Hybrid return to work starts April 19—parking and vehicle announcements

Almost all the counties with Fresno Pacific University campuses, except for Merced County, are now in the red or orange tier under California’s blueprint for a safer economy. As vaccine distribution and health trends continue to be encouraging, staff will return soon to campuses in a hybrid format. As previously communicated, cabinet members and supervisors have been working with their teams to map their areas’ return plans. These return plans for staff will begin Monday, April 19, 2021. Each office has made plans to establish a schedule that will commence on this date. The goal is to be able to return to establish solid routines to better support students’ in-person experience this fall. A recent memo from the Governor affirms the expectation that by June the color-based tiers may be eliminated if the state continues progress at its current pace. Summer classes will remain virtual as previously announced. Staff are asked to continue to work closely with their supervisor for specific details about area return plans.  

Additional Information and Reminders: 

  •  All students and employees will need to continue to follow safety protocols on all campuses, including the wearing of masks and social distancing. 
  • Meetings on campuses should still be conducted in a virtual format for the time being. 
  • The dress code will remain consistent with the university’s current guidelines along with casual dress on Fridays.    
  • The dining hall will be open for to-go lunch options Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. until the end of the spring semester on May 7. 
  • The coffee shop remains open for limited hours in the morning.  
  • Meals and snacks are to be enjoyed in individual offices or outside. 

Main Campus Parking Update: 

Beginning April 19, additional parking lots will be available for parking. Only the Hamilton Parking Lot will have a checkpoint, but additional lots will be open. Employees will need to continue to complete the COVID screening in the MyFPU app on their own each day they come to campus. It is essential employees complete the screening app each day they are on campus in order to provide accurate information should contact tracing be necessary. The following provides information regarding parking lot availability:  

  • Hamilton Lot will remain as is with the current checkpoint. The Hamilton Lot is where all guests will need to enter to access campus and complete the COVID screening at the checkpoint.  
  • McDonald Hall Parking Lot: open 
  • Heaton Avenue Parking Lot: open 
  • Steinert (facilities) Parking Lot: open  
  • Jost Hall Parking Lot will be available for residential students only 
  • Additional parking details will be communicated in Squawk Box next week 

There will be no paid parking permit required until the fall semester; however, employees still need to register their vehicle. Upon completion of vehicle registration, they will receive a free parking permit which will allow them to park in the designated parking lots listed above. Employees should visit my.fpu.edu and click on the vehicle registration tile to complete and submit vehicle information. Those with questions, please contact fpu.parking@fresno.edu or 559-453-4625. 

FPU looks forward to providing face-to-face instruction and opportunities for students this fall and for the ability to reengage in person. As evidenced by everyone’s creative and collaborative efforts, it is clear this community is genuinely dedicated to benefiting students through Christian higher education.



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations