FAQs

How often should I get a Covid test?

Starting October 1, all students are required to get tested twice per week. Testing days have been set according to the first letter of your last name:

  • Students whose last names begin with A through L will test every Monday and Thursday
  • Students whose last names begin with M through Z will test every Tuesday and Friday

Please schedule all appointments using the CoVerified app. For questions about Covid testing, students should contact Karen Brulé at the Health Center, at [email protected] or 413-597-3717.

Can I use our co-op’s kitchen?

Given that campus and community rates of Covid are low, the college is accepting proposals from co-op residents to reopen their kitchens for personal, residential use. 

Send your proposal to Senior Associate Dean of Campus Life Doug Schiazza. It must explain how you intend to use your kitchen, confirm that the kitchen will only be used by one pod at a time (with no guests), and include a detailed plan for cleaning and maintaining the kitchen after each use.

Co-op residents will be responsible for cleaning your own kitchens, so the proposed cleaning/sanitation protocol should be comprehensive and thorough.

How do I get a flu shot?

The Health Center will administer flu vaccine shots for students at the Covid testing site on Monday and Tuesday, October 5 and 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You do not need to sign up for your flu shot. When you report for your scheduled Covid test, just proceed directly to the flu vaccine station at the same site. 

For students needing flu shots after October 6, please contact the Health Center.

Where can I go off campus?

Students are free to exercise or hike outdoors in the surrounding area (via walking or biking), with appropriate masking and social distancing. You may not drive a car to go exercise off campus.

Starting Monday, October 5, you are also allowed to travel off campus to buy groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is limited to the area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. Here is a map of the permitted area.

For Fall 2020, all of Spring Street, the Taconic Golf Course, the Clark Art Institute and its grounds are considered to be on-campus.

If you need to travel outside these areas, either in or out of Berkshire County, you must obtain advance permission from the Dean of the College.

Which stores am I allowed to go to?

Students living on campus may visit any business on Spring Street.

Starting Monday, October 5, students living on campus are also allowed to travel off campus to buy groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is limited to the area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, including Wild Oats, Walgreens, Dollar General and Stop & Shop, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. This corridor also includes several barbers and hair salons. Here is a map of the permitted area.

Students may visit any businesses within these boundaries for purposes listed above, but may not visit other locations, even along the corridor, including private residences, restaurants (except drive-through), bars, athletics and fitness centers, and other kinds of retail outlets.

Can I ride in someone else’s car? Can I drive someone else?

Students with personal vehicles are allowed within certain limits to drive other students when traveling for errands in the permitted area.

A student driver may transport podmates to permitted locations, or may drive themself and one non-podmate. Student drivers may not transport a combination of podmates and non-podmates, or more than one non-podmate.

When traveling with passengers, the driver and all passengers must be masked at all times. Occupants should be as socially distanced as possible and the windows should be open to increase ventilation, weather permitting. 

Can I leave campus for groceries and other personal needs?

Starting Monday, October 5, students living on campus are allowed to travel off campus to buy groceries, prescriptions, personal care items and for hair care. Travel is limited to the area along Route 2 from Williamstown to North Adams, including Wild Oats, Walgreens, Dollar General and Stop & Shop, and south along Route 8 to Wal-Mart. This corridor also includes several barbers and hair salons. Here is a map of the permitted area.

Students may only visit businesses within these boundaries for purposes listed above, and may not visit other locations, even along the corridor, including private residences, restaurants (except drive-through), bars, athletics and fitness centers, and other kinds of retail outlets.

You can take BTRA public transportation or drive your own personal vehicle. You may also get a ride from someone else. See the FAQ about rules for passengers.