January 14, 2021 - Spring tips and testing reminders

The Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Anna Harte, MD, Medical Director; and Guy Nicolette, MD, CAQSM, Assistant Vice Chancellor, sent the following message to all undergraduate and graduate students on 1/14/21:

 

We are excited to have you join us this spring semester. As you know, this spring will be an atypical semester, given the current pandemic impacts on our region, state, and nation. At this time, the state’s regional stay at home order remains in effect for the Bay Area, and surges in infections are being seen across California. We appreciate students and others in our community doing their part to help prevent virus transmission.

We will begin spring with fully remote delivery of instruction for at least two weeks. This will allow any students returning to campus to self-sequester for 10 days. After that, the considerable majority of classes will continue to be delivered remotely, including all large courses. (Students will not be required to take in-person classes or to be present on campus for the spring semester. Almost all academic offerings, including those with in-person instructional activities, will also be delivered remotely.) Also note that if we have in-person instruction, participants will be required to have weekly surveillance testing if they have not already been required to do so.

Please continue to also monitor your Berkeley email for messages regarding fall 2021 plans - the campus is planning to resume primarily in-person instruction in the coming fall.

Spring 2021 Reminders and Surveillance Testing Requirements

Let’s continue to do our part to help prevent COVID-19. If you have questions about testing requirements, you can always check out UHS’s testing FAQs. Take note of the following spring details, depending on your category:

All students coming to campus: 

Testing compliance will be monitored using the color-coded badge system. Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26, a green badge will be required to enter any university building that is on or adjacent to the central campus. You may be asked to show your badge upon entering campus buildings. In order to have a green badge, you will need to be current with your testing regimen (see details below, depending on your category). 

You access the badge by logging in to the eTang Portal. From your mobile device, browse to etang.berkeley.edu and sign in using your CalNet ID. You will see a “show badge” button on the home page. For more, see UHS.

Students living in on-campus residential halls, apartments, and suites (non-family housing):

  • Please refer back to recent Cal Housing and Residential Life emails we have shared with you with specific details. You may also contact your hall staff with questions or needs.
  • Remember: You are required to continue twice weekly testing through UHS once you return to campus, according to your regular schedule (Mon/Thurs or Tues/Fri). This includes all residential halls, apartments, and suites!
  • You can read more about facilities and protocols. Read more about how to find community in virtual spaces
  • Student employees working on campus: Anyone coming to campus will be required to test weekly. This includes faculty, staff, postdocs and students who have permission to work in-person on the central campus or in campus buildings adjacent to the central campus. For more, see UHS

Students living off-campus, in Berkeley and/or the Bay Area (including CalGreeks houses or co-ops), or in family housing (University Village Albany):

  • The city of Berkeley is urging anyone who traveled or celebrated with people they don’t live with to quarantine for 10 days.
  • If you live in Greek housing or a co-op, please pay attention to your building messages and instructions. Students living in the vicinity of the campus, especially students living in congregate housing situations such as in the fraternity or sorority houses and the co-ops, are strongly encouraged to get tested regularly.
  • University Health Services (UHS) has useful testing information.
  • You can read more about facilities and protocols. Read more about how to find community in virtual spaces
  • University Village Albany (UVA) residents: Please refer back to recent emails that have been shared with your community. Beginning January 26, 2021 all registered students living at UVA will be required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance test once per week. Surveillance testing will be available at UVA starting Tuesday, January 12. Also see UHS testing details for your community on the UVA COVID-19 Information site and the UHS clinical testing site. Contact the Village Office with any questions. 
  • Student employees working on campus: Anyone coming to campus will be required to test weekly. This includes faculty, staff, postdocs and students who have permission to work in-person on the central campus or in campus buildings adjacent to the central campus. For more, see UHS

Students living remote from the Bay Area (for example, with family members elsewhere in California, or in other states or countries):

As always, please continue to follow protocols such as physical distancing and wearing face coverings. For more, visit UHS’s Coronavirus Health Information site, and the campus COVID-19 website for the latest details.

Best wishes for a healthy, safe, and successful spring semester.