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Kremen School of Education and Human Development

COVID-19 Updates

This webpage is for students, faculty and staff of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development and houses COVID-19 resources and the most recent updates for departments and programs within the Kremen School. 

With the increase in COVID-19 infections, the Kremen School is taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of both our students and our community partners. 

Students of the Kremen School greatly benefit from existing partnerships in the Central Valley. In addition to taking classes on campus, our students engage in learning activities in the community. Teaching credential candidates are at school sites learning first-hand teaching techniques by mentor teachers. Counseling students are providing therapy to community members in need of mental health services. 

To ensure the safety of both our students and community partners, we are in constant communication and providing updates on safety measures. 


 Vaccine Self-Certification - September 30 Deadline

Faculty, staff and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location are required to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, by September 30.

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

Those who are not fully vaccinated, including those with exemptions for medical or religious reasons, are required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing. Testing will be conducted Monday through Saturday in the Satellite Student Union. No appointments are necessary.

Monday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Wednesday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Questions?

Programmatic and Department Updates

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Safety Memo for Student Teachers

ITEP Cohort #3 (Phase II)

Your ACTION IS REQUIRED to review and complete the following items:

  1. Fresno State Acknowledgement of Risk Form
    1. If you have already completed the Acknowledgement of Rick Form, move on to step 2.
    2. To participate in-person student teaching, clinical experiences you must complete the Acknowledgement of Risk Form. Click HERE to login to review and sign the form as soon as possible. Please use your University email address when logging in.
    3. Please note that this form is not a liability waiver. The Acknowledgment of Risk form asks you to acknowledge your understanding that student teaching during COVID-19 involves health risks. It also asks you to follow the established safety measures to mitigate transmission. Fresno State is not waiving our responsibility to help ensure your health and safety especially during a pandemic.
      1. If you have any issues with the form, please email ocp@csufresno.edu.
      2. NOTE:
        1. The Course Number for your clinical placement is EHD 178
        2. You MUST include your EXACT SCHOOL SITE
          1. School District and/or “Unknown” will not be accepted
  2. Basic Skills Requirement: BSR Transcript Audit
    1. If you already passed the CBEST, you DO NOT need to complete the BSR Transcript Audit: move on to step 3.
    2. Only teacher candidates who have not yet passed the CBEST will complete the BSR Transcript Audit
      1. If you have not yet passed the CBEST, we invited you to voluntarily participate in a transcript audit to determine if you have met the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR) through coursework or a combination of coursework and examinations.
        1. If you already completed the BSR Transcript Audit, move on to step 3.
      2. If you have not yet passed the CBEST and have not yet submitted a BSR Transcript Audit, we need you to complete this BSR Transcript Audit Form as soon as possible. Please review all instructions on the first page of the Form before completing the Form.
        1. After you complete the BSR Transcript Audit Form, move on to step 3
  3. COVID-19 Vaccination Verification or Testing Requirements
    1. All student teachers must:
      1. Complete the COVID-19 Safety Training, accessed through your Canvas portal.
      2. Certify your vaccination status through the Student Self Service portal on MyFresnoState by September 30, 2021.
      3. Students who have a medical or religious exemption must be tested weekly at the Satellite Student Union. At this time, no outside tests are admissible.
      4. Students must be cleared to go to their school site through the Office of Clinical Practice. If you do not complete the Acknowledgement of Risk Form, you will be removed from your clinical placement immediately.
  4. If you have a COVID-19 exposure and/or are experiencing symptoms, you will need to:
    1. Stay home from your clinical placement AND Face-to-Face classes
    2. CALL your cooperating teacher to let them know. They know the process at your school site and will contact the appropriate district members.
    3. Submit an online reporting form which can be found on the Fall Repopulation/COVID-19 webpage. A case investigator from campus Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) will contact you to provide guidance, and determine if there have been any close contacts (i.e. within 6 ft. for over 15 minutes aggregate within a 24 hour period), and determine the need and arrange for special cleaning and/or room closures. All identified close contacts, and presumptive close contacts (such as would be the case of a classroom environment without assigned seating) will be subsequently notified. If you are asked by EHS to isolate or quarantine, you will be provided an email that you can forward to instructors as needed. If you need to be absent, the APM 232 is the guiding policy for handling such absences.
  5. Visalia Unified School District Communication
    1. VUSD: Slow the Spread of COVID-19
    2. Note from Loretta Bryant: Loretta Bryant has requested that teacher candidates stop using the old video authorization form. An updated form should be ready next week and will be shared with you.

