Dear UNCG Faculty and Staff,
As we move through July and toward our planned campus opening in August, we want to provide a few updates on the latest developments related to COVID-19 and our community.
Employee Town Hall with Chancellor Gilliam to be Rescheduled
In order to ensure we are able to provide the latest information and insight from the upcoming UNC System Board of Governors meeting, we will reschedule our July 21 employee Town Hall with the Chancellor. Please stay tuned for the date. To submit questions in advance, please use this form. Details on how to connect to this virtual event will be provided separately in reminder emails.
North Carolina in Phase 2 until at least August 7
On Tuesday, July 14, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced he was extending the state’s Safer at Home Phase 2 reopening plan until at least Friday, August 7. Generally speaking, this means that UNCG will continue in its current state of operations, but we will also start moving toward opening more buildings, campus offices, and other services as we prepare for our students to return. Teleworking is expected to continue where appropriate even as we continue to implement our phased approach for employees returning to campus. UNCG encourages supervisors to continue to approach this challenge with maximum flexibility as we seek to balance providing required services, operating our campus and our facilities, and keeping our employees as safe as possible.
North Carolina Announced K-12 School Plans
Also on July 14, Governor Cooper announced plans for reopening North Carolina K-12 public schools with a mix of in-person and online instruction. Local school districts may choose to operate under “Plan B,” a mix of remote and in-person learning or “Plan C,” which is fully remote learning. We have employees in multiple counties and recognize that local decisions may vary and could create challenges for our faculty, staff, and their families.
We understand that there has been and will continue to be significant anxiety about the state of schools for children this academic year. And we are hopeful that the announcement by the Governor will begin to ease at least some of the uncertainty, and allow parents to begin making concrete plans to balance family and work. With that said, we know these issues will continue to be a challenge, and much remains uncertain.
We advise employees to start communicating with their supervisors regarding their scheduling needs. Teleworking will remain an option. For supervisors, we especially emphasize the importance of remaining flexible, adjusting schedules, and otherwise helping those with childcare/eldercare needs and those who are considered high-risk. Scheduling options may include a combination of on-site work, teleworking, and utilizing available leave. Human Resources will continue to share information regarding leave options with employees and continue to help supervisors.
Human Resources currently administers an Emergency Loan Fund (ELF) that is available to permanent faculty and staff facing urgent needs. To learn more, please see the ELF Policy and Guidelines.
It will take all of us working together, and supporting each other, to make this coming academic year possible. We will continue to provide updates as needed via email and on our Return to Work on Campus website.
Fall Events Update
To support the community safety standards we are putting in place, events will be extremely limited and subject to statewide limitations on crowd size. Please do not plan any on-campus events with internal and/or external groups with significant crowd sizes. We must help keep people safe and limit risk to our campus and our community by minimizing event activity in every area.
- All summer events have been postponed or canceled.
- A number of traditional campus events will be redesigned to facilitate social distancing and to take advantage of technology to connect people – including UNCG Homecoming.
- Conference and meeting facilities will have extremely limited access.
- If you have planned an event or have an expectation for a traditional campus event, please be sure to check with your campus contact for updates.
- Requests for any event or meeting outside of normal operations must be approved by the Provost or the Chancellor’s Office.
Enhanced Cleaning Protocols across Campus
UNCG is implementing a wide range of new cleaning protocols across our campus to help limit the spread of COVID-19. This will include more frequent cleaning of all spaces with a focus on common areas, frequently touched surfaces, and locations where the virus may be more likely to spread. More information is available in our Fall 2020 FAQ.
We are making a range of physical adjustments to classroom settings, including:
- All in-person classes will be socially distanced, with all participants wearing face coverings.
- Classrooms and hallways will be cleaned intensively and frequently.
- Students will be able to maintain distancing in our shuttles on the way to and from classes.
- Managing traffic in hallways and staggering the way people enter and leave classrooms.
- Providing other physical protections and barriers where appropriate.
- Adding hand sanitizer stations to all buildings.
Shield Our Spartans
It will take all of us together to keep our community safe and healthy. The primary way COVID-19 spreads is through person-to-person contact, so our best hope of preventing its spread is by changing the way we behave. Wear face coverings when close to others, wash your hands often and properly, and practice social distancing.
UNCG is in frequent contact with Guilford County Public Health, the UNC System, state and federal officials, and other experts as we move forward. If the situation, our knowledge, or the guidance changes, we will be ready to adapt and will be flexible in making decisions.
We will continue to provide updates on operational decisions, new procedures and protocols, and other plans as they become available. Please continue to monitor your email, follow @UNCG on your preferred social media platform, download our mobile app (the one with our logo and the blue background) from the Google or iTunes app store, and visit our COVID-19 website frequently for the latest information.