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Additional Information on Testing Protocols

Dear Fall 2020 Residential Students,

With summer coming to an end, I hope you are excited to join us on campus next week. We have spent the past several months preparing for your arrival, doing all that we can to make campus as safe an environment as possible. As you know, the College has implemented universal COVID-19 mitigation precautions for all students and employees, including mask wearing, physical distancing standards, and COVID-19 testing programs. 

I am writing a follow up on the note you received last week from Vice President for Student Affairs Jim Terhune and Dean of Students Tomoko Sakomura and to provide more details on our Student Testing Program. Swarthmore has partnered with Everlywell Inc. to help facilitate our COVID-19 testing processes. These tests are anterior nasal swabs that you will self-administer with guidance from our trained staff. To conduct the tests, you will perform a shallow nasal swab, similar to the demonstration in this Everlywell video. (Please note that the labeling information mentioned in this video does not pertain to Swarthmore. Labeling and shipping will be provided on campus.) 

It is critical that you set up your personal Everlywell account before you arrive on campus. This account will provide you with access to your test results and notifications. Please activate your account here. When setting up your account, please use your legal name.

Every student living on campus will be tested a minimum of three times during the first 14 days on campus. You will be tested on the day you move in (day 0), again on day 7, and again on day 14. For example: If you move in on Tuesday, Sept. 1, you will take your first test on Sept. 1, your second test on Sept. 8, and your third test on Sept. 15. If you are currently on campus or are a Resident Assistant, you will take your first test on Monday, Aug. 31. 

Your initial test, as well as all subsequent tests, will be conducted at the Student Testing Tent, which will be located in the grassy space between the Benjamin West Building (Public Safety) and Worth Health Center. (You can view an interactive map of campus here.) The hours of the Student Testing Tent will be as follows:

  • Mondays (Aug. 31, Sept. 7, and Sept. 14)         10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesdays (Sept. 1, Sept. 8, and Sept. 15)            9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays (Sept. 2, Sept. 9, and Sept. 16)      9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursdays (Sept. 3, Sept. 10, and Sept. 17)        9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Fridays (Sept. 4, Sept. 11, and Sept. 18)              9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays (Sept. 5, Sept. 12, and Sept. 19)         8 a.m. to noon

You will take your first three tests on the same day of the week each week. So, for example, if you move in on a Tuesday, you will test on Tuesdays for the following two weeks. If you move in on a Thursday, you will test on Thursdays for the following two weeks. The subsequent Student Testing Program schedule will be determined based on testing results and the positivity rate during the initial two-week testing period. We will follow up with you by email in September regarding the details of the testing program for the next part of the term. 

In order to best support you and the testing program, we need to ask if you have tested positive for COVID-19 at any point up to now. If you have, please submit documentation from your physician to Director of Student Health and Wellness Services Casey Anderson at You will not need to participate in the on-campus Student Testing Program if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 in the past. 

I know that this is a lot of information, so please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or for clarifications. 

Wishing you good health and safe travels, 

Casey Anderson
Director of Student Health and Wellness Services