A Healthy and Safe Community

As a broader return to campus occurs, our extensive planning efforts and experience gained during the fall semester 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. Our plans are informed by extensive research and input from public health experts, together with feedback from students, families, faculty, and staff. Moreover, it has been developed and adapted as industry guidance was received, specifically the CDPH and Cal/OSHA state guidance for higher education and college athletics.

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.

The Loma Pledge

We all desire to return to our learning community safely, taking care of our own health while also loving our neighbor by protecting each other. And to do that successfully, we need you! We are asking all students and employees to take the Loma Pledge to help keep our community healthy and safe:

  • I will conduct a self-screening of symptoms, including a temperature check, each day before arriving on campus or leaving my residence hall using the Campus Clear mobile app.
  • I will wear a face covering while on campus in all public areas and when others are present. Face coverings must cover both my nose and mouth. 
  • I will practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette. 
  • I will practice social distancing of 6 feet as much as possible.
  • If I am a face-to-face student or employee, I will participate in our periodic follow-up testing program.
  • I will cooperate with PLNU and County contact tracing teams.
  • I will follow self-quarantine or self-isolation guidelines as they are prescribed to me.
  • If I am a face-to-face student, I will notify the Wellness Center immediately if I am feeling ill, have a fever, or receive notification that I test positive for COVID-19.
  • If I am a residential student, I will avoid unnecessary travel and interactions during the regular semester.
  • If I am a student, I will ensure that I receive notifications for the Canvas course so that I can stay updated on new information as it is released here.

PLNU Required Use of Face Coverings

We encourage our entire community of students, faculty, and staff to follow the 3 W’s, which includes watching your distance, washing your hands, and wearing a face covering

Specifically, PLNU’s current Face Covering Policy expects that individuals will wear a face covering

  • At all times on campus at PLNU, except for when:
    • Alone in an office or dorm room, or in a room with a roommate
    • While exercising or eating and distanced from others
    • If 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.

This policy will be prominently posted in locations throughout campus.

PLNU Wellness Center and C19 Clinic

PLNU’s Wellness Center has the capacity to address COVID-19 and routine health concerns through the newly created C19 Clinic, expanded medical staff, and community partnerships to provide appropriate campus coverage. 

Increased staffing and partnership with the PLNU School of Nursing elevates COVID-19 case management and contact tracing efforts with key clinical, data and administrative support personnel. These efforts are enhanced by a robust surveillance testing strategy that will enable rapid assessment and triage of individuals with COVID like symptoms and mitigate risk of community spread.  

LomaCare, on-demand, 24/7 access to thoughtful telehealth, will be available to all traditional undergraduate students and Wellness Center counselors will continue to 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.

Spring 2021 COVID-19 Testing

All students, faculty, and staff who plan to live, learn, or work on campus are required to take an initial COVID-19 test and will be enrolled in PLNU’s periodic follow-up testing program. 

  • Residential students have received specific information from the Wellness Center and Residential Life regarding testing sign-up through their PLNU email address. 
  • Commuter students who live off-campus will receive specific instructions for testing opportunities from the Wellness Center through their PLNU email address. 
  • PLNU faculty and staff reporting to a PLNU campus will receive specific information on COVID-19 testing through their PLNU email address. 

Surveillance testing - periodic asymptomatic testing - will continue indefinitely.

  • All students, faculty, and staff living, learning, or working on the Point Loma campus will be enrolled in the PLNU’s periodic follow-up testing program. 
  • This asymptomatic testing is typically completed every other week for students, staff, and faculty. 
  • The individual will receive an email notifying them of their selected week for periodic testing. The individual will then be prompted to sign up for a time slot to be tested.
    • Testing for Spring 2021 is located above Ryan Library in the Rotunda. 
    • Please arrive promptly and bring your ID.

You can learn more about our surveillance testing process and procedures from the PLNU student nursing team.

Dr. Kris Koudelka, PLNU Professor of Biology, provides more information on K2DP testing, PLNU’s pooled saliva testing methodology for Spring 2021.

PLNU’s New Mobile App for COVID Testing, Appointments, and Vaccination Records

Our new web and mobile app is here! We have been hard at work here in the Wellness Center working to prepare a more streamlined and consistent process for your COVID testing experience, and it’s now ready for students, faculty, and staff to use.

Download the mobile app or log in online.

This app can be used for:

  • Expedited “self check-in” at our SP’21 testing sites
  • Appointment scheduling and management
  • Viewing test results
  • Submitting documentation of non-PLNU test results and vaccinations
  • Accessing additional COVID-19 resources

You will still need to log into Campus Clear via the app or webpage for daily symptom monitoring!

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.

Campus Dining Health and Safety

  • The dining hall will follow county restaurant guidelines for dine-in eating. Hot, pre-packaged meals are available for takeaway and there are 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

  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting will occur in all residence hall restrooms and common spaces. 

  • Only residential students will be permitted in the residence halls. No outside visitors will be allowed while this guidance is in place. 

  • Residence halls will incorporate frequent reminders of COVID-19 prevention, including proper hygiene (verbally, posters, videos) with hand sanitizer widely available.

  • Face coverings will be required in common areas. 

  • No social events will be conducted outside of local and state health office orders. 

  • Double occupancy will be prioritized in our residence halls in alignment with state guidance, there will be exceptions for students who request three or four-person rooms. There are also limited accommodations for students who request a single room.

