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Although the President's message from 6/19/20 is "pinned" to the top of this page, please see a list of past communications in the accordions below. Please note that all current communications are now being posted to Curry.edu/returntocampus and our Return to Campus Communications page.

Published 6/19/20: Updates for Fall 2020 from President Quigley

Dear Curry Students and Families,

As the reopening of businesses and public spaces from the coronavirus pandemic continues across our country, I hope that you and your families are well and (safely) enjoying the start of summer.

I write to update you on the progress that our College has made on various initiatives pertaining to the Fall semester and our developing plans for your return to campus. The Return to Campus Institutional Committee (RTCC) and subgroups have worked diligently on recommendations and plans for all areas of campus life. I am deeply grateful to all who participated for their time, energy, and exceptional service to our College in moving us forward.

What follows is an outline of our initial conclusions and plans, which have been developed with three major considerations at the forefront:

  • Safeguarding the health and safety of the entire Curry community;
  • Providing the distinctive in-person and on-campus living and learning experience that is a hallmark of our College and deeply valued by our community;
  • Understanding the need to provide options and flexible learning modalities and virtual experiences in the current environment to ensure continued student success under any circumstances.

Please note that additional communication with more detailed information will follow on many of these matters as our plans evolve this summer, from Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Athletics, and others. Please continue to check your Curry email and curry.edu/returntocampus for updates. We appreciate your patience as we work towards a successful and safe Fall semester on campus for our students!

Academics and Fall Calendar

At this time, the College is considering moving the start of the Fall semester up two weeks, to begin classes on August 17. We anticipate making this decision before June 30 and will be communicating further detailed information about the Academic Calendar to students and families immediately. The last day of in-person classes will be November 24, with residence halls closing November 25. Online exams will be scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving, with the semester formally ending on or about December 4.

Prior to November 25, for both traditional and continuing education and graduate courses, we will be incorporating a mix of face-to-face (FTF), hybrid flexible (Hyflex) and, to a limited extent, online courses in our offerings. The Hyflex model for coursework, which will include both online and FTF components for a given course, is designed to reduce contact intensity and frequency. The in-person experience for classrooms, labs and studios will be designed consistent with social distance standards as well as health and safety protocols. Please note that every effort will be made to provide first-year students with a fuller FTF experience as they begin their Curry journey.

Curry College offers an online certification process through the Faculty Center, which all faculty members will be encouraged and supported in completing before the Fall semester. Thanks to our dedicated faculty and staff, and the willingness of our students to adapt admirably to a new and unfamiliar environment, our experience this spring has helped us understand better how to navigate the challenges and benefits of online teaching and learning. We will continue to improve, to evolve, and, most importantly, to safeguard our promise to deliver on a uniquely Curry educational experience.

We will also be splitting lab sections and expanding our classroom inventory to provide social distancing. Gaps between scheduled classes and labs will be expanded, as feasible, to support cleaning and disinfecting on a regular basis, and directional signage will prevent massing at points of ingress and egress. Where appropriate we will also be lowering course size caps consistent with space and facility limitations.

Further details on academic schedules and classroom safety protocols will be forthcoming. Please note that all of our Academic Support Service offices will remain staffed during normal business hours, regardless of whether study is online or on campus. We also encourage you to visit our Remote Academic Resources webpage for much more information about the many resources (technological and otherwise) that are currently available to you.

Facilities, Health and Safety

A number of safety measures will be instituted throughout all campus facilities. The following is not exhaustive, and additional measures may be implemented following federal, state, and local guidance. Signage will be posted throughout campus to support hygiene, disinfection, and wayfinding for social distancing.

  • An aggressive twice-daily cleaning and high-touch disinfection protocol for classroom and common spaces (including restrooms) will be enacted throughout campus, including in residence halls. Should a member of the campus community test positive for COVID at any time, heightened cleaning protocols, including electrostatic sprayers, will be enacted.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be provided in common areas throughout campus.
  • All HVAC systems are currently being evaluated for air cleaning capacity.
  • Plexiglass or other clear dividers will be installed in open public spaces throughout campus to protect employees and student interactions.
  • The College has sourced PPE, including reusable cloth masks and level 3 surgical masks, which will be provided to employees (including student employees).
  • All students will be provided with masks and required to wear them in public spaces (with exceptions for dining).

We realize that appropriate and effective testing and monitoring is vital to community health and safety, and that these practices and standards are evolving rapidly. The College is continuing to monitor and develop options for partnerships and other means to implement a testing program for students, faculty and staff informed by current scientific best practices. All students, faculty, staff and visitors will also be required to self-monitor and submit a daily health check. In addition, several residence hall spaces will be reserved should isolation/quarantine housing become necessary at any time due to the COVID outbreak. In this case, the College will follow the Infectious Disease Preparedness & Response Plan developed by the College’s Emergency Preparedness Committee. More information on testing and self-screening will be forthcoming.

Athletics

As we consider what our Division III Varsity, Club, and Intramural athletics, as well as general fitness activity, may look like at Curry this fall, we are following guidance from the NCAA and Commonwealth Coast Conference, which will continue to evolve.

The College is preparing to enact a number of protocols for the safety of both student-athletes and the entire community engaged in athletic or fitness activity, including addressing issues of personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, visiting team access, screening, sanitary and disinfection processes, safe and appropriate care of student-athlete injuries, amongst others.

