Northeast Maritime Institute College of Maritime Science is actively planning for a fall reopening of our campus with students returning to classrooms and housing. Our main priority is the health and well being of our community, and will remain so moving forward.
Plans may change depending on COVID-19 data, and in accordance with guidance from public health and government authorities.
Commitment to Safety
Northeast Maritime Institute is implementing a number of protocols and policies for student learning and for the safety of all students, staff and faculty. These protocols and policies apply to both learning locations and campus housing and may be updated from time to time based upon evolving guidance and directives from the CDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Following Failure to adhere to these protocols will be considered a violation of the student Code of Conduct and may result in discipline, to include removal from campus. These policies include:
Wearing Masks or cloth face coverings – while in class, and in public common areas, community members will be required to wear a cloth face covering
Physical Distancing – while wearing a mask, maintain six feet between you and others when possible
Hand Washing and Sanitizing – frequently throughout the day
Temperature screening – students, faculty and staff may be subject to temperature screening protocols
Daily Self-Reporting – students will complete a daily self-reporting survey of their symptoms and contact with possible COVID-19 carriers
Isolation and Quarantine – students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19, are symptomatic or were in contact with those who test positive for COVID-19 may be subject to isolation and quarantine protocols
Waivers – students who choose to return to campus may be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver as well as agree to abide by the Institute’s identified safety policies and procedures
Travel – student travel to states outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ identified low-rise states will be restricted for the Fall 2020 semester until otherwise posted. This policy is put in place for the safety of the entire campus as well as to ensure compliance with the state’s travel guidelines. Students’ initial return to campus will require compliance with state travel guidelines, including arriving to campus with a negative COVID-19 test (dated within 72 hours) as well as on-campus housing quarantine at the start of the semester with virtual learning.
Consistent with the latest federal, state and local guidance related to COVID-19, Northeast Maritime Institute College of Maritime Science requires employees, students, vendors and visitors to wear face coverings/masks while they are in common spaces, including outdoor spaces on campus, even if healthy distancing can be maintained, common gathering areas, shared workspaces, shared academic spaces, or when interacting face to face with others. Note: All visitors and vendors must be approved for presence on campus.
This protocol may be modified and updated from time to time in accordance with ongoing guidance from public health authorities. For purposes of this protocol, the term face covering includes cloth coverings and/or masks that fully cover the nose and mouth.
Different types of face coverings and their purposes are listed below:
Cloth masks help contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions. They should only be worn for one day, and then properly laundered before reuse.
Disposable masks are designed to contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions. They should be disposed of after a single use.
FDA-approved medical-grade surgical masks protect users from larger splashes of liquid and contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions.
N-95 respirators protect against airborne particles and aerosols and contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions.
Northeast Maritime Institute College of Maritime Science will be practicing social distancing upon students’, faculty’s and employees’ return to campus. This means that anyone on campus should keep at least six feet of space between themselves and others. This will help decrease the risk of COVID-19 spreading.
Each space must also contain no more than 25 percent of the space’s regular capacity.
Washing your hands thoroughly will support the community in staying safe and healthy. Hands must be washed with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially and immediately after the following:
- Using the restroom
- Entering or exiting a public place
- Blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face
If warm water and soap are not available, you may use a hand sanitizer containing a minimum of 60% alcohol content. When applying hand sanitizer, cover the entire surface of the hands, and rub them together until dry. Once your hands are clean, remember to avoid touching your face as much as possible.
Break Rooms and Social Spaces
Avoid social gathering in break rooms and social spaces and wipe all appliances (coffee machine, refrigerator, microwave, water dispenser) and surfaces after individual use.
Pay attention to signage throughout campus with updates about social distancing.
Cleaning / Disinfecting
Facilities will disinfect offices and workstations, conference and break rooms, doorknobs, common areas and restrooms on a frequent, recurring basis—as well as on-demand as needed. Disinfection will be in addition to regular nightly cleanings. Facilities will also maintain hand sanitizer stations at major building entrances, offices and lab suites, and other high-traffic areas. Each individual should personally wipe off surfaces after touching them, particularly if they may be touched by others.
Use of restrooms should be limited to support six feet of healthy distancing between individuals. Wash your hands thoroughly after use to reduce the potential for transmission of the virus.
- Social distance by staying at least 6 feet apart from others that you do not live with.
- Wear face masks or coverings in public settings when around people who don’t live in your dormitory, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Seek out a “buddy” who will check on you and make sure you are getting basic necessities, including food and household essentials.
- Follow everyday preventative actions recommended by the CDC.
COVID-19 prevention supplies should be provided in common areas, such as soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, tissues, trash baskets, and cloth face coverings that are washed after use.
Non-essential visitors in shared areas should be limited or avoided. Staff should avoid entering residents’ rooms or living quarters unless it is necessary. Staff should use virtual communications and check ins as appropriate.
Be flexible, rules may change in common areas. Maintain 6 feet of social (physical) distance between yourself and others. Try to avoid having more than a few people in smaller spaces to maintain social distance.
Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, or eating utensils. Non-disposable food service items used should be handled with gloves and washed with dish soap and hot water or in a dishwasher. Sinks could be an infection source and should avoid placing toothbrushes directly on counter surfaces. Totes can be used for personal items so they do not touch the bathroom counter top.