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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Spartans Heading Back Down South

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 8:24 PM

The Spartans are heading home tomorrow after a brief stay in Arcata following word from Santa Clara County Public Health that the San Jose State University football team was cleared to practice back in the Bay Area.

According to a Tuesday night news release from Humboldt State University, the 140-member entourage of players, coaches and staff could return if things change on the COVID front in their neck of the woods.

University officials announced Sept. 30 that the campus would be "partnering" with its California State University sister campus to the south to bring the Spartans to town because the team was not cleared at the time to conduct practices at home in Santa Clara County due to COVID restrictions there.

Read more about the arrangement and responses from health officials in the story, “Their Success is Our Success,” by clicking here.

Before and after arriving in Humboldt on Oct. 2, according to HSU, none of the Spartans tested positive for COVID-19. Find out more about that here.

Read the HSU release below.
San José State University’s football team will return to the SJSU campus following its morning practice on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The news comes as Santa Clara County Public Health announced the team could return to practice at its home field after Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 risk level was downgraded from the red to orange tier — or moderate level.

Note that should Santa Clara County return to the red tier, HSU will consult with Humboldt County Public Health and SJSU about the viability of the team’s return to HSU to proceed safely for practice and/or competition.

Starting Thursday, Oct. 15, faculty, staff, and students will have access to the Redwood Bowl from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The SJSU team arrived Friday, Oct. 2 after testing negative for COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. The team had been in a bubble since July. Two tests in the week after they arrived show no positives among the approximately 140 players, coaches and staff that stayed and practiced on campus. More information about SJSU’s practices is available here.
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Saturday, October 10, 2020

HSU: No Confirmed COVID Cases in San Jose Football Entourage

Posted By on Sat, Oct 10, 2020 at 1:16 PM

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  • The SJSU football team is currently living and practicing at HSU.
None of the San Jose State University football team members who are living and practicing at Humboldt State University came back positive for COVID-19 in three rounds of testing to date, including right before their arrival in Arcata and within 72 hours of setting foot on campus, according to a news release.

A third round of testing was recently completed.

“Testing will continue weekly as long as SJSU remains on campus,” the HSU release states. “The extent of the stay is unknown at this time, as SJSU is working with Santa Clara County Public Health on a plan to return.”

University officials announced Sept. 30 that the campus would be "partnering" with its California State University sister campus to the south to bring the Spartans to town because the team cannot currently conduct practices at home in Santa Clara County due to COVID restrictions there.

Read more about the arrangement and responses from health officials in the story, “Their Success is Our Success,” from this week’s edition by clicking here.

The 135-member SJSU entourage includes players, coaches and staff. According to the release, SJSU students are not supposed to leave the campus “unsupervised.”

Read the full HSU release below:

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Friday, October 9, 2020

HSU President on Personal Leave Following Son's Death

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2020 at 2:21 PM

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Humboldt State University informed the campus community this morning that President Tom Jackson Jr. “has stepped away from his presidential duties” temporarily but indefinitely following the Oct. 6 death of his 22-year-old son TJ Jackson in a car crash in South Dakota.

Vice President of University Advancement Frank Whitlatch will serve as acting president through Sunday, after which Vice President of Enrollment Management Jason Meriwether will fill the role “until Jackson returns,” the university announced. In the announcement sent to the HSU campus community, the university notes a memorial service will be held for TJ Jackson Oct. 13.

“TJ was loved by many for his sincere heart, multitude of talents and sense of adventure,” a brief obituary published to the Isburg Funeral Homes website states.

According to the South Dakota Highway Patrol, the fatal crash occurred the afternoon of Oct. 6 when a 2015 Maserati Ghibli driven by 21-year-old Jaden Olson rear-ended a semi truck on Interstate 90. Olson and his two passengers — TJ Jackson and 55-year-old Titus Ironshield — were all pronounced dead at the scene. All were wearing seatbelts, according to police, who added that the semi driver and his passenger were uninjured.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

After COVID Restricts Contact Sports in Santa Clara County, HSU Provides Space for San Jose State University Football Team to Practice

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 5:51 PM

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According to information from the San Jose State Spartans, football players from the University team will travel north to Humboldt State University to practice football. They are barred from practicing in Santa Clara County because COVID restrictions bar contact sports.

“Approximately 135 players, coaches and essential support staff will travel to Humboldt State. Costs, such as housing and relocating the team north to Arcata, a 323-mile one-way bus trip, will be determined by the number of days the team is headquartered there,” the article reads.

HSU’s football team was disbanded in 2018.

