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A message on safety precautions at The Beach

Published August 26, 2020

Dear Beach Community:

As the fall semester gets underway, I wanted to echo some information that President Conoley offered earlier this month.

As you know, our primarily virtual environment and our many safety precautions are intended to help prevent COVID-19 transmission on campus. However, in the weeks to come it is still likely that someone who has been on campus will later discover that they had been infected with the virus.

If this happens,  those who had close contact with that community member and are at risk of exposure will be notified by campus medical staff. Those who may have been in the same general area as the affected person, but not at risk of exposure as defined by current public-health guidance, will not be contacted.

Our protocols also direct that any areas visited by the affected person will be closed and disinfected. You will be notified by email if your class has been canceled, moved to another room or building, or temporarily moved to virtual instruction. This process will be completed quite quickly and those in the area will be informed about when it will be safe to return. Keep in mind that enhanced cleaning is already taking place daily throughout buildings that are open this fall.

In the event that several people in one area test positive, the affected building will be closed for several days while the facility is flushed with outside air, the filtration system cleaned and disinfected and enhanced cleaning is completed. You will be notified by email if your class has been canceled, moved to another room or building, or temporarily moved to virtual instruction. Please note that we will notify you as soon as possible, but you may receive a message while in transit to campus. Once on campus, you will see a locked building with a notice that the building is closed for cleaning. Please check your emails for further information.

As a reminder, you should report any COVID-like symptoms – or a positive test result – to your manager or dean (for staff and faculty) or Student Health Services (for students) if you've been on campus at any time in the preceding two weeks. 

Also, please remember that keeping our campus population density low is the best way to keep our community safe. Please do not come to campus unless your work or studies absolutely require it. 

Any questions can be sent to covidsafety@csulb.edu. I offer my best wishes for a productive and rewarding semester even during these most unusual of times.

We stand as One Beach.

 

Scott Apel
Vice President for Administration and Finance