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March 10, 2021:

Dear Colleagues,

We hope this message finds you doing well as we continue to navigate through the ongoing pandemic. While these have been challenging times, we are starting to see signs of improvement, giving us some hope that we might be able to move closer to the “new normal” in the coming months. We continue to keep up-to-date on the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines from federal, state, and local authorities. Here are some recent updates that are important for you to review.

Update to the CHSU “COVID-19 Guide,” now called CHSU COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP)

We have updated the current CHSU COVID-19 Guides for employees and students, now called the CHSU COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP), which can be found online here, to reflect recent updates in state guidelines and regulations. If you have any specific questions regarding the CPP you can contact me directly at cromerobegley@chsu.edu, HR@chsu.edu, or Microsoft Teams communications.

You will receive a copy of the CPP with an acknowledgment page for your signature.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Resources

CHSU encourages widespread and early COVID-19 vaccination of all eligible individuals to help ensure the health of the community. Many members of our CHSU campus community have already received their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Providing education and encouragement to our administration, faculty, staff, and students to receive their COVID vaccine is a high priority and will help ensure we are safer as a campus community.

Please keep in mind that guidance for masking, social distancing, using the self-screening tool before and while on campus remains the same as of today’s date. We anticipate this information may change as the vaccine continues to roll out. Until further notice, regardless of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and being fully vaccinated, we will continue to follow the requirements outlined in the CPP.

Our federal, state, and local public health officials offer great resources to learn more about COVID vaccine eligibility as well as education about the vaccine. Please reference the important resources found on this page, which are valid as of the date this is sent and may change over time. We also encourage all members of our community to consult their pharmacist and/or healthcare provider to learn more about vaccine safety and eligibility.

I hope you all continue to remain safe, healthy, and well.

Wishing you all the best,

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


February 12, 2021:

Dear Colleagues,

We understand that select CVS stores in our area and the Fresno County Fairgrounds site have received more COVID-19 vaccines and are accepting registrations on a first-come, first-served basis. For those who have not already received their first dose, we hope you consider signing up at your earliest convenience. You may qualify as a “healthcare worker” and use CHSU as the employer. They are currently registering for Health Care Workers and 65+. Fresno County also offers an “Interest Form” to notify you when it’s your turn.

Stay safe and healthy and enjoy the holiday weekend.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


February 1, 2021:

Dear Colleagues,

We would like follow-up to last week’s update about the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lifting the regional stay-at-home order for all areas statewide. This included our region in the San Joaquin Valley where current ICU capacities remain under 15%.

While the regional stay-at-home order has been lifted, our county and the vast majority of the state remains in the most restrictive tier (purple) of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy found online here. Therefore, we will continue to temporarily work remotely unless you are an essential employee and needed on campus. We will continue to evaluate the status of temporary remote working in line with current federal and state guidelines and provide updates as more information is available. We plan to give the campus community advanced notice to allow everyone to prepare before returning to campus.

If you do come to campus, you are required to do the CHSU self-screen and follow all guidelines including 100% masking and social distancing. Remember, a mask is not a substitute for social distance—both a mask and social distancing are required.

Those who have been instructed to quarantine, must remain off campus. If you need anything, please contact me, and we can make arrangements for you.

Below are reminders of CHSU processes and procedures that we must continue to follow.

  1. University Policies & Procedures: All CHSU policies and procedures remain in place while employee is working from home. Contracted employees are still subject to the terms of their written employment agreements.
  2. Hours of Work: General office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During this time all employees are expected to be at their work area on time and working in accordance with their work schedule.
  3. Hourly Employees: If the employee is an hourly worker, they must continue to clock in and out for their shift (including for meal periods) and must continue to take appropriate rest breaks and meal periods as normal. Paylocity can be accessed remotely via the internet or via a cell phone app. Off the clock work is not permitted and overtime must be authorized in writing by a supervisor in advance.
  4. Communication: All employees must continue to communicate and collaborate regularly with their supervisors, co-workers and other departments as typically required for their job duties. Employees should utilize the University’s internet platforms, including email, Office 365 applications, video and phone conferencing, to achieve these goals. In some cases, it may be necessary to stagger or coordinate work schedules and/or on-campus work time in order to ensure productivity and that deadlines are met.
  5. Temporary Working Remotely Notices: All employees working remotely should add a line to their email signature, place a notice at their workstations, and change their voicemail messages to indicate they are “Temporarily Working Remotely.”
  6. Mail: Please make arrangements to get your USPS mail and other deliveries on a regular basis.
  7. Laptops: All employees must conduct University business on a University laptop or other University device. Employees working remotely who do not have a University laptop should contact the Office of Human Resources to receive a loaner laptop or to make alternative arrangements.
  8. Internet & Cell Phone Service: If an employee that is working remotely does not have home internet, a mobile hot spot and/or cell phone service, that employee should contact the Office of Human Resources to make alternative arrangements.
  9. Virtual Private Network (“VPN”) Access: While working remotely, please utilize the CHSU VPN that is installed on your corporate issued workstations (regardless of remote location). To access this utility:
      1. click on the wireless icon in the bottom right hand corner
      2. Select “CHSU VPN Access”
      3. Click “Connect”
      4. Enter in your CHSU Username & password

Use of the VPN is highly important as it ensures any corporate data in transit is encrypted and protected by any and all CHSU network policies. If for you do not have the VPN installed on your workstation, please email support@chsu.eduRemember not to save CHSU data on your personal computers; they must be saved to CHSU operated platforms.

  1. Office Supplies: If an employee needs office supplies to work remotely from home, please contact the Office of Human Resources to coordinate a time to gather the necessary supplies they need. The University will not reimburse expenses for office supplies absent an emergency.
  2. Other Expenses Incurred: If an employee believes they need to incur additional expenses in order to work remotely, they must request advance approval from the Office of Human Resources. Expenses that are not approved in advance will not be reimbursed.
  3. Tech Allowance During Stay-at-Home Order: Costs for home internet, a mobile hot spot and/or cell phone service may be reimbursed by the University at a onetime rate not to exceed $50.00. Those employees already receiving a technology allowance under their employment agreement are not eligible for such reimbursement. The Business Office will provide further instruction on expense reimbursements for Technology Costs.

We appreciate everyone’s willingness to work together as each one of us is responsible for our students’ success. We recognize this pandemic continues to have far reaching effects on our CHSU community, and your health and wellbeing continue to be our top priority. Employees have access to the CHSU Employee Assistance Program (“EAP”) offered through Unum. Employees can access information about the EAP by phone at 1-800-854-1446 (multi-lingual) or on the internet at www.unum.com/lifebalance. Also, CHSU medical plans provide coverage for mental health services including tele-health appointments. More information can be found on their websites.

Anthem Blue Cross: https://www.anthem.com/ca/login/

Kaiser Permanente: https://m.kp.org/sign-on.html#/signon

If you have questions, need further assistance, or an accommodation, please contact me, via email (cromerobegley@chsu.edu or humansresources@chsu.edu) or Teams.

All current CHSU COVID-19 policies and procedures are still in effect, and we continue to follow all current federal, state, and local guidelines.

Wishing all of you good health and continued safety during these times.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


January 25, 2021:

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you are doing well and staying healthy. I’m sharing the positive news we heard this morning from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). They have lifted the regional stay-at-home order for all areas statewide, including our region in the San Joaquin Valley where current ICU capacities remain under 15%.

In a press release, health officials said their projections in the next four-weeks show ICU capacity in our region, as well as others, was expected to reach above 15%. The ICU capacity rate projected for February 21, 2021, has the San Joaquin Valley at 22.3%.

Now that the regional stay-at-home order has been lifted, our county and the vast majority of the state remains in the most restrictive purple tier of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy found online here. We will follow-up later this week with what that will look like for CHSU employees. In the meantime, please continue to temporarily work remotely unless you are an essential employee and needed on campus.

If you have questions, need further assistance, or an accommodation, please contact Carlita Romero-Begley, VP for Human Resources, via email (cromerobegley@chsu.edu or humansresources@chsu.edu) or Teams.

All current CHSU COVID-19 policies and procedures are still in effect, and we continue to follow all current federal, state, and local guidelines. Stay tuned for further information.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


January 13, 2021:

Dear Colleagues,

Below are details from an email that we received from the Fresno Madera Medical Society about their vaccine clinic. We are sharing this with you as part of our ongoing efforts to keep our campus informed. If you have questions regarding the clinic, please contact the entity directly. We will continue to share similar information with you as it becomes available. Also, see the recently published Fresno County timeline for vaccinations.

VACCINE CLINICS JANUARY 11TH – JANUARY 15TH
Health Care Workers ONLY

The Fresno County Department of Public Health is holding COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for your healthcare workers at the Big Fresno Fair grounds on the dates below. The links associated with the dates are to be shared with your employees only!

These clinics are specifically for healthcare workers not for family or the general public.

Free Parking will be available in the Chance Ave. parking lot. Enter through the Chance Ave. Entrance to the fairgrounds. Staff should bring a work ID or Badge. Staff will need to register on the date and time that they would like to receive the vaccine, by clicking on that link.

There is no charge for the vaccine. For registration, please do not use Microsoft Edge.

