Spring 2021 Re-Entry Testing
Re-entry testing is a requirement for students who will be on campus during the spring 2021 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.
See below for information about how to utilize the Everlywell self-administered COVID-19 test kits. Please visit this link for additional information.
In light of the University’s decision to conduct classes virtually for the first two weeks of the spring semester, please take a moment to review the process for completing and submitting your self-administered COVID-19 re-entry test.
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.
You should follow these instructions to self-administer the test, which will then need to be shipped to a certified lab through the method indicated 7 days PRIOR to your intended date of return to campus for the spring semester. Tests MUST be taken on a weekday and shipped on the same day.
For example, if you are returning to your UM residence hall on Friday, Jan. 8, you can take and ship your re-entry test now. If you will not be coming to campus until in-person classes resume on Monday, Jan. 25, do not take and ship your results until Monday, Jan. 18 or later.
All returning students who are attending in-person classes or using campus facilities and have not submitted test results must participate in COVID-19 testing upon their return to campus. Re-entry tests will be distributed Jan. 11-15 and Jan. 19-22 in Farmer Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
If you have tested positive or have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive over the break, do not come to campus. Quarantine or isolate as directed by UM Health Services. Students who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the break should send a notification email to email@example.com. Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 over the break should complete a report at Montevallo.edu/reportcovid.
Questions about testing should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Jan. 26, through the end of the spring 2021 semester. 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.
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.