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March 25, 2022

Dear Bentley Community, 

I hope that you enjoyed a restful spring break last week and that you had a moment to recharge for the second half of the semester. As we look ahead to the coming weeks, I wanted to share an update on the screening testing program’s hours of operations and provide a reminder of the isolation/quarantine guidelines for the remainder of the term. Thanks for continuing to do your part to keep our campus safe, together we’ll help to ensure our collective success this spring.

Screening Testing Program Update
Effective next week, testing will now be voluntary for all undergraduate, residential and graduate students accessing campus regardless of vaccination status. With fewer tests being conducted on campus each week, the screening testing program will reduce their hours of operation to Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hours of operation may be adjusted further before the end of the semester based on program utilization. A limited quantity of mail-order test kits are available for evening-only graduate students and faculty and staff to pick up at the library circulation desk if they are unable to attend regular program hours.

As always, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, be sure to contact the Health Center at 781-891-2222 or to schedule a test outside of the screening test program. Video-proctored home tests are also available for purchase at Falcon Market located in Collins Hall.

Isolation and Quarantine
The isolation and quarantine guidelines put into place at the start of the semester continue to apply for all students, faculty and staff on campus. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must isolate for at least five full days. If on day 6 you display no symptoms of COVID-19 and have been fever-free for 24-hours without the aid of medication, you can exit isolation but must wear a mask in all settings through the tenth day.

Masking Preference
While masks are no longer required on campus, please remember that many members of our community may prefer to continue wearing them in shared spaces. The choice to wear a mask is a personal one and can be made for reasons ranging from personal comfort to being at high risk for severe illness or living with a household member at high risk. Please remember to always be respectful of others’ choices to wear a mask on campus and remember to always have one with you.

I also want to let you know that this will be my last newsletter as Bentley’s emergency manager. For many years before and during my Bentley tenure, I worked on a reserve basis in federal disaster medical response. I have accepted an opportunity to join this agency full time and will be leaving Bentley. It has been my privilege to get to know the Bentley community and I wish you all the best in your academic and career endeavors.

Geoffrey C. Bartlett, CEM
Director of Emergency Management