Response to CDPH Guidance on Reopening Protocols for Higher Education
Update From President Struppa, August 11, 2020
On Friday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) shared interim guidance and reopening protocols for higher education. As we anticipated, the higher education guidance does not allow for in-person instruction until Orange County is off the State’s COVID-19 monitoring list. CDPH has noted that reopening higher education campuses throughout the state in addition to restarting collegiate athletics will depend on local conditions including trends in cases, availability of testing resources, and adequate preparedness and public health capacity to respond to case and outbreak investigations.
We will continue to evaluate the guidance and work closely with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) to better understand what we’re able to offer on campus. With that, our plans for fall currently remain unchanged. We will begin the new academic year with remote instruction, except for the very limited activities for the essential healthcare workforce programs at our Rinker campus. We will also continue our plan for limited on-campus housing. We will closely monitor the situation and bring back in-person instruction as soon as we’re able to.
We are encouraged that the OCHCA has approved faculty as essential staff. This means that those faculty who choose to, can come to campus and access the classrooms and new technology to further enhance the remote learning experience for our students. The Provost Office staff are working quickly to provide the academic deans and faculty the necessary process information to gain access to their assigned campus facilities.