Fall 2023
Covid Response Recommendations

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Elms College is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We continue to monitor information and work to provide a safe, positive environment for students. We will publish regular updates as necessary.

Masking will be optional on campus except in the Health Center, Counseling Center and Athletic Training Office where masking will be mandatory if symptomatic. A mask will be required if positive for COVID per CDC Guidelines.

Guests in residence halls, events and programs will all be allowed and return to pre-pandemic policies.

Elms College will not require the COVID-19 vaccine beginning fall semester. Students and employees will no longer be required to provide proof of the COVID-19 vaccination. Please note that some groups of students and employees may have COVID-19 vaccination requirements as a condition of their clinical or external placements.

Elms College strongly encourages all members of the Elms Community to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.

Addressing student COVID positive cases
The Health Center will track positive cases that are reported.


  • No required pre-arrival testing
  • No required surveillance testing
  • Testing for students will be available in the Health Center for symptomatic individuals and exposures
  • Rapid antigen tests will be used
  • Athletes- No required surveillance testing
  • Nursing students do not have any regular required testing
  • Contact tracing for residential and commuter students will be done by the student. Students will be instructed to inform any close contacts. Staff and Faculty exposure or positive tests will be addressed through human resources
  • Quarantine is no longer required per CDC Guidelines


  • Minimum 5-day isolation required for anyone who tests positive, then mask days 6-10
  • Residential students will be required to go home to isolate
  • Students in isolation will be allowed to go to the dining hall to obtain meals but must eat in the isolation space, not in the public spaces. A well fitted mask must be worn around others at all times when obtaining food


  • If exposed, wear a mask immediately
  • No quarantine required but don’t go anywhere that you are unable to wear a mask
  • Watch for symptoms- if symptoms develop, get tested and isolate immediately until result is received
  • Get tested on Day 6. If negative, continue precautions through Day 10

Visit What you need to know about COVID-19 in Massachusetts for updates and information.
Visit COVID-19 Response Reporting for the Massachusetts COVID-19 response.
For questions about the college’s COVID-19 testing and response,
please contact the Health Center via email at healthcenter@daiwan.net.