Change to Weekly Testing Requirement

Dear Student,

We recognize that you are navigating through a lot during this challenging season. Thank you for your diligence in helping us to comply with requirements and in keeping each other as safe and healthy as possible.

On January 9, 2022, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued new guidance to submit a weekly COVID-19 negative test result.

Weekly surveillance testing was required for all students last semester; however, students were exempt from this requirement if they could show proof of vaccination or natural immunity. With this new order, students are exempt for the reasons below:

Up to Date Vaccination: Students are not “up to date” on their COVID vaccination status if either (1) they have not completed a primary COVID-19 vaccine series (i.e., they are not “fully vaccinated”), or (2) they have completed a primary COVID-19 vaccine series (i.e., they are fully vaccinated) and they are due for a booster dose based on when they became fully vaccinated, but have not yet received that dose. In other words, you are “up to date” only if you have been fully vaccinated and received a booster dose, or you have been fully vaccinated and you are not yet due for your booster dose.

Natural Immunity: In direct consultation with LACDPH officials, we have also confirmed that those who are not up to date, but who have recovered from a positive COVID-19 diagnosis within the last 90 days, are also exempted from the testing requirement. If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 90 days, please sign this form and you will be exempted from the testing requirement until the 90 days have passed. In addition, please upload your positive test to the MyCougar Health Portal. If it was not in the past 90 days, you do not qualify for an exemption (unless you are up to date with your vaccination status).

Please make sure you update your latest record by uploading your documentation to MyCougar Health Portal by Sunday, January 30, 2022. If you become “up to date” on your COVID vaccination status at a later date, then please upload your vaccine document to the MyCougar Health Portal, and you will be exempted from the weekly testing for the entire semester. Weekly Surveillance Testing If you do not fall in the exempt status, you are required to upload your negative test results every week by midnight on Thursdays. We are expecting those who are required to test to start immediately; however, we are extending our accountability process date to later this month to allow you to prepare by either uploading your latest vaccination document or to secure testing options for this requirement. The accountability process for this expectation will start the week of January 31, 2022. Therefore, we will start checking for compliance on Friday, February 4. Please make sure your negative test result for the week of January 31 is uploaded at the latest starting on Thursday, February 3, 2022 and following subsequent Thursdays. Please remember, failure to comply with your weekly surveillance testing may result in a fine directly on your student account.

Testing Options: Here are three surveillance testing options you can use to complete your requirements. Please review the Surveillance Testing Options Document for further information. Option 1: Free County Testing Service Option 2: On-campus Self-test Service (free) Option 3: Obtain Self-test Kit from Local Store On Campus Vaccination and Vaccination Booster Clinic As shared previously, APU will not require COVID-19 vaccinations at this time, but instead strongly encourages all students to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible if they are medically able to do so in consultation with their medical professional. The Student Health Center resumed its vaccination clinics every Friday and you may sign up via the MyCougar Health Portal. Please follow the directions in this My Turn Document to sign up for a vaccination appointment through the California Department of Health website. For more information, or to sign up with a local provider, visit the California State Government site.

What Do I Do If… A critical component of safety includes your response to feeling ill, potential exposure to someone with COVID-19, and quarantine and isolation requirements. If you are taking any face-to-face courses or accessing any of our on-campus resources or facilities, please review this process, follow the steps, and take these situations seriously.

COVID-19 Spring 2022 Required Training To aid in your spring return, we have prepared an updated COVID-19 Spring 2022 Student Training Guide, which identifies campus guidelines, mandates, and resources to facilitate a healthy and safe semester. Our initial deadline was January 9; however, we have extended our deadline to January 30 to mirror our deadline to upload your vaccination information. If you have not completed this training, please be sure to sign the agreement at the end of the training guide to complete the training. This guide is available on the Destination APU website under Student Resources.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us.

Blessings,

Student Affairs Team