Local and national guidance regarding health and safety measures has continued to evolve. The following reflects the most comprehensive and accurate information available to date for Scripps staff. The College leadership team continues to communicate regularly with LACDPH officials and develop policies to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff this fall.
Additionally, all students and employees will be required to download the Healthfully app and participate in regular health screenings. If you are feeling sick, have been deemed a close contact, or have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19, please call the Scripps helpline immediately at (909) 308-2711.
Q: Who is required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at Scripps?
A: In alignment with the other undergraduate colleges in the consortium, all Scripps students are required to be vaccinated, whether living in Scripps housing or not. All employees are also required to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Exemptions for documented medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief may be requested. To petition for one of the above exemptions, please contact the Office of Human Resources at email@example.com.
To upload your vaccination verification, please use this link: COVID-19 Vaccination Confirmation – Formstack
Q: Will the College require students, faculty, and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster shot?
A: New guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the L.A. County Department of Public Health recommends that everyone over 18 get a booster shot to provide an important additional layer of protection against the virus. If you have not yet received a COVID-19 booster shot, you are required to receive one as soon as you qualify in accordance with the CDC guidelines. The link for employees to voluntarily submit COVID-19 booster information is here. The Office of Human Resources will send an email confirming receipt.
At this time, the College is not requiring, but encourages you to seriously consider, a second booster if you are eligible. At this time, the second booster has been approved by the CDC for those individuals that (i) are over the age of 50 or (ii) are immunocompromised.
Q: What are the testing protocols for employees?
A: Starting on Monday, May 16th, the College will not be requiring weekly testing. Rather, all asymptomatic employees and students on campus, irrespective of vaccination status, will be able to opt-in for 1 time per week testing. Constituents may make appointments via the Healthfully app or drop in for testing. At this time, we do not anticipate any changes in the testing center hours.
Q: How do I make a testing appointment?
A: Once you have enrolled in the Healthfully app, you will be able to access the testing appointment schedule. On your first visit to the testing center, you will be required to sign a release to share your test results with our nursing partner and contact center. If you need additional help, you can contact. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How will I get my test results?
A: You will be notified of your test results through the Healthfully app, email, and/or a phone call from a triage nurse.
Q: What do I do if my test result is positive?
A: Faculty or staff who test positive will be informed through the Healthfully app and/or through a phone call with a College-contracted health care support provider. Case managers will work with the affected faculty or staff member and determine when they may return to campus.
Q: Where is the Scripps testing center?
A: The 240 House, located at 240 E. 11th Street.
Q: What are the guidelines for isolation and quarantine?
A: Individuals who test positive or are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case (within 6 feet, for a combined total of 15 minutes or longer, within a 24-hour period) are required to quarantine for up to 10 days, depending on vaccination status. Those who are ill should call the Scripps nurse triage line to report symptoms at (909) 308-2711. Guidance will be provided by the nurse triage team as to how long you will be required to quarantine or isolate. Scripps provides dedicated accommodations and regular check-ins for students in quarantine and isolation.
Q: Am I able to dine in at the Malott Commons?
A: Effective April 28, faculty will be able to dine inside Malott at 50% capacity, with masks still required in the servery. Reusable dishware will return on Monday, May 2. Paper and reusable to-go boxes will continue to be available at the cashier station. For the most recent information on dining, visit the Scripps Dining site available on Inside Scripps.
Q: How do I order in advance?
A: Information about the mobile process can be found on our website under the Mobile Ordering tab. Additional information about the mobile app is available under the “Faculty and Staff Meals” tab. Faculty and staff mobile orders can only be picked up at the Malott Commons-Holden Court location at this time.
Q: Will cross-campus dining be permitted?
A: Effective April 6, The Claremont Colleges have returned to 1C dining.
Q: Has the business travel policy been revised?
A: Travel increases the risk of becoming infected with and transmitting COVID-19, however the College recognizes that some travel is essential. Therefore, the travel policy has been updated to reflect that essential travel may be approved through an employee’s respective Vice President/Dean of Keck Science. Refer to the updated Scripps College COVID-19 Business Travel Policy as to how to request travel and what qualifies as essential travel.
Q: Are face coverings required while on campus?
A: Given the low positivity rate at the College and across the consortium, the campus masking requirement is removed effective today except in the following campus locations:
- academic classes;
- the Malott Commons servery;
- the Motley Coffeehouse when ordering a drink on the café side (masking is not required in the lounge); and
- the 240 House Testing Center
In addition, if you are notified that you have been determined to be a close contact, the current LA County guidelines require that you wear a mask when around others (indoors and outdoors) for ten days after the exposure. Current Los Angeles County guidelines define “close contact” as having shared the same indoor airspace with someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period while they were infectious.
Masks are strongly encouraged in all venues (indoors and outdoors) where social distancing can’t be maintained. Where masks are required, they must be of surgical quality or higher. In spaces and circumstances in which masking is not required, the decision to wear a mask is a personal decision, and such personal decisions (whether to wear or not wear a mask) should be respected.
Q: What do I do if I feel sick?
A: If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. Contact the COVID-19 support line for guidance and for clearance to return to work. The telephone number for the support line is 909-308-2711.
If you are ill, you must stay home. If you feel well enough and choose to teach, you may move your class to Zoom until you may safely return to campus and are cleared by the hotline to return, or you may find a colleague to step in for you. Inform the Dean of Faculty’s office of your plan by emailing email@example.com.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that sick employees stay home if they are sick with flu-like illness until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medicines (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).