Important notice about Regular Screening Testing for Sept. 20-24

 Why did I not get an email on Friday to sign up for next week's testing?

There were technical issues causing our emails not to send as scheduled on Friday, Sept. 17. This was resolved so the email was sent around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. You can also click here to sign up for your appointment for the week of Sept. 20-24.

Entry Testing

 What is entry testing?

Students who are not fully vaccinated must provide written verification of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours of arrival on campus, or a negative PCR test obtained within 48 hours of arriving on campus.

This will be required before the beginning of each semester (August and January).

 Who needs to complete entry testing? 

Students who have completed the Student Assumption of Risk Waiver OR students who have not submitted documentation of having received the COVID-19 vaccination will need to complete entry testing requirements. 

 What do I need to do?

If you are not fully vaccinated or did not submit documentation you must submit electronic record of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours of arrival on campus, or a negative PCR test obtained within 48 hours of arriving on campus. These must be submitted by Aug. 24, 2021 at 12 p.m.

 What if I do not submit my entry test by the deadline?

It is important for all students who will be on campus to be tested to help us identify any positive cases and help protect students, faculty and staff from COVID-19 infections and slow the spread of the virus. Therefore, if you do not sign up for and complete entry testing your JACard will be deactivated so you will not be able to access your residence hall, meal plans or UREC until you complete the test.  You will need to provide either: 

COVID-19 Vaccination Record OR negative COVID-19 Test (to accompany the Student Assumption of Risk Waiver) by Aug. 24 at 12 p.m.

 What if I have one dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer/Moderna)?

If you arrive to campus with a single dose of a two-dose vaccine you will need to complete entry test requirements.

 What if I am coming to campus early?

You should complete and submit entry testing 24 hours before “stepping foot on campus,” and no later than Aug. 24 at 12 p.m. 

 Do I need it 24 hours before classes start since I am living off campus?

You should submit your entry test (electronically) 24 hours before returning to campus and no later than Aug. 24 at 12 p.m.

 Where do we submit it or who do we give it to?

If you submitted a Student Assumption of Risk Waiver, you must electronically upload verification of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test performed within 24 hours of arrival on campus, or a negative PCR test obtained within 48 hours of arriving on campus.

 Will JMU offer the tests, or will I need to go somewhere else for it?

You will need to provide your own entry test. 

Regular Screening Testing - General

 Who needs to complete regular screening testing?

Students who have not submitted documentation of having received the COVID-19 vaccination (including those who submitted the Student Assumption of Risk waiver) must complete regular screening testing each week. Students who have been recently vaccinated must continue to be tested for two weeks after that date of their final vaccine (second dose of Moderna or Pfizer and single dose of Johnson & Johnson).

 How often is regular screening testing?

Regular screening testing will begin the week of Aug. 30 and be required weekly for students who are not vaccinated or have not submitted documentation of being vaccinated for COVID-19. Students who have been recently vaccinated must continue to be tested for two weeks after that date of their final vaccine (second dose of Moderna or Pfizer and single dose of Johnson & Johnson).

 Where is regular screening testing?

The Union (Warren Hall) 5th Floor, Room 502 (across from the Union Ballroom). 

 When is regular screening testing?

The testing clinic will be open Monday-Thursday. 

Monday 12:30-5 p.m.

Tuesday 12:30-6 p.m.

Wednesday 12:30-5 p.m.

Thursday 1-4 p.m.

Friday 12:30-4 p.m.

 How to set up an appointment?

Students will need to set up an appointment every week. They will have the choice of a 30-minute time slot during clinic hours. They will receive a weekly email on the Friday before from studentcovid19testing@jmu.edu with information on how to select a testing time. Information included in weekly sign-up email includes:  

  • General information  
  • Information regarding the testing site  
  • How to sign up for their appointment  
  • What to bring with them 
  • Regular screening testing frequently asked questions 
  • Student exemption form  

Students will receive a reminder the day before their appointment through the sign-up platform.  

Students are expected to sign up by Sunday each week for their testing timeslot for the coming week. 

There will also be an opportunity to sign up for the following week’s appointment at the testing location. 

