Following is basic information on topics of broad concern. Staff, please reach out to your supervisor or department head with follow-up questions or for clarification. Faculty, inquiries can be directed to the Dean of Faculty's office.
As always, if you aren't feeling well please stay home, see your healthcare provider if necessary and recover safely.
- If you test positive, please report your result using the faculty/staff form. You’ll receive an auto-reply with instructions and a list of contacts for any questions.
- The "Positive cases" section of this page includes information on when you may return to campus after a positive case.
- You don't need to report negative test results to the college.
- Anyone can pick up two free kits at the Jessica Park Mailroom in Paresky, at Human Resources or in the stockroom of the Facilities Service Building.
- Dining staff will be provided with tests at your place of work.
- Employees on the college insurance plan may obtain up to eight additional free tests per month from local pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens and Stop & Shop.
- Masks are required in all classes and labs (including organizational meetings) as the default rule for Fall 2022. Faculty may opt to allow unmasking in your courses anytime after the first session. Students have been instructed to remain masked unless you tell them otherwise.
- Individual administrative units may choose to require masks, as well. These spaces should be clearly marked.
- Masking is optional in most other campus spaces but encouraged, especially for those at risk of contracting or spreading the virus.
- Please keep a mask with you at all times, and respect any request to mask up.
- KN95 masks are available from the Jessica Park Mailroom in Paresky, Human Resources or the stockroom of the Facilities Service Building.
- Please use up the masks you have before taking more, and help the environment by depositing used masks in the designated recycling bins located around campus.
- Offices that want to keep a supply of surgical masks on hand for visitors should request them through your area custodian.
- If you test positive, please inform HR of your results so that they can advise you on college policies. Please don’t report negative results.
- Immediately isolate according to the CDC guidance and stay away from campus for at least five days. You should also seek medical advice from your healthcare provider.
- If you no longer have symptoms by Day Five and have been fever-free for at least 24 hours, you can return to work starting on Day Six. (Loss of taste or smell isn't counted as a symptom for this purpose.) When you do, please wear a KN95 or comparable mask everywhere on campus, indoors and out, through Day Ten, counting from the day of your positive result. After that, please follow the college’s standard masking rules.
- If you still have a fever on Day Five, even at a low level, continue to isolate and stay off campus. You may then return to work after a total of ten days. You don't need to wear a mask when you return unless masking is required by your department or unit.
- Employees don't need a negative test result in order to return to work—please just follow the rules above.
- Employees may work remotely during isolation if you're able. Staff who can't work remotely should report sick time.
- Williams will adjust sick time balances as needed to ensure that no employee depletes their available hours due to Covid. Contact Human Resources with any questions.
- Faculty and staff who test positive are responsible for identifying and informing their own close contacts. If a student tests positive, they'll be asked by Health Services to provide a list of faculty and staff with whom they've been in contact, starting from 48 hours prior to their test. Health Services will then inform Human Resources of any employee close contacts, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, and HR will make the notifications to faculty and staff.
- If you're a close contact, please monitor your health and use rapid tests to test yourself if symptoms develop.
- If you test positive, please follow the instructions in the "Positive Cases" section, above.
If your child or other dependent tests positive
- If someone in your household tests positive, staff should speak with your manager about options, while faculty can contact the Dean of Faculty.
- The CDC strongly encourages that all eligible individuals get the Omicron booster released in Fall 2022.
- Individuals who want the new booster should talk to your healthcare provider about availability. The CDC offers a useful tool for calculating eligibility.
- All faculty and staff were required to complete their vaccination, including the first Covid booster shot, by February 1, 2022.
- New hires must complete the process before starting employment.
- This requirement applies to people who have recently recovered from Covid, as well.
- Please affirm your vaccination by completing and submitting the COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation Form.
- Requests will be considered for exemptions on the basis of medical or religious reasons or strongly-held personal beliefs. To submit a request, please use the Vaccine Exemption Request form.
- Faculty and staff may travel for personal or business purposes at your discretion. If you leave Berkshire County for an overnight trip or longer, please use a rapid test to test yourself before returning to campus.
- If you need a PCR test, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nationwide testing locator can help you find the nearest testing site.
- If your test is positive, follow the instructions in the Positive Cases section, above.
- Departments and programs can serve food at any event.
- Guest speakers and performers should follow college masking policies, including any rules specific to the event or venue.
- Off-campus guests are allowed and welcome at campus events at the organizers' discretion. Guests should be fully vaccinated.
- Event sponsors aren't required to check proof of vaccination, but may do so at their discretion.
- If you plan to require masks and/or verify vaccination status at your event, please include this information in any promotional materials and have extra surgical masks available at the door.