(Last updated January 13, 2021)
Clark contracts with The Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass. — a nonprofit research institution partnered with Harvard and MIT — that conducts COVID-19 testing for many institutions of higher education in the state. Clark uses Broad for our arrival and in-session testing.
In addition to the pre-arrival testing, all students will be tested upon their arrival on campus. Students (whether they will live on or off campus) will not be allowed to return to campus except on the date of their assignment to do so.
Clark is closely monitoring the rates of infection both in Worcester and Massachusetts. Based on this ever-evolving information, the dates for reopening campus could be delayed as we continually assess our ability to provide a safe setting for students, staff, and faculty.
The arrival testing plan for students is as follows:
- Students will be assigned a date on which they can return to campus and move-in to their residence halls. To maximize campus safety during the move-in process, this date will be based on the residence hall to which students are assigned.
- Because residential students have received their room assignments, unless they are currently working with the Office of Residential Life and Housing to make any changes, the same notice that informs students of their assigned date and time for returning to campus will also confirm the residence hall address to which the student has been assigned.
- In order to best support campus safety and testing efforts, students will not be allowed to return to campus except on the date of their assignment to do so. If students have a strong reason that prevents their returning to campus on their assigned date, we will try to identify an alternative date if possible. When students receive their assigned date for returning, they will also receive information specifying how they can request alternative dates, but such exceptions will only be possible in rare circumstances.
- Students living off campus will need to participate in the pre-arrival testing and also take an arrival test and will not be permitted to come to campus or to participate in classes without following this protocol. More details will follow.
- Students will be expected to self-quarantine on campus (or in their off-campus residence, if applicable) for the short period until their individual test results return. As notification of test results may take up to 24 hours, students should be prepared for this short period of self-quarantining. Via Healthy Clark in the coming weeks, we will add additional information on how students can best be prepared for that self-quarantine.
- Further information about the arrival-testing and move-in protocols will be communicated with the information assigning each student an arrival and move-in date and will at that time be added to the Healthy Clark website.
The testing plan for employees will be similar to the protocol outlined for students.