Questions?

Refer to our ITEP Cohort #3 FAQs. If you are unable to find your question/answer on the FAQ, please submit your question to the ITEP Cohort #3: Questions Form.

Our team reviews your questions, assigns them to the person who can best answer your questions, and adds the answer to the FAQ if applicable. All questions should be directed to the ITEP Cohort #3: Questions Form. If you have a private/confidential question and/or an urgent concern, please contact Dr. Van Horn directly at svanhorn@csufresno.edu. Any questions that are not private/confidential/urgent will be redirected to the ITEP Cohort #3: Questions Form.

How to Ask Questions

If you have a question about the ITEP program:

If you have a question about a specific course, assignment, etc.:

  • Contact your professor

If you have a question about your clinical placement site:

  • Contact your cooperating teacher

If you have a question about logging your hours in Tk20 and/or number of hours, etc.:

  • Contact your university coach

If you have a question about working with the district (e.g., Guest/Substitute teaching):

  • Before you are cleared as a guest teacher:
  • After you have been cleared as a guest teacher:
    • Loretta Bryant will provide you with contact information when you have been cleared

ITEP Cohort #4

In order to best answer your questions and meet your needs, we ask that you:

Our team reviews your questions, assigns them to the person who can best answer your questions, and adds the answer to the FAQ if applicable. All questions should be directed to the ITEP Cohort #4: Questions Form. If you have a private/confidential question and/or an urgent concern, please contact Dr. Van Horn directly at svanhorn@csufresno.edu. Any questions that are not private/confidential/urgent will be redirected to the ITEP Cohort #4: Questions Form.
 

Policies for In-Person Field Work for Credential and Counseling Students

As we begin the Fall 2021 semester, we have a few updated policies and procedures for in-person student teaching and counseling internships/field experiences to share with you. We know the following procedures will be new and vary from the previously released information, and we thank you for your patience. Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, please note that the policies and procedures outlined below are subject to change.

The university has determined that student teaching and counseling practicum/internships fieldwork courses will be governed by the same rules and regulations as students in face-to-face environments on campus. 

This means that all counseling students enrolled in field experience/work must:

  • Watch the COVID-19 Safety Training Video found in the Student Self Service portal on MyFresnoState
    Certify their vaccination status through the Student Self Service portal on MyFresnoState by September 30, 2021.
  • Students who have a medical or religious exemption must be tested weekly at the Satellite Student Union. No outside tests are admissible.
  • Counseling students must be cleared to go to their school or internship site through the Office of Clinical Practice. 

Clearance Process:

  1. Complete the Acknowledgement of Risk form for your school or field experience site. Make sure you select the correct form for your program.
    1. The form for Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling is here.
    2. The form for Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling is here.
    3. The form for School Counseling and Student Affairs and College Counseling is available here.
  2. In addition to certifying your vaccination status through MyFresnoState, you must email proof of vaccination to Brenna Barks (Program Assistant, Office of Clinical Practice) at bbarks@csufresno.edu. DO NOT email your personal health information to anyone else or any other email address.
    1. For fully vaccinated students, email a photograph of your vaccination card.
    2. For students undergoing vaccination, email the dates of your vaccination appointments and your weekly COVID-19 test results from the Satellite Student Union testing center until your vaccination card can be emailed.
    3. For students with exemptions, email your weekly COVID-19 test results from the Satellite Student Union.

All emails to Brenna must include:

  • Your Name
  • Your ID Number
  • Your program (single subject, ed specialist, multiple subjects, counseling programs[Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, Master of Science in Counseling-Options School Counseling and Student Affairs College Counseling, and Master of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling])
  • Your university coach (student teachers) or university instructor/supervisor (counseling interns) and their email address.

All emails will be processed in the order received within a 48-hour time frame if sent during the workweek. If your email does not contain all of the information requested above, you will go to the back of the queue in the clearance process as there are over 500 candidates to clear. Brenna thanks you for your grace and patience while she completes each clearance around her other duties.

Brenna has full access to the Acknowledgement of Risk DocuSign forms. Once she receives your vaccination proof or test results and has confirmed your form is on file and correctly filled out, she will email you your clearance directly cc your university coach/supervisor.

Once you have been cleared to visit your site, you are expected to comply with the site’s COVID-19 safety protocols, i.e., masking, hand washing, staying home if you are sick, social distancing, etc.

