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Testing and Safety Requirements

In addition to guidance from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state and city, Wentworth is working with USHealthyWork to advise the University on the intricate planning for a healthy return to campus. Using current scientific and medical knowledge, USHealthyWork provides customized counsel to help guide us through the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for our re-entry to campus.

Surveillance Testing

As of Monday, September 21, we are adjusting to weekly surveillance testing for the on-campus community. The tests will be administered on campus in the University’s Testing Hub and at no cost to members of the community. We believe that this change in increased, routine testing is integral to monitoring for, and mitigating, the risk of COVID-19 transmission and infection.

The following Wentworth community members will be required to participate in Wentworth’s weekly surveillance testing program:

  • Faculty, staff, vendors, and contractors working on campus in any capacity
  • Students living on campus in a residence hall
  • Students commuting to campus from home for classes, on-campus work, and/or athletics
  • Students living/renting in the City of Boston regardless of whether courses are taken on campus or in a fully virtual modality

Students living in residence halls (with the exception of student-athletes) should adhere to the following weekly testing schedule. Student-athletes should continue the current testing schedule by team.

  • Mondays: 610 Huntington
  • Tuesdays: 555 Huntington
  • Wednesdays: Apartments @ 525 and Louis Prang
  • Thursdays: Evans Way/Tudbury
  • Fridays: Baker Hall

Immediately, we ask all members required to participate in weekly surveillance testing to schedule their test for next week via the CoVerified app. While walk-ins are always welcome, in order to assist in reducing wait time for testing, everyone is strongly encouraged to schedule their weekly testing time using the CoVerified app.

Safety and Public Health Measures

To mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection and spread of the disease at Wentworth, we are implementing some critically important safety and public health measures that everyone must follow.

  • Face Coverings and Other Personal Protective Equipment

    The consistent and proper use of face coverings/face masks are integral to our collective safety and public health. Face coverings must be worn in a proper manner, covering the mouth and nose, by everyone, everywhere, and always, with very few exceptions. Exceptions include children under the age of two, persons unable to wear face covering due to certain medical conditions, assigned residence hall bedrooms and suites, while showering, and during pre-approved athletic activities. Students within their assigned bedrooms and suites are highly encouraged to wear face coverings as much as practicable as a public health best practice.

    Students, faculty, staff, contractors, visitors, and other members of the Wentworth community are expected to provide their own face coverings or masks. The University will provide other personal protective equipment in certain campus settings as appropriate due to health and safety needs such as in laboratories. If you are required to wear protective goggles or face shields as part of your employment or while in class, you will be notified by your supervisor or faculty member and will be provided with this equipment. The University can supply a disposable face covering if one is lost or forgotten.  

  • Physical Distancing

    Everyone will be required to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet between themselves and others whenever possible. Interactions that cannot be conducted while maintaining 6 feet of distance should be limited to less than 15 minutes and should include increased personal protective equipment. Exceptions to the policy on physical distancing include roommates and suitemates who are considered a “family unit.” 

  • Personal Hygiene

    The CDC recommends everyday personal hygiene habits that help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone will be expected to follow CDC guidance including:

    • washing hands frequently and thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds)
    • using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not readily available
    • avoiding touching one’s face
    • covering coughs or sneezes with a flexed elbow or a tissue
  • Screening

    Students, faculty, staff, contractors, visitors, and other Wentworth community members living on or coming to campus will need to complete a daily personal health screening questionnaire before leaving an assigned residence space or prior to arrival to campus. In addition to completing the COVID-19 symptoms pre-screening tool, everyone coming to campus or residing on campus will need to take their temperature daily prior to re-entry to check for an elevated body temperature signaling a fever. All members of the community, including residential students, should acquire their own thermometers for their daily individual use; thermometers should not be shared. Those reporting COVID-19 related symptoms or a fever should not come onto campus or leave their assigned residence space until cleared to do so. Potential screening tools are being evaluated and guidelines for daily temperature monitoring are being developed. Once these details are finalized, there will be further updates. 

    An online app, CoVerified, has been developed for daily symptom monitoring as well as scheduling a test and contact tracing. CoVerified is available through the myWentworth app by touching the CoVerified tile. This app is integrated into Wentworth’s systems and uses single sign-on (your Wentworth username and password).

Testing

Wentworth has developed a robust and comprehensive testing approach with the guidance of USHealthy Work and in collaboration with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to provide COVID-19 testing. Wentworth requires all faculty, staff, students, contractors, and vendors coming to campus to participate in the testing program and to execute a consent form allowing test results to be shared with Wentworth.