Athletics will also build in sufficient time for the medical clearance process, anticipating delays for student-athlete access to physicians and other medical personnel, as well as for distribution of sports equipment (allowing for social distancing, sanitizing and use of protective equipment). Further guidance and information on Athletics and fitness protocols will be forthcoming.

Residence Life and Campus Life

To support social distancing, the College has decided to only offer double and single occupancy rooms for the 2020-2021 academic year. Additionally, we have increased the number of single rooms available on campus, and rooms that previously accommodated three or four residents will be occupied as doubles for the coming year (eliminating all triples and quads). Additional information and details about move-in in August and other protective protocols in residence halls will be forthcoming.

We will be reducing the seating capacity for the Student Center and providing wayfinding signage to direct the flow of traffic. We are also working with Sodexo to establish criteria to provide quality dining in the safest way possible, which may include grab-and-go, take-out, delivery, reservations, and an increase of venue options throughout campus.

We realize that these precautions will represent a somewhat different and unfamiliar campus experience for our students; however, we are committed to providing the opportunities for engagement and involvement, as well as the wholehearted support, which have always been hallmarks of the Curry experience. Further information about events, as well as other campus involvement and engagement initiatives (virtual and face to face) will be forthcoming.

Our first priority is keeping our entire community, especially our students, safe. We recognize that the many precautions we, along with other colleges and universities nation-wide, will be taking for the health and well-being of our campus will represent changes for us all in how we live, learn and work at Curry, and require a great deal of flexibility. We also know that there are many factors at work that are beyond our ultimate control, and that our plans may need to be altered, should the need arise.

However, please know that the enduring mission and heart of our College, to ensure the achievement of our students in every way possible and to provide a meaningful and transformational academic and life experience, will never change. As we continue to lay the groundwork for a successful Fall semester on campus amid many challenges, I am grateful for all of the ways our community has continued to come together in that spirit.

I look forward to sharing further information and plans as they come to fruition in the coming weeks, and to welcoming you all back to our beautiful campus soon.

In the meantime, my best wishes to all for the health and safety of you and your families,

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President
Curry College

Distribution of Funds to Eligible Students

Curry College has been awarded $967,207 as part of the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, for funding to be used for direct emergency financial assistance (grants which do not require repayment) to eligible students to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.

Curry College, as of May 28, 2020 has finalized the awards to students.   All grants have been awarded in accordance with the CARES Act and all other applicable laws, including nondiscrimination laws.

In addition to the allocation for emergency funding for students, Curry College is receiving equivalent funding to offset institutional costs for moving to remote operations incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Information Required by the CARES Act and FAQ

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

As you are likely aware, as the stay at home order for the state of Massachusetts expired on May 18, Governor Baker instituted a “safer at home advisory” and rolled out a 4-phase plan for reopening. This plan did not explicitly include guidance for institutions of higher education; however, we expect that further guidance will follow in the coming weeks as phase 1 unfolds.

Please note that although the Governor’s plan includes provision for offices to reopen on May 25, Curry College will NOT be asking employees to return to campus at that time. All employees not designated otherwise should continue to work from home. You will be notified when we are ready to begin to transition employees safely back to campus.

Campus is at this time still closed to students, faculty and staff. If you need to retrieve work materials or personal belongings, please communicate with your Senior Staff member for approval. Please be sure to bring your Curry College ID card, your keys and a mask with you. You will be asked to identify yourself to gain access.

In accordance with the general Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards included in the reopening plan, the Return to Campus Institutional Committee (RTCC) and subgroups are working hard on recommendations for precautions to ensure your safety and security upon returning to campus, and to prepare for that transition. These include social distancing office protocols, hygiene protocols, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, PPE, and staffing and operations guidelines, amongst other considerations. That work is currently ongoing.

We realize that many questions remain, and the RTCC is working to develop answers as quickly as possible. In the meantime, please be assured that we will be proceeding with adherence to all state guidance, as well as to Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines, and with the utmost concern for the health and safety of our entire community. Further information about campus safety protocols and precautions will be forthcoming.

Best wishes to all for the health and safety of you and your families,

Mirlen Mal
Vice President of Human Resources
Chair, Return to Campus Institutional Committee

Dear Curry Students,

As we conclude the academic year, I want to both thank you and congratulate you on the tremendous efforts you made and success you achieved during the unprecedented circumstances of a spring semester unlike any other in our College’s 141-year history.

I also want you to know that Curry College very much looks forward to your return. We remain dedicated to delivering to you on the promise of a Curry education, and to ensuring the health and safety of our entire campus community.

We are actively planning for you to return to campus in the fall. We know that the public health situation may develop in a number of ways over the coming months, and we will always put the health and safety of our students first, taking all precautions and examining all options to keep you and our campus as safe as possible.

With this in mind, the College has convened a Return to Campus Institutional Committee to prepare for faculty, staff, and students to return under several possible scenarios, dependent upon public health recommendations and federal and state government mandates and guidelines. This Committee has already begun its work, initiating subgroups who will make recommendations regarding academic affairs, residential and campus life, technology, facilities (including campus access and housekeeping), athletics and business offices in the near future, so that we can ensure the safety and security of our campus and our community to the best of our ability. We will continue to communicate and update our entire community as we move through this process.

While recognizing the many present uncertainties, Curry College is planning for a bright future for you and for our College. We feel confident that we will continue to deliver a uniquely Curry experience and to provide immense value through our academic programs, whatever the future may hold. We are excited that you are a part of it.

