Testing Dashboard & Action Steps

The health and safety of our campus and local community is paramount during these unprecedented times. In order to keep you as informed as possible, we are providing the dashboard below to track key data elements associated with COVID-19. In addition, we outline action steps that are being taken to protect our community during the pandemic. We are teaching, learning, working and living in new ways, and ask for your cooperation with our safety guidelines.

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Testing Dashboard
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Fall 2020 Summary

Action Steps

At this point in time, the College is planning on continuing on-ground instruction on February 8, 2021. While it is our intention to continue on-ground instruction we are also developing contingency plans for a remote opening, a delayed opening, hybrid learning, etc. based on different projections of the national and local spread/containment of the COVID Virus. Students have the option to choose remote learning for the Spring semester. We anticipate being able to make a final decision on the delivery model for the Spring semester by mid-January if not sooner. The FAQ section below has been updated to reflect our current plans for the Spring 2021 semester and will continue to be updated as needed.

Academics

What is the delivery method for classes in the Spring?

Each classroom, lab, and additional space marked for conversion to classroom places have been assessed by Facilities and Vice Presidents following nationally utilized social distancing reconfiguration.

Faculty are currently preparing their classes to pivot to a remote teaching and learning model of delivery if needed. In general:

  • If the class is currently scheduled as online and will remain so, no alterations will be made beyond denoting any required synchronous (remote face to face) timeframes.
  • If the class is currently scheduled as face to face and will continue as face to face, adjustments will be made to denote a hybrid (at least 50% remote teaching/learning) designation. This is a way for students to be planful in the event of Commonwealth action due to the pandemic that happens later in the semester. Information about classroom use days/times will be scheduled.
  • If the class is currently scheduled as hybrid, no alterations will be made: information about classroom use days/times will remain the same.
  • If the class is currently scheduled as face to face or blended but needs to be moved to online, instructors will work with their Dean/Director to effect that and it will be noted on the finalized class schedule. Remote synchronous class meeting times (at least once a week) will also be noted.

If you determine that remote learning is your preferred way of taking classes this Spring 2021 semester, please complete and submit this formStudents can also contact their academic advisors or program dean/directors to discuss options and to get help with any questions about their spring schedules.

Are there classes or experiences that cannot be done remotely?

Yes. There are some academic programs and experiences that cannot be done remotely. This includes:

Nursing Courses

  • nursing lectures maybe be on-campus or remote;
  • nursing course exams will be held on campus;
  • nursing labs will be held on campus;
  • nursing clinical experiences will be held on campus or in-person (face-to-face) at assigned clinical sites/areas.

Art/Design Courses

  • ART 101 Drawing I (multiple sections)
  • ART 102 Drawing II
  • ART 103 Fundamentals of Design and Color
  • ART 105 3-D Design
  • ART 205 Calligraphy, Design and Layout
  • ART 239 Videography I
  • ART 248 Digital Photography I
  • ART 235 Printmaking I
  • ART 347 Junior Seminar in Art
  • ART 461 Senior Exhibition in Art
  • ATH 150 Materials, Methods, Techniques in Art Therapy
  • ATH 202 Art Therapy I
  • ATH 351 Art Therapy Internship II
  • DES 103 Introduction to Digital Design (multiple sections)
  • DES 140 Graphic Design I
  • DES 210 Typography II
  • DES 415 Editorial Design
  • DES 499 Design Internship

How do I view my schedule?

Click here for instructions on how to view your course schedule.

Will I receive a confirmation that my request to learn remotely was received? How will my schedule be updated?

Once you submitted your request you are all set. Over the next weeks we will be setting up remote sections of classes and students who have opted to learn remotely will be enrolled. You will be participating in your classes remotely through Zoom. Check your schedule at the beginning of February and contact your advisor or program director with any questions.

If a student wants to only take classes remote, is that an option and who should the student contact?

Students who are planning on being remote for the Spring 2021 semester should complete this form. Students can also contact their academic advisors or program dean/directors to discuss options and to get help with any questions about their spring schedules.

