By President Emerita Judie Wexler March 11, 2020

Dear CIIS Community,

Over the last few weeks, we have been monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus and adjusting our operations in response to this fluid and rapidly changing public health situation.

As I write this, San Francisco has 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19. To the best of our knowledge, CIIS does not have any confirmed cases at this time. The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) has announced aggressive recommendations to stop the spread, including social distancing and good personal hygiene practices. Everyone has been asked to cancel or postpone nonessential large meetings for a period of two weeks. In response, we have cancelled all Public Programs events scheduled for March and postponed two conferences. CPTR will be held as planned this weekend with a virtual access option.

Today, we made the decision to move classes to a virtual format on Friday, March 13 through the end of spring break. We recognize that there are some classes (e.g., clinic classes) that cannot be put into a distance format. A list of classes continuing to be offered face-to-face will be published on the CIIS COVID-19 webpage as information is clarified. Please check regularly. For those classes, students who cannot come to campus will continue to have the option of requesting ZOOM accessusing the appropriate form. Students are expected to attend classes at their regularly scheduled times.

CIIS will remain open. We will continue to communicate with you on a daily basis about the impact of the virus and our actions in support of this community. My thanks to everyone for the work you do for CIIS and for the creativity and dedication of all.

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