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Planning Our Return to Campus: Students

NOTE: This is the most up-to-date information regarding the return to campus. This page will be updated as new information arises. See our latest updates below, flagged by date.

Endicott College is dedicated and committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students. This information is intended to help students plan as we continue to strategically reopen campus and welcome our students back for the upcoming academic year. The Reimagine Endicott Task Force has been working on many initiatives for a safe return to campus. We appreciate your patience as we navigate all of the changes, precautions, and preparations required. Classrooms, residence halls, and faculty/staff meeting spaces are part of the Task Force’s planning and have been top of mind for many of you. With clear safety requirements in place, Endicott is returning to a campus where our faculty and staff will host students in seated classroom environments.

Please note: The guidelines outlined are based on guidance and directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) related to COVID-19. As this is an ever-changing situation, this web page will be regularly updated to reflect any new changes. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated as we begin our transition back to campus and our new normal.

Returning to Campus Web Page

A new “Returning to Campus” web page was launched on Monday, July 27 as a one-stop resource for the Endicott community. Frequently asked questions are organized by category to be more user-friendly. A list of participants in the Reimagine Endicott Task Force and related sub-task forces—those who are working hard to make our upcoming on-campus semester a success—will be available, along with contact information. More relevant pages and information will become available as details are developed. We encourage you to visit endicott.edu/returntocampus frequently. Student details regarding a return to campus are provided below. These updates are also included in the reorganized FAQs on the new web page.

Creating a Safe Campus

  • Coronavirus Testing, Contact Tracing, & Health Center - UPDATED 8/11/20

    The goal of testing the Endicott College community is to detect cases of COVID-19 and quickly move individuals who test positive into environments where they can get needed medical attention and prevent the spread of the disease. We will be utilizing RT-PCR testing through the Broad Institute at re-entry to the campus and throughout the semester. All COVID-19 testing, completed on campus will be free of charge to students, faculty, staff, and any visitors approved by College officials.

    The RT-PCR testing is the most accurate method currently available for detecting the COVID-19 virus. The test sensitivity is between 80-90% depending on the method of sample collection and the viral load of the individual. We will use the Anterior Nares (AN) collection method using self-collection under observation of a medical professional. RT-PCR tests also have an extremely low false positive rate. The Broad testing laboratory is capable of processing very large numbers of tests daily and we expect a 24-hour return of results. 

    The testing protocols will be updated based on emerging epidemiological research. We will also continue to follow the research on contact tracing which we are implementing in conjunction with the Public Health Nurse from the Beverly Board of Health.

    Procedure:

    • Testing of the Endicott student community begins with a negative COVID-19 test required for return to campus. All students are required to provide proof of negative test results within 72 hours of arrival on campus. If the student is unable to obtain a test, they will be tested on-campus and will remain in quarantine until a negative test result is obtained.
    • Faculty and staff will be tested upon return to campus.
    • Re-testing will take place for students, faculty and staff on a bi-weekly basis and more frequently as necessary for designated groups.
    • By August 24, Endicott will launch the Coverified app which will be the portal into our COVID-19 community health services. Everyone in the community will use this site to securely access health systems for the following tasks:
      • Completing daily self-attestation symptom reports
      • Scheduling testing
      • Checking test results
      • Displaying health compliance status
    • The health information from Coverified will be available only to you and to medical professionals assigned for oversight in conjunction with the Health Center. It will be used for no other purpose than monitoring your health relative to COVID-19.
    • The Post Sport Science & Fitness Center MacDonald Gymnasium will be the testing center for submitting a testing sample on the Beverly campus.
    • We are working to design the process so that it is safe and takes only a few minutes. There will be more detail forthcoming about how testing will be administered.  
    • All test results will be communicated to the ordering practitioner, the COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Ann McKay, and the Beverly Board of Health. Negative results will be communicated directly to the individual through the Coverified app.
    • Positive results will be communicated through the COVID-19 Coordinator and those testing positive will be asked to stay at home or leave campus immediately to return home. They will follow the isolation policy set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH). They should follow up with their primary care provider regarding symptom checking and health status while in isolation. Students who cannot return home will be provided campus housing in the Village Apartments and will be monitored by the COVID-19 Coordinator throughout the 10-day or greater isolation. Faculty and staff should follow up with their hiring manager and with human resources regarding teaching and work responsibilities while in isolation.
    • Contact tracing of all close contacts will be conducted in collaboration with the Beverly Board of Health and contacts will be informed of the need to quarantine according to CDC and MA DPH guidelines. The COVID-19 Coordinator will monitor all students in quarantine.
    • Meals, personal items, and mental health services will be provided for all students who remain in isolation or quarantine on campus.

