January 11th, 2022
Although we are not requiring students to remain in their rooms upon arrival to campus, we recommend that students limit their interactions outside of the residential campus during that first week. No outside guests will be allowed in the residence halls and dining from Bartol Hall will be grab and go until Monday, January 24.
In addition, tap access will be required for all Simmons academic buildings until January 24, so please be sure to carry your ID with you. Residential students can interact freely with other residential students and can participate in Welcome Back Week activities and events, which have been developed with physical distancing and health and safety in mind. A link with more information on those events will be provided in Monday’s edition of The Anchor.
Your return to campus and the first week of remote classes beginning on January 18 will help us achieve several important goals, including:
As a reminder, residential students should move in as previously scheduled between January 15 and January 17 during check-in hours (9am to 5pm) and complete the following steps prior to move-in:
Residents who have completed the above requirements will be granted access to the residence halls by checking in through the Simmons Hall access point. Students must present a receipt from the Simmons COVID-19 testing site confirming they have completed their required day of arrival test when checking into the residence halls.
In extenuating circumstances, where students cannot move-in during the specified testing/check-in hours, they must email Residence Life at [email protected] to request permission to arrive outside of those hours. Students will be expected to go to the testing site when it opens the next day to complete their arrival test.
We recognize that some students may be having difficulty securing a pre-arrival test. In extenuating circumstances where a student has not been able to submit a pre-arrival test, they will be required to test immediately upon arrival and quarantine in their room until their negative test result comes back. Quarantine may last 2-3 days – during which time, students can leave their room to get food from Bartol and use the restroom.
Students who do not move in during the regular move-in period as suggested and who also have not completed a pre-arrival test, will be required to follow the same quarantine guidelines and will need to plan to work individually with their faculty to make up any missed work while awaiting their test results.
As noted last week, Simmons has updated its isolation policy following a positive COVID-19 test. Residents who live within 200 miles of Simmons must isolate at home. To best accommodate other students who may test positive, we have updated our Isolation Space policy to include two phases, depending on current capacity levels. We’ve included the phases here to inform residential students and their families in advance of any future decisions we will need to make relative to isolation space. The two phases are included below:
|Isolation Phase||Action||Enacted When:|
|Phase I: Isolation Wing||Isolation wings in Mesick and Simmons will be used||Currently in place|
|Phase II: Isolate in Place||Students will be asked to isolate in place. Isolation in place means that when a student tests positive, they will isolate in their room and use only the designated COVID restroom in their building. Students will be required to be masked at all times when in their residence hall room and when using the restroom.||100% of isolation beds in the isolation wings are in use and 100% of the isolation wing rooms are in use.|
We look forward to seeing you back on campus. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]
Renique Kersh, Vice President for Student Affairs
Brooke Bernard, Director, Residence Life