This plan is based upon the interim guidance issued by the State of California COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education. Requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the public health departments of San Joaquin, San Francisco and Sacramento counties have been included where appropriate.

A return to pre-COVID-19 on-campus activities for students and staff will be dependent upon local conditions, with the guidance of the local public health officials, attention to the health and safety of the campus community and in accordance with County Tier assignments authorized in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

The Health and Safety plan for the university includes both county, state and federal guidelines as well as programmatic specific requirements. 

Since patient care activities are permitted and performed on the San Francisco Campus, there is a separate Health and Safety Plan and other supporting documents to address pandemic protocols specific to those programs.

Before Coming to Campus

All members of the Pacific Community will be required to complete an online training course. 

Stockton and Sacramento Campuses: (use password for initial login: Welcome1!)

San Francisco Campus (Pacific login required)

Daily Health Screening

Students and employees are required to conduct a daily self-screening to assess their risk of being COVID-19 positive or being exposed to another person who is COVID-19 positive. The screening tool is not intended to diagnose COVID-19, but to identify possible signs of the virus and to raise awareness of wellness.

If any questions are answered in the affirmative, the student or employee will receive an email or text with further instructions. If all questions are answered negative for risk, the application generates a “You Pass” plus QR code sent via email for Sacramento and Stockton.

For the San Francisco campus ONLY, the application generates a bar code for entrance to the building if all questions are answered as negative for risk. Automated temperature screening kiosks are in place to measure the temperature of all individuals entering the building.

Conduct my daily health screen

Stockton/Sacramento | San Francisco

You can also download and screen through the Pacific App

Apple Store | Google Play

Social Distancing

One of the first lines of defense in the fight against COVID-19 is social distancing. Social distancing is defined as staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from people who are not members of your household.

Social distancing in all university areas, including outdoors, is a priority. University spaces have been rearranged, modified occupancy limits signs have been posted, meeting spaces and common areas are closed off, clear circulation patterns for high traffic and/or narrow path facilities have been identified and facility changes have been made to enable appropriate distancing. In areas where social distancing is not achievable, such as open office spaces, reception desks, cashiers and other high traffic areas, physical barriers have been installed.

To practice social distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people
  • Do not assemble in groups and avoid large gatherings
  • Comply with visual cues such as occupancy limits, building traffic flow and distance markers

Wear a Mask

Face coverings help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 by limiting the spread of respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking.

Masks or face coverings must be worn at all times by students, employees, visitors and vendors on campus indoors, except when employees are alone in their office or when students are in their own campus dorm and outside, in accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Students will also be able to obtain additional or “emergency” facial coverings in Student Health Services, through Public Safety officers, or Residential Life & Housing staff.

CDC Mask Recommendations

  • Wear masks to help protect yourself from getting or spreading COVID-19
  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Wear a mask in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay six feet apart

  • Put masks on someone two years and younger
  • Put masks on people who have trouble breathing, or people who cannot remove the mask without assistance
  • Wear masks intended for healthcare workers, for example, N95 respirators 
  • Wear masks or facial coverings with valves, they will not be allowed

  • Wear a mask correctly and consistently to limit the spread of the virus.
  • Wash your hands before putting on your mask 
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin 
  • Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Try to fit it snugly against the side of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

  • Carefully untie strings or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by ear loops or ties 
  • Fold the outside corners together 
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after 

  • Cloth face coverings should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.
  • Include your mask with your regular laundry 
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make a mask 
  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry
  • Use soap and warm water and air dry if you are not able to machine wash 

  • Persons in a car alone or solely with members of their own household.
  • Persons who are working in an office or in a room alone.
  • Persons who are actively eating or drinking provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
  • Persons who are outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing from others not in their household. Such persons must have a face covering with them at all times and must put it on if they are within 6 feet of others who are not in their household.
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  • Workers who are required to wear respiratory protection.
  • Persons who are specifically exempted from wearing face coverings by other CDPH guidance.
  • The following individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings at all times:
  • Persons younger than two years old. These very young children must not wear a face covering to avoid the risk of suffocation.
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance. Such conditions are rare.
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.

Note: Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.  Individuals should request accommodations either through the Offices of Human Resources or Services for Students with Disabilities.

See the CDC’s Use of Masks to Help Slow the spread of COVID-19

Healthy Hygiene

Adopting and applying health hygiene practices will ensure your own safety and the safety of others in managing the spread of COVID-19.

Hand Washing

  • Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • When hand washing is not practical, students and employees should use alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) containing at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout campus.

Respiratory Hygiene/Cough Etiquette

Students and employees should practice the following respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette measures to limit transmission:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of the elbow.
  • Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, ABHR containing at least 60% ethyl alcohol, or 70% isopropyl alcohol is recommended.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Sharing items (e.g. computer equipment, microwaves, etc.) should only occur when absolutely necessary and such items should be sanitized between uses.

Health and Safety Protocols

The following policies and procedures for the Stockton and Sacramento Campuses are intended to provide direction and consistent health and safety reminders to the Pacific community.

San Francisco Campus

All COVID-19 related policies and procedures for the San Francisco Campus are on the Pacific Pulse website by logging in with their PacificNet username and password.

Pacific’s COVID-19 surveillance strategy has multiple components:

  • Screening 
  • COVID-19 testing
  • Wastewater testing from selected sites on each campus

Testing Protocols

Read about student testing

Read about employee testing

When Someone Tests Positive for COVID-19

Students who test positive for COVID 19 should notify Student Health Services within 24 hours by phone, email or text. SHS will provide next steps.

Faculty and staff should notify Human Resources and their supervisor within 24 hours of their diagnosis. HR will provide next steps.

Stockton EmployeeSacramento Employee 

Contact Tracing Protocols

The university has established contact tracing protocols on each campus to assist local Public Health officials in identifying of contacts for COVID-19 positive individuals. The university will communicate contact tracing information with government authorities as required by law and local orders.


Per CDC guidelines, quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. This helps to prevent spread, especially if asymptomatic. While quarantine permits essential activity, those in quarantine should continue to stay home or in their primary residence. University, state and local health department guidelines should be followed.

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated.

  • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
  • People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
  • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

Students living on campus should quarantine and isolate in their assigned room.

Students whose primary residence is off campus should self-isolate in their private residence and follow the public health self-isolation and quarantine order for their respective County. If a student living off campus has a confirmed COVID-19 positive case or is associated with someone who tested positive they are prohibited from coming to campus for 10 days. If a student living off campus has a confirmed COVID-19 positive case or is associated with someone who tested positive they are prohibited from coming to campus for 10 days.

The university will ensure individuals who are living in the apartment/single bath unit and are required to self-isolate or quarantine will be provided:

  • A facemask (or if unavailable, a cloth face covering) 
  • Appropriate cleaning supplies for disinfecting the household
  • A thermometer for tracking occurrence and resolution of fever 
  • Access to necessary health care for COVID-19 related matters. Student Health Services will provide clinical care and advice by telephone or telehealth 
  • Student Life will provide support for food, medications, laundry and garbage removal