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Vermont Law School has resumed on-campus classes for the fall. Masks are currently required for all community members. For information on campus access, health and safety protocols, and testing requirements please visit vermontlaw.edu/covid19.

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Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff must be tested weekly and have a vaccine exemption request approved to access campus.

Weekly testing is optional for vaccinated students, faculty, and staff if they have completed the two-week post vaccine waiting period and have their vaccine information verified. If you are experiencing any possible symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and away from others and either seek out an offsite PCR test or email COVID19@vermontlaw.edu so that we may schedule an onsite contactless test. Please be sure to alert COVID19@vermontlaw.edu that you have noticed symptoms so we may excuse your absence.

If you are unvaccinated and not willing to be tested weekly, you will not be allowed on campus.

General On-Campus Testing Information:

If you do not have possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Testing for those who are asymptomatic will be conducted on Mondays from 8:00am – 10:30am and on Thursdays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.
  • Testing will be held in the Hoff Lounge (1st floor Oakes, just inside the glass exterior double doors at the end of the hallway).
  • Registration is required and you must arrive at your designated appointment time. See below for information about how to sign-up. Sign-up will open at 9:00 am on the Tuesday prior and will lock at 12:00 pm the Friday prior. Sign-up for Thursday testing will open at 9:00 am on the Friday prior and will lock at 12:00 pm the Wednesday prior.
  • Once you arrive at the testing location, please form a line outside of Hoff Lounge, six feet apart, and wait for instruction from the collection supervisor.
  • Testing is self-administered. The test is an anterior nasal swab Reverse Transcriptase (RT) Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. In most cases, results will be emailed to you within 48 hours.
  • If you are required to test weekly, please pick one day of the week to test and consistently be tested that day to avoid interruptions in your access to campus.
  • If you are required to test weekly and are unavailable during onsite testing, you must arrange weekly PCR testing with an offsite provider. More details about which kinds of test that VLS is able to accept and providers that offer PCR tests are are below. If you are tested off-campus, it is your responsibility to ensure that the test administered is a PCR test, and to email a copy of your results, on time, to COVID19@vermontlaw.edu.
  • If you are required to test weekly to access campus and VLS does not receive a negative PCR test result within 7 days of when you last negative PCR test result was administered, your campus access will be revoked.

If you have possible symptoms of COVID-19:

  • If you would like to be tested on campus, please email COVID19@vermontlaw.edu so that we may schedule an onsite contactless test.
  • The contactless test will be self-administered outdoors. You may only come to campus during your scheduled appointment to administer your test and you must leave immediately after. You may not enter any buildings during your testing visit. You must wear a mask while on campus, even while outdoors.

Do I still need to be tested if I've received the vaccine?

Vaccinated students, faculty, and staff who have completed the two-week post vaccine waiting period are exempt from the testing requirement, but may still receive an on-site test if they wish. Follow this link to have your vaccine information verified.

I’M EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, MAY I COME TO CAMPUS FOR ONSITE TESTING?

Yes. If you notice symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and away from others. However, you may contact COVID19@vermontlaw.edu so we may schedule a contactless onsite COVID-19 test for you. The contactless test will be self-administered outdoors. You may only come to campus during your scheduled appointment to administer your test and you must leave immediately after. You may not enter any buildings during your testing visit. You must wear a mask while on campus, even while outdoors. You may also seek out an off-campus PCR test. A list of providers that offer PCR tests is below.

TO SIGN UP FOR TESTING:

Appointments are required and can be made via TWEN. Please use the "COVID-19 Testing" TWEN site (no password) and look for the "COVID-19 Testing" signup sheets.

The TWEN sign-up sheet will open at 9:00 am two business days prior to the testing date and will lock at 12:00pm the business day prior. (For Monday testing, the sign-up sheet will open at 9:00 am on the prior Thursday and close at 12:00 pm on the prior Friday. For Thursday testing, the sign-up sheet will open at 9:00am on the prior Tuesday and close at 12:00pm on the prior Wednesday.)

HOW DO I ACCESS TWEN IN ORDER TO SIGN UP FOR TESTING?

  1. Sign into your TWEN account: https://lawschool.westlaw.com/twen/
  2. Click on "Manage Courses" (orange box) and select "Add Course"
  3. A search bar will pop up – type "COVID" and it should pull up the "COVID-19 Testing" site
  4. Click "Add" (blue box), then click "go to course" (this option will appear after clicking "add")
  5. Once on the COVID-19 Testing site, click "Sign-up Sheets" on the left side-bar
  6. Select "[DATE] – Asymptomatic COVID19 Testing"
  7. Scroll down until you find your desired time-slot. Click on the time you want and you will be able to reserve it.

For assistance obtaining a TWEN account, please contact Jane Woldow at JWoldow@vermontlaw.edu.

WHAT KINDS OF OFFSITE TEST RESULTS DOES VLS ACCEPT?

VLS only accepts negative PCR offsite test results. VLS is unable to accept other kinds of negative COVID-19 test results. This means that if you are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result to access campus for any reason, you must submit a PCR test result.

Please note that a positive test result from ANY kind of COVID-19 test will trigger VLS positive test protocol (more information about this protocol can be found by clicking the “Health and Safety Protocols” button at the bottom of this page.)

Should you choose to take a test other than a PCR test for any reason, and the result be returned as positive, you must alert VLS by emailing COVID19@vermontlaw.edu and stay home and away from others until you confirm the antigen test result with a PCR test.

