COVID-19

Important update for Spring Semester 2022

At the recommendation of local public health officials and out of an abundance of caution, we will begin our spring semester on January 20 by offering primarily remote instruction to students, delaying most face-to-face instruction until Monday, February 7.

Students can access their individual courses on Beachboard or look for emails from their instructors to learn details about the delivery of instruction in each of their courses as the semester gets underway.

The University Student Union, University Library, University Bookstore, the Horn Center, and Student Health Services will all continue to provide services to students with appropriate safety protocols in place, including the use of face coverings. Some other aspects of campus operations, such as spectators at athletics events, audiences for the performing arts, facilities reservations, and hours at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center may face short-term changes. Details about modifications in policy and procedures will be shared in the coming days both via email from and on the websites of the respective units.


Steps for Planning Your Time On Campus


1) Pre-Arrival Daily Health Screening

Students, faculty, and staff must complete a pre-arrival health screening questionnaire each day before coming to campus. The online questionnaire is available on the single sign-on site.

External contractors and anyone visiting campus who does not have access to the COVID-19 prescreen in the Campus Single Sign-On (SSO) service should use the Visitor COVID-19 prescreen.

Entry into some campus spaces will be contingent on you displaying the current day's "green checkmark" on your mobile device resulting from clearing online health screening.

If the result of your pre-screen questionnaire is a "red X," you will be subject to additional questions. If necessary, you will be contacted for follow-up. Do not go to campus until you have been cleared.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are not coming to campus, fill out the prescreen questionnaire once at the start of your illness to report your illness with the appropriate campus personnel.

2) Vaccinations

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 will soon require third shots, or booster shots, as part of its immunization policy. Details on this new requirement will be made available soon.

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.  (Members of SUPA have a deadline of Jan. 27 to attest.)

The form 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.

3) Testing

If you are not fully vaccinated, you must participate in an ongoing COVID-19 testing program.

In addition, all student-athletes are required to test weekly. Those participating in club sports are also required to test weekly while in season or practicing. Students residing in campus housing are also required to test on a regular basis. 

Those who require routine testing or are being tested due to a COVID-19 exposure in class, will be prompted routinely by email to upload test results to the website or a designated email address. Please follow the instructions noted in the email.
 
Failure to upload your test results will result in a referral to the Dean of Students (for students), to Human Resources (for staff), or to Faculty Affairs (for faculty). Antigen tests are not being accepted at this time.

If you are a student required to participate in the testing program, failure to do so will ultimately result in a hold being placed on your record.

Testing on Campus

Testing is available to members of the CSULB community at the former Chartroom restaurant from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcomed. Those testing will be asked for their student or staff ID.

A city-run clinic also performs testing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in front of the bookstore.

Testing Off Campus

Some of the off-site options for testing are on the county public health website.

4) Face Coverings

In light of the current surge of the Omicron variant, beginning on January 17 and running through the duration of the semester, there are new face-covering requirements for faculty and staff in accordance with CalOSHA standards and guidance from state and county public health officials: 

Faculty and staff are now required to wear a well-fitting medical-grade mask, surgical mask, or higher-level respirator such as an N-95 or KN-95 filtering respirator at all times while indoors on campus. Those interested in receiving facial coverings should contact COVID-PPE@csulb.edu. Those requesting to be supplied with an N-95 mask must understand and sign a one-time training acknowledgment form to ensure users know how to properly wear the respirator as required by CalOSHA.

This new requirement joins our existing policy that all individuals must wear a face covering whenever indoors on campus. Persons exempt from face-covering requirements include:

  • Individuals who are outdoors (six-foot distancing is recommended for those who are unvaccinated from the COVID-19 virus)
  • Individuals who have received an approved exemption due to a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering
  • Individuals who have registered with the University as hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential
  • Individuals for whom wearing a face covering poses a potential health or safety risk as determined by local, state, or federal regulators and approved by the University
  • Individuals who are alone in a room
  • Individuals operating a single-occupancy vehicle
  • Children under the age of 2 (Children between the ages of 2 and 8 should wear a covering with adult supervision)
  • Individuals who are eating or drinking, while maintaining six-foot distancing from others

Other notes:

  • Gaiters and bandanas are not considered acceptable face coverings for students and visitors. Masks with one-way bypass valves are not allowed as they do not provide the necessary protection.
  • Faculty and staff who will be communicating with hearing-impaired individuals who are registered with the university should wear clear face coverings in instances where the ability to see the mouth is essential. Such coverings include clear masks or clear face shields. These face coverings are available upon request at the Bob Murphy Access Center. Center staff can be contacted for more information.

5) Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is no longer a requirement of CAL-OSHA or public-health guidance, except in lunch or break rooms where six feet of spacing must be maintained between employees who may be eating or drinking. Individuals who are not vaccinated are also recommended to maintain six feet of physical distancing from others while outdoors. Please see face-covering requirements posted on this website for additional details.

6) Online Training

To learn more about campus-specific practices, policies, and procedures related to illness prevention, online training presentations have been created for faculty and staff and for students.

External guests coming to campus must register prior to viewing their version of the training presentation.

7) Cleaning and Ventilation

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.

8) Prevention (Tips for Staying Healthy)

  • 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.

9) Reporting Illness and Responding to Exposure

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). Employees who test positive for the virus and are either asymptomatic or experience only mild symptoms may be able to work remotely.

In addition, if you have COVID-related symptoms, please complete the daily health screening questionnaire once you receive a positive test even if you are not reporting to campus. The questionnaire only needs to be filled out once during an illness.

PRC, our campus partner that is managing the daily health screening and contact tracing for the university, will contact you to determine your isolation period based on public health guidelines. Generally speaking, these guidelines state that you should isolate for 10 days from the day you first experience symptoms. If you never experience symptoms, you must isolate for 10 days from the date of your positive test. PRC will be evaluating the isolation period for each employee on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions, please call PRC at 562-985-8722.

It is vital that confirmed or suspected positive cases of COVID-19 are reported as quickly as possible to support health officials in their response.

You can also participate in an online exposure-notification system established by the State of California.

Quarantine

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. They should monitor their symptoms for 14 days. Those who test positive but have no symptoms should plan to isolate from others 10 days after they receive positive test results. Campus partner PRC will evaluate isolation periods for each employee that tests positive on a case-by-case basis.

For more information on quarantining best practices, visit the County of Los Angeles Public Health website.

10) Returning to Campus After a Positive Test

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 should submit a campus COVID prescreen and isolate following Los Angeles County guidelines.

Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 will not require a negative PCR or antigen test to return following a 10-day isolation period.

Those who are required to participate in weekly testing may resume routine testing 90 days after their positive test result.

11) Contact Tracing

Using both voluntary reports of symptoms and illness from Beach community members as well as prescreen questionnaire results, 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.