January 12, 2021

EmmanuelForward Update: January 12, 2021

Next week, we will begin to welcome resident students back to campus during a phased move-in between January 18th and 24th. Students have received specific move-in times and instructions from the Office of Residence Life & Housing. The staggered approach to the move-in schedule, as well as other protocols, align with the latest health and safety guidelines from the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As you may have read in recent reports, both the city and state have extended certain restrictions; while they will have an impact on some operations, we continue to look forward to a safe and successful reopening of the campus.

Testing & Other Health Requirements

All students coming to the Emmanuel College campus are required to submit negative COVID-19 test and flu vaccine documentation prior to arrival.

Both students and families have received detailed guidance on the required pre-arrival COVID-19 test. This PCR-based test must be administered within 72 hours of arrival whether a student is living on campus or commuting to face-to-face classes. Additional details on this requirement are available in the testing FAQ sectionof the Emmanuel Forward website, as well as in recent emails from our COVID Updates team. Any student or family member with specific concerns on pre-testing, or on the ongoing surveillance testing program, can contact covidupdates@emmanuel.edu.

Students have also been contacted directly by Health Services regarding the Commonwealth of Massachusetts flu vaccine mandate for college students. While the deadline to receive a vaccine was extended by the state until February, all students coming to the Emmanuel College campus will need to submit flu vaccine documentation prior to first arrival on campus. Instructions for uploading this information has been sent by Health Services and questions can be sent to healthservices@emmanuel.edu.

As a reminder, all members of the community are encouraged to review the following Return to Campus guides, which provide detailed guidelines and protocols.

Dining Updates

During the semester, on-campus food offerings will be available in the Marian Hall Main Dining Room and the Muddy River Café, as well as in Joe Di’s and Dunkin’. As we transition back to on-campus living and learning, and based on the latest public health guidelines, all dining will be grab-and-go for the first two weeks following our reopening on January 18th. We acknowledge that the ability for students to gather is an important aspect of the college experience. Offering seating within dining facilities based on established guidelines for restaurants (which are currently 25% capacity and in groups of no larger than six) will be assessed after this initial period.

Any student who must quarantine or isolate based on being exposed to COVID-19 or testing positive for the virus will have meals delivered three times per day. Menu and ordering options for quarantine and isolation will be made available by the College’s food service partner, Bon Appétit, during the move-in period.

Dining locations will accept meal swipes, Fenway Cash, credit/debit cards and cash. Both resident and commuter students are able to purchase food on campus. Detailed information on dining hours, menus and other protocols will be shared with students the week of January 18th.

Common Areas & Fitness Centers

As previously communicated, common areas throughout campus will be available to both resident and commuter students. Consistent with guidelines, gatherings in these areas must not exceed 10 people in an indoor space (with the exception of classrooms) with physical distancing and face coverings. More instruction on the use of spaces on campus will be provided during the move-in period and before the beginning on classes of January 27th.

While gyms and fitness centers are currently permitted to operate in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City of Boston has mandated that these facilities be closed for general use through January 27th. We are monitoring closely updates from the City of Boston and are in regular conversations on how changes impact services on campus. The Department of Athletics will communicate directly with students participating in varsity athletics regarding options for practice and training.

We encourage you to continue to reach out with your questions and concerns as the Spring 2021 semester approaches. We understand that this time of uncertainty can be challenging for many, but we are confident that a rich and engaging semester lies ahead. We are ready to “Be in Boston and Stay in Boston!”

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