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Message to Faculty and Staff

May 12, 2021

COVID-19 Update

Much activity has occurred over the last few weeks relative to the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan. On April 29, Gov. Whitmer unveiled “MI Vacc to Normal,” a plan that will use four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved, will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy: 

55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks  

  • Allows in-person work for all sectors of business.  

60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks  

  • Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%.  
  • Increases indoor capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes to 25%.  
  • Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%.  
  • Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars.    

65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks  

  • Lifts all indoor % capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties.  
  • Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings.    

70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks  

  • Lifts the Gatherings and Face Masks Order such that MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.    

On Monday, it was announced that 55% of Michigan residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, marking the first milestone of the “MI Vacc to Normal” plan, which enables in-person work to resume across all employment sectors starting on May 24.

What does this mean for us at Ferris?

The summer semester begins on May 18. For faculty teaching on campus, you will continue to follow the health and safety protocols implemented this spring to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

For staff working remotely, the University looks forward to welcoming you back to campus. The date for you to return to working in-person, at your physical location on campus, will be Monday, June 14. Depending on individual desires and need of each area/department, staff could return as early as Monday, May 24.

For faculty and staff working at the University’s statewide locations, you will follow your respective regional site directives concerning in-person work.

Please know we will continue to follow all of the documented health and safety directives we have been practicing, such as wearing a mask, practicing 6-ft of social distancing, washing/sanitizing hands often, and completing the daily symptom checker, in addition to following the emergency/epidemic orders from MDHHS and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

We appreciate all the work that has been done by everyone, on campus and from home, to keep us moving forward and to keep our work areas safe and healthy.   

What happens next?

Between now and June 14, the Re-entry Committee and/or Human Resources will be communicating with supervisors to ensure a safe, gradual return to work process is communicated and implemented.

Departmental re-engagement plans will need to be updated with Mike McKay, director of Safety, Health, Environmental, Risk Management and Insurance, to include how your area/department will bring staff back to working in their physical locations on campus.

If you feel you are not able to return to in-person work by June 14, please communicate this with your supervisor and Human Resources at [email protected].

Please stay tuned, as we will continue to provide information via email and on the Coronavirus Updates Hub webpage. As always, you can reach the Committee at [email protected].

-The FSU Re-entry Committee