By Currier Times Staff///
Curry’s Covid mask mandate will officially end on Monday, March 14th, according to an email sent to the Curry community by interim Human Resources director, Diane Tucker.
More than two years after Covid was first discovered, and people around the world had to isolate–and wear masks–the news comes as a relief to many.
Masks will be optional for those fully vaccinated and boosted, including students, faculty and staff. Masks will still be required in certain scenarios including at Health Services, The Covid Clinic, and Curry transportation systems.
Next week is Spring Break, but when students return to campus, they will be required to do surveillance testing for two weeks.
Looking further, the college stated they will return to 100% capacity for large campus spaces that host events.
Here is the full email:
“Looking ahead to the March break, we are happy to share that the College is in a position to relax COVID-19 protocols beginning on Monday, March 14, based on recent updates from the CDC, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Town of Milton; current public health information about expected trends relating to the virus; and Curry’s high vaccination rates. Read below for important updates and resources as we move forward and also maintain a healthy and safe campus this spring semester.
NEW: ON CAMPUS MASKING PROTOCOLS
Effective Monday, March 14, vaccinated and boostered students, faculty, and staff will no longer be required to wear masks when inside campus buildings except in designated areas such as Health Services, the COVID Clinic, and the Curry Transportation Shuttle. Any student, faculty, or staff member who feels more comfortable wearing face coverings should feel free to do so. Surgical masks will continue to be provided and stocked in all classrooms, and throughout campus.
Masks remain a requirement for:
- Those not up-to-date on vaccinations.
- Members of the community with an approved and/or pending vaccination exemptions.
- Ten full days after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis (as well as compliance with isolation protocols).
- Close contacts of a COVID-19 exposure, per CDC guidance and Curry protocols.
- Faculty and staff will be notified of students who should remain masked at this time.
- Human Resources will notify department heads of faculty and staff who should remain masked at this time.
On-campus surveillance testing continues for residential students, spring athletes, student teachers, and individuals with medical or religious waivers. The College continues to monitor and test close contacts and symptomatic individuals.
There will be no PCR Testing at Cottage during the week of March 14th. Faculty and staff members with approved waivers or who are not up to date on vaccinations may pick up a rapid test kit from the staff at Cottage.
When students, faculty, and staff return from Spring Break the following will be required or offered:
- We will do surveillance testing for all students in Cottage for two weeks. Every student will need to test once the week of March 21st and the week of March 28th. Further details will be provided.
- Faculty and staff will be offered home kits if they have traveled over break. Test kits will be available in the Cottage to use on their return to campus.
NEW: VISITOR POLICY UPDATE
All of the following are effective on Sunday, March 20:
- Students, faculty, and staff will need to continue showing a “CLEARED” on their CoVerified app when entering the main gate. If your CoVerified app shows “RESTRICTED,” students must call the COVID Clinic to find out what they need to do to be compliant.
- The back gate on Brush Hill Road will re-open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Students, faculty, and staff will need to show a “CLEARED” on their CoVerified app when entering the back gate.
- We will return to 100% capacity for large campus spaces that host events.
- Overnight guests will be allowed in residence halls. Guests will need to register with a link found on the portal in the Public Safety and Residence Life sections.
We will continue to review the latest data and public health advice and update the Curry community as new information or details become available. You may visit Curry.edu/returntocampus at any time for the latest information. Thank you for your continued support of each other and your shared commitment to our success, as together we continue to do our best to help Curry stay healthy.”