COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Cadets planning to travel to a higher risk state during either or both long weekends this semester, please consider making alternate plans. If you do travel to/visit a higher risk state, you must comply with the Governor’s Travel Orders:
Cadets returning from HIGHER risk states must:
- Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to your return to campus.
- Produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts or plan to quarantine off-campus and at your own expense until a negative PCR test result is received. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.
- Obtain a negative PCR COVID test on your own, after your return to MA, and plan to quarantine off campus and at your own expense until the negative test results are back.
- If you do travel and are able to meet the Mass Travel Orders, please notify Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org with your plan for travel/return for their future surveillance testing.
Exemptions - directly taken from the MASS.GOV website:
- Persons Who Tested Positive within 90 Days of Arrival to Massachusetts and Successfully Completed Isolation: Individuals who are COVID-19-recovered, meaning individuals who tested positive more than 10 days but less than 90 days ago and who do not have symptoms, do not need to obtain a negative PCR test prior to traveling to, or quarantine upon arrival to, Massachusetts. COVID-19 recovered individuals arriving in Massachusetts must have documentation of the positive PCR test result, including the date it was taken, available if asked. This exception does not include COVID-19-recovered individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19, who must follow all testing and quarantine guidance outlined in the travel rules.
- Persons Who Have Been Completely Vaccinated for COVID-19: Individuals who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines OR who have received a single dose of the Janssen vaccine, more than 14 days ago and who do not have symptoms, do not need to obtain a negative test prior to traveling to, or quarantine upon arrival to, Massachusetts. COVID-19 vaccinated individuals arriving in Massachusetts must have documentation of their vaccination(s), including the date(s) of administration, available if asked. This exception does not include vaccinated individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19, who must follow all testing and quarantine guidance outlined in the travel rules
Failure to submit a completed Massachusetts Travel Form, when required, or failure to comply with the quarantine requirement, if applicable, may result in a $500 fine per day. Additional information about both the Massachusetts Travel Form and the 10-day quarantine requirement, can be found in this comprehensive guidance issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Cadets from ALL states must:
- Complete Campus Clear Daily
- Take travel precautions – use wipes, sanitizer, avoid close public exposure during travel
- Use good judgment during the break – avoid indoor parties, bars and restaurants
Any cadet that willfully and knowingly violates these protocols will not be allowed to live in the dorm complex and will be removed from in-person classes. Cadets living off-campus, who are currently approved to return to campus for in-person classes, will lose that privilege. Cadets who violate health and safety protocols, or who do not disclose travel plans, will also be subject to disciplinary action because they are a danger to others. No refunds will be given to cadets sent home for violating these protocols. Classes missed due to travel restrictions are considered unexcused absences unless the travel was for an approved family emergency. Note: STCW classes have USCG attendance requirements; exceeding the permitted number of absences may result in an automatic failure or withdrawal, whether the absences were excused or unexcused. Make wise choices.
Keep your progress and school in mind over these weekends to assure we all finish the semester and Sea Term.
We understand the need to have a balance between health and safety and the social well-being of our cadets. It is our intention to make the three week Health and Safety pause as positive an experience as possible for the cadets. Chartwells is working on a variety of new food selections and special events. The SGA is rolling out a host of on-campus activities both during the week and weekends, to include a Super Bowl function. There will be a robust intramural program along with increases in SGA recreational equipment which can be signed out by individuals. We extended hours for the gym, mail room and ABS and have spaces for group study and/or just socializing such as the Fantail, Baystate Conference, Mess Deck and the ABS. There will be no outside morning formations during this three week period and all cadets are allowed to have a mini-refrigerator (for this COVID semester only) in their room. Modified varsity athletic practices for residential students are targeted to begin 13 Feb. Male cadets should arrive with a fresh haircut meeting regimental standards. During the month of February, regimental standards for male haircuts will be relaxed because we do not want cadets cutting each other's hair.
- Observe the distance lines placed for queuing before entering the dining hall, etc.
- Masks may be removed while eating, but should be put back on as soon as you have finished eating. Masks must remain on when entering the mess deck until seated and before standing at your table to exit the mess deck
- Only four to a table (separated by plexiglass)
- You may and are encouraged to return to your dorm room to eat - trash barrels will be in passageways for disposal of cups, plates, utensils, uneaten food
- Off hour food delivery is “hands off” only
- No vendor entry into dorms, or off-campus housing
- Drop off at CIC only
- Packaging discarded at CIC
- Sanitize hands before returning to room
- If ordering food living in off-campus housing, the food must be drop off at door step.
- No deliveries to the ship. Cadets living on the ship must have it delivered to CIC.
- Leave your dorm window open, even a small amount, weather permitting, when you leave your room.
- The gyms and library will be open. Please follow all distancing and hygiene rules.
- Adhere to capacities posted for the laundry rooms and lounges.
- If you feel sick at MMA, stay in your room and call Health Services at (508)830-5048. If after hours, leave a message for Health Services and notify the ASDO via Public Safety (508)726-0798. If at home, stay at home and contact your doctor.
In order to keep the campus as safe as possible, there will be significant restrictions placed on regimental commuters, faculty and staff and where they can go on campus. Faculty and staff and commuters are restricted from entering the dining facilities, main gym, express gym, and the ABS. The only exception to the dining facility for staff is the "Mate on Watch" and the "Academy Staff Duty Officer".
Regimental Commuter Expectations
- Regimental Commuters must complete CAMPUS CLEAR EACH morning.
- Regimental Commuters must obtain a negative PCR COVID test done within 3 days before February 8th and submit it to Health Services at email@example.com (campus access not allowed without this)
- Regimental Commuters should not come to campus if they have COVID symptoms or if they have been exposed to COVID, but should contact Health Services directly
- Regimental Commuters are part of surveillance testing and must report when selected.
- Regimental Commuters are not allowed in the dormitories unless selected for COVID-19 surveillance testing and/or random drug testing. Testing will be held on the 00 deck of 2nd Company. Specific instructions on when, where, and how to report will be issued in the testing notification.
- Regimental Commuters are not allowed in the mess deck or the Razor’s Edge/Fantail.
- Regimental Commuters are required to adhere to uniform and grooming standards.
- Regimental Commuters are not allowed in the main gym or the express gym
- Regimental Commuters are not allowed in the school store
- Regimental Commuters are not allowed in the ABS
- Regimental Commuters will not be allowed to join varsity athletics practice until the February restrictions are lifted, and possibly later. This subject will be reviewed at a later date.
- Regimental Commuters are not allowed to participate in "on-campus" activities
- Regimental Commuters are not to carpool to campus unless they are living in the same household.
- Regimental Commuters will need a parking permit (which can be purchased in Self Service) for the gym parking lot
- A room will be provided within the Harrington building for a study space for all commuter students.