Testing for Off-Campus Students

Dear Students:

You are receiving this message because you are either living off-campus locally or we’re uncertain of your current address. All students living off-campus, including students commuting from home, who intend to visit campus for any reason, including to participate in classes, take part in a College activity or meet with a faculty member, must take part in the College’s COVID-19 testing program and sign the Champlain Community Health Pledge. Some of you have already told us that you plan to participate in your classes virtually, but we are including you on this message in case you plan to access other campus resources in person.  Required testing for off-campus students begins next week. Please read this message carefully to ensure you understand your test schedule.


Last week, you received two emails asking you to digitally sign the Champlain Community Health Pledge and the consents to participate in Champlain’s COVID-19 testing program and be supported by our Student Health Center. The two emails look very similar, but are separate and each requires action. Please read each of those emails and actively complete the Adobe Sign request.  You must complete these tasks before you return to campus.


Arrival to the Burlington AreaWalk-In Test Dates
Students in the Burlington area by August 28August 26, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
August 27, 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
August 28, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
Students arriving August 29–August 31August 31, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM

All students currently living off-campus in the Burlington area are required to participate in COVID-19 testing on campus next week. Students who are in their quarantine period should still come to campus to complete their first test, traveling directly to and from campus. If this entrance test falls on Day 7 or later of a student’s quarantine, a negative test result will end the required quarantine.

All students arriving late on August 28 or the weekend of August 29-30 are required to be tested on Monday, August 31. Students testing on August 31 will be permitted to attend class in-person while they await their test results unless they are arriving from a quarantine-county and did not complete quarantine at home prior to arrival, in which case they must quarantine while they await a negative Day 7 test result. 

All testing will take place in a tent behind Perry Hall on a walk-in basis during the testing dates listed above.


As a reminder, all students must comply with the State of Vermont travel guidelines. If you are arriving from a quarantine county or by group transportation, such as bus or plane, you are required to quarantine in your residence on arrival. If you have been in Burlington this summer, but travel out of Vermont prior to the start of school, you may be required to quarantine on return. You can use this tool to determine if you need to quarantine on arrival or after a trip. Additionally, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with a known case of COVID-19, you must quarantine before participating in campus life. 

Quarantine requires that you do not leave your home to visit local stores, restaurants or public spaces and that you keep your distance from housemates. You may have groceries delivered to you using a service such as Instacart. If you are required to quarantine in the Burlington area, you should travel to campus only for the purpose of taking a test upon arrival. You will be allowed to end your quarantine early if your Day 7 test is negative. 


All students need to complete the Daily Health Screening each day to check for symptoms associated with COVID-19. The Champlain Medical Team will follow up with any students reporting symptoms to learn more and provide guidance on next steps. 

We understand that this is a lot of information and these guidelines are complex, so please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Health Center at healthservices@champlain.edu with any questions related to testing, quarantine and the daily health screening.

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus!


Susan Waryck
Dean of Students