Fall 2021 Planning Gateway

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Health and Safety

As the COVID pandemic eases, we are working to gradually bring back our students, faculty, and staff to campus — and, most important, keep you as healthy and safe as possible. To that end, all campus repopulation decisions are based on the most current local and national public health recommendations and guidelines.

The road back to campus is paved with hope and optimism — especially if we all do our part to protect ourselves and our community. Keep checking here for the latest health and safety updates as we prepare to welcome Fall 2021 — and you.

Coming To Campus? Your Daily Health Screening and Required Training Video

We anticipate that all CSUN students, employees, or visitors coming onto campus in the fall will be required to complete the appropriate health screening survey each day before arriving at the CSUN campus. If you are not cleared, do not come to campus; the survey page will provide you with next steps.

All students and employees will be required to review videos and other training materials before returning to campus.

COVID-19 Vaccines

In planning for the fall 2021 semester, the California State University joined the University of California in announcing that all CSU and UC campuses intend to require faculty, staff and students who are on campus this fall be immunized against COVID-19. This requirement will be conditioned upon full approval of one or more vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as adequate availability of the fully approved vaccines. This requirement will become effective at the beginning of the fall 2021 term, or upon full FDA approval of the vaccine, whichever occurs later. The CSU is currently meeting with student groups and labor unions. We will share more information when it is available. Please read more about this announcement from the CSU here.

Faculty and Staff: You can find the latest information on how to make an appointment for vaccination and prepare documents to validate your employment, at COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Update.

Students: Appointments, eligibility and the timeline for vaccination for individuals from the CSUN community are determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. For information, please call the LA County Public Health’s call center at 833-540-0473, open 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 7 days a week, or visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health webpage.

Your Testing Plan

Another strategy to keep employees and students safe at CSUN is to provide free testing for COVID-19 for many groups approved to be on campus. There are currently two types of testing available:

  • One is targeted screening testing, which is mandatory for students in Housing and Division I Athletics. Students who will be engaged in higher risk activities on or off campus for classes, internships, field trips, etc. may also participate in screening testing.
  • The second is free surveillance testing, which is offered in separate programs to student and employee volunteers. This testing is provided once or twice a month through a home kit, and identified results are only given to those being tested. CSUN gets reports of infection and case trends anonymously so that we can identify any need for further safety measures. To register to participate in voluntary surveillance testing please view:

    Students - https://www.csun.edu/shc/covid-19-student-testing
    Employees - https://www.csun.edu/hr/covid-19-employee-testing

  • These testing programs may continue in the Fall. At this time, additional mandatory testing is being discussed, but no definite decisions have been made. We will update you if the testing recommendations change.

Report Suspected/Confirmed COVID Cases and/or Exposure to COVID-19

CSUN continues to track reported COVID-19 cases among members of our campus community and expects to continue this practice in the fall semester. Currently, if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 by your doctor, and/or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, even if you have not been on campus, you are asked to complete one of the following forms:

Students - Your information will remain confidential at the Klotz Student Health Center and Klotz will make a confidential courtesy call to confirm that you have necessary healthcare and help you identify any close contacts on campus for whom quarantine and testing may be recommended.

Employees - you will be contacted by a Human Resources employee to conduct an intake and advise you of relevant quarantine protocols. Additionally, in compliance with California Assembly Bill 685, Human Resources will send e-mail notifications on potential exposure in specified building with instructions on your rights.

Safety Protocols: Masks, Hygiene, Distancing.

All students and employees will be required to review videos and other training materials before returning to campus.

Mask Up

Anyone on campus during the fall semester will be required to stay apart from others 6 feet or more and wear a mask or face covering when at CSUN, such as in class, waiting in line for food, or other settings on campus.

Hygiene

Hygiene will continue to be an effective tool to combat the spread of COVID. Here are some tips:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer (w/minimum 60% alcohol content) when hand washing is not possible
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or face
  • Cover coughs/sneezes with disposable tissues, if disposable tissues are not available use the inside of your elbow to cover coughs/sneezes

Keep Your Distance

As the campus community slowly returns to campus, it’s crucial we all continue to follow physical and social distancing recommendations. The number of individuals in a work area will be limited; stairwells and aisles have been designated as “one-way” when possible; workstations and desks have been separated to support physical distancing with designated entry and exit points; and more. Read the CDC’s latest information about the importance of social distancing.

