The following COVID-19 testing and reporting instructions apply to all students, faculty, and staff. This section provides information about when to test for COVID-19 and what type of test to use.

Access to COVID-19 Antigen and PCR Tests

Antigen tests for students and employees are available through the College as supplies last. Antigen tests for students are available in the dining halls at check-in, at the Davis Family Library circulation desk, and at Health Services. Antigen test kits are available for all employees at the Human Resources Office at Marble Works, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at the Davis Family Library circulation desk.

PCR testing is available for students and asymptomatic employees at Centeno House, 136 South Main Street, accessible via the patio facing the Service Building. No appointment is needed. The COVID-19 Testing Schedule is available here.

Employees who are symptomatic cannot cannot access a PCR test on campus. They must secure testing through their healthcare provider or a local pharmacy. The Vermont Department of Health provides additional information about testing locations.

LAMP tests are also available to students and employees through VDH testing sites as supplies last.

Reporting COVID-19 Test Results

Students should report their positive COVID-19 antigen, PCR or LAMP test results through the Student COVID-19 Test Result form. This form helps the College track all positive results and is an important tool for assessing and responding to students’ individual needs. Even if a student receives a positive result from a PCR test administered through the College, they should submit the form in order to receive tailored instructions based on the type of test they took, their living situation, and current symptoms.

Employees, whether they work on campus or remotely, or their managers should report positive COVID-19 antigen test results and positive results from any tests taken on or off-campus through the Employee COVID-19 Reporting Tool.

COVID-19 Tests for Individuals who Have Recovered from COVID-19 within the Previous 90 Days

In accordance with Vermont Department of Health (“VDH”) guidance, if you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines, you are not required to test for COVID-19 after a close contact with someone who has COVID-19 unless you develop symptoms. If you are not up to date on your vaccines or you have an approved medical or religious exemption, you are required to test for COVID-19 after an exposure.  No earlier than four days after the exposure, you should take two antigen tests 24 hours apart (or longer). Individuals who are up to date on their vaccines may also choose to test after a close contact exposure.

Antigen tests are required for symptomatic individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days after a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. PCR or LAMP tests can remain positive for up to 90 days following an infection and are therefore not recommended as a reliable tool for assessing whether someone who has recently recovered from COVID-19 has a new, current COVID-19 infection. If the antigen test is negative and they are not identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 then they are considered to be negative for COVID-19 and no further testing is required. 

Individuals who are symptomatic and are identified as a close contact must take an antigen test as soon as possible. If the antigen test is negative, no further testing is required unless the individual is not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines (this includes those with medical or religious exemptions). Individuals who are not up to date on their vaccines or have approved medical or religious exemptions must, no earlier than day 4 after the exposure, take two antigen tests 24 hours apart (or longer).

If you receive a positive antigen test result at any time you are considered to be positive for COVID-19. You must report your results and follow the appropriate instructions for students or employees who test positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Tests for Those who Are Identified as a Close Contact But Have No Symptoms

In accordance with Vermont Department of Health (“VDH”) guidance, if you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines, you are not required to test for COVID-19 after a close contact with someone who has COVID-19 unless you develop symptoms. Asymptomatic individuals who choose to test after a close contact exposure or a possible low risk exposure should follow the instructions below for those who are not up to date on their vaccines.

If you are not up to date on your vaccines or you have an approved medical or religious exemption, you are required to test for COVID-19 after an exposure. In accordance with VDH guidance, you have the option of taking a PCR or LAMP test at least five days after the exposure or, no earlier than four days after the exposure, you may take two antigen tests 24 hours apart (or longer). If you have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days you should use antigen tests rather than a PCR or LAMP test given the risk of a false positive result from a PCR or LAMP test.

If you test positive for COVID-19 via an antigen, PCR or LAMP test you are considered positive for COVID-19. You must report your results and follow the instructions for students or employees who test positive for COVID-19, as applicable.

COVID-19 Tests for Individuals with Symptoms and No Known Exposure to COVID-19

A COVID-19 test is required if you are symptomatic. Antigen tests rather than PCR tests are recommended for symptomatic individuals because they provide rapid results and allow for earlier isolation and treatment for those who test positive.

Symptomatic individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days should take an antigen test and follow the testing instructions for individuals in this category.

If you have not had COVID-19 within the previous 90 days you may choose to take a PCR test although it could take several days to receive the results. You may also choose to take a LAMP test. If the PCR or LAMP test is negative, you are negative for COVID-19. 

If you receive an initial negative antigen test result you must take a second antigen test at least 24 hours later or a PCR or LAMP test to confirm the initial antigen test result. If the second antigen test or confirmatory PCR or LAMP test is negative then you are negative for COVID-19. 

If you receive a positive antigen, PCR or LAMP test result at any time you are considered to be positive for COVID-19. You must report your results and follow the appropriate instructions for students or employees who test positive for COVID-19.

Required COVID-19 Tests for Those who are Identified as a Close Contact and Have Symptoms

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and you are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you must take an antigen test as soon as possible. 

If you have not had COVID-19 within the previous 90 days you may choose to take a PCR test although it could take several days to receive the results. You may also choose to take a LAMP test. LAMP tests are available through VDH testing sites as supplies last. (See separate testing instructions for those symptomatic and exposed individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days).

If the initial antigen test is negative, a second antigen test must be taken at least 24 hours later or you may take a PCR or LAMP test to confirm the negative antigen test result. If both tests are negative, or your initial PCR or LAMP test is negative, you may be released from quarantine. However, if you are not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines you must take additional COVID-19 test(s) to ensure that there is no infection from the exposure. In accordance with VDH guidance, you have the option of taking a PCR or LAMP test at least five days after the exposure or, no earlier than four days after the exposure, you may take two antigen tests 24 hours apart (or longer). If the day five PCR or LAMP test or the day four and day five antigen tests taken at least 24 hours apart are negative, then you are negative for COVID-19. However, if you have symptoms you must wear a well-fitted mask, and practice good hand hygiene to avoid spreading illness.

All individuals must follow the instructions for symptomatic and exposed individuals as applicable to students and employees.  

If you receive a positive COVID-19 antigen, PCR or LAMP test at any time, you are considered to be positive for COVID-19. You must report your test results and follow the appropriate instructions for students or employees who test positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Tests for Asymptomatic Individuals Who Need Testing for a Documentation Requirement (i.e. travel)

PCR tests are recommended for asymptomatic individuals who have not had COVID-19 within the previous 90 days. Students who require a certification letter to accompany their results should contact Health Services if the testing was conducted on campus. They should contact the community agency where they received their test if it was taken off-campus.