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COVID-19 Testing at Lasell

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Testing for Spring Semester Return to Campus

As with the beginning of the Fall semester, we need to have all resident students and commuting students who will be on campus at any time complete at least one COVID-19 test conducted at Lasell and receive a negative result before attending any class or interacting with other students.

Employing the successful program conducted in the fall, once again our Test & Go program has been set up for returning students and a Test & Stay program for new residents and students who live farther away from campus.

Test & Go

Using the CoVerified app, starting on January 8 and no later than January 20, 2021, students who live within a reasonable distance from campus must make an appointment to come to campus, take a COVID-19 Test, and return home. If a positive result returns, the student will be contacted by the Office of Health Services and provided with information regarding isolating at home. If a negative result returns, the student will be eligible to return to campus to move back into housing on or after January 26, 2021.  Available dates for Test & Go are:

  • Thursday, January 21 from 8:30 am-4:00 pm 
  • Friday, January 22 from 8:30am-4:00pm 
  • Sunday, January 24 from Noon to 4:00 pm 
  • Monday, January 25 from 8:30 am -4:00 pm 

(PLEASE NOTE: No testing will be conducted on Saturday, January 23)  

Test & Stay

Using the CoVerified app, starting on January 8 and no later than January 20, 2021, students who do not live within a distance allowing them to participate in Test & Go must make an appointment to come to campus, take a COVID-19 Test, and move into housing. Students must remain in their rooms and quarantine themselves until they receive negative test results. If a positive result returns, the student will be contacted by the Office of Health Services and will be required to return home or to move into Isolation Housing. Available dates for Test & Stay are:

  • Monday, Jan. 25 from 8:30 am-4:00 pm (New Student Residents)
  • Tuesday, January 26 from 8:30 am-4:00 pm (Returning Student Residents)

Please Note: On Wednesday, January 27, the Testing Center will return to the top floor of the Edwards Student Center and its regular hours of 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, on weekdays, excluding Monday holidays.

The Testing Center and check-in for the Spring semester will be located in the Science & Technology Center (STC)

Prior to the selected testing time, students should enter the Central Parking Lot and proceed to the exterior door on the left end of the building (STC 108).  As noted above, students must have all holds cleared, must have signed the pledge, and must have completed Enrollment Confirmation to participate. The appointment time will be confirmed, and students will be checked in while in STC 108. 

Once checked in, students will proceed to STC 110 A&B for testing. Students testing for the first time will be instructed on how to perform the nasal swab properly. 

Due to our testing program, a 14-day quarantine is not a requirement under current state guidelines, however, prior to arrival on campus, we ask that in the coming weeks students adhere to the same expectations that will be in place at the University – maintaining proper physical distance in public areas, wearing masks, and practicing good hygiene include regular hand washing. Most importantly, we require that students use good judgment to avoid high-risk situations such as public gatherings and other activities in which physical distancing is not possible. 

Campus Health and Safety Protocols

In order to open the campus, the state will require all colleges and universities to institute and maintain a wide-ranging set of safety protocols and behavioral standards that may include, but not be limited to, such things as:

  • Wearing masks at all times when on campus and outside of residence hall rooms.
  • Maintaining a physical distance of six or more feet whenever possible, but especially when sharing enclosed spaces with others.
  • Extensive testing for the virus and retesting when someone exhibits symptoms or has had contact with another person who has tested positive. Many people are likely to be tested multiple times.
  • Contact tracing will help determine who an individual came into contact with if he or she tests positive.
  • Isolating on campus or at home for those who test positive or become ill.
  • Quarantining those who are exposed to someone who tests positive.
  • In order to reduce density and maintain safe physical distancing, students, faculty, and staff may be assigned times when they can enjoy meals in the dining hall or Lasell may provide take-out options only.
  • Reducing the number of sections, requiring some students to switch to a different section or course.
  • Maintaining physical distancing in classrooms by reducing the occupancy limits of many classrooms. For some classes that may mean subsets of students may attend on separate days or at different times, with the balance of the course delivered online.
  • Requiring students to take some or all classes online even if they are living on campus. Students in residence are likely to be in courses taught in a variety of ways: in-person, online, and hybrid.
  • Reducing density in the residence halls, which will require some students' rooms to be reassigned.
  • Limited access to common areas in Residential Halls. Lounges, kitchen, and laundry access will be regulated to maintain safe physical distancing.
  • Limited access to all public spaces such as exercise rooms, Arnow, Glow Lounge, STC lobby, etc.      
  • Prohibiting visitors on campus, except for family members at designated times.

Graduate Students: Please visit our Graduate Fall 2020 Plan for additional health and safety information. 

Despite the best of efforts, no college or university can guarantee that every person will maintain the discipline of the established protocols and behavioral guidelines. We ask for your cooperation, your diligence and your commitment to the safety and well-being of the Lasell community.

Student Pledge

Undergraduate residential and commuter students will be required to sign a pledge that reflects the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Departments of Public Health of Massachusetts and the City of Newton, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, and Lasell University Health Services.

Resident Student Pledge>>

Commuter Student Pledge>> 

Employee Guiding Policies

Lasell University has created an employee policies and procedures document as a guide to managing the re-opening of campus to a new normal as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. All employees are expected to abide by these guidelines, however different departments may have different or additional requirements for employees based on individual job responsibilities. These policies and procedures are grounded in the priority of the safety for our employees and students. 

Employee Guiding Policies>>

Health & Safety Q&A

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