Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: 11/22/21

Students may park on campus after 3:00 pm and the Pearl Street pedestrian entrance will be open from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

  • Campus Check-ins are not required.
  • The wearing of face coverings on-campus indoors and outdoors is mandatory for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Effective Thursday, May 19th, 2022, STCC will no longer require masks indoors on campus.
  • We will continue to provide COVID Testing at the Corner Café building 15/16.

For questions please use the contact information below.

  • Students, Faculty, and Staff contact Renee Maroney, COVID - 19 Case Manager, at (413) 755-4125 or covid19@stcc.edu.
  • Vendors/contractors contact Facilities Department: 413.755.4700

Massachusetts travel restrictions have been lifted. In Massachusetts, if you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. 

Note: Please do not use Flonase prior to your test because it dries your nostrils and can result in an invalid test result and the test will have to be repeated.

  • It is essential that you provide your proper email address when you register for the COVID-19 test.
  • The test sample is sent to a lab for processing. Results may be expected within 24-72 hours.
  • When the results are ready you will receive an email from the lab with instructions to register and view your results.
  • If you have questions, please see the contact information below for AMR. If you do not receive your results after 72 hours please email: spfldcovidresults@gmail.com

For additional information contact the STCC Health & Wellness Center:

Any activities that require a physical presence on campus, at a fieldwork site, at an off-campus meeting, or any other location as a representative of the College.

If a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19, their close contacts will be defined as those who have been within 6 feet of distance of the individual for at least fifteen minutes, while the person was infectious. The infectious period begins 2 days before symptom onset. If someone is asymptomatic, the infectious period begins 2 days prior to the collection of their positive test.

Please see "Scenario 3: I have COVID-19 Symptoms" under Scenarios & Guidelines on the Health & Safety Protocols page.

Please contact the College’s COVID Coordinator at covid19@stcc.edu for additional instructions and next steps.

Please see "Scenario 2: I have COVID-19 Symptoms" under Scenarios & Guidelines on the Health & Safety Protocols page.

Please contact the College’s COVID Coordinator at covid19@stcc.edu for additional instructions and next steps.

Students

Yes: maks are required indoors and outdoors on campus. However, effective Thursday, May 19th, 2022, STCC will no longer require masks indoors on campus.

If you forget yours at home, visit the Health & Wellness Center in the Ira H. Student Learning Commons (B19).

Yes. On-campus COVID Testing Clinics will be provided in Garvey Hall (B16) where buildings 15 and 16 are adjoined. For dates and times of operations please visit the Testing & Vaccine page.

Please see "Scenario 1: I tested positive for COVID-19" under Scenarios & Guidelines on the Health and Safety Protocols page.

Yes. Hours will vary but offices will be accessible for in-person, virtual and phone assistance. For more information, visit the Student Support Quick Links page.

Yes. This fall, the library will continue to loan Chromebooks and WiFi Hotspots to students in need. If you are in need of a Chromebook and/or WiFi Hotspot, please fill out the reservation form. Once you have completed the form, library staff will verify enrollment and contact you with information about picking up a device.

The Center for Access Services is available to assist you. Start by completing the Student Request Form and a member of the CAS team will be in touch with you. Additional links and resources include:

Yes. For non-emergency support, STCC students can receive clinical mental health support via the college's community partnership with River Valley Counseling Center. To learn more, visit the Mental Health Counseling page, email David Forton, or call (413) 755-4332. For immediate support please dial 9-1-1

COVID-19 Vaccination

If you register for courses with any on-campus component or if you plan on coming to campus in the spring – including to access the library, computer lab, athletic facilities, or other in-person student services – you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

If you do not expect to be on campus for any reason, you are not required to be fully vaccinated or to provide written proof of an official record of full vaccination status unless it is required by your program or activity (ex. athletics, healthcare program, clinical placement).

If, after the start of the semester, you would like to come to campus to access college services and facilities, you will be required to provide written proof of your official record of vaccination status before coming to campus.

The Student Vaccination Requirement webpage provides information on how to upload your documentation of vaccination. Please note that an attestation of vaccination status will not be accepted as written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

Please see the Student Vaccination Requirement page for instructions on how to request a reasonable accommodation.

Yes, any vaccine requirements and or exclusions for Fall 2021 were based on specific sub-groups of students in certain programs or activities.

