MassBay COVID-19 Information
Updated March 23, 2021
Anyone in the MassBay community who tests positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must contact the MassBay Office of Public Safety immediately at 781-239-2222. Also, if you are feeling sick DO NOT come to campus.
Courses for the Spring 2021 semester are being offered nearly exclusively online or remotely. A handful of blended courses that require hands-on laboratory work in our automotive technology, biotechnology, electrical engineering, and health sciences have on-campus components to them.
March 23, 2021 CARES 2 Student Emergency Grant Assistance is now accepting applications. Read more information and apply for funding by visiting the page linked below:
CARES 2 Student Emergency Grant Assistance →
With a focus on safety and caution, MassBay has developed comprehensive COVID-19 precautions. Members of the MassBay community are required to be familiar with the Phased Access to Campus Education and Services (PACES) document. MassBay is currently operating at PACES level 2B.
When you click the link below, a Word document will be downloaded to your Downloads folder. Double-click it to open it, and Control-Click the links to read the websites and documents that are linked.
Download Summary | Phased Access to Campus Education and Services (PACES) →
Students Taking Blended Courses
For the first time, in Spring 2021, students, faculty, and staff regularly on campus will be required to take a weekly COVID-19 test at no cost to them. These individuals have been provided with detailed instructions on how to take the tests and return them for analysis.
Download Summary | FAQs About MassBay’s Mandatory Testing Program →
Students, faculty, and staff regularly on campus for blended coursework in the Spring 2021 semesters must adhere to our comprehensive Campus Access Plans for our Ashland, Framingham, and Wellesley Hills campuses.
The MassBay Access Plans follow the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and includes guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. We ask members of our community who will be regularly on our campuses to familiarize themselves with these Plans before coming to any of our campuses:
Campus Access Plans
Ashland Campus Access Plan →
Framingham Campus Access Plan →
Wellesley Hills Campus Access Plan →
Coming to Campus
Business transactions, Open House events, academic activities and special events are all taking place virtually. For the foreseeable future, all MassBay students, faculty and staff are prohibited from coming to any of our campuses without prior coordination with their Dean or supervisor, and the approval from the Office of Public Safety. Use the forms linked below to request campus access for critical business functions, or to request access for critical academic tasks.
FORM - Request Campus Access for Critical Business Functions →
FORM - Request Campus Access for Critical Academic Tasks →
Student Policy and Procedure Forms
Students in academic programs involving clinical placements are required to adhere to the MassBay Return to Clinical - Policies and Procedures.
Return to Clinical - Policies and Procedures →
MassBay Travel Policies
MassBay requires all community members and visitors to campus to abide by state and local regulations related to out-of-state and international travel. These regulations change frequently and can involve mandatory quarantining. The latest travel regulations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can be found on the Massachusetts State Government website on the COVID-19 Travel Order Page.
MassBay Course Formats and Definitions for Spring 2021
With the health and safety of our community as the driving factor, MassBay has been offering nearly all classes either remotely or online since March 2020. Classes are marked as “remote” or “online” in the Course Offerings.
Remote — Remote classes are held at scheduled class times each week (synchronous delivery) using free video conference technology. The proportion and use of video conferencing will vary from course to course. Course materials will be delivered through a learning management system such as Blackboard.
Online — Online classes do not meet at a specific date and time each week (asynchronous delivery). Students are required to engage weekly with the material in Blackboard, the MassBay learning management system, and stay on track with submitting assignments. Assignments may include videos, recorded lectures, discussion boards, tests, and quizzes and can be completed any time before the assigned deadline (usually weekly).
Blended — There are a handful of “blended” courses in our automotive, biotechnology, electrical engineering, and health sciences programs that will have on-campus laboratory components in spring 2021. Students in blended courses will have scheduled lab meetings on campus and receive a portion of the course instruction remotely or online. The proportion of online or remote instruction will vary from course to course.
Remote and Online Learning Infographic →
Students Taking Online or Remote Courses
Students taking courses online or remote are required to be familiar with and abide by these Tips and Expectations.
Tips and Expectations for Remote Learning for Students →