The following types of PCR test result are currently accepted:

  • PCR - Polymerase chain reaction
  • RT-PCR - reverse transcription real time PCR (offered at VLS onsite testing)
  • Quantitative PCR (qPCR)
  • Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR)

As mentioned above, the test used in VLS onsite testing is a RT-PCR test. However, you may not come to campus to test if you are experiencing any possible symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are in isolation or quarantine.

If you need to be tested off campus, the below test providers in the greater South Royalton area offer PCR tests. Please note, availability and cost are subject to change. Please confirm these details with the testing provider and your insurance provider before your appointment.

State Testing Provider Location Free? Appointment Needed? Tests for those WITHOUT COVID-19 Symptoms Available? Provider Contact Info Other/Notes
VT Vermont Department of Health Testing Sites Locations around the state Yes No, but strongly encouraged to ensure you can receive a PCR test Yes 802-863-7240 Website Contact Link  
VT Walgreens Locations around the state Yes (those without insurance must have symptoms) Yes Yes Website Contact Link  
VT ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care Locations around the state Yes, with some insurance providers Yes Yes Website Contact Link  
VT Kinney Drugs Locations around the state Yes, with some insurance providers Yes Yes, ONLY asymptomatic testing available Website Contact Link  
VT Bethel Health Center Bethel, VT
(10 mins from campus)
Yes Yes Yes 802-234-9913  
VT Chelsea Health Center Chelsea, VT
(20 mins from campus)
Yes, with some insurance providers Yes Yes 802-685-4400  
VT Gifford Medical Center Randolph, VT
(25 mins from campus)
Yes Yes Yes 802-728-7000  
VT Rochester Health Center Rochester, VT
(35 mins from campus)
Yes Yes Yes 802-767-3704  
VT Springfield Health Center Springfield, VT
(55 mins from campus)
Yes, with some insurance providers Yes No 802-886-8902 Physician order required
VT Copley Hospital Morrisville, VT
(1 hour 20 mins from campus)
Yes Yes Yes 802-888-8642 Physician order required, can use Copely Hospital house doctor if needed
VT Manchester Medical Center-Urgent Care Manchester Center, VT
(1 hour 45 mins from campus)
Yes Yes Yes Website Contact Link PCR test results available same-day
NH ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care Lebanon, NH
(25 mins from campus) and other locations around the state
Yes, with some insurance providers No. If walking-in, encouraged to arrive by 7:30am Yes 603-276-3261  
NH Walgreens Locations around the state Yes (those without insurance must have symptoms) Yes Yes Website Contact Link  
NH CVS Locations around the state Yes, with insurance or federal program for uninsured Yes Yes Website Contact Link  
NH Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Lebanon, NH
(25 mins from campus)
Yes (those without insurance coverage must qualify for the NH COVID-19 Testing Benefit for free testing) Yes Yes 603-442-5665 You need to be a resident within the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital Service Region as shown on this map
NH Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH
(35 mins from campus)
Yes (those without insurance coverage must qualify for the NH COVID-19 Testing Benefit for free testing) Yes Only if a family member or close contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case 603-650-1818  
NH Valley Regional Hospital Claremont, NH
(50 mins from campus)
Yes, with some insurance providers Yes Yes 603-542-7850  
NH Cheshire Medical Center Keane, NH
(1 hour 25 mins from campus)
Yes (those without insurance coverage must qualify for the NH COVID-19 Testing Benefit for free testing) Yes Yes 603-354-6700 You need to be a resident within the Monadnock Public Health Region (23 towns of Cheshire County, and the 10 western-most towns in Hillsborough County)
NH Speare Memorial Hospital Plymouth, NH
(1 hour 25 mins from campus)
Yes (those without insurance coverage must qualify for the NH COVID-19 Testing Benefit for free testing) Yes Yes 603-238-6464
Website Contact Link
 
NH Littleton Regional Healthcare Littleton, NH
(1 hour 30 mins from campus)
Yes (those without insurance coverage must qualify for the NH COVID-19 Testing Benefit for free testing) Yes Yes 603-575-6400  

If you make an appointment at an offsite provider, please confirm that you are making an appointment for a PCR test prior to your appointment. To ensure that the test that you receive is free, please confirm that either 1) testing is free regardless of insurance status, 2) that your insurance will cover the full cost of the test, or 3) that you quality for free testing without insurance through the provider or another program.

If you are a resident of New Hampshire and do not have insurance, you may qualify for free testing in New Hampshire through the NH COVID-19 Testing Benefit. You may find more information about this benefit here.

Will we be notified of positive results in our community?

If you are a close contact to a VLS community member who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by VLS. Close contact means being within six feet (or two meters), for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. If you have a close contact with someone who is not a VLS community member, please alert COVID19@vermontlaw.edu immediately.

Students and faculty who were present in a residential class in which a VLS community member who tested positive for COVID-19 attended while they were possibly infectious (48 hours before symptoms began, if symptomatic, or 48 hours before a positive COVID-19 test was administered, if asymptomatic) will be notified via email, even if they were not a close contact as defined by the CDC.

You may refer to our COVID-19 dashboard, found by clicking the “Dashboard” button at the bottom of this page, for a count of all positive cases and positive cases within the past 7 days.

 

VLS COVID Testing