Coronavirus Information for the PLNU Community

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A Healthy and Safe Community

When a broader return to campus can occur, our extensive summer planning efforts have positioned us to be fully prepared to ensure the health and safety of the entire PLNU community.

We continue to closely monitor all federal, state, county, and Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) guidelines to ensure we are in compliance before students return and as the semester progresses. We have instituted robust protocols for all PLNU campuses to remain safe environments. These protocols required significant investments in testing equipment, tracing resources, sanitation supplies and schedules, technology enhancements in our classrooms, plexiglass protection, and extensive changes and additions to our campuses to accommodate social distancing.

Beyond PLNU, we’re actively engaged in conversations with local, state, and federal leaders in higher education. President Brower is a member of the statewide reopening preparedness efforts led by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and meets regularly with other college and university presidents in San Diego to address the region’s higher education planning and response. This regional collaboration informs our planning and provides opportunities for partnership across San Diego.

Testing and Tracing

PLNU has designed a COVID-19 monitoring, testing, contact tracing, and isolation program that is consistent with the guidance of the American College Health Association. All faculty, staff and students that are accessing campus will participate in daily temperature and symptom screening. Those who have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher and/or exhibit certain symptoms will be required to stay home and self isolate. COVID-19 testing will be conducted on those who are symptomatic. Any individual who tests positive for C-19 will be provided instructions for self isolation. PLNU will work with the County of San Diego to conduct contact tracing and notification of individuals who are considered a contact of a COVID-19 positive individual.

PLNU Wellness Center

  • LomaCare, on-demand, 24/7 access to thoughtful telehealth, will be available to all traditional undergraduate students.
  • PLNU’s Wellness Center has the capacity to address COVID-19 and routine health concerns, with expanded medical staff and new partnerships to provide appropriate campus coverage.
  • We will add medical personnel to our existing medical staff to assist with treating COVID-19 matters as well as routine medical needs. 
  • Wellness Center counselors will be available to provide services for students experiencing COVID-related anxieties and other mental health concerns. 
  • We will continue to update the PLNU Wellness Center's COVID-19 treatment plan regularly as more is learned about the coronavirus, how best to treat it, and how to prevent its further spread.

Cleanliness and Sanitation Measures

  • Regular deep cleaning and disinfecting of all common spaces, restrooms, showers, residence halls, and locker rooms with all touch points (doorknobs, handles, handrails, keyboards, printers, etc.) disinfected.
  • Disinfection of all hydration stations and drinking fountains. 
  • Placement of small trash cans near restroom doors to encourage the use of paper towels upon exit.
  • Installation of additional hand sanitizer stations across all campuses.
  • Deep clean of the Point Loma campus dining hall and all touch points will be disinfected.
  • Innovative Clorox 360 electrostatic disinfectant sprayers that deliver superior coverage in an efficient, cost-effective way and cover up to 18,000 square feet per hour.

Campus Dining Health and Safety

  • The dining hall will follow guidelines for dine-in eating that is appropriately distanced as well as ensure that hot meals are available for takeaway and that there are additional outdoor locations to eat around campus.
  • We will conduct regular deep cleans of the dining hall area and all touch points will be disinfected.

Residence Halls Health and Safety

  • Additional cleaning, sanitation, and social distancing measures will be implemented in residence halls.
  • We are also actively working with San Diego County on guidelines for residence halls to ensure that we can provide housing for our residential students safely and have rooms available to temporarily isolate students who test positive for COVID-19. 
  • PLNU will care for residential students who test positive by providing meals, full access to their courses online and flexibility on class assignments.

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