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COVID-19 Community Update

Dear University Community,

As we pass the halfway point of the fall term, thank you for doing your part to help keep our community as safe as possible from the spread of COVID-19. As a result of prudent safety measures, mutual cooperation, and our care for each other, California now has among the lowest COVID-19 transmission rates in the country.

The Delta Variant of COVID-19, however, still poses substantial risk across our region. As we head deeper into fall and winter, it is essential that we closely follow our La Verne Safe Return Plan and adhere to guidance from public health experts.

Below are several reminders and updates on the measures in place to help us with continued safe learning and working on our campuses.

COVID-19 and Flu Vaccinations

Public health experts continue to affirm that COVID-19 vaccines are effective tools to limit the spread of the disease, and to reduce the severity of symptoms for those who contract it. All University of La Verne students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, with limited exemptions for religious, medical, or personal reasons.

I am pleased to share that we have close to full compliance with our COVID-19 vaccination policy. The few remaining students and staff who have not complied are subject to accountability measures as outlined in university policies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved booster shots for individuals who received one of the three major US vaccines at least six months ago. University employees are among the groups that are currently eligible to receive a booster, and we are working to offer additional on-campus vaccination clinics soon. To learn more about how to get a COVID-19 booster shot, contact your health care provider, or visit myturn.ca.gov.

We also strongly encourage you to get a flu vaccination, as recommended by your health care provider. Flu vaccinations are available through the Student Health Center. For additional information, contact the center at 909-448-4619 or studenthealthcenter@laverne.edu.

Ending Modified Quarantine

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has updated its guidelines for colleges and universities to no longer require a quarantine for asymptomatic vaccinated students who may have been exposed to COVID-19. We have updated our Safe Return Plan to align with those guidelines. Moving forward, fully vaccinated students who have been exposed will be required to obtain a COVID-19 test, but will not be required to engage in any quarantine as long as they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. Additional details regarding testing requirements can be found in the Safe Return Plan and in exposure notice emails.

Change to Quarantine Length

In compliance with recent guidance from Cal/OSHA, we have also updated our Safe Return Plan to reflect changes to the quarantine period for unvaccinated individuals. This change will permit exposed students and employees who are unvaccinated to end quarantine after a full seven days if they have a negative test taken at least five days after the date of last exposure. Additional details regarding testing requirements can be found in the Safe Return Plan and in exposure notice emails.

Stay Home if Sick

All students and employees must conduct a symptom self check before coming to campus. Unvaccinated students and employees must keep a log of these checks.

Please do not come to campus if you are sick or have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19. If you believe you have come in contact with someone infected by the coronavirus or have contracted COVID-19, please fill out a Novel Coronavirus Information Form and you will receive information on next steps or instructions on how to receive testing.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must engage in self-isolation and may not come to campus until cleared to do so by the COVID-19 compliance officer.

Wear a Mask

Regardless of your vaccination status, please wear a mask when indoors in public spaces. If you forget or lose your face coverings, disposable masks are available throughout campuses, including at the Abraham Campus Center, Campus Safety, and the Wilson Library on the La Verne Campus.

Additional Resources

Please continue to visit laverne.edu/coronavirus for updated information on the university’s COVID-19 safety protocols. The website contains the full La Verne Safe Return Plan, policies, announcements, and a link to the COVID-19 dashboard, which is updated weekly to report on the number of positive cases on our campuses.

Thank you again for your cooperation and support. I wish you a safe and healthy conclusion to the fall term.

Sincerely,

Devorah Lieberman, PhD
President