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Clark Pre-arrival Protocol for Students

NOTE: In early June, a Massachusetts task force submitted recommendations for testing by higher education institutions. The testing protocol below is subject to revision based on the task force recommendations.

University Pre-arrival Testing and Training Expectations

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

Before returning to campus, all students will be required to complete a safety protocol Moodle webinar. The webinar will include guidelines for keeping individuals and the community safe from the spread of the virus, our expectations of all students, and directives to help students remain aware of their own potential COVID-19 symptoms.

Students who will reside on campus

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

  • For the 14 days prior to their anticipated arrival on campus, all students intending to reside in Clark University residence halls and housing will be required to maintain a daily health check record.
  • On the day of their arrival to campus, all students intending to reside in Clark University residence halls and housing will be tested for COVID-19. Students will be advised to minimize contact with others until test results arrive. Based on the daily capacity to complete testing, the University will stage daily testing and assign campus arrival dates to students accordingly.

What if I test positive or have symptoms prior to arriving on campus?

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

  • A student with symptoms or a positive test result in the 14 days prior to arriving on campus will be directed to delay their arrival to Clark University, to follow CDC protocols, to keep the University informed on their health progress, and to consult with the University before returning to campus.
  • Students displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or who have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case within the 14-day period prior to arriving on campus, will be asked to complete a (PCR) COVID-19 test in their home community (if available) prior to traveling to Clark University.

Students who live/will live off campus

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

  • All students residing off campus will be tested for COVID-19 prior to participating in classes or other campus activities.
  • Students already living in the neighborhood over the summer will be tested prior to the arrival of new students.

What if I live off campus and test positive or have symptoms prior to the beginning of classes?

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

  • A student living off campus who has symptoms or a positive test result in the 14 days prior to the arrival of students for the semester will self-isolate either at their off-campus residence or at their permanent home if that is in driving distance.

Pre-arrival Protocol for Employees

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

  • Before returning to campus, all faculty and staff will be required to complete safety protocol training through Moodle. The training will guide them on changes to the physical workplace and expectations of all employees.
  • All employees will be directed to complete a daily self-check for any symptoms of COVID-19. They will not be allowed to work on campus if they display any of these symptoms.

When will testing of employees begin?

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

Prior to reopening residence halls and commencing in-person classes, all faculty and staff will be tested for COVID-19. This testing will be staged over multiple weeks as the University moves toward and through the start of in-person classes.

What if I test positive?

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

Any employee testing positive will be directed to self-isolate at home and not to return to campus until cleared to do so by the Department of Public Health.

Staged return of employees

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

Employees will return to work in stages. Departments that require a campus presence to complete their work or rely heavily on Clark resources (e.g., technology, printing, access to mail) will be prioritized.

Department and employee planning

(Last updated June 10, 2020)

  • Return-to-work plans: Prior to employees returning to work, each department must submit a return-to-work plan consistent with Massachusetts guidelines for offices, including work schedules, shared spaces, and protocols for interactions with students/constituents. Human Resources will provide departments with guidelines for these plans. Employees whose jobs can only be done on campus should return to work once their department plan has been approved.
  • Essential services: Employees whose positions are designated as essential will continue to be required to work on campus.
  • Employees preferring to work on campus: Employees for whom returning to work is preferable to working from home for various reasons (e.g., privacy, access to technology, mental health) will be welcome to return to Clark provided they continue to follow the appropriate health and safety guidelines.
  • Situational accommodations: Wherever possible, the University will seek to accommodate a variety of situations, including childcare challenges and the need to care for other family members. All accommodations are subject to prior approval by Human Resources and are not guaranteed.
  • Working from home: Employees whose jobs can be performed remotely will be encouraged to continue working from home or to consider a staggered schedule — for instance, working from home or from the office on alternate days. Such measures will help reduce the number of employees on campus on any given day.
  • Alternative work arrangements: Employees who are at higher risk for serious health impacts from COVID-19 will receive priority for alternative work arrangements, such as working remotely.