Preparations for Campus Repopulation - June 24
Dear Campus Community,
I am delighted to announce that the COVID Vaccination Clinic opened today at the former Corner Café located in Garvey Hall (corner of building 15/16). The College has partnered with Curative, Inc. to offer the Pfizer vaccine (for those 12 years and older) to students, faculty, staff, and their families as well as the general public. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine may also be offered for those who request it. The clinic will be open on Thursdays from June 24th through July 29th from the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Click here to schedule an appointment. More details about the clinic and the College’s participation in the White House sponsored COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge can be found on the College’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.
This week, the Campus Repopulation Workgroup held their first combined on-campus and Zoom meeting. While the technology was a little cumbersome, the two groups had a good discussion about the vaccination clinic, lifting traffic flow restrictions in buildings, and easing social distancing requirements. As noted when the course schedules were released, course caps for in-person classes are being adjusted in keeping with State and CDC guidelines. Deans have been in communication with program chairs/coordinators and faculty. Upcoming topics for the next few weeks will include if and how we will provide food on campus, cleaning protocols, and upcoming public events and activities. Meanwhile, the Vice Presidents are working closely with their divisions to plan for the repopulation of each area of campus.
The AA Division is currently working with supervisors to create on-campus transition plans for staff. LAPS, SHPS, and STEM offices will be staffed 5 days a week. The Registrar’s Office and the Library schedule will be coordinated with Student Affairs. To date, classes for the fall semester are being offered the following modalities:
- 620 online sections
- 73 Hybrid sections
- 283 face to face sections
The Division of Student Affairs is working on a plan for a limited number of offices in The Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19) to be staffed 5 days/week beginning August 2nd with tentative building hours scheduled M/T/W/Th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Fridays: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Starting in Fall semester, the plan is to add other offices to be staffed 3 days/week (TBD) with tentative building hours scheduled M/T/W/Th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Fridays: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There is also discussion of extending Wednesday hours to 6:00 p.m. The plan is to continue to host all group meetings (departments, division, Behavioral Intervention Team, Debt Appeal Committee, etc.) virtually throughout the Fall semester.
The Workforce and SALC staff will be working on campus according to the following schedule:
- Summer: 1 day per week
- Fall Semester: 3 days per week
The Authorized Testing Center has already been on campus 4 days per week and starting in the fall will be open 5 days, with two evenings per week.
The Division of Information Technology has already transitioned essential staff back to campus, and others will be back before August 1, 2021. This approach will ensure classrooms and offices will be set up prior to the start of classes and in anticipation of employees returning to campus. It will also avoid a backlog of help desk requests for IT support and ease the transition for all.
Advancement & External Affairs
The Advancement and External Affairs team will be on campus according to the following schedule:
- July: 1 day per week
- August: 2 days per week
- September: 3 days per week which will continue through the fall semester.
Administration and Finance
- Student Financial Services - office to be staffed 5 days per week in coordination with Student Affairs offices
- Campus Police - continued daily presence on campus
- Facilities - continued daily presence on campus
- Finance/Business Office - transition to full coverage by August
Office of Human Resources
Throughout the past year members of the HR Team have been on campus at least 2 days a week and will continue to do so during the summer. For the fall semester, the HR Team will be on campus a minimum of 3 days a week.
Please note that the above schedules and plans may change depending on a variety of factors, including enrollment, COVID conditions, and applicable federal and state guidelines. I will continue to provide a weekly campus email with updates on the preparations for the campus repopulation. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me or any member of the HR Team.