Dear Residential Summer Students,
I hope that this message finds you well and that you successfully completed the academic year. I’m writing to update you on the student health and safety plan for the Summer 2021 session, which takes place June 1 through Aug. 17.
Testing for Vaccinated Students
Beginning June 1, residential students who are fully vaccinated will not be required to complete COVID-19 testing as part of the College’s testing program. The term “fully vaccinated” means you have completed the two-dose series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or you have had the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine AND 14 days have passed since your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In order to remove your name from the student testing list, you must upload your vaccination dates and documentation to your electronic health record via the Student Health Portal, which can be accessed through mySwarthmore. Please follow these instructions to upload your COVID-19 vaccination documentation:
- Log in to your mySwarthmore account.
- Select Worth Health Center.
- Select Student Health Portal.
- Select Immunization, located on your home page.
- Enter your COVID-19 vaccination dates.
- Select Upload, located on your home page.
- Select COVID-19 vaccine documentation and upload your documentation (i.e., your CDC card).
Required Testing for Unvaccinated Students
Residential students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing as part of the College’s testing program from June 1 to Aug. 17. The College has partnered with Everlywell to facilitate our summer testing. You will need to pick up test kits, with your OneCard, every Tuesday between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the College Post Office. After completing your COVID-19 test, as demonstrated in this Everlywell video, you must return it to the Post Office by 2 p.m. that same day so it can be sent through overnight delivery to the laboratory.
Again, please note that all testing will take place on Tuesdays and you are responsible for picking up your test kit, taking the test, and returning it to the College Post Office by 2 p.m. on those days.
You will receive your test results through the Everlywell portal typically within 2-3 days. If you have not used Everlywell in the past, you will need to create an account before June 1.
Note: There is no option for makeup testing. A missed test will result in a Garnet Pledge violation and may impact your ability to remain on campus. If you are leaving campus for a period of time and will miss a Tuesday test day, you must notify me at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com one week prior to the scheduled test.
Continued Mitigation Efforts
Daily symptom self-monitoring is recommended for all students residing on campus. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19, call the registered nurse on call at 610-328-8548 for assessment and further instruction. As a reminder, all students are required to wear a face mask/covering inside all buildings, except when alone inside your own residence hall room. Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks outdoors on campus grounds unless in gatherings of five or more people. All individuals should continue to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible. Students should continue to limit unnecessary travel off campus during this time to continue our efforts in virus mitigation.
Additional COVID-19-Related Information
If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days or received a positive test result from an outside facility, you will not be required to participate in the weekly student testing program. You will, however, need to submit documentation of this diagnosis to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In accordance with guidelines from the CDC, the staff from the Student Health Center will complete contact tracing. Residential students are required to disclose close-contact information to the Student Health Center staff so that contact tracing can be done in a timely manner. The names of anyone who tests positive will remain anonymous. In the event that you require quarantine or isolation housing, you will be provided with a temporary housing assignment by the residential life office. Testing may still be indicated for those experiencing symptoms regardless of vaccination status.
Again, I am grateful for the role you played in ensuring the success of the College over the past year. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
Casey Anderson, CRNP
Director of Student Health and Wellness