Symptom Monitoring Requirement

The State of Washington requires that all members of college campuses complete a daily health attestation. At PLU, this means that students and employees will answer a series of questions about their health each day prior to engaging with the campus in any way.. Students will answer these questions through our daily Wellness Check-In. You may also refer to the CDC Self-Checker to assist in determining whether you are safe to participate in classes, work, athletics, etc. You must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19—or have had evaluation and clearance by the PLU Health Center or a qualified healthcare provider, stating that you are healthy—in order to participate in campus activities, including classes.

At this time, relevant symptoms include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • And at least two of these symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
    • Muscle pain or aches 
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Fatigue
    • New GI symptoms (e.g., loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea)
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • Known close contact with a person who has exhibited any of the symptoms listed above 

If you have any of these symptoms, and cannot attribute them to another condition, allergies, or a new physical activity, you must stay home, notify your professors for any in-person classes, and call the Health Center or your healthcare provider for assessment of symptoms and possible COVID-19 testing. You should also continue to wear a face mask to avoid possible viral transmission to others. You should self-isolate until cleared by your healthcare provider to move about on campus again.

According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may be at a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Relevant conditions may include:

  • Age (65 years and older)
  • HIV
  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
  • Severe obesity
  • Being immunocompromised

Students who have concerns about attending in-person classes due to a medical condition  that places them in a higher-risk group, personal circumstances that make remote learning preferable, as well as those who are pregnant and those who wish to seek Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Reasonable Accommodations related to Returning to Campus, should contact the PLU Office of Access and Accommodations to arrange appropriate actions based on their individual situation. Please email oaa@plu.edu to arrange an intake meeting regarding reasonable accommodations.

Flu Shots

It will be very important for students and employees to receive flu vaccines this year, because the flu and COVID-19 have many similar symptoms. Students and employees are  encouraged to get flu shots prior to the start of the semester if possible. Flu vaccines will also be available on campus when the Health Center and the School of Nursing host the annual flu-shot clinic in late September.