March 31, 2020
Paid Sick Leave & Expanded Family Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
On March 18, 2020, the federal government enacted landmark legislation providing paid sick leave and additional FMLA protection in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, which becomes effective April 1, 2020*, is intended to ease the economic impact of the global pandemic on employees.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) is intended to help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving businesses (with fewer than 500 employees) funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members.
In the link provided below, you will be directed to the Federal Poster that outlines who is an eligible employee and the available paid leave entitlements under the FFCRA. Emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave benefits will be available for employees to take beginning April 1, 2020*.
March 26, 2020
Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff,
City University of Seattle faculty have been preparing courses for the Spring Quarter these last two weeks. As you know, the Spring Quarter starts April 6, and face to face and hybrid courses will be delivered virtually through video conference through May 4, at least.
We know there is a possibility that we will need to provide remote learning for face to face and hybrid course for the entire quarter, and we are prepared to do so. CityU was among the first universities to embrace “online” teaching. We first started it in the 1990s; we got this, and we will help you get it, too.
With spring coming quickly, we are looking forward to providing students with a new experience, especially for those who previously only did courses only in person. If you have any questions about your courses, please talk to your advisor or faculty member. We are excited about what we have created for you, and we look forward to seeing you online on April 6th.
Thank you and stay healthy!
March 18, 2020
Dear Faculty, Students, and Staff,
We are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and are doing our best to keep everyone safe. The situation is rapidly changing, but we know there are ways to decrease your risk of exposure, such as washing your hands for 20 seconds at least every hour and social distancing, which is keeping at least six feet away from others. As part of our effort to keep faculty, staff, and students safe, CityU’s Seattle campus staff will be working remotely until further notice. The building will not be open for students or the public. Our campuses in Everett and Tacoma will be open, but with a reduced staff. Please call ahead for an appointment with a faculty member or advisor.
We will continue you to provide updates to CityU’s main campus and our spring quarter as the situation continues and please visit the FAQ section below for more information.
Thank you, and please wash your hands hourly and practice social distancing! Let’s all stay healthy!
March 12, 2020
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
I want to update you on CityU’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Currently, no members of the CityU community have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The University has thorough emergency procedures, and will continue to do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our community. More information on our emergency procedures can be found at my.cityu.edu, under announcements. The University Epidemic/Pandemic plan is on SharePoint.
King County recommends that people who are at high risk, however, take additional precautions. You can get additional information from King County’s website.
It is important to emphasize that thus far the vast majority of people who have become ill with COVID-19 have experienced relatively mild symptoms, such as fever and cough. However, people who are at higher risk of illness should speak with their health provider about ways to lower their risk of infection. This includes people age 60 and older, those with underlying health conditions such as heart disease and lung disease, pregnancy and those who are immune-compromised. If you fall into one of these groups, or care for someone who does, please work with your advisor, manager and/or HR. Together you can determine leave options or other accommodations available to you.
As a reminder, we are following the precautionary measures from the WHO that are listed here. We will continue to assess the situation and update you as our recommendations change.
President Randy Frisch
Health and Wellness
Precautionary Measures Recommended by the WHO
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- If you are sick (e.g., flu, cold), do not come to work.
- When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care.
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