COVID-19 update for Monday, March 9

We continue to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and are planning for a range of scenarios as well as short- and longer-term impacts.

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Dear University of San Francisco Community,

We continue to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and are planning for a range of scenarios as well as short- and longer-term impacts. We know these are challenging times. We acknowledge we are asking a lot of you in terms of flexibility, creativity, and goodwill. We deeply appreciate everything you are doing to ensure that our educational and service missions continue as we lead our community through this unprecedented public health challenge.

At this time there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on USF campuses. All USF campuses and schools are open. Some campus events have been canceled, per City of San Francisco Department of Public Health guidelines.

School of Law Moving to Online 

The School of Law has decided to move to remote learning starting this Wednesday, March 11, for all of its classes. The voluntary nature of the move allows the School of Law to devote two days to intense and focused training of their faculty in online pedagogy and allow key business activities to continue. This process will benefit the university as a whole as we continue to test our continuity of instruction plans.

College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing and Health Professions, School of Education, and School of Management

In keeping with the most recent guidance from the CDC for institutions of higher education with no identified cases on campus, USF classes are continuing without interruption. In-person classes are still scheduled to resume after spring break (beginning March 16) for College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Management, and School of Nursing and Health Professions. 

Spring Break Travel and Returning to Campus

On March 6, 2020, the university issued updated travel guidelines for USF travelers as well as guidance for returning to a USF campus. Please note that all USF travelers returning to a USF campus must follow the guidelines regardless of whether they have engaged in personal or USF-sponsored travel. 

Questions related to self-quarantine should be directed to Kamal Harb. Faculty and staff with questions about working arrangements during self-quarantine should contact their unit supervisor or Human Resources Employee Relations at dnelson3@usfca.edu and lrojas3@usfca.edu.

Threshold of Change in Operations

In consultation with local and national groups and organizations, USF’s COVID-19 Management Team is using the following thresholds for making changes in university operations. USF is also working closely with our colleagues at other Bay Area colleges and universities as we all navigate these challenging times.

Current thresholds include:

  1. A confirmed case of COVID-19 among any member of our community on one of our campuses or additional locations. If there is a confirmed case, the San Francisco Department of Public Health will respond immediately and provide additional guidance and direction to university leadership.
  2. Additional guidance and/or mandates from local, state or federal entities.

Please be advised that due to the constantly evolving situation with COVID-19, other thresholds may be implemented at any time. 

Event Guidance

Following the guidance from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the University of San Francisco is canceling all in-person, non-essential on-campus events at the Hilltop and Downtown (101 Howard) campuses through March 21. The university remains open and at this time, classes are scheduled to resume following spring break on March 16.

Continuity of Instruction Plan

The Continuity of Instruction (CoI) resource group continues to meet and is focused on preparing all schools, colleges, and units for a move to remote learning should we ever need to implement this learning environment. The membership of this group includes an associate dean for each school, Education Technology Services, Gleeson Library, CASA, and the Registrar’s Office. The group will be creating instructor training materials and working through solutions for courses that require face- to- face interaction. Beginning this week, Educational Technology Services will be conducting special Continuity of Instruction Online Workshops to provide additional assistance. 

Working Remotely

Some administrative offices are utilizing spring break to pilot unit-wide remote working scenarios to further enhance their business continuity plans. These efforts are being coordinated with unit leaders with support from ITS. Please refer to the Telecommuting Technology Resources and Guidelines and HR Remote Work Plan.

Business Continuity Plans

Unit leaders are being advised to begin working with their units in discussing and determining how to address key needs to ensure continuity of operations should their unit be asked to work remotely.  Contact the ITS Help Desk for technology assistance by submitting a request in ServiceNow or email the ITS Help Desk at itshelp@usfca.edu or call (415) 422-6668.

Resources

The most up-to-date information can be found on the university’s coronavirus resources page, which is updated daily and contains prior campus communications. 

Prevention Reminders

Please refer to CDC guidelines. The best way for all community members to reduce their risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

  •  Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze in the crook of your sleeve. 
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state, or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
  • There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.
  • Regularly clean your place of residence. Whether you are on-campus or off-campus, it is important to ensure your home is properly cleaned and disinfected. This should include routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

If you have questions about USF’s response to COVID-19, contact campusresilience@usfca.edu.

The COVID-19 Management Team

Monday, Mar 09