     

    Tentative Testing Schedule:

    Staff

    August 7*, 10, 11, 12,13,14*, 17 

    Open 8 a.m.­–4 p.m.                       

    *closes at noon

     

    Faculty

    August 18, 19, 20, 21                                

    Open 8 a.m.­–4 p.m. 

     

    Residential Students
    August 24, 25, 26, 27, 28              
    Open 8 a.m.­–4 p.m. 


    Commuter Students
    August 29, 31
    Open 8 a.m.--4 p.m.


    To ensure availability and access, the College’s health center, Family Medicine Associates (FMA), will be staffed Monday–Friday for appointments, and also will have a physician on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to address any urgent health care needs.
  • Residence Halls & Visitors
    The College made the decision to utilize the Wylie Inn as a residence hall this academic year. The Wylie Inn, along with leased off-campus housing, has allowed us to de-densify the residence halls to accommodate the number of students originally intended. In some cases, groups of students have themselves opted to increase the occupancy of their residence suite, which the College has allowed.

    Temporary quarantine and isolation space has been identified, starting with The Village, or "mods," which is why it is unavailable for housing this year.

    Single rooms are limited and not available to all students. Students will be placed in residence halls according to the authorized occupancy for each hall. Students who may be in a high-risk category under the CDC guidelines who wish to request a single room as an accommodation, must submit such a request in writing to Endicott’s Center for Accessibility Services and provide appropriate documentation regarding their need for a private room. These requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and single rooms are not guaranteed.

    Upon returning to campus, there will be a strict visitor policy that does not allow outside visitors in the residence halls. This will be enforced by an increased security presence, a swipe-in requirement for all those attempting to enter a residence hall, and more frequent checks by resident assistants, residence directors, and area directors. Students who live on campus will be able to visit a residence hall different from that to which they are assigned, under specific guidelines and strict capacity limits. Policies and move-in related material will be available soon from the Office of Residence Life. Building-to-building visitation will end each day at 9 p.m. For traditional halls, in-hall visitation may continue past 9 p.m. with the restriction of no overnight guests at any time.

    Residence hall move-in will take place with a more staggered approach than previous moves to promote distancing. More information about this will be released from the Office of Residence Life directly, during the week of August 3.
  • Drop-off & Move-in Requirements - UPDATED 8/11/20

    In order to facilitate a safe return for our students, the College has coordinated a process that promotes social distancing and adheres to statewide guidance that requires we test and clear students before move-in.

    New and returning students must drop off belongings prior to official move-in date.

    • For students currently living 70+ miles away from campus, you are required to book a drop-off time between August 26 and August 28, and you must sign up for a COVID-19 test to be administered immediately after their drop-off time on campus.
    • For students currently living fewer than 70 miles away from campus, you are required to book a drop-off time between August 14 and August 23, and participate in the Endicott College testing process to submit a sample for clearance.
    • drop off, all new, incoming students will arrive back to campus on August 29 to start their semester.
    • After drop off, all returning students will arrive back on August 31 to start their semester.

    This scheduled and facilitated visit to campus will reduce the typical move-in congestion, and serve as a way for students to bring their belongings to their assigned room before the official start of the school year.

    Students will be allotted a two-hour time frame to drop off their belongings and will be expected to depart from campus directly after, unless they are receiving a COVID-19 test.

    Negative COVID-19 test results required prior to arrival.

