Student Entry Testing
Any student who is enrolled in face-to-face or blended courses with an on-campus component must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test as part of the GuideSafe™ entry to the campus program.
Here are a few key things to know about Athens State's Campus Entry Testing:
- Students who are enrolled in a face-to-face or blended course for the fall semester should have received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org about accessing and scheduling a free COVID-19 test. The test involves a nasal swab just inside the nostril, which is easy to self-administer and less invasive than the nasopharyngeal swab you may have seen as another sample collection method.
- Testing began the first week of August, but students should not test more than 14 days before returning to campus.
- Students must have a negative test result before coming to Athens State's campus for class meetings.
- You can go to your primary care provider or another testing site, but you will be responsible for any fee that may be charged. Please send your COVID-19 test results to StudentRTC@athens.edu.
- Those who test positive must have medical clearance from a healthcare provider after quarantine to enter campus. Please note: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 12 weeks, please do not re-test at this time. Instead, provide Athens State University a copy of your positive test results and medical clearance from a healthcare provider to return to campus. Submit any positive test results and medical clearance for return to campus to StudentRTC@athens.edu.
- Campus Entry Testing will supplement other strategies, such as appropriate safety training online, completion of the Athens-State Healthcheck daily self-screening app, social distancing, and usage of personal protective equipment.
If you have any issues or questions about student entry testing, the GuideSafe™ Call Center is available to assist you. Please call 866-839-5308 between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM daily for assistance.
What is the process for student entry testing?
- Students will receive an email from GuideSafe™ Testing with a link to register online for testing. Please look for and promptly complete the instructions in the email.
- After registration and system verification, each student will schedule an appointment at an approved testing site on the day and time of choosing. Click here for a full list of testing sites.
- A confirmation email with the testing appointment and instructions on what to bring and information about what to expect with sample collection will be sent to each student.
- Each student will receive an appointment reminder via email.
- When the student arrives at the testing site, they will present the confirmation email and identification. The confirmation email can be shown via phone.
- After identity verification, the student will complete the sample collection under observation at the testing site.
- The sample is transported by the testing site to the testing lab and processed within 24 hours.
- The testing lab reports the test result to the student, the student's state department of public health, GuideSafe™ Testing, and Athens State University.
- If the student’s results are positive, they will need to contact the Student Return-to-Campus team at StudentRTC@athens.edu.
- If the student’s results are negative, they are clear to enter campus.
What should I expect during the COVID-19 test?
The test will be a self-administered swab in the nostril — though not the more invasive nasopharyngeal swab.
- You will be handed a swab.
- Hold the swab placing your thumb and forefinger in the middle of the swab shaft covering the scoreline or black line.
- Do not touch, lay down, or drop the swab.
- Insert the swab about 2 cm (less than 1 inch) into your nostril until you meet resistance.
- Gently rotate the swab for 5 seconds pushing against the center of your nose.
- Remove the swab from the first side of your nose and insert it into the other side of your nose.
- Rotate the swab for 5 seconds pushing against the center of your nose on the second side.
- Remove the swab from your nose and hold it out so your observer can take the swab from you without touching you.