COVID FAQ

Updated 9/24/21

Frequently Asked Questions 

No, we do not require the COVID-19 vaccination. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated to keep our community Sailfish Safe and healthy. Our goal is to have 80% of our campus community vaccinated for the fall semester. If you have been vaccinated for COVID-19, please submit proof of vaccination here: http://bit.ly/21COVIDVax

Submitting your vaccination information is voluntary. If you choose to submit your information, here is how your information will be used:
 
  • Your information will be shared with Health Alert Team nurses to assist them in determining quarantine protocol for an individual.
  • You will no longer be required to quarantine after international travel.
The Health Alert Team reports the community vaccination overall rate percentage. Your personal information is not shared with anyone outside of the Health Alert Team.
 
If you would like to submit your proof of vaccination, you can do so here: http://bit.ly/21COVIDVax

As of 10/29/2021, masks are required in the COVID-19 testing center on our West Palm Beach campus. Facial coverings are not required at any other University facilities at this time. As always, we encourage those who are not fully vaccinated or who are immunocompromised to follow CDC guidelines. We will continue to review our facial covering policy weekly and adjust as needed to keep our community safe and healthy. 

We have returned to full capacity in our classrooms and in all University facilities. We have also removed the plexiglass shields. 

We no longer require COVID-19 systematic screening. We require students to be tested at the beginning of the fall semester. For more information, please see the Back to School Testing FAQ. You should get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If you are exposed to a COVID+ individual, getting tested may shorten the length of your quarantine. Athletes will need to follow NCAA and Sunshine State Conference guidelines for testing. Individuals returning from international destinations will need to follow our international travel policy found here.

Please contact the Health Alert Team at (561) 803-2537. They will help you follow the isolation procedures for COVID+ individuals, as outlined by the CDC and Department of Health. The Health Alert Team also will provide additional care to students to ensure their academic and personal success as they recover from COVID. The Health Alert Team will provide students with clearance to attend classes virtually through HyFlex. Students in isolation will receive academic support and will be checked on daily. Residential students will be moved to isolation housing and their meals will be delivered.  

Please contact the Health Alert Team at (561) 803-2537. They will help you follow the quarantine procedures outlined by the CDC and Department of Health.

 An asymptomatic individual who has been exposed to a COVID+ person must quarantine from the campus community for 10 days. Length of quarantine can be shortened through the following choices:

1)An individual who has chosen to submit proof of vaccination will follow the fully-vaccinated protocol, as outlined by the CDC. They must wear a mask at all times while indoors and with others. They must screen themselves for symptoms daily. If they are tested for COVID-19, they can do so on Day 3, Day 4, or Day 5 after exposure. They may test using a rapid antigen test or a PCR. Upon receipt of a negative test result, they may choose to remove their facial covering. If they choose not to test, they must mask for 14 days.

2) An individual who has chosen to not submit proof of vaccination must remain quarantined from the campus community for 10 days. If the individual chooses to be tested for COVID-19, it may shorten the length of his/her quarantine. An asymptomatic individual can choose to take a PCR test on Day 6 after exposure. Upon receipt of a negative test result, he/she may be released from quarantine (but no sooner than Day 7). An individual can choose to take a rapid antigen test on Day 5 after exposure and a repeat test on Day 7 after exposure. Upon receipt of two negative test results, the asymptomatic individual may be released from quarantine on Day 7. The Health Alert Team will provide additional care to students to ensure their academic and personal success as they remain in quarantine.

The Health Alert Team will provide students with clearance to attend classes virtually through HyFlex. Residential students will be moved to isolation housing and their meals will be delivered.

All members of the campus community and campus visitors are expected to report symptoms, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate yourself from others and contact the Health Alert Team at (561) 803-2537. The Health Alert Team will determine based on the information provided whether an individual needs to be isolated from the campus community. Should an individual need to isolate, the Health Alert Team will provide additional care to ensure academic and personal success as he/she recovers from COVID. The Health Alert Team will provide students with clearance to attend classes virtually through HyFlex. Students in isolation will receive academic support and will be checked on daily. Residential students will be moved to isolation housing and their meals will be delivered. 

HyFlex allows students to attend class virtually through the Zoom platform at the same time the class is meeting. Students who are in isolation or quarantine can attend class via HyFlex in order to not fall behind. Certain classes, such as labs and dance courses, cannot be attended through HyFlex. In those instances, a professor will work with the student to make up classes and assignments once he/she returns from isolation or quarantine.

We no longer offer the full semester HyFlex option. HyFlex was designed to be a temporary measure due to COVID during the last academic year. We believe that the best learning takes place in the classroom or in purposely-designed online classes. HyFlex will still be available in the fall for students who must temporarily isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19. 

Please see PBA’s international travel policy here.

Further questions regarding COVID-19?

For questions related to Daily Wellness Checks, symptoms, positive test results, and international travel, please contact a member of the Health Alert Team: Health_Alert@pba.edu | 561.803.2537
 
For questions related to on campus COVID-19 testing or submitting proof of vaccination, please contact COVID19@pba.edu.
 
For questions related to Academic Support for COVID-19 students, please contact: Associate Director of the Office for Academic and Accessibility Resources Comfort Olugbuyi Comfort_Olugbuyi@pba.edu | 561.803.3066
 
For questions related to the residence halls, please contact a member of Residence Life: ResLife@pba.edu | 561.803.2555
 
For questions related to Athletics, please contact: Athletics Business Operations Coordinator Jessica Lawten Jessica_Lawten@pba.edu | 561.803.2333
 
For all other questions, please contact: Associate Vice President for Student Development Kate Magro Kate_Magro@pba.edu | 561.803.2595