    All students are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result 72 hours prior to their arrival to campus. If you have the ability to receive a test near your home, you may forgo the College testing process by dropping off your belongings as scheduled and then arriving back on August 29 or 31 with a negative test result (taken within 72 hours) in hand.

    A small number of students who are unable to return to campus for a facilitated drop-off appointment and do not have access to local testing may be allowed to move-in and quarantine for up to 72 hours or until a negative test is provided. If you require this special consideration, please contact reslife@endicott.edu to file a request.

    As information regarding COVID-19 is updated, we will continue to follow local and state guidelines and communicate frequently to the Endicott community. In this fluid situation, these processes may require updating with little notice. Please continue to check the Returning to Campus website for information and be attentive to your email for all future updates.

  • Classrooms & Buildings

    All classrooms and shared spaces have been reviewed and set up to maintain a 6-foot social distance between students, their peers, and faculty members. Personal protection equipment (PPE) stations including sanitizing wipes, masks, and gloves have been installed inside of each classroom to ensure all students and faculty have easy access to disinfect all surfaces, computers, and technology regularly. Other safety measures include the following.

    • All faculty will be provided with their own dry erase markers and erasers to lessen the number of shared surfaces.
    • While in the classroom or in any common area, masks that fully cover the mouth and nose will be required. Those not willing to wear a mask will be required to leave campus.
    • To assist with contact tracing if the need arises, all students will have assigned seating in each classroom. Room templates will be provided to each faculty member to assist in assigning seats.
    • Each door handle and other frequent touch points of Endicott’s more than 50 buildings have been coated with a special, anti-microbial coating to help protect surfaces from retaining mold, algae fungi, and other viruses.
    • Filter ratings have been increased on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in buildings. HVAC systems have also been set to bring in more outside air and to circulate air in buildings more frequently.
    • Drinking fountains will not be operational; however, bottle fill stations will continue to be available.
    • All restroom hand dryers in administrative and academic buildings will be turned off and paper towels will be made available.

    The deans of our nine schools reviewed all classes. Based on each classroom space and the maximum number of students possible given the 6-foot social distance requirements, it was determined whether a class can meet as a whole in a seated environment, or if a class needs to be split into smaller groups and taught in a hybrid model. For the hybrid model, the faculty member is in the classroom with a portion of enrolled students, while other students access the course remotely. We have a number of different hybrid models, all of which involve the student in a seated class at some point. Technology has been added to every classroom allowing those students who are sick or quarantining to have access to their classes.

    At this point, 95% of more than 1,000 classes will be taught in a traditional seated, hybrid seated, offsite, or traditional remote format; 70% of classes are fully seated in person. Only 71 out of 1,000 classes will be taught remotely. 

  • Food & Dining Options

    The dining hall is being outfitted with a density counting system that will display the number of people and percentage of capacity currently occupied in each space, alerting students, faculty, and staff if they can enter.

    All campus dining options have been outfitted with a tap-pay system, eliminating the need to hand your Gull Card to a dining services employee to be swiped. Einstein Bros. Bagels will move fully to online orders and pick-up, and the Lodge and Gully’s will offer more express dining options to limit wait times.

    The College is working closely with our partners at Sodexo to provide the entire Endicott community with a variety of safely prepared food options.

    • Einstein Bros. Bagels will have a new designated pickup location on the patio outside, where students can grab their orders placed online.
    • Continental breakfast and grab-and-go options will be available at the Wylie Inn & Conference Center for student residents in the Wylie Inn and Myrt Harper Rose Hall.
    • Gully’s and The Lodge will offer express lunch and dinner as part of the meal plan.
    • Self-service food stations at the Callahan Dining Hall will now be staffed with a Sodexo employee.

    If obtaining food from a dining site on campus, it is required that you wear your face covering. Remember that communal food sharing has the potential to spread illness so do not share food or drinks. Be sure to wash your hands before eating, as well as cleaning and sanitizing your food preparation surfaces and high-touch areas.

