January 11th, 2022
Simmons continues to follow public health guidance from local, state, and federal agencies. As a result, we are implementing the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s updated isolation recommendations following a positive COVID test.
Students now need to isolate for five days on the Simmons Residence Campus or if they are within 200 miles from campus, at home. During the first five days, food will be delivered. The remaining five days will be grab and go from Bartol. On the sixth day, students who show no symptoms can begin to attend classes in person with a proper, tight-fitting mask.
Students who isolate at home for the first five days will be allowed to return to in-person instruction on the sixth day if practical. However, they must commute from home until the completion of the tenth day. If students are unable to physically come to campus for classes, they should work with their faculty members individually, per the campus absence policy, to stay on track academically during the remaining isolation days.
Students placed in isolation on the Residence Campus can return to face-to-face instruction on the sixth day if they show no symptoms, but they must remain in the campus-based isolation living space for the full ten days (because of CDC guidance that a mask must be worn at all times when around other people). Individuals who are still symptomatic after five days are to remain in isolation for the full 10 days, per Mass. DPH guidance. These guidelines are subject to change as additional information becomes available by the CDC and Mass. DPH.