These clinics are for Physicians and their staff only. Please DO NOT send patients to these clinics as they will be turned away.

Appointments are available between 8:00 am and 4:45 pm. Register to receive a vaccine on one of the following days:

  • Monday, January 11, 2021
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021
  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
  • Friday, January 15, 2021

Please check your CHSU email or reach out to our HR team if you would like the registration links to any of these clinics.

The Big Fresno Fair is located at 1121 S Chance Avenue Fresno, CA 93702.

VOLUNTEER

Fresno County Department of Public Health is seeking physicians and their staffs to assist at vaccine clinics as vaccination moves through the tiers to the general public. If you or staff members are interested in volunteering to help, please click here.

Thanks,

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


January 7, 2021:

Dear Colleagues,

Hi all. This is to tell you that the COVID-19 testing we were tentatively planning to offer, via drive-through (in your vehicle), on campus tomorrow, Friday, January 8, 2021, will not take place at this time. We will keep you updated as to if/when this event is scheduled.

The link here will provide you with local testing sites. Be sure to scroll through the whole page for various options and locations.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


January 3, 2021:

Dear Colleagues,

I hope all of you were able to enjoy the holidays over the last week and today we look forward to the much-anticipated New Year. We urge you to continue to be vigilant in protecting yourself, your friends and family, our campus community, and the community at large.

This email is to provide a brief update on the regional stay at home order in place and how that may impact the way you celebrate the New Year, travel, and return to campus.

Regional Stay at Home Order

On Sunday, December 6, the current Regional Stay at Home order for the San Joaquin Valley Area took effect. This order was to remain in place at least through December 28. However, our region’s ICU bed capacity remains at 0%, and the San Joaquin Valley Region’s stay at home order end has been extended. When we return from the Winter Shutdown on Monday, January 4, we will remain working remotely as we were prior to the shutdown. More details about the order and current status is available online here.

Holidays and COVID-19

The State of California has provided updated information to help us all have a safe and healthier holiday. Visit the website here for the most up-to-date guidelines.

A few items to keep in mind:

In regions under the Stay at Home Order, such as ours, all gatherings with members of other households are prohibited.

In all regions, CDPH still strongly recommends:

  • Californians to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 10 days.

COVID-19 Testing

As noted in Dr. Graneto’s emails last week, we may have an opportunity to offer PCR COVID testing, via drive-through (in your vehicle) testing on campus on Friday, January 8, 2021. We will provide more detailed information after the first of the year.

We will continue to monitor the Regional Stay at Home Order and keep you up to date on the status after the first of the year.

We wish all of you good health and happiness in the New Year.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


December 21, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

We are all looking forward to the upcoming holidays, especially welcoming a much-anticipated New Year. We urge you to continue to be vigilant in protecting yourself, your friends and family, our campus community, and the community at large.

This email is to provide a brief update on the regional stay at home order in place and how that may impact the way you celebrate the holidays, travel, and return to campus.

Regional Stay at Home Order

On Sunday, December 6, the current Regional Stay at Home order for the San Joaquin Valley Area took effect. This order will remain in place at least through December 28. But our region’s ICU bed capacity remains at 0%, and today Governor Newsom indicated that the San Joaquin Valley Region’s stay at home order end date will likely be extended. More details about the order and current status is available online here.

Holidays and COVID-19

The State of California has provided updated information to help us all have a safe and healthier holiday season. Visit the website here for the most up-to-date guidelines.

A few items to keep in mind:

In regions under the Stay at Home Order, such as ours, all gatherings with members of other households are prohibited.

In all regions, CDPH still strongly recommends:

  • Californians to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel.
  • Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 10 days.

COVID-19 Testing

As noted in Dr. Graneto’s emails last week, we may have an opportunity to offer PCR COVID testing, via drive-through (in your vehicle) testing on campus on Friday, January 8, 2021. We will provide more detailed information after the first of the year.

Tech Allowance During Stay-at-Home Order

Costs for home internet, a mobile hot spot and/or cell phone service may be reimbursed by the University at a onetime rate not to exceed $50.00. Those employees already receiving a technology allowance under their employment agreement are not eligible for such reimbursement. The Business Office will provide further instruction on expense reimbursements for Technology Costs.

CHSU COVID-19 Information

All CHSU’s information including the guidebooks for employees and students as well as resources and links can be found on this page.

We will continue to monitor the Regional Stay at Home Order and keep you up to date through the holidays and Winter Shutdown.

We wish all of you good health and happiness this holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


December 7, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

Today is our first day back to temporary remote working, and we want to thank everyone for helping make the transition smooth and successful. We have continued to consult with Fresno County public health officials on all guidelines and have confirmed that employees should work remotely unless you are needed for essential operations on campus. You should plan to work remotely unless contacted by your supervisor or Human Resources. Managers and administrators should contact Human Resources with questions regarding which employees will be working on campus.

If you need to come to campus to pick up anything, you may do so. Please continue to do the CHSU self-screen and follow all guidelines including 100% masking and social distancing.

Those who have been instructed to quarantine must remain off campus. If you need anything, please contact me, and we can make arrangements for you.

Below are reminders of CHSU processes and procedures that we must continue to follow.

  1. University Policies & Procedures: All CHSU policies and procedures remain in place while employee is working from home. Contracted employees are still subject to the terms of their written employment agreements.
  2. Hours of Work: General office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During this time all employees are expected to be at their work area on time and working in accordance with their work schedule.
  3. Hourly Employees: If the employee is an hourly worker, they must continue to clock in and out for their shift (including for meal periods) and must continue to take appropriate rest breaks and meal periods as normal. Paylocity can be accessed remotely via the internet or via a cell phone app. Off the clock work is not permitted and overtime must be authorized in writing by a supervisor in advance.
  4. Communication: All employees must continue to communicate and collaborate regularly with their supervisors, co-workers and other departments as typically required for their job duties. Employees should utilize the University’s internet platforms, including email, Office 365 applications, video and phone conferencing, to achieve these goals. In some cases, it may be necessary to stagger or coordinate work schedules and/or on-campus work time in order to ensure productivity and that deadlines are met.
  5. Temporary Working Remotely Notices: All employees working remotely should add a line to their email signature, place a notice at their workstations, and change their voicemail messages to indicate they are “Temporarily Working Remotely.”
  6. Mail: Please make arrangements to get your USPS mail and other deliveries on a regular basis.
  7. Laptops: All employees must conduct University business on a University laptop or other University device. Employees working remotely who do not have a University laptop should contact the Office of Human Resources to receive a loaner laptop or to make alternative arrangements.
  8. Internet & Cell Phone Service: If an employee that is working remotely does not have home internet, a mobile hot spot and/or cell phone service, that employee should contact the Office of Human Resources to make alternative arrangements.
  9. Virtual Private Network (“VPN”) Access: Employees who need to access the University’s technology platforms through a VPN must request access from support@chsu.edu.
  10. Office Supplies: If an employee needs office supplies to work remotely from home, please contact the Office of Human Resources to coordinate a time to gather the necessary supplies they need. The University will not reimburse expenses for office supplies absent an emergency.
  11. Other Expenses Incurred: If an employee believes they need to incur additional expenses in order to work remotely, they must request advance approval from the Office of Human Resources. Expenses that are not approved in advance will not be reimbursed.

We appreciate everyone’s willingness to work together as each one of us is responsible for our students’ success. We recognize this pandemic continues to have far reaching effects on our CHSU community, and your health and wellbeing continue to be our top priority. Employees have access to the CHSU Employee Assistance Program (“EAP”) offered through Unum. Employees can access information about the EAP by phone at 1-800-854-1446 (multi-lingual) or on the internet at www.unum.com/lifebalance. Also, CHSU medical plans provide coverage for mental health services including tele-health appointments. More information can be found on their websites.

Anthem Blue Cross: https://www.anthem.com/ca/login/

Kaiser Permanente: https://m.kp.org/sign-on.html#/signon

If you have questions or are in need of further assistance or an accommodation, please contact Carlita Romero-Begley, VP for Human Resources, via email (cromerobegley@chsu.edu or humansresources@chsu.edu) or Teams.

All current CHSU COVID-19 policies and procedures are still in effect, and we continue to follow all current federal, state and local guidelines. We will continue to monitor the situation and the evolving guidelines and requirements and keep you up to date.

Stay safe, healthy, and keep your loved ones close.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


December 5, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

Good morning everyone. In follow-up to yesterday’s message we have new information for all of you. We have been monitoring the status of the Regional Stay Home Order. The Order is triggered only if the availability of ICU beds drops at or below 15% in the San Joaquin Valley region. As of late yesterday, December 4, 2020, the State of California is reporting the current percentage for our region to be 14.1%.

This has triggered the Regional Stay at Home Order to be implemented in Fresno County and will go into effect at 1:00 p.m. today. From there, all of the counties in the San Joaquin Valley region have 24 hours to implement the order. The order will remain in effect for at least three (3) weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial three (3) week period.

For all employees, this means we will return to temporary remote work beginning this Monday, December 7, 2020. The three week period runs through our Winter Shutdown. We will continue to monitor the order and keep everyone up to date even through our normal Winter Shutdown period.

