Shelter-in-place order continues through May 3
Dear campus community,
The City and County of San Francisco announced today an updated shelter-in-place order, extending the directive through May 3 with new restrictions effective at midnight, March 31.
This extension does not change the current status of operations and services at San Francisco State University. Faculty and staff working remotely should continue to do so. A very small number of staff and offices remain on campus to maintain core business and infrastructure operations. These escalated mitigation efforts remain in effect through May 3. We will keep faculty and staff apprised if there is a need to extend this date and will continue to align our dates with the City and County.
With this updated order, people may no longer use public recreational facilities. While the University has allowed people to use a limited number of recreational facilities on campus — the soccer field, for example — with appropriate social distancing, we are now closing these facilities.
I also want to remind students and faculty that remote instruction will continue for the remainder of the spring semester, as previously announced. Given the extension of the shelter-in-place, we are also preparing to offer Summer Session remotely, as well. All California State University campuses are planning similarly for summer.
I am aware that working, teaching and learning through remote modalities is an adjustment for many of you. I want to personally thank everyone, again, for their perseverance, flexibility and tenacity during this unprecedented time. Our COVID-19 website provides and refers to many resources that can help during this period. Below are a few resources I also wanted to specifically call out:
- Faculty and students should continue referring to the Instructional Continuity website for assistance on remote instruction and learning.
- Employees should continue to review the Staff and Managers website for updates and resources, including Temporary Paid Administrative Leave.
- Information Technology Services maintains a list of tools and services to support telecommunications.
- Here are best practices to reduce ergonomic risk factors when using laptops.
- San Francisco State Assistant Professor of Psychology Melissa Hagan was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle sharing ways to manage anxiety during this time.
Sadly, the economic consequences of COVID-19 have been quickly felt. For students experiencing financial difficulty due to the virus and mitigation efforts, assistance is available through the University’s Help, Opportunity & Pathway to Empowerment Crisis (HOPE) Fund. Find application details on the HOPE Crisis Fund web page.
At this time, it’s important that we all protect the health of our communities. Please stay well and continue to follow COVID-19 mitigation guidelines on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
With deep gratitude,
Lynn Mahoney, Ph.D.