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Dear Hampshire College Employees,
Now that one school year has come to a close, Hampshire College is focusing on the important task of planning for the upcoming school year and the return of students in the midst of a global pandemic. Thanks for all of your work throughout this challenging situation. Moving forward with planning means that we must simultaneously evaluate the need for employees (staff, faculty, administration, casual workers, and student workers) to return to campus, while considering the protocols necessary to ensure everyone’s safety, comfort, and efficiency. The Covid response team has spent several weeks drafting a Return-to-Work (RTW) Plan to provide guidance to employees and supervisors on this matter. This document is now ready to be shared with all employees so that planning and preparation can begin within each department. This plan is attached for download from this announcement, and is applicable to both the summer break and the fall semester.
Part of the return-to-work planning includes evaluating employees’ return to campus based on a variety of factors, including consideration for the operational needs of each department. As students return to campus, we can expect many employees will also have to return. We also recognize that this pandemic is not over and that we must continue to de-densify the campus and reduce potential contact and exposure. As such, any non-instructional employee who can continue to perform the majority of their work remotely, without reporting to campus, should continue to do so through the fall semester. We recognize that this may change as we prepare to welcome students back in August, but departments should plan their operations in a way that encourages as much remote work as possible throughout the fall semester in order to de-densify workspaces and reduce potential exposure risks for those working on campus. This position will be reevaluated for the spring semester if state, local, federal, and other advisory organization guidance so indicate.
Over the next few weeks, supervisors and department leadership teams should begin planning for a return to work over the next several months within the guidelines of the attached RTW Plan. This will include:
Additionally, a safety training module was developed for all employees to complete prior to returning to work. Most employees have completed the training, however, there is now a deadline for all employees to complete it by Wednesday, July 15, 2020. This deadline applies to all employees, whether they are immediately returning to campus or continuing to work remotely.
We also recognize some employees may feel uncertainty, anxiety, and apprehension about returning to work on campus. There are tools, accommodations, and resources that can be made available to help an employee through this process. We encourage you to coordinate with your supervisor or the Dean of Faculty office and to also reach out to applicable departments and others who can help assist you. A list of potential personnel you may wish to coordinate with can be found here.
We appreciate your continued hard work and flexibility as we navigate this unprecedented event together. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact Jake Toomey, Director of Human Resources, at email@example.com.
Jake Toomey, Director of Human Resources
Robin Korbut, Human Resources Coordinator
Sally Johnson, Benefits Coordinator