MassBay COVID-19 Information
Updated January 21, 2022
With preserving the safety of our community, helping to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and to effectively educate our students as our paramount objectives, MassBay will return to campus for most activities in the spring 2022 semester.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions regarding spring 2022 semester →
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, anyone feeling sick MUST NOT come to campus.
Effective January 2022, all Massachusetts community college students, faculty, and staff coming to the campus for classes, activities, or work must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit verification of their fully vaccinated status to the College absent an approved reasonable accommodation. In accordance with the CDC definition, MassBay defines “fully vaccinated” as two weeks after someone takes the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or after taking their second Pfizer or Moderna dose.
Find a vaccination on Mass Gov →
Instructions for STUDENTS to upload proof of vaccination here →
Instructions for FACULTY AND STAFF to upload proof of vaccination here →
All students coming to campus for a class or for student services must be fully vaccinated by January 25, 2022. It’s a two-step process:
- Download MassBayGo, the College’s mobile app. Instructions: search MassBay Community College in your app store. Once downloaded, use the My Campus Pass tile and show your green checkmark to enter our buildings. Note, your checkmark will not turn green until you are authorized to come to campus: January 24 for faculty and staff, January 25 for students.
- Upload your proof of vaccination to MassBay — a photo of your vax card will work. Visit www.massbay.edu/immunization for instructions.
Other Precautions in Place This Semester
Masks are required at all times in our buildings. The only time masks can be temporarily removed is when actively eating or drinking. Masks must be worn securely, and they must cover the mouth and nose.
Three feet of social distance is required wherever possible. Signage and floor clings will be prominent to facilitate distancing; classrooms will spread chairs three feet apart; common areas will be oriented to prevent gatherings in close proximity.
Restricted Access. The campuses are closed to the public. All guests must be previously cleared before coming to campus.
Cap on the number of students in each classroom. MassBay is limiting the number of enrolled students in classes to a maximum of 18 to ensure all students and faculty can maintain three feet of distance in all our in-use classrooms.
Is testing available? Students, faculty, or staff may request a test kit once a week. More information on how to obtain a test kit will be available in the coming weeks.
Definition of Online, Remote, Blended
While most of our classes will taking place face-to-face, MassBay will also offer a robust selection of courses in remote or online formats in the spring 2022 semester. 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 being offered in the spring 2022 semester that will have both on-campus and online components. 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 →
Tips for Students Taking Online or Remote Courses
Available Financial Assistance
The CARES 3 Student Emergency Grant Assistance for Spring 2022 may still be available. Please read more information and apply for funding by visiting the page linked below.:
CARES 3 Student Emergency Grant Assistance →