In addition to this clearance, counseling students will have to ensure that the following are completed before they start internship:

  1. Interagency Agreement (between Fresno State and the agency/district)
  2. Interagency Agreement Addendum (new this semester, between Fresno State and the agency/district)
  3. Contract signed between student, instructor, and site supervisor.
  4. Any other requirements from your program or sites.
    *Coordinators will send additional information related to specific forms.

Please note that this clearance process is in addition to your field placement site’s requirements to log vaccination status or test weekly. If your school or internship site does not take Fresno State’s test results, please email Brenna to work with the administration to find a solution. Please note that if your site does not require weekly testing, the University does. Failure to comply with these requirements by September 30, 2021 (vaccination or weekly testing) will result in candidates being pulled from their placements.

The following courses have been highlighted, and instructors will obtain specifics related to each from their respective coordinators.

  • COUN 214
  • COUN 219
  • COUN 238
  • COUN 239
  • COUN 242S
  • COUN 249
  • REHAB 238
  • REHAB 268
  • REHAB 239

These policies are in place to protect our community and the vulnerable populations we serve through our student teaching and counseling work. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Kind regards,

Dr. Alicia Brown Becton, Counselor Education and Rehabilitation Department Chair

Procedures in Event of Exposure or Positive Test

In the event that a student teacher or counseling intern is informed of an exposure at their site, or that a close family member/someone with whom they live is ill and/or may have been exposed, and/or subsequently tests positive for COVID-19, they should follow the procedures below:

  1. Self isolate and inform Brenna Barks at bbarks@csufresno.edu, Program Assistant for the Office of Clinical Practice, of their situation.
  2. Brenna will direct them to the Fresno State exposure form, and provide support and advice about how to proceed.
  3. Students should be tested according to these guidelines from the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC):
    1. If you have been exposed, but are asymptomatic, it is recommended that you wait three days to be tested.
    2. If you have been exposed and are symptomatic, test as soon as possible.
      1. Contact the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) for an appointment for a drive-up test. Do not enter the SHCC if you are symptomatic, or go to the SSU for their drive-up test.  A direct phone number will be available for these appointments soon.
    3. If you think you have been exposed and/or are uncertain but are symptomatic, contact the SHCC for a drive-up testing appointment.
      1. If a student is unsure if they have had an exposure or has questions, they can call the COVID-19 Call Center at 559.278.0001. They are available from 8:00am until 8:00pm during weekdays, and from noon until 8:00pm on the weekends.
      2. Please note that being tested for an exposure is different from being  tested weekly for exemption from the CSU vaccine mandate which must take place at a University approved location (e.g. Satellite Student Union, Visalia Campus), so test results from outside agencies can be accepted.
    4. Students should email Brenna Barks at bbarks@csufresno.edu their test results, whether positive or negative.
      1. If you must miss time at your site, you should inform your coach and mentor for student teachers, and your university supervisor and program coordinator for counseling interns.
      2. Students are not required to share that they tested positive or were exposed with their coach/supervisor and mentor teacher/coordinator. They must only disclose to Fresno State, their site/district in compliance with their policies, and Brenna. To explain why they cannot return to their site, students can simply state that they or a loved one is ill, so they are staying home in compliance with State and County Department of Health guidelines. If they wish to self disclose, that is their choice, of course.
    5. If the test results either from Fresno State or an outside agency come back negative, they should share these with Brenna and then follow any advice from medical professionals they received to return to their site.
    6. If the test results are positive*, students must remain at home until released to return to regular activities by a doctor.
      1. Medical care is available to most students through the SHCC.
      2. If students are well enough, or can manage family care around your student teaching/internship duties, you can continue to work virtually with your site/mentor under your supervisor/coach’s direction.
      3. If a student teacher is worried about missing too many hours, they have three options depending on how long they are out:
        1. Utilize the virtual/online activities updated on August 30, 2021, and those developed through this semester, then write reflections and have discussions with their coach on their activities/reading.
        2. Makeup hours at the end of the semester, after December 8 when student teaching officially ends.
        3. Both.
      4. If a counseling intern is worried about missing field experience hours, they may work with their site and university supervisor to explore options.
    7. When they are released by their doctor to return to normal activities, they will email this letter to Brenna Barks, bbarks@csufresno.edu, and she will clear them to return to their school site and cc their university coach.

*This applies to people with whom students cohabit. If someone you live with tests positive, you will need to isolate until released by a doctor. You do not have to share who in your household tested positive with Brenna, but that they did and when the doctor expects to release you.