The health and safety of our students and staff is our first priority. We have been monitoring the developing situation with COVID-19 since the middle of February, and we will continue to do so. We have been following updates posted by the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Health, and will follow any and all advised and current guidelines given by these public health organizations. We also have been in communication with our host site, Mount Holyoke College, as their response and policies continue to develop.
We are currently planning to hold MathPath 2020 as scheduled.
We are aware that there is a possibility that Mount Holyoke College (MHC), the Massachusetts Department of Health, or another entity may make a decision that restricts our ability to do so. At this point, in our communication with MHC, there has been no indication that they might make a decision that would impact our ability to hold MathPath in person on campus.
MathPath administrative staff has begun to consider possible contingencies should a decision be made that would impact our ability to hold MathPath in person. We intend to provide the most comprehensive MathPath experience that is possible. It is too early for us to make any decisions, particularly since we are still planning to hold MathPath 2020 at MHC as scheduled. If any decisions are made that require an adjustment to this plan, we will be forthright and communicative with families about our plans and our intentions to provide a comprehensive MathPath experience to all enrolled students.
Mount Holyoke. Like many institutions, Mount Holyoke has requested students to move out and has moved to online-only instruction for the rest of the semester. You can read the updates Mount Holyoke has posted online: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/health/coronavirus. As of now, they have not made a determination regarding summer programs. We have been in contact with the Conference Services Staff at Mount Holyoke, and they have informed us that they hope to be able to proceed with summer programs and events as normally as possible.
Health on-campus. We have basic policies in place regarding what we do in situations where students exhibit signs of illness or injuries, and we have dealt with contagious diseases among our student population before. We always have a Program Nurse who will be on campus regularly for office hours and who is on-call for emergencies. We will be working with our Nurse to evaluate our practices and establish any necessary updates to our protocols. We will also be working with Mount Holyoke College on these issues.
Travel. We will be following the CDC, Massachusetts state, and Mount Holyoke College policies and recommendations regarding travel restrictions. Please keep yourselves informed - if you have traveled to an area that is restricted within the timeframe of any of the above policies, you may not be permitted on the Mount Holyoke campus.
International Students. For now, we are admitting international students as usual, with the hopes that the situation will have normalized enough for international students to attend. We will offer refunds to international students who are not able to travel for MathPath or who are not able to get their Visas approved due to COVID-19.
Contact with COVID-19. We will be following CDC recommendations regarding students and/or staff who have exhibited symptoms or have come into close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Students and/or staff who have exhibited symptoms or been in contact with someone with COVID-19 within 28 days before the program should not attend MathPath, unless they have tested negative and/or been declared recovered/non-contagious by a medical healthcare professional. As per our refund/cancellation policy, students who withdraw for a health/medical reason are eligible for a full refund less a $100 administration fee. All COVID-19 withdrawals due to contact with or symptoms of the virus will be considered medical reasons.
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