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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

Status & Operating Modes

Status & Operating Modes

Day-to-day life on campus will be guided by green/yellow/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 Operating Mode: Blue

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, before moving to one of the operating modes found below.

Explore the Initial Operating Mode Guidelines

Residence Life Operating Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Traditional Housing On-campus resident students may host another on-campus resident in their houses or rooms (limited to two guests in a residential room). These visitors must be accompanied by the host at all times. House kitchens available via sign-up, common spaces available during designated hours. Food and grocery drivers may not enter building; recipient must meet driver outside.   Students may not visit other houses or rooms. Kitchens and common spaces are closed. Food and grocery drivers may not enter buildings; recipient must meet driver outside.   Students asked to remain in their own rooms (except for testing and meal pick-up). No food and grocery delivery services.
 
Ada Comstock Scholars and Graduate Students in On-Campus Apartments On-campus students may visit other on-campus students’ rooms, houses and apartments. Common spaces available during designated hours. Food and grocery drivers may not enter buildings; recipient must meet driver outside.   Students may not visit other residences. Common spaces closed. Food and grocery drivers may not enter building; recipient must meet driver outside.   Students asked to remain in their own apartments (except for testing or essential trips). Food and grocery drivers may not enter building; recipient must meet driver outside.
 
Off-Campus Undergraduates, Ada Comstock and Graduate Students in Testing Program Students may access academic and administrative buildings including classrooms, laboratories, studios, Campus Center, library and Schacht Health Center. Off-campus students do not have access to Smith residential houses.   Students may only access testing site or Schacht Health Center.   Students may only access testing site. Off-campus students are asked to stay in their residences to the extent possible and follow state and local guidance.

Student Life Operating Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Off-Campus Travel Students may travel up to 10 miles from campus for essential services (e.g., personal care, groceries, religious services). Students may not visit any off-campus residence or participate in off-campus social gatherings of any kind.   Students must remain on campus. They may travel up to 1 mile from campus for work or to purchase essential commodities like groceries and medicine. Students may not visit any off-campus residence or participate in off-campus social gatherings of any kind.   On-campus students must remain on campus and primarily in their own rooms. Off-campus students are asked to stay in their residences to the extent possible and follow state and local guidance.
 
Dining Open to those on the meal plan, limited internal seating.   Grab and Go only, for those on the meal plan.   Phased delivery to house common rooms.
 
Visitors No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.   No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.   No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.
 
Campus Center Open to the Smith community in testing protocol. The Student Kitchen and Resource Room will be open only when the college's operating mode is Green. Students will be able to access these spaces by making a reservation in the Office of Student Engagement.   Limited hours and services available.   Closed except for the testing center.
 
Campus Center Café Open to the Smith Community in the testing program.   Closed.   Closed.
 
Meetings/Gatherings/Student Activities & Affinity Groups With Student Affairs approval: Indoor (limit based on room capacity of 125 sq.ft./ person and not to exceed 10 people) and outdoor (limit of 25 people). Student-initiated activities allowed up to 5 people indoors and 10 people outdoors. No food at indoor gatherings.   Remote activities only, except for one-on-one emergency meetings with a college official.   Remote activities only, except for one-on-one emergency meetings with a college official.
 
Testing Center Open to those in the testing program.   Open to those in the testing program.   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.   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.   Open for remote care for students residing in Mass. Open for in-person care for sick appointments ONLY for students living on and off campus within a 10-mile radius.
 
Counseling Services from the Schacht Center Mostly remote, in-person as needed and in crisis.   Remote with exceptions for crises.   Remote only.
 
Disability Services Open for some face-to-face appointments with the majority of services remote.   Remote with exceptions for crises.   Remote only.
 
Olin Fitness Center and Athletic Facilities Available for on-campus and local off-campus students in the testing program by reservation only. Available facilities: Olin Fitness Center, restrooms, Ainsworth locker rooms for changing only—no shower use. Climbing wall hours and boathouse programs will be offered. Get Fit Smith classes will be offered to the Smith community remotely. Low-exertion classes offered in person to students.   Available to on-campus students by reservation at low capacity. Get Fit Smith classes will be offered remotely. Climbing wall hours will be limited.   Closed.
 
Athletics (Varsity) NO COMPETITION
Team practices will be permitted. Masks must be worn at all times, including during practice sessions. Lockers available, no showers available. Specialized equipment will be moved to the ITT and outside. The squash courts will be converted into athletic training space. Appointment system will be used.

Club sports may begin practice sessions and are required to abide by the testing and screening protocols outlined above for varsity teams.

Crew team will be permitted to use athletics vans to transport small numbers of rowers (5–6 at a time) by shuttle to the Sportsman’s Marina Boathouse for practice.
  On-campus varsity athletes will have access to Olin and specialized equipment by a reservation system. Teams may have group outdoor work-outs with a maximum of 10.   All athletics activity will be virtual. No in-person practices, meetings or competitions.
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.   Outdoor tennis courts are available to anyone who carries a current Smith OneCard. Priority given to athletics program use. No community passes available.   Closed.
 
 
On-Campus Employment In-person student employment permitted for roles that require it. Approval by Cabinet member.   Limited in-person student employment for essential functions.   Remote employment only.
 
Off-Campus Employment and Internships TBD   TBD   TBD
 
Campus Van Use (Access Van and Off-Campus Program Transportation) TBD   Not available.   Not available.