As we did back in March, the following will apply:

Campus Operations Limited to Essential Duties: In light of this new order, our campus will continue to operate on a limited basis, and some University buildings will be closed and accessible only to those with CHSU ID card access. Only essential functions which are required to be performed at CHSU buildings will take place on campus. Employees with duties that must be performed from campus will be on-site with 100% masking and social distancing. Campus security services also will continue as normal.

Essential Departments: The following areas have been identified as essential areas of operation necessary to support online instruction and critical campus functions: Admissions/Student Affairs, Library (limited services to support online instruction), IT, Registrar, Financial Aid, Security, Facilities, Business Office, Human Resources, and University Communications.

You should plan to work remotely effective Monday morning unless contacted by your supervisor or Human Resources. Managers and administrators should contact Human Resources with questions regarding which employees will be working on campus.  

If possible, please come to campus over the weekend to get what you may need for remote work. We will follow-up with another communication on Monday.

Thank you everyone for your continued vigilance and support during this year.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


December 4, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday afternoon the Governor announced a new Regional Stay at Home Order that will likely take effect for Fresno County in early December.

Under this new order, the state has been divided into five regions. Fresno County is in the San Joaquin Valley region grouped with Calaveras, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties.

The Regional Stay at Home Order will go into effect within 24 hours when a region has less than 15% ICU capacity. As of December 3, the San Joaquin Valley region was at 19.70% ICU availability, but they anticipate the San Joaquin Valley may fall under 15% capacity in the next few days.

When the Regional Stay at Home Order is triggered, it will remain in effect for at least three (3) weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial three (3) week period.

The Regional Stay at Home Order:

  • It prohibits private gatherings of any size,
  • closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and
  • requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.

While we are still considered an essential business, this new order clearly states:

  • Offices are to allow remote work only except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Critical infrastructure may remain open when a remote option is not possible.

CHSU must also follow the Higher Ed guidelines, which states Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) in the Purple Tier are closed for indoor lectures and all didactic teaching and student gatherings. However, some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like specialized/skilled labs, may be open.

We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


December 2, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

This week, we’ve had two COVID positive cases reported on the CHSU campus from the 65 N. Clovis and 2500 Alluvial buildings. As per current federal and local guidelines, we completed our CHSU protocols, and are now notifying the general CHSU community. The protocols completed include:

  • isolation of the positive person(s),
  • contact tracing, as trained by Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH)
  • directly notifying and quarantining individuals who were potentially exposed to the positive person,
    • If you have not been notified, then there is no indication you were exposed.
  • deep cleaning/sanitizing of common spaces in the affected areas, and
  • notifying FCDPH including consulting with them regarding the COVID-positive cases and confirming that all current procedures and protocols were followed.
  • If you have concerns or questions regarding potential infection, testing, etc., you can visit the resources here.

Remember, the safety and privacy of all employees and students is extremely important. Health matters are highly confidential, and we all need to respect the privacy of others, particularly in a small campus community like ours.

Let’s all continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect our campus and the greater community.

Prevention Reminders

We currently have the triple threat of cold weather, holiday gathering, and cold/flu season that increase risk of COVID-19 symptoms and transmission. The prevention protocols described below are critically important to keep our campus community safe, healthy, and able to continue operations necessary to support our students. We cannot overemphasize the importance of strict adherence to these prevention protocols.

Each member of our campus community should feel empowered to request compliance with these safety protocols. If you see someone who may have forgotten these requirements, please speak up to remind each other about compliance.  All members of our campus community are expected to support and encourage each other in implementing these protocols.

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who do not live in your household.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
    • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Follow all posted maximum occupancies in rooms and at tables.
  • Continue to wear your mask.  Social distancing is not a substitute for masks.

Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • People in California must wear face coverings at all times when they are outside of their homes. Exemptions to this include:
    • in a car alone or solely with members of their own household.
    • working in an office or a room alone.
    • actively eating or drinking provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
    • outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing from others, not in their household.
  • Continue to maintain six (6) feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

We thank all of you for your commitment to following our protocols. We hope that everyone continues to stay safe and healthy. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


November 23, 2020:

To everyone in our campus community,

All of us are looking forward to the upcoming holiday/winter season. We urge you to continue to be vigilant in protecting yourself, your friends and family, our campus community, and the community at large.

COVID-19 Precautions

If you choose to disregard any of the below guidelines relating to holidays, travel, family gatherings, or any other type of gathering, you (employees) must notify HR as well as your supervisor to determine a plan for potentially being off-campus. All students must contact their college’s Office of Student Affairs.

New Limited Stay at Home Order

COVID-19 is increasing at alarming rates in California, and we all need to do our part to stop the surge. On Thursday, November 19, 2020, the governor of California issued a new “limited stay at home order” that went into effect on Saturday, November 21, 2020, and runs through December 21, 2020, at 5:00 a.m. The order requires that all non-essential work and activities stop between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. in counties in the Widespread (purple) tier. Read more in the limited stay at home order.

This means that no faculty, staff, or students can be on the CHSU campus between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. while this order is in effect.

Also, while the county remains in the purple tier, students are allowed on campus for specialized labs and/or if they have an approved accommodation to be on campus for such things as studying or internet access. Again, this time is only permitted until the limited stay at home order begins at 10:00 p.m. each night.

Holidays and COVID-19

The State of California has provided updated information to help us all have a healthier holiday season. Visit the website here for the most up-to-date guidelines.

Also on November 13, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued guidance for the prevention of COVID-19 for gatherings that is found here.

  • Per CDPH, all persons planning to host or participate in a private gathering must comply with the requirements identified and are strongly encouraged to follow the recommendations as well.
  • Most significant in this guidance is that gatherings that include more than three (3) households are prohibited. This includes everyone present, including hosts and guests. Remember, the smaller the number of people, the safer.
  • Also, keep in mind that our self-screen tool limits entry to campus if you have been in groups of 10 or more people regardless of holidays or time of year. As of today, the screening tool has been updated and can be accessed here as well as via the QR code and various links on the website, guidebook, etc.

The CDC also has provided guidance on the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving. You can find the current guidance as of November 19, 2020, here.

Travel Advisory

On November 13, the California Governor’s office announced this Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel:

  • Avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries.
  • Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
  • Stay local or regional

To see the full Travel Advisory click here.

CHSU COVID-19 Information

All CHSU’s information including the guidebooks for employees and students as well as resources and links can be found on this page of the CHSU website.

We wish all of you health and happiness as we go into the holiday season.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


November 17, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to share some additional details following yesterday’s news of a COVID-19 positive case on campus. After our announcement, we received additional individual questions and want to respond to those items to the campus community to ensure all are informed.

First and foremost, we take the safety and privacy of all employees and students seriously. Health matters are highly confidential, and we all need to respect the privacy of others, particularly in a small campus community like ours. With that said, we are sharing that the COVID-positive person works in the 65 building. Additionally, we want to reassure you all that:

  • Our staff has been trained by the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) officials on contact tracing.
  • We have consulted with the FCDPH regarding the COVID-positive case and confirmed that all current procedures and protocols were followed.
  • All potential exposures under contact tracing protocols have been notified personally and are quarantining per public health guidelines.
  • If you have not been notified, then there is no indication you were exposed.
  • CHSU protocols, which included deep cleaning/sanitizing of common areas in the affected areas, have been followed.
  • If you have concerns or questions regarding potential infection, testing, etc., you can visit the resources here.

Prevention Reminders

As we are firmly in cold and flu season, the below-described prevention protocols are even more important to keep our campus community safe, healthy, and able to continue operations necessary to support our students. We cannot overemphasize the importance of strict adherence to these prevention protocols.  Each member of our campus community should feel empowered to request compliance with these safety protocols. If you see someone who may have forgotten these requirements, please speak up to remind each other about compliance.  All members of our campus community are expected to support and encourage each other in implementing these protocols.

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who do not live in your household.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
    • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Follow all posted maximum occupancies in rooms and at tables.
  • Continue to wear your mask.  Social distancing is not a substitute for masks.

Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • People in California must wear face coverings at all times when they are outside of their homes. Exemptions to this include:
    • in a car alone or solely with members of their own household.
    • working in an office or a room alone.
    • actively eating or drinking provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
    • outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing from others, not in their household.
  • Continue to maintain six (6) feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

Again, our hope is for everyone to continue to stay safe and healthy.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


November 16, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

We have learned of our first COVID positive case on the CHSU campus. As per current federal and local guidelines, we completed our CHSU protocols, and are notifying the general CHSU community. The protocols completed include:

  • isolation of the positive person,
  • contact tracing,
  • notifying and quarantining those individuals who were potentially exposed (unmasked, less than six feet apart, for more than 15 minutes) to the positive person,
  • deep cleaning/sanitizing of common areas, and
  • notifying Fresno County Department of Public Health

We understand this news can cause concern, and we are fortunate that having our first confirmed case took this long as other institutions had passed that point many months ago. This indicates our policies have worked and continue to work. All of us continuing to be vigilant in our efforts to protect our campus and the greater community is of high importance, and we thank all of you for your commitment to following the protocols.

