Fall 2021 COVID-19 Updates

Dear LABI students,

As the reopening of our campus for fall semester draws closer, we are excited for what God has planned for this semester with us all together again! As staff, we are working hard to ensure we provide you a safe and healthy environment to grow in this semester. In light of this, please read below our most recent updates to the semester as they relate to the health and safety of the LABI community:

On-Campus Housing Vaccination Requirement Students planning to dorm on campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Each on-campus student will be required to submit a housing application form along with a health screening prior to move in. If a student is not fully vaccinated by move-in day, proof of at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination AND a negative test result for a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of move-in day will be required. The deadline to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be September 15, 2021. If you are not fully vaccinated by move-in day, special room accommodations may need to be done and will not be guaranteed.

*According to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health and CDC, you are not considered to be fully vaccinated until 2 weeks after getting a J&J vaccine or 2 weeks after a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Social Distancing The six-foot social distancing requirement will no longer be required. This means that meetings, events, and courses will return to face-to-face for the Fall 2021 semester with normal occupancies. Student life events may now be scheduled for in-person, with the approval and supervision from our Residence Director and/or personnel. If external visitors are invited to the event, they must follow LA County’s travel advisory and complete the Guest Health Screening form.

Masks

On July 15, 2021, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced an indoor mask mandate to be effective Saturday, July 17, 2021 due to a rise in COVID-19 cases across LA County. This mandate requires all LABI students, staff, faculty, and guests to wear face coverings while indoors on LABI property regardless of vaccination status. Students living in campus housing do not need to wear face coverings when they are in their dorms alone or with their roommates. Masks will be made available to you if you do not have one.

Travel Advisory for Out-of-State Students Students coming from out of state wishing to dorm on-campus must follow LA County’s travel advisory. The current Los Angeles County travel advisory requires the following for travel outside of California:

  • If not fully unvaccinated, either self-quarantine at home for 10 days or get tested 3-5 days after arrival and, if negative, self-quarantine for 7 days. Please inform our residence team if this is the case, given that we will have to accommodate and prepare a room for your quarantine.

  • If fully vaccinated, no need to isolate but self-monitor for symptoms and get tested if you develop symptoms. Please inform our residence team if this is the case, given that we will have to accommodate and prepare a room for your isolation.

Please note that these guidelines and policies are subject to change at any point in accordance with the local county and state guidelines. For any questions or concerns regarding our COVID-19 policies, please contact COVID19@labi.edu. Thank you for your cooperation with these updated guidelines, beforehand. We cannot wait to welcome you all in-person and on-campus once again!

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