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

Smith College A Culture of Care

COVID-19 Response Plan

The college’s “Culture of Care” COVID-19 Response Plan underscores the core value that must guide every member of the Smith community—caring for ourselves and for one another to promote a safe and healthy campus environment.

Changes to COVID-19 Testing Hours

On Monday, May 16, the COVID-19 testing center hours are changing to reflect the reduced campus population. Please review the May 12, 2022 notice for details.

Changes to Masking Policy Effective May 6, 2022

Masking is required in all indoor spaces unless a student or employee is eating, drinking or alone (or with their roommate) in their individual room or office.


Current Operating Mode: Green

Beginning January 31, the campus is guided by green/yellow/orange/red operating modes, with the progression of colors designating least to most restrictive modes. 

Explore the Operating Modes

 

What You Need to Know

Vaccinations

Smith College requires all employees and undergraduate and graduate students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As of December 6, 2021, this includes booster shots. Further guidance can be found here.

Regular Community Screenings

Students and employees are required to participate in the college’s COVID-19 screening program. Testing frequency for the campus community is determined by the current operating mode. Aggregated screening results will be reported via the college’s Coronavirus Screening Activity dashboard.

Masking

Masking is required in all indoor spaces unless a student or employee is eating, drinking or alone (or with their roommate) in their individual room or office. 

Buildings and Campus Areas

The majority of buildings on Smith’s campus are open to the public. Information about access to specific buildings will be updated as it becomes available. The new Neilson library is limited to OneCard holders in the testing program at this time. For more information, please see the libraries website.

Events

As of November 8, Smith College will permit external, vaccinated guests to attend indoor events sponsored by a department or a program (not an individual). Student-sponsored events remain closed to external guests. Further information can be found on the Policies page.

Learning on Campus

Classes will be taught in person on campus, in Smith classrooms, labs, studios and other facilities. In keeping with the mission of the college, hybrid or remote courses are not offered, nor will remote participation for entire courses be allowed. We will continue to monitor COVID on campus and in the community and could change operations based on those conditions. Questions should be directed to the department chair and/or the Class Deans’ Office.

Living on Campus

Up to date information about living on campus is available on the Student Affairs page. All students are required to participate in the college’s COVID-19 testing program twice weekly.

Working on Campus

Fully vaccinated staff and faculty are required to participate in the college’s COVID-19 testing program twice weekly; those who have an approved exemption from vaccination are required to be tested twice weekly. Staff and faculty with disabilities, including those experiencing significant health or mental health challenges, may request job-related accommodations necessary for them to return to work by reaching out to their supervisors and/or the Office of Human Resources.


Tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms? Here’s what to do.

STOP: If you have tested positive for COVID-19, either through a rapid or PCR test administered somewhere other than the Smith College testing program, contact testingandtracing@smith.edu immediately.

Note: The below instructions only apply to fully vaccinated individuals. Those who have received approved exemptions from vaccinations or who are eligible for but have not yet received a booster should follow the instructions provided by the testing and tracing team.

  1. A contact tracer will notify you of your test result and perform a state-required interview.
  2. Isolate for 7 days.
    • Contact tracers will work with students to identify an appropriate isolation space and place the student on a short term medical absence.
    • Students who test positive and can get home via a personal vehicle may work with Health Services to determine whether they can complete their isolation at their off-campus home. Please speak with a Schacht Center for Health and Wellness staff member before leaving campus.
    • Employees should isolate at home and notify their supervisor that they will be home for at least 7 days 
  3. On your seventh day of isolation, if your symptoms are improving and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication,
    • Students may exit isolation and must continue to mask and use only grab-and-go dining for an additional three days. 
    • Employees may return to their regular work schedule and must continue to mask for an additional three days.
  4. Following isolation, do not participate in the Smith College PCR testing program for 90 days.

Reminder

This guidance only applies to fully vaccinated individuals. Those who have received approved exemptions from vaccinations or who are eligible for but have not yet received a booster must quarantine at home.

  1. Students should continue attending class and employees should continue working, but must wear a mask around others for 10 full days and monitor themselves for any COVID-related symptoms. Employees are encouraged to discuss the option for remote work with their supervisors during this period.
  2. If asymptomatic, complete a required PCR test on day 5 following exposure. A contact tracer will provide close contacts with the exact date to be tested.
  3. If COVID-like symptoms develop, contact the Schacht Center immediately at 413.585.2250 to schedule a symptomatic test.
  1. Do not test at the Campus Center test site if you have symptoms associated with COVID. Students and employees who develop symptoms associated with COVID should contact the Schacht Center at 413.585.2250 to schedule a testing appointment. Symptomatic testing hours are Monday-Friday from 4-6pm at the parking lot entrance of the Schacht Center.

    Symptoms include the following: Fever (100 or higher), chills, sore throat, difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, muscle or body aches, cough (not due to another known cause). A combination of any of the following symptoms also warrant a symptomatic test: nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, headache, fatigue, congestion or runny nose.
  2. Do not attend class or work until your symptoms have improved and you have received a negative rapid antigen or PCR test result. Wear a mask at all times.

Only a contact tracer can designate you a close contact. Continue to mask at all times and follow all Culture of Care guidelines.


To the Community

Spring Break Information and COVID Update

March 7, 2022 | CIRT Update, COVID Response, Spring 2022

Green Mode To Begin Monday, February 28

February 22, 2022 | CIRT Update, COVID Response, Spring 2022

CIRT All Community Meeting Postponed

March 1, 2022 | CIRT Update, COVID Response, Spring 2022

February 21, 2022 Weekly CIRT Campus Update

February 21, 2022 | CIRT Update, COVID Response, Spring 2022

February 28, 2022 Weekly CIRT Campus Update

February 28, 2022 | CIRT Update, COVID Response, Spring 2022

February 14, 2022 Weekly CIRT Campus Update

February 14, 2022 | CIRT Update, COVID Response, Spring 2022

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