  • Download CoVerified App

    An online app, CoVerified, has been developed for scheduling a test, daily symptom monitoring, and contact tracing. CoVerified is available through the myWentworth app by touching the CoVerified tile. This app is integrated into Wentworth’s systems and uses single sign-on (your Wentworth username and password)

  • Less Invasive and One-day Turnaround

    Wentworth testing participants will swab their nostrils themselves under observation by trained staff in the designated on-campus testing location. Wentworth is using an anterior nasal swab method. This method is different— and less invasive—than the nasopharyngeal swab, which involves inserting an elongated swab deep into the nose to the upper part of the throat. Having participants swab their own nostrils reduces the risk of infection for healthcare providers, who will not be in close contact with the participants. And, since it is less complex, this will also result in faster sampling.

    The samples taken on campus will be sent to the Broad Institute, and Broad expects to be able to provide test results within 24 hours. Testing conducted for pre-arrival, arrival, onboarding, surveillance, and close contact testing will be conducted on campus in a testing hub trailer located behind Beatty Hall off Ward Street. Symptomatic testing will be conducted at a separate respiratory clinic that will also be located on campus.

  • Student Testing Protocol

    Pre-Arrival Testing

    Students (with the exception noted below) must undergo a viral diagnostic test within three to five days of arrival on campus and must provide Wentworth with documentation of a negative test result before arrival.

    Wentworth will require that pre-arrival testing, at Wentworth’s expense, be administered on campus for students living in residence halls whose permanent home address is within a 50-mile radius of campus, students living in off-campus housing, and commuter students. This testing will take place three to five days before the students’ scheduled arrival on campus.

    Students living in residence halls whose permanent home is outside of the 50-mile radius of campus and who are coming from a lower-risk state as designated by Massachusetts, may either come to campus for a pre-arrival test or they may take a test at home via arrangements made by Wentworth. Mail-in tests provided by Wentworth will not satisfy the three-to-five day requirement, as a result, an arrival test will be required.

    Students living in residence halls coming from a higher-risk state as designated by Massachusetts, must take a pre-arrival test at home via arrangements made by Wentworth. Mail-in tests provided by Wentworth will not satisfy the three to five-day requirement, as a result an arrival test (see below) will be required.

    Pre-arrival test results must be negative for a student to access the Wentworth campus. 

    Students testing positive for COVID-19 or students who do not produce documentation of a negative COVID-19 test will be required to enter Wentworth’s isolation protocol before they return to campus.

    Exception – students taking their coursework entirely via remote learning and not living on campus are not allowed to come to campus; and therefore, they are not required to undergo COVID-19 testing.

    Arrival Testing

    An arrival test will be required of any residential student who receives a pre-arrival test outside the three-to-five day testing requirement. If an arrival test result is positive for COVID-19, the student will be required to enter Wentworth's isolation protocol and to participate in contact tracing efforts, which will be coordinated with public health authorities.

    Onboarding Testing

    Every student will undergo an onboarding test within seven to ten days following arrival on campus provided by Wentworth, at Wentworth’s expense. Students whose onboarding test results are positive for COVID-19 will be required to enter Wentworth’s isolation protocol and to participate in contact tracing efforts, which will be coordinated with public health authorities.

    Surveillance Testing

    Wentworth will conduct weekly surveillance testing of asymptomatic students who participate in activities that may present a higher risk of viral spread. Symptomatic and Close Contact Testing During the fall semester, tests will be administered at Wentworth’s expense for students who present with symptoms related to COVID-19 or if they have been known to be exposed to someone with COVID19.

    Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order Testing

    For students planning to live in residence halls, who are subject to the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order and select to move in early and remain in quarantine while awaiting test results, Wentworth will provide an arrival test upon move-in and surveillance testing at pre-determined intervals through the first two weeks of their arrival on campus. In addition, all students arriving to Massachusetts from areas outside of those listed as a lower-risk state as designated by Massachusetts must complete the online Massachusetts Travel Form upon or prior to arrival in Massachusetts.

  • Faculty, Staff, Contractor Vendor Testing

    Every faculty, staff, contractor, and vendor must undergo a viral diagnostic test within three to five days prior to being scheduled by their supervisor for on-campus presence and must provide Wentworth with documentation of a negative test result before they can re-enter the campus.

    Wentworth will offer pre-arrival testing on campus, at Wentworth’s expense, for every faculty and staff member. This testing will take place three to five days before a faculty or staff member’s scheduled arrival on campus.

