COVID-19 Community Update
Dear University Community,
Thank you for your flexibility during the start of this spring term, and for doing your part to keep yourself and each other as safe and healthy as possible.
We continue to see encouraging trends in COVID-19 data in Los Angeles County and across California, with positivity rates and hospitalizations steadily declining over the past two weeks.
These trends are consistent with the forecast models the University of La Verne relied upon in its decision to conduct most teaching, learning, and business remotely through Friday, February 11.
Public health officials anticipate that COVID-19 numbers will continue to decline over the coming weeks. As such, we are proceeding with our plans to resume standard on-campus teaching, learning, and business operations beginning on Saturday, February 12.
Please be prepared to resume on campus activity beginning on Saturday, February 12, and to follow the health and safety protocols that I shared with you in my January 24 message and that are outlined in the La Verne Safe Return Plan. As a reminder, those include:
- All students and employees must receive COVID-19 vaccine booster doses and submit documentation no later than Friday, February 11, or within two weeks of becoming eligible, in order to maintain up to date vaccination status. Additional details are available at univ.lv/vaccination.
- Students and employees whose COVID-19 vaccinations are not up to date, including those who have received exemptions for religious, medical, or personal reasons, may be required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing and comply with other measures. Additional information on testing is available on the COVID-19 information portal.
- Masks must be worn by all students, employees, and visitors while indoors and in the presence of others, regardless of your vaccination status, with limited exceptions. Employee masks must be of medical grade or surgical quality, or higher.
- You must conduct a symptom self-check prior to coming to campus, and you may not come to campus if you are sick or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
The university’s Safe Return plan allows for an increased reliance on remote and hybrid work for employees, where practical, and as approved by the President’s Cabinet. Employees who were previously on fully remote or hybrid work schedules prior to winter break may continue with those with the approval of their supervisor and cabinet representative.
As we navigate the pandemic in the months ahead, we will continue to be flexible in our planning and closely follow state and county public health guidelines. Please continue to visit laverne.edu/coronavirus for the latest information on the university’s COVID-19 safety measures.
Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you on our campuses again beginning on February 12.
Devorah Lieberman , PhD