Guidance for Higher Education During Covid-19

1 COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Institutions of Higher Education September 30, 2020

2 The guidance is not intended to revoke or repeal any worker rights, either statutory, regulatory or collectively bargained, and is not exhaustive, as it does not include local public health orders, nor is it a substitute for any existing safety and health-related regulatory requirements such as those of Cal/OSHA. IHEs should stay current on changes to public health guidance and state/local orders as the COVID-19 situation evolves.1 In Particular: Implementation of this guidance should be tailored for each setting, including adequate consideration of programs operating at each institution and the needs of students and workers. Administrators should engage relevant stakeholders—including students, their families, staff and labor partners in the school community—to formulate and implement plans.

• Cal/OSHA provides more comprehensive guidance for protecting workers on their Cal/OSHA Interim General Guidelines on Protecting Workers from COVID-19 webpage. Finally, as this guidance is implemented, institutions should assess and mitigate any equity and access issues that might arise in resuming in person instruction.

• The California Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA has additional relevant guidance for institutions of higher education including, but not limited to, fitness facilities, retail and childcare. The following guidelines and considerations are intended to help institutions of higher education (IHE) and their communities plan and prepare to resume in-person instruction. This guidance is interim. These guidelines and considerations are based on the best available public health data at this time, international best practices currently employed, and the practical realities of managing operations; as new data and practices emerge, the guidance will be updated. Additionally, the guidelines and considerations do not reflect the full scope of issues that institutions of higher education will need to address.

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