WPI Plans for Fall Opening Latest Information

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 test positive for COVID-19 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 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 the Testing Coordinator 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.  

Isolation Spaces

WPI will work with students—whether they live on campus or off—who test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19-like symptoms and need to isolate.

WPI will help those students determine where isolation and treatment will occur—at home, at an off-campus residence, or at one of the isolations spaces the university has prepared for students. WPI encourages students who need to isolate to go home, if possible. 

Each dedicated isolation space has a kitchen, bathroom, and in-unit laundry. Meals and other necessities will be delivered.

Students in isolation spaces will be assessed frequently by medical personnel through telehealth check-ins and, if needed, after-hours care.  The WPI Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator will help manage their daily needs for food, medicine, and other resources and support.   

If students staying in isolation units feel well enough, they will have full remote access to their classes via lecture capture, accommodations, and academic support.   

Quarantine

WPI is working to determine quarantine protocols for students returning to campus from out of state. Students will receive detailed information over the summer and before returning to campus.

Students who have been identified as having been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 will need to quarantine. WPI will work with them to determine where they will quarantine. WPI encourages students who need to quarantine to go home, if possible.  

Students in quarantine will be assessed frequently by medical personnel through telehealth check-ins and, if needed, after-hours care. The WPI Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator will help manage their daily needs for food, medicine, and other resources and support. They will receive delivered meals and will have full access to their classes via lecture capture, accommodations, and academic support. 

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.