OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE
Secure and safe housing for students is more important than ever. The Berkeley Student Cooperative is taking measures to comply with the latest health advisories from federal and local health officials (including UC Berkeley and the City of Berkeley) for “congregate housing facilities”:
- We have reduced maximum occupancy across our organization.
- We have reserved rooms and apartments for quarantining and self-isolation.
- All new members are subject to sequestration and other safety measures to minimize risk to the community.
- Masks and social distancing are required in common areas. We have also restricted or eliminated communal activities.
- We have instituted self-isolation protocols for both suspected and confirmed COVID cases. When a student tests positive for COVID-19, they are relocated to a separate apartment to self-isolate while they recover. Our staff coordinates food, supplies, and medical attention. The affected house also enters tailored quarantine protocols and works closely with our Emergency Response Team and UC Berkeley/City health officials to minimize risk to others and determine when it is safe to lift the quarantine.
RESOURCES FOR BSC MEMBERS
- BSC members are encouraged to review the BSC Co-Living Policy and BSC Health & Safety Protocols.
- All BSC members are encouraged to get regularly tested for COVID-19.
- We understand that many BSC members may be experiencing financial challenges. Members who have difficulty paying BSC rent are encouraged to reach out to our Accounting Department for help, guidance, and payment arrangements. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
BSC Members, here’s what to do if you:
- Develop symptoms of COVID-19
- Learn that you’ve been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or Test positive for COVID-19
Individuals are strongly encouraged to
- Isolate in your room until further notice.
- Contact your healthcare provider or health insurance carrier, if you have one.
- Contact a trusted manager or the COVID-19 Action Team ASAP (whichever you’re most comfortable with).
Managers who’ve been notified or are aware of the situation must:
- Contact the COVID-19 Action Team ASAP.
- Do NOT share the individual’s name or health information with other members or managers unless clear, written permission is given.
- Try to separate the individual from the rest of the house as much as possible
- If they have a roommate, you can relocate them to the isolation room.
- If possible, assign them a bathroom that no one else will use (unless there are already others at the unit with symptoms or known exposures).
- Arrange meal delivery to the individual at their room.
- Someone from the COVID-19 Action Team will advise you on next steps!
How to contact the COVID-19 Action Team
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Madeleine Loh or someone else on the COVID-19 Action Team will respond during business hours on weekdays and between 12–8pm on weekends.
- If you don’t hear back within 24 hours and it is urgent, contact Central Office during business hours (M–F 10pm–5pm) at (510) 848-1936 and ask to speak with Chris Kelley.
Important COVID-19 Guidelines for Summer Term
Dear all Co-opers:
As the Spring term winds down, we have important information and updates regarding the Summer term.
- Because the BSC is classified as a “congregate living facility”, the public health orders for us may be different from what you see on social media or the news.
- In a BSC house, a “household” is anyone living in the same bedroom.
- In a BSC apartment complex, a “household” is anyone living in the same apartment.
SEQUESTRATION WHEN MOVING IN OR RETURNING FROM TRAVEL
- BSC members who ARE fully vaccinated are NOT required to sequester unless they have 1) symptoms of COVID-19 or 2) an exposure to someone who tested positive.
- BSC members who are NOT fully vaccinated must sequester when moving into the BSC or returning from travel.
- This aligns with current public health orders for residents of congregate living facilities
- You are not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after your final dose
- Please review this short sequestration guide for more details.
ROOM BIDS AND ROOMS
- Room bids, the BSC’s room selection process, must occur virtually and prior to move-ins.
- New members will move directly into their “permanent” rooms (i.e. no temporary rooms).
- We’re excited to welcome approximately 150 new members this summer.
- New members and folks transferring between units must schedule a move-in appointment ahead of time with the House Manager at their new unit.
- Summer House Managers will contact new members soon to schedule move-ins.
- Outside helpers should only be used if there is no one at your unit who can help you move and/or you have a health condition or disability.
COVID-19 VACCINES AND TESTING
- The BSC urges all members to get vaccinated, if they can. We do not require vaccination nor will staff or managers collect private medical information from members.
- Follow these links for vaccine availability in Alameda County, vaccine availability in Berkeley, and vaccine availability in UC Berkeley. Please note that getting a vaccine is, by law, free and open to all people regardless of insurance or immigrant status.
- Our partners in the public health department advise that both vaccinated and unvaccinated BSC members get tested for COVID-19 testing once per week. You can use our COVID-19 2-page guide to local testing resources to find testing sites.
(Effective immediately, we will be observing these new guidelines for gatherings.)
MASKS & GATHERINGS INDOORS
- Members are highly discouraged from gathering indoors, regardless of vaccine status.
- Maximum capacity in indoor spaces is 6 people unless your unit requests an increase.
- All members, staff, and vendors must continue wearing masks indoors at all times.
MASKS & GATHERINGS OUTDOORS
- BSC members may gather in outdoor common spaces with other members of their unit.
- Fully vaccinated members do not need to wear a mask or socially distance unless the space becomes crowded.
- If you’re not fully vaccinated, you must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
- Serving alcohol and amplified sound (i.e. anything involving speakers) are not allowed.
RESPONDING TO POSITIVE CASES, QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
Emergency Response Team
The Emergency Response Team (ERT) oversees the overall BSC guidelines and strategic direction. The ERT can be reached at email@example.com.
COVID-19 Action Team
The COVID-19 Action Team (CAT) responds to positive cases and other operational activities. The CAT can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Emergency Response Team