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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff,


We are grateful for all of your contributions over the past year. Your work, often outside of your official job duties, to support our students and one another, kept COVID-19 infection rates low and helped keep our community members healthy. 
 
Return to Campus Life
We want to share guidance as we prepare for a return to in-person campus life.
 
If no vaccine-evading variants emerge and the vaccine rollout continues at its current pace, we expect to enter a lower COVID-19 risk environment next month. We are planning for and looking forward to transitioning back to working on campus in June. 
 
Block A begins with both on-campus and hybrid courses June 2 and we have more than 540 students enrolled for the first Summer Session block. You, CC’s faculty and staff, are valuable members of the community and essential to our mission. Being present and in-person with our colleagues and students brings humanity and care to our work, and rebuilds the full in-person CC liberal arts experience that is so distinctive and rewarding. 
 
If you’ve been working remotely, beginning in June we encourage you to start working in your on-campus space. This will provide time and space for the transition as we prepare for being fully in person with the start of the 2021 Fall Semester. 
 
Please get vaccinated now. Fully vaccinated people significantly reduce their own risk of infection, and evidence shows that vaccinated people are also much less likely to transmit COVID-19. This shift in the current environment makes it possible to begin our return to campus.
 
Developing On-Campus Work Protocols
A working group is convening soon to provide input and feedback to Human Resources on return-to-the-workplace elements including leaves, the process to request exemptions, work schedules, and other guidance for supervisors and for employees. This group also will consider responses to the return-to-campus surveys. Those results can be seen by logging in to the Canvas pages for Staff Council and the Faculty Executive Committee. 
 
The college will monitor air quality in workspaces and classrooms, to ensure all members of our campus community are returning to safe learning and workspaces. 

We’ll provide additional guidance on social distancing, capacity limits, and other protocols soon, allowing all of us to prepare for on-campus work. 

Beginning June 1, we will revise campus protocols to reflect changes in our visitor and travel policies in our COVID-19 environment
 
The specific return-to-campus format will vary based on each department’s priorities. Details on the vaccine reporting and exemption process will be shared soon. The pandemic has altered our way of life for many months, and transitioning back to in-person work on campus will take time. Please talk with your supervisor if you have questions or concerns about this transition. 
 
We’ll be sharing information and details about our return to campus as soon as they’re available. If you have additional questions, please contact hr@coloradocollege.edu
 
We also encourage you to take care of yourselves. Relief leave is available to you through June 30, if you’ve not already used it.
 
Many of you have been working on campus throughout the pandemic, supporting our students throughout this challenging year. Many of you made significant adjustments, took on additional workloads, and adapted to the virtual workplace. Thank you for all you’ve done to support one another and our students. 
 
As we work toward returning to CC’s in-person, community-oriented residential liberal arts experience, we hope to take the things we’ve learned over the past year to return as a stronger, more resilient campus community together. 
 
Sincerely,  
 

Mike Edmonds

Acting Co-President
 

Robert G. Moore

Acting Co-President


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