1. When is the first summer protocol COVID-19 test?
All non-vaccinated employees who plan to be working or need access to campus must test on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at Farley Field House. Beginning Monday, June 7, 2021, all non-vaccinated employees must continue to test once a week.
2. Where is the COVID-19 testing center this summer?
The testing center will be moved from Morrell Gymnasium to Farley Field House starting the week of June 1, 2021.
3. How do I know what days/times I am supposed to test?
The testing days and hours starting Monday, June 7, 2021, are:
Mondays (Last name A–L) from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Wednesdays (Last name M–Z) from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
4. Will I need to continue using the #CampusClear app in the Testing Center?
No, effective June 2nd with the new summer testing protocols, we will not be using the #CampusClear app. Although we will no longer be using the CampusClear app, employees must continue to self-monitor for symptom(s) each day before arriving on campus
5. How will the testing center know that I am not fully vaccinated and am required to test?
Human resources verifies vaccination information in Workday on an ongoing basis and will provide a weekly report to your manager and the testing coordinators. As employees become fully vaccinated throughout the summer, the reports will reflect the employees’ changed status.
6. I am not vaccinated. Do I have to sign up to test?
You do not have to sign up for an appointment or time slot, just show up at the testing center. The day of your test is determined by the first letter of your last name. If your last name begins with the letters A–L, you will be expected to test on Monday. If your last name begins with M–Z, you will be expected to test on Wednesdays.
7. I only plan to come into my office a few days over the summer—do I still have to test?
If you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after final dose), no, you will not need to test. If you are not vaccinated, you may come to campus and visit your office for short durations, before 8:30 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m., which is similar to the process for those not in the testing protocol during the academic year.
8. I have received one dose of the vaccine. When can I stop COVID-19 testing?
Once you have received your final dose of vaccine, record your vaccination information in Workday, where it will be verified by HR. Two weeks after the date of your final dose, you will be considered “fully vaccinated” and you will not be required to test for the remainder of the summer.
9. I am fully vaccinated. Can I remain in the testing protocol?
No, fully vaccinated employees will no longer be able to remain in the testing protocol. There are many external local resources continuing to provide COVID-19 testing services.
10. I am not fully vaccinated and I am scheduled to test on Mondays, but Monday is my regular day off. Can I test on Wednesdays?
Talk this over with your manager. Send an email to email@example.com explaining your schedule so the testing coordinators can note it and schedule you to test on Wednesdays. You must plan to test at least once a week. The same would apply if you regularly have Wednesdays off; you could test on Mondays.
11. I am planning to go on vacation, so I will miss my weekly test. How do I resume testing when I get back?
If you will be away for vacation, notify firstname.lastname@example.org in advance. If you miss testing on Monday or Wednesday or both days, you must come to campus on the next available testing day (Monday or Wednesday) to have a rapid antigen test as well as a PCR test. You must wait outside the Testing Center for 15 – 20 minutes to receive negative antigen test results before you can return to your work location.
12. If I miss a test will you accept an external COVID-19 test instead of a campus COVID-19 test?
Prepare and plan as there will not be make-up testing options and we will not accept external tests for those employees who miss scheduled testing for any reason or absence unless approved in advance or requested by Human Resources (Mary Cote/Cindy Bessmer).
13. I was scheduled to test on Wednesday but I completely forgot to go. Now what should I do?
You will have missed testing for an entire week; therefore, the following Monday you must come to campus only to test and then go home to await your test result. You cannot have other access to campus until after a negative result is received. Plan to use vacation time until you can return to work.
14. I know I cannot make my Wednesday test because of a scheduled medical appointment during the hours the testing center is open. Can I test on the Monday before?
Yes, after talking with your manager. It is fine to test on Monday instead of Wednesday, especially if you know ahead of time, and as long as you have notified your manager and email@example.com.
15. I do not feel well after my vaccination. Should I still go to the testing center to get in my weekly test?
If you are experiencing any illness, whether you are vaccinated or not, please stay home and contact your supervisor and Mary Cote (firstname.lastname@example.org) in human resources for further instructions.
16. I am not vaccinated and worked completely remotely for the spring semester, but I plan to work on campus in July. What do I need to do to start testing?
Talk this over with your supervisor to make sure your being on campus will be within the current occupancy limits and then contact Human Resources. Be certain to review documents on the COVID-19 Resources website (e.g., How to retrieve your COVID-19 testing results, etc.).
17. What if I test positive?
Dr. Maher, Director of Health Services, will contact you as soon as possible. He will answer your questions and go over the CDC guidance on the required isolation period. You will also be directed to follow-up with your medical provider. Human Resources will contact you to conduct campus contact tracing. Mary Cote will then follow with you until you are subsequently cleared to return to testing and then to work on campus.
18. What if I get a notice that my COVID-19 test is inconclusive?
Dr. Maher, Director of Health Services, will contact you with information for follow-up external testing requirements before you can regain access to campus. Please send the external antigen or PCR test to Mary Cote in Human Resources to obtain approval to return to work and access campus.
19. What is meant by the College is returning to pre-pandemic time and attendance policies?
Over the past year, employees have been allowed to use their sick time balances in situations where they were required to quarantine due to an exposure or the exposure of a household family member. If an employee depleted their sick time balance, the College provided additional hours of emergency sick time, and employees were not asked to use their own vacation balances in most situations. As we move to the summer testing schedule, awards from of emergency sick time will be reserved for employees on approved full-time medical leaves of absence. In addition, for day-to-day absences due to illness, employees must use their sick time. If no sick time is available, they must use their vacation time. It should be noted that fully vaccinated employees are no longer required to quarantine due to a COVID-19 exposure or a household family member’s exposure.
20. What time do I use if I have no childcare?
As has been the case over the past year, an employee uses vacation time for child care needs unrelated to a COVID-19 exposure and quarantine. When possible, your manager may be able to provide a flexible work schedule to be of assistance. This policy will be re-visited when the fall semester begins and more information will be provided at that time.
21. What time do I use if my spouse/partner or child is sick (non-COVID-19)?
The College’s family care absence policy provides up to forty (40) hours of job-protected leave per calendar year. The time can be drawn from your sick or vacation balances as “Family Care Absence–Sick” or “Family Care Absence–Vacation.” If both balances are depleted, it can be taken as unpaid time “Family Care Absence–Unpaid.” This allowance can be used for illness or medical appointments where your presence is required for a spouse/partner, child, or parent.