Campus Closure Updates

4:00 p.m., Nov. 23, 2018

Dear Campus Community,

We are pleased to announce that the Stan State campuses in Turlock and Stockton will resume classes and all other business operations on Monday, Nov. 26. According to Valley Air, the indoor and outdoor air quality has improved significantly and has returned to normal ranges.

In preparation for campus reopening and in the best academic interest of our students, Vasche Library will open tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. An OIT technician will be available in the Library to assist students at (209) 667-3687 or TechSupport@csustan.edu.

In addition, Fitzpatrick Arena is open for team practice and training.

Our Facilities Services and Safety and Risk Management have been in continuous contact with local and regional air quality and environmental agencies to monitor conditions and test the air quality. The following results from air sampling of buildings on both campuses, taken over the last three days, assure us that conditions have improved and the campus can return to normal business.

  • The average indoor air quality at the Turlock campus was 47 percent better than the outside air
  • The average outdoor air quality on campus as measured by the contractor on Wednesday, Nov. 21, with the PM2.5 micrograms per cubic meter scale was 141, which is 100 points lower than on Monday, Nov. 20
  • The average indoor air quality at the Stockton campus was 64 percent better than the outside air
  • The average outdoor air quality at the Stockton campus as measured by the contractor on Wednesday, Nov. 21, with the PM2.5 micrograms per cubic meter scale was 118

If you have any questions or concerns related to buildings or safety, please contact the Vice President for Business and Finance Darrell Haydon’s office at (209) 667-3077.

We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for your understanding. I look forward to returning to normal campus operations on Monday.

Sincerely,

Ellen Junn, Ph.D.
President


8:00 a.m., Nov. 19, 2018

Dear Campus Community,

ValleyAir continues to predict ongoing unhealthy air quality throughout this week. For the health and safety of our Warrior Family, we have made the difficult decision to close campus this week, Monday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 25. All campus activities, including residential life and athletic events, are cancelled. We are encouraging all faculty, staff and students to stay home and stay indoors.

A very limited number of personnel will be asked to perform essential functions such as payroll, police services, registration, etc. Please do not report to campus unless a manager specifically contacts you and asks you to report to campus.

All courses and business operations will resume on Monday, Nov. 26. The University’s Facilities Services and Office of Safety and Risk Management will continue to monitor the air quality both indoors and outdoors.

The recent Camp Fire and other fires in California are some of the most devastating in our state’s history. In addition, this level of prolonged unhealthy air quality affecting the Central Valley region is unprecedented. We recognize the impact closing campus has on the academic success of our students. Provost Kimberly Greer is working closely with our deans and faculty members to provide guidance on ways to adjust course assignments due to class cancellations. Specific information related to this will be distributed later today.

The following information is intended to help answer some questions you may have related to the campus closure. For more specific information, please visit our Campus Closure FAQs page.

For staff members: As noted, some essential functions of the University will need to occur this week so that, for example, people will get paid on time and students can register, enroll in courses, and to process student financial aid disbursements. Necessary personnel will be notified by their managers if they need to report to work during the closure.

For faculty members: There will be neither classes nor any assignments due until Monday, Nov. 26. Faculty members may not assign new work or require students to submit assignments during the campus closure. We encourage faculty to use this time to adjust their coursework and prepare for the final two weeks of instruction. As noted above, Provost Kim Greer will provide information to the faculty in a separate email. Please note: Final exam dates will remain unchanged.

For students: There will be no classes or assignments due or assigned until Monday, Nov. 26. Contact your professor if you have questions about specific coursework. Students employed on campus should not report to work. Students scheduled to work Nov. 14-Nov. 26 will be paid for their missed shifts. The residence halls will remain open for students remaining on campus over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Residential dining will be available Monday, Nov. 19, through Wednesday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The Thanksgiving Dinner event will be hosted as planned on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. in the housing game room. Dining service will resume with brunch at the Village Café on Sunday, Nov. 25. More information about the availability of student services (registration, advising, health center hours, etc.) will be forthcoming from the Division of Student Affairs later today and also on the FAQs page. For athletes, your coach will contact you directly with specific information regarding team practice and training. Please connect them for specific information.

Depending on the weather conditions, the Vashé Library is tentatively scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25. However, please check the website BEFORE coming to campus. As noted above: Final exam dates will remain unchanged.

During this time of thanks and gratitude, please take time to cherish your family and friends, and to support, if possible, those who have been affected by these fires. To show our support for those affected by the fires, Stan State has elected to provide 50 percent of all funds raised via our Campus Cares campaign to our colleagues in Chico to support the dire emergencies created in their region by the Camp Fire.

