COVID-19 safety protocols are subject to change based on conditions on campus, third-party guidance as appropriate, and directives from authorities having jurisdiction (such as the town of Wenham or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).
Masks are no longer required on campus, although exceptions do apply. More specifically, this means:
Each community member has the discretion to continue to wear a mask if desired in public spaces and in their own office or personal space, or while attending in-person meetings. The College has a supply of 3-ply and KN95 masks and will continue to make these available to faculty, staff and students who request them.
Per the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, it is still recommended that “a fully vaccinated individual should wear a mask indoors if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated.”
Every student, faculty and staff member is required to be tested with a PCR test every week (no more than seven days between tests) they are physically present on campus until May 7. If you have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days (confirmed with a PCR test), you do not need to test again until outside your 90-day window. If you have underlying health conditions or are unvaccinated (or work or live close to others who do/are), you are encouraged to test more often in the on-campus PCR Testing Center.
Gordon College is conducting ongoing asymptomatic surveillance testing in the on-campus PCR Testing Center for all residential students regardless of vaccination status. This individual PCR testing strategy replaces the weekly pooled testing we conducted in semesters past.
Commuter students will also be required to participate in routine surveillance testing. Commuter students are welcome to get their PCR test off-site at a testing center of their choice (such as the free stop-the-spread site in Salem listed below) or at Gordon’s on-campus PCR Testing Center in Lewis Hall. When using an off-campus testing provider, students must submit an "off-campus proof of testing" form each time they are tested for COVID-19 within eight hours of receiving results or as soon as possible. Make sure the test is a lab-based PCR test (not a rapid antigen or home test).
Faculty and staff should utilitze the on-campus PCR Testing Center in Lewis Lobby to complete their weekly tests or submit using the same form as linked above for an off-campus PCR test.
For many, the symptoms of the new Omicron variant are less severe and can include anything from a runny nose to a sore throat, headache or nausea. If you have any sick symptoms, no matter how mild or similar to allergies they may be, please seek a test.
Gordon will provide symptomatic testing for any students who report COVID-19 symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please report them on the Gordon 360 Wellness check, and someone from the Health Center will contact you to arrange a test. Please do not come directly to the on-campus PCR Testing Center if you are experiencing symptoms. For any further questions about symptoms, please contact the Health Center.
If faculty or staff become symptomatic, it is recommended that you get tested for COVID-19 through an off-campus testing provider (see recommendations below) and notify your personal health team, but if you are unable to get a PCR test off campus, you can use the campus PCR Testing Center, but please be very careful with mask usage and social distancing.
The on-campus PCR Testing Center is located in the lobby of Lewis Hall. Testing is free at this point, and no appointment necessary. Visit www.gordon.edu/coronavirus for up-to-date testing days and times.
Many testing sites are also available near campus. Make sure the test you get is a PCR COVID-19 test and not a rapid antigen or home-based test.
When using an off-campus testing provider, students must submit an "off-campus proof of testing" form each time they are tested for COVID-19, within eight hours of receiving the results or as soon as possible. If you need your wellness color changed based on this test submission, please email [email protected] once you submit your results on this form.
Gordon College has developed a mobile-friendly daily wellness app. Please use this app to report any symptoms you may be experiencing. Faculty, staff and students are requested to monitor their symptoms carefully because even vaccinated individuals can have very mild symptoms associated with COVID-19. In the app, each person is given a wellness status—either green, yellow or red. Students with a green status are fully healthy and can attend classes and events as normal. Faculty and staff with a green status can come to campus as normal. Individuals with a yellow status have reported COVID-19 symptoms and will be contacted by the COVID-19 Team. While under a yellow status, you will be requested to wear a mask, socially distance yourself from others, take food to go, and not attend classes in person (residential students) or not come to Gordon (faculty, staff and commuters). Individuals with a red status are in isolation or quarantine and will need to stay isolated or quarantined until they are cleared by a health professional. For more information on red and yellow statuses, visit www.gordon.edu/coronavirus/categories.
For students and employees who are exposed to, develop symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19, Gordon follows the guidelines for quarantine and isolation issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn what to do if you are sick, exposed or test positive for COVID-19.
Additional measures will be implemented in classroom spaces to assist with contact tracing. This may include assigned seating, space between seating and other measures.
Prior to arriving, all campus visitors must enter their information in the Gordon College Visitor Logbook. If you are visiting for multiple days, please enter your information in the logbook every day you are here. Please review our masking policy above before your visit. If you plan to visit the local area during your stay, please note that some towns and cities nearby Gordon have implemented vaccine mandates that require patrons to show proof of vaccination before entering certain indoor establishments. These mandates are dynamic and outside the control of the College.
Faculty and staff may take up to four hours of work time per dose to travel to a vaccination site, receive a vaccination, and return to work. This would mean a maximum of eight hours of work time for faculty or staff receiving two doses; however, if you spend less time getting the vaccine, only the necessary amount of time will be compensated. As a reminder, Gordon College will continue to provide vaccine clinics on campus for your convenience in obtaining the vaccine. All student employees who wish to receive the vaccine are encouraged to do so outside of their work schedules and will not be compensated for any time spent traveling to/from the vaccination site or receiving the vaccination. Any employee who is vaccinated outside of their normal work schedule will not be compensated. If any faculty, staff or student employee needs time to recover from side effects related to receiving the vaccine, they may be permitted to utilize up to two days of sick leave immediately following each dose or, if available, up to 40 hours of leave under the Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Pay Sick Leave Law. If an employee has exhausted their leave under both polices, that employee may still be permitted to take up to two days of additional sick leave immediately following each dose, if necessary.
In an effort to conduct more effective contact tracing for the Gordon College community—which includes students, staff, faculty and visitors—we strongly encourage you to enable MassNotify on your smartphone. MassNotify can alert users who may have been exposed to COVID-19 in a way that protects the privacy of each person involved in contact tracing. MassNotify was developed in partnership with Google and Apple to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
On an iPhone:
*Note that Bluetooth must be turned on for MassNotify to detect other users nearby.
On an Android phone:
*Note that Bluetooth must be turned on for MassNotify to detect other users nearby.
Please remember when traveling outside of Massachusetts to update your region for the duration of your travel. For more information, visit mass.gov