Since March 2020, this site has provided information about the university's response to COVID-19. Originally offering detailed plans about future "repopulation" efforts, the primary focus of this website today is on planning your in-person experience while at The Beach.
Steps for Planning Your Time On Campus
If you are accessing campus facilities, you are required to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Information about vaccination resources is available on this website under "Vaccine Clinic."
The university requires third shots, or booster shots, as part of its immunization policy. All students and non-represented staff are required to receive a booster shot six months after their final dose to be considered fully vaccinated. A video tutorial on how to update your vaccine attestation is available online.
All members of the campus community have access to an online vaccination certification on the university's single sign-on screen.
You will need to upload proof of having been vaccinated, usually in the form of a JPG or PDF of your immunization card. A screenshot of a digital record is also an option. A video tutorial is available for step-by-step instructions.
This attestation allows you to qualify for a legitimate medical or religious exemption. Students who indicated they did not access campus facilities in the fall will have to certify their vaccination status for the spring semester, as most classes will have an in-person component. Students who have already filled out the online form do not need to recertify.
Those seeking a qualified religious exemption should indicate the exemption for which they qualify on the certification page.
If you have only received the first dose of a two-dose vaccine, you won't be able to submit the certification form yet. As soon as you receive the second dose and your vaccination card is updated, you may then submit the form.
If you remain unvaccinated, see the TESTING area of this website for details.
Testing on Campus
Testing will be available to members of the CSULB community at the former Chartroom restaurant from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appointments are recommended. Those testing will be asked for their student or staff ID. Testing is free with proof of insurance.
The city-run clinic that was located outside the University Bookstore will be open from 12 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays with the exception ofthe week of Nov. 21. The last day of the city-run clinic will be Dec. 14 for the fall 2022 semester.
There will be no testing offered on campus on Fridays for the fall 2022 semester.
Testing Off Campus
Some of the off-site options for testing are on the Los Angeles County public health website.
Our campus strongly recommends but no longer requires facial coverings in indoor spaces. Faculty members cannot require students to wear masks or segregate students who choose not to wear a mask in classrooms as a result of this policy change. Mask wearing may only be required for students when there has been a verified COVID-19 exposure in a classroom.
We will revisit this policy as appropriate with the guidance of public health agencies.
- Faculty and staff who will be interacting with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as others for whom speech reading and access to facial expression are essential components of communication, may wear FDA-approved clear masks, and/or face shields with draping, which have been approved by the CDC and LACDPH. Both are available at the Bob Murphy Access Center upon request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Gloria.Williams@csulb.edu for more information.
Physical distancing is no longer a requirement of CAL-OSHA or public-health guidance, though distancing is encouraged especially in areas where employees may remove their masks including lunch and break rooms. Individuals who are not vaccinated are also recommended to maintain six feet of physical distancing from others while outdoors.
While professional cleaning reduces health risks, every member of the CSULB community has a joint responsibility to sanitize their own work area and shared resources, including meeting rooms and commonly touched surfaces. Disinfecting materials will be provided in these areas so occupants can do their part to prevent the transmission of pathogens on surfaces. Employees requesting additional cleaning supplies should contact COVID-PPE@csulb.edu.
The following steps have been taken relating to building ventilation in preparation for general building re-occupancy and sustained occupancy:
- All building mechanical air handler systems were inspected and repaired per manufacturer recommendations.
- Mechanical ventilation duct systems were disinfected and all buildings were temporarily closed and flushed with 100% outside air.
- New mechanical equipment filters were installed to the highest efficiency possible.
- Mechanical ventilation was increased to the highest point without impacting cooling and heating the buildings.
- Ceiling fans, where applicable, were turned off or programmed to blow air up if an interior space requires the use of fans as part of the building climate control system.
- Ongoing maintenance of mechanical ventilation systems in all buildings was increased, including changing out of high-efficiency filters as needed; inspection and repair of mechanical equipment; disinfection of duct systems; and increasing clean outside air into buildings, when feasible.
Public-health officials note that ventilation and other indoor air quality improvements are an addition to, and not a replacement for, mandatory protections including wearing face coverings (except in certain high-risk environments that require using proper respiratory protection), washing hands frequently, and limiting activities that bring together people from different households.
In the event that a member of the community who has been on campus later tests positive for COVID-19, the affected areas will be isolated, flushed with outside air for the remainder of the day and disinfection crews dispatched to perform cleaning. In the event that several people in one area test positive, the building will be closed for 4-5 days and the HVAC system flushed for up to three days. Air filters will be vacuumed and the building will receive enhanced cleaning.
- Receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Using soap, scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and then thoroughly wash your hands.
- Routinely disinfect frequently touched items in your home.
- Use a face covering as recommended or required by current public health guidance.
- Get plenty of rest, consume ample water, and eat healthy meals.
You should not come to campus if you are ill.
If you are a student who has tested positive for COVID-19, if you believe you may be positive but have not yet been tested, or if you know of a student who you believe may have contracted COVID-19, please fill out this form to notify Student Health Services.
If you are a faculty or staff member, you should immediately report an illness to your administrative services manager (ASM) and fill out the form linked on the single sign-on page titled "Illness Reporting." Employees who test positive for the virus and are either asymptomatic or experience only mild symptoms may be able to work remotely.
You can also participate in an online exposure-notification system established by the State of California.
Fully vaccinated individuals who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine at this time, yet guidance is determined on a case-by-case basis.
If you are exposed to COVID-19 it is recommended you test in three to five days after exposure, monitor for symptoms and wear an upgraded mask such as a KN-95 for 10 days.
Those who test positive but have no symptoms should plan to isolate from others for five days after they receive positive test results. Isolation can end after five days with negative FDA-approved test results.
For more information on quarantining best practices, visit the County of Los Angeles Public Health website.
Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 should notify their administrative services manager and report their illness on the chiclet in the single sign-on page titled "Illness Reporting." Employees should plan to isolate for at least five days, following Los Angeles County guidelines. Isolation can end after five days if an FDA-approved test is negative for COVID-19 and the employee is free of symptoms. An antigen test is preferred.
Using voluntary reports of symptoms and illness from Beach community members, the university will continue its contact-tracing work.
In the event of your exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be notified by email what actions you must take, which may include self-monitoring for symptoms, testing for COVID-19 or avoiding contact with others.
If you were in the same general area as an affected person, but not at risk of exposure as defined by current public health guidance, you will not be contacted.