When your document is submitted, you'll get a response on the screen and an option to download a pdf. When Student Affairs reviews and accepts the document, you will get an email telling you that the document has been reviewed. If your document is rejected, you will get an email with more information about what you need to do as a next step.

A college-approved reasonable accommodation request does NOT mean that a particular fieldwork site will be accepting of it. Our clinical and practicum site partners have the autonomy to set their own requirements and vaccination policies to which our students must comply as a condition for placement. Although the College will put forth a reasonable effort to find a fieldwork placement accepting of an unvaccinated student, it is without guarantee.

At this time, approvals for reasonable accommodations are granted on a per semester basis. The College will continue to monitor COVID conditions and communicate any requirement for renewals as needed.

Yes. There are no restrictions for spring semester course registration at this time. Students are encouraged to work with their advisor to register for their preferred spring semester courses. If you register for courses that have any in-person component, you are required to provide documentation of vaccination or an approved accommodation by January 10, 2022. When you register for spring semester courses, you will be permitted to register for any available course. Students who do not meet the deadline of January 10, 2022 to provide documentation of vaccination will be deregistered from their spring semester courses that have an in-person component. Please note that online courses with an in-person lab component will result in withdrawal from both components of the course.

You will not be allowed to attend class or access campus without submitting written proof of an official record of full vaccination and unless you have an approved reasonable accommodation you may be administratively withdrawn or, if possible, offered the opportunity to transfer into a class with no in-person component.

Students who are unvaccinated may take courses with no on-campus component and access services remotely. Students may also request a reasonable accommodation where the College will engage in an interactive process to determine if the student is eligible for a reasonable accommodation, and if so, whether the requested accommodation is reasonable and does not create an undue hardship to the College or direct threat to the health or safety of others in the learning and working environment, if applicable.

In the event a reasonable accommodation is approved, students may be subject to additional health and safety protocols and/or be excluded from campus and/or college activities including but not limited to travel for the protection of health or safety, as determined by the College in consideration of local, state, and/or or federal laws and public health guidance and/or mandates.

Vaccination records will be treated in the same confidential manner as other student records.

Yes. According to the CDC, you are not considered fully vaccinated if you have had COVID but have not been vaccinated. 

Yes! Cataldo Ambulance Service, Inc. offers vaccine clinics at Tech Park, 1 Federal Street.

  • Tues./Wed./Fri./Sat. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Additional resources for accessing a COVID-19 vaccine include:

January 10, 2022 is the deadline to submit documentation of vaccination or receive an approved request for accommodation. STCC is following the CDC guidelines, which indicate that you must have had your first dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or your second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine no later than January 10, 2022. You are fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. Following this timeline will ensure that you are fully vaccinated by the first day of classes on January 24, 2022.

If the CDC changes their definition at any time, the revised definition will be applicable.

Please pay close attention to the type of vaccine that you receive and its timing schedule to ensure you are fully vaccinated in time to register for, and attend classes, if you seek to enroll in face-to-face and/or hybrid courses or to access campus for any reason.  

If you register for courses that are fully online and do not include any in-person component, and you do not plan to come on campus for any reason, you are not required to provide documentation of vaccination or an approved request for accommodations. Please note that student support services such as tutoring, the writing center, advising, etc. will be offered in an online/virtual capacity.

If you plan to come on campus for any reason, you are required to either provide documentation of vaccination or receive an approved request for accommodations by January 10, 2022.

Faculty & Staff

Yes: The mandatory wearing of masks indoors is required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Masks must also be worn outdoors if six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Everyone is required to supply their own masks, but in the instance when someone does not have one, they may get one at the Health & Wellness Center or the Welcome Desk in the Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19). 

Yes. On-campus COVID testing clinics will be provided in Garvey Hall (B16) where buildings 15 and 16 are adjoined. For dates and times of operations please visit the Testing & Vaccination page.

Please see "Scenario 1: I tested positive for COVID-19" under Scenarios & Guidelines on the Health & Safety Protocols page.

Please contact the College’s COVID Coordinator at covid19@stcc.edu for additional instructions and next steps.

If you are an individual who is employed at Springfield Technical Community College and are requesting reasonable accommodation(s) under the ADA, you are encouraged to arrange a time to meet with the ADA Coordinator, Vannoch Sin, at: (413) 755-4667, vsin@stcc.edu in the Human Resources Office. Through the interactive process, the College’s ADA Coordinator will discuss workplace accommodation(s) with you to determine if you are an otherwise qualified individual with a disability and entitled to an accommodation and if that accommodation is reasonable. Medical documentation may be required.

