follow-up to President Driscoll’s announcement regarding plans for
Fall 2020, we would like to provide some additional information to our
employees regarding what we can expect as we prepare for Fall 2020,
particularly those who are currently not working due to lack of work.
As we have explained in previous
communications, because COVID-19 still presents a serious risk to our community
and because there is very restricted use of campus facilities this summer (i.e.
no camps or conferences, no faculty or students in academic buildings, no
onsite orientations, and the vast majority of employees will continue to work
remotely), we do not anticipate bringing additional employees back to campus
before July 1, 2020. This does not mean
we won’t make adjustments to the plan as necessary, but it is intended to
provide a general statement to employees as they consider their options between
now and then.
President stated in his communication, when we do return things will be
different. We are currently planning the
very focused work of how to prepare our campus for this new reality. We will not be preparing every residential
unit for occupancy, only those that will be occupied. We will focus our efforts on classrooms that
are being prepared for use with new technology and removing desks from those
spaces. Spaces that won’t be used will
not be a priority. And as the President
mentioned, social distancing, proper cleaning, and the appropriate use of
personal protective equipment will be required specific to your jobs. You will receive communications regarding all
of this prior to your return and you will be required to acknowledge that you
have read and understand these protocols.
those employees working remotely, this is also a new reality. We will be assessing needs department by
department, and job by job, as to when or if people return to their
offices. While we must maintain a high
level of service to our students, we also need to maintain social
distancing. To the extent we can deliver
services to our students and employees remotely we will continue to do so to
minimize the number of staff in offices.
To that end, you will be receiving information about a virtual Summer
Academy for staff in the near future that will help student facing staff hone
their technology skills to better serve students virtually. In offices with face to face contact, we will
be installing physical barriers and signage much like those you see at the
grocery store. As the President
indicated, we are all in this together, it is the responsibility of us all to
follow the rules and keep our IUP community safe.