Info for faculty and staff on transitioning back to on-campus operations
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Dear Colleagues,

As the Governor's executive stay-at-home order ends, and in the midst of several mass mails from Chancellor Jones, Human Resources, and others, we want to provide specific guidance for College of Education faculty and staff regarding returning to work on campus. 

First, we echo the Chancellor's priority of following all CDC, IDPH, and CU-PHD guidelines to transition back in a planned, gradual, cautious manner. Our primary concern is to ensure your health and safety to the extent that we are able.

Second, there is zero expectation for employees to report to work on-site Monday morning. Rather, a college-wide Return to On-Site Transition Committee, charged by Dean Anderson, is currently working on a multi-faceted, phased return plan for Education faculty, staff, and students. This plan will be shared broadly with College employees in the month of June. However, for now we strongly discourage faculty and staff from returning to working on-site at the Education Building, CRC, and other spaces until July 12 at the earliest.

While both buildings remain accessible to faculty, staff, and graduate students via 24/7 card swipe, both facilities have extremely limited resources (working bathrooms, IT support, etc). Additionally, contractors are working on several university-funded building renovation projects during the summer months. These factors only compound COVID-related health and safety concerns for on-site work.

If your duties or circumstances absolutely require you to work within College of Education facilities, you must follow these guidelines:

  • If anyone shows any signs of respiratory illness, they must work from home.
  • The College and its offices will be locked. Food deliveries must be met outside.
  • Facemasks are required in buildings at all times in any shared, open, or public spaces, including hallways and restrooms. Masks can be removed in your private office with closed doors. Campus will be providing masks to those who must return to the office during this time period.
  • If you have a shared office, establish shifts to limit occupancy.
  • All meetings must continue to be conducted online.
  • Classrooms are closed.
  • Water fountains are closed.
  • The South elevator must only be used by one person at a time.
  • Please continue to wash your hands carefully.

In the meantime, please take a few moments to review COVID-19 specific safety training, provided by the campus' Division of Research Safety.

Please contact support@education.illinois.edu regarding equipment should any needs arise, or your direct supervisor with any return to on-site questions.

Sincerely,

Dan Morrow
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
Chair, Return to On-Site Transition Committee