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Planning for Fall 2020

The UMass Dartmouth Pandemic Emergency Response Team (PERT) has released the Fall 2020 Re-Opening Plan to guide the campus community to a safe and successful semester. Please visit our Planning for Fall 2020 website to review all planning information.

Staff Resources

Department heads, in consultation with division heads, will determine which staff members have work that is suitable for a remote work arrangement. Division heads have developed plans to maintain student support functions and other essential services and have informed staff members who must report to campus.

Staff members who work remotely will be available during regular business hours through now-familiar technology, including video conferencing. However, even with the best technology, communication will be more limited; managers and staff members must develop clear expectations to ensure that we are all as productive as possible during these challenging times. All staff members, regardless of their work location, will be paid their regular salary; no special codes or forms will be required. There will be continued flexibility to allow the use of paid leave to meet those responsibilities and will work with those who, for any reason, may have exhausted their available paid leave.

Tips for Working Remotely

For helpful information on working remotely, visit the CITS guide Be Prepared: Technology Resources for Teaching, Learning, and Working Remotely.

Protocol for Cleaning Supplies

If you do report to campus, it is also important to keep frequently touched surfaces clean. Use commercially available wipes or other disinfectants, but do not bring industrial cleaners or solvents to work. Some products, while safe when used by themselves, can be very dangerous when mixed with other products. The Center for Disease Control (CD) has issued comprehensive Steps to Prevent Illness with additional information. Remember that if you are feeling sick - stay home and immediately contact your primary care doctor or appropriate healthcare provider.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expands coverage under the well-known Family & Medical Leave Act to include coverage for employees who cannot work (on-site or remotely) because they:

  1. are subject to a Federal, State, or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19;
  2. have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
  3. are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis;
  4. are caring for an individual subject to a quarantine or isolation order or who has been advised by a healthcare provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19;
  5. are caring for his or her child whose school or place of care is closed (or childcare provider is unavailable) due to COVID-19 related reasons; or
  6. are experiencing any other substantially similar condition specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The act also provides for at least partial paid leave—depending on the reasons for the leave and the duration of the leave. Please review the document below to learn more.

FFCRA FAQ

Receiving & Deliveries

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the UMassD Dartmouth Receiving Department has taken certain safety measures as recommended by the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Central Receiving will still be open Monday through Friday, but hours of operation will be limited from 8:00 am-12:00 noon. Deliveries will only be made on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays unless there are rush or perishable packages. To minimize contact, each department will be contacted by phone or email to schedule deliveries when offices can be emptied. If any departments are expecting large orders that need freight shipment and or the use of a forklift, please inform the shipping company that those deliveries will only be accepted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays before noon. If a freight company is unable to work with this schedule, have them contact Central Receiving to schedule shipment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions website for staff.

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