Student Sentinel Testing Overview
Step-By-Step Video Instructions
To support a safe and healthy environment at UM, we are implementing weekly sentinel testing across campus beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, through the end of the fall semester in the Farmer Hall meeting room. Sentinel testing is a random sampling of all asymptomatic students, faculty and staff to understand the underlying prevalence of infection on campus so we can respond promptly to any outbreaks or increases in infection rates. All members of the University community are expected to participate in this important preventive measure. Students will receive a voucher for a free meal on-campus for participating.
As the semester progresses, you may be selected for testing. If so, you will receive an email from Healthy@Verily.com asking you to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 sentinel testing on campus. After receiving your sentinel testing email, log into your Verily account to complete the pre-test symptom screen and schedule your COVID-19 sentinel test.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 12 weeks, please do not retest at this time. If you are having symptoms or have a recent exposure, follow the UM Falcon Forward plan and do not participate in sentinel testing.
For additional information on sentinel testing, you may visit GuideSafe.org.
Spring 2021 Testing
Re-entry testing is a requirement for students who will be on campus during the spring semester. Students who choose to be completely online and who will not be living on campus or using campus facilities (dining, recreation, library, etc.) will not be tested.
In November, the University will distribute Everlywell self-administered COVID-19 test kits to all students who will be attending in-person classes or utilizing campus facilities during the spring 2021 semester. Students will be instructed on how to self-administer the test which will then need to be shipped to a certified lab through the method indicated 7 days PRIOR to their intended date of return to campus. Tests MUST be taken and shipped on the same day. Everlywell results will automatically be submitted to the University. Students who misplace their free Everlywell test kits will be responsible for securing their own test at their expense prior to returning for spring semester AND will need to submit results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Re-entry test distribution dates:
- Nov. 16-20: Housing and Residence Life staff will distribute self-administer test kits to all students living in residence halls.
- Nov. 18-20: Self-administer test kits will be distributed to commuter students at Farmer Hall.
- Nov. 23-24: Self-administer test kits will be distributed to commuter students at Farmer Hall.
- Nov. 30-Dec. 4: Self-administer test kits will be available for pickup by all students at Farmer Hall.
- Dec. 8: Spring 2021 new registrants will be mailed self-administer test kits.
- Jan. 4: Returning students who registered over the winter break will be mailed test kits.
- Jan. 6: Spring 2021 new registrants will be mailed self-administer test kits.
- Jan. 11-15: Self-administer test kits will be distributed to students who did not previously receive a test kit in Farmer Hall.
Questions about testing should be sent to email@example.com.
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 Falcon Healthcheck programs. Healthcheck is part of the HSF1 Platform, powered by UAB. View additional Q and A about the program here.
GuideSafe™ now has a call center to field questions about entry testing and the platform. Parents and students can call 866-839-5308 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The call center has connections with Verily support, so they can help troubleshoot login issues for entry testing. A new chat feature has also been added to the contact page of GuideSafe.org. The new chat feature answers questions about testing and the platform. Users type in questions and hit submit. Users will receive an answer via email. Questions are typically answered within an hour.
Click below to learn additional information about the GuideSafe program.