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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, Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories and Kallaco Health & Technology.

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Pre-Arrival Testing

All students were required to be tested for COVID-19 before arriving for the fall semester, using a mail-in Kallaco test kit, in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus on and around campus in their home communities. This applied to any registered student taking classes in-person or remotely within the United States, or who may use on-campus services during the semester. Students were not permitted on-campus and were not able to move into their residence halls until they had received a negative test result.

Regarding privacy, W&M's chief information security officer completed a review of Kallaco to ensure that student and employee data is securely stored and privacy is protected.

In addition to testing, all domestic students were expected to self-quarantine for eight days before arriving on campus; students coming from international destinations were required to self-quarantine until they received a negative Kallaco test result.

On-Campus Testing

Beginning September 8, William & Mary began a second round of required on-campus testing for all students. This action was taken out of an abundance of caution, and in recognition of patterns seen on other campuses around the nation during the first week after the arrival of students.  We must remain vigilant so that we can move quickly to identify positive cases and potential exposures.

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 may be coming to campus, but aren't in any of the groups listed above, may choose to opt-in for the testing by completing the sign-up form.  Testing will be conducted each day, and continue through Friday, September 18.

Students will be emailed a notification from the Testing Coordination Team with a date for their test, and then are required to select a 10-minute slot to accomplish the test.  Slots are first come, first served.  Slots are available 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM each day.  All tests will be conducted at Kaplan Arena, which has ample room for testing stations, safe physical distancing and parking.

  • 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 note:  these will be COVID-19 PCR nasal swab tests, a change from the pre-arrival and prevalence throat swabs used in other tests with which you will be familiar.  As planned, on-site PCR testing for students and employees (for prevalence, symptomatic testing and other applications) will continue to be conducted by VCU Health and its affiliates. Test collection in Williamsburg is performed by medical professionals. Analysis is being performed by Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories, a national leader in testing services. Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories is a fully CAP and CLIA accredited high complexity laboratory, employing gold standard RT-PCR COVID 19 testing in accordance with all FDA guidance and standards.  Shipping and logistics will be supported by Kallaco.

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]].  Testing is a critical part of the commitment we make to mitigate risks associated with COVID-19.  Thank you for helping to safeguard the health of your fellow W&M students, as well as faculty, staff and members of our neighboring communities.

Faculty & Staff Voluntary Testing

Voluntary COVID-19 testing is now 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 you move between the campus community and other populations.  However, if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please consult your healthcare provider and do not schedule an at-will testing appointment.

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 with a $15 copay, paid by credit or debit card in advance.  Visit the clinic's appointment portal to make an appointment.  Your confirmation email will include a link to make your copayment, which is nonexpendable.  No payments will be accepted on-site, you must make your copay before coming to the appointment.  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 their website at https://kallaco.wm.edu.  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 have additional questions, please feel free to email [[COVIDResponse]].

Prevalence Testing

William & Mary's prevalence testing protocol is a random selection of students, faculty, staff and contractors chosen periodically to take COVID-19 tests so that the university can rapidly assess potential community spread.  W&M tests 5% of its student population and 2% of its employees every two weeks.  These tests are administered at no cost to the individuals.

Prevalence testing takes place 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 at https://kallaco.wm.edu.

Students should make an effort to schedule their testing appointment around class schedules, but if a conflict cannot be avoided, they will be excused from class.  Employees who cannot make an appointment in the timeframe specified should work with their supervisors to arrange an appropriate time.  If individuals are sick or symptomatic when randomly selected for testing, please contact the Student Health Center (students) or their healthcare provider (employees), and do not make a prevalence testing appointment.  They will be automatically included the next round of prevalence testing approximately two weeks later.

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 [[COVIDResponse]].

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.

End of Semester Testing

William & Mary will cover the cost for students and employees who wish to be tested before returning home at the end of the fall 2020 semester.

William & Mary will provide wellness kits to students and employees as they return to campus. These include two reusable cloth masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes. William & Mary will also provide face shields and sneeze guards as necessary.

Students will be asked to monitor their health daily. William & Mary will have stations in high-traffic areas on campus where students can have their temperatures checked.

With the Healthy Together module, available via William & Mary’s mobile application and website, students, faculty and staff can complete a Daily Health Check to see whether they have developed symptoms of COVID-19. The module also provides easy access to individual Kallaco testing accounts and the Virginia Department of Health's COVIDWISE anonymous exposure notification app.

Students who experience COVID-19 symptoms during the semester will have to make an appointment with the Student Health Center for a clinical assessment and testing if necessary. Students who test positive and need to be quarantined must be cleared by the Student Health Center or a physician before returning to their residence hall and classes.

Review the frequently asked questions for additional information.