Campus Ready Update

January 7, 2022 - 6:12pm

In this message: Instruction; What to Do if you Test Positive; Density Tracking; Vaccination Requirement; Daily Wellness Self-Checks; Isolation/Quarantine; Leave; Testing for COVID-19; Events; Face Masks Mandatory; Humboldt Community Vaccination and Attestation Rates; Get COVID-19 Exposure Alerts Via CA Notify; CSU Vaccination Policy and FAQ

 

Instruction

In consultation with local county public health, Cal Poly Humboldt has decided to move forward with the start of the Spring semester primarily in person as planned. Classes start on Tuesday, January 18. The University will be closely monitoring the situation and keeping continuous communication with public health to reassess the situation. The high percentage of vaccination coupled with the booster requirement and universal masking in all of our spaces has provided us with the opportunity to proceed as planned.

 

Vaccination Requirement

As of January 23, all students, staff, and faculty are required to be up to date with their attestation status. This means that attesting that you are fully vaccinated (including a booster if eligible) or have submitted for the appropriate exemption. Learn how to submit your booster vaccination status here.  

Should an individual receive an exemption (even after the first two initial shots) they will be subject to weekly testing. Those who have been approved for a religious or medical exemption last semester do not need to reapply, but they are strongly encouraged to test prior to coming back onto campus.

Beginning January 23, any student, staff, or faculty member who is eligible must have received a COVID-19 booster to be considered fully vaccinated. Individuals are highly encouraged to seek their booster shots prior to coming back to campus as shots are limited in the region. Humboldt will be hosting booster clinics over the course of the next two weeks for students and employees. Students and employees are strongly encouraged not to wait to return to Humboldt for Spring Semester before receiving the vaccination, if possible. Visit My Turn California to find booster availability near you.

People are eligible for a booster six months after they received the second dose of the original vaccination (2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccination).

 

What to Do if you Test Positive

Anyone who tested positive should inform the University immediately. Students should notify Student Health & Wellbeing Services (SHWS) and employees should notify their supervisor AND Human Resources (hr-covid-coordinator@humboldt.edu). More: Testing & Vaccination Guide on Campus Ready

Returning to Work/Density Tracking

In an effort to stay current with campus density tracking and to keep everyone apprised of any changes to regulations and campus guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19, employees will be required to resubmit the “campus access form and certification of understanding” questionnaire: https://hsu.link/access-request. It is important that everyone working on campus take the time to complete the questionnaire by January 18. Please ensure that it is completed prior to your return to campus. 

Daily Wellness Self-Checks

Each day before coming to campus, everyone, including students, is required to do a wellness self-check. Learn more about wellness self-checks and what symptoms to be aware of. 

Isolation/Quarantine

People are asked not to come to campus under certain conditions and to quarantine or isolate themselves in their home or campus residence for 5 days. Humboldt County has adopted the new CDPH guidance for isolation which allows an individual to leave isolation after 5 days. See the full guidelines here. CDPH has also revised their quarantine guidelines, particularly for those who may be vaccinated but have NOT received a booster shot. Please refer to CDPH.

Leave

Expanded COVID-19 Related Leave (ECRL) for COVID-19 illness has expired, meaning employees will need to take sick or vacation leave if you are in isolation/quarantine. If you are unable to take sick leave, contact Bruce Curl (bruce.curl@humboldt.edu), Interim AVP of HR, to work out an alternative. 

Testing for COVID-19

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is highly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus. 

Beginning January 10, free COVID-19 testing will be available to Humboldt staff, faculty, and students at the Banquet Room of the Student Activities Center (first floor).  

  • Students and employees may walk in for testing during open hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Fridays, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Wear a mask at all times (except when advised by the test collector to remove your mask) and try to stay 6 feet apart from others while waiting for your test.

Events

Events will continue as planned, though a moratorium on food and drinks at events of all sizes starts immediately. Limited “Grab & Go” food services are possible. There will continue to be a requirement of all those attending to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test. Starting Jan. 23, those attending events will need to show proof of full vaccination (including a booster) or proof of a negative test result.

Face Masks Mandatory

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will need to be masked while indoors in campus facilities, and outdoors anytime you cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from others. 

While indoors, face masks are required anytime you are not in your own private workspace with a way to manage the entry of others, such as with a closed door. If this is a space someone else may need to enter, such as a lab or other operational space, you must wear it even when no one is present.

Also, anytime you are in common spaces such as hallways, bathrooms, break rooms, foyers, lobbies, etc., you must have your face mask on at all times, even if no one is present. Athletics participants may be unmasked only during active sanctioned practice or competition. 

Should a student or employee find that they are without a face mask, Humboldt will provide them at the following sites: 

  • University Police Department, 1st Floor SBS

  • Jolly Giant Commons Mailroom

  • College Creek Mailroom

Learn more about masks. 

 

Vaccination and Attestation Rates

Cal Poly Humboldt has achieved high rates of vaccinations and attestations for exemptions, reflecting the campus community’s commitment to health and safety.

Infection rates figures do not include results of tests conducted by a private lab or at-home tests, and may not reflect the total number of affected people. It is important to notify the University if you receive an off-campus positive notification. Campus Ready Guide: What to do if you test positive. These rates are updated on the Campus Ready website weekly. 

Learn more about testing and vaccination rates.

Get COVID-19 Exposure Alerts Via CA Notify

CA Notify is a free exposure notification system for smartphones, implemented by the California Department of Public Health, to alert you if you've been exposed to COVID-19. CA Notify is easy to use, private, secure, and 100% voluntary. It's available for both iPhone and Android phones. CA Notify helps keep communities safe from COVID-19 by alerting people if they need to get tested or stay home. Learn more about CA Notify. 

CSU Vaccination Policy and FAQ

You can read Frequently Asked Questions about the vaccine policy here. 

And the full policy is available to view on the CSU website. 

 

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To keep the campus community informed, Cal Poly Humboldt will regularly send this e-newsletter with recent updates about Humboldt’s Fall semester, Spring semester, and highlights of important current or new guidelines. 

This information reflects the ongoing work and decision making of the Emergency Operations Center, Focused Instructional Transition Team, Advanced Planning Team, and the President’s Administrative Team—the groups tasked with creating guidelines and procedures for campus operations during the pandemic. Find comprehensive information about pandemic planning, preparedness, and operations at the Humboldt Campus Ready Website.

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