Letter: Mandatory 2021 Spring Break COVID-19 Testing Requirement

February 19, 2021

Dear UMB Community,
 
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) recognizes that there is increased risk of COVID-19 transmission after spring break in mid-March. Therefore, UMB students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus (UMB-owned and -operated facilities in Baltimore and the Donaldson Brown Riverfront Event Center) between March 22 and April 3 must:
 
(1)  obtain a COVID-19 diagnostic test between March 22 and April 3; and
(2)  submit a negative COVID-19 test result by April 8, 2021.
 
The spring break testing requirement does not apply if:
 
(1)  You have already been on campus, submitted a negative test result, and will not be on campus between March 22 and April 3.
(2) You have not been on campus this semester and will not be on campus between March 22 and April 3 but will return at a later date. However, please remember that students, faculty, and staff returning to campus for the first time, regardless of when this occurs, remain subject to the Jan. 10, 2021, mandatory COVID-19 testing requirement. This requires a COVID-19 test obtained within 14 days prior to your first day on campus. The negative COVID-19 test result must be uploaded into SAFE on Campus (or Castle Branch) before you arrive on campus.
 
Students, faculty, or staff who test positive for COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and contact the UMB COVID-19 Hotline (1-800-701-9863).   
 
FAQs  
 
1.    My school currently tests me on a routine basis for COVID-19. Do I need to get another COVID-19 test as required under the 2021 spring break COVID-19 testing requirement?  
 
If you are being tested for COVID-19 as part of an ongoing COVID-19 testing program at your school, you may be exempt from the 2021 spring break COVID-19 testing requirement. Your school can provide guidance on whether its ongoing COVID-19 testing exempts you from the 2021 spring break COVID-19 testing requirement.
 
2.    I attend classes only at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) campus and am being tested for COVID-19 in accordance with USG COVID-19 testing requirements. Do I also need to be tested for COVID-19 under UMB’s 2021 spring break COVID-19 testing requirement? 
 
No.
 
However, when returning to the UMB campus for the first time, you remain subject to the Jan. 10, 2021, mandatory COVID-19 testing requirement. This requires a COVID-19 test that was obtained within 14 days prior to your first day on campus. The negative COVID-19 test result must be uploaded into SAFE on Campus (or Castle Branch) before arriving on campus. A negative COVID-19 result from testing at USG may be submitted to fulfill this requirement, if the negative test result is from a COVID-19 test taken within 14 days prior to your first day on campus. 
 
3.    I am returning to campus for the first time. Which COVID-19 testing requirement should I follow?  
 
Students, faculty, and staff returning to campus for the first time, regardless of when this occurs, remain subject to the Jan. 10, 2021, mandatory COVID-19 testing requirement. This requires a COVID-19 test that was obtained within 14 days prior to your first day on campus. The negative COVID-19 test result must be uploaded into SAFE on Campus (or Castle Branch) before arriving on campus. 
 
If your first date back on campus is during the University’s spring break (March 14 to March 21) or post-spring break testing window (March 22 to April 3), then you only need to be tested for COVID-19 in accordance with the Jan. 10, 2021, mandatory COVID-19 testing requirement for all returning students, faculty, and staff. 
 
4.    I received a COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still have to abide by UMB COVID-19 testing protocols?
 
Yes, even if you’ve received the vaccine, you are still required to abide by UMB's COVID-19 testing requirements.
 
5.    I am coming to the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center for the vaccination clinic, either to receive the vaccine or support operations as an employee or volunteer, or I am going to a clinical site. Does the spring break testing requirement apply to me?
 
No.