Fresno County Moved Back to Purple Tier

Effective today, Fresno, Merced, and Kings counties have been moved back to the Purple Tier 1 in the state’s color-coded “Blueprint for a Safer Economy.” A total of 40 California counties were moved back to more restrictive tiers as COVID-19 cases rise. Now that we are in the Purple Tier again, the President’s Executive Council is consulting with Deans Graneto and Okamoto, and any potential changes to our current protocols will be announced later this week.

New California Travel Guidelines

On November 13, the California Governor’s office announced this Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel:

  • Avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries.
  • Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
  • Stay local or regional

Please keep this new Travel Advisory in mind when making plans to see friends and family over the holiday/winter season.

We hope that everyone continues to stay safe and healthy. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


November 13, 2020:

Dear CHSU Community,

With the recent surge of COVID-19 cases, not only nationally but locally, we wanted to take a moment to remind you of the federal, state, and local guidelines as well as CHSU’s policies and protocols on mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Self Screen Tool

Sick employees and/or students are not permitted on CHSU facilities and will be sent home. Employees/students must not report to campus if they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. The University is following the Fresno County Department of Public Health Order for Business, Hospitals, and County Residents by requiring all employees and students to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to campus.

All employees and students are required to use the CHSU self-screen tool found here each day before coming to campus. Please ensure you click through to the end of the survey otherwise it will not reset.

Face Masks:

To prevent infection, you must cover your nose and mouth when outside your home. Wearing a mask or cloth face covering can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the release of the virus into the air.

Face Masks are REQUIRED to be worn at all times while indoors on the CHSU Campus even when six feet of social distancing can be maintained, in any common area such as classrooms, hallways, restrooms, conference rooms, break rooms, study rooms, shared offices, cubicles, etc. (except when alone in a private room or office and while eating).

You should wear a mask or face covering whenever you will be around someone with whom you do not live, including:

  • In any indoor public space
  • When waiting in line
  • When getting health care
  • On public transportation or when ride-sharing
  • At work, when near others or moving through common areas
  • Outdoors, if you cannot stay 6 feet away from others

There are times when taking off your face mask is okay, such as:

  • When eating or drinking
  • If a hearing-impaired person needs to read your lips
  • If wearing a face covering imposes a risk to you at work – for example, if it could get caught in machinery
  • When you are not sharing a common area, room, or enclosed space with others
  • When outdoors in public and can stay six feet from others

You should replace the mask as soon as you can after these activities to reduce the risk of infection.

Misc. Reminders

  • Maintain social distancing of six feet with others.
  • Please do not rearrange furniture that has been moved to ensure the six feet (6ft.) of social distancing.
  • Please wash your hands frequently.

We will continue to update you with any changes as new information and guidance from our local, state, and federal agencies become available.

You can reference the CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance for Employees here and CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance for Students here.

If there are any questions, employees can contact Carlita Romero-Begley, Vice President for Human Resources at cromerobegley@chsu.edu or HR@chsu.edu, and students can contact their college-specific Office of Student Affairs at mluallen@chsu.edu (COP) or sely@chsu.edu (COM).

 

We continue to wish safety and health for all of you.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


October 12, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

This is a kind reminder to please use the CHSU self-screen tool found here each day. Please ensure you click all the way through to the end of the survey otherwise it will not reset.

Alternative Ways to Access

  • You also can access the self-screen tool from the QR code found on the signs posted at the entrances of all buildings, or
  • for easy access, you can add the link to the homepage of your phone. Please see the instructions on how to do so.

Other Reminders:

Face Masks are REQUIRED to be worn at all times while indoors on the CHSU Campus (except when alone in a private room or office and while eating). Face masks are REQUIRED to be worn indoors, even when six feet of social distancing can be maintained, in any common area such as classrooms, hallways, restrooms, conference rooms, break rooms, study rooms, shared offices, cubicles, etc.

There are times when taking off your face mask is okay, such as:

  • When eating or drinking
  • If a hearing-impaired person needs to read your lips
  • If wearing a face covering imposes a risk to you at work – for example, if it could get caught in machinery
  • When you’re not sharing a common area, room or enclosed space with others
  • When outdoors in public and can stay six feet from others

You should replace the mask as soon as you can after these activities to reduce the risk of infection..

In general, everyone should wear a face mask when around people they do not live with. Face masks are required at all times in the State of California when:

  • In any indoor public space
  • When waiting in line
  • When getting health care
  • On public transportation or when ride-sharing
  • At work, when near others or moving through common areas
  • Outdoors, if you can’t stay 6 feet away from others

Misc. Reminders

  • Please do not rearrange furniture that has been moved to ensure the six feet (6ft.) of social distancing.
  • Please wash your hands frequently.

Stay safe and healthy everyone.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


October 1, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, Fresno County was able to move from the Purple Tier (Widespread Risk) into the Red Tier (Substantial Risk) status on September 29, 2020, under the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which can be found here. We had confirmed with Fresno Department of Public Health about this possibility in advance, and they helped us to understand how it may impact our University.

For schools and higher education, Fresno County will need to remain in the Red Tier status for a minimum of two (2) weeks before any changes to the current in-person instruction restrictions can be implemented. Additionally, our University also must await any updates from the State of California guidance for institutes of higher education (IHE).

Therefore, until further notice, we will continue with our current University operation status for employees and students as previously communicated through email and on this COVID webpage.

You can reference the CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance for Employees here and CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance for Students here.

If there are any questions, employees can contact Carlita Romero-Begley, Vice President for Human Resources at cromerobegley@chsu.edu or HR@chsu.edu, and students can contact their college-specific Office of Student Affairs at mluallen@chsu.edu (COP) or sely@chsu.edu (COM).

We continue to wish safety and health for all of you.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


September 16, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy. This email is to share that our CHSU campus is shifting back to Phase 2 operations under our CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance. In addition to ongoing consulting with our public health consultant, Dr. Ken Bird, and ongoing review of updated national, state, and local public health guidelines, CHSU received new information provided late last week by the City of Clovis and confirmed with the Fresno County Department of Public Health. This guidance re-confirmed that CHSU remains an essential workforce and included new guidelines for students. Specifically, under Phase 2 operations, all didactic courses will be held online with remote instruction for all students in the Colleges of Pharmacy and Osteopathic Medicine. Some courses, such as laboratory, skills or clinical/experiential, that cannot be delivered online may be offered on campus, as instructed by the deans/course facilitators and in compliance with recommended public health guidelines including requiring masking and daily temperature and symptom checks with cohorts limited to 14 students per skills course as per current FCDPH and CDPH guidelines.

Under Phase 2, as an essential workforce, CHSU employees may elect to work on campus or from home so long as remote work is practical for the employee’s position and required job duties. Eligible employees who elect to work from home during Phase 2 must obtain approval from both their supervisor and Carlita Romero-Begley, Vice President for Human Resources at cromerobegley@chsu.edu or HR@chsu.edu. Employees who cannot work from home and are otherwise impacted by COVID-19, may seek alternative accommodations through the Office of Human Resources.

Impacted Employees and Students who have already filed the necessary paperwork regarding their impacted status may continue their current arrangements without change. If you are impacted and have not yet filed appropriate paperwork with the Office of Human Resources (for employees) or your college student affairs office (for students), you should do so immediately.

Additionally, students who have a need for accommodations to be on campus, such as due a documented disability, a result of being impacted by the Creek Fire natural disaster, or who otherwise have a unique need to be on campus should file a request with their college student affairs office with the necessary supporting documentation. Such requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis by your college student affairs office. Students who have such needs should contact their college’s student affairs office for the appropriate forms and information.

You can reference the CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance for Employees here and CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance for Students here.

If there are any questions, employees can contact Carlita Romero-Begley, Vice President for Human Resources at cromerobegley@chsu.edu or HR@chsu.edu, and students can contact their college-specific Office of Student Affairs at mluallen@chsu.edu (COP) or sely@chsu.edu (COM).

We continue to wish safety and health for all of you.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


September 3, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

During this ongoing, evolving pandemic, we want to provide clarifying direction regarding CHSU’s requirement for wearing cloth face masks on campus. Based on the current California Department of Public Health’s guidance that took effective June 18, 2020, as well as guidance from our COVID-19 consultant and former Fresno County Health Officer, Dr. Ken Bird, we have confirmed the following information:

Face Masks are REQUIRED to be worn at all times while indoors on the CHSU Campus (except when alone in a private room or office and while eating). Face masks are REQUIRED to be worn indoors, even when six feet of social distancing can be maintained, in any common area such as classrooms, hallways, restrooms, conference rooms, break rooms, study rooms, shared offices, cubicles, etc.

There are times when taking off your face mask is okay, such as:

  • When eating or drinking
  • When you are not sharing a common area, room, or enclosed space with others
  • When outdoors in public and can stay six feet from others

However, you should wear your face mask immediately after these activities to reduce the risk of infection.

In general, everyone should wear a face mask when around people they do not live with. Face masks are required at all times in the State of California when:

  • In any indoor public space
  • At work, when near others, or moving through common areas
  • Outdoors, if you cannot stay six (6) feet away from others

We have updated the current CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance for Employee (“COVID-19 Guide”), which can be found online here, to reflect this information. We will continue to monitor the face masking requirements and all other COVID-related items and update the CHSU community and COVID-19 Guide as needed. Also, CHSU has new face masks and will provide one to all employees.

