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SOAR Safety Measures

We are excited to welcome new students and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) to our campus this summer! However, creating a safe and comfortable environment for all attendees and the Western New England Community is very important for us. Please review the expectations we have set out for you as well as the standards we will hold ourselves to.

We appreciate your support as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to put the safety and well-being of our community first.

As of June 10, 2021, the University’s guidance regarding masks/face coverings will be fully consistent with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts guidance which rescinded the mask mandate. Per the Commonwealth’s guidance, fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to wear masks inside University buildings or University grounds. The Department of Public Health still advises all unvaccinated residents to continue to wear masks in indoor settings and when they can’t socially distance. Please review the current Commonwealth COVID-19 guidance.

What You Can Expect From Us When Attending SOAR at WNE:

  • Sanitation supplies and stations throughout campus.
  • Both professional staff and Orientation Group Leaders will ensure everyone on campus is following the safety measures at all times.
  • We are committed to monitoring the CDC and state guidance on suggested safety measures. That means we will plan our schedule of event and room capacities for specific sessions based on these guidelines and may adapt schedules throughout the summer if needed.
  • Students who choose to stay overnight will be provided their own private room on campus. Each residence hall is cleaned by our housekeeping staff between each SOAR session and fresh linens will be provided.

What We Expect From You When Attending SOAR at WNE:

  • To ensure everyone’s safety, all SOAR attendees (students and parents/guardians), will be asked to provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 72-hours prior to your arrival or proof of being fully vaccinated. Being fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine more than 14 days prior to arrival.
    • We ask for all documents to be sent electronically before arriving to SOAR if possible. Negative PCR tests can be emailed to healthservices@wne.edu with the subject “Negative PCR” and vaccination cards can be emailed to covidvac@wne.edu
    • Any attendees who fail to provide proof of either negative PCR or vaccination will not be permitted to attend SOAR and will be asked to register for another SOAR session.
  • Respect the choice of staff and other attendees who choose to wear a mask or face covering. Although vaccinated, some may choose to continue to wear a mask for their protection and others.
  • We are also asking all visitors to self-assess for any symptoms of COVID-19 prior to their scheduled visit. Typical symptoms include fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms may include chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or loss of taste and/or smell. If you or any member of your party are exhibiting any of these symptoms or waiting for COVID-19 test results, please call 413-782-1312 to reschedule your visit.
  • Visitors should plan to follow the Massachusetts travel order.