Last Updated: Jan. 26, 2021
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remain paramount in our decision-making process on reopening the campus. We believe it is important to support creative and flexible work arrangements for our community. Therefore, faculty and staff will be given flexibility in their work arrangements, where possible, as part of our goal to provide a safe working and learning environment for all members of our community.
Employees who are approved to be on campus by their vice president or dean must start the screening test protocol the week of January 17 to provide two weeks of testing during the start-of-term ease-in period. Employees who recently recovered from COVID-19 should schedule screening tests starting 3 months after the date of their positive test. Contact Dan Battle, occupational health nurse, to verify your exemption from screening testing if you were diagnosed with COVID-19 outside of the Bentley Screening Test Program.
- Set your appointments on the Bentley Health Portal at bentley.medicatconnect.com. Refer to bentley.edu/testing for detailed instructions on setting appointments.
- Make sure to select the reason COVID-19 Screening Test for the spring term screening tests, not the limited pre-arrival test dates for residential students only.
- Set the first appointment during January 19–21.
- Set an appointment each week thereafter, preferably on the same weekday, for every week of the term through the end of the term on April 30, 2021. You need to set each weekly appointment individually; a single appointment does not automatically recur each week.
The Facilities Team will disinfect high-touch surfaces in office spaces at least daily. This includes door handles, restroom surfaces, elevator buttons, staircases. Staff will be responsible for cleaning shared office surfaces such as fax machine keypads or coffee makers.
Additional cleaning measures include:
- The installation of 180 more hand sanitizing stations across campus
- The cleaning of bathrooms twice daily
- Daily cleaning logs
- Signage across campus emphasizing the use of face coverings and the importance of 6 feet of distance
- The modification of airflow and ventilation to increase the circulation of fresh air in buildings
If a staff member on campus tests positive for COVID-19, any staff who had close contact* with the first staff member will need to quarantine and be tested. Quarantine lasts 14 days, regardless of the outcome of the test. However, if the test is positive, then a secondary contact trace will be started to identify any close contacts of the second individual. Any positive case individual’s office/workspace, as well as shared spaces used in the two days prior to illness onset, will be disinfected by Facilities Management.
A close contact is defined by distance and time—with or without a face covering—making it important to avoid prolonged interactions at less than six feet of physical distance even if everyone is wearing a face covering.
If student who tests positive and a staff member in an office is part of the contact tracing line, the staff member who is a close contact would need to quarantine for 14 days and be tested. Since the CDC defines close contact by proximity to an infected person (i.e., not proximity to a close contact of an infected person), the whole office would not need to quarantine. However, if the staff member’s test is positive, then a second contact trace would begin to identify anyone in the office who had close contact with the first staff member during the two days prior to specimen collection.
* The CDC defines a close contact as, “someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated."
All non-essential domestic and international business travel by faculty and staff is suspended until further notice. All essential, Bentley-related travel must be approved by a vice president or provost.
Faculty and staff who spent any time outside Massachusetts in the 14 days prior to their return to campus are responsible for complying with the Massachusetts COVID-19 Travel Order.