As many of you know, the World Health Organization has officially identified the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak a pandemic. Los Angeles and Santa Clara Counties have both seen their first deaths due to the virus and the city of Pasadena currently has approximately 50 residents under self-quarantine.
At this time, no individuals within the Pacific Oaks community (Pasadena campus, San Jose campus, Children’s School) have tested positive for COVID-19.
We take this situation very seriously at Pacific Oaks College. In order to ensure that we are acting with diligence and deliberateness, we have convened a COVID-19 Taskforce. This group will be led by Dr. Donald Grant, who also serves on the board of Huntington Hospital here in Pasadena. The taskforce consists of representatives from the President’s Office, Human Resources, Faculty, the San Jose campus, and Academic Affairs. We are also in consultation with an external advisory group that includes experts in HR, legal, and external affairs.
This page is meant to keep you updated on what Pacific Oaks Colleges has done and plans to do in response to this current threat. Our decisions and strategy are being guided by: California Dept of Public Health’s (DPH) Guidance on COVID-19 for Higher Education, CA DPH Guidance for County Offices of Ed, Pasadena & Santa Clara County Public Health Departments, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to this Taskforce if you have any questions or concerns about operations in relation to COVID-19. You can email any questions or concerns that you might have to [email protected]
The following are some of the steps that the college has taken so far:
- A weekly communication plan has been developed to ensure that important information is being shared across all campuses and off-site cohort locations.
- An email ([email protected]) has been set up to ensure that two-way communication is optimized.
- Campus-wide professional deep cleaning is occurring two times per week.
- The Study Abroad opportunities scheduled for March have been cancelled.
- Devised a campus closure plan using the CA Department of Public Health guidelines.
- Identified technology supports to move courses to virtual meetings using GoToMeeting if we have to close campus for the safety of our college community.
- Students who come to class sick will be asked to leave and join class via GTM.
- Employees who come to work ill will be asked to return home.
We are currently developing an FAQ that answers the questions many in our community have sent us. Please note that our top priority is the safety of all those who are part of our community and we are working very hard and deliberately to that end.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]