Screening and Testing

One of the best tools we have for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 is proactively preventing the spread of the virus through the use of face coverings and by monitoring our individual health and symptoms.

Daily Self-Assessment

Florida Poly has developed a daily self-assessment that students and employees are asked to take before coming to campus or attending class each day.

Temperature Kiosks

Temperature kiosks have been installed at key entrances across the university. Kiosks have been placed in locations that allow people to test their temperature quickly and privately. Temperatures are not be recorded by the University.

The temperature kiosks utilize an infrared sensor and a dual lens camera, combined with an ISO14443 Type A/B, Mifare, ISO 18092 Compliant contactless reader. This technology provides every person entering the building with a real-time, personal high-temperature notification.


The University has worked in consultation with our Medical Advisory Board to develop a screening and testing protocol.

Spring 2021 Testing for Students

Prior to arrival on campus for the Spring 2021 semester, students are required to test for COVID-19. Tests are the responsibility of the student and should be taken on or after Jan. 4, 2021.

Test results must be brought with the student to campus for check-in. Students should plan to complete their check-in on their first visit to campus on or after Jan. 8.

Test results for students will be received by a medical professional as follows:

  • Jan. 8-10: Residence Halls from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Jan. 11-14: IST South Entrance from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Jan. 15-29: Campus Health Clinic from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Students unable to get a test prior to returning to campus may utilize on-campus rapid testing from Jan. 8 to Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost to the student is $60.
Spring 2021 Testing for Employees

Employees who work at main campus or who plan to be working at main campus at any time before Jan. 25, 2021, are required to test for COVID-19. 

Details about this testing requirement and how to submit test results have been emailed to every Florida Poly employee.


The University's screening and testing protocol identifies students to be tested on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year.

Those with temperatures greater of 100.4°F or greater and no other symptoms (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) should not come to campus or leave their residence hall room. They cannot return to campus until they are free of fever (of 100.4°F or greater using an oral thermometer) for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Residential students with a temperature of 100.4°F or greater should work with Residential Life and refer to their COVID-19 roommate agreement, which will guide their previously agreed upon immediate next steps.

A new Respiratory Clinic has been created to provide the Florida Poly community an easy way to receive on-campus testing for suspected COVID-19. The clinic is staffed by medical professionals from Lakeland Regional Health and located beside the Student Development Center. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 863-603-6505. It is available to students and employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms that have been identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of taste or smell.

The on-campus Health Clinic will continue serving as a first point of contact for students with health-related issues. The clinic is operated by Lakeland Regional Health and provides students with treatment of acute illnesses, wellness, and health promotion services. The clinic is available to students at no charge, and insurance is not required.



If members of the Florida Poly community are self-isolating due to testing positive, or for suspected or known exposure to COVID-19, they should report this fact. Employees should report to Human Resources and students should report to the Care Team. Reporting can also be done by completing and submitting the COVID-19 Notification Form.

Those with temperatures of 100.4°F or greater or who have one or more positive responses on the self-assessment should contact their healthcare provider to be evaluated.

Evaluation avenues include:

The University will provide access to diagnostic testing for COVID-19 to all students and employees who seek the University’s assistance with testing. Specific diagnostic testing and protocols that will be used by Florida Poly have been determined by the Medical Advisory Board.