Fall 2022
Covid Response Recommendations

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Elms College is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health. We continue to monitor the information and work to provide a safe, positive environment for students. We will publish regular updates as necessary. Elms College requires students to be fully vaccinated.

Masking will be optional on campus except in the Health Center, Counseling Center and Athletic Training Office where masking will remain mandatory. A mask will be required if positive for COVID per CDC Guidelines.

Guests in residence halls, events and programs will all be allowed and return to pre-pandemic policies.

Addressing student COVID positive cases
The Health Center will track positive cases that are reported.

COVID Vaccine Requirement

  • Elms College requires primary series and strongly recommends the booster vaccine
  • Students should send a screenshot of the completed vaccine card to healthcenter@elms.edu


  • No required pre-arrival testing
  • No required surveillance testing
  • Testing for students will be available in the Health Center for symptomatic individuals and exposures
  • Rapid antigen tests will be used
  • If the PCR test is needed the student will complete a self-administered test in the health center.
    PCR tests will be done through Broad Institute
  • Athletes- No required surveillance testing
  • Nursing students do not have any regular required testing
  • Contact tracing for residential and commuter students will be done by the student. Students will be instructed to inform any close contacts. Staff and Faculty exposure or positive tests will be addressed through human resources
  • Quarantine is no longer required per CDC Guidelines

  • Minimum 5-day isolation required for anyone who tests positive, then mask days 6-10
  • Residential students will be required to go home to isolate; if they cannot return home three isolation beds are available in Casino Ave house
  • Students in isolation will be allowed to go to the dining hall to obtain meals but must eat in the isolation space, not in the public spaces. A well fitted mask must be worn around others at all times when obtaining food
  • Students walking to the dining hall from Casino Ave at night can request public safety to escort them
  • The Health Center, Counseling Center staff will do outreach to the students in isolation

  • If exposed, wear a mask immediately
  • No quarantine required but don’t go anywhere that you are unable to wear a mask
  • Watch for symptoms- if symptoms develop, get tested and isolate immediately until result is received
  • Get tested on Day 6. If negative, continue precautions through Day 10

Visit What you need to know about COVID-19 in Massachusetts for updates and information.
Visit COVID-19 Response Reporting for the Massachusetts COVID-19 response.
For questions about the college’s COVID-19 testing and response,
please contact the Health Center via email at healthcenter@elms.edu.