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Two-day Suspension of Instruction for Professional Development and Preparation (March 23 and 24, 2020)

As we continue to monitor the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty and the continuation of our educational operation comes first.  On Friday, March 6th, a message was sent to faculty about maintaining educational continuity in the context of COVID-19.  In the message, the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) detailed instructional continuity resources and those can be accessed on the Keep Teaching site. Please review the site if you have not already done so. 

Meanwhile, the Chancellor’s Office (CO) has recently issued a recommendation to all CSU campuses that senior leadership should prepare delivery of courses and programs for non-face-to-face modalities, should the need arise.  To comply with the CO’s recommendation, Humboldt State University will cancel all state-side instruction for two days (Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24) to allow faculty time to prepare for non-face-to-face instruction should this become necessary.  No exams or assignments can be due during this time.  Instruction will resume on Wednesday, March 25. Preparing for this potential switch takes time and can't be done instantly. While two days isn't perfect, it allows faculty to avoid teaching and preparing for this shift at the same time.

All faculty are expected to use these two days (March 23 and March 24) to engage in mandatory college and university-sponsored professional development, preparation meetings, and events to further prepare for instructional continuity of their courses (e.g., transitioning from face-to-face instruction to an alternative format that allows for the completion of the course learning outcomes). Lecturer faculty will receive a stipend for participating in the two-day mandatory professional development activities. A complete agenda and schedule of events is forthcomingAlthough instruction is cancelled for two days (March 23 and 24), the University will remain open and fully operational.

The CTL (LIB315) will remain open during spring break to work with faculty who desire to use this time to prepare for alternative modes of instruction. While this is available to faculty, there is no expectation of work during spring break week. 

Thank you for the "can-do" approach that faculty and staff have been taking to this very difficult and unpredictable situation. This evolving situation is disconcerting to many of us and we are all working diligently to adjust and communicate quickly as necessary. Thank you to the leadership of our University Senate in helping to clear the way for what may come next in instruction. We understand and appreciate all that you are doing and will continue to do for our students during this unprecedented time. Should you have any specific questions or concerns, you may contact your department chair or dean.