Best wishes to all for the health and safety of you and your families, and I look forward to welcoming you back to campus.

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

As we move forward together, we continue to solve problems, rise to challenges, think creatively, and collaborate with each other under the most unprecedented of circumstances. While this has been a time of sudden and even scary transition and adaptation, I am very proud of how all of us at Curry have continued to support each other.

Following Governor Baker’s announcement yesterday, which extended stay-at-home/social distancing advisories until at least May 4, the College has made decisions and is instituting policies on some issues and questions that have been outstanding up until this point. Our goal was to bring our students back to campus as soon as it was safe and allowable to do so; but given this announcement, it has become necessary for us to act and communicate accordingly, always with the best interests, health and safety of our entire community, especially our students, in mind.

Residence halls will be closed and courses will be held online for the remainder of the Spring semester.
Given Governor Baker’s mandate for social distancing and the closure of schools and non-essential businesses until May 4, against the background of our academic calendar, we regret deeply that it no longer seems viable to bring our students back to campus this semester. As you know, we had hoped that this would not be the case, but at this time, we owe it to our students and families as well as our faculty members to allow you to plan realistically for the coming months. We do not yet have a specific date and time when students may return to campus to retrieve their belongings, but in order to adhere to the Governor’s order as well as to ensure the health and safety of all, it will not be prior to May 4. We will communicate and implement our move-out process at a time and manner that is safe and appropriate, following guidance from local, state, and federal authorities. We will make every effort to give you reasonable notice and maximum flexibility, and the Office of Residence Life and Housing will be in touch with details.

The College will be making financial accommodations for room and board charges for the Spring semester.
In the interest of being fair and equitable to our students and families, we plan to issue applicable refunds or credits for prorated room and board charges for the Spring semester based on several factors, including but not limited to: type of financial aid, outstanding financial obligations (if applicable) and returning or graduating status. In the coming month, our Finance team will be reviewing every individual student’s record, which will allow us to provide more specific information once completed. We appreciate your patience throughout this involved process, as we want to ensure that it is done correctly. Details will be communicated via the website as soon as possible, though we do not currently have a specific timeframe for when refunds or credits will be issued at this time.

All faculty and staff members will continue working remotely until at least May 4.
Curry College will remain operational, consistent with Governor Baker’s exemption to his Executive Order pertaining to colleges and universities for the purposes of facilitating distance learning. However, until further notice, faculty and staff members who have NOT been designated as required to be on either the Plymouth or the Milton campus for continuity of operations or for health and safety reasons, will continue to work from home in accordance with Governor Baker’s mandates in this crisis situation and in the interest of public health.

Both the Milton and Plymouth campuses will remain closed with limited access until at least May 4.
While the College will remain open, both campuses will remain closed to students, faculty and staff members until further notice at such time as local, state and federal government authorities and the College designate it safe to travel and work on campus. If you have been designated as required to be on campus, please be sure to bring your Curry College ID card with you, as you will be asked to identify yourself to gain access.

All Commencement Weekend events will be postponed, and physical celebrations will be held at later dates.
We share the disappointment of our seniors and their families, and wish that it were possible to hold our ceremony and related weekend events, including our Nurses Pinning, Family Reception and Senior Celebration, as planned. However, we believe that given the uncertainty around public health and restrictions extending until early May at this time, it would be inadvisable to plan to hold events of this magnitude on the original dates (May 16-17). We believe that a Commencement Weekend at a later time, when we are able to come together in person as a community to celebrate the achievements of our graduates as they deserve, is the best way to proceed with this momentous occasion. Student Affairs will also work actively with the senior class officers and members of the Class of 2020 to create memorable events that will uphold the Senior Week tradition. We look forward to honoring the Class of 2020, and will provide further details about these events as soon as possible.

All Summer semester courses will be held online.
All Summer 2020 courses for both sessions will be conducted online. Teaching contracts will be distributed and executed digitally, and further details will be posted on the website as soon as they are available.

To all of our students, and especially our seniors: We are deeply saddened that we are not yet able to welcome you back to our beautiful campus as soon as we had hoped. We realize that this is not how you envisioned this semester, and for the Class of 2020, these precious last few months of your college experience, which should be filled with accolades, laughter and love from those who have nurtured your journey over the course of your time at Curry. But no distance can diminish that love or the pride in your accomplishments that we all feel. Although your reunions with each other and with our College may be delayed, they will be no less joyful, and Curry eagerly awaits your return.

Once again, I thank you all for your patience, your understanding, and most of all, the strength of your support of Curry College and each other. We look forward to a brighter moment soon, with many happy celebrations to come.

Sincerely,

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President

REMINDER:
Curry College will remain operational, consistent with Governor Baker’s exemption to his Executive Order pertaining to colleges and universities for the purposes of facilitating distance learning. However, until further notice, we are asking faculty and staff members who have NOT been designated as required to be on either the Plymouth or the Milton campus for continuity of operations or for health and safety reasons, to work from home in accordance with Governor Baker’s mandates in this crisis situation and in the interest of public health.

Campus is CLOSED as of 4pm, Monday, March 23, to students, faculty and staff. If faculty or staff members still need to retrieve work materials or personal belongings, please communicate with your Senior Staff member. If you have been designated as required to be on campus, please be sure to bring your Curry College ID card with you. You will be asked to identify yourself to gain access.

