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Important Health and Testing Updates for C-Term/Spring Semester

Note: This is dated information and may not reflect the current policies in place on campus. Please refer to We Are WPI for the latest information.

January 14, 2021

 This message was sent to all students.

Get ready to return to WPI. Together we will “protect the bubble.”


Residential students: Complete pre-arrival COVID-19 testing on your assigned dates.

Before and after arrival, limit close contacts, wash hands, and practice social distancing.

Plan for Stay-in-Place (Alert Level Yellow) status on campus.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and WPI enhances its efforts to protect our community, there are a number of things you’ll need to do as you prepare to return to campus for the start of C-Term/Spring semester. Please read this message carefully. 

  • Our goal is to carefully repopulate the campus—think of it as our effort to “protect the bubble” where we can all learn, live, work, and thrive. To do this, we need everyone to arrive to campus and complete their COVID-19 testing on their assigned dates. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Be aware of your close contacts.  Limit contact with people outside your household for at least seven days before you arrive to campus. This will help lower your potential exposure to COVID-19 and keep the virus from coming to campus with you.  
  • If you are a residential student, complete your pre-arrival COVID-19 testing by mail or at WPI on your assigned test date. Students arriving from Puerto Rico or places outside the United States will need to get a pre-arrival test on their own. Check MyTechFlex for your assigned test date. Failure to test on your assigned date will prevent you from moving back to campus! 
  • All undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students will be required to complete two PCR COVID-19 onboarding tests at Harrington Auditorium upon arrival to campus. (If you went through onboarding in August 2020, you will notice that this is a new procedure.) Review return-to-campus checklists here. Check MyTechFlex for your assigned testing dates. 
  • When you return to campus, Stay-in-Place (Alert Level Yellow) guidance will be in effect to address current and projected rates of COVID-19 cases in the state, region, and nation until at least February 11, or until our testing, quarantine, and isolation data show that we can return to a less-restrictive status. Classes, labs, and student projects will be conducted remotely for the first two weeks of C-Term/Spring semester, and access to campus will be limited. See President Leshin’s recent email for more information. 
  • Continue to limit your close contacts after you arrive at WPI, which means staying six feet away from others while dining, studying, or doing other activities. When someone tests positive for COVID-19, all their close contacts must quarantine, which is disruptive to individuals and strains the university health system. Limiting close contacts—combined with hand washing and use of face coverings—will help us protect the bubble.

We appreciate your cooperation in this endeavor. If you have questions, please contact