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Read Smith’s COVID-19 guidelines for the spring 2022 semester.

Smith College A Culture of Care

Status & Operating Modes

Status & Operating Modes

Day-to-day life on campus will be guided by green/yellow/orange/red operating modes, with the progression of colors designating least to most restrictive modes. The operating mode will be determined by pandemic conditions on our campus, in the city of Northampton and in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. The college will move between modes as necessary.


 
Current Status: GREEN
 
Summary COVID rates on campus are low and do not appear to be increasing.
Residential Life On-campus students may visit other on-campus students’ rooms and houses. Vaccinated external guests are allowed and must follow all Smith health and safety protocols.
Dining No additional restrictions.
Learning Mode In-person classes.
Testing Testing is required twice weekly for students and employees.

 

 

Masking

  Green   Yellow   Orange   Red
 
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.

Actors, musicians and singers are not required to wear masks during performances.
  Required except when alone in a bedroom (or with a roommate), in an enclosed work-space or when eating.
 
  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.
  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 optional outdoors and we welcome those who would like to continue to wear them. We advise everyone to wear masks in crowded situations.   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.   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.   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

  Green   Yellow   Orange   Red
 
Students and Employees Twice weekly for students and employees.   Twice weekly for students and employees.   Twice weekly for students and employees.   Three times weekly for students, twice weekly for employees.

Isolation & Quarantine

  Green   Yellow   Orange   Red
 
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.   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.   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.   Individuals who test positive will receive and email with instructions on how to reach out to their close contacts.
 
Students Residential students who test positive will be moved temporarily to isolation housing or isolate in their room if in a single room. Students who have been in close contact with a positive case AND and have been contacted by a staff contact-tracer, must follow any guidance provided.   Residential students who test positive will be moved temporarily to isolation housing. Students who have been in close contact with a positive case AND and have been contacted by a staff contact-tracer, must follow any guidance provided.   Residential students who test positive will be moved temporarily to isolation housing. Students who have been in close contact with a positive case AND and have been contacted by a staff contact-tracer, must follow any guidance provided.   Residential students will be isolated in their rooms. Close contacts may reach out to a contact tracer (testingandtracing@smith.edu) for additional guidance, if needed.
 
Employees Employees who test positive must remain home. Employees who have been in close contact with a positive case AND 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   Employees who test positive must remain home. Employees who have been in close contact with a positive case AND 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   Employees who test positive must remain home. Employees who have been in close contact with a positive case AND 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   Employees who test positive must remain home. Employees who have been in close contact with a positive case AND 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

  Green   Yellow   Orange   Red
 
Traditional Housing Vaccinated external invited guests are allowed to be hosted in residences. Guests must follow all Smith health and safety protocols as well as housing rules.   Smith students are allowed to visit other residence halls. No guests are allowed in residences.   Smith students are allowed to visit other residence halls. No guests are allowed in residences.   Students are asked to remain in rooms except when using bathrooms, going to the testing center, picking up meals or going outdoors. No guests are allowed in rooms or residences.
 
Student Meetings, gatherings, activities and Affinity Groups All guests and gatherings are allowed. Members of the public are allowed provided they follow visitor guidelines.   Gatherings of members of the Smith community (and Five College students) are allowed. External presenters, trainers, or lecturers are allowed on campus, but must follow visitor guidelines.   In-person gatherings are limited to members of the Smith community in the testing program; virtual meetings are strongly encouraged. In all cases, gatherings (other than classes) will be limited to whichever is lower: 50 people or 50% of room capacity.   No gatherings are allowed. Exceptions are rarely approved by CIRT. Email covid19info@smith.edu.
 
Dining No additional restrictions.   No additional restrictions.   To-go meals. Students are urged to eat in their rooms or to stay six feet apart when eating in other campus locations.   To go meals only. Students are asked to eat in their rooms.
 
Classes Courses are in-person.   Courses are in-person.   Courses are in-person. Questions should be directed to the Provost's Office.   Courses are remote.
 
Student Research and Work-Study No additional restrictions.   No additional restrictions.   No additional restrictions.   Remote work and research only.
 
Off-campus Guidance for Residential Students No additional restrictions.   No additional restrictions.   Remain in Northampton. Do not eat or drink in bars/restaurants. Do not attend gatherings in any private residence other than your own. Travel exceptions are available by contacting Student Affairs. Five College course travel permitted within host campus guidelines.   Remain in Northampton—do not enter any buildings except for essential needs. Direct questions to Student Affairs.
 