I wish you a safe Thanksgiving Holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone back on campus on Monday, Nov. 26.

Kind Regards,

Ellen Junn, Ph.D.
President


6:00 p.m., Nov. 18, 2018

Dear Campus Community,

The forecast shows continued ongoing unhealthy air quality throughout this week; therefore it is in the best interest of the Warrior Family to remain closed, including residential life and athletic activities through the Thanksgiving Holiday. The entire campus is closed from Monday, Nov. 19 – Sunday, Nov. 25.

The residential housing director will contact students living in the residential halls with information specific to housing.

Our hearts go out to those affected by the Camp Fire and other fires in California. We wish all students, faculty and staff a very safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

More specific information for faculty, staff and students will follow by 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

Sincerely,

Ellen Junn, Ph.D.
President


4:00 p.m., Nov. 15, 2018

The air quality level as predicted by Valley Air is expected to remain the same tomorrow. All Stan State classes, events, work and activities at both the Turlock and Stockton campuses are cancelled. The residence halls, and Village Cafe are the only spaces that will remain open.

Please visit our website for FAQs about the closure. Essential personnel will be notified by their managers if they need to report to work during the closure.

If you are experiencing symptoms due to the indoor environment, please refer to your supervisor for additional information and guidance, just as you do with other workplace health or illness. If you are a student experiencing symptoms due to the air quality, please contact your personal physician.

We are currently planning to reopen campus Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, for normal operations.

We will continue to monitor air quality, and if anything should change, an update will be provided on Sunday, Nov. 18, via StanAlert and the University website.

Sincerely,

Ellen Junn, Ph.D.
President


6:30 p.m., Nov. 14, 2018

Stanislaus State will remain closed Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. The air quality level, as predicted by Valley Air, is expected to remain in the unhealthy range tomorrow. All classes, events, work and activities are cancelled. The on-campus residence halls, and Village Cafe are the only spaces that will remain open.

Please visit our website for FAQs about the closure. Essential personnel will be notified by their managers if they need to report to work during the closure.

Individuals are encouraged to stay indoors. Please read more information on how to protect your health and lungs in smoky conditions.

We will continue to monitor the region’s air quality and update the campus as information becomes available.

The health and safety of our Warrior Family is very important, and we will continue to assess conditions on a regular basis and in consideration of our educational mission. We recognize the negative impact closing campus has on the academic success of our students whose classes have been cancelled and we are working to minimize this effect.

Please check your email and our website, FacebookTwitterInstagram frequently for the latest information.


10:30 a.m., Nov. 14, 2018

Dear Campus Community,

Smoke from multiple wildfires in the region is causing high levels of air pollution throughout San Joaquin, Sacramento and Stanislaus counties. Due to air quality exceeding Level 5 at both the Turlock and Stockton campuses: very unhealthy, both campuses are closed, today Nov. 14, effective immediately. All offices are closed and no events are being held. All classes, including online classes, and campus activities planned for today are cancelled.

Wellness Works on the Stockton Campus will remain open. The Child Development Center on the Turlock Campus will remain open until parents are able to pick up their children. The food distribution scheduled at the Stockton Campus for tomorrow, Nov. 15, will be rescheduled. More information will be provided once the rescheduled date and time have been determined.

Essential personnel should stay at the discretion of their supervisor. Please consult with your manager to determine if you are designated as essential personnel.

Supervisors: You may activate your StanReady Business Continuity Plans and seek an alternative work location such as alternative site, work from home, etc. If essential personnel are experiencing health effects, supervisors should assess and advise individuals of sick leave availability.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District are monitoring the air quality.

The levels of outdoor risk include:

  • Level 1: Good
  • Level 2: Moderate
  • Level 3: Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
  • Level 4: Unhealthy
  • Level 5: Very Unhealthy

Air quality could be impacted for many days to come and will be variable and unpredictable. Air quality may improve at times or get worse very quickly. Particles in the smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, coughing, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses and headaches. Wildfires do not need to be nearby for these symptoms to occur; with certain weather conditions, we can have smoke from fires far away.

We will continue to monitor the air quality and will provide an update later this evening. Please check your email and our website for updates on campus closure or opening tomorrow.

To view hourly updates on the air quality, please visit the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District website.

How to Protect Your Lungs and your Health in Smoky Conditions

Sincerely,

Ellen Junn, Ph.D.
President