Campus Health and Safety Updates

The purpose of this page is to keep the Mount Holyoke community updated on the status of the College’s preventive steps, policy decisions, plans and resources in light of the global pandemic. We are monitoring the situation and are in ongoing contact with state and local public health officials, colleagues within the Five Colleges and other relevant parties.

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Latest Updates and Important Announcements

This page was last updated May 18, 2022.

Questions? Contact covid19info@mtholyoke.edu.

  

Current Operating Level

Operating Level 1: Normal COVID-19 Operations

Description of operating level thresholds

  

General Guidelines

Vaccinations
  • All students and employees are expected to comply with our vaccination and booster requirements.
    • All students and employees are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Effective January 24, 2022, all students and employees are required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot and submit booster documentation within 15 days of becoming eligible.
    • Additional boosters are not required at this time, but are encouraged for those who are eligible.
  • All employees and students should complete the “MHC COVID-19 Vaccination & Booster Attestation” form by logging into my.mtholyoke.edu and following the link under “Self Service”. The form will collect all vaccination information and permit the secure upload of your vaccination card(s).
Testing
  • The Testing Center will close for the summer at noon on May 26, 2022 and all asymptomatic testing for campus community members will be suspended for the summer. 
  • As is typical during summer months, College Health Services will be closed for clinical services as of 1 pm on Friday, May 20. On call services will end Monday, May 23 at noon. Students can seek care, including evaluation of possible COVID-19 symptoms, at a local urgent care facility. They may also self-test using a rapid antigen test. For information regarding what to do in the event of a positive test, they should refer to the Summer 2022 Community Compact.
  • During the summer, employees should perform a self-check daily before reporting to work and abstain from coming to work on campus if they are experiencing symptoms. Employees are encouraged to refer to the HR information site for further guidance.
Masking
  • Masks are required in indoor spaces.
    • We request that community members wear face coverings that consist of at least three layers (KN95 preferred).
    • Some individuals may be required to wear KN95 masks as a result of recent COVID-19 status and/or proximity of their work to others.
    • KN95 masks will be available to those who need them. Please write to mhc-testing-g@mtholyoke.edu with questions regarding pickup.
  • Masks are not required outdoors. We encourage outdoor masking when physical distancing is not possible, and may require masks at larger outdoor gatherings. Individuals who have been instructed to observe heightened safety measures following COVID-19 isolation must mask outdoors.

On-Campus Health & Safety

Download the self-service COVID-19 safety signs

  

Students and Employees

Living on Campus

  • Summer residents have moved to their summer assignments as of May 13, 2022.
  • Students living on campus for the summer should review The Summer Housing Embark page and be in touch with the appropriate department with questions.

Learning on Campus

  • Summer classes will begin on May 31, 2022.

Working on Campus

  • We encourage employees and managers to make prudent decisions regarding risk and benefits of travel.
  • Employees should refer to the Human Resources portal in my.mtholyoke for more information.

Dining on Campus

The Dining Commons is open for in-person dining.

  • Faculty and staff are allowed access to the Dining Commons.
  • Those coming to campus as guests of the College on official College business may eat in the Dining Commons when escorted by an employee or student. These guests may include job applicants, speakers and performers, and they will be required to conduct a health check before coming to campus.
  • College community members may eat in designated public spaces.
  • Masks will still be required when not eating, and physical distancing is encouraged when possible.
  • Anyone who is adhering to heightened safety measures and strict masking because they tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days will still be required to eat in private, apart from others.
Visitors

Campus Buildings and Grounds

  • The campus grounds are open to the public. Masks are not required when walking outdoors on the Mount Holyoke College campus.
  • All campus buildings remain closed to the public with the exception of those on Admission tours and guests at Willits-Hallowell.
  • See our guest and visitor policy for further details.

Attending events on campus

 

What to do if you test positive, have been exposed or have symptoms

Employees

Employees should refer to the Reporting Protocols and FAQs for COVID-19 on my.mtholyoke.

Students

From May 16 through noon on May 23, 2022

Note: these policies are in effect until Campus Health Services closes for the summer on May 23, 2022

If you have been exposed:

  • Individuals who are in compliance with the College’s vaccine and booster mandate will not need to quarantine, but will need to adhere to strict KN95 masking for 10 days following their last exposure. They must also get a COVID-19 PCR test as close as possible to five days following their last exposure.
  • Individuals who have received an exemption from the vaccine and booster mandate will need to quarantine for five days following exposure, test as close to day five as possible and then adhere to strict KN95 masking for five additional days.  
  • KN95 masks will be available to those who need them. Please write to mhc-testing-g@mtholyoke.edu with questions regarding pickup. 

If you have symptoms:

  • Do not go to the testing center. Call Health Services for either an appointment or an assessment by an on-call physician. 

If you test positive:

  • All students who tested positive through a test collected at MHC’s testing center will be contacted by Health Services to make isolation plans.
  • Students who self-tested or tested off campus and who are currently living on campus or planning to participate in Commencement and/or Reunion activities should call Health Services from 9 am–1 pm on weekdays or contact Public Safety, who will connect students with the on-call clinician. A member of the Health Services COVID-19 team will work with students to make appropriate isolation plans.

From noon on May 23 through May 28, 2022

If you have been exposed:

  • Individuals who are in compliance with the College’s vaccine and booster mandate will not need to quarantine, but will need to adhere to strict KN95 masking for 10 days following their last exposure. They must also get a COVID-19 PCR test as close as possible to five days following their last exposure. 
  • Individuals who have received an exemption from the vaccine and booster mandate will need to quarantine for five days following exposure, test as close to day five as possible and then adhere to strict KN95 masking for five additional days. 
  • KN95 masks will be available to those who need them. Please write to mhc-testing-g@mtholyoke.edu with questions regarding pickup.

If you have symptoms:

  • Students experiencing symptoms should seek evaluation and care at an  off-campus urgent care facility, and/or self-test using a rapid antigen test. 

If you test positive:

  • Students who tested positive through the College’s testing program before it ends for the summer on May 26 will be notified and contacted to make isolation plans. 
  • Students who self-tested or who tested off campus and who are currently living on campus or planning to participate in Commencement and/or Reunion activities should contact Public Safety, who will connect students with the on-call clinician. A member of the Health Services COVID-19 team will work with students to make appropriate isolation plans.

Beginning May 29, 2022

The Summer Community Compact will be in effect. Students should refer to this for further information regarding what to do if they are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive, or are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.