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WPI Health Services supports all our students, whether they live on or off campus, and will provide support for isolation and quarantining. Students who feel ill should call Health Services at 508-831-5520 or, in an emergency, 911 or WPI Police at 508-831-5555.     

Isolation and Quarantine

While often used interchangeably, the terms “isolation” and “quarantine” refer to two distinct processes that are used to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Isolation separates students, faculty, and staff who either test positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing significant COVID-19 like symptoms from all others. WPI’s isolation protocol will be initiated whenever a student, faculty member, or staff member tests positive – due to symptomatic testing, ongoing routine testing, onboarding testing, or pre-arrival testing. 

Quarantine restricts the movement of students, faculty, and staff who are close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. WPI’s quarantine protocol will be initiated whenever a student, faculty member, or staff member is identified as a close contact by WPI or a local Board of Health.  If someone in quarantine develops COVID-19-like symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, WPI will initiate its isolation protocols.

Travel quarantine restricts the movement of students, faculty, and staff who are complying with the Massachusetts Travel Order.

 

Information for Students

WPI Health Services supports all our students, whether they live on or off campus, and WPI’s Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator will provide support for isolation and quarantining. Students who feel ill should call Health Services at 508-831-5520 or, in an emergency, 911 or WPI Police at 508-831-5555.    

Students in Isolation

Students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be advised by the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator to isolate at home, at their off-campus residence, or at one of the isolation spaces on-campus. Students will remain in isolation until cleared by Health Services or local public health officials in accordance with current Massachusetts guidelines and CDC guidelines on home isolation.

Isolation at Home – Students who test positive will be encouraged to isolate at home if they live within driving distance of campus and isolation at home is a possibility. Students isolating at home will be under the care of their personal physician and will have full remote access to their classes.

Isolation at Off-Campus Residence – Students living off-campus who test positive will isolate in their off-campus residence. Students who are asymptomatic will have periodic phone checks with the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator. Students who are symptomatic will be under the care of Health Services, who will check in on students periodically.  Students will have full remote access to their classes.

Isolation in an Isolation Space on Campus – Students living in the residence halls or fraternity/sorority houses who test positive will isolate in one of the dedicated isolation spaces on campus. The isolation spaces have their own kitchen, bathroom, and in-unit laundry. The Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator will provide isolated students with food delivered through Chartwells, medicine, and other necessary resources and support. Students who are asymptomatic will have periodic phone checks with the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator. Students who are symptomatic will be under the care of Health Services, who will check in on students periodically.

 

Students in Quarantine

Students who are considered “close contacts” will be advised by the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator to quarantine at home, at their off-campus residence, or in their on-campus residence. Students will remain in quarantine until cleared by the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator or local public health officials in accordance with current Massachusetts guidelines and CDC guidelines on home quarantine.

Quarantine at Home – Students will be encouraged to quarantine at home if they live within driving distance of campus and quarantining at home is a possibility. Students quarantining at home will be under the care of their personal physician and will have full remote access to their classes.

Quarantine at Off-Campus Residence – Students living off-campus will quarantine in their off-campus residence. Students who are quarantining will have periodic phone checks with the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator. Students will have full remote access to their classes.

Quarantine in On-Campus Residence – Students living in the residence halls or fraternity/sorority houses will quarantine in their on-campus residence. If a student is quarantining in their on-campus residence, their roommates or suitemates will also be required to quarantine. The Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator will ensure that students quarantining on campus have food, medicine, and other necessary resources and support. Students who are quarantining will have periodic phone checks with the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator. Students will have full remote access to their classes.

 

Information for Employees

WPI’s Testing Coordinator and Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator will oversee the implementation of isolation and quarantine protocols for employees.  Employees who feel ill should call their healthcare provider or, in an emergency, 911 or WPI Police at 508-831-5555 (if on campus).

Employees in isolation or quarantine must remain at home and not return to campus until they have met WPI’s Return to Work Protocols and the Testing Coordinator has cleared their return to work. WPI’s Return to Work Protocols are based on Massachusetts guidelines and CDC guidelines and can be found in the Return to Campus Guidelines. Refer to this document for the most up-to-date information about isolation or quarantine.

Employees are advised to contact their healthcare provider or Tufts Virtual Health Services (for Tufts Health Plan members) upon receiving a positive COVID-19 test result or being informed that they are a close contact.

Additional adjustments to our operations may be needed based on updated guidance and public health trends. We recommend you check back regularly for the latest updates.