MANDATORY Training: CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance (PPG) for Employees
A kind reminder that we will have our first mandatory training about the Guide today, September 3, from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. An alternative training will be held on Friday, September 11, from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. You only need to attend one of the dates. Attendance will be monitored and recorded during all training sessions. Please check your email for the Outlook invites.

Notice and Acknowledgment Regarding COVID-19
On August 5, we sent out via DocuSign, the Notice and Acknowledgment Regarding COVID-19 that includes an acknowledgment that you have received the guidelines document and understand your role in keeping our campus community as safe as possible. If you have not already done so, please, review the email and sign the document. (Please check your Junk folder as sometimes the DocuSign items end up there.)

Self-Screen
Another reminder to do the Daily CHSU COVID-19 Self-screen Tool, that is available online here, every day before you come to campus.

Thank you to all of you for your continued efforts to help us keep CHSU safe for everyone. Please contact me at cromerobegley@chsu.edu, HR@chsu.edu, or by Microsoft Teams communications with any questions regarding the Guide, training, self-screen, or any other COVID-related items.

I hope all of you continue to be safe, healthy, and well.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


August 21, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that this email finds you well. We wanted to inform you that we have updated the current CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance for Employee (“COVID-19 Guide”), which can be found online here. Based on current federal, state, and local guidance, including that from the Fresno County Department of Public Health, we updated the language regarding travel. See the information below.

Employee Travel (p.9) The public health guidance regarding travel restriction is subject to change based on available data. CHSU will impose travel quarantines in alignment with public health agency guidance applicable to our geographic location. Employees with questions about travel quarantines should contact Carlita Romero-Begley, Vice President for Human Resources at cromerobegley@chsu.edu, HR@chsu.edu, or by Microsoft Teams communications.

MANDATORY Training: CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance (PPG) for Employees

As noted on page 4 of the Guide, CHSU will hold mandatory trainings about the Guide. We will be sending Outlook invites for a half-hour training that we will hold at two different dates and times to allow for maximum attendance. You only need to attend one of the dates. Attendance will be monitored and recorded during all training sessions.

Notice and Acknowledgment Regarding COVID-19

On August 5, we sent out via DocuSign, the Notice and Acknowledgment Regarding COVID-19 that includes an acknowledgment that you have received the guidelines document and understand your role in keeping our campus community as safe as possible. If you have not already done so, please, review the email and sign the document. (Please check your Junk folder as sometimes the DocuSign items end up there.)

Self-Screen

Just a kind reminder to do the Daily CHSU COVID-19 Self-screen Tool, that is available online here, every day before you come to campus.

Thank you to all of you for your continued efforts to help us keep CHSU safe for everyone. Please contact me at cromerobegley@chsu.edu, HR@chsu.edu, or by Microsoft Teams communications with any questions regarding the Guide, trainings, self-screen or any other COVID-related items.

I hope all of you continue to be safe, healthy, and well.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


July 20, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the President’s Executive Council at California Health Sciences University, we are introducing two, new valuable resources for our campus community effective immediately.

With the health and safety of our campus community being paramount, we are publishing our:

  1. NEW CHSU comprehensive guidance document for COVID-19 (employee and student versions)
  2. NEW Daily CHSU COVID-19 Self-screen Tool for employees, students, guests and visitors

We have made significant progress in our planning efforts over the last several months, and with these new, valuable resources for our campus, we can safely and confidently welcome all who are able to join us on campus for the fall semester. For those who are unable to physically join us, we have appropriate technology and plans in place to provide our students with a robust online academic experience that is consistent with the high standard that our University is committed to maintaining.

NEW CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance for Employees (“COVID-19 Guide”)

  1. The new CHSU COVID-19 Policy, Protocols, and Guidance (PPG) for Employees is effective immediately and can be found in Microsoft Teams here.
  2. The purpose of the COVID-19 Guide is to provide a central location for the most recent policies, protocols and procedures related to COVID-19.
  3. The COVID-19 Guide updates all prior communications from the University regarding COVID-19.
  4. Later this week, you will receive an email via DocuSign with a notice regarding COVID-19 that includes an acknowledgement that you have received the guidelines document and understand your role in keeping our campus community as safe as possible.
  5. Remember, recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic are fluid and changing.
  6. In alignment with current guidance, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and appropriate federal, state and local agency recommendations, CHSU has and will be taking actions notated within the COVID-19 Guide to keep our campus community safe and informed.
  7. The COVID-19 Guide will be updated by the University President’s Executive Council as new information and guidance becomes available.

NEW Daily CHSU COVID-19 Self-screen Tool (“Self-screen”)

  1. The new Daily CHSU COVID-19 Self-screen Tool for employees, students, guests and visitors is effective immediately and can be found online here.
  2. All employees, students, and those guests or visitors spending time on campus must take the online Self-screen and screen clear, meaning they receive the Green Check Mark with the current date before entering the CHSU campus.
    1. Failure to abide by the daily screening requirements, including taking your temperature, places our community at risk.
    2. Accordingly, these screening requirements are mandatory until otherwise notified.
  3. Employees and students should take a screen shot or photograph of the Green Check Mark with the current date and may be required to show it to University Administration at any time.
  4. Employees and students are encouraged to “bookmark” the link to the Self-screen for ease of access.
  5. Visitors and guests who will spend time on the CHSU campus can access the Self-screen online via the QR code or website link posted at the entrances of CHSU buildings. They will need to show evidence of the Green Check Mark with current date before entering the campus.

Thank you to all of you who have been working so diligently in preparation for welcoming our inaugural class of medical students for orientation this week and our 7th class of pharmacy students for their orientation in August.

Please contact me at cromerobegley@chsu.edu, HR@chsu.edu, or by Microsoft Teams communications with any questions regarding these two, new resources.

I hope all of you continue to be safe, healthy, and well.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


July 14, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are doing well and remain safe and healthy! Thank you to all of you who have been working so diligently in preparation for welcoming our inaugural class of medical students for orientation next week and our 7th class of pharmacy students for their orientation in August.

With the health and safety of our campus community being paramount, we will be publishing our: 1) new, comprehensive guidelines for COVID-19 document and 2) new daily self-screening tool for employees and students by Monday, July 20.

These new resources have been developed based on recommendations from dozens of federal, state, and local sources and with the consultation from the former Fresno County Director of Public Health.

We also want to acknowledge that yesterday Governor Newsom announced new guidelines that impact some businesses and sectors in Fresno County and the entire state, but not CHSU as an institution of higher education that teaches medical and pharmacy students. Please refer to this website for more details: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/

Additionally, as a kind reminder, based on the new guidance issued on June 18, 2020, from the California Department of Public Health, CHSU’s face mask policy is that wearing masks is REQUIRED in common areas, publicly accessed places, and spaces where physical distancing is unlikely or not possible.

As always, please contact me with any questions and keep an eye out in your email for more information regarding these two new resources to be sent out by Monday, July 20.

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


June 19, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

Our first week together on campus during phase 1 of employee return to campus has gone well. Thank you to everyone for taking the necessary safety precautions to keep our campus community safe and healthy.

New CHSU Policy Regarding Required Face Mask Wearing – Effective Immediately

Based on the new guidance issued on June 18, 2020, from the California Department of Public Health, we are revising our CHSU face mask wearing policy to REQUIRED in common areas, publicly accessed places, and spaces where physical distancing is unlikely or not possible. The CHSU Employee Return to Work Information and FAQS were revised on June 18, 2020, and campus signs will be updated to reflect this new requirement.

The new guidance details several scenarios in which face coverings are required and many apply to the CHSU campus, including but not limited to:

People in California must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations listed below:

  1. Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
  2. Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
    1. Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
    2. Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;
  3. Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, and elevators;
  4. In any room or enclosed area where other people are present when unable to physically distance.

Please also review the guidance from the CDPH here for details about the individuals who are exempt from wearing a face covering and background questions for further clarification on their position.

CHSU provided all employees with two cloth face masks upon their return to campus, and CHSU also will give students two CHSU cloth face masks. While cloth masks may help prevent the spread of COVID-19, be advised these masks are not as effective as social distancing. CDC information regarding proper mask wearing and cleaning on campus has been posted throughout our campus as reminders.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any needs or questions.

We sincerely hope that you and your families continue to stay safe, well, and healthy. Have a great Father’s Day weekend!

Carlita C. Romero-Begley, PHR, SHRM-CP
Vice President, Human Resources
Title IX, Equity and Diversity Coordinator
California Health Sciences University


May 22, 2020:

I hope you all continue to remain safe and healthy! We have two important updates for our employees regarding the CHSU response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Fresno County Masking Requirement Effective May 22, 2020

In response to the Fresno County masking order that’s effective May 22, 2020, CHSU employees will now need to bring a mask with them while on campus and use it appropriately when it is possible or likely they will come within 6 feet of another person. The order reads: All residents should use cloth masks or equivalent face covering while indoors at work, while visiting a business,  or  while  coming  into  close  contact  with  someone  who  is  not  a  family  member, in accordance with CDC guidelines to prevent spread of respiratory droplets when physical distancing cannot be maintainedPlease reference paragraph 9 in the FRESNO COUNTY ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER.

