For Employees

All faculty and staff must adhere to health and safety guidelines, even if they have been previously infected with COVID-19 or have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Masking


Wear a face covering.

  • In accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines regarding the use of face coverings effective August 4, 2021, on PLNU campuses:

    • Individuals on all PLNU campuses regardless of vaccination status must be masked indoors. 

    • Individuals on all PLNU campuses who are unvaccinated should remain masked outdoors when a 6ft distance cannot be maintained. 

    • Individuals on all PLNU campuses who are vaccinated may remain unmasked outdoors. 

  • The quality and type of face coverings matter:
    • CDC guide to face masks. Individuals should choose a face mask with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric.
    • Face shields should only be permitted as a mask substitute when necessary.
      • A student's condition and alternative face covering must be approved by the Disability Resource Center or Wellness Center to meet specific accommodations.
      • Faculty and staff for whom a mask is contraindicated must provide documentation from their primary care physician.

Watch your distance at all times, remaining 6 feet away from others. 

  • If you are conducting group activities on campus, please adhere to the appropriate health and safety guidelines: academic, community life, or residential life. 

Keep in mind that for contact tracing purposes a “close contact” is any person who you have been within 6 feet of for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. Our goal is to minimize the amount of close contacts that we have so we can avoid transmission of COVID-19 to others, quarantining ourselves, and COVID-19 infection.

Testing & Screening
 

All unvaccinated employees will be enrolled in our weekly surveillance testing program

  • You will be asked to get tested for COVID-19 every week throughout the semester. 
  • This includes unvaccinated employees at any campus site, including, Mission Valley, Liberty Station, Balboa, and Bakersfield.
    • Employees at the Point Loma campus will be notified for testing signups through PLNU email for saliva testing on campus.

    • Employees at other campus sites will be provided test kits for testing and they will be picked up and tested at the PLNU K2 lab at Sator Hall.

    • Bakersfield will have its own separate concierge testing for any unvaccinated individuals.

  • Proof of vaccination is required to bypass this weekly testing. If you have already been vaccinated, please remember to submit your vaccine records to the PLNU Wellness Center either through the QuickBase app or by email at covid19wellness@pointloma.edu.

Complete the Campus Clear symptom screening app each day before arriving on campus. 

If you do not have a smartphone, please use the Campus Clear web app to complete your daily symptom check.

Daily symptom checking is one of the most effective tools to help keep each other safe.

Pooled Testing

Surveillance testing is conducted Monday through Thursday in our testing center on top of Ryan Library on the Point Loma campus. This testing is pooled saliva-based PCR and processed in our on-campus laboratory. Ultimately if there is a positive pool, the samples are broken down into pairs who each have a 50% chance of being infected with C19. These pooled samples are reported in the evening to Quickbase. The pairs are then sent a notification from Quickbase that alerts them to their potential positive test results. We ask the individual to enter a modified quarantine until the following morning when they can be tested to confirm which person in the pair is positive for C19. Confirmation testing will take place in the C19 clinic at the Wellness center and is by appointment only. We aim to test all pairs by 10 a.m. the following day to expedite our quarantine and isolation process. This allows us to test, treat and contain C19 keeping our positivity rates low and F2F interaction safe.

How will the Wellness Center and PLNU keep employees safe?

  • The Wellness Center is committed to keeping you safe in this unconventional season of teaching and learning.
  • We are prepared to educate our students with clear messaging about following the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. 
  • We encourage daily symptom monitoring and offer consultation for any medical questions related to COVID-19 by calling our COVID-19 hotline at (619) 849-2280.
  • We plan to test every unvaccinated face-to-face student and employee prior to returning to campus.
  • We will follow with a rigorous surveillance testing program of our unvaccinated campus community every week.
  • We are prepared to closely contact trace every case within 24 hours and work closely with Residential Life and Human Resources to provide care for every individual who requires quarantine or isolation.
  • We have expanded care options to include telehealth and a new outdoor urgent care to provide immediate and high-quality care to anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • We maintain strong relationships with the County of San Diego and our partner healthcare systems to remain up to date with local epidemiological trends, treatment, and vaccination plans.
  • We closely follow evidence-based practice guidelines and support peer-reviewed data to advise any changes made to our action plan. 

For more information regarding on-site work or on-site procedures review the detailed on-site guide and training. Training will be in your Workday inbox.

Answers to frequently asked questions about PLNU operations for faculty and staff can be found below. Students and parents can find specific updates here. These FAQs will be updated as new information becomes available.

Faculty FAQs

Will all PLNU employees be tested, or just unvaccinated people?

All unvaccinated PLNU employees will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 saliva testing for Fall 2021. This includes employees at any campus site, including, Mission Valley, Liberty Station, Balboa, and Bakersfield. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to participate in testing.

