COVID-19: CFA Moves Forward in Proactive Advocacy

Last week, CFA sent out a press release that called on the CSU and Chancellor Timothy White to provide much needed leadership during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, while listening to CSU faculty, students, and staff on the front lines of the 23 CSU campuses.

CFA urged caution and care when discussing plans for the future, and emphasized the importance of consultation with faculty, students, and staff, and that all decisions must be driven by data and facts.  

On Tuesday, Chancellor White responded in a letter, which wasn’t disseminated at once to all faculty, but rather sent to campus presidents and slowly rolled out to only some campus communities.

“While we appreciate Chancellor White finally wishing his faculty well and calling his students ‘our raison d’etre’, we still have yet to hear any plans from the Chancellor or the system on how they are going to re-open each campus in a safe, healthy, and equitable way,” CFA President Charles Toombs said. “CFA has been ready to work with the CSU statewide and campus-wide since day one with creative, compassionate, and fair ideas for our faculty, staff, and students.”

CFA will continue to communicate with its members weekly. For continuous updates, please visit our COVID-19 page.

More details emerged on Tuesday during Governor Gavin Newsom’s daily press conference about when and how California counties and cities could relax restrictive measures, which could impact not just business re-openings, but also when the school year could start for millions of California’s students.

Newsom said that the academic year could be bumped up to July or early August “to prevent further learning loss that may have been worsened by school closures,” according to the Los Angeles Times. The plan, Newsom said, is contingent on current COVID-19 trends, as well as preparation on a state level for physical changes in schools.

The Governor did not mention higher education, but remarked that businesses posing less risk of spreading COVID-19 could possibly re-open “in weeks, not months” depending, again, on COVID-19 data over the coming days and weeks. But to move forward with these plans means a continued stabilization in hospitalizations and ICU visits. The Governor, on Monday, scolded crowds at Orange County beaches, stressing that “ignorance of social-distancing mandates is dangerous and could delay the state’s ability to reopen businesses and ease health orders,” according to Times of San Diego.