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5/28: Work From Home


Dear ESF Community,

While the college continues to work on return-to-work plans for each unit/department, we will be extending our current operating conditions through June 12 (this includes any telecommuting plans that are in place as well as essential/non-essential work-from-home arrangements.) We 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, or allowed to telecommute is fluid and could change based on current operational needs. So although the state-wide telecommuting pilot has been extended through July 17, it is and has been at the discretion of the unit head and VP/Provost/Executive Leadership).

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 finalizing a return-to-work template that will be forwarded to each unit head from their respective VP/Provost/Executive Leadership. This template will require unit heads/chairs to provide their VPs/Provost/Executive Leadership with their recommendations as to how they will staff their work spaces while minimizing density on campus, enacting social distancing protocols, and restricting non-essential travel for employees.

For more information on ESF's actions regarding COVID-19, please visit, https://www.esf.edu/coronavirus/.

In the meantime, faculty or staff reporting to campus must adhere to appropriate social distancing practices while here. You should self-monitor your health before reporting. Employees experiencing any of the following symptoms consistent with COVID-19:

  • Fever (100 degrees F or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • New skin sore of unknown origin

should stay home, contact their personal medical provider and notify one of the following HR personnel:

Tim Blehar
Director, Human Resources