Testing Requirements for Unvaccinated Students with Approved Exemptions
If you are a student with an approved exemption, then you need to test each week via an antigen at-home test or a PCR test through a testing provider of your choice. You are required to report your test result each week via eServices. If you plan on coming to campus for in-person activities, then you need to report your test result in eServices at least 48 hours before you expect to come to campus to ensure time for your test result to be processed. Free antigen at-home tests are available for students with approved exemptions to the vaccination requirement.
For each week that you do not test, you will receive an email indicating you are out of compliance with your testing requirement.
Free antigen at-home tests are available to employees and students.
Locations and Hours
- American River College Health and Wellness Center, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
- Cosumnes River College Health and Wellness Center, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Folsom Lake College:
- Students: Folsom Lake College Welcome and Student Success Center, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
- Employees: Folsom Lake College Campus Operations, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
- Sacramento City College Health and Wellness Center, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
If you test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, then do not come to campus. Use our interactive decision chart to find out what next steps you should take.
If your COVID-19 test results are inconclusive, then you need to take another test as soon as possible. Contact the instructor(s) for any in-person classes you have and let them know that you received inconclusive test results and must re-test, which may impact your ability to come to campus.
Remember that you must self-report a negative test in eServices result to be "cleared" and eligible to come to campus, and it can take 48 to 72 hours for test results to be processed, depending on the type of test you take.
If I am taking classes fully online and I have an approved exemption, then do I need to test every week?
Any unvaccinated student who comes to campus for any reason needs to have both of the following:
- An approved vaccine requirement exemption
- A negative COVID test result (taken 48 to 72 hours before coming to campus)
For each week that you do not self-report a negative test result in eServices, you will receive an email indicating you are out of compliance with your testing requirement.
Students who will never be on campus – including students who are only enrolled in online classes – are not currently subject to the testing requirement.
Free at-home antigen test kits will be available to all employees and students who have approved exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.
At-home tests are also available through healthcare providers and local pharmacies. Most healthcare providers will reimburse patients for tests purchased at pharmacies.
If you do not self-report a negative test result in eServices during the week, then you will be prohibited from coming to campus for any classes and/or services. After you have resumed your testing protocol, you will again be eligible to return to campus.
If you miss any classes due to failure to comply with testing requirements, then those absences will be unexcused and may lead to negative consequences in that class. Refer to your class syllabus for the class attendance policy.
Every student and employee who has an approved exemption needs to test weekly and self-report a negative test result in eServices or Employee Self-Service to be considered "cleared" and eligible to come to any college or district facility. You should submit your negative test result at least 48 hours before coming to any college or district facility to ensure time for your test results to be processed.
You do not have to get tested on the same day and time each week. However, you must receive confirmation of your negative test results before you come to campus to be "cleared" and eligible for any in-person activities. This means you will need to test and self-report your results in eServices at least 48 to 72 hours before you come to campus to ensure time for your test results to be processed.
Any PCR test administered by a healthcare provider or county testing location or any antigen test (including an at-home antigen test) is acceptable to meet the conditions of approved exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.