Return to work plan

Message sent July 7, 2020

Darrien Davenport, Assistant Vice President of College Life and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees, announced the College’s Return to Work plan to employees.

Dear Employee Community,

As we prepare for our students to return to campus this fall, the Employee Health and Safety Transition Team has worked to develop a detailed plan with protocols to maintain a healthy and safe workplace environment. The plan outlines COVID-19 pandemic and workplace expectations. Below are a number of important topics that we would like to bring to your attention:

  • In alignment with the Governor’s recent order regarding the wearing of masks, employees are required to wear a mask or face covering when in the presence of others. Employees can wear a mask provided by the College or a plain face covering, meaning that masks/face coverings should be appropriate for the workplace environment. Human Resources will provide every employee with a welcome back kit that includes a cloth mask and bottle of hand sanitizer. We will soon offer more information about the process by which we will deliver these kits to employees. Please direct any questions regarding masks/face coverings to Human Resources.
  • In the coming days, you will receive an email from our compliance and safety partner, Safe Colleges, regarding COVID-related and workplace cleanliness education. Within the email, all employees will be directed to two modules that they must complete prior to a physical return to campus. Each module will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All employees should complete both modules no later than August 17, 2020.
  • In an effort to populate the campus incrementally, the College’s return to work plan articulates a series of phased reopening recommendations. Divisional leadership will be in touch with members of their respective areas to address how this process will be undertaken, while recognizing the importance of maintaining a balance of flexibility and productivity during this transition.
  • We realize that members of our workforce will have health-related concerns regarding a transition back to campus. We encourage those employees to email Human Resources to discuss their inpidual circumstances.

Let me personally thank you for your patience and perseverance during these very challenging times. I am aware of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the College and members of our community, especially our employees. I look forward to returning to some sense of normalcy, but more importantly, I look forward to traversing the unknowns of the fall semester with the most passionate and engaging colleagues I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and who are true exemplars of what it means to be Better Together.

Take good care,