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Moving Toward a Better Normal 




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This fall, WPI is returning to in-person learning, living, teaching, and working—guided, as always, by science and data. As we move forward together, we must continue to observe health and safety protocols to keep ourselves—and in turn, each other—as safe as possible and #ProtecttheHerd.

What You Need to Know Now

These are the latest updates as of September 17, 2021

  • Although cases on campus are slowing, the WPI community must remain vigilant. 

  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19? Look over the Checklist for Employees: I’ve Tested Positive for COVID-19—Now What?

  • If you have any symptoms at all, you must enter them into the Symptom Tracker .

  • If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, refer to the updated Close Contact Guidelines so you know what to do.

  • As of Monday, September 6, 2021, all undergraduate students must test twice per week regardless of vaccination status. Read details here.

  • Due to high volume, our testing partner is temporarily experiencing a slower turnaround time and test results may take 36-48 hours (longer than the 12-24 hour turnaround we were accustomed to.) Please be patient.
  • WPI has expanded our vaccine requirement to include all employees who access campus. The deadline for vaccination is October 11, 2021. Learn more.

Face Coverings/Masks On Campus

Everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a face covering/mask in all WPI buildings and vehicles unless in a private office or living environment; masks are optional in private settings. More details here. Face coverings are required in dining areas except when you are actively consuming food or beverages. For vaccinated individuals in outdoor spaces, face coverings/masks are optional. For unvaccinated individuals, masks are strongly advised if social distancing is not possible. 


Make it a habit to always carry a mask.

WPI's Massachusetts COVID-19 Higher Education Control Plan (PDF) is available.