CBU outlines campus safety plans for fall semester

Published Jul 10, 2020

California Baptist University has outlined plans for safely welcoming students to campus and resuming in person instruction when the new academic year begins next month. While some details are still being developed, CBU officials already have begun implementing protocols involving classroom instruction, food service, student housing and workplace safety.

“The safety of students and employees remains our top priority,” said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. “We are continually focused on providing a safe environment for learning, living and working, and on the responsibility everyone in the campus community shares to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus,” Ellis added.

Following is a sample of steps already in place:

  • Signs announcing face covering requirements for all persons are posted throughout the CBU campus.
  • In restrooms, signs encourage hand washing for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are widely available in classroom and residence buildings as well as university office locations.
  • Floor markings remind students and employees to practice social distancing.

Some summer classes now underway use exclusively in person instruction. The fall semester will begin August 24 with in person instruction and available synchronous options.

Students and faculty are being issued and required to wear face coverings.

Classrooms, with reduced capacity to meet distancing guidelines, will undergo daily cleaning.

Campus residences are being equipped with dividers and mandatory distancing protocols and will be assigned a maximum of two students per room.

Food service venues will operate with reduced seating capacity to meet public health guidelines. Additionally, self-service food options such as salad bars are being eliminated with increased pre-packaged and take out options in all campus venues.

Ellis said a CBU reopening task force is meeting regularly and recommending specific actions to help ensure and encourage campus safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.