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5/20: Extension of NYS PAUSE


Dear ESF Community,

In response to the continuing COVID-19 Pandemic, the Governor extended his directive for all non-essential State employees for New York State's agencies and public authorities to not report to work through May 31, unless otherwise notified by your supervisor. However, not all non-essential staff will be required to report to work on June 1. We continue developing a return-to-work plan that will be communicated in the near future.

Current operating conditions will continue through May 31 and will use the exact same parameters used in the initial directive for determining essential and non-essential employees. Supervisors are responsible to ensure they continue to meet the operational needs of the department or office. (As always, the status of employees, and whether employees are considered essential/nonessential, is fluid and could change based on current operational needs. For example, as we begin to restart research operations on campus, some research support staff may need to return to campus as essential employees.)

As we look to return employees to campus, we must have comprehensive planning to protect our faculty, staff, students and guests, to make the physical work space safer and to implement processes that lower the risk of infection in the workplace. We are working on plans to best address these concerns and will be communicating those in the future. Some of the areas to be addressed are as follows:

  • Protections for employees and guests. These include possible adjustments to workplace hours and shifts in the continued effort to reduce density on campus; enacting social distancing protocols, and restricting non-essential travel for employees.
  • Changes to the physical workspace. Requiring all employees, students and visitors to wear masks if they are in frequent close contact with others, and implementing strict cleaning and sanitation standards.
  • Implementing processes that meet our changing public health obligations as directed by the Governor.

For more information on ESF's actions regarding COVID, please visit, https://www.esf.edu/coronavirus/.

In the meantime, any faculty or staff member reporting to campus must adhere to appropriate social distancing practices while here. They should self-monitor their health before reporting. Employees experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), should stay home, contact their personal medical provider and notify:

Tim Blehar
Director, Human Resources