College Travel Policy Changes, Rapid Antigen Tests for Approved Employees

College Travel Policy Modified

  • This past Monday the Commonwealth of Massachusetts replaced its travel order with a travel advisory. Among other changes, the new guidelines state that, unless they have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to their arrival, all individuals entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, are advised to: 

    • quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival or 

    • until they receive a negative test result. 

  • In light of the new guidance, please note these changes to the College's Travel Policy:

    • Staff and faculty who travel out of state for a trip of fewer than 24 hours are exempt from the College’s Travel Policy (e.g., they are not required to receive a negative COVID-19 test before returning to work).

    • Staff and faculty returning to Massachusetts from out-of-state travel of longer than 24 hours are required to remain out of work until they receive a negative test result at the Testing Center. 

College Travel Policy Exemption

  • Staff and faculty who are fully vaccinated (i.e., who have received two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or who have received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, 14 days or more ago) and who do not have symptoms are now considered exempt from the College's Travel Policy.

Rapid Antigen Tests Available to Approved Faculty and Staff Starting March 29

  • To allow faculty and staff to return to work on campus in a timely manner following out-of-state weekend travel, the College will make antigen tests available to those employees who are approved to work on campus on Monday. Antigen testing is available from 7:30-8 a.m. at the Testing Center beginning March 29. 

  • Employees returning from out-of-state travel during any other part of the week will need to take a normal test at the Testing Center because rapid antigen tests are currently only available Monday mornings.

  • Email covidtesting@amherst.edu by noon on Friday in order to take advantage of the Monday antigen testing. (A negative result on the antigen test will meet the aforementioned state of Massachusetts quarantine requirement.)

  • An antigen test is administered in the same manner as the tests that have been in use by the Testing Center. Once the standard nasal swabbing is complete, those tested may go to work; they will be alerted by the Testing Center staff if they are positive.