  • Athletics
    The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced its plan to suspend conference competition for the Fall 2020 semester. However, this decision does not preclude individual institutions, such as Endicott from scheduling some athletic competition. This means that all varsity and club sports will be evaluated with COVID-19 safety protocols as our top priority, and student-athletes may have the opportunity to participate in competitions including games and scrimmages not under the umbrella of the CCC.

    All student-athletes will still be provided athletic opportunities, including strength and conditioning training, practices, and team-related activities. With improved public health conditions and relevant National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidance, we hope to begin winter sports athletic competition as early as January 1, 2021. Spring sports currently remain on schedule as planned, with the exception of canceling their non-traditional fall play date. In addition, should NCAA legislation permit fall sports teams to conduct athletic activities and competition in the Spring 2021 semester, CCC schedules and championships may be adjusted accordingly.

    According to the CDC, there are certain medical conditions that can place an individual at a greater risk for severe illness if they contract the virus. A few examples of these medical conditions include: cancer, COPD, asthma, obesity, sickle cell disease, diabetes, and certain heart conditions. If you have any of these medical conditions, please contact Head Athletic Trainer Abbey Cahill acahill@endicott.edu prior to your arrival on campus.

    Any updates to our 2020–21 athletics plan will be shared with the members of our community as decisions are made. Communication on check-in and move-in dates, facility usage, eligibility questions, etc., will be sent to student-athletes as details are confirmed. Specific questions regarding the Endicott College Fall Athletics Plan should be directed to individual coaches or to the Assistant Vice President & Athletics Director at bwylie@endicott.edu or 978-232-2440.

    More information including practice, facilities, eligibility, and more will be available on ecgulls.com.
  • Fitness & Mail Room

    Post Sport Science & Fitness Center Opening Date

    We are excited to reopen the Post Sport Science & Fitness Center on Monday, August 10. We want to make you aware of some changes due to the current pandemic. The Post Center hours will vary in August, but when the students return we will operate Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

    The Fitness Center will be open for 75 minute time slots that MUST be reserved via our new webpage. All members using the weight room MUST wear a mask. You MUST also wear masks to and from the cardio machines, but will not be required to wear them on the cardio machines as they are properly spaced at 14’. 

    Lastly, aerobics classes will begin once the school year starts, but will be limited to a maximum of six participants. To participate in a class, reservations MUST be made at postcenter.timetap.com. Classes are designed with 14’ spacing so a mask is not required during the session, but for the safety of all participants, the instructors will wear one.

    Mail & Copy Center

    Students will only be permitted to access the mail center during an assigned time. During the assigned time, students may check their mailbox and pick up packages. Packages can only be picked up once a student has received an email notification from the Endicott Mail Center. A notification from a sender such as Amazon does not mean a package is ready for pick up. Packages can take 24–48 hours to process.

  • Social Distancing
    Everyone on campus should maintain a minimum of six feet of distance from one another to the greatest extent possible and wear a mask or face covering if in a public place. Endicott has purchased washable, branded masks for faculty, staff, and students. Students will receive their mask upon their return to campus.
  • Face Coverings
    Upon a return to campus this fall, all students, faculty, and staff must wear a mask or face covering when in the presence of others. The College will provide a face mask to each member of the Endicott community—students, faculty, and staff. Masks or face coverings may consist of a gaiter, surgical or handmade mask, scarf, etc., and must cover the mouth and nose. If you choose to wear a reusable face mask or covering, remember to wash it frequently.

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing your mask, and wash your hands immediately before and after removal. When wearing your face mask, please remember to put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin and try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face. Please make sure you can breathe easily with your mask on.
  • Hygiene Protocol

    In order to reduce the risk of transmission, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stations will be provided in classrooms and locations, as needed, including: gloves, masks, wipes, and hand sanitizer.

    Physical Plant has been busy applying anti-microbial coating to all door handles across campus including offices, classrooms, bathrooms, entryways, residence halls, etc. All high touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized regularly, no less than daily, by Physical Plant using EPA registered products.

    Please be mindful of the number of people in a common area and whether or not you can maintain an appropriate social distance. After using a common area, please be sure to utilize the provided sanitizing wipes and wash your hands.

