Every employee, every faculty member, every student, and every visitor to our campus will play a role in WPI’s success in adapting to a new way of learning, working, and interacting. Until there is a reliable vaccine, we all must continue to follow the health and behavior guidelines from our local, state, and federal public health partners.
All members of the WPI community (students, faculty, and staff) will be required to do a few things before returning to campus—from online educational training about COVID-19 to pre-arrival testing and potentially even quarantining if they’re from outside the region—in addition to adopting new health behaviors and other best practices to prevent spread of the virus.
Face Coverings Required on Campus
Cloth face coverings are required in all spaces on campus and are especially important when physical distancing of 6 feet is not possible or when you are in a shared or close space (e.g., conference rooms, common areas, kitchenettes, hallways, stairwells, elevators, restrooms, control rooms, and WPI-owned vehicles). You are not required to wear a cloth face covering if you are sitting alone in a private office or residence, or if you have a medical condition or there are other reasons wearing one is unsafe.
Students, faculty, and staff should always ensure social distancing of 6 feet or more between themselves and others on campus. Building-specific signage (including elevator limits, one-way hallways and stair wells, and restroom limits) along with reconfigured workspaces, classrooms, offices, and common spaces will help facilitate appropriate physical social distancing on campus.
- To limit occasions of incidental contact, we suggest that employees bring meals from home for the foreseeable future.
As we resume our on-campus work, employees should continue to host meetings virtually. On the rare occasion that a meeting must be conducted in-person, the number of attendees must be limited to no more than 10 people and attendees must sit at least 6 feet apart, with all participants wearing cloth face coverings. Others can join the meeting virtually.
WPI is implementing a COVID-19 testing protocol that will require all students, faculty, staff, and contract workers to be tested before they come back to campus and/or when they arrive on campus. Pre-arrival testing is mandatory for students before they move in to residence halls or fraternity/sorority houses. WPI also will conduct ongoing routine testing, as well as symptomatic testing and symptom tracking. See the WPI Testing Protocols page for details.
Required Health Monitoring
You will be expected to conduct a daily self-check of your symptoms prior to coming to campus. WPI is adding a symptom tracker to the WPI Mobile App to make it easy and quick for community members to monitor and report any symptoms. The App should be ready by mid-August. Meanwhile, we’re following a simple two-step process for tracking:
(1) Review COVID-19 symptoms and take your temperature. If you have no symptoms and no fever, you may come to campus.
(2) If you have a fever or any symptoms, contact WPI Health Services.
Each of us has a role to play in keeping the WPI community safe. All students, faculty, and staff working and learning on campus are expected to follow these guidelines, including personal health practices. Because the risk of virus exposure occurs outside of the workplace as well, we encourage you to continue practices, such as thorough cleaning, hand washing, social distancing, and wearing cloth face coverings, to limit the chance of virus exposure when at home or away from campus. This is absolutely critical to protect the health and safety of our community.
Campus Cleaning and Disinfecting Protocols
The WPI Facilities staff cleans and disinfects all campus buildings at least daily and more frequently as needed, focusing on frequently touched surfaces and high-traffic areas, including building entrances, door handles, elevator buttons (inside and outside), classroom/lecture hall desks and tables, etc. Learn more.
Employees are expected to clean and disinfect their own personal workstations and shared spaces (such as conference rooms) between use. WPI will provide cleaning supplies for each workplace in centralized locations. You are encouraged to wipe down your workstation or shared space at the start and end of every work shift or organized activity. Frequently cleaning surfaces and objects touched by multiple people (e.g., tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, touch screens, equipment, screens, computer keyboards and mice, phones, printers/copiers, coffee makers) is important. It is helpful to keep a checklist of the surfaces and items to clean, to avoid skipping anything.
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 Employee Toolkit offers information employees can use to answer a range of questions.
Additional adjustments to our reopening plan and operations may be needed based on updated guidance and public health trends. We recommend you check back regularly for the latest updates.