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Messages from the Chancellor

Below are past messages from the Chancellor related to COVID-19.  The most current message from the Chancellor is available on the Novel Coronavirus 2019 page.

Chancellor Dr. Paul Parnell

State Center Community College District is committed to assisting in the slowing of the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for all of you who are continuing to work from home. As you know, there are a few individuals who are allowed to come into the office, i.e. our Police Department, payroll, technology, maintenance, etc.

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the County of Fresno Department of Public Health placed an Order in place that states:

All Employers shall:

On a daily basis, while conducting business, screen all employees for febrile respiratory illness.

Febrile respiratory Illness is defined as “A new or worsening episode of either cough or shortness of breath, presenting with fever (temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or chills in the previous 24 hours."

Violation of or failure to comply with this Order is punishable by fine, imprisonment or both under various criminal statutes.

Given this new order, SCCCD is requiring anyone who will be working for the District outside of their residence to comply with this order by

  1. Taking their temperature to make sure that it is not 100.4 degrees or higher
  2. Not have a cough or shortness of breath
  3. Not have had chills in the previous 24 hours

If an employee has a cough or shortness of breath with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher or chills, they are prohibited from working at any location other than their residence for 7 days from the onset of symptoms. Upon arrival at a work site other than an employee's residence, the employee must report to his or her supervisor that they have self-screened that day and are symptom free, and that they have not had any of the symptoms during the prior 7 days. If an employee has not self-screened, the employee must return home or obtain a screening from their supervisor. If an employee has had symptoms (cough or shortness of breath with a fever or chills), the employee may report to a work site other than their residence after 7 days following the onset of symptoms, subject to clearance from their Vice President.

Co-workers of that individual who have had close contact of more than 15 minutes at a distance closer than six feet, must self-isolate for 14 days.

Thank you for your patience during this crisis. It is important for us to adhere to the intent of the Fresno County Department of Public Health which is to self-monitor, self-report, and stay home if you have any of the above symptoms. Also, please continue to adhere to the CDC recommendations of washing your hands with soap and water and social distancing.

Dr. Paul Parnell

Paul Parnell
State Center Community College District

Chancellor Dr. Paul Parnell

Again, I want to thank all our faculty, staff and managers who are doing so much to support our students during these challenging times. Information is coming to us quickly and changes are being made to state and federal regulations on a nearly daily basis.

As most of our employees are working remotely, and to ensure that everyone is getting the information that we share, I thought this would be a good time to remind everyone that our official form of communication throughout the Colleges and the District is our College/District email system. Please ensure you are checking your email regularly.

All faculty and students should be using Canvas, which is our standard learning management system for all online courses, with the exception of our dual enrollment courses.

We will continue to share information as this situation evolves.

Dr. Paul Parnell's signature

Paul Parnell
State Center Community College District