Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff Members,
As we begin a new semester, we are writing with a few updates and reminders regarding our COVID-19 policies.
In the fall, the College provided up to five test kits to students, faculty, and staff who requested them. Demand for those tests was very low. Given that, combined with the fact that test kits are readily available at most pharmacies and other locations, we are no longer providing free test kits.
As a reminder, you may order free at-home COVID-19 tests through the federal government. You may also purchase test kits at the Campus and Community Store (where they’re sold at cost). Your insurance carrier may reimburse the cost of COVID-19 test kits. Please check with your insurance company for more information.
We continue to encourage you to keep at least one rapid test kit at home to ensure that, should you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you have an available test.
We also want to remind you that all positive tests should be reported immediately:
- Students should notify the Student Health Center by calling 610-328-8058 during clinic hours. If you receive a positive test result outside of the Health Center’s operating hours, please call the Team Health Nurse On-Call Service at 610-328-8548.
- Faculty and staff members who test positive for COVID-19 must immediately notify the COVID-19 Employee Test Team (CETT) at CETT@swarthmore.edu and Human Resources at email@example.com.
Masking remains optional in all indoor campus spaces. Individuals recovering from COVID-19 may be instructed to mask depending on your specific circumstances. We encourage those of you who are immunocompromised or live with individuals who are at a higher risk of getting sick from COVID-19 to continue masking indoors.
Vaccines and Boosters
Our vaccine policy requires all students, faculty, and staff members to have at least their initial vaccination and a booster shot. While we are not requiring additional boosters shots at this time, we strongly encourage you to stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations by following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We also encourage, but no longer require, visitors and vendors to stay up to date on their vaccinations or test for COVID-19 prior to coming to campus.
Thank you for your attention to these updates and reminders. If you have questions about these or other aspects of our COVID-19 policies and practices, please visit the College’s COVID-19 Information website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the COVID-19 Planning Group