Please review the “What you need to know” section below for Spring 2023 protocols.
On-Campus PCR Testing Discontinued after February 15: RISD will discontinue onsite PCR testing for Spring 2023, due to continued and consistent low usage numbers. Students will still be able to request PCR testing via appointments with Health Services.
February 6, 2023
COVID and Flu Vaccination Clinic: RISD is hosting a vaccination clinic next Wednesday, January 25, from 9–5 pm at Thompson House. The clinic is voluntary and open to students, faculty, and staff. It will include the new bivalent COVID-19 booster and the seasonal flu vaccine. Your insurance information will be requested. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
January 18, 2023
Updated Wintersession Protocol: Rhode Island’s COVID-19 community transmission status has recently changed to high. As a result, we are adjusting our protocols and prioritizing the health and safety of our community accordingly.
Until further notice, RISD strongly recommends wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask for all indoor settings and for RISD-sponsored events to help protect against COVID-19. If needed, medical-grade masks are available for free at RISD Public Safety offices at 30 Waterman Street, 15 West and at Thompson House.
Students and faculty are reminded that this recommendation applies to classrooms—including open floor plan studio or home spaces—as well as common spaces in dorms (i.e. in the lounge and in workrooms).
Please also take advantage of free, on-campus PCR testing at Thompson House. Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure space is available.
January 4, 2023
Free COVID-19 antigen tests: In anticipation of increased travel and gatherings for the Thanksgiving holiday, two free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are available for any member of the RISD community. There is no testing requirement; this is an entirely voluntary program.
Tests are available at the RISD Mailroom during normal business hours and at Public Safety 24/7.
November 17, 2022
UPDATE (January 2023): Mask wearing is strongly encouraged indoors and at RISD-sponsored events.
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