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Coronavirus Updates and Resources

MassBay COVID-19 Information


Updated October 13, 2021

Effective with the Spring 2022 term, ALL members of the MassBay community -- including students, faculty, and staff -- must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the campus for any reason, including taking on-campus classes and accessing on-campus services or resources. For more information, important dates, and instructions for uploading proof of vaccination please visit:

Statement from the Community College Presidents →

How to upload your vaccination card to MassBay

When you have successfully uploaded your vaccination card to MassBay, you will receive a green "pass" on your mobile phone and can enter campus buildings quickly and easily.

MassBay Immunization page with instructions for how to upload your vaccination card →

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 anyone feeling sick MUST NOT come to campus.

As the pandemic has evolved, we have heard from public health officials and epidemiologists in Massachusetts and throughout the world who have spoken with one voice, urging people in communities everywhere to get vaccinated. In order to provide the highest level of public safety and to preserve the health and well-being of our community, we encourage everyone who does not have an autoimmune health issue or a religious objection to get vaccinated.

MassBay has updated its COVID-19 protocols for the upcoming fall 2021 semester. Please refer to this Frequently Asked Questions document to learn more.

Read COVID-19 protocol FAQs →


MassBay COVID Protocols


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 3. Be advised, adhering to the rules, regulations, and protocols as detailed in PACES is required for all members of the MassBay community, regardless of one's vaccination status.

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) →

MassBay COVID Testing Program

All students registered for on campus courses in Automotive Technology, Health Sciences, and STEM are required to vaccinate. All students in non-lab based classes that are held on campus, all faculty who teach on campus courses, and essential staff who will be regularly on campus during the fall 2021 semester may submit their vaccination status to be exempt from weekly COVID-19 testing.

Instructions for uploading your proof of vaccination here →

Those who do not submit their vaccination status or are unvaccinated will be required to take a weekly COVID-19 test at no cost to them. These individuals will pick up their test kits at the front door and will be provided with detailed instructions on how to take the tests and return them for analysis at that time.

Download Summary | FAQs About MassBay’s Mandatory Testing Program →

Accessing Campus

All three MassBay campuses are closed to the public. 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 →

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 Ashland campus to familiarize themselves with the Ashland Campus Access Plan before coming to campus:

Ashland Campus Access Plan →

Students in Clinical Placements | 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 →


Definition of Online, Remote, Blended

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 database.

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 summer 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.


Tips for 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 →


Available Financial Assistance


July, 2021 CARES 3 Student Emergency Grant Assistance is now accepting applications. Read more information and apply for funding by visiting the page linked below:

CARES 3 Student Emergency Grant Assistance →


Emergency Grant Fund

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Off-Campus Food & Housing

Food & Housing Guide →