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Message Highlights:

  • Back after isolation during COVID infection
  • On-Campus Meals Returns Sunday, January 16
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Test Schedule
  • Booster reminder: Deadline January 18
  • On-campus activities and events

Return after isolation during COVID infection

WPI is following current CDC guidelines for a full 5-day isolation period for all students and employees. Isolation usually lasts 5-10 days, but may be longer depending on the specifics of your case. In general, you can lift the isolation on day 6 following your positive test result if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are asymptomatic or your symptoms have greatly improved; and
  • You have been fever-free for 24 hours without any fever medication; and
  • If you choose to take an optional rapid antigen test on day 6 or later, the result is negative; and
  • You complete a COVID-19 Isolation Authorization Form and it indicates that you have met the requirements to cancel the isolation

For those coming out of isolation on Day 6, we ask that you continue to follow CDC guidelines for the continued safety of the community. Please continue to wear a properly fitted surgical or KN95 mask at all times when leaving your home or interacting with others. This means that no meals with other people and no other activities without a mask have passed until 10 full days have passed since the date of your positive test.

If your symptoms have not significantly improved after five days, do not come out of isolation until you have had a fever for 24 hours (without the use of anti-fever medication) and your other symptoms have improved .

Clearing isolation will depend on your symptoms resolving as well as possibly testing negative with a rapid antigen test on day 6 or later if you choose to use one of WPI’s free self-administered rapid tests. To get a rapid antigen test, you can make an appointment to pick one up at the rapid test site located in the Hackfeld car park.

  • If you tested positive with a rapid antigen test on day 6 or later, please continue to self-isolate for at least another 24 hours before taking a second test.
  • If you test positive on a second rapid antigen test, please continue to self-isolate for the full 10 days; you can leave isolation on day 11 without further testing as long as you do not have a fever and your symptoms have improved.

Individuals will need to complete the Isolation Authorization Form as many times as necessary until it indicates that you have met the requirements to clear the isolation.

Update on meals on campus

WPI will resume normal dining practices beginning Sunday, January 16.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday COVID Test

  • Harrington Auditorium will be open Monday for routine COVID-19 testing; the program is here. Those who wish to reschedule a test can do so, or they can simply show up for a test when it suits them.

The rapid test trailer in the Hackfeld Lot will be open on Monday; appointments can be made here.

Booster requirement reminder

WPI requires all students, faculty, and staff to receive a booster injection and upload their materials by January 18, 2022 or within 30 days of eligibility.


  • Employees must enter their vaccination information – and a copy of your vaccination record – into Workday

Unvaccinated employees with an approved medical or religious accommodation to the primary COVID-19 vaccination series do not need to request another accommodation.


  • All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in on-campus courses and/or conducting research in on-campus labs should upload their immunization information to Medicat using this link.
    • If you are having difficulty with Medicat, please look for instructions on the Health Services webpage regarding uploading information to the WPI Student Health Portal.

Unvaccinated students with an approved medical or religious exemption to the COVID-19 primary vaccination series do not need to apply for alternate accommodation.

On-campus activities and events

Student clubs and organizations can hold events of their choice during this time, and students are encouraged to cheer on our teams at sporting events. Just bring your mask and eat before you go, as food will not be served. To find out what’s happening on campus, check out TechSync or the sports calendar for the next must-see game.

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