 What if I do not attend a weekly appointment?

If you fail to sign up, attend or complete a weekly testing appointment or exemption, you will receive the consequences defined below. With every missed test, the consequences increase, and they are cumulative, meaning they do not “reset” if you attend testing between missed appointments. 

First non-completion of testing 
  • $100 fine  
  • Loss of access to all Athletic events 
  • Deactivation of student parking pass 
  •  Access is restored with completion of the next submitted COVID-19 test but may take up to 24 hours. The fine is non-refundable. 
Second non-completion of testing  
  • $100 fine 
  • JACard deactivated 
  • Registration hold 
  • The hold will be removed, and access is restored with the completion of the next submitted COVID-19 test but may take up to 24 hours. The fine is non-refundable. 
Third non-completion of testing  
  • $100 fine 
  • Removal from all classes 
  • They will be added back to classes with completion of the next submitted COVID-19 test but may take up to 24 hours. The fine is non-refundable.  

All students who do not attend testing between Monday and Thursday or complete an exemption form for the given test week will receive an email on Friday informing them that they are facing the above-mentioned consequences. The student will have 24 hours to complete testing and submit the results. The consequences will be enacted on Monday after the week the testing was not completed.  

 Are there exemptions?

Students can also submit for an exemption from testing using the link in the email sent out each week. Valid conditions for exemption include:

  1. The student is under order by a public health official/provider to maintain quarantine/isolation. They will need to provide documentation of this order. If needed, they can work with the University Health Center.
  2. The student completed vaccination and received final vaccine dose at least 2 weeks before the testing date. They must submit documentation of receiving the vaccine to JMUMyChart to be confirmed by the University Health Center.
  3. The student has proof of a positive molecular (PCR) or antigen COVID-19 test in the last 90 days.
  4. Extenuating circumstances that must be approved by the COVID-19 Coordinator the Sunday prior.

 If I am an athlete, do I need to submit my vaccine record or Assumption of Risk to UHC?

Yes. You will need to submit to the University Health Center to avoid a fine, hold or JACard deactivation. For more information check out these instructions. 

Regular Screening Testing - Testing Specifics

 Will I have to pay for testing?

No, the university will cover all costs associated with this on-campus testing. 

 What type of test is it? 

Students will use the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card, which is the type of test used for surveillance testing last school year. The test is performed on a self-collected nasal swab. You can view how to collect the specimen at this link then view module #3. 

The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card is a type of test called an antigen test. Antigen tests are designed to detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19 in respiratory specimens such as nasal swabs. It is a reliable, highly portable tool for detecting active coronavirus infections. 

Potential risks include possible discomfort or other complications that can happen during sample collection, which could include a possible nosebleed. 

Regular Screening Testing - Appointments

 What should I expect on the day of my assigned testing?

You will arrive at the Union and take the elevator or stairs to the top floor. The testing is being conducted in the area that was formerly Madison Grill (The Union-Warren 502), located across the hall from the Union Ballroom.

 What should I do to prepare for my appointment?

Download and sign in to the Navica App, available for free in your App store. 

Watch the video on how to collect a self-obtained nasal swab specimen (Module 3 at this link).  

 How do I change or delete a testing appointment?

To update or delete your appointment, reference your Sign-Up Confirmation email and click on the "Edit My Sign Up" link. From here, you can Update or Delete your appointment time. You'll need to be logged-out of SignUpGenius to complete this function.

Regular Screening Testing - After Testing

 How do I receive my results?

You will receive your results within the hour at via the Navica App. Those who do not have a smart phone will need to wait 20 minutes to receive their results by hand via a paper copy.

 Do I have to quarantine after I take my test?

You do not need to quarantine after this test if you have no symptoms and have not had direct contact with someone who tested positive. If you have symptoms, you should follow general quarantine instructions. 

 What happens if I receive a positive result during testing?

If you receive a positive test you will be notified via phone call of your status. If you are a student living on campus, you will be asked to return home. If you cannot immediately return home due to travel accommodations, you will work with Residence Life for isolation placement.  

If you live off campus you will need to follow VDH guidance for isolation. 

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