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Phased Re-Entry Plan

Returning Safely

The University is following a phased re-entry plan that will help ensure the safety of our communities.

Current Status: Phase Three

Full return to in-person campus operations, Aug. 24 - Dec. 21

We are currently in Phase Three of our re-entry plan. The majority, if not all faculty and staff, will return to their on-campus workspaces for all or part of their scheduled work week. Additionally, all departments should have approved Re-engagement Plans in-place, and all employees should continue to:

  • Complete the required COVID-19 Symptom Checker daily and stay home if you are sick.
  • Wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.
  • Practice social distancing (6 feet).
  • Practice good hand washing/sanitizing often.
  • Conduct group or staff meetings remotely as much as possible (use Zoom, MS Teams, etc.).
  • Stay to the right when using hallways and stairwells.
  • Limit only 2-people riding in an elevator at one time.
  • Be aware of any additional social distancing guidelines that may be posted on the doors and hallways of different campus buildings.

Employees with concerns regarding returning to campus should contact Human Resources at [email protected] regarding available options.

Previous Phases

  •  Phase One

    Target Dates: May 20 – July 12(Limited, essential services on campus)

    Most employees will continue to work remotely through July 12. If supervisors believe they should bring their department back to campus prior to July 12, the following must be completed:

    • Develop a Re-engagement Plan with their vice president and Office of Safety, Health, Environmental & Risk Management (and Lab Safety when applicable).
    • Obtain final approval from their vice president.
    • Ensure employees coming back to work on campus have viewed the four COVID-19 training tutorials either before coming back to work on campus or within the first week of returning. (Organization ID: ferrisstateuniversity/User ID: Your Banner Employee ID# or FSU Student ID#)
      • COVID-19 Plan, Prepare, and Respond (Educational Institutions)
      • COVID-19 Video: How to wear a Mask (OSHA) -or- COVID-19 Video: Wear a Cloth Face Covering (CDC)
      • COVID-19 Video: Proper Handwashing (CDC)
      • COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines

    If a department or employee is notified they should return to work on campus, supervisors must e-mail or provide in-person the approved Re-engagement Plan to all departmental employees prior to their return to campus or at the start of their first day of work on campus.

    When returning to work on campus, please be aware of the following protocols. Employees should

    • Complete the required COVID-19 Symptom Checker daily and stay home if you are sick
    • Wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.
    • Practice social distancing
    • Follow the guidelines in the department’s Re-engagement Plan

    If an employee is continuing to work remotely during this phase, but needs to come to campus, he/she should

    • Contact supervisor for further instructions
    • Complete the required COVID-19 Symptom Checker and stay home if you are sick
    • Wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.
    • Practice social distancing
    • Come alone, do not bring guests or family members
    • Notify supervisor of your whereabouts in the building so they can incorporate cleaning protocols by contacting Physical Plant.

    If your employees have concerns regarding returning to campus this summer and/or fall, please encourage them to contact Human Resources at [email protected] regarding available options.

  •  Phase Two

    Target Dates: July 13 – Aug. 23 (Gradual return of additional staff and faculty as directed by divisions/departments)

    The re-engagement of most employees on campus will occur based on a phased process dependent on the work needs of each division or department.

    Supervisors, prior to contacting your department employees to return to work on campus, you must

    • Develop a Re-engagement Plan with your vice president and Office of Safety, Health, Environmental & Risk Management (and Lab Safety when applicable).
    • Obtain final approval from your vice president.
    • E-mail or provide in-person the approved Re-engagement Plan to all of your department’s employees prior to their return to campus or at the start of their first day of work on campus.
    • Ensure employees coming back to work on campus have viewed the four COVID-19 training tutorials either before coming back to work on campus or within the first week of returning. (Organization ID: ferrisstateuniversity/User ID: Your Banner Employee ID# or FSU Student ID#)
      • COVID-19 Plan, Prepare, and Respond (Educational Institutions)
      • COVID-19 Video: How to wear a Mask (OSHA) -or- COVID-19 Video: Wear a Cloth Face Covering (CDC)
      • COVID-19 Video: Proper Handwashing (CDC)
      • COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines

    The following is also recommended for supervisors:

    • Encourage workers to stay home if sick.
    • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
    • Provide a place to wash hands or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.
    • Establish flexible worksites (e.g., working remotely) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), if feasible.
    • Discourage employees from using other employees’ phones, desks, or other work tools and equipment.
    • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment.
    • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved cleaning chemicals with label claims against the coronavirus.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use of all cleaning and disinfection products.
    • Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns.

    All employees who are asked to return to work on campus must review the department’s Re-engagement Plan in advance with their supervisor. Additionally, all employees should

    • Complete the required COVID-19 Symptom Checker daily and stay home if you are sick
    • Wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.
    • Practice social distancing (6 feet)
    • Practice good hand washing/sanitizing often
    • Conduct group or staff meetings remotely as much as possible (using Zoom, MS Teams, etc.)
    • Stay to the right when using hallways and stairwells
    • Limit 2-people riding in an elevator at one time
    • Be aware of any additional social distancing guidelines that may be posted on the doors and hallways of different campus buildings.

    If your employees have concerns regarding returning to campus this summer and/or fall, please encourage them to contact Human Resources at [email protected] regarding available options.