Testing Expectations For Williston Students

Must use COVID-19 PCR Molecular Test

As of August 1, Massachusetts state requirements allow a negative test result in lieu of the previous 14-day quarantine requirement for travelers residing outside of New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), New Jersey, or New York. However, to make sure we add as many layers of protection as possible, Williston is exceeding the state requirements. We are using a three-step process, in which we strongly recommend two weeks of Safer-at-Home practices and require two negative tests prior to beginning school in person.

  • Students residing outside of these states must complete a Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival.
  • All students will be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR molecular test result, with the test having been taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival to campus, or to use one of our on-campus test days (see our On Campus Testing Calendar).
  • All students will also be required to fill out a Risk Assessment Form about their activities during the previous 72-hour period.

Day Students

  • They must have a negative test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus or use one of our on-campus testing days.
  • Their family must attest that students and family members have followed recommended safer at home protocols for past 72 hours.
  • They must be tested again upon arrival to campus.
  • If they test positive, or have symptoms, they must remain at home.
  • If they are unable to produce two negative tests prior to the first day of classes, they must begin classes remotely until cleared by Health & Wellness Services (HWS).

Boarding Students from within New England (with the exception of Rhode Island), New York and New Jersey

  • They must have a negative test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus or use one of our on-campus testing days.
  • Their family must attest that students and family members have followed recommended safer at home protocols for past 72 hours.
  • They must be tested again upon arrival to campus.
  • If they test positive, or have symptoms, they must remain at home until cleared by Health & Wellness Services to come to campus
  • If they are unable to produce two negative tests prior to the first day of classes, they must begin classes remotely until cleared by Health & Wellness Services.

Boarding Students from outside Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, and New Jersey

  • They must have a negative test taken up to 72 hours prior to their arrival on campus or use one of our on-campus testing days.
  • Their family must attest that students and family members have followed recommended safer at home protocols for past 72 hours.
  • They must complete the Massachusetts Travel Form.
  • They must be tested again upon arrival to campus.
  • If they are unable to produce two negative tests prior to the first day of classes, they must begin classes remotely until cleared by Health & Wellness Services.

If for some reason a student arrives without a negative COVID-19 PCR Molecular test

  • They must be tested immediately upon arrival to campus.
  • They must remain in isolation in Health & Wellness Services¬†until first test results are received (typically 24-48 hours).
    • If they test negative: they will be allowed to quarantine in their dorm room until results are returned, typically 24 hours. They will have limited mobility on campus and will not be able to join in-person classes and activities until a second negative test is received.
    • If they test positive: the student should return home if able to do so or will isolate in Health and Wellness for a minimum of ten days
  • If they are unable to produce two negative tests prior to the first day of classes, they must begin classes remotely until cleared by Health & Wellness Services.