Although the University has not received any reports of the coronavirus on campus, faculty have been urged to prepare to move their classes online in the event of a campus wide shutdown.
As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States continues to grow, with 474 cases nationally and 114 cases in California alone as of Monday afternoon, the University is taking precautionary action to prepare for closure.
In an email sent Monday, Brian Clocksin, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is asking CAS faculty to be sure their class syllabi are available to students via Blackboard. Additionally, he suggested faculty post guidelines for absences, grading and office hours during a possible temporary shutdown.
“This is to familiarize faculty and students to the blackboard learning management system should we follow Stanford, University of Washington, Seattle University and others and close down campus,” Clocksin write in the Monday message.
The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering extra training sessions in Blackboard and WebEx to faculty members who need help with the transition to online.
At this point, classes will continue running as scheduled, likely until spring break, which begins next week, until further notice.
In addition to teaching prep, Campus Safety has urged anyone who plans on travelling domestically or internationally during spring break to review the travel guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Campus Safety has also added the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as a card on the LiveSafe application, which will keep up to date information readily available to those who have the app downloaded. LiveSafe can be downloaded here.
The University website on the coronavirus recommends that community members stay up to date with the CDC and Los Angeles County Public Health recommendations for staying disease free, including practicing good hygiene, and staying home if you are sick, as well as following travel guidelines provided by the CDC. Additionally the site reminds us to be mindful of discrimination and to remain calm.
For more information, visit laverne.edu/health/coronavirus.
Jocelyn Arceo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.