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Novel Coronavirus COVID–19 (March 9, 2020)

Dear CCA Community,

Please read this message for important updates on CCA’s ongoing response to the evolving COVID–19 outbreak, including new policies and recommendations regarding travel and events. At this time, no CCA students or employees have been reported to have COVID–19. We will continue to post the latest updates and information on Portal.

The health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are CCA’s highest priorities. With this in mind, we are working closely with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and other health officials and following their guidance to keep our community safe. On Friday, March 6, the SFDPH issued new recommendations in response to COVID–19. Consistent with those guidelines, CCA is implementing the following steps. We will continue to update you regularly as the situation changes. For the time being, all CCA classes will continue as scheduled and shops, studios, and offices will maintain regular staffing and hours.

Travel:

  • All non-essential CCA-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice. For guidance on what might constitute essential travel, please consult your department chair, dean, or vice president. 
  • For personal travel, we strongly recommend following guidelines from the U.S. Department of State and the CDC. Be aware that disruptions to travel plans are likely, and prepare accordingly. We advise against traveling to any region with a CDC level 2 or 3 travel restriction. Those returning from regions with level 3 restrictions will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    • Students should report travel to such regions to Student Affairs at vp-studentaffairs@cca.edu.
    • Employees should report their travel to their manager and HR. 
  • Students, faculty, and staff who are planning to travel for spring break should follow the above guidelines for personal travel. If you choose to travel, consider packing carefully and planning for the possibility that your return trip may be disrupted.
  • CCA residence halls will remain open over spring break for students who prefer to remain on campus.  

Events:

  • Programs for internal CCA audiences that are not open to the public may continue as scheduled. 
  • Public events with anticipated attendance of 50 or more people are suspended from Tuesday, March 10, until at least March 20.
  • The above guidelines are intended to minimize disruption to our students’ academic experience while aligning with recommendations to practice social distancing (reducing the chance of exposure to the virus by limiting close contact with large numbers of people). Closing events to the public enables us to track and notify attendees if needed.
  • For guidance on whether to suspend an event or limit attendance to the internal CCA community only, please consult your department chair, dean, or vice president.

Prevention:

  • Everyone in our community should practice preventative measures such as frequent hand washing and should stay home if you’re sick.
  • The SFDPH has recommended that vulnerable populations, such as those with underlying health concerns, limit outings.
    • Employees in this situation should discuss alternative work options with their supervisor in consultation with HR.
    • Students should discuss with their instructors or contact Student Affairs at vp-studentaffairs@cca.edu.
  • Students who are concerned about missing class if sick should talk with their instructor, and professors are encouraged to practice flexibility during this time to minimize disruptions to student learning.
  • Managers should direct employees who are sick to stay home, and employees who are concerned about taking off work or who do not have sick time balances should consult with their managers and HR for assistance.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of bathrooms and common areas has been put in place, and additional soap and hand-sanitizer dispensers are being installed throughout buildings.

We will continue to provide regular updates by email and on the CCA COVID–19 (novel coronavirus) Portal page, which includes additional information and resources. The situation is changing rapidly, and we may issue new recommendations or policies at any time as guidelines from public health officials change. Please recognize that each decision is being made with the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff first and foremost. This is a time of heightened uncertainty and anxiety for many members of our community. We ask that you continue to treat everyone with kindness and empathy and to offer support to one another as we navigate this unexpected situation, together.

Stephen Beal, President
Tammy Rae Carland, Provost