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everyone at fisher college has worked hard to maintain a safe campus during the fall semester. the college continues to monitor health and safety conditions, locally, nationally, and internationally, and to update its policies accordingly.

this updated travel guidance applies to all fisher college employees working on campus either full-time or part-time, effective november 20, 2020.  this policy is based on the latest massachusetts covid-19 travel guidance, as well as cdc recommendations and other government regulations.  the current state of covid-19 virus transmission is fluid, and this policy is subject to change without notice.  the college will make every effort to keep you apprised of changes.

as we enter the holiday season, covid-19 cases are spiking nationwide.  therefore, employees working on campus are strongly encouraged to limit travel out of the state.  employees who want to leave the state for personal reasons, must work with their direct manager and discuss any travel plans outside of massachusetts. travel outside of the state to states considered higher risk must be approved by your supervisor and human resources.  approval must be in writing. to request, please send an email to your supervisor, with a cc to elyons@fisher.edu.

employees who obtain approval to travel to states that are considered higher risk (as defined by the state of massachusetts covid-19 travel guidance) must quarantine for 14 days upon return to massachusetts, and

use accrued and unused vacation time to cover compensation during the 14-day quarantine period for any time they are regularly scheduled to be working onsite.  hardship exceptions may be made at the sole discretion of the college for bereavement and other non-recreational travel requests.

an exemption from the 14-day quarantine may be requested and will be granted if the employee:

takes a first covid-19 test at the college (or at an equivalent test site) immediately upon return to massachusetts; and

takes a second covid-19 test at the college (or at an equivalent test site) 4-5 days after the first test; and

receives two negative test results; and

quarantines until both tests are completed and the results are reported.

with very limited exceptions, college-related business travel is suspended until further notice. should you need to travel for business, please speak with your vice president.

thank you all for your cooperation in keeping the campus safe.

in order to combat the rise of covid-19 cases in massachusetts, governor charlie baker has announced new executive orders that will take effect on friday, november 6, 2020 at 12:01a.m. while many of these new orders will not lead to significant changes for the fisher community and are in line with current policies (for example, the college will continue its policy of not allowing indoor gatherings at all)  here are a couple to keep in mind.

  • the governor will issue a stay-at-home advisory that from 10:00p.m. to 5:00a.m. while this is not a curfew, citizens will only be allowed out of their homes for the following activities

o   commuting to and from work.

o   running essential errands (going to the grocery store or pharmacy, seeking emergency medical care.)

o   picking up take-out food or receiving food deliveries

o   taking a walk.

  • while face-coverings are required in all locations on fisher campus whether they’re indoors or outdoors, this policy will now apply state-wide, and you will be required to follow this policy in off-campus locations as well.
  • many businesses such as restaurants and gyms will close at 9:30p.m.

once again, it is important to note that since many of fisher’s policies do comply with these new orders, there will be few significant changes, but please continue to follow our guidelines with increased vigilance. for more information, please go to www.mass.gov

have you gotten your flu shot yet? this year it’s mandatory for all students on campus! massachusetts requires all undergraduate and graduate students taking in person classes in massachusetts to get a flu shot by december 31,2020. every member of the fisher community is encouraged to get a flu shot this year.

fisher college will host two flu clinics on campus, at 131 beacon street, lower level. the flu clinic is open to all students, staff and faculty.

thursday, october 29th 1pm-5pm

monday, november 2nd 11am-3pm

students:

it is recommended that all students bring their medical insurance cards. however, no student will be denied a vaccination without one. already have your flu shot? send proof to healthservices@fisher.edu

please bring your insurance card if possible, but no one will be turned away if you don’t have your card.

faculty and staff.

please bring your insurance card if possible, but no one will be turned away if you don’t have your card.

for more information, please contact the office of health and wellness at healthservices@fisher.edu 617-236-8860 or healthservices@fisher.edu

as of october 22, 2020, the cdc has changed their definition of “close contact.” the cdc previously defined it as being within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 continuous minutes. based on new data, however, close contact is now defined as 15 minutes within a 24 hour period.

example: if someone is within six feet of an infected person for ten minutes and then four hours later, is in contact with that same person for five minutes, this counts as close contact.

for more information about how the cdc defines an infected person and the cdc’s recommendations for contact tracing, please see the organization’s website for the official information.

frequently asked questions and policy announcements

community guidelines and policies 

covid-19 financial hardship declaration form

fill out this form if you are a residential/day student who has suffered from financial hardships due to covid-19.

about covid-19

sources: www.cdc.gov and www.who.int