Mandatory Course Safety Information Form

August 10, 2020 - 3:13pm

The following message was sent to the College Deans today.

Dear Deans:

As we get closer to the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester, we need to tie-up loose ends to support our Face to Face (F2F) offerings. To this end, our campus partners from Facilities Management and Environmental Health and Safety need additional information in order to comply with necessary protocols required by public health. Please start working with your Department Chairs to provide the necessary information. Below are details of what is being requested:

Critical EOC Process:  A Course Safety Information Form must be submitted for every scheduled F2F Course

When:  ASAP, but no later than Wednesday, August 26

Who:  Ideally, the instructor would complete the form, but due to time sensitivity and the limited number of Green faculty work days, we need the Deans and Chairs to assist with the process of getting forms completed as soon as possible so as to enable our Facilities Management and Environmental Health and Safety partners to further streamline sanitization protocols based on the actual activities that will occur inside each class space. 

While supervisor checklists and JHA’s address the individual employee’s activity, completing a Course Safety Information Form for each F2F course will outline all course activity – the information will be critical for Environmental Health & Safety review, risk assessment and mitigation, and Facilities Maintenance follow-up on physical space evaluation.

It’s important to remember, all classes that have been granted the exemption from the Chancellor’s Office to return for F2F instruction must do so in a way that minimizes risk and maximizes safety to the extent possible for the instructors and the students. Deviating from the guidance set forth by the local, state and federal agencies jeopardizes the safety of everyone at Humboldt State and our community; any such deviation would likely impact our ability to continue with F2F instruction.

Our F2F instruction is set to begin on September 8, 2020 and end on November 6, 2020 after which classes will revert to virtual modality for the remainder of the fall semester. Please note: this plan for F2F instruction is subject to change if the public health risk increases. We will seek to communicate and be nimble with any forthcoming updates and changes.

There are a few non-negotiables that should be included in your safety plan submission. The final safety plan will be developed based on your responses to the Course Safety Information Form. The non-negotiables are:

●        Everyone in every class must wear an adequate, two layered face covering over their mouth and their nose or an approved face shield, at all times. 

●        Classes may not exceed the COVID-19 capacity of the space. Each class will have instructions on how to accommodate social distancing of 6ft. or greater, which must be maintained at all times. 

●        Each student must sit in the same location for the duration of the semester. Though enhanced cleaning and sanitation is occurring, this is a secondary risk reduction measure, to minimize the potential spread of contagion. 

If you have any questions, please direct them to OAAVP@humboldt.edu. I thank you in advance for your efforts to support the ongoing health and wellness of our community and HSU’s ability to offer limited F2F instruction.

Best,

Dr. Mary Oling-Sisay

Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies

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