CHSU Temporary Remote Working Policy Extended through June 14, 2020

Our current CHSU temporary remote working policy set to expire on May 31, 2020, and the President’s Council has been working these past couple of weeks to determine how best to proceed with reopening, both with respect to timing and in alignment with updated public health guidance. With our inaugural cohort of medical students starting in July and seventh cohort of pharmacy students starting in August, it is necessary to have our campus set for the “new normal” as soon as it is safe to do so. Considering all information included in this communication, we are extending our temporary working remotely policy until June 14, 2020 to allow time to ensure proper safety protocols are in place for our anticipated return to work.

When employees return to campus, CHSU’s policy related to impacted employees dated March 17, 2020 will resume. Please see document in Teams for reference. We want to make this transition as successful as possible, so please contact your supervisor and/or Human Resources with any questions or concerns regarding our anticipated return to work plan and our March 17 policy.

We are highly encouraged that local businesses and public places like parks have been successfully reopening, with appropriate protocols in place, in phases within our community and across the state. We continue to monitor the decisions and follow the guidance of local and state authorities.

When we do bring employees back to our campus, we are planning for appropriate social distancing, building cleaning and sanitizing, and supplies for hand washing and hygiene. We are paying close attention to details about how we will ensure social distancing and will set new guidelines based on federal, state, and local recommendations and orders in place at the time of reopening. We will provide you with a more detailed plan and updates as more information is available.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and I hope you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy!

Regards,

Florence T. Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University


May 21, 2020:

I hope you all continue to remain safe and healthy! We have two important updates for our employees regarding the CHSU response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Fresno County Masking Requirement Effective May 22, 2020

In response to the Fresno County masking order that’s effective May 22, 2020, CHSU employees will now need to bring a mask with them while on campus and use it appropriately when it is possible or likely they will come within 6 feet of another person. The order reads: All residents shall use cloth masks or equivalent face covering while indoors at work, while visiting a business,  or  while  coming  into  close  contact  with  someone  who  is  not  a  family  member, in accordance with CDC guidelines to prevent spread of respiratory droplets when physical distancing cannot be maintainedPlease reference paragraph 9 in the FRESNO COUNTY ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER.

CHSU Temporary Remote Working Policy Extended through June 14, 2020

Our current CHSU temporary remote working policy set to expire on May 31, 2020, and the President’s Council has been working these past couple of weeks to determine how best to proceed with reopening, both with respect to timing and in alignment with updated public health guidance. With our inaugural cohort of medical students starting in July and seventh cohort of pharmacy students starting in August, it is necessary to have our campus set for the “new normal” as soon as it is safe to do so. Considering all information included in this communication, we are extending our temporary working remotely policy until June 14, 2020 to allow time to ensure proper safety protocols are in place for our anticipated return to work.

When employees return to campus, CHSU’s policy related to impacted employees dated March 17, 2020 will resume. Please see document in Teams for reference. We want to make this transition as successful as possible, so please contact your supervisor and/or Human Resources with any questions or concerns regarding our anticipated return to work plan and our March 17 policy.

We are highly encouraged that local businesses and public places like parks have been successfully reopening, with appropriate protocols in place, in phases within our community and across the state. We continue to monitor the decisions and follow the guidance of local and state authorities.

When we do bring employees back to our campus, we are planning for appropriate social distancing, building cleaning and sanitizing, and supplies for hand washing and hygiene. We are paying close attention to details about how we will ensure social distancing and will set new guidelines based on federal, state, and local recommendations and orders in place at the time of reopening. We will provide you with a more detailed plan and updates as more information is available.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend and I hope you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy!

Regards,

Florence T. Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University


May 1, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all continuing to remain safe and healthy! Today marks the last day of finals for the College of Pharmacy, and I want to thank our faculty, staff, administration and students for successfully completing this unprecedented semester that concluded with temporary online classes.

We have decided to extend our temporary remote working policy through May 31, 2020. This decision was made based on the recent announcement by the City of Fresno regarding their extension of their shelter in place emergency order until May 31.

We have taken into consideration that the State of California and City of Clovis continue to remain under shelter in place orders until further notice. We are committed to following the state and local orders to shelter in place so long as they are in effect.

Both state and local officials are working to set their criteria for reopening business and activities in phases over time. We will continue to closely monitor the state and local orders and are already addressing return to work processes that we will implement.

When we do bring employees back to our campus, we are planning for appropriate social distancing, building cleaning and sanitizing, and supplies for hand washing and hygiene. We will continue to provide you updates as more information is available.

Have a great weekend and I hope you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy!

Regards,

Florence T. Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University


April 20, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are all continuing to remain safe and healthy. I miss seeing all of you in person and appreciate everyone’s commitment to temporary remote working and supporting online classes to keep our community safe.

We are encouraged that leaders at the federal, state, and local levels are working to establish guidelines and developing plans for reopening the country and our communities.

While the state emergency shelter in place order has no end date, the City of Fresno’s current emergency order to shelter in place is effective until May 6, 2020. We expect to continue to operate under our current temporary remote working arrangements until at least May 6, 2020.

Our University is closely following the national, state, and local emergency orders to shelter in place. We will continue our current operational model and we plan to follow the federal, state, and local guidelines once we are allowed to reopen.

Our CHSU Community continues to have no reported COVID-19 cases. Thank you to all for practicing the safety measures recommended by the CDC. Please continue to be extra vigilant and avoid unnecessary contact with others and practice recommended hand washing.

As our colleagues and students in the College of Pharmacy prepare for final exams and our Class of 2020 graduates complete their program during these unprecedented times, please continue to provide them with the support and encouragement they need to help alleviate the potential stress of this situation.

I am grateful for all our hardworking colleagues and your dedication to supporting our students – both our current students and the incoming class that will start in just a few short months. I hope you all remain safe and healthy.

Regards,

Florence T. Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University


April 14, 2020:

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed some special time with your family and friends – even if it was done virtually!

I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank all our health care workers who help keep our community well every day. With our current COVID-19 crisis, our health care providers are on the frontlines, courageously helping people in need and sometimes facing shortages of resources and equipment.

Many of our faculty, alumni, and students on rotations are currently serving the health care needs of our community and we are proud of your contributions! We hope you continue to stay safe and healthy during these challenging times.

We’ve heard from our local leaders that our shelter in place and social distancing efforts have made an impact, and it’s imperative that we continue to follow these orders. The City of Fresno has extended their emergency order to shelter in place until May 6, 2020. Many local communities have shut down parks to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and have indicated they may impose penalties and fines for those who are not following orders.

Our University is closely following the national, state, and local emergency orders to shelter in place and we will continue temporary online courses and temporary remote working arrangements, as long as those orders remain in place.

We are pleased to inform you that our CHSU Community has no reported COVID-19 cases. Thank you to all for practicing the safety measures recommended by the CDC. Please continue to be extra vigilant and avoid unnecessary contact with others and practice good hand washing.

Please continue to reach out virtually to family, friends and colleagues that may feel isolated. Staying connected and supporting one another will help alleviate the potential stress of this situation. We are working to find impactful ways to keep our campus community socially connected, so look for some new ways to connect coming soon.

I am grateful for all our hardworking colleagues and your dedication to making transition to online teaching and working remotely run smoothly. I hope you all remain safe and healthy.

Regards,

Florence T. Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University


April 6, 2020:

To our campus community,

As we start another week of remote work, I would like to take a moment to share some updates. We are pleased to inform you that our CHSU Community has no reported COVID-19 cases. Thank you to all for practicing the safety measures recommended by the CDC. Rest assured, we are monitoring global and local situations and will provide updates as needed. The President’s Council is working proactively and preparing for the possibility of an extension of the shelter in place, how that may impact fall semester classes, and remaining online, if needed.

As anticipated and projected by CDC, the number of reported COVID-19 cases is expected to spike in the next two weeks. Please be extra vigilant and avoid unnecessary contact with others. Also know that we are here for you; do not hesitate to reach out for assistance or resources.

Please continue to reach out virtually to family, friends and colleagues that may feel isolated. Although this may be a stressful time for all the working parents whose kids have been home for several weeks or extended families who are caring for one another, this is an opportunity for you to spend some quality time together.

As uncertain these past weeks have been, we have seen the depths of human kindness. This is an opportunity for each of us to do the same. There are a lot of needs in our Valley, from masks for our brave frontline health care workers, to filling the community food bank. CHSU is making a donation to Fresno Madera Medical Society GuardsUp project—a partnership between our local medical society and several local non-profit creative spaces who will produce protective face guards. We also should consider assisting the hard-working individuals in our personal lives and how we can help, like supporting your favorite local merchants who have had to find creative ways to continue their business while abiding by the shelter in place orders.

I am grateful for all our hardworking colleagues and your dedication to making transition to on-line teaching and working remotely run smoothly.

Know that this crisis will end. Stay safe and healthy.

Regards,

Florence T. Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University


April 2, 2020:

To our CHSU Community,

We continue to think of all of you and look forward to when we can all be together in person again. We hope everyone is doing well and adapting to our new normal. Today we have a couple of updates to share with you.