  • PLNU will care for residential students who test positive by providing meals, full access to their courses online and flexibility on class assignments.

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.

Who can I contact if I need more information? 

COVID-19 FAQs

If I feel sick, what do I do?

Call the C19 Hotline at (619) 849-2280.

If I think I’ve been exposed, what do I do?

Call the C19 Hotline at (619) 849-2280.

Do I have to be tested before the start of Spring 2021?

Yes, all students who plan to live, learn, or work on campus are required to take an initial COVID-19 test and will be enrolled in PLNU’s periodic follow-up testing program.

  • Residential students have received specific information from the Wellness Center and Residential Life regarding testing sign-up through their PLNU email address.
  • Commuter students who live off-campus will receive specific instructions for testing opportunities from the Wellness Center through their PLNU email address.

How often will I be tested?

All students, faculty, and staff who are on campus will be tested every other week and you will get an email for the week you need to get routinely tested.

Do I have to get vaccinated?

No, you don’t have to get vaccinated but it is highly recommended when the appropriate tier is available to you.

Can I get vaccinated on campus?

Yes, you will be able to get vaccinated on campus when it is your turn. The Wellness Center is a licensed vaccine site and will be administering COVID-19 vaccines beginning in March according to the tiers identified by the State of California.

What happens if a student tests positive upon moving back to campus?

Students will be provided with an isolation space on campus, meals will be provided, and they will receive daily check-ins by phone from the C19 clinic.

Do I still need to wear a face covering and watch my distance if I’ve already had COVID or have gotten the COVID vaccine?

All of our health and safety practices (such as face coverings and distancing) are required for ALL students and employees in the PLNU community. One reason is because it is possible to become reinfected with COVID-19 after a period of time. Another reason is because we do not yet know for sure if the vaccine prevents someone from transmitting the virus unknowingly to others. Finally, it is necessary that we utilize all the tools we can to fight this pandemic until it no longer serves as a threat to our entire community.

What is self-quarantine and what is self-isolation?

In regards to COVID-19, self-quarantine is used to keep those who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. If you are living on campus, this will entail staying in your current dorm room until given further instructions by Wellness Center staff.

Isolation is used to separate those who are infected with the virus from those who are not infected. Follow guidelines given by the Wellness Center on when to return to normal activities.

What is a “close contact”?

The CDC defines this as a person you have interacted with for more than 15 minutes with less than 6 feet of distance between you over a 24-hour period. If you have a roommate, this person would be considered a close contact. If you live in an off-campus household, all individuals in your household would be considered close contacts. This definition is what compels us to follow recommendations for wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing around others not in our household.

What will self-isolation look like if I am living on campus?

PLNU has reserved several dorm rooms on campus to house students who need to be in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test. Students in isolation are not allowed to leave their assigned isolation area without PLNU staff supervision. They should expect to remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days, and will be followed closely by Wellness Center healthcare providers. Students in this category will be personally cared for regarding their medical, academic, and everyday living needs.

How will I attend classes if I am asked to self-quarantine or self-isolate?

Faculty have adapted their courses to allow for students to attend virtually, either in a synchronous or asynchronous manner. Students will be excused from attendance for a medical issue on a case-by-case basis through the Wellness Center. Students should also contact their professors and the office of the Vice Provost of Academic Administration. Additionally, professors may need to teach virtually if they are required to self-isolate or self-quarantine.

Should I get the COVID vaccine when I am eligible?

Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19. We recommend that all members of the PLNU community get vaccinated when eligible to help increase our community health. Helpful vaccine FAQs can be answered here.

How do I “live my life” in a way that I can manage my mental health while also being safe?

While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. So, think about:

  • How many people will you interact with?
    • Interacting with more people raises your risk.
    • Being in a group with people who aren’t social distancing or wearing cloth face coverings increases your risk.
    • Engaging with new people (e.g., those who don’t live with you) also raises your risk.
    • Some people have the virus and don’t have any symptoms, and it is not yet known how often people without symptoms can transmit the virus to others.
  • Can you keep 6 feet of space between you and others? Will you be outdoors or indoors?
    • The closer you are to other people who may be infected, the greater your risk of getting sick.
    • Keeping distance from other people is especially important for people who have an increased risk for severe illness.
    • Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces where it might be harder to keep people apart and there’s less ventilation.
  • What’s the length of time that you will be interacting with people?
    • Spending more time with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected.
    • Spending more time with people increases their risk of becoming infected if there is any chance that you may already be infected.
    • Learn more about how to decide on your social activities and how to conduct them as safely as possible. 

I’ve already had COVID-19. What do I do?

If you’ve had COVID-19 in the last 90 days contact sdwellnesscenter@pointloma.edu by February 19 and you will be provided directions on the next steps. Specifically, to provide a certified positive result

These students WILL have to come to the PLNU C19 testing hub on top of Ryan Library when they arrive on campus to receive a wristband indicating they are approved to be on campus. 

They WILL NOT need to schedule a testing appointment to get a wristband, simply arrive at the testing hub to present name and ID. 

Previously positive students will be removed from surveillance testing until they are 90 days post infection at which point they will be added into the surveillance testing.

If I have traveled outside of California within the last 14 days, do I have to quarantine?

Yes. Quarantine is mandatory for 10 days after returning to California.

If I didn’t fly for travel, do I still have to quarantine?

Yes, quarantine is still mandatory upon return from travel.

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