What You Need to Know Now

  • WPI continues a careful reopening based on community needs and our commitment to dedensifying spaces. Designated departments and divisions are referred to as Pathway groups, some of which have returned to campus. 
  • Employees enrolled in Tufts Health Plan have access to the no-cost Tufts' Teladoc Virtual Health Services which can help you get screened for COVID-19. 
  • Testing protocol will require every student, faculty member, employee, and contract worker to be tested before they come back to campus. Read Information About COVID-19 Testing at WPI (PDF) for more complete information. Your Broad Institute test results will come in an email from CareEvolve.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting will focus especially on high-touch and high-traffic areas. A combination of cleaning efforts and personal behaviors will support cleanliness on campus.
  • All WPI-sponsored domestic and international travel is canceled until future notice. Personal domestic and international travel at this time is strongly discouraged.

 

Work Together to Stay Together

As WPI continues resuming on-campus operations and activities with careful and measured processes, the Division of Talent & Inclusion is taking steps to support community members in feeling confident as they adjust to the new normal.

Our principles are grounded in our commitment to create a safe workplace that is informed by global health agencies and experts, local research and medical partners, and input from employees to define our actions and approaches to help reduce the risk of the coronavirus in the workplace and create the most productive working environment. 

The university will continue to provide updates as we all transition through the many phases of recovery and the changes this requires in a new workplace environment. Our actions will be deliberate, intentional, and responsive. We will provide the necessary training, education, and supplies to help everyone on WPI’s campus uphold the highest safety standards.

We will all face the new normal by doing the right thing as a community. WPI has many resources to help employees continue their work and come together again to teach students, conduct research, and move forward as a university.

Return to Work

As the campus begins to open, these resources will answer questions about returning to work.

Employee Toolkit

Many resources are available to help employees find the most accurate and updated information about returning to work, testing protocols, and what to do if you think you've been exposed to or have COVID-19. The following PDFs offer information employees can use to answer a range of questions.

Information About COVID-19 Testing at WPI (PDF)

Routine Testing Process Overview

How to Register for Your Broad Institute Account

For Employees: A Checklist for Before Going Back to Work

I’ve Been in Close Contact with Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID-19

What Employees Need to Do for the Back-to-Work New Normal

Checklist for Employees: I’ve Tested Positive for COVID-19—Now What?

 

What We're Doing Now

As WPI begins to reopen campus, there are many factors to consider. Read more about what we're doing to minimize virus transmission.

Remote Work/Telework 

Employees who can effectively work remotely will continue to do so, unless otherwise notified by their supervisor. Other remote work arrangements can be discussed with and approved by the employee’s immediate supervisor and can be managed on a full or partial day/week schedule as appropriate and with flexibility for caregiving challenges. Employees working remotely somewhere other than their permanent residence designated in Workday are asked to update their address in Workday as soon as possible; no additional approvals or forms are required. 

Managing Childcare and Other Family Needs

Juggling the needs of family and personal responsibilities with work is challenging under the best circumstances, but especially difficult during a pandemic. WPI supports the need for flexibility right now as employees try to navigate childcare, family needs, and the important work they do at WPI. To that end, academic department heads and administrative supervisors and managers will work with their teams in support of flexible work options that will meet the needs of individuals and the division or department functions and goals. Read more about WPI's statement on supporting employees with a flexible approach.

Continuing Support for Managers                                         

Additional guidance for managers (login required) is available. 

Continuing Support for Employees                              

Employees seeking additional counseling or coaching support can access WPI’s confidential Employee Assistance Program free of charge. 

                                                           

Accommodations Support 

If you have a disability or an underlying health condition, or live with someone with an underlying health condition, and you believe you are at risk coming to campus for work, contact the Division of Talent & Inclusion (email).

Department Reopening Plans

Each department will submit a plan for reopening. Return Plans Due Dates and Approval Dates are found on the Pathways schedule

New Academic Calendar 

The 2020-21 academic year has been adjusted with new calendar dates. 

Health and Safety 

Find more information about health and behavior guidelines to reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus. Please refer to WPI Employee Benefits & Policies Manual for official university policies or email any specific employee-related questions to talent@wpi.edu or call 508-831-5470. 

Daily Symptom Checking (Updated 8/21/20)

Everyone coming to campus will be expected to conduct a daily self-check of their symptoms prior to coming to campus by reviewing the symptoms listed below, taking your temperature, and reporting both in the WPI Symptom Tracker

If you have any of the symptoms listed below, do not come to campus, and get in touch with your physician. Employees enrolled in Tufts Health Plan may choose to use the no-cost Tufts' Teladoc Virtual Health Services which can help you get screened for COVID-19. Our understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve. People with COVID-19 have shown a wide range of symptoms, including but not limited to:
• Fever (temperature greater than 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit)
• Chills
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fatigue
• Muscle or body aches
• Headache
• New loss of taste or smell
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea

This list is not comprehensive; please refer to the CDC’s website for the complete list of symptoms.

Face Coverings and Testing Expectations

With the health, safety and well-being of the WPI community top-of-mind, and in accordance with public health guidelines, WPI is requiring employees to follow safety protocols, including practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings. Continued failure to follow the guidelines could be deemed a performance issue. Missing three consecutive scheduled COVID-19 tests will result in the loss of campus access. 

WPI Emergency Assistance Fund 

Employees who have unexpected, urgent financial needs due to the unforeseen events around COVID-19 can apply for one-time, emergency assistance

Building Access

As the campus begins to reopen, there may be different building entrance processes. Read about campus operations including building access.