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Jan. 7 - To students and families: Town hall invitation and testing clarifications

Dear Salve Regina students and families,

Please join President Kelli J. Armstrong for a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13. Members of Salve Regina’s emergency management team will provide the latest information on the spring 2021 semester and address questions. 

Register for the Town Hall

Pre-Semester Testing

In light of Tuesday’s update, which outlined pre-semester testing requirements, we understand that there may be challenges with access to asymptomatic testing and turnaround times in certain states. Today’s update will again outline our testing guidelines and address questions and concerns that have been raised.

As a reminder, 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 (follow the instructions for test 2 below).

Test 1 (Administered at Your Local Testing Site) 

  • Resident students must be tested within the 72 hours prior to their move-in date.
  • Off-campus/commuter students must be tested on or after Monday, Jan. 11.

You should be tested according to this schedule regardless of turnaround times. If your results are not returned by your move-in date, 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 1 and/or 2. 

  • The test 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 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.
  • Students who test positive on test 1 must notify the University via email to coronavirus@salve.edu and will be expected to isolate at their permanent residence for 10 days prior to returning to campus.

Test 2 (Administered by Salve Regina)

All undergraduate students, along with graduate students who plan to attend in-person classes, 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. 

  • Resident students will be tested as part of the move-in process. Appointments are not necessary and resident students should not register for a testing date.
  • Off-campus/commuter students and graduate students may choose any available date, but must register for one testing date.

Students should bring their Salve Regina ID to the testing site to receive a stamp indicating that they have participated in onboarding testing and are cleared to attend in-person classes.

Please note: Resident students will be tested as part of the move-in process and should not register for a testing date through this form.

Register for Testing

Students who Previously Tested Positive for 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. Students who tested positive through Salve Regina’s testing program do not need to provide documentation of their results.

Students who tested positive outside of Salve Regina’s testing program must provide paper or digital confirmation with their name and test date visible. Resident students may provide this confirmation during check-in on their move-in day. Off-campus/commuter students may provide this confirmation by visiting the testing site in Rodgers during any of the onboarding testing dates (no appointment necessary).

As a reminder, if you test positive in January, you must isolate for 10 days before returning to campus.

Flu Clinic

Matt’s Local Pharmacy will offer a flu clinic in the Rodgers Recreation Center during all onboarding testing dates. Flu shots will be available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 18. Students who wish to be vaccinated should bring their insurance card.

While the flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, it offers many benefits. Flu vaccines reduce the risk of flu illness and hospitalization, which can save health care resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

Questions about the flu clinic should be directed to Health Services at (401) 341-2904, option 3.