According to the Spartan’s article, “The SJSU team will be housed in Humboldt State’s on-campus housing, and the universities will formulate a plan to allow Spartan student-athletes to utilize spaces to support their operational needs safely while following COVID-19 protocols.”

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Samoa School Superintendent Featured in People Magazine, T-S Reports

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 5:00 PM

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The Times-Standard is reporting that Lark Doolan, the principal and superintendent of the Peninsula Union School District in Samoa, was spotlighted in an article in People magazine.

According to the T-S report, Doolan talks to People magazine about his path to living his best life as a trans man after struggling with intense bullying in his youth. He is the first and only openly transgender school superintendent in the nation.

Read the full T-S story here
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Need a Student Desk? ECS Has Some for Free

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 10:17 AM

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With most of Humboldt County's school children learning at home these days, everywhere from kitchen tables and living rooms to backyards are becoming makeshift classrooms.

If you are missing a desk, Eureka City Schools might be able to help.

The district will be giving away around 100 desks today on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Jacobs Center.  The desks, which are available to families and community members, are used with “normal wear and tear” and sized for sixth to twelfth graders.

The giveaway will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The desks will be stacked at the old Jacobs cafeteria off Utah Street, across from McCullens Avenue. Those who want a desk must be able to load it themselves and are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

PG&E Contributes $500k to Local Schools

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2020 at 3:33 PM

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PG&E contributed $500,000 to Humboldt County Schools to help close California’s educational digital divide during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to provide computers and internet hot spots for students in underserved communities.

"More than two out of every three of our students are below the poverty line. This donation from PG&E will make it possible for our underprivileged students to connect to distance learning being taught by our teachers. Without this connection, learning would come to a stop for these students. On behalf of our students, thank you PG&E," said Fred Van Vleck, Superintendent of Eureka City Schools.

For more, read the press release below:

EUREKA, Calif. — It’s back to school for students across California, but this year most are learning from a distance. To help ensure all students have the tools they need to succeed during this challenging time, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is contributing $500,000 to purchase computers and internet hot spots for students in underserved communities. The contribution to the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDE Foundation) supports the California Department of Education (CDE) Closing the Digital Divide Task Force.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated widespread and inequitable access to technology that places barriers to learning, counseling, and connections with caring adults when our most vulnerable students need us the most,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “Through my Closing the Digital Divide Task Force, formed to secure devices and reduced-cost internet service, I have asked 100 of California’s top companies to step up and help close this gap. I commend PG&E for answering that call and for its investment toward lifting up every child, an example I hope other corporate partners will follow.”

“On behalf of Humboldt County Office of Education and our 31 Districts, I want to express my deepest gratitude to PG&E and Superintendent Thurmond for recognizing the equity issues that exist for students in rural California communities. This support will help bridge some of the access issues related to devices and internet connectivity for students in Humboldt County and serve as a catalyst for improving student outcomes and address the digital divide that exists for many of our students and families. This partnership serves as a tremendous example of the power of what can be accomplished when agencies and organizations embrace collaboration, communication and advocacy for all students,” said Chris Hartley, Ed.D., Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools.

Hundreds of thousands of students across the state are without computing devices or internet connections, even as classes have started in some school districts, according to the state Department of Education. The COVID-19 public health crisis exacerbates the technology gap, leading to achievement gaps for many California students.

"More than two out of every three of our students are below the poverty line. This donation from PG&E will make it possible for our underprivileged students to connect to distance learning being taught by our teachers. Without this connection, learning would come to a stop for these students. On behalf of our students, thank you PG&E," said Fred Van Vleck, Superintendent of Eureka City Schools.

PG&E is dedicated to supporting students and schools in rural and underserved communities. The CDE Foundation is directing PG&E’s grant to Humboldt County schools to serve low-income students in some of the most remote parts of California. The funds are being used to purchase computers and hot spots.

“PG&E is committed to access and equity in education and creating opportunity for young people in California. This contribution supports the immediate need for computing and connectivity to help remove barriers to learning and success for students in communities that we are privileged to serve,” said PG&E Vice President of Regulatory and External Affairs Robert Kenney.

California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund (CBDD) is a joint effort of the Governor’s Office, the State Board of Education, the CDE, and the CDE Foundation. Individual donations may be made at the CBDD Fund web page, and corporate and institutional donors may email donatetech@cde.ca.gov.