Cleaning, Disinfecting and More

Information Sessions

Environmental Health and Safety is hosting a number of informational sessions on campus efforts around cleaning, disinfecting and air quality. Please see Fall 2021 Question and Answer sessions for times you may be interested in attending.

Cleaning and Disinfection

For the Fall 2021 Semester the University will provide additional/dedicated cleaning custodial services during both the day shift (7 AM–4 PM) and swing shift (4 PM-12 AM) to disinfect high touch surfaces* (throughout the day, provide mid-day use disinfection for classrooms (during un-occupied periods, as they exist), and ensure stocking on Do It Yourself (DIY) disinfection supplies to public spaces, classrooms, and laboratories.

The University cleaning and disinfection procedures for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) are directly aligned with the current cleaning and disinfection recommendations from the following sources:

Current guidelines indicate that when no people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are known to have been in a space, cleaning once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove virus that may be on surfaces and help maintain a healthy facility. If there has been a sick person or someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in your facility within the last 24 hours, each space will be cleaned and disinfected using enhanced cleaning protocols, focusing on the disinfection of high touch surfaces*; once a thorough cleaning and disinfection have been completed, the space can be reoccupied.

All employees involved with cleaning operations have been trained in proper cleaning techniques and tasks, including when to use personal protective equipment (PPE), what PPE is necessary, how to properly don (put on), use, and doff (take off) PPE, and how to properly dispose of PPE. Additionally, employees are trained on the hazards of the cleaning chemicals used in the workplace in accordance with OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard.

* Examples of high-touch surfaces include: doorknobs, light switches, handles, stair rails, elevator buttons, toilets, faucets, sink counters, paper towel/soap dispensers, and tab-arm chairs, etc.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Operations to Mitigate SARS-CoV-2

In response to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) the University employed a third-party CSU approved Mechanical Engineering firm, P2S Engineering, to individually visually inspect every building air handler and provide recommendations to ensure the highest feasible mitigations that could be enacted consistent with agency guidance for the mitigations of SARS-CoV-2:

Mitigation measures enacted include:

  • Upgraded all campus HVAC system filters and media to minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) 13 filters for the capture of airborne viruses. These are the same filters used in medical facilities.
  • Increased the introduction of outdoor air to the highest degree possible.
  • HVAC systems were adjusted to increase total airflow to occupied spaces to the maximum extent possible.
  • Turned off any demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) controls that reduce air supply based on occupancy or temperature during occupied hours.
  • Flushing of building HVAC systems with maximum outside airflow for two hours before and after the building is occupied.

As of Fall 2020 all of the above mitigation measures have been enacted for Campus buildings to the greatest extent feasible.

Classroom and Laboratory Guidelines

The campus has conducted assessments of laboratories and lecture spaces that may be used to support necessary teaching and research activities which cannot be conducted virtually. The maximum COVID occupancies of each room is posted on the door of room, and appropriate distanced seating locations are provided inside each room. Some selected rooms will be provided enhanced synchronous video broadcast technology.

Other Things We Are Doing

  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces by Custodial Services.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing of restrooms by Custodial Services.
  • Signs to educate and promote health and safety have been placed across campus.
  • Implemented an online screening survey for daily clearance.
  • Separating employee workstations and areas to support physical distancing.
  • Providing needed sanitization supplies for hands, surfaces, work areas, restrooms.
  • Designating specific entry and exit points for certain locations.
  • Placing floor stickers to separate 6-foot distances for queues.
  • Waiting rooms and client seating have been arranged to maintain 6-foot distancing.

