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Testing and Health Protocols

Testing and Health Protocols

The University of Montevallo is partnering with UAB to offer the GuideSafe program to students, faculty and staff. This program includes testing, education and health screening to keep college campuses across the state safe and healthy. View the video above to learn more about the GuideSafe Testing and Montevallo Healthcheck programs. Healthcheck is part of the HSF1 Platform, powered by UAB. View additional Q and A about the program here.

Testing Email Delivery Schedule

Students returning before August 6th should have already received an email.
Students returning August 7th – 12th will begin receiving emails on August 3rd.
Students returning August 13th – 19th will begin receiving emails August 7th.
Students returning after August 19th will begin receiving emails August 10th.

Click below to learn additional information about the GuideSafe program.

GuideSafe Program

Alabama rolls out plan to test every college student for coronavirus (AL.COM)

Symptomatic Confirmed Case Symptomatic Awaiting Test/Confirmed Negative Asymptomatic Confirmed Positive Asymptomatic COVID-19 Close Contact*
Immediate 14-day isolation unless otherwise indicated by a medical professional. Only students who are unable to isolate at home will be assisted with campus accommodations. Self-monitoring required and additional testing may be necessary. Three days with no symptoms before return to campus. Compliance with local and public health quarantine orders. Active monitoring, campus contact tracing, and medical provider attestation to return to campus.  Immediate quarantine while awaiting test results. Students are encouraged to quarantine at home. Self-monitoring required and additional testing may be necessary. Three days with no symptoms before return to campus. Compliance with local and public health quarantine orders. Active monitoring and medical provider attestation to return to campus. Immediate 14-day isolation unless otherwise indicated by a medical professional. Only students who are unable to isolate at home will be assisted with campus accommodations. Self-monitoring required and additional testing may be necessary. Compliance with local and public health quarantine orders. Active monitoring, campus contact tracing, and medical provider attestation to return to campus.

Immediate 14-day quarantine unless otherwise indicated by a medical professional. Students are encouraged to quarantine at home. Self-monitoring required and testing may be necessary. Compliance with local and public health quarantine orders. Active monitoring and medical provider attestation to return to campus.

*Being within 6 feet of someone who is positive for COVID-19 for 15+ consecutive minutes regardless of face covering is considered close contact.


Student Testing

In the coming weeks, all University of Montevallo students will receive free COVID-19 testing through the statewide GuideSafe (formerly Stay Safe Together) program for Alabama. All students will be required to be tested before returning to campus for the fall semester.

This testing program is funded by the federal CARES Act, and is part of the University’s plan for students to return to campus this fall. Students, be sure to check your UM email regularly for a very important email that will include full details regarding testing protocols. This email will be sent from either GuideSafe or Stay Safe Together.

Please continue to monitor UM social media and montevallo.edu/falconforward for frequent updates as well.

Areas of Focus

These areas of focus, which were extrapolated from the American College Health Association’s guidelines, include accommodations and modifications in the critical areas of campus. This roadmap will outline those critical areas and provide guidance and instruction for the campus community, including students, faculty, and staff.

Health and Safety

The University is preparing for multiple fall 2020 opening scenarios in an effort to continue its mission and promote the health and safety of everyone on campus. The most likely scenario at this time involves modified operations with hybrid learning, and limited access and restrictions on campus.

UM is planning to enact multiple health and testing protocols, including maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing whenever possible, utilizing telehealth visits with Health Services, and enacting engineering solutions, such as defined foot traffic flow pathways and entry/exit points throughout campus where other social distancing measures cannot be implemented.

Testing and Health Protocols

Current plans include health protocols for testing, isolation, and quarantine as indicated in the table at the top of the webpage. View additional details about the GuideSafe program here.

Self-monitoring and Education

All members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to educate themselves on COVID-19 and monitor their temperatures and signs of other COVID-19 symptoms daily. Monitor your UM email, the UM website, and UM social media outlets for updates. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

Fever or chills

Cough and/or sore throat

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue, muscle, or body aches

Headache

New loss of taste or smell

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Students should report any symptoms to Student Health Services along with any potential exposure and/or positive COVID-19 test results. Employees should contact their direct supervisor if experiencing symptoms or to report exposure or a positive test result.

All of the University community should follow appropriate hygiene practices, including frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer, use of face coverings, and respiratory etiquette (cover coughs and sneezes). Members of the campus community should refrain from handshaking, hugging, or other types of physical contact during classes, meetings, and other University activities since lessening these types of behaviors helps to mitigate the spread of the disease.

Face Coverings

As a part of the University’s culture of safety, face coverings will be encouraged in all areas of campus and required in specific areas. Appropriate face masks include a cloth face covering or appropriate paper mask that covers both the nose and mouth. These coverings are required:

At all times when in public areas or shared spaces within buildings, including hallways and classrooms.

Outdoors when near others where social distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained (i.e. course transition times).

When in a University vehicle with other persons, including cars, vans, and buses.

There are situations where a face mask is not required or cannot be worn due to the type of activity or factors related to the environment. Examples include:

While eating or drinking.

While in your residence hall room or alone inside a University office or public area.

Performing physical exertion, such as manual labor, running, and athletics training.

Outdoors with more than 6 feet continuous separation between all people.

Disability Accommodations

The University will follow current processes for students with disabilities who request accommodations. Students who would like to requests accommodations should contact Disability Support Services at dss@montevallo.edu or 205-665-6250.