Dear Members of the Curry College Community, 

Last week, our College had to make a number of very, very difficult decisions in order to ensure not only the health and safety of the Curry community, but to help limit the spread of the coronavirus in the interest of public health. As we move into our second week of navigating this extraordinary situation, which is evolving at an extremely rapid pace, we continue to problem-solve together. 

To our students:
Please know that the faculty and administrators who have supported you through your years at Curry are as disappointed as many of you are that your semester has been altered in this unprecedented way. This global event is impacting colleges, universities and students worldwide in many of the same ways, as we all work to protect not only ourselves and each other, but also the vulnerable among us, from the spread of this virus. However, that does not make it easier or less painful, especially for seniors who anticipated this precious last semester at Curry as a time of celebration and enjoyment of their time on campus. 

The decision to close our residence halls for as long as necessary was not made lightly, and we know that this has been a confusing time. Our strong hope and our goal is to bring students back to campus where you belong this semester; but we simply do not know what will be possible at this time, and our first priority is your health and safety. In this rapidly changing environment, the Crisis Management Team and senior leadership will continue to meet daily to monitor the situation, review guidance from federal, state and local agencies, make changes as needed, and communicate changes to decisions or new decisions on an ongoing basis. 

We remain committed to supporting and assisting you, your fellow students and your families in any way we are able to during this challenging time. We understand that you may have questions related to your academic program, online learning capabilities, credits, refunds and prorated adjustments for aid or loan programs, employment, residence halls, and other matters. The College is working to resolve these issues and others as soon as possible, and will communicate with you as further information becomes available or known.  

We thank you for your patience and understanding; the care and concern that you have shown for each other and for the Curry community during this difficult time is very greatly appreciated. We will get through this together, and I look forward to your return to campus. 

To our faculty and staff:
We recognize that just as our students, this is also not how you envisioned this spring semester. But the willingness to adapt to an unfamiliar situation that you have demonstrated daily, and your dedication and creativity in ensuring the continuity of learning for our students and operations for our College, has been exceptional. Thank you. As we navigate the transition to online learning as well as remote instruction and operations where possible, we are committed to providing you with as much support and as many resources as possible. We hope that our continuing guidance regarding remote work will help in this transition and assist in keeping our entire community safe and healthy, both on and off campus. 

To our entire community:
Again, although we are making the best decisions possible for our College with the information we have, consistent with recent guidelines issued by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and Department of Public Health, in this rapidly changing environment, all decisions must be considered interim. Many things may change over the coming days and weeks, and we will communicate with you as a community, as groups and as individuals as frequently as possible. 

We urge you to stay updated by regularly visiting  curry.edu/coronavirus, where we will continue to post updates and additions to the  FAQ.  

Although we do not yet have all the answers, nor is it clear what the future will bring, as a community we will work together to find solutions. Together, we will emerge from this difficult time with new perspective and greater resilience. Thank you all for your continued support of Curry College and of each other, and my best wishes for the health and safety of our community and families. 

Sincerely,

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President

The cleaning staff will be cleaning high touch areas twice per day: Once during normal cleaning time, and one additional time during the day. They will be using a cleaner and a disinfectant (further information on this is contained in a PDF attached to this email). In addition, we are spraying common areas twice weekly with a disinfecting electrostatic sprayer. Please view this video for more information on how the sprayer works.

The following high touch items will be addressed:

  • Tables *only if cleared off*
  • Phone hand set
  • Doors and door knobs
  • Light switches
  • Elevator buttons
  • Microwave and vending machine key pads
  • Handles
  • Desks *if cleared off*
  • Toilets, faucets, Sinks
  • Trash pulled

*If you wish your tables and desks to be included, PLEASE be sure to clear the surfaces.*

The following Buildings are still occupied and will be on this schedule:

35 Atherton Student Center
47 Atherton Street
55 Atherton Street
65 Atherton Street
65 Bradlee Road “Keith Alumni House”
79 Atherton Street
1000 Brush Hill Road
1016 Brush Hill Road
CECC Offices (Common Areas, Restrooms)
PAL Offices Areas and Restrooms
Cottage
Kennedy Offices Areas and Restrooms
Buildings & Grounds
Public Safety
LCOM Offices Areas and Restrooms
Levin Library Offices Areas and Restrooms
AAPC Offices Areas and Restrooms
Hafer Offices Areas and Restrooms
Faculty Building

If your building is not on the list, or if you building is not going to be occupied, please contact Buildings & Grounds at 617-333-2228 to let us know.

We appreciate your cooperation in helping to keep our campus safe and healthy.

Bob O’Connell
Director of Buildings and Grounds

Dear Curry Community,

Last week, Curry College made the decision to suspend in-person classes and on-campus housing. We are in the process of transitioning all courses fully online for as long as necessary and appropriate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coupled with this decision and as a result of many employers adopting policies that limit their staffs’ ability to travel or attend large-scale events, the College has also made the very difficult decision to cancel the College’s Career & Internship Fair, which was scheduled for April 1, 2020. Additionally, our onsite Job Spot program has been suspended for as long as necessary and appropriate.

