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Vacation Times and COVID-19 Testing Compliance 

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.

May 20, 2021

As you begin to make summer vacation plans, here's some information about how to remain in compliance with WPI’s COVID-19 testing program. All employees working on campus this summer must test once per week—we ask that you follow these guidelines as of June 1:

Vacations of 14 days or less
If you’re currently in the testing program and your vacation time will take you out of the testing schedule for fewer than 14 days, you may simply resume your normal testing cadence upon your return. 

  • Please schedule your testing appointments before you leave and keep your regular routine appointments when you return.
  • This applies to employees regardless of vaccination status.

Vacations of 15 days or more

  • If you are fully vaccinated and have entered your vaccination information into Workday, you may simply come back to campus and get tested the day you return. You do not need work from home while awaiting results.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to complete onboard testing before you return to working on campus. Contact Jennifer Russell, COVID Data Coordinator for Talent & Inclusion, to sign waivers and begin the testing and training process. 
    • Before leaving for vacation, schedule two testing appointments, four days apart, immediately following your return. After the first test, go home to work remotely until you receive a negative test result. When you have received that negative test result, you may resume working on campus while waiting for the second test result.
  • If you are not approved to work remotely, you’ll need to include your onboarding days as vacation days to wait at home for your test results before returning to campus.  

If you are a faculty member and plan to work remotely all summer, please let Talent & Inclusion know so the department can change your status from on-campus to fully remote so you do not receive testing noncompliance emails. 

If you will miss a scheduled testing appointment due to vacation or travel, please notify Jennifer Russell about your absence.