Health Services and Support

Health Center

The Klotz Student Health Center has remained open during the pandemic to provide primary and acute care services to students through a combination of on-site and Telehealth visits. Services include acute primary care, nursing, immunizations, required physicals, clinician-ordered laboratory tests, dental services, optometry services and more. In fall 2021, we anticipate supplementing these offerings with additional face-to-face offerings such as Chiropractic and Optometry as public health guidance allows. See the Klotz Student Health Center https://www.csun.edu/shc for updates.

Counseling Services

University Counseling Services (UCS) is committed to supporting CSUN students’ mental health, well-being and academic success. In the spring, students received mental health services – including crisis/urgent care services, individual and couples counseling, groups and workshops, psychiatric services and case management through virtual sessions. In fall 2021, we hope to supplement these virtual resources with onsite services as health regulations allow. Visit UCS for updates.

You @CSUN

Check out YOU@CSUN, a comprehensive online well-being platform designed to enhance student mental health, physical wellness, happiness and academic success, and to connect students to information, campus resources, peers and opportunities.

Mental Health Resources for Employees

As a CSUN employee, if you or your family members need guidance, problem assessment, short-term counseling, or referral to local resources, contact the Employee Assistance Program (LifeMatters) for assistance.

Community Resources

The Office of Community Engagement provides an informational hub where faculty, staff and students can find resources offered by local community organizations. Visit the connect page for up-to-date information that addresses financial, mental health and basic needs, as well as resources for parents and undocumented students.

CSUN COVID-19 Contacts

COVID-19 Coordinator and Pandemic Manager

Yolanda “Linda” Reid Chassiakos, MD
Director of Klotz Student Health Center
Contact: linda.reid.chassiakos@csun.edu

Compliance Officer

Tony Pepe
Director of Environmental Health & Safety
Director of Klotz Student Health Center
Contact: tony.pepe@csun.edu or ehs@csun.edu
Phone: (818) 677-2401

Find your COVID-19 department coordinators here:
https://www.csun.edu/csunasone/health-and-safety

COVID-19 Resources

Add CA Notify To Your Phone/receive COVID-19 Exposure Alerts (Available In 14 Languages):

Activate CA Notify on your phone, and you’ll receive alerts if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Find out more about how to activate CA Notify.

COVID-19 Dashboard

CSUN will continue to update the community here with the most recent numbers of on campus COVID-19 cases and exposure.

Other Resources

COVID Dashboard

CSUN cares about your health and safety and continues to track reported COVID-19 cases among members of our campus community, including students, faculty, and staff. To prevent COVID-19 transmission, most campus classes and activities remain virtual, and, to date, no one at CSUN has been infected on campus. If someone on campus is reported to have COVID-19, CSUN will work with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to identify if they have had any close contacts while here. Close contacts are persons who have been closer than 6 feet to a COVID-infected individual for 15 minutes or more.) If so, CSUN will confidentially notify these close contacts, and ask them to call their doctor and self-quarantine for 14 days. Fortunately, CDC-recommended preventive measures such as frequent handwashing, physical distancing, and face coverings can help to protect you from COVID transmission.

  Reported Cases (updated weekly, data current through 6/21/21) Number of cases reported due to on-campus exposure Contact identification for on-campus exposure
Students 148 6 Completed
Employees 111 0 Completed
Contract/Affiliate (non-employees) 13 0 Completed

CSUN shares information about COVID-19 cases reported to CSUN by an individual or by a public health official. However, to preserve patient confidentiality, CSUN does not report identifiable names, affiliations or health conditions of students, faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19. The university will also not disclose the specific location of the individual who was infected for privacy reasons. If needed, all campus locations possibly exposed will be appropriately cleaned and disinfected before reopening. Your best protection from COVID-19 is to maintain healthy practices such as physical distancing, wearing a face covering and washing your hands frequently as the best methods to lower your risk when you are outside your home.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 by your doctor, even if you haven’t been on campus, please notify CSUN Pandemic Manager, Yolanda Chassiakos, MD, by emailing linda.reid.chassiakos@csun.edu and providing a contact phone number where you can be reached. Your information will remain confidential at the Klotz Student Health Center, and Klotz will make a confidential courtesy call to confirm that you have necessary healthcare and will help you identify any close contacts on campus for whom quarantine and testing are recommended.