Protecting Our Community

The policies and practices below are intended to represent the plans we are implementing for students, faculty, staff, and visitors coming to our physical campus, but we are asking all members of the Simmons community, wherever you are, to follow the latest recommendations and guidelines for hand-washing, physical distancing, mask-wearing, and other key practices that will prevent the spread of COVID-19

Vaccination

In order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 on the Simmons campus, all students who participate in face-to-face curricular and co-curricular activities at any of our Boston or remote locations are required to be vaccinated before arriving in the fall. Vaccination is also required for all faculty and staff who work on campus.

NOTE: People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after a second dose in a two dose vaccine series or two weeks after a single dose vaccine.

Testing

After careful consideration and review of the latest public health guidance, weekly COVID-19 testing will be required of ALL students, faculty, and staff who are on the Boston Simmons campus at least one day a week – regardless of vaccination status, until further notice. Compliance with Simmons testing protocols are critical to remain in good standing with full access to campus, to ensure the health and safety of the campus community, and to continue to allow face-to-face experiences and a vibrant on-campus learning and working experience.

All students will test on the Simmons Residence Campus at Alumnae Hall, and faculty and staff will test on the Academic Campus in the lobby of the Park Science Center. All students, faculty, and staff are required to utilize CoVerified to schedule their testing appointments, view test results, and track testing compliance. See Frequently Asked Questions about testing at Simmons.

Any questions about testing should be directed to the Simmons Health Center.

CoVerified 

CoVerified is an application available for smartphones or through a web portal that allows Simmons community members to manage on-campus COVID-19 test appointments and results.

Students, faculty, and staff participating in regular testing on campus are required to use CoVerified to manage their testing. The CoVerified app can be downloaded from the App Store or coverified.us/download. A web version of CoVerified can be accessed at web.coverified.us.

Testing participants should be able to log in to CoVerified using their Simmons credentials. Once successfully logged in, participants can use the Testing module to schedule testing appointments or the Reports module to view test results. Those who cannot access an on-campus testing appointment during scheduled hours can upload a test result from off-campus through the app to remain in compliance.

CoVerified has three statuses:

  • Cleared - A green Cleared status means you have either tested negative within the last 12 days or you have been exempted from testing because you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days.
  • Restricted - A red Restricted status means you have either tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days or it has been more than 12 days since your last negative test. People with Restricted statuses should not be attending classes or coming to campus for any purpose other than visiting the testing center to get back into compliance or the Health Center for treatment.
  • Remote - If you are not going to be on campus for two weeks or more, set your CoVerified status to Remote and you will not be required to participate in weekly testing. However, you also should not come to campus while on Remote status. If you are coming to campus for any reason, click the “Return to Campus” button and follow the prompts. If it has been more than 12 days since your last test, you must immediately get tested in order to get back into compliance or leave campus.

Instructions to download and use CoVerified can be found on the Technology website. Any questions about the CoVerified app should be directed to Simmons Health Center.

Contingent Workers

Contingent workers must have a 7-digit numerical Simmons ID number to properly use CoVerified. Contact HR to get the following forms which must be filled out and returned to HR to get the correct Simmons ID number:

  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Temp & Contingent Info Form - Answer yes to “Will technology access to Simmons email and Network accounts be required?”

Please expect that it will take a couple days to process.

Quarantine, Isolation, and Contact Tracing

Anyone who tests positive on campus will be contacted by the Health Center with information and guidance on isolation requirements and other medical care options. Individuals who test positive will be expected to participate in contact tracing with the assistance of the Health Center and the CoVerified app in accordance with public health regulations.  Students who test positive through an outside source should immediately notify the Health Center. Employees who test positive should notify HR at the secure email [email protected].

After receiving a positive test, residential students whose permanent address is within 200 miles of campus will be asked to isolate at home. Other residential students will be moved to on-campus isolation facilities. Commuter students, faculty, and staff should stay away from campus until the end of their isolation period.

Isolation can be discontinued and regular campus access can resume if:

  • 10 days have passed from the positive test AND at least 24 hours have passed without symptoms or fever without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • 10 days have passed since initial symptom onset AND at least 24 hours have passed without symptoms or fever without the use of fever-reducing medication
  • If no symptoms develop, 10 days have passed since the positive test
  • People with severe illness or who are immunocompromised should isolate for 20 days from onset of symptoms or positive test.

CoVerified automatically sets your status at Restricted for ten days following a positive test. If your symptoms began before the test results, you may be eligible to discontinue isolation sooner than 10 days after your test. Students should contact the Health Center to learn when you are eligible to be cleared to return to campus, and faculty and staff should contact their healthcare provider.

Vaccinated people who are identified as being in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 do NOT need to quarantine after contact unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and should wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative. Because all students, faculty, and staff are currently being tested weekly, the weekly test should suffice to clear you if you are a close contact, but you can get an additional test if you wish. If you have been a close contact and begin experiencing symptoms, you should immediately go home and contact your healthcare provider.

Unvaccinated people who are identified as being in close contact with someone who has tested positive must quarantine for 10 days. If after 10 days, there are no symptoms, you can end quarantine. If you are tested on or after the fifth day post-exposure and that test comes back negative, you can end quarantine after the seventh day. Students should notify their instructors that they cannot attend class. Employees are responsible for notifying their supervisor that they will not be able to come to campus. If the employee is not able to work while in quarantine, they can use the COVID-19 leave or accrued sick time.

Masks, Physical Distancing, and Cleaning

A facial covering, such as a disposable mask or reusable cloth face covering, must be worn by all staff, faculty and students while inside campus buildings except for private, single-occupancy offices, private residence rooms, or while eating or drinking. An appropriate facial covering is one that provides full coverage of your nose and mouth. Facial coverings are not required outdoors for people who are fully vaccinated, but are still recommended for anyone who is not fully vaccinated.

Common areas and restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected every night and during the day. Classrooms and meeting spaces will be cleaned and disinfected every night. In addition to the cleaning and disinfecting protocols, disinfecting wipes will be available in all classrooms and meeting spaces, and hand sanitizing dispensers will also be available in high traffic areas (near elevators, lobbies, and dining areas). All community members are encouraged to wash their hands frequently and utilize the sanitizer dispensers around campus. Physical plexiglass barriers have been installed at all service locations to provide an extra layer of protection for in-person interactions.

Anyone coming to campus will be expected to comply with the Physical Distancing, Face Coverings, and Hygiene Policy.