For Employees

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

Follow the 3 W’s


Wear a face covering.

  • At all times on campus at PLNU, except for when:
    • Alone in an office
    • Exercising or eating and distanced from others
    • An individual has a health condition for which a mask is contraindicated*
  • 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. 

Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and warm water.

  • Use hand sanitizer when touching shared surfaces around campus.

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.

Screening & Testing


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.

All face-to-face employees will be enrolled in our periodic follow-up testing program. This includes faculty teaching in a face-to-face or hybrid context.

  • You will be asked to get tested for COVID on campus every other week throughout the semester. 
  • If you have been infected with COVID in the last 90 days, please provide documentation of this to the Wellness Center at sdwellnesscenter@pointloma.edu so that you may be removed temporarily from our testing program.

Pooled Testing

Surveillance testing is conducted Monday through Thursday in our testing center on top of Ryan Library. 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.

Vaccine Update
 

The Wellness Center has received a limited number of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. If you are interested in receiving the J&J vaccine on campus, please review this information carefully.

Currently, education is one of the active employee sectors now eligible to be vaccinated. This eligibility includes PLNU staff and faculty as well as PLNU student employees. 

Starting Thursday, April 15, all California residents ages 16 up will be eligible as well and we look forward to offering the vaccine broadly to PLNU students as supply becomes available. Vaccine tier information can be found on the County of San Diego’s website.  

At this time, PLNU is not requiring a COVID-19 vaccination, however, we strongly encourage it.

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We have received a very limited supply in this initial order, but the county is optimistic that we will continue to receive additional vaccine doses as the vaccine supply has begun to stabilize. Currently, we plan to administer vaccinations on Thursday afternoons and Fridays as supply allows.

How will the Wellness Center and PLNU keep employees safe?

  • The C19 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 C19 hotline at (619) 849-2280.
  • We plan to test every face-to-face student and employee prior to returning to campus.
  • We will follow with a rigorous surveillance testing program that will capture 50% of our 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. (Last update: February 8, 2021)

Faculty FAQs

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

Stay home and notify your academic unit leader (AUL).

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 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.

Review the full PLNU COVID-19 Health and Safety Classroom Policy.

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 when the vaccine is made available to Phase 1B Tier One in San Diego County (those working in education).

Helpful vaccine FAQs can be answered here and here.

Staff FAQs

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.

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