Smith College A Culture of Care

Green Mode Begins at 8 a.m.

Letters to the Community
March 1, 2021

Dear students, staff and faculty:

On Monday, March 1, the college will move to green mode.

Please note that any incidents—including unauthorized gatherings or violations of our Culture of Care Plan by any member of our community—will force the college to select a more restrictive operating mode and result in disciplinary action. Please note that in green mode, the only student or employee gatherings allowed are for curricular or co-curricular activities. Please see our operating modes for more details.

COVID-19 Screening Program
Until further notice, the college will continue asymptomatic screening of students, staff and faculty at the same frequencies we are at now. For students, this means continuing to be screened three times per week.

Academic Life in Green Mode
In-person classes and instructional gatherings will be permitted under restrictions set out by the operating mode guidelines. Faculty may hold in-person office hours, group office hours, tutorials and other enhancements that allow for periodic in-person contact for individuals or small groups, in spaces approved for that purpose, with mask-wearing and physical distancing observed at all times. Faculty who would like to reserve a space for any of these activities should reach out to the Events Management Office, who can advise on spaces and reservations. 

Residential Life in Green Mode

  • Residential students may host another on-campus resident in their houses or rooms (limited to two guests in a residential room, with masks worn at all times and physical distancing maintained).
  • Off-campus students in the COVID-19 screening program may access academic and administrative buildings including classrooms, laboratories, studios, the Campus Center, the library [when open] and the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness. Off-campus students do not have access to Smith residential houses.
  • 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 any on- or off-campus social gatherings of any kind.
  • Residential common rooms will open to residential students at reduced capacities.
  • House communal kitchens will be available to residential students with limits on capacities, specified times of use, and specific cleaning protocols.

Building Access
Most academic buildings are open to anyone in the testing program. To view specific building hours and access, please refer to this site.

Dining Services and Eating in Green Mode
Dining Services will continue to use the GrubHub App and cook to order; however, students in the meal program can opt to use limited seating for meals in open dining rooms. We will be phasing this in. Seating will be restricted to four people at 8-foot round tables; one seat per square table; and two seats per rectangular table. Please do not move tables and chairs to accommodate larger groups. Signage indicating capacity limits will be placed on each table as a reminder.

Residential common rooms will also open at reduced capacities in green mode and provide additional locations for physically distanced eating.

If you are getting your food to go, eat in groups of four or fewer and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from one another. We also ask that you eat only in locations away from other individuals or groups. Masks must be placed back on as soon as you are finished eating.

Neilson Library
While we are all looking forward to the opening of Neilson Library, please note that this will not take place until mid-March. We will notify the community as soon as it is available for use following our Culture of Care guidelines. You can also check the libraries website for information.

We’d like to close by again thanking every member of our community for the work they’ve done to ensure our health and safety.

With gratitude,