While we share in your disappointment, the Center for Career Development is prepared to continue supporting you as you seek employment or internships. Some of the immediate ways we can provide remote support include:

  • E-Resume Book: We are asking that students who would like to share their resume with potential employers, please upload your resume here by Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The collected resumes will then be shared with our employer network that had been invited to attend the Career & Internship Fair. Organizations may be in touch with students regarding specific openings if there is alignment between student skills and their organizational needs. Upload your resume here.
  • Curry Connect Job Postings: New jobs and internships are posted daily on Curry Connect. You can access Curry Connect from the My Curry Portal quick launch menu. 
  • Engage with the Mentor Network: Connect with a Curry alum or employer partner who have identified themselves as mentors to students seeking career advice. Mentor Network information can be found on Curry Connect.
  • Virtual Career Events: Staff in the CCD are actively researching virtual career fairs and other virtual recruitment events. Updated information regarding virtual career events will be posted on the Center for Career Development tab on the My Curry Portal.
  • Virtual Advising Appointments: The CCD will continue to serve students virtually, via videochat, or by phone. Schedule an appointment at www.curry.edu/ccdappt if you need help with resume and cover letter assistance, career and major exploration, interview preparations, grad school applications, or job and internship support.

If you have questions or need assistance, call me at (617) 333-2294 or email me at kaborn@curry.edu. We thank you for your patience and willingness to adapt as we continue to navigate this extraordinary situation facing all of us.

Sincerely,

Kerrie M. Aborn
Director, Center for Career Development

Dear Curry Faculty and Staff,

We appreciate the hard work of many departments who have engaged in assessing operations and planning for learning and operations continuity as the coronavirus health crisis continues to unfold. Our responsibility to the entire Curry community is both to ensure that we continue to serve our students, and to help “flatten the curve” of the Coronavirus spread by ensuring social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Starting Tuesday, March 17, all faculty and staff members who have the ability to work remotely may do so until further notice.

At this time, we are not planning to close our on-campus offices. However, until further notice, we are supportive of faculty and staff member choice to work from home if they would prefer to do so due to the evolving public health situation. We ask employees to speak with their supervisors to ensure College operations are not interrupted and verify that they have the ability to work remotely. Supervisors should consult their Executive Team members with questions. As with all policies during this extraordinary time, we will continue to evaluate this situation and will communicate any changes that result from changing circumstances.

Faculty and staff working on campus should practice social distancing by not gathering in groups and maintaining six feet of distance from others whenever possible. You will be receiving an email communication from Buildings & Grounds outlining the extensive cleaning protocols that are currently in place to protect employees on campus.

An FAQ on remote work from Human Resources for staff, supervisors and faculty chairs will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please reach out to Human Resources at 617-333-2330 or hr@curry.edu with questions or concerns.

Last night, you should have received an email with information from ITS regarding all the tools and resources you may need in order to work remotely. Please you to reach out to the Service Desk at 617-333-2911 or support@curry.edu if you did not receive the email or with questions or concerns, which will be addressed as speedily as possible.

We thank you for your patience and willingness to adapt to an unfamiliar and extraordinary circumstance, and hope that this policy and information will assist in keeping you, your colleagues and your families, safe and healthy.

Mirlen A. Mal
Vice President of Human Resources

Dear Curry College Education Students,

I am writing to inform you that the Education Department in consultation with the leadership of Curry College and Massachusetts Public Health recommendations has decided to suspend all field placements in the Education Department to prioritize the health and safety of Curry College community, as well as the children and staff working with our students this semester. We will continue to evaluate this decision and update accordingly if circumstances change. 

As a result of the unfolding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, our College made the very difficult decision to extend our spring break through Sunday, March 22, 2020 and transition our academic operations to remote learning on Monday, March 23, 2020 for as long as necessary or appropriate. There are no suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus at Curry College. For further information, view the College announcement and FAQs sent to all students, faculty, staff and families. 

In a joint effort, the Education Department is working closely with a variety of educator preparation programs and regulatory agencies such as the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, to seek collective guidance and strategize ways Education students engaged in field experiences can demonstrate competencies related to their specific career goals in order to earn the credit and or licensure as applicable. These plans are being developed and are evolving.

All school settings, district administrators, mentor teachers, program supervisors and educators working with our students will be notified of this decision by the Education Department shortly.

We recognize that this news is unsettling to students and families. However, please know that we are working on alternative methods for assessing student performance related to fieldwork in order to support students to reach their goals in a timely, reasonable and appropriate way without compromising standards expected for educators.

We will be communicating with specific groups of students as our plans for alternative assignments and performance demonstrations are finalized by the Education Department and College and reviewed by appropriate licensing agencies.

We will continue to monitor the on-going events and changes as they arise. If changes take place, we will communicate with you directly.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience.

Thank you,

Professor Michelle LeBlanc
Chairperson, Education

Dear Curry Students,

As you may be aware, Massasoit Community College (MCC) was notified of an individual who is ill and being tested for the coronavirus, as well as an individual who was on campus recently who was exposed to the virus but is not showing symptoms.

MCC is taking steps to mitigate the situation, including closing building locations for cleaning and cancelling classes for periods of time. Please read the full details on the website, which will be updated as they monitor the situation.

Consistent with plans for other Curry College campuses, all Term 4 classes in the Curry RN to BS program at Massasoit will begin online on Monday, March 23 and continue to be delivered through online or remote learning for as long as necessary and appropriate. Students will receive specific instructions from faculty members, designed to ensure continuity of learning. Please contact your professors directly with queries related to course content, credit and assignments.

To minimize the risk of coronavirus, Curry College recommends that you follow CDC prevention guidelines, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If you feel ill, do not go in person to any medial provider without first speaking to medical staff over the phone for advice. Students should call Curry College Health Services at 617-333-2182 (8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.). Outside business hours, call Public Safety at 617-333-2222.

