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Testing and Quarantine Information

Who Needs to Get Tested for COVID-19

  • If you have an approved vaccination exception: you must get weekly tests and submit the results to the College.
    • Students: Submit your weekly test results through the secure Medicat portalnew window.
    • Employees must submit your weekly test results via Workdaynew window.  For step-by-step instruction on how to do so, please see this job aid: Add my Workplace Test. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 (whether vaccinated or not): you must follow the quarantine guidelines and show a negative test (or clearance from a medical provider) before returning to campus. Email your information to PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu

  • If you have had a known COVID-19 exposure: you should follow the quarantine guidelines and get tested three to five days after exposure. 

Where to Get Tested

You must get tested at an authorized Montgomery County testing locationnew window, unless you have received pre-approval to get tested at an alternate site.

If you cannot get tested at an authorized site, email PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu to request approval for an alternate testing location. Exceptions will be granted only for an extenuating circumstance or undue hardship. 

When to Get Tested

You should get tested 72 hours prior to your first day back to campus during a school or work week.

Employees and students that have an approved religious or medical vaccination exception are required to follow this testing schedule:

COVID-19 Testing Schedule
If you start your work or school week on: Get tested on: 
Sunday Thursday
Monday Friday
Tuesday Saturday 
Wednesday Sunday
Thursday Monday
Friday Tuesday
Saturday Wednesday

Example: If your school or work week begins on Sunday, you are required to be tested by Thursday of the previous week. 

If you do not get your results within 48 hours of testing, please contact the state lab at 410-457-3716. If there are any issues, contact Mark Arsenault at the County Health Department, Mark.Arsenault@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Why do I have to get tested at a Montgomery County testing location?

You must get tested at an authorized Montgomery County testing location, unless you have received pre-approval to get tested at an alternate site. To request approval for an alternate testing location, email publichealth@montgomerycollege.edu. Exceptions will be granted only for an extenuating circumstance or undue hardship.

The College has partnered with the county to assist in tracking testing compliance and verification. While there are several other testing sites and methods, the complexities of managing multiple documents and verification from non-county sources makes it difficult for the College to adequately monitor compliance. Find a Montgomery County COVID-19 testing sitenew window. Currently, the Rockville Campus has an authorized testing site. 

Will I have to pay for testing?

There is no cost for testing at a Montgomery County testing site.

How do I submit my test results?

Students submit weekly test results through the secure Medicat portal. Under the “Upload” tab there is an option to upload PCR test results.

Who sees the results of my test?

The College will follow all applicable policies and procedures with regards to confidentiality. Only those with the proper authority will see test results.

What happens if my test comes back positive?

See Quarantine Information for what to do if your test comes back positive.

What happens if I decide that I want to get vaccinated after getting an approved exception?

Once a student's vaccination status changes, they need to resubmit the online form to update their status. Compliance with testing requirements remain in place until the student is fully vaccinated and has provided proof.

What happens if I do not submit proof of vaccination and do not submit proof of a negative test? 

Students are required to comply with all testing requirements. Students who fail to comply will be dropped from in-person classes.

Whom do I talk to if I have questions or concerns? 

Students may contact Publichealth@montgomerycollege.edu

Why do I have to get tested at a Montgomery County testing location?

You must get tested at an authorized Montgomery County testing location, unless you have received pre-approval to get tested at an alternate site. If you cannot get tested at an authorized site, email PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu to request approval for an alternate testing location. Exceptions will be granted only for an extenuating circumstance or undue hardship.

The College has partnered with the county to assist in tracking testing compliance and verification. While there are several other testing sites and methods, the complexities of managing multiple documents and verification from non-county sources makes it difficult for the College to adequately monitor compliance. Find a Montgomery County COVID-19 testing sitenew window. Currently, the Rockville Campus has an authorized testing site.

Where do I submit my test results? 

Employees must submit your weekly test results via Workdaynew window. For step-by-step instruction on how to do so, please see this job aid: Add my Workplace Test. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Will I have to pay for testing?

There is no cost for COVID-19 testing at a Montgomery County Government testing site.

Will the College provide me paid time-off to take COVID-19 tests?

