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COVID-19 Testing at W&M

To safeguard the health of students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community, William & Mary has developed a COVID-19 testing protocol in partnership with the VCU Health System and Kallaco Health & Technology.

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Pre-Arrival Student Testing

All students living in campus housing or within a 30-mile radius of campus, who plan to attend in-person instruction or use university facilities, will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus. The timing of initial testing depends on when a student has been approved to return to campus:

  • Students will receive an email 10 to 12 days prior to return asking them to confirm their order for a self-administered, mail-in saliva COVID-19 test kit prior to coming to campus.
    • Students must confirm the order no later than 8 days prior to their planned return to campus through their Kallaco portal in order for the test kit to be mailed. Test kits will arrive in time for students to self-administer the test, mail it back and receive test results before they are due to arrive on campus.
    • Consistent with current VDH and CDC guidelines, we recommend students self-quarantine for 8-10 days prior to arrival.
    • For the first 10 days after arrival, close contact should be limited to roommates or housemates.
  • Tracking information for returning the test to the lab is not available in the portal, so you will need to record the tracking number provided on the return label so you can track it through the FedEx website.
  • International students must send their test to a stateside address. They should plan to quarantine off campus while they await the results of their test (2-3 days). If they do not have a stateside address to mail the test, they can be mailed to and picked up from the Student Health Center at:

William & Mary
Student Health Center
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate at home and the Student Health Center will work with you on your return to campus plans. You must also complete the form at Report COVID to initiate case management that will assist with isolation requirements and help you navigate classes and study.
  • If you are in quarantine as a close contact, you must finish your quarantine at home prior to returning to campus.
  • Similar to the fall, W&M will conduct mandatory prevalence testing (sampling at least 5% of the student body) weekly and census testing of the full student body based on guidance from the Public Health Advisory Team and our healthcare partners.
  • Students who experience symptoms over the course of the semester should make an appointment with the Student Health Center or a private healthcare provider for a clinical assessment and testing if necessary.
International Student Pre-Arrival Testing

All students, including international students, are advised to self-quarantine for 8-10 days before beginning their travel back to campus. Those students traveling from outside the continental U.S. must take their self-administered COVID-19 test once they arrive. They should allow for an additional 2-3 days of self-quarantine while they await their test results. 

For students traveling by air, the U.S. will begin requiring a negative test result prior to boarding an airplane headed to the U.S., effective January 26. Visit the CDC website for more information on the new requirement. Students will be able to upload their negative test results in the Kallaco portal in lieu of taking W&M’s self-administered test.

Pre-Arrival Employee Testing

As we did in the fall, employees in high contact positions that are not able to sustain masking, distancing or other health provisions due to the nature of their jobs may be required to test before the university welcomes returning students to campus. You will be notified by your supervisor or the Testing Coordination Team if you have been identified.

Pre-Arrival Testing Waived For Recent Positives

W&M will exempt community members from pre-arrival and prevalence testing for 90 days after receiving a positive test result. To provide documentation of the positive, visit the Kallaco portal Records menu and follow prompts to Upload Record.

On-Campus Testing

William & Mary will conduct free, on-site census COVID-19 testing for students local to Williamsburg and those taking classes on campus in the spring semester.

Testing is required for:

  • All residential students
  • Students taking blended courses
  • Students enrolled in remote courses who live within 30 miles of campus (with limited exceptions for students enrolled in certain graduate programs)
  • Students with a W&M meal plan

Students who wish to come to campus, but aren't in any of the groups listed above, can opt-in for the testing by completing the sign-up form.

With student census testing, the Testing Coordination Team emails students a test date, and they choose a 10-minute slot. Slots are first-come, first-served. The tests are conducted at Kaplan Arena, which has ample room for testing stations, safe physical distancing and free, short-term parking in the Compton Lot next to the arena.

  • Please enter the building at the ticket booth (glass doors) on the concourse (upper) level at the corner of Ukrop Way and Compton Drive. That is the corner closest to Green & Gold Village, adjacent to the parking lots.
  • Entry will be restricted to these doors. Students will exit using a different door, adjacent to your testing station.
  • Students who need to use the elevator to access the concourse level of Kaplan Arena may arrange shuttle service.

Please bring your student ID, wear a mask and follow all usual campus health and wellness procedures. If you have any questions, please contact the Testing Coordination Team at [[COVIDtest]].