Dear Admitted Students and Families,

Curry College has carefully monitored the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) as this global health crisis has continued to unfold. Though there are no suspected or confirmed cases at Curry College, at this time we have determined that additional proactive measures are necessary to minimize the risks to the health and safety of our entire community, which is our foremost concern.

  • As of March 11, all in-person classes for our current students have been suspended and Curry will extend Spring Break by one week through March 22. Students will not return to either the Milton or Plymouth campuses. Beginning on Monday, March 23, classes will be delivered through online or other forms of remote learning for as long as necessary or appropriate this semester.
  • All on-campus College events will be cancelled until March 23; further decisions regarding events (including athletic events and other large gatherings like New Student Orientations) will be forthcoming.
  • At this time, we are still conducting campus visits for admitted students. Visits to our campus can be arranged online at curry.edu/visit or by contacting the Admission Office at (617) 333-2210. 
  • At this time, no decision has been made regarding Accepted Student Day on April 4. Should we need to postpone or cancel this event, we will communicate with you immediately.
  • The Admission Office remains open during regularly scheduled hours. For any questions regarding your admission status, securing your enrollment for next fall, or to schedule a time to visit our campus, please contact the Admission Office at (617) 333-2210 or adm@curry.edu.

Further information and guidance will be forthcoming, and we urge you to stay updated regarding the actions the College is taking by visiting curry.edu/coronavirus, where we will continue to post updates. 

By taking these steps, our intention is to do our utmost to preserve the health and safety of our entire community, and most of all, to continue to fulfill our mission to help our students succeed. 

Thank you for your patience and support as we move forward together, and we look forward to welcoming you to Curry College! 

Sincerely, 

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President

Dear Members of the Curry College Community,

As you know, our Crisis Management Team and College leadership have carefully monitored the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) as this global health crisis has continued to unfold. Though there are no suspected or confirmed cases at Curry College, at this time we have determined that additional proactive measures are necessary to minimize the risks to the health and safety of our entire community, which is our foremost concern, as well as to help limit the spread of the coronavirus in the interest of public health.

  • Effective immediately (March 11), all in-person classes are suspended and Curry will extend Spring Break by one week through March 22 . Students should not return to either the Milton or Plymouth campuses. Beginning on Monday, March 23, classes will be delivered through online or other forms of remote learning for as long as necessary or appropriate this semester.
  • Faculty and staff will use the week of March 16 to develop alternate modes of delivering courses. In the coming days students will receive specific instructions from faculty members, designed to ensure continuity of learning.
  • All on-campus College events will be cancelled until March 23; further decisions regarding events (including athletic events and other large gatherings like Commencement) will be forthcoming.
  • We require that all students NOT return to campus until otherwise notified. Resident students will receive further information shortly regarding residence halls, retrieval of essential belongings and specific information for international students.
  • Campuses will remain open to faculty and staff, who will continue their regular work schedules for the week of March 16. Further information regarding remote work policies and logistics will be forthcoming during that time.
  • All non-essential, College-sponsored travel is prohibited during this time, and we urge all community members to follow the CDC guidance on any personal international travel.

Further information and guidance will be forthcoming (please note that the College will always communicate via official Curry email addresses), and we urge you to stay updated regarding the actions the College is taking by visiting curry.edu/coronavirus, where we will continue to post updates. An FAQ (which will be updated as further decisions are made and/or more information becomes available) has been posted online as well.

We understand that these measures present significant challenges for our entire community, and especially for our students and their families. By taking these steps, our intention is to do our utmost to preserve their health and safety, and most of all, to continue to fulfill our mission to help our students succeed. Please know that we remain as committed as ever to providing you with information as we navigate this situation together, and that we appreciate your patience and willingness to adapt in these extraordinary circumstances.

We also appreciate the significant efforts of so many on our campus, especially the faculty and staff who have in recent weeks worked tirelessly to assess and plan in this constantly evolving environment, and who will continue to do so moving forward. We know that your exceptional commitment to our College and our students will assure that we find solutions to the challenges ahead and ensure that teaching and learning at Curry continues without interruption. Thank you for your patience and support as we move forward together.

Sincerely,

Kenneth K. Quigley, Jr.
President

The College continues to monitor the unfolding developments of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the impact that this extraordinary health event is having on the Curry College community. There continues to be no suspected or confirmed cases at Curry College.

Plymouth Public Schools announced that they would be closing all public schools within the district in order to thoroughly disinfect school buildings and buses on Friday, March 6th. A recent student group from the Plymouth high schools travelled to Milan, Italy during February school vacation and subsequently have been advised to self-isolate. Earlier this week, one of the students that participated in the trip to Milan had been evaluated for flu-like symptoms at an area hospital. The student was evaluated, released and sent home from the hospital.

During this semester, five Curry College students across all undergraduate and graduate Education programs have field placements at several elementary schools within the district. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Plymouth Public Schools or the town of Plymouth at this time, we are informing Education students of this situation out of an abundance of caution.

Curry College students who have field placements within a Plymouth school are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms. Self-monitoring means:

  • Monitor for fever and remaining alert for cough or difficulty breathing during the self-observation period for 14 days. 
  • Limiting contact with others if traveling and practice good hand washing.
  • Seek health advice by telephone from a healthcare provider if you should develop a fever or symptoms of illness. 
  • Please call the College’s Health Center at 617-333-2182 with any symptoms or concerns.