Athletics Varsity and club sports allowed.   Varsity and club sports allowed.   Varsity sports and club practices allowed.   All practices and games are suspended.
 
Olin Fitness Center and Athletics Facilities Open to OneCard holders who are in the testing program.   Open to OneCard holders who are in the testing program.   Open to students in the testing program.   Closed.

Faculty

  Green   Yellow   Orange   Red
 
Classes Courses are in-person.   Courses are in-person.   Courses are in-person. Questions should be directed to the Provost's Office.   Courses are remote.
 
Meetings or Gatherings All gatherings are allowed. Members of the public are allowed and must follow visitor guidelines.   All gatherings are allowed. Those that include members of the public are restricted to 50% capacity and must follow visitor guidelines.   In-person gatherings are limited to members of the Smith community in the testing program; virtual meetings are strongly encouraged. In all cases, gatherings (other than classes) will be limited to whichever is lower: 50 people or 50% of room capacity.   Gatherings are not allowed.
 
Dining No additional restrictions.   No additional restrictions.   No group meals inside; isolated dining only.   Isolated dining only.
 
Research and Scholarship No restrictions.   No restrictions.   No restrictions.   In-person research and scholarship activities limited to essential activities.
 
Faculty Travel Travel for scholarly purposes is allowed. Please follow CDC guidance and use common sense regarding destinations and protocols.   Travel for scholarly purposes is allowed. Please follow CDC guidance and use common sense regarding destinations and protocols.   Travel for scholarly purposes is discouraged. Please follow CDC guidance and use common sense regarding destinations and protocols.   Travel is suspended.
 
Olin Fitness Center Open to OneCard holders who are in the testing program.   Open to OneCard holders who are in the testing program.   Staff and faculty access suspended.   Access suspended.
 
Building Access, Visitors and Vendors Visitors and vendors must follow Smith health and safety protocols.   Visitors and vendors must follow Smith health and safety protocols.   Building access is restricted to members of the Smith community who are in the testing program and essential contractors.   Building access is restricted to essential employees and contractors.

Staff

  Green   Yellow   Orange   Red
 
Location All staff working on campus except those in the hybrid work program.   All staff working on campus except those in the hybrid work program.   Staff urged to work remotely if possible.   Only essential employees.
 
Meetings or Gatherings All gatherings are allowed. Members of the public are allowed and must follow visitor guidelines.   All gatherings are allowed. Those that include members of the public are restricted to 50% capacity and must follow visitor guidelines.   In-person gatherings are limited to members of the Smith community in the testing program; virtual meetings are strongly encouraged. In all cases, gatherings (other than classes) will be limited to whichever is lower: 50 people or 50% of room capacity.   Gatherings are not allowed.
 
Dining No additional restrictions.   No additional restrictions.   No group meals inside; isolated dining only.   Isolated dining only.
 
Staff Travel Travel is allowed with departmental approval. Please follow CDC guidance and use common sense regarding destinations and protocols.   Travel will be limited with departmental approval. Please follow CDC guidance and use common sense regarding destinations and protocols.   Travel is strongly discouraged. Please follow CDC guidance and use common sense regarding destinations and protocols.   Travel is suspended.
 
Olin Fitness Center Open to OneCard holders who are in the testing program.   Open to OneCard holders who are in the testing program.   Open to students in the testing program by schedule.   Access suspended.
 
Building Access, Visitors and Vendors Visitors and vendors must follow Smith health and safety protocols   Visitors and vendors must follow Smith health and safety protocols   Building access is restricted to members of the Smith community who are in the testing program and essential contractors.   Building access is restricted to essential employees and contractors.

Public Functions

  Green   Yellow   Orange   Red
 
Admissions Admissions tours and activities are available. Please see the Office of Admission website for more information.   Admissions tours and activities are available. Please see the Office of Admission website for more information.   In-person tours are allowed outside of buildings.   In-person tours are suspended.
 
Campus School              
 
Fort Hill Center for Early Childhood Education              
 
Smith College Libraries Open.   Open to OneCard holders in the testing program and invited guests.   Open to OneCard holders in the testing program.   Closed.
 
Museum of Art Open.   Open.   Open to OneCard holders in the testing program. Members of the public should refer to the SCMA website.   Closed.
 
Botanic Garden/Lyman Conservatory Open.   Open.   Lyman Conservatory is open to OneCard holders in the testing program.   Lyman Conservatory is closed.
 
Campus Center Open.   Open.   Open to OneCard Holders in the testing program.   Open for testing center access only.
 
Facility Rental External events open to vaccinated participants.   No external events.   No external events.   No external events.