Will a set schedule for classes be released?

A set schedule for classes is posted. Contact your academic advisor or program director if you still need to register.

Will there be additional online classes between November and February?

There will be an eight-week accelerated remote winter session from December 7th to February 4th.

What does the Spring Academic calendar look like?

The spring semester will begin on February 8, 2021. The spring semester is scheduled to end on May 21, 2021. Commencement is still being finalized, but tentatively scheduled for May 22 – May 24.

What happens if you are not able to start classes on February 8?

Students should contact their academic advisors or program dean/directors with any questions about their spring schedules.

Admission & Financial Aid

How can I visit the College?

The admissions and financial aid offices have a number of Virtual visit options outlined to help you connect with a member of either staff.

Click here for a list of virtual visit options.

Will Admissions and Financial Aid be open?

Our Admission and Financial Aid offices currently remain open and the staff is working both in the office and remotely. The staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The Financial aid staff can  be reached for assistance by both email financialaid@annamaria.edu and phone (508) 849-3366.

The Admission staff can be reached for assistance by both email admissions@annamaria.edu and phone (508) 849-3360

Athletics

Will there be games in the winter and spring?

On Monday, November 8, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) announced the cancellation of conference competition for the winter season, including conference championships. This decision impacts men’s and women’s basketball. View the complete announcement here.  The College and the athletic department will continue to offer opportunities for training and engaging in meaningful on-campus athletically related activities during the spring semester for these winter sports with their coach. Potential local area competition will be discussed if health and safety guidelines permit competition. A decision has not been made regarding competition for hockey. A GNAC decision has not been made for spring sports.

When is move-in for athletes?

Student-athletes Will move in to their on-campus residence February 4-7, 2021. Anna Maria College Residence Life will be sending more information about the phased move-in process testing and quarantine guidelines.

Will athletes be allowed to practice as a team?

Yes. Fall, winter and spring athletes will be allowed to practice as a team following college, local, state and NCAA regulations as long as conditions on campus allow for safe activity. Coaches will continue to engage with their student-athletes for athletic activity and strength and conditioning.

Will athletes living off campus who do not have on-campus privileges be able to access campus facilities for training?

Only athletes who are residing on campus or commuters that are taking on-ground classes and participate in regular COVID Testing will be able to access campus facilities for athletic activity this spring.

Will fall sports have the opportunity to compete in the spring?

Anna Maria College and the athletic department continue to monitor the current situation and explore possible local competition if health and safety guidelines permit competition. No decision has been made at this time regarding if and when fall teams will compete in the spring. Fall teams will continue to engage in on campus athletic activity with their coaches during the spring semester. There is currently no timetable for this decision.

What will the varsity athletic experience be like in the spring?

All varsity student-athletes who return to campus in the fall must comply with Anna Maria’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols including regular COVID Testing in order to engage with their coaches for in-person and virtual workouts, academic and personal support, team bonding, and leadership development opportunities. All team activities will be developed using federal, state, local, NCAA, and Anna Maria guidelines. Varsity student-athletes taking all classes remotely or deciding to take a leave of absence for the spring semester will not be permitted to participate in any team or individual workouts.

Campus Ministry

The Campus Ministry Office

The Campus Ministry Office will be open remotely and providing spiritual guidance and support through virtual programming and content for the remainder of the semester. Please check our Instagram and Facebook pages as well as your email for regular updates. If you are looking for spiritual support during this time, please email Melissa LaNeve at mlaneve@annamaria.edu or Fr. David Cotter at dcotter@annamaria.edu, or call (508) 849-3205.

Health & Safety

What happens if a student tests positive but is not in a private room?

Students with a positive test will be moved to an isolation space, currently planned to be located in Madonna Lower Level. Students who have a permanent residence within 150 miles of campus will be required to return home for their isolation.

What happens if there is an outbreak on campus?

Different scenarios are being developed which could include a mass quarantine or a switch to remote or hybrid learning.

Will students be required to be tested prior to move-in?

