January 26, 2021

EmmanuelForward Update: January 26, 2021

Over the weekend, the move-in process for on-campus living was completed in advance of classes beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27th, in both face-to-face and virtual formats. This week, students have received detailed information from the Office of the Registrar on a variety of academic policies and procedures including viewing class schedules, changing courses, accessing academic support services and more.

Face-to-Face Class Guidelines & Protocols

Those students attending face-to-face classes should be aware of a number of policies and procedures in place to ensure the safest possible learning environment.

  • All members of the community should ensure masks adequately cover both the nose and mouth and have a snug fit. A supply of surgical masks is available along with college-branded masks in the Testing Center, as well as in all residence halls, Campus Safety, the Jean Yawkey Center and the Cardinal Cushing Library.
  • When lining up outside classrooms to enter, students should practice the required physical distancing and avoid gathering in a group.
  • Students will display their cleared ‘green screen’ on the CoVerified app upon entering the classroom for verification by the faculty member. This screen will show compliance with daily symptom checks and required regular surveillance testing.
  • All classrooms are set up with the required physical distancing. Students will be asked to sanitize their areas at the beginning of class using provided cleaning products.

Gathering Protocols

As outlined in the Return to Campus guide, it is critically important for students to adhere to guidelines for visitation and gatherings. As a reminder, visitations between residence halls are prohibited, and no outside guests are allowed to enter any residence hall. Be aware that gatherings that do not adhere to physical distancing and wearing of face coverings are shown to dramatically increase the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus. This applies to both on-campus and off-campus activities.

As we launch our Be in Boston, Stay in Boston campaign today, we commit to a campus-wide culture of wellness and accountability.

Surveillance Testing

With the completion of arrival testing, we now move into our COVID-19 surveillance testing program. All students, faculty and staff coming to campus must be tested up to two times per week. Members of the community have received detailed instructions on frequency and scheduling of regular testing. Any questions related to surveillance testing should be sent to COVIDupdates@emmanuel.edu.

As a reminder, all students who are exhibiting symptoms should not go to the Testing Center, but should contact Health Services at (617) 264-7678 during regular business hours or (617) 735-9888 to discuss next steps.

Other Campus Updates

The new bookstore in St. Joseph Hall will operate virtually until Tuesday, February 2nd.  Students are able to continue to place orders via Emmanuel’s online bookstore. Items ordered with in-store pickup for all students will be delivered to the package lockers located on the first floor of the New Residence Hall. Instructions on how to download the My Mail Services App for package pick-up are located on signage placed around lockers. The bookstore can be contacted by phone at (617) 739-2232 or by email at emmanuel@bkstr.com.

Next week, updates will be shared on dining, as well as the impact of today’s announcement by the City of Boston on moving to phase three, step one of reopening.

As classes begin, we also encourage students to watch email, social media channels and the College’s calendar throughout the semester for ways to connect with other members of the community through events, club meetings, speaker series and more. Additional information will be sent from the Office of Student Affairs.

On behalf of the entire Emmanuel College faculty and staff, we are so pleased to have welcomed our students back for the spring semester!

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