The College and the Education faculty are proactively planning for potential scenarios where some or all education field placements could be suspended or altered by individual schools or districts. We are also in contact with representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for guidance related to how these scenarios could impact field placements that are required for licensure. Individually impacted students will receive communication directly from the College’s Education Department.

As you are likely aware, the College continues to monitor the unfolding developments of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the impact that this extraordinary health event is having on the Curry College community. There continues to be no suspected or confirmed cases at Curry College.

Some health care organizations, including Boston area hospitals, who have recently begun evaluating the role of clinical placements during this heightened health event, are asking that their medical and administrative staff not travel, and if they do, to be aware that there could be restrictions to their work schedules upon their return. We anticipate similar requests and restrictions will be made to students participating in clinical settings.

At this time, the Curry College School of Nursing is recommending that all Nursing students and clinical faculty reconsider travel during spring break. Students that make the decision to travel should be aware of the risks associated with travel as informed by the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Students should be prepared to not participate in clinical rotations or preceptorships upon returning from Spring Break if a travel restriction is ordered by an individual clinical location. Students travelling to a destination other than the area of their permanent residence on file with the College are required to submit information to complete the Curry College travel registry if they have not already done so, whether they are traveling domestically or internationally.

The College was notified yesterday afternoon that one area hospital has cancelled one of its clinical rotations for the next week (through Tuesday, March 10th) in an effort to preserve personal protective equipment. We have determined that given the current timing associated with this directive from the hospital that no Curry students will be impacted. Should the hospital extend this plan beyond the end of spring break, one clinical rotation of six students would be impacted. These students will be contacted directly by the School of Nursing with plans for an alternative simulation-based experience if this occurs.

Out of an abundance of caution, the College and the School of Nursing are proactively planning for potential scenarios where some or all clinical experiences could be suspended by area hospitals and formulating how we would deliver alternative simulation-based experiences temporarily. Temporary suspension of clinicals or preceptorships will not impact a student’s ability to graduate on time or sit for NCLEX exams.

Dear Members of the Curry Community,

As a result of the evolving circumstances related to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the College has activated the Crisis Management Team (CMT) to assess and plan for readiness efforts, should a need to act in response to this evolving global health situation arise. Our first and foremost concern will always be the health and safety of our entire Curry community.

Currently the risk level within the United States remains low, but the CDC notes that given the current global circumstances, it is likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur. The risk level also remains low in Massachusetts. There have been no suspected or confirmed cases at Curry College, however, there has been one confirmed case within Norfolk county (the county where the Milton campus is located). The CMT remains engaged with global, federal, state, and local health organizations in our continued effort to obtain the most current information on the virus, and to understand and implement the most current recommendations.

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the best interests of the entire Curry community especially our students, the CMT has made several decisions informed by guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and highly recommended actions from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding current and upcoming study abroad programs:

  • The CMT has made the decision to cancel spring break study abroad programs to Cuba and England, which directly impacts 20 students and three faculty members;
  • The CMT has made the decision to recall students participating in the Curry College Study Abroad Exchange program and has recommended that the student impacted practice self-observation (full information about self-observation is located at the end of this message);
  • The CMT has made the decision to rely on partner program decisions regarding program suspension and cancellation for students that are studying abroad through Third Party Providers. One student who was studying abroad in Italy through a third-party provider has returned to the U.S. as a result of the program provider’s decision to suspend their operations in Italy. Please note that this individual has also been advised to practice self-observation and self-quarantine based on information from the CDC. Curry students and employees should not be in on-site contact with students who have studied in Italy for a minimum of 14 days following their re-entry.

We recognize the impact that these difficult decisions will have on faculty, students and their families; however, they were not made lightly, and always with the health and safety of participants and the entire Curry community at the forefront of discussion.

Additionally:

  • The CMT has started to centralize information regarding students that are having off-campus education field experiences, internships, and nursing clinicals. We advise students that are engaged in this type of experience to monitor any directives from these organizations as they may be supporting and engaging with populations that are at a higher risk of illness.
  • CMT members are planning to participate in meetings with the Town of Milton regarding town-wide response efforts later this week.

The CMT response teams will be continuing to regularly discuss the College’s operations considering the most up-to-date guidance we receive from various resources. We will communicate information broadly as needed via email and through the Curry website at www.curry.edu/coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Mirlen A. Mal
Vice President of Human Resources
Crisis Management Team Chair

Practicing self-observation includes:

  • Remaining on high alert for fever, cough or difficulty breathing during the self-observation period of 14 days.
  • Limiting contact with others while traveling and practice good hand washing.
  • Seeking health advice by telephone from a healthcare provider if you should develop a fever or symptoms of illness. Please call the Health Center at +1-617-333-2182 with any symptoms or concerns.

(also sent to students and campus vendors)

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am writing as a follow up to the Coronavirus update shared by Erin Simmons, Director of Health Services, on Thursday, February 27. In that message, it was requested that anyone traveling internationally over spring break provide details of planned travel by completing a brief online form so that the College can continue to monitor and be ready to respond to any potential impact that global travel of employees or students may have on the Curry community. I am again echoing that request and ask that if you are planning to travel outside of the U.S., please register your travel plans no later than Friday, March 6, 2020. Thank you to all of you that have already submitted travel plans.

Best regards,

Mirlen A. Mal
Vice President of Human Resources

Curry College is keenly aware of the state of concern that the Coronavirus is causing both here in the United States and around the world. The College is actively monitoring the situation with information provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We are actively communicating with our study abroad partners who are also monitoring the situation and, if warranted, taking additional steps to support the health and safety of participants.