“Southern Humboldt Unified School District appreciates the support of PG&E in partnership with the California Department of Education. Access to devices and internet is essential in distance learning and we are grateful for the very real assistance we are receiving. Our sincere thanks for this substantial support goes out to Superintendent Thurmond, Mary Nicely, Senator McGuire and Superintendent Hartley at the Humboldt County Office of Education and their hardworking staff members for taking the needs of our small rural school district seriously. It has been a challenge to access devices for our students; in addition Southern Humboldt families have many challenges with accessing internet service at home. Geographical barriers to building internet infrastructure have been a longstanding issue in providing connectivity to all of our students. We look forward to continued partnerships with our government entities to find creative solutions to our connectivity needs,” said Superintendent Stephanie Stephano Davis, Southern Humboldt Union School District.

Over the past decade, PG&E and The PG&E Foundation (together “PG&E”) have invested more than $60 million in youth education programs to provide scholarships to aspiring youth, prepare students for energy sector jobs of the future, and help teachers create innovative classroom projects focused on energy and the environment. To learn more about PG&E scholarship and grant programs, click here.
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Thursday, September 17, 2020

HSU to House Firefighters in Residence Halls

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2020 at 4:25 PM

“Yesterday, Soldiers attached to the @RuggedSix, carry hoses & equipment to create a grid line to search for hotspots working to ensure a wildfire does not reignite at the #AugustComplex fire in @MendocinoNF.” - US ARMY NORTH TWITTER
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  • “Yesterday, Soldiers attached to the @RuggedSix, carry hoses & equipment to create a grid line to search for hotspots working to ensure a wildfire does not reignite at the #AugustComplex fire in @MendocinoNF.”
Humboldt State University will provide housing for firefighters in unused residence halls on campus this fire season.

The university has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to offer quarantine housing for those fighting fires in and surrounding Humboldt County.

In the event that the fire crews test positive for COVID-19, HSU has set aside two buildings that have room for up to 20 firefighters to self-isolate and quarantine.

The teams won't have access to the campus dining halls and will not be sharing spaces with students.

Read the full release below.
HSU Reserves Residence Halls for Firefighters

HSU has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to house firefighters in unused residence halls on campus this fire season.

The agreement comes as a particularly intense fire season has already begun, with more than 1 million acres burned in the state.

HSU will provide quarantine housing to U.S. Forest Service firefighters in the event that someone on their teams tests positive for COVID-19. HSU has set aside two buildings, which can house up to 20 firefighters each until they’ve completed their quarantine period.

Firefighters will not have access to campus dining halls and won’t share spaces with students.

All of the protocols for these stays follow the best practices developed by the CDC, California Public Health, and Humboldt County Public Health.

HSU hosted CalFIRE in 2015 during the Mad River Complex fires to the east. We are excited to be able to offer support to fire crews as they battle fires in the surrounding areas.
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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

HSU Campus Back Open Today

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 10:52 AM

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Humboldt State University is reopening today for on-campus classes after being closed for several days due to air quality concerns, according to a news release.

"All face-to-face courses, outdoor activities, virtual instruction and operations will continue as scheduled," the release states.

According to AirNow's Fire and Smoke Map, Arcata's current air quality index is 45, or 'good.'

The campus release goes on to say, "While air quality has improved, please note those levels may fluctuate throughout the day. Current on-campus air quality data can be found here: https://fire.airnow.gov."

Read the full press release below:

Air Quality Improves, HSU Campus Open

Humboldt State University will be open on Tuesday, Sept. 15. All face-to-face courses, outdoor activities, virtual instruction, and operations will continue as scheduled.

While air quality has improved, please note those levels may fluctuate throughout the day. Current on-campus air quality data can be found here: https://fire.airnow.gov.

HSU understands that 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. 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


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:

AirNow Fire and Smoke Map: https://fire.airnow.gov/

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/incidents

Campus information about Public Safety Power Shutdowns and other outages: https://poweroutage.humboldt.edu

Caltrans Road Conditions: https://roads.dot.ca.gov

For more information about campus safety and the Fall semester, visit campusready.humboldt.edu.
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Friday, September 11, 2020

HSU's Humboldt Bay Seaweed Farm (VIDEO)

Posted By on Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 2:56 PM

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Humboldt State University is overseeing California's first commercial open-water seaweed farm in Humboldt Bay.

“Seaweed farming is an industry that is about 500 years old,” said farm co-designer, HSU Fisheries Biology Associate Professor Rafael Cuevas Uribe. “But this is going to be the first time here in California that somebody’s doing red seaweed at commercial scale in open waters.”

The pilot project called HSU-ProvidenSea is led by HSU and supported by GreenWave, an environmental nonprofit that helps coastal communities to launch and scale regenerative ocean farms.

The seaweed that will be farmed is native to Humboldt Bay and will create habitat and will hinder ocean acidification, cleaning the water by absorbing excess phosphorus and nitrogen.

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