We are eager with anticipation for the fall semester to begin. Next week staff will return to our campuses from their hybrid format and faculty will soon follow. Face-to-face instruction will resume, and we are grateful for the countless ways God has provided for us over the last 18 months.
As the fall semester approaches, unfortunately, the state of California is seeing a new rise in Covid-19 cases due in large part to the proliferation of the Delta Variant around the world. The rise in new cases compels updated recommendations both at the federal and state level.
- As of this week, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that all individuals, whether vaccinated or not, wear masks again in all indoor settings in communities where the virus has high or substantial transmission levels. Currently, most of the state of California falls into high or substantial levels of transmission.
- Earlier this week, the California Department of Public health changed its recommendations to align with CDC recommendations on wearing masks indoors for all individuals.
- As we continue to follow state and local guidance, we are updating our campus mask policy. Effective Monday, August 2, 2021, masks will be required to be worn while indoors on all FPU campuses, regardless of vaccination status. If you are alone in your office, you do not have to wear a mask.
We understand some of you may still have reservations regarding vaccines, and encourage you to take time to review this information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html. Vaccines have proven to be the most effective, safe, and reliable way to keep you and others protected from the virus that causes Covid-19. We want to reemphasize our strong encouragement to become fully vaccinated as soon as possible.
This fall we all will reaffirm the ministry of presence as we welcome faculty, staff, and students back into community this August. We are deeply grateful for the grace of God, for his presence and his gracious work among us. We are thankful for your commitment to serve during these challenging times. May our Lord grant you peace that allays your fears as we persist to serve others in this coming year.
Joseph Jones, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Human Resources