COVID-19 Self Screening

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the Fresno County Health Office issued an Order for Business, Hospitals and County Residents that encouraged “voluntary compliance” with the Order. The Order states that all employers do the following:

  • On a daily basis, while conducting business, screen all employees for febrile respiratory illness;
  • Exclude from work all employees that report symptoms of febrile respiratory illness for seven days from the day that they are identified as having symptoms; and
  • Direct employees excluded from work to isolate at home AND to notify all close contacts to quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last known contact with the patient.

Febrile respiratory illness is defined as “a new or worsening episode of either cough or shortness of breath, presenting with fever (temperature 38°C or 100.4°F or higher) or chills in the previous 24 hours.”

To comply with this Order, we are limiting those who come to campus to essential employees—those needed to ensure the day-to-day operations on site continue. Employees may come to campus if they need to access resources such as copy machines, scanners, and other specialized software/hardware, supplies and resources that are unavailable remotely.

Effective immediately, anyone coming onto campus must

  • self-screen prior to arrival, following the COVID-19 Screening Checklist;
  • email Human Resources and your direct supervisor that you will be on campus that day; and
  • that you have conducted the self-screen and answered NO to all questions.

The screening checklist is available here and on the CHSU Teams COVID channel.  

California Schools Closed Through End Of Academic Year

Governor Newsom, the California State Superintendent of Schools, and several local school districts have announced that schools will be closed the remainder of the current academic year due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. CHSU is committed to continuing our temporary remote working arrangements and distance learning while the shelter in place directives remain in effect, and to help those impacted by the school closures. To help California students, the governor said Google is stepping up in a “big way” and is creating a 100,000 points of access to provide internet and broadband capacity to Californians. The tech company will also provide three months of free broadband access in California, Newsom said. We will provide more information, as it becomes available.

The health and safety of our campus community is and will continue to be our highest priority. Please continue to stay home, practice social distancing, and good hand washing to protect yourself, your family and friends, loved ones, colleagues, and your community.

Please also focus on the mental health and well-being of yourself and your colleagues. If you know any colleagues or students that need assistance in getting groceries and/or supplies or any other need, please inform HR or Student Affairs and collectively we can get resources to them.

During this time of great stress and uncertainty, please take the time to virtually connect with friends and loved ones, take long walks and exercise.

Please continue to stay safe, healthy, and happy. We will get through this together.

Thank you,

Carlita C. Romero-Begley
Director of Human Resources
California Health Sciences University


March 30, 2020:

To our CHSU Community,

The current COVID-19 pandemic crisis is rapidly evolving and none of us could have imagined or prepared for what has unfolded over these past two weeks. Yesterday, President Trump announced that he is extending Federal social distancing guidelines through the end of April. While there is much we don’t know and can’t predict, our President’s Executive Council has been communicating and meeting regularly to monitor and proactively manage the day-to-day operation. The health and safety of our campus community is and will continue to be our highest priority.

I want to thank our students for your patience and focus on completing courses and rotations during this challenging time. 

Our most urgent task in the operations of the College of Pharmacy is to assist students with completing this spring semester. I want to thank our College of Pharmacy faculty and staff for their dedication and recent actions in response to COVID-19. In one short week, you all successfully transitioned to online instruction and it is working very well.

I would also like to acknowledge and recognize the IT department for their major support in the online instruction transition and for helping employees work remotely.

The COP Experiential Education Department and faculty also deserve commendation for their diligence in ensuring our P4 students receive the APPE hours necessary to graduate, and it looks like most of them will graduate on time. There may be a few students that will be delayed, but Dr. Okamoto is working closely with ACPE to see what accommodations can be made.

The ACPE site visit that had been scheduled for April is delayed until May 13-14, 2020.

The College of Medicine deans, faculty, and staff are also hard at work preparing for our inaugural class in July 2020.

I recognize that our employees are continuing to contribute remotely to the on-going operation of the University, and Colleges and I want to thank you! I also want to share my heartfelt appreciation to those essential employees who have continued to work on campus to support operations.

As we are all monitoring the daily events as it unfolds, first and foremost, be safe. Please practice all of the safety precautions recommended by CDC, not only for yourself, but for your family and friends, loved ones, colleagues, and your community.

I encourage all of you to stay in touch with colleagues and students to check up on them. If you know any colleagues or students that need assistance in getting groceries and/or supplies or any other need, please inform HR or Student Affairs and collectively we can get resources to them.

The situation is very fluid and we will continue to monitor and follow CDC, state and local government guidelines and directives. As this health crisis continues, the President’s council is committed to taking appropriate measures to protect all students, staff, and faculty.

Members of the President Council include: Flo Dunn, Wendy Duncan, John Graneto, Mark Okamoto, Jimmy Dunn, Richele Kleiser, Carlita Romero-Begley, Tanya Bohorquez, Ashley Emerzian, Kathleen Haeberle.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us.

During this time of great stress and uncertainty, please take the time to connect with friends and loved ones, take long walks and exercise. This is also a time where we truly demonstrate that we are a strong CHSU community and each student, staff and faculty are valued.

We will get through this together and bring us closer as a community.

Thank you,

Florence T. Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University


March 26, 2020:

Special Message from the Office of the President

Dear Colleagues and Students,

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand announced today that the City of Fresno’s order to “shelter in place” is being extended through April 12, 2020. More information: https://www.fresno.gov/news/mayor-announces-extension-to-shelter-at-home-order/ The State of California is also still operating under the order to stay home that went into effect on March 19, 2020 and is in place until further notice. More information: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

The University is continuing with our current status as previously communicated and listed below:

Students and Online Instruction: All CHSU campus facilities are closed to students. Online instruction for CHSU COP classes will continue through the spring semester, ending May 1, 2020.

Virtual Communications: All communications between students and faculty/staff is taking place virtually using the CHSU technology platforms provided. To minimize any disruptions to online learning, the Office of Student Affairs is working directly with all students who need assistance in accessing our technology infrastructure, internet access, devices, etc.

Campus Operations Limited to Essential Duties: Our campus will continue to operate on a limited basis, until further notice. Some University buildings are closed and others are only accessible to those with CHSU ID card access. Only essential functions which are required to be performed at CHSU buildings are taking place on campus. Employees with duties that must be performed from campus will be on-site under social distancing best practices. Campus security services continue as normal.

Essential Departments: The following areas have been identified as essential areas of operation necessary to support online instruction and critical campus functions: Admissions/Student Affairs, Library (limited services to support online instruction), IT, Registrar, Financial Aid, Security, Facilities, Business Office, Human Resources, and University Communications.

Employees Temporarily Working Remotely: Remote work from home is being used to the extent possible to carry out the essential functions. Supervisors are communicating with their employees to coordinate what duties must be performed on-campus. All employees who continue to work on campus must exercise caution and follow the recommended hygiene etiquette and social distancing, as we have been consistently communicating. Please remember that any employee who feels ill, is living with a person who is sick, or potentially has been exposed to COVID-19 should not report to campus.

Employees who are on campus to perform essential duties should observe social distancing practices as follows:

  • Employees on campus are to stay six feet apart from each other.
  • All meetings should be held via CHSU video or phone conferencing platforms to allow people to remain in their offices while attending or attend from off-campus when permitted by policy.
  • In-person meetings with more than 10 people are not permitted, per CDC recommendation.
  • We strongly recommend that students who study off-campus also observe the same social distancing practices to minimize the risk of exposure.
  • Campus Facilities has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, conference rooms, workstations, doorknobs and push-bars, and public areas. Employees with offices must leave their door open in order to have cleaning staff clean their office areas.  These practices will continue.

Thank you for your continued commitment to CHSU’s mission during this unprecedented time in our nation’s and our University’s history. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our highest priority, and we will do our best to support you in any way we can.

Regards,

Florence T. Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University


March 25, 2020:

Special Message from the Office of the Provost

Dear Colleagues and Students,

We’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the CHSU College of Pharmacy, Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony that was planned for Saturday, May 16, 2020 to a future date that’s to be determined to protect the health and safety of our students and their families, our faculty/staff, and our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We recognize that our Graduation Ceremony is a cherished tradition and important milestone in pharmacy education, so we plan to celebrate our graduates’ achievements with a Virtual Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 3:00 pm. Further details will be shared in the near future.

 Please see the revised plans below for Graduation activities:

  • Convert to Online – 5/11-5/15 Virtual Grad Week Activities and RxPrep
    • Offered through Zoom; Schedule to be announced
  • Canceled – 5/14 Graduation Awards and Dinner at Copper River Country Club
  • New Online – 5/15 Virtual Graduation Celebration at 3:00 pm through Zoom
    • Details to be announced.
  • Postponed – 5/16 Graduation Ceremony at Clovis Hills Community Church
    • We hope to reschedule a modified ceremony or celebration in the future when shelter in place is lifted.

Continue to Diligently Protect Yourselves and our Community

While several new, confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in Fresno and several of our surrounding counties, the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) has posted some important reminders on their website.

