Details: Testing & Quarantine Information for your January Arrival

Hello Spring Residents,

We hope that you read last week’s announcement that the university will begin the spring semester virtually to allow for a gradual and careful in-person return to campus. View the university announcement.

As we indicated in our email to you on Dec. 23 we are continuing to provide housing for students who were approved to remain during winter break. Also, we will open the residence halls as planned for students approved for an early arrival between Jan. 3 - 7 and on Saturday Jan. 8 and Sunday, Jan. 9, for all of our other residential students.  

In accordance with the university’s gradual return to campus for the spring, we will be incorporating additional health and safety protocols into your spring return to the residence halls.

We request that all residential students arrive by Sunday, Jan. 9 to complete testing and quarantine requirements as part of our preparations for a projected in-person return on January 18. Exception: if you test positive prior to your arrival to campus, we request that you isolate at home before returning to campus.

This message provides additional details on the testing and quarantine you must complete in order to live in the residence halls during the spring 2022 semester.

FIRST! Action Required By Friday, Dec. 31: Complete Spring Self Check-in Survey:

In order for us to plan for a safe return and support your scheduled move into the residence halls for the spring semester, you are required to complete your Spring Self Check-In Survey via your Campus Living eServices Portal with your arrival date. Please complete this check-in survey as soon as possible but by Friday, Dec. 31.

  • The information you provide in your Check-in Survey will help us anticipate busier days for when students will be arriving so that we can have ample support staff.
  • If you were approved to live on campus for full winter break stay: Complete the check-in survey and mark Monday, Jan. 3 as your arrival date.
  • If you were approved to live on campus for an early arrival or regular arrival: Complete the check-in survey with your arrival date. It is OK if you have to change the original date that you indicated earlier this fall when you first completed this survey. 

Second! Your Testing and Quarantine Requirements are Based on your Spring Arrival Date.  Follow one of the sections below:

If You Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 in 90 Days Prior to Your Arrival: 

  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in 90 days prior to arrival to campus are not required to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine upon arrival. If this applied to you, all further sections in this email do not apply to you.
  • If you tested at the GW COVID Testing Center your results have been included in your medical portal and the portal will notify you when it is time to restart your testing cadence.
  • If you have tested positive since departing campus at an outside facility, please upload your positive external test results to your medical portal in order for your testing cadence to be reset. 

If You Are Approved for Full Winter Break Stay:

  • The GW Foggy Bottom testing center is now closed and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Start your testing cadence for spring on Monday, Jan. 3. Appointments are available now to schedule in the medical portal.
  • If you did not travel outside of the DMV area (District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia), you do not have to quarantine. If you did at any point during the break, it is recommended that you quarantine until you receive two negative COVID tests three days apart.

If You Will Arrive Between Jan. 3 - 7:

Students approved for an early arrival before the regular move-in weekend will be required to take two COVID-19 tests three days apart at the GW Foggy Bottom Testing Center and quarantine in your room until receiving your second negative test.

Before you arrive:

Schedule both of your COVID tests at the GW Foggy Bottom Testing Center on H Street. The Center is open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting Jan. 3 and will also be open the weekend of Jan. 8 & 9.  

  • If you are arriving after the testing center is closed for the day, schedule your appointment for the next morning after your arrival. 
  • If you arrive Monday, Jan. 3 your first test should be scheduled for Jan. 3 and your second on Jan. 6; Then as follows based on early arrival date, such as: Jan 4 and Jan. 7; Jan 5 and Jan. 8; Jan. 6 and Jan. 9; Jan 7 and Jan. 10. If you arrive on campus after the Foggy Bottom Testing Center on H Street closes for the day, please adjust your second test’s date to continue to be three days after the first test.
  • Appointments are available now to schedule in the medical portal.
  • Note: If you take an at-home or doctor administered COVID test before you travel back to  campus, you are not required to provide proof of an external negative COVID-19 test result when you arrive on campus. 

It is recommended that you take an at-home or doctor administered COVID test before you travel back to campus. If you are positive, we request that you stay home and isolate. You are not required to provide proof of an external negative COVID-19 test result when you arrive on campus.

When you arrive:

  • Your GWorld Card will be reactivated at 8 a.m. for the date you are approved to arrive and as noted in your Spring Self-Check-in Survey. Your GWorld card will only be set to allow access to your residence hall building and your individual room until you are released from quarantine.
  • Take your day of arrival COVID test at the Foggy Bottom GW Testing Center.  Appointments are available now to schedule in the medical portal.
  • Quarantine in your room. While in quarantine, limit your activity outside of your room to only essential tasks in your hall, such as doing laundry or accessing your community kitchen. Only leave your residence hall room to get food or other essential items, or to attend your COVID test/other medical appointments. During quarantine, you must do your best to distance yourself from others. Roommates/suitemates should wear masks when in shared common spaces. You will not have access to Mail & Package Services during your quarantine period.
  • You will be released from quarantine after a CHC medical provider reviews and approves the results of a second negative test.  At that time your GWorld card will be reactivated for all-tap campus access.

