COVID-19 STAFF RESOURCES
COVID-19 FACULTY RESOURCES
MASSACHUSETTS ON-CAMPUS COVID 19 PROTOCOLS
(UPDATED AS OF 1/24/22)
COVID-19 BOOSTER VACCINATION
ON CAMPUS REQUIREMENTS
BEING ON CAMPUS
MANAGING COVID-19 CASES
The College follows the CDC guidelines and as such, provides the following important information related to Cambridge College.
MANAGING AND REPORTING COVID-19 POSITIVE CASES
MANAGING AND REPORTING COVID-19 CLOSE CONTACT CASES
MANAGING AND REPORTING COVID-19 SYMPTOMATIC CASES
MANAGING CAMPUS SPACES
CLEANING AND SAFETY
For additional questions related to COVID-19 Protocols, please contact COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu
* THIS ONLY APPLIES TO MASSACHUSETTS STUDENTS ENROLLED
FOR IN-SEAT CLASSES IN THE FALL
The College has transitioned from using CastleBranch to only requiring a
Cambridge College Vaccination Card.
I. VACCINATION VERIFICATION
1. Why is Cambridge College (CC) requiring that students attending in-seat classes in the Fall be fully vaccinated?
CC is requiring that all students who will be attending in-seat classes in Massachusetts be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Protocols for California and Puerto Rico were issued directly from the Regional Directors.
This requirement is being put in place to protect the health and safety of our community, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The vaccinations have been found by the Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) to be highly effective and are the best tool we have to ensure that we can open our campus safely in the Fall of 2021.
There are many reasons why we think requiring vaccinations for students returning to in-seat classes on campus makes good sense for CC. They include:
For information about exemptions please refer to Question #8.
2. What is the definition of “fully vaccinated”?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) all students are considered to be fully vaccinated:
All students returning to campus in the Fall for in-seat classes in Massachusetts must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus except as otherwise stated in this FAQ.
4. When do I need to be vaccinated to return to campus?
All Massachusetts students planning to attend in-person classes must be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to the start of classes. If you have not already been vaccinated, we advise you to do this as quickly as possible for your overall health and that of those on campus.
5. Where can I get a vaccine?
There are many places in Massachusetts offering the COVID-19 vaccines – including local pharmacies and national pharmacy chains (e.g., CVS, Walgreens), community health centers, hospitals, and the state government. Some places require an appointment and others allow you to receive a vaccine without an appointment. You can search for vaccine availability near you by typing in your zip code at this link: https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/.
Yes. Temporary Vaccination Cards are available for students that have ordered, but have not yet received their CastleBranch Card. To obtain a Temporary Vaccination Card, students need to present a valid photo ID and a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card on the first day of classes at the Boston campus. Arrive early to ensure that you have ample time prior to the start of your class to obtain your card. Once you receive your CastleBranch Card, the Temporary Vaccination Card will no longer be valid for use.
If you have applied for a CastleBranch Vaccination Card, it will be mailed 7-10 business days after registering and submitting your information on the portal. All requested mailing information – complete name and address – must be accurate to avoid any delays in receiving the card.
The College has transitioned from using CastleBranch to only requiring a Cambridge College (CC) Vaccination Card. To obtain a new CC Vaccination Card a government photo ID and proof of vaccination (i.e. CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card) must be provided. Please contact COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu for additional details.
You may seek an exemption from vaccination requirements because of medical reasons or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Forms are available at the Registrar’s Office.
Students who choose not to be vaccinated and do not have an approved exemption cannot take classes in person. Students will have the option to take remote classes (subject to the availability of sections and classes) and should contact their Academic Advisor to discuss the different types of modalities available to them.
Students who completed a COVID-19 vaccination series (both doses of a 2-dose series or the single dose of a single-dose series) of a CDC or World Health Organization (WHO) authorized or approved vaccine, will be able to take in-seat classes on campus.
If you are an international student and have additional questions, please contact the COVID Response Team at COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health the following options are available:
Department of Public Health. If you use this form, you will get a complete history of all vaccines you have received, not just the COVID-19 vaccine, and it can take up to 6 weeks to get your record.
Note that official proof of vaccination is required to obtain approval to access the campus and to take an in-person class.
Yes. You must be fully vaccinated to access the campus. If you are not enrolled in or attending an in-person class, you will need to provide a picture ID (CC ID card or driver’s license) and a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to access the campus. A mask will be required at all times while on campus.
II. FACILITIES UPDATES
We have confirmed with an outside consultant that the air quality throughout the campus meets and exceeds the standards set for safety. We are additionally installing HEPA filtration as a supplement in areas where we anticipate higher volume of activity. Cleaning policies have also been upgraded to ensure that we are continuously meeting all health and safety requirements.
16. Will we have access to food when we return to campus?
There are currently no options for purchasing food on the campus. Food can be brought to campus, but we will no longer allow eating in the classrooms to avoid the removal of masks in a closed room. There are a number of eateries in the surrounding area to purchase food.
III. HEALTH AND SAFETY
We will continue to require masking and encouraging social distancing. Hand sanitizer stations are available at the end of all hallways. We will maintain occupancy numbers throughout the campus that avoid overcrowding. Safety protocols will also be provided via email and displayed in signage throughout the campus when you return.
18. Will I have to wear a mask while I am in class?
Until further notice, masks will be required at all times while on campus. Everyone is encouraged to regularly wear appropriate masks, properly positioned on the face [see CDC Mask Guidelines].
19. What happens if I take an in-seat class and/or come to campus and get sick with COVID-19 symptoms?
VI. CONTACT INFORMATION
Please contact COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu.
On our website, and via MyCC. We also encourage everyone to regularly check emails from the OfficeofPublicRelations@cambridgecollege.edu, the OfficeofAcademicAffairs@cambridgecollege.edu and COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu for updates.
Please send all questions to COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu.
If you are just starting the process, you will need the new CC Vaccination Card. Please direct all questions to COVIDRC@cambridgecollege.edu.
If you have questions about completing the CastleBranch registration process, please contact the CastleBranch Support Line at 888-723-4263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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