From the Senior Vice President
and Senior Vice Chancellor

July 10, 2020

As COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise, we all need to be diligent about following safety practices of washing hands, wearing masks, keeping a 6-foot distance from others, and staying home when sick. Health studies continue to show these are the most effective measures for reducing the spread of the virus, and I appreciate how all of you are adopting these practices to keep our infection rates as low as possible.

With these precautions in mind, I do feel optimistic about moving forward with plans to open our doors again and re-enter the workplace, albeit at a limited capacity. Our goal is to have our departments, service units, and programs across the state up and running in as safe a manner as possible in early August. We want to be ready to provide in-person essential services to students, as well as Extension, research, and veterinary clientele. The manner in which our offices will be staffed will need to be determined by your supervisor. This does not mean every person is expected to be in the office every day. We realize there are many variables that will determine the way in which staffing is handled. For instance, employees who are highly vulnerable should continue to work remotely. Staggered schedules with a combination of in-person and remote working will be encouraged.

We know many of you may have questions or concerns. Please share those with your supervisor or ask your questions through the UTIA coronavirus website. If we handle this plan correctly, and we all do our part to protect ourselves and others from potential exposure to the virus, we can return to the workplace in a much safer manner.

Take care and have a great weekend,

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