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  • If you suspect that you have COVID-19
  • That you were exposed to someone who has tested positive or are concerned you may have been exposed
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms such as Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea

Please contact COVID-19@gcc.mass.edu or call 413-775-1299 as soon as possible.

GCC is closely monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) developments and is in constant contact with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and local Public Health. The college is also following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control.

Download our COVID-19 Mitigation & Response Plan (8/26/2022)

No visitor is permitted to be on campus if they are experiencing symptoms of illness or COVID-19 or have received a positive COVID-19 test in the previous ten days. Visitors who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the previous ten days must follow the CDC guidance.Visitors must notify the Office of Public Safety if they test positive within 48 hours of leaving campus. Visitors must follow all relevant federal and state travel advisories or orders.

All unvaccinated visitors must wear a mask at all times.

Notwithstanding the provisions outlined in this Policy, the College maintains complete discretion when restricting or permitting access to campus and may, in its sole discretion, amend this policy at any time.

Q: What is the procedure for returning from college sponsored travel?
A: GCC employees may be approved for work-related out-of-state travel as long as they abide by CDC guidelines during their travel and meetings.  We strongly suggest that GCC employees traveling for work undergo PCR testing for Covid-19 the day of return and schedule a second PCR test to be administered three days later.  It is strongly suggested that the employee work remotely for several days.  Upon receipt of two negative Covid-19 PCR test results, the employee may return to in-person work on campus.   Test results can be submitted via this LINK. In addition an email should be sent to covid-19@gcc.mass.edu alerting us your results have been uploaded.

Q: Will vaccinations be required at GCC for students or employee?
A: Yes, proof of full vaccination will be required to register for any classes with an in-person component that begins in January 2022. Learn more and submit proof of vaccination at gcc.mass.edu/vax.

Q: Can I create my own guidelines for my space?
A: In most spaces, no. If you feel you need specific guidelines for your space, please consult with the Public Safety to ensure compliance with the overall College protocols.

Q: Can instructors recommend that unvaccinated or immunocompromised students transfer to an online section of a course if they are registered for an in-person section?
A: No. That is a decision a person needs to make on their own and/or with advice from a licensed medical professional.

Q: Has new variants been considered when drafting and updating the Action and Return Plan?
A: Yes.  Many of the protocols in the Action and Return Plan exceed CDC guidelines.

Q: Will social distancing guidelines still need to be followed?
A: MA DPH and the CDC recommend that people continue to follow social distancing guidelines. The College has gone a step further in setting classroom capacities in accordance with a minimum of 36 square feet for each individual whether vaccinated or not.

Q: Can students work in groups/pairs?
A: Yes, they can. If a student feels uncomfortable working in a group, reasonable efforts should be made to accommodate the student.

Q: Will there still be caps on the number of people allowed into each space at the college?
A: With the Governor lifting all capacity limits there are not currently capacity limits for any common space on campus beyond normal posted limits. Classrooms are not considered common space.

Q: Can we ask fellow employees if they are vaccinated/unvaccinated?
A: It is not against HIPPA to ask a fellow employee their vaccine status. They are, however, not required to answer you or show proof of vaccination. It is strongly discouraged to ask for this information unless there is a justifiable reason such as contact tracing.  It is against HIPPA to ask a health care professional for this information or for them to give you the status of an individual.

Q: Can we ask students if they are vaccinated/unvaccinated?
A: It is not against FERPA to ask a student their vaccine status. They are, however, not required to answer you or show proof of vaccination. It is strongly discouraged to ask for this information unless there is a justifiable reason such as contact tracing.  It is against FERPA to ask a health care professional for this information or for them to give you the status of an individual.

Q: Do I have to leave between classes?
A: No, common spaces are open to everyone and should be used as individuals are comfortable.

Q: Will the cafeteria be open, and will the Dining Commons return to being a common area?
A: Yes and yes.  However there will be limited catering available during the Fall semester. 

Q: What will the procedures for coming to campus be? Will everyone need to check-in somewhere?
A: There will not be mandatory check-in upon entry.

Q: Will classes with students who are immunocompromised have to run under stricter guidelines?
A: An immunocompromised person should consult their primary care physician on what is the safest way possible for them to attend classes.  Disability Services can assist with accommodations as needed.  Additionally, if a student would feel more comfortable with online or hybrid classes, they should contact their advisor.

Q: Will COVID-19 testing still be taking place at the college?
A: There will be some form of testing taking place on Campus. The College will have COVID-19 testing available for those needing testing for clinical purposes or individuals who have had an exposure on campus.

Q: Where are the “poorly ventilated indoor spaces” on campus?
A: The HVAC system in all campus buildings meets or exceeds ventilation recommendations which means there are no “poorly ventilate indoor spaces” on campus.  If you are concerned about your space please contact Facilities Services.

Q: When an employee must quarantine (either due to exposure or to showing symptoms), do they use sick time.
A: Each situation involving quarantine will need to be evaluated by Human Resources for applicable use of time.

Q: I am concerned about transmitting COVID-19 to my family at home.
A: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/about-covid-19/caring-for-children/families.html

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