HSU Campus is Closed Due to Wildfire Smoke, Virtual Instruction and Operations Will Continue
Due to smoke from the wildfires, campus is CLOSED for Thursday, Sept. 10. All face-to-face courses are cancelled. All outdoor activities are cancelled, as well, and should not be moved indoors. Virtual instruction and operations will continue. You are encouraged to stay indoors if possible.
Essential services such as the Student Health Center, UPD, Dining and Housing are available to student residents. All employees must work from home today with the exception of limited essential personnel including but not limited to UPD, some from Facilities Management, Dining, and Housing. If you are unsure if you are deemed essential, please contact your appropriate administrator. Please contact Human Resources at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding staff.
We understand students, faculty and staff may be impacted by the wildfires, smoke or power outages. Students who are impacted by conditions and cannot attend class should contact their instructor. Faculty who cannot teach a class should inform their chair and dean and also notify students in their course. Faculty are also asked to provide flexibility for students who report that they are unable to attend class. Staff impacted should immediately contact their appropriate administrator for further direction.
Humboldt State continues to monitor the impacts of wildfires and smoke on air quality index (AQI) in the Humboldt County area. The levels of smoke in the air are unusually high for the North Coast, but are not new to other parts of California.
There are no wildfires currently burning near the University. But HSU continues to monitor the impacts of wildfires in the area.
The U.S. AQI is the Environmental Protection Agency’s index for reporting air quality. The AQI is divided into six categories. Each category corresponds to a different level of health concern and has a specific color. The color makes it easy for people to quickly determine whether air quality is reaching unhealthy levels in their communities. The higher the AQI value, the greater the level air pollution and the greater the health concern. For example, an AQI value of 50 or below represents good air quality, while an AQI value over 300 represents hazardous air quality. Learn more about Air Quality Index here
Current on-campus air quality data can be found here: https://hsu.link/Z3U
The University’s Emergency Operations Plan outlines the following thresholds for action:
0-50: Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk. Campus operations normal.
50-100: Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution. Campus operations are normal. If you have concerns about whether conditions may affect you, please contact your appropriate administrator and health care provider. If you are a student contact your instructors and the Student Health Center.
100-150: If the AQI is above 100 for more than 30 minutes, N95 masks will be provided to employees upon request. Outdoor face-to-face instruction, field trips, and extracurricular activities are not permitted. Some essential workers are permitted to conduct outdoor work with appropriate administrator approval. Those employees working on campus will be provided N95 masks, which will be available at Facilities Management, UPD, and Jolly Giant Commons Mailroom.
Anything above 150: If the AQI is above 150 for more than 30 minutes then campus would close with the exception of limited essential personnel including UPD, and some from Facilities Management, Dining, and Housing. Virtual instruction will still continue. Air handling systems would be shut down. Those employees working on campus will be provided N95 masks, which will be available at Facilities Management, UPD, and Jolly Giant Commons Mailroom.
Please stay informed and keep safe by monitoring your HSU email and by visiting the following online resources:
North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District: https://hsu.link/Z3k
(If you are currently outside of Humboldt County, you’ll need to check your local air quality index)
CalFire Fire Map: https://www.fire.ca.gov/
Campus information about Public Safety Power Shutdowns and other outages: https://poweroutage.humboldt.
Caltrans Road Conditions: https://roads.dot.ca.gov/
For more information about campus safety and the Fall semester, visit campusready.humboldt.edu.