Fall 2021 Announcements
We are looking forward to welcoming most of you to campus next week.
As you are traveling to the area, we are writing to remind you of essential arrival information (you will not be able to access campus if you are not in compliance!) and to update you on new procedures for quarantine and isolation.
Please read the following sections carefully and contact us promptly if you have any questions or concerns at the email listed below:
- Arrival Testing
- Mandatory COVID meeting attendance
- Masking Requirements
- Quarantine and Isolation policies
- What to do if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19
1. ARRIVAL TESTING (required for campus access)
All students must complete arrival testing at Tufts prior to accessing campus for the semester. This includes students who have tested over the summer.
The Gantcher Center (located at 161 College Avenue) will be open for arrival testing during the weeks of August 23 and 30. Please see the Testing Calendar for up-to-date testing site hours. You may complete your arrival testing any day that the site is open except August 29, September 1, and September 5. Please plan accordingly, keeping these dates in mind.
You do not need to sign up for a test, you can simply walk into the testing center; however, please plan for sufficient time as you may need to wait depending upon the number of students seeking testing on any given day.
- Students who are not fully vaccinated should plan to get tested as soon as they arrive in the area. You must complete a 7-day quarantine upon arrival to campus and cannot access campus except for COVID-19 testing until the quarantine is complete.
- Fully vaccinated students should plan to get tested at least two hours prior to when you need to be on campus. When you arrive at the testing center, you will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test, the results of which will be known within 30 minutes. If you test negative, you can go about your on-campus activities, and begin your weekly COVID-19 routine testing program within 3 to 4 days.
- All students should plan to take their arrival test no later than September 4. If for some reason. you require testing after September 4, you will be able to do so at 62R Talbot Avenue beginning September 6.
- For additional detailed information on arrival testing and quarantine, review the “School of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering/ SMFA at Tufts/ The Fletcher School” and “Arrival Quarantine Instructions” section of the Student Arrival Testing webpage.
2. MANDATORY COVID PROTOCOLS MEETING (AUG 30 OR SEPT 2)
Please remember that all on campus students must attend the COVID Protocols meeting either on Monday, August 30 at 3pm (incoming students) or Thursday, September 2 at 4pm (returning students). The meetings will be in ASEAN Auditorium and livestreamed via a link found on the Orientation App or on myFletcher.
Tufts requires that all students, including vaccinated students, continue to wear masks indoors, except when eating. Masks will be available free of charge for all community members at various locations around campus. You are encouraged to replace disposable masks or to wash cloth masks daily in order to minimize the spread of bacteria.
4.QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION:
If you test positive while at Tufts
- If you live off campus, you will need to isolate for 10 days in your home or apartment. You will need to plan to make your own arrangements for having food or meals delivered during your period of isolation, and you are asked not to leave your apartment unless you need to seek medical care. You will be able to return to in-person campus activities after Health Service medical staff have cleared you to end isolation. If you have any medical questions, you are asked to contact Tufts Health Service.
- If you have campus housing and test positive for COVID-19, you will need to isolate for 10 days in the Mods (our modular housing designed to house students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19). You will receive medical consultation and monitoring from staff at Tufts Health Service. You can request that food be delivered to you from Dining Services during your period of isolation by using the Transact Mobile App and select Dining2YOU. You will be able to return to in-person campus activities after you have been medically cleared to end isolation.
If you are exposed to someone who has COVID-19
If you are informed by a contact tracer that you have been exposed to a person who has COVID-19 you will be advised to do the following:
- If you are fully vaccinated: You do not need to quarantine; however, you will receive specific guidance on testing because your testing frequency will increase during the 2 weeks following the exposure. You also will need to monitor your health closely and report any symptoms to Tufts Health Service.
- If you are not fully vaccinated: You will need to quarantine and separate yourself from others while you closely monitor your health. Quarantine may take place in your usual residence or if you live on campus, you may be required to move into the Mods if you have a roommate. You will be advised to test more frequently after the exposure and Health Service staff will inform you when it is safe for you to leave quarantine.
As you prepare to arrive, please feel comfortable knowing that every measure has been taken by the University and by the school, in collaboration together, with guidance from the CDC and our state and local officials, to ensure the safety of the campus for your arrival and for your ongoing well-being in the days ahead.
It is our top priority to safeguard your health and that of your classmates and fellow community members. We want to ensure that you feel that you have access to the information, tools and resources needed to keep yourself safe and healthy once you arrive on campus, and to do your part to keep others safe.
We appreciate your cooperation to take responsibility for your own compliance with all of the necessary steps associated with your return to campus. The effort to keep our community healthy in the coming days and weeks is a collective one, so thank you in advance.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time before or after your arrival with questions or concerns. The best way to reach us is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; we will be monitoring that email regularly throughout the next several weeks and are prepared to respond in real time to assist you.