COVID-19 Vaccination

 

Yes. All full and part-time employees including faculty and staff, contract and/or hourly employees, interns, and volunteers regardless of whether work assignments are online or in-person as well as to those consultants, vendors or business/governmental invitees that have a regular presence on campus and/or routinely interact with students and/or employees, as determined by the College are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

 

Certain other individuals, including consultants, vendors, and other business/governmental invitees may be required to be vaccinated. Please view the full employee vaccination policy for detail.

All employees must submit written proof of an official record of full vaccination status no later than January 3, 2021.

These documents can be found on the College’s Employee Vaccination Requirement website along with the details for how to submit documentation for the vaccination cards and apply for reasonable accommodations.

Please be sure to read through these documents carefully and contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions you have about the Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Please note that the attestation of vaccination status will not be accepted as written proof of an official record of full vaccination status.

Yes, any vaccine requirements and or exclusions for Fall 2021 must be requested again for Spring 2021.

Vaccination records will be treated in the same confidential manner as other employee records and will be stored with the employee’s medical records.

For employees who have determined that they will not get vaccinated, the College has provided an extended notice period for those employees who submit a letter of resignation by January 3, 2022, that will enable them to remain employed through February 3, 2022.

Employees who are unable to be vaccinated may request a reasonable accommodation where the College will engage in an interactive process to determine if eligible for a reasonable accommodation, and if so, whether the requested accommodation is reasonable and does not create an undue hardship to the College or direct threat to the health or safety of others in the learning and working environment, if applicable.

In the event a reasonable accommodation is approved, employees may be subject to additional health and safety protocols and/or be excluded from campus and/or college activities including but not limited to travel for the protection of health or safety, as determined by the College in consideration of local, state, and/or or federal laws and public health guidance and/or mandates.

Requests for reasonable accommodation, including requests for a medical or religious exemption, will be considered consistent with applicable laws, legal guidance, and College policy.

Reasonable accommodation requests should be submitted on the College’s Employee Vaccination Requirement website along with the details for how to submit documentation for the vaccination cards and apply for reasonable accommodations.

Please note that the individualized interactive process to determine reasonable accommodations is estimated to take a minimum of ten (10) business days following the receipt of satisfactory documentation supporting the employee’s eligibility for reasonable accommodation. If you are seeking a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request and necessary documentation as soon as possible and without delay if you want your request to be considered in time by the January 3, 2022 deadline.

Employees who fail to submit verification of full vaccination by the January 3, 2022 deadline are not permitted to work either on campus or through telework or to be on campus for any purpose absent an approved reasonable accommodation.

As applicable, employees will be placed on leave without pay for no more than 14 calendar days pending submission of the required verification or receipt and approval of an appropriately documented reasonable accommodation.

If an employee has a reasonable accommodation request pending and/or has received an initial or subsequent dose of a vaccine but has not yet reached full vaccination status, the College will allow employees to use any accrued personal, vacation and/or compensatory time for the above period. Further, the College may extend the above period to enable an employee to reach full vaccination status if the employee has satisfactorily demonstrated that they have started the vaccination process.

Continued failure to submit required vaccination verification, absent an approved reasonable accommodation, shall be cause for discipline up to and including termination consistent with applicable collective bargaining agreements and/or employee handbook.

The Commonwealth’s Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA), not the College, makes determinations regarding unemployment benefits. According to DUA’s website such determinations are made on a case-by-case basis but that employees should not expect to be able to collect unemployment if they are terminated for refusing the vaccine.

The community colleges are following the CDC’s definition of full vaccination status, which currently provides that “[i]n general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.”

If the CDC changes their definition at any time, the revised definition will be applicable.

Employees should take immediate steps to schedule their vaccinations if they have not already done so and pay close attention to the type of vaccine that they receive and its timing schedule to ensure they are fully vaccinated by the January 3, 2022 deadline.

Yes. According to the CDC, you are not considered fully vaccinated if you have had COVID but have not been vaccinated. 

The Tech Park Vaccine Clinic (operated by Cataldo Ambulance) is now open with expanded availability, across Federal Street from campus.

Hours:

  • Tues/Wed/Fri/Sat 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Sun/Mon: CLOSED

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Off-campus Clinics