Whether you are living, working or visiting on campus, there will be changes that impact all of us.
Massachusetts issued a new travel advisory effective March 22, 2021 that applies to all individuals entering Massachusetts, including returning residents. Taking into consideration the state’s new guidance, Wheaton’s protocol for community members who must travel out of state overnight are required to do one of the following prior to returning to campus:
Quarantine for 10 days off-campus in Massachusetts, or
Obtain a negative PCR covid test.
This requirement applies to all community members who are currently in our COVID testing protocol as well as those employees who are not in our testing protocol but work on campus. Unfortunately, for health and safety reasons, you may not use the Wheaton COVID testing center to satisfy the PCR testing requirement. However, please email covidtesting@wheatoncollege.
Expectations of Off-Campus Travel
The college expects employees to limit business travel. If travel is necessary, employees are expected to follow the national and state travel guidelines. Employees should not travel together in a vehicle and if group travel is necessary, then face masks should be worn at all times.
All on-campus residents are strongly encouraged to minimize travel off campus. Travel should be limited to essential needs such as attending medical appointments or work. It is expected that all residents abide by current college policy regarding off-campus or out-of-state travel and the subsequent requirements for self-isolation. All students, residential and commuter students, are expected to practice social distancing, face-covering, and good hygiene practices.
Employees started to return to campus on June 15 in a coordinated, phased-in process. The college’s phased plan is designed to support the re-opening efforts while safely and appropriately increasing the on-campus presence of staff to support the return of students. The complex process of reintroducing employees to on-campus work will be tightly controlled and coordinated to mitigate potential risks and promote the safety of the entire campus community. Therefore, departments should not increase staffing levels in their areas without approval from their senior manager or division head and the Office of Human Resources. For more information please refer to the Return to On-Campus Work Guidelines posted on insideWheaton.
Visitors include vendors, contractors, family members or friends of a student or employee, prospective students and their families, alumni, and guest speakers.
Visitors will be restricted unless they have prior approval from:
- Vice President for Finance and Administration for any contractors or vendors
- Vice President for Enrollment and/or Director of Athletics for prospective students and families
- Associate Vice President for Human Resources for any interviewees
- Provost for any guest lecturers or speakers
Admission tours will be limited in the number of registrants, conducted with staggered start times and locations, and will be restricted to outdoors.
All visitors to campus are expected to comply with college safety guidelines, including face coverings, symptom checks and social distancing.