- Arrival testing and quarantine questions: https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/student-arrival-testing
- General testing questions: https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/testing-at-tufts
- Guide to scheduling your tests via SMS: https://it.tufts.edu/guides/sms-covid-19-test-scheduling
- COVID-19 campus protocols: https://coronavirus.tufts.edu/healthy-at-tufts
- Questions about testing at Tufts: COVIDTesting@tufts.edu
- Other questions: FletcherStudentAffairs@tufts.edu
Maribel Blanco, Executive Associate Dean
Katie Mulroy, Director of Student Affairs
Previous Fall 2021 Announcements
Arrival Testing & Campus Access: Important Information
Please see below for important information on campus access for the fall and arrival testing.
All students who will access campus during the fall semester must complete arrival testing, including students who have tested over the summer. Students who are not taking the Strategic Management Pre-Session course or living on campus, have several options to choose from for their campus arrival. Students living on campus or participating in Pre-Session will receive arrival test information separately.
Arrival Test Dates
The Gantcher Center is available for arrival testing the weeks of August 16, August 23, and August 30 during all weekdays with the exception of August 29 and September 1. You do not need to sign up for a test; you can simply walk into the testing center. Please note that many students will be arriving on campus during this period, especially during the week of August 30. You should plan ample time to receive your arrival test.
Students participating in Orientation/ Re-Orientation must take their arrival test no later than August 27. All students should plan to take their arrival test by September 3. However, you will still be able to complete your arrival testing after September 3 at 62R Talbot if necessary.
Students Not Fully Vaccinated
If you are not fully vaccinated by your arrival date, you will be required to arrive early and complete a 7-day quarantine. This includes students who receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption for medical or religious reasons. You are fully vaccinated 14 days after your second dose of a two-shot vaccine (such as the Pfizer vaccine) or your first dose of a one-shot vaccine (such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
Unvaccinated arrivals should plan to get tested as soon as they arrive in the area. You will then enter quarantine, returning to campus to take another test 3-5 days later. If both of these tests are negative, you will be able to leave quarantine on day 8 and begin your weekly testing. Students who need a vaccination will receive information about how to register for a Tufts vaccine clinic.
Fully Vaccinated Students
When you arrive, you will be required to take a rapid COVID antigen test, the results of which will be known within 30 minutes. If you test negative, you can go about your on-campus activities, and begin your weekly COVID-19 routine testing program within 3 to 4 days. If you test positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days in your off-campus apartment or in the Mods. You will be put in touch with a clinician from Tufts Health Service, who will provide medical advice and monitoring.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact FletcherStudentAffairs@tufts.edu.
Katie Mulroy, Director of Student Affairs
Fall Arrival, Vaccines, and COVID Protocols
I hope that your summer is going well thus far. It has been a hot week here in Boston! We are writing today to share preliminary information about Fall semester arrival and campus life.
Last week, the University revised its COVID-19 safety protocols. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with them and to visit the Tufts coronavirus website before coming to campus. The website will always be your best source for current information. Circumstances and guidance could change over the summer and we want you to be aware of this possibility.
Students returning to campus should expect to arrive on campus for their first COVID-19 test the week of August 30, unless you are volunteering at Orientation (in which case you will likely onboard August 26 or 27) or are participating in Pre-Session (in which case you will take your first test August 11 or 13). Classes begin on Tuesday, September 7.
When you arrive, you will be required to take a rapid COVID test, results of which will be known within 30 minutes. If you test negative, you can go about your activities and begin your weekly COVID-19 routine testing program within 3 to 4 days. If you test positive, you need to isolate for 10 days in your off-campus apartment or in the Mods. You will be put in touch with a clinician from Tufts Health Service who will follow your case and can provide medical advice and monitoring.
Any student arriving from an international location who is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon arrival to campus will be required by state and local health regulations to quarantine for 10 days or if they receive a negative test 3-5 days after travel, they may leave quarantine after a full 7 days. You are fully vaccinated 14 days after your second dose of a two-shot vaccine or your first dose of a one-shot vaccine such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
You will receive more information about campus arrival later in the summer.
All in-person students are required to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have a medical or religious exemption. We encourage you to get vaccinated now and upload your proof of vaccination to our secure Patient Portal. The deadline to submit your records is July 1. If you are receiving your final vaccine after July 1, you should submit your records as soon as possible after July 1.
International students are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 now, if possible. However, if you are unable to get the vaccine prior to arriving in the US, Tufts will assist you in meeting this requirement shortly after you arrive on campus. We will issue further information on signing up for vaccines later in the summer. Current guidance requires 7-10 days of arrival quarantine for unvaccinated international arrivals to the US (see above).
All vaccines approved by another country or the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted as meeting Tufts’ requirement for vaccination. Individuals who have received a non-WHO approved vaccine may be offered one approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Wearing face masks will be required when you are indoors, including classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, dining halls, and residences. Within your off campus apartment or residence hall, face masks must be worn in communal areas such as lounges, kitchens, and hallways. Masks are not required outdoors.
While outdoor dining will be encouraged in the Fall, we anticipate all of our campus dining locations will be fully operational.
Student organizations and student groups will be able to conduct meetings and events in person. Indoor music activities must be done with appropriate, instrument-specific PPE (e.g., masks for singers; masks for wind and brass instrument players; reed instrument bags; etc.).
Katie Mulroy, Director of Student Affairs
Maribel Blanco, Executive Associate Dean