Students who have no COVID-19 symptoms but are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 must do the following:

  • 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 students 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.
  • You may arrange PCR testing on campus. No appointment is necessary. Antigen tests are available through the College. LAMP tests are available through VDH testing sites as supplies last.
  • You are not required to quarantine unless you develop symptoms. However, in accordance with VDH guidance, you may choose to take extra precautions such as wearing a mask when around others until you receive a negative PCR or LAMP test or two negative antigen tests, as described above. 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 via an antigen, PCR, or LAMP test you must report your results through the Student COVID-19 Test Result form and follow the instructions for students who test positive for COVID-19.

Students who develop COVID-19 symptoms but are not a known close contact of someone who has COVID-19 must do the following:

  • If you develop symptoms, even if mild, and are not identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 you must immediately room quarantine, wear a mask around others (i.e. going to a bathroom) and 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 results could take up to several days. You may also choose to take a LAMP test. If the PCR or LAMP test is negative, you are negative for COVID-19. (See separate instructions below for those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days).  

  • You may arrange PCR testing on campus. Antigen tests are available through the College. LAMP tests are available through VDH testing sites as supplies last.
  • If the initial antigen test is negative, 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.

  • You must remain in room quarantine until you receive a negative test result from your initial PCR or LAMP test or you receive a second negative antigen test result from a test taken at least 24 hours after your first antigen test or you receive a negative PCR or LAMP test result after your initial negative antigen test. Even if the tests are negative, those with symptoms must wear a well-fitted mask, and practice good hand hygiene to avoid spreading illness.

  • Those who develop new or different symptoms should continue or restart room quarantine and get another antigen, PCR or LAMP test and continue to wear a well-fitted mask and practice good hand hygiene to avoid spreading illness. A negative antigen test must be followed up with a confirmatory PCR or LAMP test or a second antigen test taken 24 hours after the first antigen test, and students may not leave room quarantine until they receive a negative PCR or LAMP test result or a second negative antigen test result. 

  • Students who have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days after a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 must room quarantine and take an antigen test rather than a PCR or LAMP test. If the antigen test is negative no further testing is necessary. 

  • Students who receive a positive antigen, PCR or LAMP test result at any time are considered to be positive for COVID-19. They must report their positive results through the Student COVID-19 Test Result form, and they must follow the instructions for students who test positive for COVID-19.

Students who have COVID-19 symptoms and are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 must do the following:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms and you are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 you must immediately quarantine in your room, wear a mask around others (i.e. going to a bathroom), and 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 results could take up to several days. You may also choose to take a LAMP test. LAMP tests are available through VDH testing sites as supplies last. (See separate instructions below for those who have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days).
  • You may arrange PCR testing on campus. Antigen tests are available through the College.
  • If your initial antigen test is negative, you must take a second antigen test 24 hours later or a PCR or LAMP test to confirm the result.
  • You must remain in room quarantine until you receive a negative result from your initial PCR or LAMP test or you receive a second negative result from an antigen test taken at least 24 hours after your first antigen test or you receive a negative PCR or LAMP test result after your initial negative antigen test. Even if the tests are negative, those with symptoms must wear a well-fitted mask, and practice good hand hygiene to avoid spreading illness.
  • If your initial COVID-19 antigen, PCR or LAMP test(s) as described above are negative, you are released from room quarantine. However, if you are not up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines or you have an approved medical or religious exemption 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.
  • Those who develop new or different symptoms after receiving a day five negative PCR test or two negative antigen tests as described above must follow the instructions above for symptomatic students who are not a known close contact of someone who has COVID-19.
  • Students who have recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 90 days after a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 must take an antigen test rather than a PCR or LAMP test as soon as possible (PCR/LAMP tests can remain positive for up to 90 days following an infection). If the antigen test is negative and they are up to date on their vaccines, no further testing is necessary. If they are not up to date on their vaccines then, no earlier than day four after the exposure, they must also take two antigen tests 24 hours apart (or longer).
  • If you receive a positive antigen, PCR or LAMP test result at any time then you are considered to be positive for COVID-19. You must report your positive results through the Student COVID-19 Test Result form and follow the instructions for students who test positive for COVID-19.
  • If you have unresolved, concerning symptoms by day five of isolation you should contact Health Services for support and guidance. Worsening symptoms may result in extension of your isolation period due to the possibility of a prolonged infectious period.