A number of health and safety measures have been implemented in preparation of our limited reopening of campus, including cleaning protocols and physical changes to campus spaces.
Students returning to campus will be required to complete an online training module prior to returning. The training link will be sent out prior to the start of the semester and will cover both basic information regarding the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, as well as best practices for the Regis community in compliance with new guidelines.
We are all responsible for the continued health of our Regis community. All community members will complete the Pride Pledge and Community Expectations. The pledge commits the members of the community to following guidelines and expectations for behaviors that promote health and safety, especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is vital for our community that we hold ourselves, and each other, to task for safe behavior in symptom checking, social distancing, the wearing of protective facial coverings, and testing.
All individuals on campus will be required to wear protective facial coverings when in classes and in all open and public settings on campus.
In order to ensure the proper fit and usage of protective facial masks and coverings, all students, faculty and staff will be responsible for the provision of their own facial coverings or masks.
All students, staff and faculty are required to wear facial coverings that cover their mouth and nose at all times when indoors and within six feet of someone outdoors.
Facial coverings will always be required with certain exceptions, including eating, when a person is alone, or if approved for a medical exemption by OSAS or Human Resources.
Regis will have a supply of facial coverings in case of emergency located at the Regis College Police Department and Health Services. Masks should be made of cloth or be of the three-ply disposable nature.
Single use, disposable face masks will be available at the following campus locations in the event a student or employee forgets, loses, or otherwise does not have a mask while on campus. These masks are not part of a regular distribution system or for individuals to get a new mask every day.
Plexiglass barriers have been installed in many common areas of the campus, increasing the physical barrier between staff and students. This will be seen in the library, athletic center, Center for Student Services, Dining Hall, Post Office and other spaces on campus where it is possible to do so.
This barrier decreases the risk of virus transmission and is safer for all in the campus community.
Campus buildings were thoroughly cleaned while the campus has been closed.
Ongoing cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been enhanced, with an increase in the availability of disinfecting sprays and disposable towels, as well as sanitizing stations in campus buildings. Physical Plant staff has been responsive to the increased need for disinfecting and sanitizing the community on an ongoing basis.
The number of sanitizer stations have increased outside of restroom facilities.
Regis College strongly discourages all non-essential out-of-state travel for students, faculty, and staff. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that “travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.” In addition, the state of Massachusetts instituted a travel order effective August 1, 2020 to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This order remains in effect.
Please keep in mind everything we are doing to “Protect the Pride.” It is for the safety and health of our community that we discourage faculty, staff, and student non-exempt personal travel to high-risk areas as determined by the governor’s travel order. This includes weekend travel and travel during scheduled holidays and days off.
We understand that some travel during the pandemic may be unavoidable (e.g., family emergency). If you must travel to a high-risk state or outside of the United States, you will need to comply with the Massachusetts Travel Order, the Regis Travel Guidance, and understand the COVID-19 travel guidelines of your destination. You must follow the quarantine and testing guidelines and complete the required Massachusetts Travel Form.
Note: Student travel that results in absence from classes and/or clinical must be coordinated with your school and faculty to ensure that you aware of and adhering to the program’s absence policy.
Per guidance from the Department of Public Health, travelers in the Regis Testing Protocol must provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts and submitted into CoVerified or sent to email@example.com If not obtained before entry to Massachusetts, a test may be obtained at the Regis College Testing Center, by appointment only. However, all such arriving travelers must immediately begin a 10-day quarantine until a negative test result has been received. Residential students who travel out of state may obtain their travel test on campus, but must make arrangements to quarantine off-campus until they receive a negative test result.
Note: Any individual in the Regis Testing Protocol who engages in travel outside of Massachusetts that results in their absence from the weekly Testing Protocol will be responsible for the costs associated with securing an off-site approved COVID-19 return test. Individuals must provide a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result from no more than 72-hours prior to arrival on campus. This test result should be provided to Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted into CoVerified.
In certain circumstances, Regis may implement consequences for community members who fail to comply with this Travel Guidance.
All Regis students living on the residential campus, as well as all Regis community members, are strongly discouraged from attending gatherings with more than 10 people (indoor) and 25 people (outdoor) on or off campus during the spring semester.
All residential lounge spaces and spaces throughout campus academic, athletic and administration buildings will have renewed occupancy limits, clearly posted, varying dependent upon the size of the space. It will be common practice to limit the number of individuals in a group to 10, however that may increase given the size of the space.
The practice of wearing protective face coverings will be the norm in any shared space.
If community spread of COVID-19 occurs in the Regis College community, the Health Services team will receive guidance and direction from the Weston Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on the rapid closure of the campus.
Upon completion and approval of Department of Public Health required attestation, the Regis College Health Services (RCHS) will return to regular hours and regular staff with flexibility to decrease or increase as needed.
Physical alterations will be made to the Campus Safety vehicles, offices, and dispatch areas.
Physical barriers will be placed in each police cruiser to separate the front from the rear seats in order to provide safe escorts/transportation. A physical barrier in the form of a plexiglass shield has been installed at the dispatch desk to provide separation between the dispatcher and a front desk officer. A physical barrier will be placed on the table in the Interview Room to provide separation between a person being interviewed and officer. Social distancing spaces will be marked on the floor in the hallway leading to the police station. Only one person will be allowed in the lobby at a time. All extra seating capacity has been removed, allowing for no seating in that area. All residence hall security desks will have physical barriers/sanitizers to allow for distancing and sanitized workspaces.
All police cruisers will be sanitized following each escort/transport. All escorts/transports in police vehicles will be required to ride in the rear seat of the cruiser. No passengers will be allowed in the front seat. Officers will not enter occupied rooms or offices unless necessary.
Parking passes will be accessed through an online application process. There will be no in-person applications for parking passes. Residential students will be issued their passes upon residence hall check-in. An equally safe procedure will be developed for commuter students, faculty, and staff upon their return to campus.