Phased Return to Work for Staff

The College has planned a phased return to work for staff. A limited number of staff at a time will return to campus through a coordinated process that ensures appropriate safety and health measures for individuals and for the campus community. A six-foot physical distancing guideline (aka the “six-foot rule”) will be used in the evaluation of all workspaces. In order to limit the number of people on campus, this means that staff who are able to perform all of their duties from home may be asked to remain at home/work from home until public health guidance indicates that the “six-foot rule” can be relaxed.

Decisions as to which staff will return to campus will be made by respective vice presidents and deans in consultation with directors and/or supervisors. Determining what on-campus work is needed, will evolve as we advance toward the new academic year. The respective vice presidents and deans in consultation with directors and/or supervisors will evaluate on-site work needs and implement plans that provide flexibility where necessary and helpful, recognizing that, for many people childcare and other constraints remain in place. If the employee cannot work remotely or return, they may use accrued applicable College paid leave time, as approved by their supervisor. If the accrued time has been exhausted, staff can request leave in an unpaid status.

Emergency Staff Leave for Illness due to COVID-19

Staff who are instructed by their medical professional and/or the public health department  to self-isolate to contain the spread of COVID-19, are eligible for Emergency Administrative time for scheduled hours up to the defined period for isolation not to exceed 14 days if their job duties cannot be performed at home. This temporary policy will continue until further notice.

Staff Illness due to COVID-19

Staff who are symptomatic, diagnosed with COVID-19 related illness and who are instructed by public health officials, or their medical provider to self-isolate to contain the spread of COVID-19, are eligible for Emergency Administrative time for scheduled hours up to the defined period for isolation not to exceed 14 days if their job duties cannot be performed at home. Staff who are unable to work from home and fall into one of the high-risk groups as identified by the CDC are eligible to use accrued sick or vacation time so that they may self-isolate at home to reduce risk.

If sick or vacation time is exhausted, full-time staff in this category may be eligible to borrow up to 15 workdays (pro-rated for part-time employees) from their future sick or vacation time if an appropriate medical certification is received by Human Resources. For more information, please contact Human Resources, humanresources@wooster.edu or call 330-263-2526. This Temporary policy will continue until further notice.

Faculty illness due to COVID-19

Faculty who are symptomatic, diagnosed with COVID-19 related illness, or who are unable to perform job duties should contact the Dean for Faculty Development (DFD). The DFD will be in contact with the Provost, Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement, and Department or Program Chairs regarding arrangements, as necessary.

Returning to Work

Some staff and faculty will return to work on campus sooner than others, in order to support essential components of the College’s mission. Those employees have been or will be notified by their respective managers. Function-specific protocols, above and beyond those outlined for the broader campus community, may be outlined and expected of all employees returning to campus. These protocols will be communicated by the respective areas.

Criteria for returning to work have been established by priority as follows:

  • The work is mission-critical
  • The work cannot be done from home (either because it must happen on campus or because home is not a good place for the individual to work)
  • The work can be done in a manner consistent with social distancing, including use of designated restroom facilities in order to reduce the number of spaces needing regular sanitation and maintenance.

Supervisors will work with staff to ensure that they resume work on campus in a safe and responsible manner by complying with the expectations and guidelines outlined in this document. The College guidelines are meant to keep all employees as safe as possible.