After consultation with the state Department of Public Health and the CSCU System Office, I have determined that Southern will shift to virtual operations for the week of January 3.
This move is being made with an abundance of caution, given the surge in COVID-19 cases across the state and the current challenges in obtaining tests.
Any planned on-ground activities or classes scheduled for next week should be reconfigured as virtual activities, where possible. All student services will continue to be offered remotely.
If you are on campus this week, please take laptops and other technology you may need to work from home, or check with your supervisor about picking these items up at the start of next week.
Essential staff and others required to be on-ground to prepare for the start of the spring semester should report to campus on a rotating schedule next week, as outlined by their supervisors.
The systemwide COVID Coordinators meet next Wednesday, and following that I will update you on any further measures that may be necessary for the coming weeks.
I again emphasize the need for masking and social distancing on campus to maintain the health and safety of our community. And, I strongly encourage those of you who have not started or completed a vaccine regimen (including a booster shot) to do so as soon as possible.
Anyone who tests positive or comes into close contact with someone who has become infected, should stay home and self-report. Please take the opportunity to refresh your knowledge of our campus COVID Protocols and Mitigation Strategies, which include a self-monitoring checklist if you are feeling ill.
One of the great strengths of our community during this pandemic has been the compassion we have shown for one another and our willingness to work together as a team. Our continued high vaccination rates and concurrent low positivity rates during the fall semester confirmed this.
As we work through another period of uncertainty, let us once again take the steps we need to take care of ourselves and each other, so that collectively we can remain, Southern Strong.