VCU Together Update for students - Dec. 18

Important dates during winter break, travel reminder and more

Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and emotional — of every member of the VCU community. VCU continues to monitor, assess and address situations as they arise. This weekly update will be a resource to help keep you informed as details become available. All updates are available at together.vcu.edu. Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Upcoming COVID-19 testing schedule

Dec. 21 - Jan. 3 (winter break testing schedule)

  • Symptomatic testing is open two days/week (Monday and Wednesday). Call 1-804-MYCOVID or 1-804-692-6843 to connect with Student Health Services or Employee Health and discuss testing options.
  • Asymptomatic prevalence and at-will testing sites are closed.

VCU/Virginia Department of Health contact tracers will notify close contacts who are exposed to COVID-19. VCU contact tracers are an extension of the Virginia Department of Health. The process follows all VDH protocols in order to protect an individual's privacy, including health information.

For the full schedule through winter break and the start of the spring semester, visit https://together.vcu.edu/protocols/testing/#schedule.

Important dates for students planning to live on-campus for spring semester

Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Check VCU email and log into Kallaco

Residents will receive an email on Dec. 28 from noreply@kalla.co with instructions on how to sign-up for a test kit with Kallaco. Students who have never created a Kallaco account will receive additional instructions on how to create a Kallaco account.

Forgot password: Students who have a Kallaco account but have forgotten their password may reset their password by visiting vcu.kalla.co/Identity/Account/ForgotPassword.

Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Update mailing address by completing the virtual assessment

Once logged into their Kallaco accounts, students should click "Confirm Your Order" to complete the Virtual Assessment. Toward the end of the assessment, students will be asked demographic information, including the address where their test kit will be mailed on or around Jan. 5. This task must be completed for test kits to be mailed.

For more details about the COVID-19 test, please visit the Spring Entrance Testing page.

Travel reminder

VCU recommends that all students returning to VCU and surrounding communities from destinations abroad follow CDC guidelines and stay home for 14 days upon arrival in the U.S., avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and consider getting tested for COVID-19. A student arriving less than 14 days before the start of classes can contact their faculty in advance of the first day of classes to discuss options for remote learning during this time. Students residing in VCU residence halls should contact University Student Health Services and refer to the Residential Life and Housing website for additional quarantine and isolation requirements. Residential students must have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to move-in. Residential students who travel from locations outside of the U.S. may be required to quarantine on campus until they receive a negative test result.

Asymptomatic surveillance testing will be mandatory

Starting Jan. 19, asymptomatic surveillance testing (previously referred to as "prevalence" testing) will be mandatory for residential students, students who attend on-campus classes and employees who work on campus. VCU samples asymptomatic VCU community members for testing each week in order to monitor COVID-19 within the VCU community. VCU will contact you by email if and when you are selected to participate. If you are selected to participate, you must schedule your test and attend your testing appointment.

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