January 4, 2021
To the Campus Community,
I hope you all were able to safely enjoy the recent winter break and are recharged for the upcoming spring semester. We enter 2021 as we closed 2020 — faced with continued surging COVID-19 cases across the region but buoyed by the promise of vaccines to help us turn this tide together.
Due to the spike in cases, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a new safer at home health order that took effect December 30, which may affect members of our campus community. Now, those who traveled and are returning to or arriving in the County of Los Angeles from anywhere outside of Southern California (Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties) must self-quarantine for 10 days after their arrival. Such persons must stay at home and away from contact with others, including those in one’s household (unless they are also under quarantine), for 10 days.
Quarantine may end after Day 10 if the traveler(s) never had any symptoms and they continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after arrival. If a quarantined person develops symptoms of or tests positive for COVID-19 during this period, they must isolate themselves as required by the Health Officer's Order for Isolation. We have updated our campus screening survey for anyone coming onto campus to include this self-quarantine order information as it applies to students, employees and visitors.
As a reminder, CSUN’s mode of fully virtual learning and remote working has been extended through February 15, 2021. Spring classes begin January 25 in our current fully virtual environment with only limited, approved, critical activities and work on campus. On February 15, we expect that the small number of classes with an in-person component will be able to return to campus. Again, the majority of spring classes are scheduled to be fully virtual and will remain in this mode all semester.
As I shared before the winter break, CSUN is ramping up our COVID-19 testing capacity to maximize the health and safety of the campus community when limited face-to-face learning and operations resume. As a first step, all student housing residents and student-athletes have received information about testing that will commence next week. We will communicate further instructions on voluntary testing opportunities for the reduced population of employees and students who are coming to campus.
We must all continue to wear face coverings, maintain a six-foot physical distance with those outside our household and wash our hands frequently. Thank you to each and every one of you who has been so diligently following these protocols. This is the only way we can safely bridge this period until vaccines are more widely available and the spread of COVID-19 is no longer a public health concern. In the meantime, please visit our CSUN as One planning website for updates and current information.
Stay home, stay safe and be well Matadors. My very best wishes to you and your family for a better 2021!
Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.