Yes, employees with approved exceptions that are required to work onsite will be provided up to two hours to complete their testing each week. The way that this time is reported will differ, depending on the employee type.

  • For full-time faculty: Arrange schedule adjustment with department chair/dean for time to test during work hours that do not conflict with instructional or counseling obligations and commitments.
  • For part-time faculty (credit and non-credit): Test during times that do not conflict with instructional or counseling obligations and commitments. Part-time faculty will be compensated for testing time for up to two hours a week via submission of a COVID-19 Testing form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)
  • For administrators/staff/casual temporary staff/student workers: Report up to 2 hours of “administrative leave” on timesheet for time spent testing during normal work hours. Overtime for non-exempt employees may not be used for testing.

Do I have to submit test results if I am on leave?

Employees who have a medical or religious exception and who are on leave are not required to submit test results while on leave but must provide a negative test result prior to returning to work. Employees should take into consideration the College’s testing requirements when planning their leave. Employees should not be present on campus for any reason without providing evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.

Who sees the results of my test?

Only College officials in HRSTM with the proper authority will see test results. Immediate supervisors will not be managing sensitive health information or verification of vaccination status or testing. The College will follow all applicable policies and procedures with regards to confidentiality. 

What if I miss reporting my required testing?

You should immediately get tested as this is required. If you have had extenuating circumstances that have prevented you from receiving a test as scheduled, please notify HRSTM at EmployeeExceptionRequests@montgomerycollege.edu. Repeated failure to comply with the testing requirements will result in progressive discipline up to and including termination. See the Employee COVID-19 Vaccination, Safety, and Disciplinary Action Protocols (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

I have an approved COVID-19 vaccination exception and am working remotely for the Fall semester (due to an accommodation or a fully SRT/online teaching schedule). Am I still required to test weekly even if I am not coming on campus?

Employees who have received an approved COVID-19 vaccination exception and are working an approved temporary remote schedule during the Fall semester are not required to test weekly. However, these employees are required to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of any visit to a College location and submit their results prior to that visit. Any questions regarding COVID-19 testing should be addressed to PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu.

How will supervisors be notified if their direct reports have an approved exception and are required to adhere to the COVID-19 testing protocols?

HRSTM will notify supervisors of any direct reports that have an approved exception and are required to comply with COVID-19 testing. This is necessary for scheduling and employee time off (leave) for testing purposes.

What happens if I decide that I want to get vaccinated after getting an approved exception?

Once an employee's vaccination status changes, they need to resubmit the online form to update their status. Compliance with testing requirements remain in place until the employee is fully vaccinated and has provided proof.

If I am unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons and I am unable to be tested using the nasal swab, what are my options?

If you need an alternative to the PCR test you must submit medical documentation supporting your request to EmployeeExceptionRequests@montgomerycollege.edu

When to Quarantine

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

If you receive positive COVID-19 test results, please contact Public Health/Public Safety (PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu) and follow the quarantine guidance given by your medical provider.

  • If you are positive for COVID-19 and have been vaccinated only (initial vaccination series), but not boosted, there is a 10-day quarantine period. You must submit a negative test result (or show clearance from your medical provider) before returning to campus. Email your negative result or clearance to PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu.
  • If you are positive for COVID-19 and are up to date (fully vaccinated and boosted), there is a 5-day quarantine period and a 5-day fully masked on campus period. You must submit a negative test result (or show clearance from your medical provider) before returning to campus. Email your negative result or clearance to PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu.
  • If you are positive for COVID-19 and have NOT been vaccinated, there is a 14-day quarantine period. You must submit a negative test result (or show clearance from your medical provider) before returning to campus. Email your negative result or clearance to PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu.

If You Are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

If you are not fully vaccinated, you should quarantine if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period). You should get tested three to five days after exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. Email your test result to PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu

If you are fully vaccinated, you do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have symptoms. However, you should get tested three to five days after exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. Wear a mask indoors in public until you get a negative test result. 

You are free to return to in-person classes and campus after your quarantine period once you have a negative COVID-19 test or have received clearance from your medical provider. 

Please consult your medical provider for quarantine instructions and make sure to provide the information to Public Health/Public Safety (PublicHealth@montgomerycollege.edu).