If You Will Arrive Jan. 8 or 9:  

Students arriving on the weekend of Jan. 8 and 9 will be required to take two COVID-19 tests three days apart and quarantine in their room until receiving their second negative test. Because of the large number of residents arriving these two days a separate testing center will be located in the University Student Center (800 21st St NW) to conduct both a rapid and PCR test for all students arriving this weekend. An appointment is not required for your arrival test at the Student Center.

It is recommended that you take an at-home or doctor administered COVID test before you travel back to campus. If you are positive, we request that you stay home and isolate. You are not required to provide proof of an external negative COVID-19 test result when you arrive on campus. 

Before you arrive: 

  • As noted above, you do not need an appointment for your COVID test on Jan. 8 or 9 as they will be conducted via a cue line at the University Student Center. HOWEVER, we ask that you please pre-schedule your second COVID test for 3 days after your arrival. 
  • If you arrive on Saturday, Jan. 8, schedule your test for Tuesday, Jan. 11 or Wednesday, Jan. 12 at the Foggy Bottom Testing Center on H St. 
  • If you arrive on Sunday, Jan. 9, schedule your next test for Wednesday, Jan. 12 or Thursday, Jan. 13 at the Foggy Bottom Testing Center on H St.
  • Appointments at the Foggy Bottom Testing Center can be scheduled now via the medical portal.
  • Note: If you take an at-home or doctor administered COVID test before you travel back to campus, you are not required to provide proof of an external negative COVID-19 test result when you arrive on campus.

When you arrive:

  • When you arrive on campus, immediately go to the Grand Ballroom on the 3rd Floor of the University Student Center to take a rapid COVID test and a PCR COVID test. Only students should enter the Student Center, no families/friends please. Please wait in the Grand Ballroom until the results of your rapid test are available. You will be given guidance on next steps based on your rapid results.
  • COVID testing will be conducted from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.  
  • After hours arrivals: 
  • If you arrive after 9 p.m. on Saturday, you will have access to your residence hall and room only. You will need to go to the Student Center at 9 a.m. on Sunday for your test. If you arrive after 9 p.m. on Sunday, you will have access to your residence hall and room only. You must schedule your arrival test at the GW Testing Center (on H Street) for Monday, Jan. 10 and your second test for Thursday, Jan. 14 also at the GW Testing Center. Results of tests at the Foggy Bottom Testing Center take up to 24 hours to process. 

If your rapid arrival test on Jan. 8 or 9 is negative:

Your GWorld Card will be turned on for your residence hall and room only

  • Proceed to your residence hall, move-in, and say goodbye to your move-in helpers
  • Quarantine in your room. While in quarantine, limit your activity outside of your room to only essential tasks in your hall, such as doing laundry or accessing your community kitchen. Only leave your residence hall room to get food or other essential items, or to attend your COVID test/other medical appointments. During quarantine, you must do your best to distance yourself from others. Roommates/suitemates should wear masks when in shared common spaces. You will not have access to Mail & Package Services during your quarantine period.
  • You will be released from quarantine after a CHC medical provider reviews and approves the results of a second negative test. At that time your GWorld card will be reactivated for all-tap campus access.

If your rapid arrival test on Jan. 8 or 9 is positive:

  • You will be encouraged to return home or to the location where you spent winter break to isolate and get well. If you are not able to return home, a Student Affairs staff member will be assigned to you and get you situated into an isolation room and provide next steps for your isolation period.
  • If you return home, please adjust your arrival date for your Spring Self Check-In via your Campus Living eServices Portal and also email [email protected] so that we may provide additional guidance about when you are able to return to campus. The subject line of your email should be: “Delayed Move-in” and in order to help you quicker, please include your full name, GWorld ID, spring building and room number.

If You Will Arrive Jan 10 or later: 

If you delay your arrival to campus because of a positive COVID test, you will not have to quarantine upon arrival. Please upload your positive external results to the medical portal.

  • Please adjust your arrival date for your Spring Self Check-In via your Campus Living eServices Portal and also email [email protected] so that we may provide additional guidance about your return to campus. The subject line of your email should be: “Delayed Move-in” and in order to help you quicker, please include your full name, GWorld ID, spring building and room number. 

If you arrive Jan. 10 or later and are well, you will still be required to quarantine in your residence hall until the results of two negative COVID tests from the GW Foggy Bottom Testing Center are verified by a medical professional.  Please keep in mind that if you arrive anytime after Jan. 12, you may still be in quarantine on Jan. 18 when we hope to resume in-person activities. 

 


 

**Please continue to monitor your GW email for both university and residence hall specific updates throughout winter break. Updates will also be available at: go.gwu.edu/dec2021updates

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepare our residence halls to open for the spring 2022 semester. If you email us at [email protected], please understand that it may take a couple of days to respond as the university is closed Dec. 24 - Jan. 2 and we are prioritizing the most urgent needs of our students.


Your GW Campus Living and Residential Education Team,

Seth, Stewart, Greg, Charlotte, Dan, Lauren, Jeff, Capria, Karen, Raleigh, Megan, Wildon, Jess, Erik, Erica, Kiara, Kaitlyn, Brian, Toni, Catherine, Sonia, Casey, Don, Allen, Ashleigh, Susana, Jessie, Chelsey, Julian, Adria, Allie, Maddie, Marissa, Joy, and Emily