Steps for Students to Return to Campus

All students must first verify if they are traveling from a state that has been deemed HIGH RISK or LOW RISK and follow the appropriate drop-down below:

STUDENTS TRAVELING TO CAMPUS FOR THE FIRST TIME DURING 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

All students RETURNING to campus from any location who were previously on campus during the Fall 2020 semester
  • Massachusetts has implemented a TRAVEL ORDER that requires travelers to MA from HIGH RISK STATES and international travelers to either have a negative result from an FDA EUA-approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test, on a sample obtained 72 hours or less prior to arrival in Massachusetts or quarantine for 10 days.
    • AIC will test all students upon arrival on their scheduled day and all students will remain in a modified quarantine until all initial test results are received. This testing will satisfy the Massachusetts Travel Order as long as the student comes directly to campus and does not leave until they receive their negative test result.
    • Testing prior to arrival is not required but is strongly encouraged. If a student tests positive upon arrival, they will be required to move to isolation housing immediately for the full quarantine period.
    • The testing requirement does not apply to people in a student’s travel party that will not be staying overnight in Massachusetts. If family members or friends are assisting with move-in and then leaving MA on the same day, they do not have to provide test results or quarantine.
  • On your scheduled day to return to campus, check for symptoms before traveling. Take your temperature and verify that you do not have any of the following symptoms: cough; shortness of breath; fever in excess of 100 degrees; chills; muscle pain; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell.
    • If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or feel you may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, it is best to stay home and get tested. If you must return to campus, you should make an appointment through the Health Services PATIENT PORTALto be tested and should not return to your residence hall or to the campus until told to do so.
All NEW students traveling to campus from any location who were not previously on campus during the Fall 2020 semester
  • Step 1: Complete the mandatory Massachusetts Travel Form
    • All students must complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arriving in Massachusetts. Guests assisting with move-in are not required to fill out this travel form if they will not be staying in Massachusetts overnight.
  • Step 2: Electronically Sign the Release for Students Returning to Campus
    • This release is designed to ensure all students understand their commitment to keeping themselves and everyone in the AIC community healthy and safe.
    • All students who will return to campus to take in-person classes, attend in-person programming, participate in athletics, live in college-owned housing, or otherwise plan to be on campus, must agree to the conditions set forth in the release form.
  • Step 3: Complete the required Keeping the Hive Healthy Training
    • All students who will return to campus to take in-person classes, attend in-person programming, participate in athletics, live in college-owned housing, or otherwise plan to be on campus, must complete this online training module prior to arrival.
    • Students will be enrolled in this course once per week. If you are a new student who deposited within the last week, you will be enrolled in the next batch. If you believe you should be in the course and do not have access, please contact covidquestions@aic.edu.
  • Step 4: Complete the AIC Campus Social Contract.
    • Keeping the AIC community healthy and safe is everyone’s responsibility. All students who will return to campus to take in-person classes, attend in-person programming, participate in athletics, live in college-owned housing, or otherwise plan to be on campus, must complete the AIC Campus Social Contract to indicate that they are committed to maintaining a safe community for everyone.
  • Step 5: On your scheduled day to return to campus, check for symptoms before traveling. Take your temperature and verify that you do not have any of the following symptoms: cough; shortness of breath; fever in excess of 100 degrees; chills; muscle pain; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell.
    • If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or feel you may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, it is best to stay home and get tested. If you must return to campus, you should make an appointment through the Health Services PATIENT PORTAL to be tested and should not return to your residence hall or to the campus until told to do so.
  • Encouraged but not required: Obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to travel
    • Massachusetts has implemented a TRAVEL ORDER that requires travelers to MA from HIGH RISK STATES and international travelers to either have a negative result from an FDA EUA-approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test, on a sample obtained 72 hours or less prior to arrival in Massachusetts or quarantine for 10 days.
      • AIC will test all students upon arrival on their scheduled day and all students will remain in a modified quarantine until all initial test results are received. This testing will satisfy the Massachusetts Travel Order as long as the student comes directly to campus and does not leave until they receive their negative test result.
      • Testing prior to arrival is not required but is strongly encouraged. If a student tests positive upon arrival, they will be required to move to isolation housing immediately for the full quarantine period.
      • The testing requirement does not apply to people in a student’s travel party that will not be staying overnight in Massachusetts. If family members or friends are assisting with move-in and then leaving MA on the same day, they do not have to provide test results or quarantine.

ALL STUDENTS TRAVELING BACK TO CAMPUS THROUGHOUT THE SPRING SEMESTER

Students traveling to campus from a state deemed LOW RISK by Massachusetts who have not traveled outside of a LOW RISK state within the last 10 days

If you leave the Springfield area during the spring semester, check for symptoms before returning to campus. Take your temperature and verify that you do not have any of the following symptoms: cough; shortness of breath; fever in excess of 100 degrees; chills; muscle pain; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or feel you may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, it is best to stay home and get tested. If you must return to campus, you should make an appointment through the Health Services PATIENT PORTAL to be tested and should not return to your residence hall or to the campus until told to do so.

Students traveling to campus from an international location or from a state deemed HIGH RISK by Massachusetts

Students are discouraged from traveling outside of Massachusetts while attending in-person classes and/or living on campus. Students are responsible for checking if a state is listed as HIGH RISK prior to [and while] traveling to ensure they comply with the Massachusetts Travel Order (mass.gov/masstraveler). This list is updated daily, so it is important to verify before each trip outside of Massachusetts.

All students who travel internationally or to a state that Massachusetts has deemed to be HIGH RISK, must report their travel to AIC using THIS FORM.

This means, if you travel to a HIGH RISK state or internationally, prior to coming back to campus, you will be required to:

  • Have a negative result from an approved molecular (PCR) SARS-CoV2 test, on a sample obtained 72 hours or less prior to arrival in Massachusetts  -OR-
  • Quarantine OFF-CAMPUS (at your own expense) for 10 days in a LOWER RISK STATE or until you receive a negative result from an approved test.

Students who are not tested prior to their return and need to be tested on campus will be charged the $90 fee if insurance doesn’t cover the cost. Most insurances will not cover this kind of testing, so please check with your insurance company. Students will be required to remain in quarantine off-campus at their own expense until proof of a negative test result is provided to Health Services and confirmed. Students cannot be on campus for any reason while waiting for their test result.

Approval Process to Receive Access to On-Campus Quarantine Housing for Upcoming Travel to High Risk Areas

On-campus quarantine housing after a student travels to high-risk areas is not normally permitted. When extenuating circumstances necessitate travel to a high-risk state, on-campus resident students can submit THIS FORM to request the ability to quarantine on campus upon return. Students must submit the form a minimum of 2 business days prior to traveling and receive approval.

If the form is DENIED and the student chooses to travel to a high-risk area, they will not be able to return to campus until they comply with the Massachusetts Travel Order. This means they will have to stay OFF CAMPUS at their own expense until they receive an approved negative test result or complete the required 10-day quarantine period.

Violation of the Massachusetts Travel Order and/or failure to report travel to a HIGH RISK STATE could result in suspension from college housing and/or from the College.

 

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