Updated Campus Face Covering Protocols

For greater protection against COVID-19, California Department of Public Health guidelines strongly urge all to wear surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s) with good fit since cloth masks have been determined to be much less effective in reducing the spread of COVID.

Face coverings are required until further notice and are to be worn when indoors except when alone in an enclosed space with the door closed. Surgical masks or higher-level respirators, such as N95s, KN95s or KF94s are required while on campus. Those working outdoors do not have to wear a face covering unless 6-feet of social distance cannot be maintained. Face coverings are not required in private spaces such as dorm rooms, single-occupancy offices, and the like. Questions or comments about this protocol may be directed to Safety & Risk Management at (209) 667-3057 or email risk@csustan.edu.

Face shields are not a replacement for face coverings, although they may be worn together for additional protection. Face shields with a drape may only be worn by those employees who cannot wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or disability, or who are hearing-impaired or communicating with a hearing-impaired person.

Any request from faculty and staff for accommodation can be requested by submitting a Request for Reasonable Accommodation.

Employees currently working on campus, or for those consistently accessing campus, can request surgical masks or higher-level respirators, such as KN95s, online through the Campus COVID Supply Store. Orders will be filled beginning Monday, Feb. 7, for employees returning Feb. 14 .

Employees will be notified when orders are ready to be picked up from the Mail Room in MSR 010. Orders not picked up within 5 days of notification will be cancelled and a new order will need to be placed. The Mail Room will not hold orders placed prior to the return to campus.

Staff/Faculty: N95 Respirator as Face Covering

An N95 respirator can be worn voluntarily by faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status. These are available at no cost to the individual or department.

A request for an N95 respirator must be submitted by each individual who will be using the item. Please use the N95 for Voluntary Use form to submit a request.

Putting on a face covering

  • Avoid touching the front of the face covering once it's on.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering.
  • Ensure the face-covering fits over the nose and under the chin.
  • Situate the face-covering properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.

Taking off a face covering

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering.
  • When taking off the face covering, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after removing.

Care, storage and laundering

  • Keep face coverings stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Disposable face coverings must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after you return home for the day or if it is soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Approved Face Coverings

Face Covering Design Picture Description
Disposable surgical or medical grade mask
Disposable surgical or medical grade mask

Manufactured non-woven material 3-ply filter with elastic loops that covers nose and mouth.

Disposable KF94
Disposable KF94

Manufactured non-woven material 4-ply filter with elastic loops that covers nose and mouth.

KF94s are designed to meet Korean standards.

These are not available through the COVID Supply Store, but may be worn on campus.

Disposable KN95
Disposable KN95 mask

Manufactured non-woven material 5-ply filter with elastic loops that covers nose and mouth.

KN95s are designed to meet Chinese standards.

Disposable N95
Disposable N95 mask

Manufactured non-woven material 3-ply filter with elastic head straps. Filter efficiency of 95% or greater against solid and liquid aerosols free of oil.

N95s are certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and meet U.S. standards.

These are not available through the COVID Supply Store and must be requested through the N95 Voluntary Use Form.

Face Shield with a drape
Face Shield with a drape

Clear plastic face shield with a drape long enough to tuck into front of shirt.

These are an available accommodation and can be requested by submitting a Request for Reasonable Accommodation.

Updated: January 14, 2022