periods

  Blue
 
Isolation
(Positive cases)
10 days
 
Quarantine
(Close contact to a positive case)
10 days

(provided individual is asymptomatic and returns to screening program on day 11)

Testing Operating Mode

  Blue
 
Student Testing Pre-arrival test or quarantine for high-risk states. All students tested upon arrival. Testing three times per week for on-campus students until further notice. Testing once a week for approved, local off-campus students.
 
Faculty/ Staff Testing Testing twice a week for employees on campus three times or more per week. Testing once a week for employees on campus less than three times per week. All employees with customer service–facing interaction are required to test twice per week regardless of days per week they are on campus (e.g., Residence Life, Health Services, Facilities, Dining, Campus Safety).

Academic/Research Functions Operating Mode

  Blue
 
Faculty Offices Available.
 
Classes Remote only.
 
Advising/Office Hours Remote only.
 
Instructional Gatherings/Group Tutorials Remote only.
 
Faculty Labs Available to faculty and staff. Individual on-campus student researchers with permission of adviser or mentor.
 
Shared Academic Support Spaces (Labs, Studios, Maker Spaces) Available to faculty and staff. Individual on-campus student researchers with permission of facility coordinator.
 
Academic Support Functions (Jacobson, Spinelli, etc.) Remote only.
 
Noninstructional Gatherings Remote only.
 
Integrative Centers (Jandon, Lewis, CEEDS, Lazarus, Wurtele, Conway) Remote only.
 
Registrar's Office Remote only.
 
Faculty Research Travel College-sponsored travel suspended.
 
Libraries Material pick up available. Meetings remote only.
 
Computing Labs Drop-in computing labs are not available.
 
Collections (Museum, Botanic Gardens) Remote only.
 
Visitors No visitors allowed in campus buildings. Campus facilities open only to Smith community members in the testing program.

Administrative Functions Operating Mode

  Blue
 
Administrative Staff/Offices Remote work if possible.
 
Essential Operational Staff (Dining, Facilities, Botanic Garden, Museum) On campus.
 
Meetings/Gatherings Remote only.
 
Travel College-sponsored travel suspended.
 
Admissions Remote only.
 
Athletic Facilities and Fields Outdoor tennis courts are available to anyone who carries a current Smith OneCard. No community passes available. All other facilities are closed to faculty and staff.
 
Olin Fitness Center Closed to faculty and staff. Get Fit Smith classes available remotely.
 
Campus Center Cafe Closed.
 
Visitors No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.
 
Vendors and deliveries See vendor policy.

Public Functions Operating Mode

  Blue
 
Campus School By SCCS Plan.
 
Center for Early Childhood Education By CECE Plan.
 
MacLeish Field Station Outdoors open to public.
 
Public Facing (Museum, BG, Libraries, Conference Center) Closed to the public.
 
Outdoor Gardens/Campus Grounds Open.