Berkeley Law COVID-19 Protocols

This web page summarizes the information communicated in August 30, 2021, emails to students, faculty, and staff by Associate Dean Molly Van Houweling and Senior Assistant Dean Charles Cannon, augmented by subsequent information about classroom exposure notifications. These protocols are based on the campus approach to positive COVID-19 cases and the instructor guidance on the Return to Campus website. We will update this page if campus guidance changes. Please feel free to reach out to Molly (msvh@berkeley.edu) or Charles (cgcannon@berkeley.edu) with questions.

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There have been several reported COVID positive cases among members of the Law School, and so it is vitally important that we all familiarize ourselves with these protocols and continue to complete the daily symptom screener

If you test positive for COVID:

  • You are required by public health order immediately to self-isolate for at least 10 days, regardless of vaccination status. 
  • If your test was done at a University Health Services (UHS) facility it will automatically trigger the necessary contact tracing.
  • If your test was NOT done at UHS you must report your positive test results ASAP to trigger the necessary contact tracing:
    • Students must report to University Health Services at (510) 642-2000 (select the COVID Customer Service Line).  
    • Faculty and staff must report to the Occupational Health COVID Hotline at (510) 332-7192.
  • Instructors: notify students by bCourses announcement that you will conduct class via Zoom during your period of self-isolation (or cancel class and schedule make up sessions if you are too ill to teach). 
  • Instructors: notify Associate Registrar Claire Blide (cblide@berkeley.edu) and Associate Dean Molly Van Houweling (msvh@berkeley.edu) that you will be temporarily teaching via Zoom (or scheduling make up sessions).

If you have been in close contact with a positive case (defined here) and are (1) unvaccinated OR (2) vaccinated but are symptomatic:

  • You are required by public health order to quarantine for 10 days and continue monitoring symptoms for 14 days. 
  • Get tested 5 days post exposure.
  • Instructors: notify students by bCourses announcement that you will conduct class via Zoom during your period of self-isolation (or cancel class and schedule make up sessions if you are too ill to teach). 
  • Instructors: notify Associate Registrar Claire Blide (cblide@berkeley.edu) and Associate Dean Molly Van Houweling (msvh@berkeley.edu) that you will be temporarily teaching via Zoom (or scheduling make up sessions).

If you are vaccinated, have been in close contact with a positive case, but are asymptomatic, you need not isolate/quarantine and may attend class. But you should:

  • Monitor for symptoms and self-isolate if you become symptomatic (see below).
  • Wear a face covering (even if not otherwise required to).
  • Get tested at 5 days post-exposure.

If you have COVID symptoms, regardless of vaccination status and whether you know you have been in close contact with a positive case:

  • Get tested.
  • Self-isolate while you wait for your results.  
  • If test results are positive, follow the appropriate steps above.
  • Instructors: notify your students by bCourses announcement that you will conduct class via Zoom during your period of quarantine (or cancel class and schedule make up sessions if you are too ill to teach). 
  • Instructors: notify Associate Registrar Claire Blide (cblide@berkeley.edu) and Associate Dean Molly Van Houweling (msvh@berkeley.edu) that you will be temporarily teaching via Zoom (or scheduling make up sessions).

Do not share information about other people’s positive cases, with one exception:  if you learn of a positive case you may report it to UHS at (510) 642-2000 (select the COVID Customer Service Line). UHS will conduct all contact tracing; they report that they generally reach close contacts of a positive case within 24 hours. We are asking instructors to maintain bCourses seating charts so that students who test positive will be able to supply close contacts to UHS for purposes of contact tracing. In addition to identifying close contacts and notifying them via phone and/or text, UHS is now notifying instructors and students via email of potential exposures in a classroom (as described in this Sept. 10 announcement). Instructors should excuse student absences for illness/self-isolation/quarantine, report student cases to UHS, and remind students to self-report to UHS, but should not attempt to conduct their own contact tracing if they learn of COVID cases.

Of course, individuals who test positive may choose to share that news directly with their own close contacts. To help ensure that you are notified in the event of a close contact, sign up for CA Notify.

See additional updated information from University Health Services here and lots of other helpful information in this Return to Campus guide. 

Thank you for doing your part to keep our community healthy!

 

Last updated Sept. 14, 2021