Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Following guidance from the college and local and state public health officials, Smith College School for Social Work is preparing to welcome students back to campus for the summer 2021 semester. The college’s “Culture of Care” COVID-19 Response Plan underscores the core value that must guide every member of the Smith community—caring for ourselves and for one another to promote a safe and healthy campus environment.

On This Page

Campus Operating Mode ↓
What You Need to Know ↓
Important Dates ↓
Resources ↓

Current Campus Operating Mode

For more information about the current campus operating mode, please visit Status and Operating Modes

What You Need to Know

Summer 2021 Housing and Testing Program

The School will not be hosting students or faculty on campus or offering a testing program for local students and faculty. Local students and faculty who wish to access the outdoor public spaces on campus may do so as long as they follow the campus operating mode guidelines.

A Fully Remote Learning Model

In support of equity in learning opportunities, the School will offer all of its summer 2021 classes remotely.

Buildings and Campus Areas

Outdoor walkways are open to the public. All visitors are required to wear masks while on campus and maintain physical distancing of 6 feet. Please visit the college's campus operational mode tables for information about specific building access.

Important Dates

Date Time (all times EST) Event
March 4, 2021 8 p.m. Webinar: Q&A Regarding Academics (for current students)
June 4 & 6, 2021 TBD M.S.W. Orientation and Ph.D. Orientation
June 7, 2021   First day of classes
June 18, 2021   Juneteenth observed
School closed, classes cancelled
July 10-18, 2021   Break Week
August 20, 2021   Last day of classes
September 9, 2021   First day of field

COVID-19 Resources

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

    • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
    • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
    • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
    • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
    • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

We recognize that COVID-19 has created special circumstances resulting in expenses that fall outside of the standard student expense budget (i.e., needing to move because an agency closed, additional equipment to facilitate virtual class/internship learning, etc.). Learn more about the COVID-19 Expanded Relief Fund for SSW Students. 

Ready to apply? Apply now for funds 


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