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Jan. 13 - To the Salve Regina community: Important pre-semester information and guidelines

Dear Salve Regina community,

As we prepare to welcome students back to campus, today’s update contains important information for students who test positive for COVID-19, guidelines for community members who have already been vaccinated, and notices about pre-semester testing.

As a reminder, President Kelli J. Armstrong will host a town hall meeting for students and families at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday). Members of Salve Regina’s emergency management team will provide the latest information on our preparedness for the spring semester and answer questions. Register for the town hall.

As always, questions or concerns not addressed in this update may be submitted to coronavirus@salve.edu or (401) 341-2329.

If You Test Positive This Week

If you test positive for COVID-19 this week and/or during pre-semester testing (test 1), you will be expected to isolate at your permanent residence for 10 days prior to returning to campus.

  • Resident students: Email documentation of your positive result to Health Services at healthservices@salve.edu and the Office of Residence Life at residencelife@salve.edu. You will also need to coordinate your move-in date with Residence Life.
  • Off-campus/commuter students: Email documentation of your positive result to Health Services at healthservices@salve.edu and indicate when you are planning to return to campus/Newport. Health Services will work with the Office of Information Technology to have your Salve Regina ID reactivated for the semester.

If You’ve Already Had COVID-19

If you tested positive for COVID-19 on or after Oct. 14, 2020, you do not need to participate in pre-semester testing. However, you should still check in at Rodgers Recreation Center to have your Salve Regina ID reactivated and receive a stamp indicating that you are cleared to attend in-person classes. Resident students should check in on their move-in day. Off-campus/commuter students can check in on any day that onboarding testing is available (Jan. 14-18). No appointment is necessary.

  • If you tested positive through Salve Regina’s testing program, you do not need to provide documentation of your results.
  • If you tested positive outside of Salve Regina’s testing program, you must provide paper or digital confirmation with your name and test date visible.

If You’ve Been Vaccinated

If you have already been vaccinated for COVID-19, you must still participate in Salve Regina’s pre-semester testing program. It usually takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means you could be infected with COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick, because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

Although you have been vaccinated, you must continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often and practice social distancing. In addition, if you are identified as a close contact of a positive case, you must continue to follow current quarantine requirements. Experts need to understand more about the protection that vaccines provide before changing these recommendations. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

Pre-Semester Testing

All undergraduate students are required to have two negative tests prior to attending in-person classes. Graduate students who plan to attend in-person classes at the Newport campus or the Center for Adult Education in Warwick are required to have one negative test.

Testing Guidelines for Resident Students 

  • Test 1: You must have test 1 administered within the 72 hours prior to your move-in date. You should be tested regardless of turnaround times. If your results are not returned by your move-in date, you may still return to campus, but must quarantine in your residence hall until you receive the results of test 1 and/or 2.
  • Test 2: You will receive test 2 as part of the move-in process. Appointments are not necessary and resident students should not register for a testing date. Please bring your Salve Regina ID to the testing site.

Testing Guidelines for Off-Campus/Commuter Students

  • Test 1: You must be tested on or after Monday, Jan. 11. You should be tested regardless of turnaround times. You may return to Newport if you have not received your results, but must quarantine in your off-campus residence until you receive the results of test 1 and/or 2.
    If you have already returned to Newport or live locally, the state of Rhode Island is offering PCR testing at the Stop & Shop on Connell Highway. To schedule a test, visit portal.ri.gov. In addition, walk-in rapid testing is available from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at the Edward King House and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at the Community Baptist Church. No appointment is necessary.
    College students are considered Rhode Island residents for testing purposes. Be sure to use your Rhode Island address when booking appointments and bring your Salve Regina ID to the testing site. If you have any difficulty accessing testing, please email coronavirus@salve.edu so that the University can alert the Department of Health.
  • Test 2: You must be tested at Salve Regina through the University’s onboarding testing program. Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 18 in the Rodgers Recreation Center gymnasium. You may choose any available date, but must register for one testing date. Please bring your Salve Regina ID to the testing site.

Register for Testing

Testing Guidelines for Graduate Students

  • If you are planning to attend in-person classes at the Newport campus or the Center for Adult Education in Warwick, you must be tested at Salve Regina through the University’s onboarding testing program.
  • Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 18 in the Rodgers Recreation Center gymnasium. You may choose any available date, but must register for one testing date. Please bring your Salve Regina ID to the testing site.

Register for Testing

Additional Testing Guidelines

  • Test 1 must be a PCR or antigen (rapid) test, with PCR tests preferred. Antibody tests will not be accepted.
  • You must provide proof of your negative result from test 1 during your appointment for test 2. Please bring a paper copy with you or be prepared to show a digital copy on your phone.
  • If you cannot access asymptomatic testing, you may still return to campus/Newport, but must quarantine in your residence hall or off-campus residence until you receive the results of test 2.
  • You must be tested even if you have already been vaccinated for COVID-19.