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Current Status of College Operations and Planning

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May 29, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

You may be aware that Thurston County just announced a change to Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan. We have been anticipating this announcement. Since the College community includes many people from outside Thurston County, we are taking a precautionary approach and will remain in the Limited Phase of ourHybrid Operations plan.  Most employees should continue to work remotely.   Please refer to the to the website linked above for more information.

Some people have been approved to work on campus, either as part of essential operations with approved safety plans, or because they are coming in for short periods individually to complete essential work that cannot be done from home. Everyone else should stay home as much as possible. If you must come to campus, please follow the safety guidelines below. We are currently focusing on supporting high-priority operations with safety plans and infrastructure. We will develop further guidance and expanded support as conditions permit more work on campus. 

WHAT DOES EVERYONE WHO COMES TO CAMPUS NEED TO KNOW NOW? 

 All current planning is based on developing safe modes of operation as we bring our work and community back safely to campus in a measured and careful manner. To date, there are no confirmed cases on campus and the goal is to maintain that status. In order to do so, all people on campus need to: 

  • Maintain a 6’ social distance at all times, 
  • Wear a face-covering or mask in all shared-use spaces (please refer to the Thurston County Public Health mask requirement issued May 27), 
  • Stay home if you, or anyone else in your household is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19,
  • Wash your hands frequently, and 
  • Disinfect items that may be handed from one person to another (multiple strategies are possible). 

WHAT WORK IS IN PROCESS? 

In March, Evergreen responded to the emerging pandemic with workgroups to tackle a large amount of work, rapidly. Much of that work has now transitioned to longer-term planning and coordination. We are beginning to transition to new processes and organization for the work. More information will be coming soon. Ongoing work includes: 

  • Informational signage around campus 
  • Procure and distribute protective equipment, and cleaning/disinfection supplies 
  • Develop health monitoring procedures, including health attestations and contact tracking 
  • Research indoor air quality concerns and solutions 
  • Prepare safety plan templates and guidance for all parts of campus operations 
  • Prepare training guidelines and structures for the safety plans 
  • The list continues to grow... 

Thank you for all your work. Stay safe and stay healthy,

David

David McAvity |   Vice Provost