Beginning in the spring 2021 semester, COVID-19 surveillance testing will be mandatory for all employees working on campus.
This testing applies to employees who (1) are actively working on campus, (2) have submitted the new Health Pledge, and (3) pass the daily check-in screening. Remote employees will not be part of the testing pool until they return to campus for work.
How will the mandatory testing work?
- Starting February 1, 2021, testing will be available on campus four days a week at regularly scheduled times.
- Individuals will be notified on Thursday or Friday via email that they are part of the required testing pool for the following week.
- The testing pool will be made up of a small selection of employees who worked on campus the week prior.
- Selected employees may show up for testing at any of the scheduled times on any of the appointed days. No appointment is necessary.
What is the testing process like?
- Please bring your Bard ID with you to confirm that you are an employee of the College.
- If you have not previously been tested at Bard, you may need to provide certain personal information at check-in (e.g., date of birth, address, employee ID number).
- Tests take approximately 15 minutes and are self-administered using a nasal swab, overseen by trained professionals.
How will I receive my test result?
- You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org alerting you that your test result is available.
- Results typically come back in less than 24 hours.
- Employees may work on campus while awaiting results as long as they pass the daily health screening and continue to follow masking and physical distancing guidelines.
- Supervisors should confirm with all employees that they have completed the required testing.
Who else will have access to my result?
- Besides Broad/MIT, Bard College will have access to your test result, but the College will reach out to you only if your test is positive.
- The health care provider who ordered your test, Dr. Andrew Wilson, will have access to your test result. Note: Dr. Wilson will not be assuming your care and is only contracted with Bard to provide you with this testing opportunity.
- If your result is positive, Broad/MIT will also automatically report it to the New York State Department of Health and certain federal, state, or local government agencies as required by law.
- Bard will continue to follow federal law in protecting the personal health information of all its employees.