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MassArt has provided regular, ongoing testing for the MassArt community since August 2020 and will continue through Fall 2021 through the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a nonprofit academic research institution based in Cambridge, MA. Connecting more than 4,000 scientists across MIT, Harvard, and Harvard hospitals, Broad aims to improve human health by using genomics to advance our understanding of the biology and treatment of human disease, and to help lay the groundwork for a new generation of therapies.


This is the testing frequency we will start the semester with; however, this frequency will be updated as needed to follow evolving public health best practices and recommendations. 

All community members are required to obtain a re-entry test for the first time they arrive on campus for the fall. 

ONGOING TESTING FREQUENCY Twice a
Week
Weekly Every
2 Weeks
No Ongoing
Testing
Students        
Resident Assistants    X  
Resident Students   X    
Students living off campus     X  
Unvaccinated students who have provided sufficient
documentation for medical or religious exemption
X        
Students who are 100% remote
and will not access campus
      X
Employees        
Resident Directors   X    
Employees working on campus     X  

Unvaccinated employees 

X      

Employees accessing the campus for visits less than 1 hour:*

  • To pick up a library book or materials from an office or studio

  • To get your ID

  • To visit Tech Central

      X

Employees who are 100% remote and will not access campus

      X

*A "day" on campus = over 1 hour spent on campus.

*Off-campus and commuting students who are included in the ongoing testing program (see below) may schedule their initial test; the date of the test should be within 2-3 days of when you expect to be on campus for the first time. After that, students should continue to schedule testing every other week through the Co-Verified app.


testing frequency

The testing frequency outlined above will be in place for the foreseeable future, but may change if public health advice warrants. All students, faculty and staff accessing campus regularly will be required to have regular testing at the frequency specified above. All community members will need to abide by our measures of health and safety including, but not limited to: daily symptom tracking, wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, and physical distancing.

ACCESSING CAMPUS

All community members will need to abide by our measures of health and safety, including but not limited to:

  • daily symptom tracking
  • wearing a mask
  • frequent hand washing
  • physical distancing

View the animation above by Zoé Gillette '19 BFA Animation and Faculty Jordan Awan to review the necessary steps to access campus. 


Co-Verified: COVID-19 Campus Tool

MassArt is partnering with CoVerified to schedule on-campus testing, view test results, as well as symptom tracking and contact tracing. All students and employees will need to use the Co-Verified app to access the campus. 

    • Only those who are without any symptoms will be given access to campus. On campus, everyone must wear a mask, sanitize hands, and practice physical distancing.
    • Community members who log positive symptoms for COVID-19 (Fever, loss of smell/taste, feelings of exhaustion, etc.) will be encouraged to connect with a healthcare provider who may recommend testing, and will not be allowed to access campus.

      We'd like all of our community members to complete the symptom tracking every morning in Co-Verified; even if you won't be accessing campus that day. It's a great habit to get into so you don't forget on days you will be accessing campus and it never hurts to assess how you are feeling.

      Please note: you know your body best. For example, if you have seasonal allergies that cause headaches regularly and you know that's what your headache is from, don't mark it on the symptom tracker or you won't be able to access campus. If you have a headache that is unrelated to your allergies or feels different than usual, then you should note it in the symptom tracker.
    • CoVerified mobile apps are available for Apple and Android Devices as well as via internet browser. Sign in with your MassArt email address (e.g., mynetid@massart.edu) and password. See the CoVerified tutorial for more information. If you experience any problems with CoVerified, please submit issues directly to their support team.

      Please note: CoVerified was developed in April to address the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked with the vendor to ensure that the platform and the apps work, however, users are bound to encounter unexpected issues as we pioneer the use of this important technology. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated.

CONTACT

In addition to new cleaning measures, new equipment to enhance sanitization and disinfection of spaces, MassArt's Director of COVID-19 Operations, Madison Rivard coordinates our internal COVID-19 response. Madison is the COVID-focused MassArt point person for testing initiatives, the Colleges of the Fenway (COF)/US Healthy Work (USHW) coalition, Student Health Center, Office of Human Resource, Office of Housing and Residence Life, and other MassArt leaders to ensure smooth interactions and clear communications. The director also leads MassArt's internal contact tracing program and oversees all health and safety protocols. 

Thanks for doing your part to keep the MassArt community safe! Please email any questions to us at covid@massart.edu