Campus Closure Update: Friday, Nov. 16 Classes Canceled

This is an update on the status of our campus closure as of 8 p.m. Air quality projections remain the same for Friday. Campus offices will remain closed until Monday, Nov. 19, and undergraduate classes will be cancelled for Friday. 

Graduate classes for Friday and Saturday will meet as scheduled since the air quality is expected to improve over the weekend. However, faculty instructors for Friday/Saturday graduate classes can decide to cancel individual classes using their standard protocol for communicating with students.

The Alioto Recreation Center will remain open during regular hours as will Dining Services, Public Safety, and Health and Wellness. After hours, the Health and Wellness Center will have the Advice Nurse available by phone (925-631-4254).

The Saint Albert Library Service Desk will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Reference staff will be available online from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library will resume its regular weekend hours on Saturday.

For students, please remember to review the absence policy for your classes. Many have expressed the desire to leave campus early for the Thanksgiving holiday, so it's important to know if your attendance will be impacted. For students experiencing health impacts, we urge you to take advantage of this absence policy and to contact Student Disability Services (SDS) for academic resources if you can provide necessary documentation of your illness. Even if you do not have a chronic illness but have a temporary disability due to the adverse air quality, SDS may be able to assist you if you can provide the relevant documentation.

Saint Mary’s employees will not be expected to use vacation or sick leave for the closure of offices tomorrow. Additionally, supervisors should communicate with student workers so they are aware of office closures at the College.

Campus offices and classes will resume a regular schedule on Monday, November 19. We will continue to monitor the air quality and weather conditions throughout the weekend for any significant changes.

Jane Camarillo
Incident Management Team

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