A few common practices that we want to emphasize are:

  • Students planning independent travel or planned excursions should avoid nonessential travel to the following countries: China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea as the CDC has raised each of these countries to Level 3 travel advisory. Students traveling to Japan should practice enhanced precautions as informed by the Level 2 travel advisory from the CDC;
  • Participants should be continuously monitoring information and responses that they are receiving from their study abroad provider and/or host institutions;
  • Students should continuously monitor governmental information from the country and/or municipality where they are studying abroad;
  • Students should keep up to date on ongoing developments via the news and the Centers for Disease Control Travel Advisory website;
  • If you are a US citizen, and have not done so already, consider registering with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive real time updates on travel advisories in the country where you are traveling.

The College remains committed to supporting our students by having a successful study abroad experience. Should you have any questions or need support in contacting representatives of your study abroad program or host institution, please do not hesitate to email Mireille McLaughlin, Curry College’s Director of International Student & Study Away Services, who can be helpful in facilitating these connections. Mireille can be reached at mireille.mclaughlin@curry.edu or by calling +1-617-333-2967.

Recommendations Regarding Public Health and Safety

In addition to the practices noted above, the College is also making recommendations around public health and safety upon re-entry to the U.S. at the conclusion of your program of study. When making these recommendations, the College primarily looks to an ever-evolving list of best practices offered by the CDC. As the CDC’s recommendations evolve, the College will continue to work to meet those best practices and share them with the community.

At this time, we are advising students returning from Italy to practice self-monitoring and social distancing. As a result, we are asking students to maintain a safe distance from campus and avoid close contact with students on our campus for a minimum of 14 days following re-entry. This may extend to students returning from other countries in the future, depending on CDC recommendations.

Self-monitoring means: 

  • Monitor for fever by taking your temperatures twice a day and remaining alert for cough or difficulty breathing during the self-observation period for 14 days. 
  • Limiting contact with others.
  • Seek health advice by telephone from a healthcare provider if you should develop a fever or symptoms of illness. Please call the Health Center at +1-617-333-2182 with any symptoms or concerns.

Social distancing means: 

  • Avoiding locations of congregate settings, such as: public transportation; shopping centers; movie theaters; restaurants; supermarkets; stadiums; workplaces; schools; and other classroom settings. We include our college campus in this category.
  • Maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others.

Students who are self-monitoring or have medically related questions should contact the College’s Health Center at +1-617-333-2182.

Dear Curry Community,

With spring break fast approaching, I am writing to remind you to be aware of any travel warnings related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, COVID-19 is NOT currently spreading within the United States and there are NO confirmed or suspected cases at Curry College. However, the global situation has been changing rapidly, and therefore we are asking that anyone who plans to travel internationally over spring break register their travel plans.

In addition, if you are a US citizen, consider registering with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov to receive real time updates on travel advisories in the country where you are traveling. Anyone planning to travel over the break or during the semester should keep up to date on ongoing developments via the news and the Centers for Disease Control Travel Advisory website.

As we have seen over the past few days with the onset of cases in northern Italy, the virus continues to emerge in countries beyond China. As more countries see an increased risk, the possibility exists for further travel restrictions for anyone travelling abroad. Below are the latest travel restrictions issued by the CDC:

The College will continue to follow CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines for prevention and management of COVID-19. These guidelines may include monitoring or isolation of people returning from areas most affected by the coronavirus.

Currently the risk level within the United States remains low, but the CDC notes that given the current global circumstances, it is likely that person-to-person spread will continue to occur, including in the United States. We remain engaged with global, federal, state, and local health organizations in our continued effort to obtain the most current information on the virus, and to understand and implement the most current recommendations.

Please contact Health Services at 617-333-2182 with any questions or concerns you might have, particularly if you are planning to travel internationally during the break.

Sincerely,

Erin Simmons, NP, MSN
Director of Health Services

Curry College is actively monitoring the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and has been in contact with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to ensure that appropriate measures are being taken to keep our campus safe. The health and well-being of all members of our community is our top priority.  We have no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV at Curry College.

While we are still learning more about the 2019-nCoV, we can share some information provided by the CDC:

  • The immediate risk to the US public is currently considered low.
  • The disease is more severe if a person has an underlying health condition or is elderly.
  • The virus does not appear to last for more than a few hours on surfaces and standard cleaning and disinfectant products are effective.
  • Students or employees who have traveled within Hubei Province but do not have symptoms should closely monitor their health status daily, but do not require isolation at this time.
  • Students or employees who have had contact with a person confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus but do not have symptoms themselves should closely monitor their health status daily, but do not require isolation at this time.

Employees and students who are returning from the Hubei Province OR have been in close contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of 2019-nCoV and develop fever, shortness of breath and new cough within 14 days of potential exposure should call Health Services at 617-333-2182.

Standard precautions to prevent the spread of the flu, the 2019-nCoV and other infectious agents are as follows:

  1. Get vaccinated against the flu.
  2. Avoid contact with others who appear ill.
  3. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  4. Cover your sneeze, cough or sore throat with a mask—even if you do not have a fever.
  5. Stay home or in your room if you have a cough with fever (100.4 F or above) and contact Health Services.

For more information about 2019-nCoV, please visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Health Center at 617-333-2182.

Sincerely,

Erin Simmons, MSN, NP-BC
Director of Health Services