COVID information and Healthy Campus Measures (HVAC, Testing, Vaccines)
Dear Cal Lutheran Staff and Faculty,
This update provides information about the overall university COVID status, and is intended to communicate information about various campus initiatives and practices. The topics covered in this message include:
- COVID Incidences
- COVID Testing Results
- COVID Testing Policy
- Classroom Ventilation
- Mask Requirements
COVID Incidents – As reported on our KNOW page dashboard, 12 individuals who may have been contagious while on a university campus (including employees and students) have tested positive for COVID since August 26. Weekly positive test results are four, five, and three tests, respectively.
Thorough contact tracing was conducted on each positive test, and all identified exposures have been contacted. Our contact tracing has demonstrated that no transmission has occurred within our community.
The lack of community transmission can at least partly be attributed to the high vaccination rate on campus, with 97% of staff and faculty and 95% of students (including all undergraduate, graduate, and Professionals students who are attending in-person classes) fully vaccinated.
COVID Testing Results– Health Services has performed approximately 450 student COVID tests during the first three weeks of the semester. The total test count primarily includes testing required for unvaccinated students, but also includes testing for students exhibiting symptoms, exposed to an individual who tested positive, and arriving from international destinations. To date, a total of four positive tests resulted from university testing (other positive tests were conducted independently).
- All individuals exhibiting symptoms that are linked to COVID.
- All individuals exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID.
- All individuals who are unvaccinated (requires a weekly test).
Students may obtain required testing through Health Services. Employees are expected to obtain testing through their health care provider or through a State or County testing site.
At the current time, Cal Lutheran is not asking for vaccinated individuals to be tested.
Classroom Ventilation – In order to increase ventilation in classrooms, we have been opening windows in classrooms at the Thousand Oaks campus with operable windows each morning. This effort unquestionably increases the amount of outside air in the classrooms while decreasing the amount of recirculated air.
As could be expected, this initiative resulted in challenges in classroom temperature control, humidity (and condensation) control, and equipment reliability. These conditions were discussed at the weekly Pandemic Planning Group meeting on Tuesday, and it was decided to maintain the current practice of keeping the windows open as part of our overall commitment to providing a safe and healthy campus environment. Consequently, please understand:
- Maintaining classroom temperatures within our normal set-points (70 to 74 degrees F) may not always be possible.
- Water leaks from clogged or overflowing condensation collection areas are more common.
- Equipment outages resulting from running equipment under other-than-design conditions are more prevalent.
Individuals who observe issues in the classrooms are still encouraged to contact the facilities’ contact email@example.com, particularly regarding water leaks.
Finally, please note that we have provided dozens of HEPA air purifiers in classroom, lab, and studio spaces that do not have operable windows. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if any of those air purifiers are missing.
Mask Requirements – All Cal Lutheran campuses are in counties that have an indoor mask requirement. We appreciate that faculty are wearing masks indoors and following the COVID requirements to keep our campus safe. A few concerns have been raised about faculty not wearing a mask, or students being allowed to not wear masks. We need 100% compliance, so we remind you that all individuals in classrooms are required to be masked at all times. It is also important that masks be worn correctly, covering both your nose and mouth. Because of the high occupancy of classrooms, Cal Lutheran does not allow the removal of masks in classrooms for eating and drinking, or any other reason.
Overall, I emphasize that the points above are all part of an institutional healthy-campus strategy (testing, ventilation, masking) and that compliance is an essential piece of making that strategy successful.
Please contact me regarding any questions.
Ryan Van Ommeren
Director, Emergency Operations Center
Associate VP, Operations and Planning
- Winter and Spring 2022 Operations – Virtual Classes Week of January 17
Wed January 12, 2022
Classes across all academic programs at the University will meet virtually from January 17 to January 23.
- Submitting Booster Information & New Isolation/Quarantine Protocol
Thu January 6, 2022
Effective January 18, 2022, all students must show evidence of having received a booster (medical exemptions will be reviewed).
- Spring 2022 Classes and COVID Status
Fri December 31, 2021
After careful consideration please know that classes will resume as follows.
- Booster requirement in response to the COVID-19 Omicron Variant
Thu December 23, 2021
Effective January 18, 2022, all students, faculty, and staff must show evidence of having received a booster.
- COVID Booster Information (and Flu Shot Reminder)
Mon November 22, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine booster shots and associated regulatory agency guidance.
- Respiratory Viruses and Symptoms
Thu September 30, 2021
Cal Lutheran’s policy regarding individuals with COVID symptoms, which often mimic the symptoms of other respiratory viruses.
- COVID information and Healthy Campus Measures (HVAC, Testing, Vaccines)
Fri September 17, 2021
This update provides information about the overall university COVID status, and is intended to communicate information about various campus initiatives and practices.
- Mask Requirements, Daily Health Check, and Tracing
Mon August 23, 2021
View mask requirements starting Tuesday, August 24 (for all Cal Lutheran Campuses)
- Updated Mask Guidance - Effective Monday, July 26
Fri July 23, 2021
In accordance with respective county guidance, as of Monday, July 26, 2021 all individuals at the Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, and PLTS campuses, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks in indoor public or common spaces.
- Indoor Mask Mandate: Woodland Hills and Westlake Village Campuses
Fri July 16, 2021
Los Angeles County has reinstated mandatory mask wearing indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.