Students will be asked to complete a PCR test before coming to campus if tests are available in their home community.  On-campus testing will begin with move-in and all students will be required to quarantine in their room until a negative test result from the on-campus testing is reported.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive you will be notified by email from the Broad Institute (the testing lab), contacted by Anna Maria College Health Services, move to an isolation space, and contact tracing protocols will begin.

When will testing begin?

The testing process will begin as soon as students return to campus.

How does the testing process work?

Members of the Anna Maria College Community will report to the testing site in Jacques Conference room and self-swab under supervision on-site.  Results are generally available the following day, within 24 hours of the tests being received at the lab at the end of each testing day There is no charge for testing.  Negative test results are automatically posted to the CoVerified app.  Positive test results are not released to the CoVerified app until a personal contact has been made, per Federal Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.

Refunds

I was affected by the College's decision on November 4th, will I receive a refund?

For resident students affected by the College’s decision on November 4th requiring them to remain on campus due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases, room and board refunds will be given as follows:

  • A refund will be pro-rated based on the date the student moved out of residence hall to November 24, 2020.
  • The refund will be limited to those resident students who were completing degree required face-to-face off-campus assignments (ex. internship, clinical, and on-site training).

Any exceptions to this policy will be on an individual basis and evaluated through the Offices of Vice President for Finance and/or Vice President for Student Affairs.

Residence Life

When are move-in dates?

Move-in dates are currently set for February 3-6, 2021 by appointment only.  The Office of Residence Life will be scheduling move-in times based on building and floor in order to spread everyone out during each move-in period. Resident students will receive more information regarding the move in process in early January.

Are students still going to have roommates?

Yes, we are limiting room capacity to no more than two people per room.

Will masks be required in bathrooms?

Yes, masks will be required within bathrooms unless you are taking a shower or brushing your teeth.

Are shared kitchens going to be open?

Shared kitchens and microwaves will be opened for the Spring 2021 semester.  There will be strict cleaning and occupancy protocols and no common utensils.

Will parents be able to assist with move-in?

Yes, parents will be allowed to assist with move-in with a limit of 2 helpers/student.

Can students visit other students’ rooms?

Yes, students will be able to visit other student rooms as long as they adhere to restrictions based on room occupancies. Students will need to abide by the guest policy when visiting other rooms. First year students living in Madonna Hall are not permitted to visit other buildings.

Will we have our same roommates we picked in the Spring?

You will most likely have the same room and roommate you had in the Spring semester.  It is possible that some assignments will be changed to create more quarantine space or to de-densify the living areas.

If students test positive, how will quarantine work?

Students who test positive will be brought to an isolation space where they can quarantine. Arrangements will be made for meals to be delivered to the isolation areas.

Student Life

Will common areas be open?

Larger common areas will be open with couches removed and additional furniture spaced out.

What will be the consequences for students who do not wear masks or follow protocols?

For those who do not follow the proper protocols there will be fines and potential ban from campus for repeat offenders.

Will extracurricular activities take place (clubs, chorus, theater, etc?)

Yes, extracurricular activities will take place, but not in the traditional ways. We will be working to provide students with activities with safety as our main objective.

Because there is no on-campus orientation how will incoming students be oriented to campus life?

Orientation for new students in Spring 2021 is being planned for both an in-person and a virtual orientation experience.  The Student Life Office and Orientation Leaders will be contacting all new students with details.  Any questions may be directed to the Student Life Office at (508) 849-3387.

Are students allowed to have a protest on campus?

Any student gathering will need to follow group protocols including spacing, masks, and size limits.

Will the CoVerified app be required again?

Yes, all members of the community will need to use the CoVerified App to report symptoms and show “cleared” status.  There will be more “checkpoints” set up to ensure compliance, including building entrances, the testing site and classrooms. The app can be downloaded at https://www.coverified.us/download and you will use your Anna Maria credentials (email username and password) to log in.

Technical Support

Information Technology Department

During this difficult time, the Information Technology department is trying to be as responsive as possible. In order to help streamline communications, when you have a question, need help, or otherwise need to contact IT, please contact ITSupport@annamaria.edu.