Spring 2023

Dear Students of MMA:

I hope your return to campus has gone well. All of us here at MMA are glad you are back.

The Fall 2022 semester saw a total of 49 COVID cases.  We were able maintain all in-person classes, athletics, events and activities with little to no interruption. We are proud of that effort. Of course, we must still remain vigilant, knowing that the virus remains active locally and globally.

Members of our team continue to meet and evaluate policies related to Covid and providing a safe experience for our students.

As such, our current policies are listed below:

  1. For now, consistent with all other public colleges in Maine, including the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System, all enrolled students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 — having completed the primary vaccine series in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or completing a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  2. Also consistent with all other public colleges in Maine, including the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System, we strongly encourage boosters although boosters are not required. This shall also apply to vessels including Training Ship State of Maine and Schooner Bowdoin.  In the event that such vessels enter a port where the prevailing local regulations require boosters, those students who have not chosen a booster may be required to remain on board. We will be providing further information about a voluntary Booster Clinic soon after Spring Break.
  3. All persons testing positive will be required to isolate for a minimum of five days, regardless of vaccination or booster status, and then mask for an additional five days. Those coming in close contact with a person testing positive must mask for ten days and test on day five or sooner if they develop symptoms.Students and employees testing positive should report their test via the following on-line form: https://mainemaritime.edu/spring-2023/positive-covid-19-test-reporting-form/. Students will coordinate with the Dean of Students to establish their return to normal activity and employees will work with Human Resources for the same.

Together we will continue to monitor circumstances regarding COVID-19 and our related policy.

I wish you a safe, healthy and successful Spring Semester.

Sincerely,
Jerry Paul signatureJerry Paul

HEALTH AND SAFETY

MMA’s public health protocols are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation in Maine continues to evolve. At this time, indoor masking is not required. However, those individuals who are returning from isolation status or have been exposed to a positive case must continue to follow CDC masking guidelines as described below.

Due to the higher transmissibility of the Omicron and newer variants, all students, including those who are fully vaccinated, should have a plan for isolating at home or off-campus. Isolation housing on campus is very limited and reserved for those residential students who are are unable to travel home due to distance.

Please note that decisions relating to MMA’s health and safety protocols are dependent on caseloads in the state and are developed in consultation with Maine CDC and our partners at Northern Light Health. Masking requirements are subject to change and may evolve rapidly over time.

Updated CDC Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Please complete Positive COVID-19 Test Reporting Form

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. This means eating by yourself and wearing a mask around your roommate(s).

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

  • Regardless of vaccination status, mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5.

If you develop symptoms, get a test immediately and stay home.

Maine Maritime Academy COVID-19 Dashboard

Spring Semester Test Results

Updated: 2/2/2023

Total Known Active Cases*
4

Campus Community Vaccination Rates

StudentEmployee
99.7%94.6%

Notes:

Our primary testing method is the rapid antigen test for symptomatic members of the community. The dashboard will be updated as new data becomes available.

*Total Known Active Cases includes students, faculty and staff that have either tested positive through campus testing or reported a positive case to the Dean of Students or Director of Human Resources. For comprehensive regional data, please visit please visit the Maine CDC’s coronavirus dashboard.

VACCINATION POLICY

COVID-19 vaccines remain a powerful tool in fighting the virus in our community. Reducing infection rates facilitates the kind of semester we’re all hoping for – one where we can be together, honor beloved traditions in person, take advantage of MMA’s unique hands-on learning opportunities, and enjoy a bright and vibrant campus community.

Maine Maritime Academy announced a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students in the Fall of 2020. This means that all students must be fully vaccinated before participating in classes. All students returning to MMA after a leave of absence and all new students, reporting for the first time to MMA, must show proof of vaccination prior to or on check-in day. As identified in President Paul’s email above, boosters will be no longer be required for the annual training cruise aboard the TSSOM or the Schooner Bowdoin, but they are strongly encouraged.

Consistent with Maine state law regarding other required vaccinations, medical exemptions, provided by a treating physician, must be presented to and evaluated by, MMA’s Health Services, well in advance of enrollment. For more information, please contact Tammy Tyler at 207-326-2295.

Following CDC guidance, we recommend boosters for those who are eligible. MMA will co-sponsor booster clinics with Northern Light Healthcare as needed. You can also sign up for appointments at Walmart or pharmacies or contact your primary care physician or MMA Health Services for assistance in finding a booster clinic.

We will continue to monitor circumstances related to COVID-19 and consider appropriate policies on an ongoing basis.

VISITING

If you are interested in an education at Maine Maritime Academy, we encourage you to visit Castine, meet an admissions counselor, and tour our beautiful seaside campus! We are pleased to offer campus visits through our Admissions office.

Choose a day and time to schedule a visit, or contact our Admissions team at 207-326-2207 or admissions@mma.edu.

FAQ

With the start of the semester fast approaching, we understand that you may have many questions about what to expect and how to prepare for life in Castine. Please review the following information carefully and reach out as needed. We are dedicated to your health, safety, and success this spring.

MMA will not do entry testing this spring. Students are encouraged to test prior to arriving and if positive, isolate at home before returning to campus. Any student who experiences symptoms should test at home or in the MMA Health Center.  Any student who is identified as a close contact of a positive case will be tested in the Health Center based on current CDC guidance.

Indoor masking is not required at this time, with the exception of those who are returning from isolation or have been exposed to a positive case.

If you are on campus during the week, please visit Health Services to discuss your symptoms. Health Services may determine that your symptoms warrant a rapid test, and if so, they will perform that test at that time. If you are away from campus or if it is the weekend, please visit a local urgent care facility or pick up a rapid test at a local drug store. Please contact Deidra Davis, immediately, via email, if you test positive at an off-campus testing site or with a test from a drug store. You may want to have a few at-home antigen test kits with you.

The Academy is permitting non-MMA student guests in residential buildings this spring.  All guests must be registered by their host in advance or register at the time they arrive on campus.

We are looking forward to your arrival on campus and our faculty and staff are ready to answer any additional questions that you may have! Please note that email is the preferred mode of communication at this time.