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Safety measures

Labouré's campus is a mask-friendly campus, where masks are optional except in the labs. Masks are still required in laboratories in following the healthcare industry standard.

Students on campus

Information for Spring 2023

Students coming to campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (or have an approved waiver).

Masks are currently required on campus at all times.

The library is open, and some academic support services are available on campus, while all services are also available online. Students are able to contact the Welcome Center and Student Success Center for in-person services on campus; all services will remain available remotely, as well.

Please review the information in the Activities, Access, and Procedures section below for details. 

It is important to note that our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus and Monkeypox will continue to evolve, and the college's policies and plans will be updated as appropriate as more information becomes available. 

Monkeypox Information

According to the WHO, the monkeypox virus is transmitted through close contact with another infected person, contaminated materials, or an infected animal. With respect to person-to-person spread, the virus can be spread face-to-face, skin-to-skin, mouth-to-mouth, or mouth-to-skin, though possible transmission through the air is not yet well understood. 

Monkeypox Symptoms

Symptoms of monkeypox infection include some or all of the following:

  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

The incubation period (which is the interval from infection to onset of symptoms) for monkeypox can last up to 21 days. If a person tests positive for monkeypox, the illness can generally last between two to four weeks. 

Monkeypox Exposure and Diagnosis

1. If a faculty, staff, or student has Monkeypox, they should not come to campus and should isolate at home until their symptoms have dissipated. 

2. If a faculty, staff, or student has had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Monkeypox or exposed to an environment contaminated with the virus, they should monitor themselves closely for monkeypox symptoms for the 21-day incubation period. 

Activities, Protocols, and Procedures

You must be free of any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 or Monkeypox, or have had evaluation and clearance by the Wellness Coordinator to be eligible to report to campus. 

If you have COVID-19 or Monkeypox symptoms, you must not report to campus. You must contact the Wellness Coordinator at wellnesscoordinator@laboure.edu or (617) 207-3621 for assessment and possible recommendation for testing. 

Students will be scheduled for testing if it is required for their clinical placement on-campus. 

Students who are symptomatic and want to be tested for COVID-19 should reach out to the Wellness Coordinator at wellnesscoordinator@laboure.edu or (617) 207-3621 for guidance on testing. 

If the test is negative, students are cleared to return to class and clinical provided they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and no longer have new symptoms typically associated with COVID-19.

If the test is positive, the student must contact the Wellness Coordinator with test results, and notify their instructor of any absence from class or clinical. 

Positive test results indicate that the student has COVID-19 and should not come to campus and should isolate at home. Students should keep in touch with the Wellness Coordinator and their instructors regarding clearance to return to campus. 

Testing protocols are available through the Wellness Coordinator at wellnesscoordinator@laboure.edu

Students must communicate as quickly as possible to WellnessCoordinator@laboure.edu and their instructors if symptoms identified as possible connections to COVID-19 or Monkeypox are determined. Students will not be penalized for absences due to COVID-19 illness, Monkeypox, or testing wait times, and arrangements will be made for make-up at no additional cost to the student.

The Wellness Coordinator will inform students of their next steps including possible testing and the length of time they will be unable to return to campus or clinical sites.

Make-up sessions are normally held at the end of the semester. 

Masks are currently required on campus at all times. 

Frequent handwashing will be encouraged, and required when entering or exiting the building, and entering and exiting classrooms. 

There will be frequent cleaning of commonly touched surfaces throughout clinical labs, classrooms, and throughout the building. 

The college will provide cleaning materials for students to wipe down items like bedside rails, lab/sim equipment, mannequins, and table surfaces after using them. 

Contact the Wellness Coordinator at wellnesscoordinator@laboure.edu or (617) 207-3621

COVID-19 Resources

Labouré College of Healthcare's Wellness Coordinator
(617) 207-3621

Return to Campus Overview

Return to Campus Information for Visitors and Prospective Students

For additional information and resources about COVID-19 from state and federal resources, please use the links below.

Find a COVID Testing Center in Massachusetts

Massachusetts COVID Vaccine Information

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization