COVID-19 Update Jan 2022

1/6/2022

Dear PBA Students-

We can’t wait to start another incredible semester of life-changing, Christ-first education.

All classes will begin in person, as scheduled. In light of the surge of COVID-19 cases and the disruptions it has caused, we are offering the following accommodations. All students will have the option to HyFlex Jan. 10-21. After Jan. 21, we will only offer HyFlex for those students in COVID protocols. Based on the data we’ve gathered over the past two years, we anticipate COVID cases will peak in our community at the start of the semester and return to lower levels after mid-January. 

Let’s have a safe and healthy start to the semester: 

  1. Do not come to campus if you are not feeling well. Take advantage of the HyFlex option, stay at home and contact Health Alert. You can reach the Health Alert Team at 561.803.2537 and HealthAlert@pba.edu

 

  1. Get tested for COVID-19 within three days of your scheduled return to campus,regardless of your vaccination status. This is a change from our communication in December, as we have noticed more breakthrough cases with the Omicron variant. We encourage you to test before leaving home so that if you test positive you can isolate at home. However, we realize that tests may be hard to find in your area. We will offer rapid antigen tests at no charge to students. Our West Palm Beach COVID-19 Testing Center is open. Sign up for a West Palm Beach time slot here. If you are a student on the Orlando campus, please look for a separate e-mail about testing options. If you’ve tested positive in the last 90 days (no earlier than October 13, 2021), you may submit documentation of your positive test result instead of testing. For additional information on testing requirements, please see our FAQ

 

  1. Grab your food to go and take advantage of the beautiful Florida sunshine. All Campus Dining outlets will serve grab and go meals as we begin the semester.  

 

  1. Facial coverings are strongly encouraged but not required in the classroom. Facial coverings are required in Chapel, large indoor gatherings, the COVID-19 testing center, and instructional environments in which contact tracing is not feasible. Facial coverings will not be provided. Please remember to pack your own. The Health Alert Team recommends a well-fitting KN95 or N95 mask. Our facial covering policyis reviewed weekly. 

 

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 after returning to campus have a choice to isolate off campus or move to isolation housing. If isolation housing becomes full, a residential student will have a choice to isolate off campus or in their residential room.  

Our Health Alert Team is reviewing the new CDC isolation and quarantine guidelines.  Expect an e-mail later this week with our updated COVID policies. 

We confidently believe that God did not make us as believers to live life alone, and we’re excited to live and learn together again! We will see you next week! 

Warm regards, 

 

The Health Alert Team