COVID-19 Employee Update
Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,
I trust your new year is off to a healthy and productive start. Our goal is to have a healthy, safe, and inspirational 2022 together.
As you are aware, the University of La Verne has taken steps to reduce the number of people on its physical campuses through the month of January, which include moving much of our teaching, learning, and work to remote and virtual. We took these steps to help our community effectively navigate the surge in COVID-19 cases we are experiencing across our region.
I would like to share with you several additional measures we are implementing to comply with state, county, and federal public health requirements. These measures have been enacted to help reduce the transmission of new and emerging COVID-19 variants, such as Omicron.
Mask Policy Update
Beginning on Monday, January 17, all employees must wear masks of upgraded quality at all times when indoors and in the presence of others, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must be well-fitting and medical grade or surgical quality. The university will provide masks that meet state and county guidelines to those who require them. Employees may also wear their own, as long as they meet state and county requirements.
Departmental managers should submit a COVID-19 Supply Request Form to the Purchasing and Procurement office at email@example.com request masks for staff in their units. The COVID-19 Supplies Request Form is located in the La Verne Portal at myportal.laverne.edu/web/ofbs.
Vaccination Policy Update
Following Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommendations, we will be updating our university vaccination policy to require that all employees receive COVID-19 vaccine booster doses as soon as they are eligible in order to maintain a status of fully vaccinated. Employees who are not fully vaccinated, including those who have received exemptions for religious, medical, or personal reasons, may be required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing.
If you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination booster, please do so as soon as possible, and maintain proper documentation. Booster shots are free and can be scheduled through Student Health Services or at myturn.ca.gov. The Office of Human Resources will share additional information soon instructing employees on a new process for submitting vaccination documentation.
Our current efforts to shift most teaching, learning, and work to remote for the month of January remain aligned with the plans of our regional peer institutions. We continue to anticipate a return to more robust in-person classes and activities for the start of the spring semester and session 1, which occurs for most campuses and programs on January 31. We will continue to be flexible in our planning and closely monitor COVID-19 data in order to update our plans as necessary.
In the meantime, please continue to follow the guidelines outlined in the La Verne Safe Return Plan. Those include staying home if you are sick and reporting positive cases or exposure.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and for doing your part to help keep our community healthy and safe.
Devorah Lieberman, PhD