Excerpt from the FCDPH:

At this time, there is no identified community spread in Fresno County but the risk to the general public is real. The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) has plans in place to inform and protect all residents, limit exposures to any new cases if identified, and address concerns as they arise. This health crisis will require everyone to play a role during this challenging time— we urge everyone to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene at all times, and stay home as much as possible to prevent catching or passing on the infection. Refer to the FCDPH website for more information: https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/departments/public-health/covid-19

Please continue to stay home and practice social distancing and good hand washing to protect yourselves, families, our campus community, and our community as a whole.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented situation. We hope you all continue to stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,

Wendy Duncan, PhD FNAP, CYT 500
Senior Academic Vice President and Provost
California Health Sciences University


March 20, 2020:

Special Message from the Office of the President

Dear Colleagues and Students,

Governor Newsom announced that effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health has ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.

Students and Online Instruction: All CHSU campus facilities will now be closed to students. Online instruction for CHSU COP classes will continue as planned, beginning Monday, March 23, and through the spring semester, ending May 1, 2020.

Virtual Communications: All communications between CHSU students and faculty/staff should take place virtually using the CHSU technology platforms provided. To minimize any disruptions to online learning, the Office of Student Affairs will be working directly with all students who need assistance in accessing our technology infrastructure, internet access, devices, etc.

Campus Operations Limited to Essential Duties: In light of this new order, our campus will continue to operate on a limited basis, and some University buildings will be closed and accessible only to those with CHSU ID card access. Only essential functions which are required to be performed at CHSU buildings will take place on campus. Employees with duties that must be performed from campus will be on-site under social distancing best practices. Campus security services also will continue as normal.

Essential Departments: The following areas have been identified as essential areas of operation necessary to support online instruction and critical campus functions: Admissions/Student Affairs, Library (limited services to support online instruction), IT, Registrar, Financial Aid, Security, Facilities, Business Office, Human Resources, and University Communications.

Employees Temporarily Working Remotely: Remote work from home will be used to the extent possible to carry out the essential functions. Supervisors will be communicating with their employees to coordinate what duties must be performed on-campus. All employees who continue to work on campus must exercise caution and follow the recommended hygiene etiquette and social distancing, as we have been consistently communicating. Please remember that any employee who feels ill, is living with a person who is sick, or potentially has been exposed to COVID-19 should not report to campus.

We will continue sending COVID-19 updates to keep you informed, but please check your email and the CHSU coronavirus website regularly.

Thank you for your continued commitment to CHSU’s mission during this unprecedented time in our nation’s and our University’s history. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our highest priority, and we will do our best to support you in any way we can.

Florence T. Dunn
President
California Health Sciences University


March 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm:

In light of the recent order issued by the City of Fresno to “shelter in place” starting tonight at midnight, the following new decisions have been made by the University.

Most Employees Work From Home

Beginning Thursday, March 19 through March 31, 2020, we are allowing most employees to work from home. Recognizing that we all work together as a team in keeping the University operational, each area/department will determine who will be continuing business operations on campus and who will be working remotely. Flexible and staggered work schedules onsite can help to balance the workload amongst the teams. The designated and voluntary employees who remain working on campus are critical to keeping our campus open for incoming students and current students who need access to the internet, study space, and the library. The CHSU COVID-19 policy is still in effect except that we are allowing more people to work from home during the “Shelter in place” order.

Due to the City of Fresno “shelter in place order” and notifications received today by additional rotation sites that are shutting down, the University has decided to implement the following additional changes to our March 18 student policy that was communicated this morning. This information will supersede previous communications.

Didactic Students

With concern for your safety and wellness and ongoing changes in national and regional recommendations, it has been decided that all examinations will now take place online for the remaining Spring 2020 semester. Additional details were provided to you in your email March 18th at 5:25 pm.

APPE Students

We are working hard to minimize the impact on students during this unprecedented public health crisis. ACPE has given colleges of pharmacy some latitude to be creative in managing rotations during the COVID pandemic. Students received an email from Provost Duncan March 18th at 5:25 pm with modifications to Block 7 and 8 rotations in line with ACPE standards. Students are requested to submit their Block 7 hours logs to the Office of Experiential Education ASAP and also contact that office with any questions.

California Health Sciences University (“CHSU” or “University”) administration has been continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from federal, state, local governments and our accrediting and licensing bodies. The health of our students, faculty, staff, administration, and community is our most important priority.

We know this situation is extremely difficult and may take a personal toll on some within our campus community. Please know we are with you; we are here to support you as only together will we successfully navigate the challenges that await us. We are taking every effort and using every resource to make sound decisions to try to minimize any impacts to our educational program, and most importantly to the health and safety of our campus and public community.

Placing personal and public health safety above all else is a priority for health providers and our students as future health care providers.

Please take all preventive measures seriously to ensure you stay safe and healthy!


March 18, 2020 at 9:00 am:

California Health Sciences University (“CHSU” or “University”) administration has been continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from federal, state, local governments and our accrediting and licensing bodies. The health of our students, faculty, staff, administration, and community is our most important priority.

We know this situation is extremely difficult and may take a personal toll on some within our campus community. Please know we are with you; we are here to support you as only together will we successfully navigate the challenges that await us. We are taking every effort and using every resource to make sound decisions to try to minimize any impacts to our educational program, and most importantly to the health and safety of our campus and public community.

Placing personal and public health safety above all else is a priority for health providers and our students as future health care providers. This means that as clinical rotation sites make decisions regarding the safety of their facilities related to student rotations that student progression will likely be impacted. This also is affecting all pharmacy students across the nation, and we are working with our program accreditor, ACPE, and other sites to find alternative solutions for students wherever possible. We already have received some guidance from ACPE that allows us greater flexibility in making individual student accommodations while continuing to meet the ACPE standards and guidelines. We are working hard to minimize the impact on students of this unprecedented public health crisis.


March 17, 2020:

California Health Sciences University administration has been continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from federal, state, local governments and our accrediting and licensing bodies, and the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America posted by the Centers for Disease Control on March 16, 2020.

CHSU announced new policies and procedures for the CHSU COVID-19 response applicable to employees from March 17, 2020 through May 1, 2020 regarding Employee Illness, Time Off and Remote Work from Home. These policies and procedures will be updated by the University administration as new information and guidance becomes available. Employees can reference the entire policy on the CHSU Teams internal platform.

University Facilities & Operations

  • All work-related employee travel is suspended until further notice. Employees are directed to cancel all work-related hotel, airfare and travel reservations.  Questions regarding expense reimbursements related to travel should be directed to the CHSU Business Office.
  • All University, College of Pharmacy and College of Osteopathic Medicine events are canceled through May 1, 2020.  The University is exploring options to allow for CHSU College of Pharmacy (“COP”) graduation to be attended virtually. Students should be advised to consider this when making plans for family and friends to attend.
  • All University-sponsored or CHSU-related student group/organization events are canceled through May 1, 2020.
  • All College of Pharmacy (“COP”) didactic courses will be shifted to remote online platforms beginning March 23, 2020 through May 1, 2020.  More information regarding the implementation of the temporary online courses will be sent to students, faculty, and staff this week.
  • COP final exams are currently planned to take place on-campus under social distancing and other physical restrictions as recommended by federal, California and Fresno County Department of Public Health. The location and further details related to the COP final exams will be announced closer to the exam dates, including information regarding student accommodations that may be needed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • All campus facilities, including the Library, will remain open and social distancing practices will be observed by students, faculty and staff who are on-campus, as follows:
    • Employees should always stay six feet apart from each other.
    • All meetings should be held via Webex or other video or phone conferencing platforms to allow people to remain in their offices while attending or attend from off-campus when permitted by this policy.
    • In-person meetings with more than 10 people are not permitted, per CDC recommendation.
  • Since March 9, 2020, campus facilities have implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection of classrooms, conference rooms, workstations, doorknobs and push-bars, and public areas.  Employees with offices must leave their door open in order to have cleaning staff clean their office areas. These practices will continue.

March 16, 2020:

Temporary Online Instruction Planned to Begin Monday, March 23, 2020

CHSU plans to implement online instruction starting Monday, March 23, 2020 through the last day of finals on May 1, 2020 for the College of Pharmacy courses, as permitted by its program accreditor, ACPE. Additionally, CHSU is in the process of finalizing procedures to support students on IPPE and APPE rotations. More information will be sent out throughout this week regarding these temporary changes. The University asks that students and employees monitor their CHSU email accounts closely for more information and instructions.


March 13, 2020:

The University has decided to postpone several CHSU events until this summer based on guidance received from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19.

Canceled CHSU Career Fair – Friday, March 13, 2020 (will not be rescheduled due to short time left in semester)
Postponed CHSU Scholarship Gala – Friday, March 20, 2020
Postponed CHSU VIP Reception for COM Building – Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Postponed CHSU Ribbon Cutting for COM Building – Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Postponed CHSU Anatomy Bootcamp – April 4-25, 2020

We will reevaluate events planned for April and May as new information becomes available.

At this time, we are planning to maintain all other normal classes and business operations. However, we will continue to monitor recommendations received from the CDC, and state/local public health agencies and provide updates on this page.


March 12, 2020:

View our COVID-19 “What You Need to Know – March 12,2020” PDF.

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