Faculty & Staff Voluntary Testing

Free or partially subsidized voluntary COVID-19 testing is available for all W&M faculty and staff members, without a physician's referral. This at-will testing is intended to provide asymptomatic employees an additional tool for risk mitigation as they move between the campus community and other populations. This testing will resume the week of January 25 by appointment only.

The at-will tests, held at the VCU Health Clinic at 332 N. Henry Street in Williamsburg, take approximately 15 minutes. Appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring a photo ID with you to the appointment.

To see your results, you will need a free account registered with Kallaco Health & Technology before your appointment. To get started with an account, please visit the Kallaco portal. Click "Forgot Password" to create a new account, and DO NOT use your W&M password. Test results will be available to view within Kallaco in three business days.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, do not schedule an at-will testing appointment. Consult your healthcare provider instead. This also applies to faculty and staff members who have been identified as close contacts of a COVID-19-postive person -- begin quarantine and consult your healthcare provider; do not schedule an at-will test through William & Mary.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to email [[COVIDtest]].

Prevalence Testing

William & Mary's prevalence testing program weekly selects a number of students, faculty, staff and contractors to take COVID-19 tests so that the university can rapidly assess potential community spread. W&M tests at least 5% of its student population and 2% of its employees weekly. These tests are administered at no cost to the individuals.

Prevalence testing occurs at the VCU Health clinic at 332 N. Henry Street in Williamsburg. If selected, individuals are notified by email and given instructions for making a testing appointment. To prepare, all faculty, staff and students must by registered with Kallaco Health & Technology.

Students should try to schedule the testing appointment around class schedules, but if a conflict cannot be avoided, they are excused from class. Employees should arrange an appropriate test time with their supervisors. If sick or symptomatic when selected for testing, students should contact the Student Health Center and faculty and staff contact a healthcare provider. Do not make a prevalence testing appointment. You will be automatically included in the next week's round of prevalence testing.

If an individual receives a notification of prevalence testing in error, because they are not attending or visiting any William & Mary properties within the next six weeks or if they live more than 90 miles away, please contact [[COVIDtest]].

Participating in prevalence testing is a condition to which we have agreed in order to work and study in person at William & Mary under the Healthy Together Community Commitment. The information it provides allows us to better support our health, and for individuals to better support the health of students, colleagues and others within our community. It is mandatory. We hope that all community members will participate willingly, but need to advise that failure to follow testing instructions may result in disciplinary action.

Testing Exceptions and Return to Campus for Recent Positives

Tests can continue to detect viral material in those who have previously tested positive after they are no longer infectious. Following CDC guidelines, W&M will exempt students, employees and dining workers from pre-arrival and prevalence testing for a period of 90 days after the date a positive test was administered, upon documentation of the result. To provide documentation of the prior positive test result, please visit the Kallaco portal Records menu and follow the prompts to Upload Record.

Wastewater Testing

Wastewater testing at William & Mary divides campus residential facilities into 13 zones, capturing the majority of residence halls and adding capacity to detect COVID-19 trends on campus. This type of population-level testing allows the university to monitor broad patterns on campus. Wastewater testing is not diagnostic for individuals.

Results from wastewater testing are analyzed by William & Mary’s Public Health Advisory Team, which includes medical staff as well as faculty with expertise in public health and epidemiology, to inform the focus of prevalence testing. Both prevalence testing and wastewater testing work in conjunction with other protocols, such as contact tracing and individual testing, to provide a micro- to macro-level understanding of COVID-19 at William & Mary and to mitigate spread.

End-of-Semester Testing

In the fall, William & Mary offered free COVID-19 tests for students, faculty and staff who wished to be tested before returning home at the end of the semester. Depending on the timing of vaccinations, William & Mary may again offer voluntary testing for students and employees who wish to be tested prior to returning home for the summer. We are working with our local health district and will provide information on vaccines as information becomes available.

Students who experience COVID-19 symptoms during the semester should visit the feeling ill resource page. Students who test positive must complete the form at Report COVID to initiate case management that will assist with isolation requirements and help you navigate classes and study.

Employees who experience COVID-19 symptoms should make an appointment with their health care provider for a clinical assessment. Employees who test positive or have been identified as a close contact are required to complete the form at Report COVID. They must remain off campus until cleared to return by their assigned case manager, who may ask for documentation from a physician or health care provider.