Employee Return to Campus

We are planning a phased approach to returning to work on campus. The phases outlined below may evolve with Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education, and American College Health Association (ACHA) guidelines.

Employees who have traveled out of state are asked to self- quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus. Employees currently working on campus are limited to a small number of faculty, staff, and students only to support the operations of approved on-campus activities. 

 

 

 

What to expect when you arrive on campus

 

Return to Work Phased Approach

 

Phase One

Phase One will begin the reopening process. Most faculty and staff will continue to work remotely.  For those who are returning to work on campus, continued education on health and safety protocols will be enacted for their safety and the safety of the Saint Mary’s community.

The goals and guidelines for operation under Phase One are as follows:

  • Approximately 15-30% of employees will return to work on campus and will be limited to departments that are approved for necessary on-campus activity during this time.
    • All student employees and student leaders will continue to work remotely and lead or participate in training remotely. Summer housing on campus is not approved for student employees or student leaders.
  • Beginning in July, those present on campus will be required to self-monitor symptoms daily and test/pilot new systems being implemented. 
  • Everyone on campus will be required to follow health and social distancing protocols, including facial covering guidelines, sanitation, and hygiene requirements, remaining six feet apart from one another, and not gathering in groups.
  • Research labs and Athletic facilities will begin to reopen for approved Research programs and Athletic camps. 
  • Common areas will remain closed, including lounges and break rooms. 

 

Phase Two

More employees return to work to support preparations for students to return to campus.

Phase Two will allow for more individuals to return to campus and will start the reopening while continuing to prioritize the health and well-being of the Saint Mary’s community. Remote work will still be encouraged during Phase Two, especially for those who are among more vulnerable populations or are caring for those at risk.

The goals and guidelines for operation under Phase Two are as follows:

  • Approximately 25-50% of employees will return to work on campus and will be limited to departments that are approved for necessary on-campus activity during this time.
  • Most student employees and student leaders will continue to work remotely and lead or participate in training remotely. 
  • Student employees/student leaders who have housing for the 2020-21 academic year, and are required by offices to support fall opening, can begin early arrival move-in on August 17. 
  • Resident Advisors who are required to move-in on August 12 to help prepare the residence halls in-person, will be approved for early arrival and move-in. These student names will be provided by a Campus Housing office coordinator. 
  • Employees who work in cubicles or other shared working spaces will begin a staggered work schedule.
  • The College will begin a social awareness and education campaign regarding new protocols.
  • Those present on campus will be required to self-monitor symptoms daily and participate in new health screening processes. 
  • Everyone on campus will be required to follow health and social distancing protocols, including face-covering guidelines, sanitation, and hygiene requirements, remaining six feet apart from one another, and not gathering in groups.

 

Phase Three

Near or new-normal operations, students return to campus.

Phase Three will bring Saint Mary’s back to near or new-normal operations as students return to campus. More individuals will be returning to campus; however, enhanced hygiene and physical distancing protocols will continue. Those who are able to continue working effectively from home or need to work from home will be encouraged to do so.

The goals and guidelines for operation under Phase Three are as follows:

  • Campus services will begin operations to support the three-tiered approach of in-person, hybrid, and totally online.
  • If county health order allows, residential halls will open beginning with first-year students on August 19 and end with continuing students on August 23. The move-in process will be phased and staggered.
  • Dining services will open with enhanced physical distancing and hygiene measures in place and grab-and-go dining made available.
  • Those present on campus will be required to self-monitor symptoms daily and participate in new protocols. 
  • Everyone on campus will be required to follow health and social distancing protocols, including face-covering guidelines, sanitation, and hygiene requirements, remaining six feet apart from one another, and not gathering in groups.
  • Some common areas, including lounges and break rooms, may begin reopening as long as physical distancing and hygiene protocols are maintained.
  • Employees who work in cubicles or other shared working spaces may continue a staggered schedule or begin working a regular schedule.