Greetings from the FSU Re-entry Committee

June 1, 2020

Good afternoon,

The FSU Re-entry Committee would like to provide an update relative to the work being done to safely re-engage the University community in the coming months.  

Stay-at-Home Order Lifted

This afternoon Governor Whitmer lifted the stay-at-home order. However, it is still expected that all employees (except for those specifically assigned by their supervisors) will continue to work remotely until further notice and guidance is provided. It is anticipated that many employees will continue to work from home through June. Your supervisor will contact you if you are to transition back to working on campus sooner.

Where Are We Now?

In our previous communication, we outlined three phases that will aid in preparing the University for in-person operations this fall. The University is currently in Phase One from now through July 12. In this phase, the majority of employees will continue working remotely. Of primary importance during this phase is the identification and procurement of the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer, gloves, etc., in addition to social distancing signage needed for you to safely return to your work areas. A survey to all supervisors will be coming this week to obtain an estimate on the necessary PPE, social distancing signage/tape and other related materials needed for departments across the University. These items will need to be on-site and ready for you to use upon your return to your work area.

Departments not specifically designated to return during Phase One but would like consideration to do so, are required to coordinate a safety plan with and receive approval from, their vice president and the Office of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management, before returning and resuming in-person operations on campus. Guidance for completing the safety plans will be available soon on the University’s Coronavirus Campus Information and Updates webpage.  

Academic Affairs, and the deans of each college, will continue to assemble faculty and staff workgroups to discuss and make recommendations on the following: 

  • Collaborating with Physical Plant to review classroom and laboratory space to determine appropriate options for social distancing in face-to-face classes, laboratories and centers (tutoring, writing, etc.)
  • Scheduling classes so that cleaning and sanitization schedules can be optimized
  • Accommodating course modifications and delivery
  • Managing classroom safety protocols

Thank you to everyone who is serving on these workgroups. Your involvement and input are critical as we work to re-engage faculty, staff and students this fall.

Looking Ahead to Phase Two

As we look forward to gradually returning to our work areas during Phase Two (target dates of July 13 – August 23) supervisors within each department will be charged with creating a safety plan for their work area. This includes faculty returning to research laboratories. Guidelines are being developed to aid supervisors in this process and will be available soon on the University’s Coronavirus Campus Information and Updates webpage. In addition, upon our return, all employees will be expected to complete a daily COVID-19 symptom check. More information will be shared as it becomes available.  

If you have concerns regarding returning to campus this summer and/or fall, please contact Human Resources at [email protected]. They have information to share with you about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, outlining the various options available to you.

Campus Re-entry Town Hall

To continue to share information, a virtual Campus Re-entry Town Hall is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. These two sessions will be held via Zoom. Please look for access information as the date approaches. We look forward to sharing information with you, and soliciting your ideas and thoughts as we continue planning for resuming in-person operations.

Thank you

The committee would like to thank those who have been working since mid-March to keep our buildings clean and employees safe, and continuing to provide essential services. And, thank you to those who have e-mailed to provide feedback/suggestions for this committee. Please continue to share with us at [email protected].

As a university, we have planned and prepared for numerous scenarios that could cause significant disruptions to campus operations. However, none have been anything like what we have experienced with COVID-19. We are mindful that we cannot predict the course of this pandemic. We are carefully planning for the safe return of you and our students this fall. While there continue to still be many unknowns, we are making progress on a successful campus re-engagement and are confident, that with your help, we can learn to safely live and co-exist with this virus. We are all in this together.

Stay safe and well!

-The FSU Campus Re-entry Committee