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California Stay at Home Order Extended

Offices will be open starting Monday, January 4 staffed at the same level as they were immediately before the holiday break.

Sun Jan 3, 2021

Dear Cal Lutheran Community,
On December 29, state officials extended a regional stay-at-home order until such time that ICU capacity and capacity projections for respective regions return to 15%. Ventura and Los Angeles counties are in the “Southern California” region, and ICU bed capacity is currently at 0%.  Conditions in Southern California are expected to remain below the 15% threshold well into January. Berkeley is in the “Bay Area” region, and ICU bed capacity is at 7.5%. 

To keep abreast of relevant information, the Cal Lutheran leadership team has met throughout the semester break. They are monitoring regional trends and devising work plans that align with state and local directives. The cabinet made the decision that offices on all CLU campuses will remain staffed at minimal levels  at least until Monday, January 18. This means that offices will be open starting Monday, January 4, from 8 am to 5 pm and staffed at the same level as they were immediately before the holiday break.

Employees whose job responsibilities must be performed from campus will continue to report to work and all employees are asked to review the Campus Compact before returning to work on campus.  Additionally, all employees working on campus will be required to complete the daily health check on the KNOW page as was required in the Fall semester.

Each day a small proportion of staff will come to campus in our ongoing effort to keep university offices “open for onsite business” and to undertake assignments that are most efficiently handled on site. As has been the case before, supervisors have been empowered to identify which campus-specific tasks need to be addressed and by whom. Toward this end, supervisors will craft on-site work schedules that ensure that tasks are assumed by the minimal number of on-site employees needed to complete the work and staff the office.

At Thousand Oaks, Mailroom staff will continue to deliver mail throughout the campus. Offices will need to coordinate with the Mailroom to ensure that someone is there to receive and process the mail as it is delivered.

Staff who wish to work from their own office or a university facility should contact their supervisor to identify a safe and suitable on-campus arrangement. Staff who are not in the office will be expected to work the same hours (8:00 AM-5:00 PM) as those who are on site, unless arrangements for other hours have been made with their supervisor. Faculty may work from their own private office on campus if they wish to.

Other important updates include: 

  • Class instruction will remain virtual through the stay-at-home order. Some exceptions may be possible for lab or studio classes that cannot be taught virtually. Faculty should contact their Dean to identify an on-campus arrangement. As soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted, we will immediately offer outdoor classes as well as indoor lab and studio classes. Once we return to the red tier, all scheduled indoor classes will be offered. Faculty are advised to design their course work to allow for the anticipated pivot.
  • Pearson Library and the Oxnard Center will open as an internet-available student study space starting on January 4.
  • The Student Union will open starting on January 19. 
  • Students will move into residence halls starting on January 15.  All residential students have been assigned a specific move-in date and time, with new residential students scheduled to arrive January 15 and returning students scheduled to arrive January 18.  January 19 has been designated a flex move-in date.  Students will be emailed additional move-in details this week.

We remain optimistic that conditions will improve. When we reenter the purple tier, we look forward to a return of on-campus activities such as outdoor learning, socially-distanced student activities, outdoor dining, and more. Once we move into the red tier, we should be permitted to offer indoor classes and other curricular and co-curricular activities.

Please contact me regarding any questions.


Ryan Van Ommeren
Director, Emergency Operations Center
Associate VP, Operations and Planning