  • Employees at the Point Loma campus will be notified for testing signups through PLNU email for saliva testing on campus.  
  • Employees at other campus sites will be provided test kits for testing and they will be picked up and tested at the PLNU K2 lab at Sator Hall. 
  • Bakersfield will have its own separate concierge testing for any unvaccinated individuals.

Proof of vaccination is required to bypass testing. If you have already been vaccinated, please remember to submit your vaccine records to the PLNU Wellness Center either through the QuickBase app or by email at covid19wellness@pointloma.edu.

What do I do if I feel sick or don’t pass my Campus Clear symptom screening?

Stay home and notify your supervisor.

What do I do if I come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID?

If your close contact occurred on campus, notify the Wellness Center at (619) 849-2280 so you may get tested on campus.

If your close contact occurred off campus, notify your healthcare provider in order to get tested. Follow isolation guidelines according to your healthcare provider.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID?

Notify the Wellness Center at (619) 849-2280 and your AUL. Follow isolation guidelines according to your healthcare provider.

HR will provide you with guidance related to isolation and time off work.

What do I do if a student violates COVID health and safety guidelines (e.g. joins class without a mask or with COVID-like symptoms)?

Faculty members should follow these steps if a student violates guidelines within the classroom setting:

  1. Gently remind the student of guidelines and offer face covering.
  2. Dismiss the student from class if they still do not comply. Report the violation to reslife@pointloma.edu (even if the student is a commuter).
  3. Call Public Safety at (619) 849-2525 if the student refuses to comply or leave class.

How do I know what students have been informed of related to COVID guidelines?

All PLNU students have been enrolled in a Canvas course called “COVID-19 Preparedness.” This course provides students with basic information about the coronavirus and campus expectations for health and safety. Completion of this course is mandatory for all face-to-face students. All of the course information can be viewed here.

All members of the PLNU community, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take the Loma Pledge, found at the bottom of this page.

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others (i.e. wearing masks and social distancing) will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce the spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

We recommend that all of our faculty and staff get vaccinated to help increase our community health.

Helpful vaccine FAQs can be answered here and here.

Is there any circumstance that PLNU would require the vaccine for employees?

PLNU currently is not requiring the vaccine for the Fall 2021 semester.

There may be certain programs with external partners that could require the vaccine as a condition to participating. This could include clinical placements and internships. PLNU employees are also required to comply with any partner or clinical site requirements where their presence is necessary. Please reach out to your AUL or supervisor if you have more questions.

Staff FAQs

Will all PLNU employees be tested, or just unvaccinated people?

All unvaccinated PLNU employees will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 saliva testing for Fall 2021. This includes employees at any campus site, including, Mission Valley, Liberty Station, Balboa, and Bakersfield. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to participate in testing.

  • Employees at the Point Loma campus will be notified for testing signups through PLNU email for saliva testing on campus.  
  • Employees at other campus sites will be provided test kits for testing and they will be picked up and tested at the PLNU K2 lab at Sator Hall. 
  • Bakersfield will have its own separate concierge testing for any unvaccinated individuals.

Proof of vaccination is required to bypass testing. If you have already been vaccinated, please remember to submit your vaccine records to the PLNU Wellness Center either through the QuickBase app or by email at covid19wellness@pointloma.edu.

What do I do if I feel sick or don’t pass my Campus Clear symptom screening?

Stay home and notify your supervisor.

What do I do if I come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID?

If your close contact occurred on campus, notify the Wellness Center at (619) 849-2280 so you may get tested on campus.

If your close contact occurred off campus, notify your healthcare provider in order to get tested.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID?

Notify the Wellness Center at (619) 849-2280 and your supervisor. Follow isolation guidelines according to your healthcare provider.

Human Resources will provide you with guidance related to isolation and time off work.
 

How do I know what students have been informed of related to COVID guidelines?

All PLNU students have been enrolled in a Canvas course called “COVID-19 Preparedness.” This course provides students with basic information about the coronavirus and campus expectations for health and safety. Completion of this course is mandatory for all face-to-face students. All of the course information can be viewed here.

All members of the PLNU community, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to take the Loma Pledge, found at the bottom of this page.

Should I get the COVID vaccine?

The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others (i.e. wearing masks and social distancing) will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available. As experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, CDC will continue to update the recommendations to protect communities using the latest science.

We recommend that all of our faculty and staff get vaccinated to help increase our community health.

Helpful vaccine FAQs can be answered here and here.

Is there any circumstance that PLNU would require the vaccine for employees?

PLNU currently is not requiring the vaccine for the Fall 2021 semester.

There may be certain programs with external partners that could require the vaccine as a condition to participating. This could include clinical placements and internships. PLNU employees are also required to comply with any partner or clinical site requirements where their presence is necessary. Please reach out to your supervisor if you have more questions.

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