Regardless of where you travel from, before coming onto Gordon’s campus you must ensure that:
Please note that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may adjust which states are considered to be lower-risk, so we encourage all families to consider the possibility that their state might later be classified as a higher-risk state when making their plans. Monitor which states are currently considered to be higher-risk ➔
Students traveling from lower-risk states should follow the original guidance issued by the College to have a COVID-19 diagnostic test—and receive a negative result—within the 14 days leading up to their return to campus or schedule an on-campus test and depart campus until the results are received. See details below on the on-campus testing option and how to submit your negative test result.
Parents traveling into MA from lower-risk states do not need to be tested or quarantined.
Please note that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may adjust which states are restricted, so we encourage all families to consider the possibility that their state might later be classified as a higher-risk state when making their plans. Monitor which states are currently considered to be higher-risk ➔
Students traveling from “restricted states” (outside the lower-risk states) or internationally should find a testing site close to home that will give a result for a PCR test within 72 hours. Please note that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will only accept a PCR test to qualify for this quarantine exemption. If you are coming to campus from one of these restricted states, there are three viable options (as detailed in the governor’s August 1 travel order). Each option requires completing the MA travel form:
Parents traveling into MA from “restricted states” and leaving the same day (not staying in MA overnight) are exempt from the travel order requirements and do not need to be tested or quarantined. Those planning to stay overnight will need to be tested and receive a negative result within the 72 hours prior to arrival in MA, or get tested upon arrival and quarantine until results are received. On-campus testing and quarantine are not available for parents—please contact one of these local sites to schedule a test and to verify the time it takes to get results.
Gordon has also negotiated discount rates with three Marriott hotels in the area (Boston Marriott Peabody, TownPlace Suites by Marriott an Courtyard by Marriott) who can meet certain state requirements for a mandated traveler quarantine, such as food delivery to rooms. See here for details, and a complete list of recommended hotels.
As a reminder—all students expecting to reside or take classes on campus this fall need to present hard-copy confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test—one which meets the guidelines outlined in this web page—prior to arriving on campus. (See below for details on how to submit your test results.)
In addition to this initial round of testing before students return to campus, the College will facilitate a second test (at no cost to students), to be completed on campus the week after classes resume. This will help the College identify any individuals who may have come into contact with COVID-19 during travel to campus.
For students who wish to take their initial test on campus prior to move-in and for additional testing throughout the fall semester, Gordon has partnered with MIT’s Broad Institute to conduct on-campus COVID-19 PCR testing. In this test, samples are obtained via anterior nares collection (like a Q-tip, through the front of nose). On average, the collection process is expected to take two or three minutes per person.
Negative results will be available to the participant and physician via a CareEvolve portal and automatic email. Positive results will also be sent to the state, per state guidelines.
The College will have testing on campus available on these dates and within the listed windows of time. These tests are first-come, first-served so there is no need to schedule a specific appointment. Students who had already indicated their intent to test on campus (rather than on their own) and gave us their preference for a certain day should plan to attend on that day. However, if you were unable to obtain a test at home or changed your plan, these windows do not require an appointment and you should attend to obtain a test and follow the protocols below.
ON-CAMPUS PRE-TESTING DATES AND TIMES (location: A. J. Gordon Chapel)
TESTING PREP AND PROTOCOLS
The College is only able to accept a hard copy (paper copy rather than electronic) documentation of a negative COVID-19 test.
If a student tests positive before returning to campus, they should not come to campus and should notify Student Life (StudentLife@Gordon.edu). Student Life will help make sure that your academic advisor and the Health Center are notified. The Health Center will then work with students to make plans for appropriate next steps.
Per the Food and Drug Administration, there are two different types of tests: diagnostic tests and antibody tests.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires a PCR test for anyone coming from “restricted states” (see above). The College will accept either type of diagnostic test (PCR or antigen) for students coming from states designated as lower-risk by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. However, because the states considered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be higher-risk (“restricted states”) may change, we encourage all students to take a PCR test rather than an antigen test where possible.