Faculty & Staff R3 Testing Protocol

The new Raider Rapid Results (R3) testing protocol allows faculty and staff to frequently participate in testing using the R3 PCR saliva test free of charge.

Faculty and Staff working and teaching on campus and with students on a regular basis are encouraged to participate in the asymptomatic testing program free of charge. (Symptomatic testing is available through health care and test providers.) In addition to continued best practices of testing, mask wearing, social distancing and de-densifying on campus, the R3 testing protocol is now included in the mitigation strategy

How R3 Works for Faculty and Staff Testing

Faculty and Staff working and teaching on campus and with students on a regular basis are encouraged to participate in the testing program free of charge.

Sign up online at http://shippensburgportal.pointnclick.com  or use the QR Code to participate in anonymous testing.

Faculty and Staff working and teaching on campus and with students on a regular basis are encouraged to participate in the testing program free of charge.

Do not eat, drink, smoke, vape or brush your teeth one hour before your test.

Testing protocols have changed for Spring 2021

  • Return to Campus:  All faculty and staff engaging in face to face instruction and working on campus are encouraged to sign up for a test upon their return to campus. 
  • Regular Interval Testing: Faculty and staff working on campus and in direct contact with students, i.e. coaches, COVID response team, lab instructors are encouraged to test weekly. Faculty and staff working on campus but not working with students in close proximity are encouraged to test every two – four weeks. Follow the guidance from the R3 program after first appointment.

With the emphasis of the R3 program as a strategy for minimizing the opportunity of the university as a point of exposure, faculty and staff working and teaching fully remotely are not encouraged to participate and will have limited access to available testing spots.

Test Negative? This is Important!

R3 testing is only a supplement to stringent mitigation protocols. A negative test does not change the need to continue to adhere to mask wearing, social distancing and limiting exposure.

All mitigation protocols remain mandatory on campus and members of the community should continue these practices when away from campus for the health and well-being of the entire community.

Test Positive? This is Important!

Faculty and Staff who test positive for COVID-19 will self-isolate for 10 days or will extend self-isolation until cleared by the SU COVID Office following the most current CDC guidance.

If you are exposed to a COVID-19 positive person, you should follow the appropriate 14-day quarantine guidelines.

COVID-19 EXPOSURE

If a student is identified as having come in close proximity for more than 15 minutes with someone who tests positive, the student will be asked to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

Students who live on campus who are exposed will quarantine in their residence hall room/suite for 14 days and will:

  • self-monitor wellness twice daily (Residence Life staff will check in daily)
  • choose meals each day and a supply of snacks to be delivered
  • participate in remote learning

Students who live off campus who are exposed will:

  • quarantine at their local residence or return home
  • self-monitor wellness twice daily and check in with a member of health services
  • participate in remote learning

CASE INVESTIGATION

When a student has reported testing positive for COVID-19, the University case investigation Team (CIT) will:

 

  • Perform a personal interview with the student.
  • Use a case investigation process to assess the class schedule, living situation, activities, on-campus work locations, face-to-face meetings and any other situations that may have resulted in close contact from 2 days before the onset of symptoms or confirmed positive test.
  • Team members are trained by Johns Hopkins University and follow guidelines set by the CDC and the Commonwealth. 
  • Use a contamination tracing a service, Campus Pulse, to assist with COVID-19 mitigation. This social density tracking system uses anonymous data to assist in case investigation.
  • Notify all members of the campus community who have been identified as exposed and assist in appropriate quarantine protocols.

Shippensburg University is deeply committed to the well-being and success of our campus family, Shippensburg community, South Central Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth. Some operational details may change based on continuing developments and revised guidelines and recommendations from the federal government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education (State System/PASSHE).