Isolation & Quarantine Periods

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Isolation
(Positive cases)
10 days   10 days   10 days
 
Quarantine
(Close contact to a positive case)
7 days

Release from quarantine on day 8 requires the individual to be asymptomatic with a negative test result from a test performed on day 5, 6 or 7 of quarantine.

Individual must return to the regular screening program on day 8.
  7 days

Release from quarantine on day 8 requires the individual to be asymptomatic with a negative test result from a test performed on day 5, 6 or 7 of quarantine.

Individual must return to the regular screening program on day 8.
  10 days

Release from quarantine on day 11 requires the individual to be asymptomatic.

Individual must return to the regular screening program on day 11.

Testing Operating Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Student Testing Testing three times per week for on-campus students and approved, local off-campus students.   Testing three times per week for on-campus students and approved, local off-campus students.   Testing three times per week for on-campus students and 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).

 

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).

 

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 Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Faculty Offices Available.   Available.   Closed.
 
Classes Up to 30 students in person, except for courses that require heavy respiration in indoor environments (e.g., some music, excercise and sport studies, and dance classes).   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Advising/Office Hours In-person advising permitted.   In-person advising of individual on campus students permitted.   Remote only.
 
Instructional Gatherings/Group Tutorials Instructional gatherings may have up to 30 students in person and must follow room capacity limits. Faculty should consider holding office hours in classroom spaces in Seelye, Sabin-Reed, Burton, McConnell, Bass or Hillyer Halls.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Faculty Labs Available to faculty and staff. Individual student researchers with permission of adviser or mentor.   Available to faculty and staff. Individual on-campus student researchers with permission of adviser or mentor.   Closed (lab maintenance allowed by exception).
 
Shared Academic Support Spaces (Labs, Studios, Maker Spaces) In-person sessions available to students at the discretion of the department or office.   Available to faculty and staff. Individual on-campus student researchers with permission of facility coordinator.   Closed.
 
Academic Support Functions (Jacobson, Spinelli, etc.) In-person sessions available to students at the discretion of the department or office.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Noninstructional Gatherings Student-focused gatherings only. No staff or faculty meetings. Indoor (limit based on room capacity of 125 sq.ft./ person and not to exceed 10 people) and outdoor (limit of 25 people). Student-initiated activities allowed up to 5 people indoors and 10 people outdoors. No food at indoor gatherings.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Integrative Centers (Jandon, Lewis, CEEDS, Lazarus, Wurtele, Conway) In-person sessions available to students at the discretion of the department/office.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Registrar Office Remote only.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Faculty Travel College-sponsored travel suspended.   College-sponsored travel suspended.   College-sponsored travel suspended.
 
Libraries Open to students, staff and faculty in the testing program. Limited in-person services. Many remote services.   Material pick up available. Services remote, collection access by appointment.   Remote only.
 
Computing Labs Drop-in computing labs are not available.   Drop-in computing labs are not available.   Drop-in computing labs are not available.
 
Collections (Museum, Botanic Gardens) By appointment.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Visitors No visitors allowed in campus buildings. Campus facilities only open to Smith community members in the testing program.   No visitors allowed in campus buildings. Campus facilities only open to Smith community members in the testing program.   No visitors allowed in campus buildings. Campus facilities only open to Smith community members in the testing program.

Administrative Functions Operating Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Administrative Staff/Offices Remote work if possible.   Remote work if possible.   Remote only.
 
Essential Operational Staff (Dining, Facilities, BG, Museum) On-campus work.   On-campus work.   On-campus work, to the extent possible.
 
Meetings/Gatherings Student-focused gatherings only. No staff or faculty meetings. Indoor (limit based on room capacity of 125 sq.ft./ person and not to exceed 10 people) and outdoor (limit of 25). Student-initiated activities allowed in groups of up to 5 indoors and 10 outdoors. No food at indoor gatherings.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Travel College-sponsored travel suspended.   College-sponsored travel suspended.   College-sponsored travel suspended.
 
Admissions Outdoor tours of campus by reservation.   Remote only.   Remote only.
 
Athletics 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.   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.   Closed.
 
Olin Fitness Center Closed to faculty and staff. Get Fit Smith classes offered remotely (low-exertion courses available to students).   Closed to faculty and staff. Get Fit Smith classes offered remotely.   Closed to faculty and staff. Get Fit Smith classes offered remotely.
 
Campus Center Café Open to the Smith community in testing protocol.   Closed.   Closed.
 
Visitors No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.   No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.   No external visitors allowed in campus buildings.
 
Vendors and deliveries See vendor policy.   See vendor policy.   Vendors or deliveries by exception only.

Public Functions Operating Modes

  Green   Yellow   Red
 
Campus School By SCCS Plan.   By SCCS Plan.   By SCCS Plan.
 
Center for Early Childhood Education By CECE Plan.   By CECE Plan.   By CECE Plan.
 
MacLeish Field Station Outdoors open to public, Bechtel Environmental Classroom by appointment. Campsites available for reservation.   Outdoors open to public.   Outdoors open to public.
 
Public Facing (Museum, BG, Libraries, Conference Center) Closed to the public.   Closed to the public.   Closed to the public.
 
Outdoor Gardens/Campus Grounds Open.   Open.   Closed.