Jan. 20: Spartan Health Check

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Michigan State University recently launched an important tool to help ensure compliance with our spring semester COVID-19 health and safety protocols: Spartan Health Check. This new online portal is a one-stop site for everyone to use in completing their daily health screening form. In addition, those participating in the Early Detection Program can track their testing and results, and students can acknowledge they’ve received their flu vaccination. Accessible using your NetID and password, the portal will provide you with an easy way to determine whether you should take part in on-campus activities, such as attending class or coming to work.  

As a reminder: 

  • All students living on campus must complete the health screening form daily. 
  • All faculty, staff and off-campus students must complete the health screening form each day they plan to come to campus.  
  • Undergraduate students coming to campus (or to any property owned or controlled by MSU) for any reason are required to participate in the Early Detection Program and verify they’ve received an influenza vaccine (or have an approved exemption). 

Note: If you only need to fill out the daily health screening form, you can continue to access it via the direct website link or on Spartan Health Check, though you are not required to use the portal to submit the form.  

How the portal works 
Spartan Health Check will display a green, yellow or red status to indicate whether students, faculty or staff may participate in any in-person activities on campus. Following are definitions for status colors: 

Status 

Definition 

Green
  • Health screening form cleared for the day.
  • Cleared Early Detection Program COVID-19 weekly test (mandatory group only).

If you’ve previously tested positive for COVID-19, your status will be eligible to turn green 11 days after your positive test (assuming your health screening form also is cleared).

Yellow
  • Action Needed: You need to complete your daily health screening form before coming to campus; your status will change based on the answers you provide. 

Red 

  • Overdue for your Early Detection Program COVID-19 weekly test (mandatory group only). 
  • Positive Early Detection Program COVID-19 test; your status will remain red for 10 days. 
  • Your health screening form result was “Action Required,” which will keep your status red for 10 days or until an Early Detection Program result clears this status. 

When your status is red, you SHOULD NOT attend in-person activities. Disregarding this directive is a violation of MSU’s community compact, which has been updated with new spring semester requirements.  


Early Detection Program registration
 
While undergraduate students living on campus or coming to campus for any reason must participate in the Early Detection Program, all faculty, staff and students who are near East Lansing also are urged to be part of the program. If you were registered for the program this fall, please remember that you have to register again for the program for spring semester. 
 
Using Spartan Health Check, participants in the Early Detection Program can view their weekly test results as well as the results of all previous tests. Participants also can change their preferred day of the week for testing by completing the registration form again and selecting a new day.  
 
Of note, undergraduate students who are living or working on campus or are registered for at least one in-person class or lab are listed automatically in the system as mandatory participants in the Early Detection Program. However, if your on-campus or in-person status has changed, you can submit a status request form. 

All required participants already should have registered in the program and, if you missed thdeadline, please log in to the system to finalize your registration as soon as possible to ensure compliance. Please note, you will be expected to have received at least one negative test and be up to date on your weekly testing before attending any in-person classes.  
 
In closing 
As always, if you are feeling ill or believe you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home and call the MSU COVID-19 Triage Hotline at 855-958-2678 for assistance. 
 
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to keeping our campus community safe by doing your part to stop the spread of the virus.  
 
Together we will 
 
Dr. David Weismantel, M.D., M.S. 
University Physician