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Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Testing Information

Optional Testing

The College has moved to optional testing for students, faculty, effective Monday, March 21. At this time, anyone who has a College-approved medical or religious vaccine exemption is required to continue weekly testing. Anyone who is symptomatic will continue to be required to take a COVID-19 test as well. We will continue to monitor the changing circumstances and adjust our policies and protocols accordingly, including  returning to required testing if needed.

Faculty and staff members who wish to continue testing should fill out this brief request form. Doing so does not obligate you to continue testing, but it will help us plan for the rest of the semester. Employees who continue the optional COVID-19 testing may pick up to four test kits at a time, subject to availability 

In addition, all employees should keep one rapid test kit at home, regardless of whether you plan to continue optional testing. This ensures that, should you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you have an available test.


Symptom Monitoring

All students, faculty, and staff members must monitor their health on a daily basis and self-assess for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to coming to campus or leaving their residence hall rooms.

IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS: 

  • Sudden onset of cough
  • Fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher)
  • Shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Staff and faculty are required to stay at home and contact your healthcare provider. 

IF YOU HAVE AT LEAST TWO OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Sinus congestion or runny nose

It is recommended that you stay at home and contact your healthcare provider to arrange for a medical evaluation and COVID-19 testing, if deemed appropriate. If you have only one of the symptoms but are unable to remain at home, remain masked at all times, physically distance from others, and monitor for further symptoms.


Sick or Symptomatic Employees

Any employee who is feeling sick or who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that are above and beyond typical symptoms associated with known chronic medical conditions must not report to work on campus. The employee should notify their supervisor. The supervisor must notify Human Resources as soon as possible by emailing Terri Maguire, human resources manager for work life and employee recognition programs, at tmaguir1@swarthmore.edu. (Note: While you are required to notify the College that you cannot come to work, you are not required to share your diagnosis. However, promptly notifying the College that you have tested positive for COVID-19 allows the College to perform contact tracing for the safety of the College community.) 

Human Resources will follow-up with the employee to provide further instructions, including benefits and leave information. The supervisor will be notified of the employees’ status as appropriate, to ensure they are able to arrange adequate coverage.

Employees should immediately consult with their health care provider and take precautionary measures as directed by the CDC. Employees should consult with Terri Maguire about their return to work date, as recommended by their physician.