    Pre-arrival test results must be negative for faculty and staff to re-enter the Wentworth campus.

    Faculty and staff testing positive for COVID-19 will be required to enter Wentworth’s isolation protocol and to participate in contact tracing efforts, which will be coordinated with public health authorities.

    In accordance with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order, faculty and staff residing in or traveling from any state (or from outside the United States) other than from a lower-risk state as designated by Massachusetts, must comply with the requirements in that order.

    Onboarding Testing

    Every faculty and staff member will receive an onboarding test, provided by Wentworth at its expense, within seven to ten days following re-entry to the campus. Faculty and staff whose onboarding test results are positive for COVID-19 will be required to enter Wentworth’s isolation protocol, leave campus immediately, and participate in contact tracing efforts, which will be coordinated with public health authorities.

    Surveillance Testing

    As of Monday, September 21, Wentworth is adjusting to weekly surveillance testing for faculty, staff and contract vendors working on campus in any capacity. The tests will be administered on campus in the University’s Testing Hub and at no cost to members of the community. All members requiring weekly surveillance testing should schedule their test for next week via the CoVerified app. While walk-ins are always welcome, in order to assist in reducing wait time for testing, everyone is strongly encouraged to schedule their weekly testing time using the CoVerified app.

Tracing

Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to self-report this information to the University. If a member of the Wentworth community tests positive for COVID-19, the University will engage in a contact tracing process in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston Public Health Commission, and/or another state or municipal public health agency. The contact tracing process will identify those who have been in close contact with anyone who has received a positive COVID-19 test and help those individuals take steps for their own health and the health of the community. The University is evaluating contact tracing apps and services. More information will be shared as it is further developed.

Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to self-report this information to the University. If a member of the Wentworth community tests positive for COVID-19, the University will engage in a contact tracing process in cooperation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston Public Health Commission, and/or another state or municipal public health agency. The contact tracing process will identify those who have been in close contact with anyone who has received a positive COVID-19 test and help those individuals take steps for their own health and the health of the community. The CoVerified is also being used for contact tracing.

Quarantine and Isolation

Currently, Massachusetts has a Travel Order for those people traveling into Massachusetts from higher-risk states, with the exception of lower-risk states. Faculty, staff, and students commuting to campus from these states are exempt from this order. Students moving onto campus from higher-risk states will have an COVID-19 test upon arrival and will quarantine until a negative test result is received, usually within 24 hours. Wentworth will continue to revise this policy based on any updated state guidelines.

Quarantine

Members of the Wentworth community who experience COVID-19 symptoms and/or who have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine. The period of self-quarantine will depend upon the testing results for the person and a period of time of continuous symptom monitoring. Non-residential members of the community must quarantine in their residence off campus; residential members of the community must quarantine within their assigned living space. If a residential student tests positive for COVID-19, the student’s roommate and suitemates are considered to have been in close contact and will need to quarantine and follow all quarantine procedures. Residential suites are being treated as “family units.”

Currently, Massachusetts guidelines provide that people traveling into Massachusetts from higher-risk states are advised to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. We will require students, faculty, and staff arriving from states - other than the lower-risk states - to quarantine for 14 days within their home or assigned residential space upon arrival into Massachusetts. Wentworth will continue to revise this policy based on any updated state guidelines.

Isolation

Members of the Wentworth community who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate. According to the CDC (2020), “isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those diagnosed with COVID-19 but not experiencing symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others” (“When You Can Be Around Others”).

Residential Student Isolation Protocol

  • Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) will be required to isolate. Residential students will be required to isolate in specially designated COVID-19 isolation housing on campus.
  • The university will ensure meal, medication, and toiletry delivery for these students.
  • Members of the COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Case Management Team will conduct daily phone check-ins to ensure that students are getting what they need and following self-care guidelines.
  • Any space identified for isolation will provide students with a private room.

Off-Campus/Commuter Student Isolation Protocol

Students living in off-campus apartments/houses who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) will be required to isolate. Students with permanent addresses within 200 miles of campus are strongly encouraged to return to their home to isolate. Students unable to return home will need to isolate in their off-campus apartment/house or may request to isolate in on-campus isolation housing where they will receive care and support as outlined above. Students should call the Wentworth COVID-19 Hotline at (617) 989-4019 to make this request. Commuter students living at home who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) will be required to isolate at home.

Faculty, Staff, and Contractor/Vendor Isolation Protocol

Faculty, staff, contractors, and vendors who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) will be required to isolate at home and contact their primary health care provider.