    In addition, to help our community stay safe, it’s important to make these behaviors part of your daily routine:

    • Maintain good social distance (at least 6 feet).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
    • Wear a cloth face covering or mask in shared spaces at all times while on campus.
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
    • Stay in your room when you feel sick.
    All students are expected to follow these guidelines and it’s important to say something if you see that your peers aren’t complying with these guidelines.
  • Cleaning Your Personal Items & Space
    Endicott has purchased 10,000 pairs of gloves to keep our Physical Plant department safe as they work to clean and sanitize the campus more frequently. Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs. Dirty surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Campus Signage
    Safety is the College’s top priority as we plan a return to campus. Our “Protect the Flock” messaging campaign is well underway and includes directional, distancing, and informational signage in both print and digital formats. We ask that you keep yourself and fellow Gulls safe by following distancing and other guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
  • Self-Administered Wellness Check
    It’s critical that we work together to ensure each other’s health and safety. You should bring a thermometer with you when you return to campus and check your temperature daily to monitor for any symptoms. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, do not report to class. Instead, contact the Health Center.
  • COVID-19 Symptoms

    People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported—ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    This list does not include all possible symptoms. Keep in mind that it is the responsibility of each student to monitor their own health. If you are feeling ill or are experiencing symptoms of an illness, please contact the Health Center immediately and do not go to class. The Health Center can only be accessed from the exterior entrance of the lower level of the Callahan Center.

    If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, who is being tested for COVID-19, or who has concerning symptoms, you should stay in your room and notify the Health Center for the purpose of contact tracing. Physical Plant has a specific protocol to properly clean areas suspected of infection with COVID-19 and will enact this as needed.

    The College will follow CDC protocols related to positive COVID-19 tests. School of Nursing Dean Nancy Meedzan, DNP, RN, CNE, and COVID-19 Coordinator Ann McKay, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC, are working in concert with the City of Beverly Board of Health and Beverly Hospital to develop a testing and tracing plan. Symptom tracking apps are being reviewed in collaboration with the College’s Information Technology team.

  • Vehicle Registration Information

    Vehicle registration for the Fall 2020 semester will begin on August 3, 2020. All students who are eligible for a parking decal must pre-register online at endicott.edu/trafficoffice

    Once registered, your decal will be available for pick-up from the Mail & Copy Center, usually within 1–2 business days. You will receive an email from the Mail & Copy Center informing you that you have a package. You will then proceed to the Mail & Copy Center during one of your assigned mail center visitation times to pick up your parking decal. 

    Commuter students or students who do not have a mailbox on campus will receive their decal at the address on file with the College.

    All students who will be using a vehicle registered outside of Massachusetts, whether a resident or a commuter student, are required by Massachusetts law to submit a Nonresident Student Driver Statement. This fillable PDF form is also located at endicott.edu/trafficoffice. Once completed, email the form to parking@endicott.edu, fax to 978-232-5226, or drop it off at the Parking Office located within the Public Safety Center.

    For registering a vehicle on campus, please:

    • Visit endicott.edu/trafficoffice and click on the vehicle registration form;
    • Log in with your MyEndicott information;
    • Enter your vehicle information and submit.

    If, at some point, you need to register a different vehicle, you will need to deactivate the initial vehicle to register a new one.

    Please contact the Public Safety Traffic Office at 978-232-2227 or on-campus extension 2227 with any questions.

  • Contact & Resources

    Endicott is committed to providing a healthy and safe work environment for all students. Please use the following resources for support needed during this time. 

    Reimagine Endicott Task Force

    Reach out to Task Force members with questions or concerns at contact@endicott.edu.

    For a full list of members of the Reimagine Endicott Task Force and sub-task forces, visit the Returning to Campus main page

    Endicott’s returning to campus webpage

    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) 

    World Health Organization (WHO)  

    Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    Massachusetts Department of Public Health

  • COVID-19 Second Wave Considerations - UPDATED 8/11/20
    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the federal government will provide guidelines in the event of a second wave and the College will make decisions according to those guidelines. A model of spread scenarios on campus is being developed.