Testing and Tracing

Entry Testing

All students coming to campus for the Spring 2021 semester are required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival for the first time. All students living in the residence halls will remain in a modified quarantine in their assigned living space until they receive a negative test result. All students will remain in a modified quarantine through at least 7am on Tuesday 1/19 to 7am on Wednesday 1/20/21 regardless of test results. Students attending in-person classes should not attend face-to-face classes until they receive a negative test result. Movement on campus should be as limited as possible to deter transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) while AIC awaits the results of entry testing.

During the modified quarantine period, students should remain in their assigned living space and observe the following restrictions:

  • Use only the bathroom on their assigned floor or in their assigned apartment/suite.
  • Pickup take-out food from the Dining Commons and eat in their assigned space. The Hive will not open until Tuesday, 1/19/21.
  • Go outside only for short periods of time for fresh air. All physical distancing and face covering requirements must be followed at all times.

Regular Surveillance Testing

In addition to the everyday health and safety protocols of wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distancing, self-symptom screening, and regular hand washing, AIC has implemented a mandatory regular surveillance testing program for the Spring 2021 semester. All students and employees will be placed in testing cohorts and must comply with any required COVID-19 testing as a joint commitment to keeping the hive healthy.

Who is required to be tested?
Students – All students who live on campus, participate in athletics, or take in-person classes will be tested regularly. Students will be placed in testing cohorts indicating how often they need to be tested and will receive communication from AIC indicating their testing requirement.

Employees – Most employees who report to campus for work will be tested regularly. Supervisors will communicate each employee’s testing requirement.

Where will testing take place?

All required surveillance testing will occur in the AIC Testing Center. The Testing Center is located in the Magna Parking Lot (lot G) on the corner of State Street and Concord Terrace.

All testing of symptomatic individuals and those deemed a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID will be conducted in Health Services by appointment. These individuals SHOULD NOT go through the Testing Center for their regularly scheduled surveillance testing.

Will I be charged for required testing?
No. All required testing will be covered by AIC. Any other testing, such as testing related to high risk travel, will not be covered by AIC.

Do I need to have an appointment for testing?

No. Students and employees in the testing program will be given a testing frequency (weekly, bi-weekly, etc.) and a day of the week to be tested. The Testing Center will be open between 9am-1pm on designated testing days. Everyone assigned to that day can arrive at any time during the testing block. Please arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the end of the testing block to leave enough time to be tested before the center closes.

How will I be notified of my test result?

All test results will be sent to AIC e-mail addresses. If you test positive, Health Services will also call you to initiate a telehealth appointment and begin the isolation and contact tracing process.

If I am a remote student and not coming to campus, do I need to test?

No. Only students coming to campus for face-to-face classes, living on campus, or participating in athletics are required to be tested regularly. Remote students who do not fall into one of the categories above can come to campus to utilize most campus resources and must follow all health and safety precautions (mask wearing, hand hygiene, physical distancing). To utilize the Fitness Center, remote students should contact Allen.Girouard@aic.edu to receive prior permission and determine how to access the space safely.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive from a test conducted by Health Services or the Testing Center, you will first be contacted by a member of Health Services to discuss any symptoms and explain the isolation protocols. Next, you will be contacted by a member of the AIC Contact Tracing Team to determine if you have had any close contacts and discuss where you will isolate for the required period of time. In most cases, on-campus resident students will need to move to designated isolation housing for the required period to stop the spread on campus and monitor symptoms (if applicable).

Will AIC be conducting contact tracing?

Yes. The AIC Contact Tracing Team will immediately contact people who test positive for COVID-19 to determine if they have been in close contact with anyone who might be at risk of contracting the virus. All close contacts will be contacted as soon as possible and required to quarantine right away. In most cases, on-campus resident students will need to move to designated quarantine housing for the required period to stop the spread on campus and monitor symptoms that might develop.

What is the definition of a close contact?

People who were within 6ft of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 for 10-15 minutes within a 24-hour period (regardless of whether either party was wearing a face covering).

What happens if I am deemed a close contact of someone who tested positive?

All close contacts are required to quarantine away from other students. Students who live on campus will be moved to designated quarantine housing for a specified amount of time. Students in quarantine will receive meals delivered to them and will not be able to leave quarantine except for scheduled medical appointments and under emergency circumstance.

High Risk Travel Testing

All students and employees are expected to follow the Massachusetts Travel Order when returning to campus after traveling outside of Massachusetts. More information can be found on the AIC Reopening Page.

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