Return to Work
We are excited to welcome everyone back to campus! Since March 2020 we’ve been working on Return to Learn planning to keep students learning and University operations running during the pandemic. Now, we conclude the Return to Learn structures and launch Return to Campus.
As we prepare our campus for a more typical fall semester, we need to begin the process of returning all University employees who have not yet transitioned back to campus or other university-designated workspaces.
During the time period of Tuesday, July 6 to Monday, August 2, employees are expected to fully transition back to your on-campus or other university-designated workspace. Please note, this timeline does not include teaching faculty who resume duty days on Monday, Aug. 16.
Supervisors will be communicating transition timelines with employees over the next few weeks. Please discuss with them any questions or concerns you have so they can be addressed.
The University is boldly transforming our campus and the learning experience through our new FlexSync technology.
We have lifted the University’s face covering mandate for vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear appropriate face coverings. If you voluntarily wish to wear a mask, you may do so.
Supervisors must maintain confidentiality and protect the privacy of employee health information.
This Return to Work Strategy and all University actions relating to work during the COVID-19 health crisis are based on guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the University’s own experts.
Safety in the Workplace
The University is implementing a number of enhancements to reduce opportunities for transmission in the workplace that we can control. In addition, all employees returning to work on campus are expected to comply with the following standards and conduct self-screening daily:
- Modifications to individual offices or workstations are not permitted unless an assessment has been done by Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management.
- Individual preference is not a sufficient justification for approval to modify a workstation.
- Approved modifications will be completed by Facilities Management or vendors under contract with the University.
Basic infection prevention measures are being implemented at the Minnesota State Mankato campus and additional locations.
Social distancing is being implemented throughout campus.
Custodial services are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, vehicles and areas in the campus environment, including classrooms, labs, restrooms, common areas, break rooms, lunch rooms, meeting rooms, and drop-off and pick-up locations.
Custodial Services and Cleaning Response
While during a pandemic, we can expect some student employees may be exposed to or contract the virus, triggering a required quarantine or isolation of at least 14 days.
As part of the Return to Learn COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and in alignment with the Office of Higher Education, we have now launched the online Return to Learn Preparedness Training. This short, online training is provided for all employees, including student workers.