If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to get tested for COVID-19 before you return to campus. With the demand for this testing, it will take some planning and persistence. Please act accordingly.
If possible, we recommend getting a PCR-based test because of higher accuracy. But, if no other tests are available, a rapid antigen-based test will suffice. See mcad.edu/covidtesting for off-site testing options.
In addition, if you haven’t signed up for your required onsite test on January 18 or 19, please do so immediately. When signing up for your Online Reservation Appointment, use your MCAD username and email address.
Possible Testing Exemptions
If you were confirmed as having had COVID-19 within the past 90 days of the first mandatory testing event date (January 18), it’s possible that you test positive through ‘virus shedding,’ even though you have fully recovered. You may be exempted from the mandatory testing, if you provide the following information to us at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A digital copy of your test results showing that you were COVID-positive on or after October 20, 2021.
- The results must include:
- Your name
- Date of the test
- Test result
- Clinic that performed the test or type of test that was used (Over-the-counter, at-home rapid antigen tests do not qualify for this exemption.)
- Complete the Mandatory Testing Exemption Request form
Mask Policy Update
We have updated the Face Covering and Mask policy effective January 18, 2022. Based on current health conditions and alignment with CDC guidance, as well as our commitment to deliver in-person learning, we will require the indoor use of 3-ply surgical or higher-grade (KN95, KF94 and N99) face masks for all staff, students, faculty, visitors, contractors, etc. regardless of vaccination status. Cloth masks will not meet the new face covering requirement. However, you may combine a cloth mask (top layer) and a 3-ply surgical mask (bottom layer) to improve fit and increase protection.
On December 22, 2021, President Sanjit Sethi shared MCAD’s Spring Semester requirements for all community members to safely return to campus. Please read this message carefully to avoid any delays or interruptions.
Required Testing: Before Your Return
Every community member must take a COVID-19 test 24 hours prior to their first arrival on campus. Any valid test is acceptable, such as Vault, at home, doctor-administered, or pharmacy-administered. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, you must immediately notify email@example.com and follow instructions to quarantine in place. If you receive a negative test result, you do not need to notify MCAD and may return to campus as planned.
Plan Ahead To Get Your Test
Getting access to a test, either through a clinic or an at-home kit, is your responsibility. With the surge in the Omicron variant and people traveling back from the break, tests and testing appointments are becoming scarce. Plan ahead so you have enough time getting your results within 24 hours of your arrival on campus.
Required Testing: After Your Return
To have access at the start of the term to any MCAD buildings, facilities, and classrooms, you must take two MCAD-provided COVID-19 molecular (RT-PCR) tests offered on the dates listed below. All tests will be administered by appointment only in the Student Center on the 2nd Floor in the Main Building.
- Initial On-Campus Testing
- Tuesday, January 18, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, January 19, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Sign up: When signing up for your appointment, use your MCAD username and email address. Online Reservation Appointments
- Follow-Up On-Campus Testing
- Monday, January 24, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 25, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Sign up: Link will be shared on January 20th to set up your appointment.
Once your online appointment reservation is completed, you will receive confirmation emails and text messages from Primary Health which will include a link allowing you to change your appointments, if necessary. Due to the number of participants who need to be tested, we ask that you be on time for your appointment.
Your results will be emailed to you at the address provided. Your test results will also be sent to the MCAD Covid Care Team.
Attending the mandatory testing is considered an excused absence for students and should take no longer than 20 minutes. Please notify your instructor if you need to miss a portion of a class for the testing clinics.
If you are fully remote, and will not be on campus at all from January 1st through February 13th, you are not required to attend the on-site campus testing events, but are required to apply for an exemption requirement by filling out this form.
Thank you for your cooperation.