August 31, 2021

EmmanuelForward Update: August 31, 2021

As move-in weekend approaches, the College is continuing to actively examine its protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in light of the ongoing spread of the Delta variant. As a follow-up to a communication sent Friday (August 27th) to students, faculty and staff, we offer the following important updates: 

COVID-19 Testing 

As previously communicated, all students, faculty and staff will be required to test weekly regardless of vaccination status. Tests can be scheduled using the CoVerified app and must occur no more than seven (7) days apart. Any community member who has not tested within the seven-day window will have restricted access within CoVerified. Instructions for downloading and using the CoVerified app are available here. 

Health & Symptom Screening 

The College is implementing daily symptom checking and tracking within CoVerified. Monitoring and reporting symptoms is critical for all community members, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Any student experiencing symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, shortness of breath or fatigue, should contact Health Services and remain isolated while a COVID-19 test is arranged. 

As part of daily symptom checks, students will be required for the Fall 2021 semester to show a cleared or “green” screen on entering classes. Additionally, the College is asking all community members to sign Halo’s Pledge, committing to all protocols and taking seriously the health and safety of the entire community. 

Mask Updates 

An indoor mask mandate is in effect within all campus buildings. Individuals with an approved vaccine exemption are required to wear a mask at outdoor gatherings as well. The College will review this policy during the first six weeks of the semester, informed by the latest public-health trends and on-campus testing data. 

Individuals do not need to wear masks when inside their own residence hall rooms or when actively eating or drinking. Masks are required when moving within dining hall spaces.

It is important to note that the City of Boston has put into place a mask requirement for all indoor public places. Members of the Emmanuel community must be aware of this mandate when traveling around the Fenway neighborhood and throughout the city. 

Guest & Visitor Policies 

For the first six weeks of the semester, no external guests will be permitted within the residence halls. Residents will be permitted to visit between residence halls as overnight guests. Commuter students will be allowed to visit within the residence halls during regular visiting hours, as outlined in the Residence & Student Life section of the EmmanuelForward FAQs. At this time, other visitors will not be permitted within the residence halls. Families will be able to see their student or drop off items in designated areas on campus. 

Event Updates 

Later this week, the College will share additional details on Welcome Week events with students and families. During move-in weekend, students will receive additional information on the variety of activities available during the beginning of the semester. Out of caution, large events traditionally held inside will be transitioned outdoors if possible. For all upcoming events, we will adhere to the latest guidance. 

Athletics & Fitness Centers 

The Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) has announced policies related to Fall 2021 varsity sports. A full schedule of competitions will proceed with those student-athletes and personnel who have approved COVID-19 vaccines exemptions required to test twice per week and to wear a mask during all athletic activity. Vaccinated athletes will adhere to the College policy of testing once per week and wearing masks in all indoor spaces. Families and other guests may attend both outdoor and indoor athletic competitions. At indoor events, masking is required regardless of vaccination status. 

Emmanuel College students are welcome to use the fitness centers in the Jean Yawkey Center and the New Residence Hall. Masks are required during fitness center usage. Signage in the fitness centers will indicate rules for the centers as well as occupancy limits. Fitness center users will be asked to limit their time to 45-minute blocks and 30 minutes on any given piece of fitness equipment. Regular cleaning protocols will be posted in each location. 

Dining Updates 

At this point, the College is anticipating a return to normal dining services throughout campus including self-service. Grab-and-go options will still be available in the Muddy River Café, Joe Di’s and Dunkin’. Adjustments may be made if public health guidance changes. 

We are confident that as a community we can replicate the success of the Spring 2021 semester and ensure a vibrant and healthy academic year ahead. Please continue to send questions to emmanuelforward@emmanuel.edu and visit the EmmanuelForward FAQs.

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