January 21, 2021

EmmanuelForward Update: January 21, 2021

We have completed a successful first phase of move-in for residential students for the Spring 2021 semester. This move-in process will continue this week and conclude on Sunday, January 24th in advance of the beginning of classes on Wednesday, January 27th. We thank all students and families for adhering to our health and safety guidelines and for working with us to make this a smooth process.

“Be in Boston, Stay in Boston” Awareness Campaign

Next week, a student-generated campaign will formally launch to promote a community-wide effort to maintain a healthy and safe campus for all. “Be in Boston, Stay in Boston” will include regular social media posts, a microsite, virtual events, video content and more. Students, faculty and staff are invited to pick up a branded mask in the Testing Center and to tag photos on Instagram @EC_StayinBoston. Stay tuned for more details!

Testing Updates & Reminders

Emmanuel College’s testing dashboard is now live on the EmmanuelForward website. This dashboard has been developed to keep our community updated regularly on COVID-19 test results through the on-campus Testing Center, information on isolation occupancy, and data from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During the semester, the College will work closely with public health officials on both the city and state levels to share information and further refine policies and protocols.

Students moving into the residence halls this week will continue to take an initial on-campus COVID-19 test and then complete the required quarantine. Based on the first days of testing, results are being received within 24 hours of delivery to the Broad Institute. Students who plan to commute to campus for face-to-face classes must complete this initial test on January 25th and 26th.

All students are reminded to download the CoVerified app for required daily symptom checks and to schedule on-campus test dates. Additionally, students must submit results of pre-arrival tests before coming to campus; the initial on-campus test does not serve as a pre-arrival test. All students will be asked to show the “cleared” screen in CoVerified when arriving on campus to demonstrate completion of daily symptom checking and participation in the testing program.

Detailed information has been sent to students via COVIDupdates@emmanuel.edu. Additional reminders will be sent this week and testing information is available in the testing section of the EmmanuelForward FAQs.

As of January 15th, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has amended the flu vaccine mandate for college students. While the flu vaccine is no longer required by the state, Health Services still recommends that students receive an annual flu vaccine.

Campus Dining Updates

As shared in last week’s Emmanuel Forward communication, for the first weeks of re-opening campus all meals will be grab-and-go without seating within dining facilities. An update will be shared in the coming weeks on plans for seating within the Marian Hall Dining Room and the Muddy River Café. Seating will be within state guidelines for restaurant capacity (25% and in groups no larger than six).

Dining hours and menus, as well as the safety protocols in place, have been posted on the Café Bon Appétit website. Those students quarantining following the initial on-campus COVID-19 test, or who may be required to isolate or quarantine during the semester, are able to order meals for delivery using this link. Any student with questions may contact General Manager Robin Fortado at robin.fortado@cafebonappetit.com.

Common Areas for Study

The College has designated 15 areas on campus for both quiet study and for those students who need space to take virtual classes. These spaces, outlined in the Academics section of the EmmanuelForward FAQs, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to posted capacity limits, students will also be expected to adhere to physical distancing and to wear a face covering if there are other students present.

All other common areas on campus, including those within residence halls, will be set up for proper distancing.

Commuter Student Parking

Parking applications for commuters were due on Friday, January 15th as was shared with students in communications from the Office of Student Affairs. Any commuter student whose circumstances have changed and who would like to still be considered for parking should contact MaryEllen Page at pagem@emmanuel.edu. Aside from commuter students, very few exceptions will be made for resident students requesting parking.

Please continue to reach out to emmanuelforward@emmanuel.edu with any questions. Upcoming communications will share further information on events and activities for students during the first weeks of the semester, especially those for new students.

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