Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about Regis College's testing protocol. If you have additional questions, please email covid19@regiscollege.edu.

Be advised:

  • If you are in the Regis testing protocol, please contact Health Services with any questions or concerns related to COVID-19 symptoms and testing.
  • If you are not in the Regis testing protocol, please contact your primary care provider with any questions or concerns related to COVID-19 symptoms and testing.

Test Results

  • What happens if my test is invalid?

    If your test is invalid or inconclusive, you will be contacted by Health Services and scheduled to retest within the same week.

  • What happens if my test comes back positive?

    If your test is positive, Health Services will call you and explain the isolation guidelines and provide health-related resources. Health Services will handle contact tracing for Regis contacts. Non-Regis contacts will be managed by their local Board of Health and the Contact Tracing Collaborative. If you are a residential student Health Services, the COVID-19 coordinator, the Office of Residential Life, and the Institute for Learning will ensure appropriate accommodations and support are provided while you are in isolation.

    You will not be notified of a positive test result through the CoVerified app.

Protocol for Exposure/Positive Diagnosis

Faculty Notification

  • As a faculty member, what is my role with the CoVerified app?

    Most important is to stay in compliance yourself. Log your daily symptoms and appear for your weekly testing appointments.

    Faculty are responsible for confirming that each student in their class has a green “cleared” screen upon entering class. As this is a change in behavior for our campus, we ask that you extend grace this first week as we transition.

    A green “cleared” screen means students have:

    • Complied with the daily symptom screening
    • Completed testing within their designated time interval
    • Are not in quarantine or isolation

    A red "restricted" screen means students have:

    • Most often a red screen is because a student did not log in their symptoms
    • This can easily be remedied by asking the student to step aside for a moment, note that they have “No new symptoms” and then enter class

    If a student has symptoms, or the app shows they are out of compliance with testing, they should return to their room or their car and call Health Services immediately at 781.768.7290.

  • I’m a faculty member. How will I know if a student can’t attend class/clinical due to COVID-19?

    A Starfish flag labeled “Not cleared for on-campus classes” will be raised for students who are not able to attend classes due to a COVID-19 related concern. These students should be excused and alternative arrangements made to make up missed coursework.

  • I am a student. How do I notify my faculty if I need to miss class due to COVID-19?

    Students should email their academic advisor and individual faculty members if they will miss class or clinical. Students must work with their faculty to make up any missed coursework.

Vaccines

  • Will Regis be vaccinating members of the campus community?

    • Regis College strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19. There is no community-wide vaccination plan at this point.
    • All members of the community that are able to obtain a vaccination from their primary care provider or other means should consider doing so.
    • Students completing clinical or fieldwork placements may be vaccinated by their placement site. Regis encourages students in these circumstances to notify their academic program in order to facilitate future placements that may require vaccination. This notification should occur via a student’s academic Castlebranch account.
    • As access to the vaccines increases according to government guidance, Regis may pursue additional opportunities to make vaccinations available to additional community members.

Additional Information

  • Contact Tracing

    In collaboration with the Local Boards of Health (LBOH) and the Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC) Health Services has developed a comprehensive internal plan and will be managing contact tracing efforts on campus in an effort to quickly identify any close contacts of someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

    • Health Services will initiate an internal identification process to bridge the gap between result time and LBOH notification.
    • Any member of the Regis community that has been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual will be contacted by a member of the Health Services team, as well as the LBOH to review the next steps.
  • Isolation

    Student Isolation

    A limited amount of isolation rooms are available for use by students who have tested positive for COVID-19.

    • There will be daily scheduled food delivery for students in isolation housing.
    • Regis Health Services, in collaboration with the Local Board of Health and student affairs staff, will provide ongoing monitoring of isolated students.
      • Students in on-campus isolation will not be allowed access to the larger community.
      • Students are expected to remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days unless otherwise directed by the Local Board of Health.

    Residence Staff Isolation

    In a case where a residential staff person has tested positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate in their apartments, per CDC and local Board of Health guidelines. They may return to work once medically cleared by the local Board of Health and Health Services.

  • Quarantine

    Student Quarantine

    Students who have had close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case will be required to quarantine, as per CDC and Local Board of Health guidelines, and not be in public spaces. These students will be able to quarantine on campus in specific rooms. Regis will require the students in quarantine, either on campus or at home, to be tested in accordance with CDC and local Board of Health guidelines. Students will remain in quarantine until cleared by Regis College or their local Board of Health.

    Residence Staff Quarantine

    In a case where a residential staff member who have had close contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, they will be required to quarantine in their apartment on campus.

  • Protocol for Out-of-State Students

    Students, and their family members, arriving on campus from high-risk states from outside of Massachusetts (as determined by Governor Baker’s Travel Order) or internationally are required to provide written confirmation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered up to 72 hours prior to arriving to Massachusetts. For information on approved testing locations by state, please visit the CDC website.

    For all travel into and outside of Massachusetts, it is your responsibility to know and understand the COVID-19 travel guidelines of your destination, since these may differ from the Massachusetts guidelines. Please remember that any individual who does engage in personal travel outside of Massachusetts is responsible for complying with the Massachusetts Travel order.

    Results should be emailed to health.services@regiscollege.edu prior to students’ departure for campus. Please include in the subject line of the email the name of the student – COVID-19 Test Results. Documentation must be legible and in its entirety, including full name and date of birth. Documentation should also be brought to campus and presented upon arrival.

    Students coming to campus from within Massachusetts and the states on the approved travel list are exempt from these additional requirements. These students will be tested when they arrive on campus and will follow Regis’ testing protocol.

    If a residential student’s test result comes back positive for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their planned arrival on campus, they should not come to campus and should contact Regis Community Health Services and the Office of Residence Life immediately.

    Residential students who are unable to obtain COVID-19 negative test results before coming to the campus will be tested upon arrival and remain in quarantine until test results are received. Unfortunately, family members who are unable to present a negative test result within 72 hours will not be permitted onto campus. Travel should be planned accordingly.