Phased Staffing

PLU will phase in a return of faculty and staff over time in a coordinated process to ensure appropriate physical distancing and management of work environments, the continued availability of PPE (personal protective equipment) and disinfection supplies, and proper testing capabilities for COVID-19.

PLU will assess expanded staffing based on mission-critical operations, the ability to control and manage specific work environments, and the need to access on-site resources. These decisions, once approved, will be communicated through your respective immediate supervisor, department head/chair, and/or vice president or provost.

The need to reduce the number of people (population density) on-campus to meet physical-distancing requirements will continue for some time in accordance with the State of Washington’s phased approach to reopening. Support units that can effectively continue to work remotely will likely continue to do so until restrictions are eased for larger gatherings. Please coordinate visits to campus with your supervisor and colleagues in order to limit the number of employees in any space at one time. Also, please limit your movement between buildings.

Expanded staffing will be tightly controlled and coordinated to mitigate potential risks and ensure the safety of faculty and staff, as well as of the communities we serve. No team or department should increase staffing levels beyond current needs to support critical on-site operations without approval from your respective immediate supervisor, department head/chair, and/or vice president or provost. Once decisions to expand on-site staffing in certain areas have been made, staff should follow the policies and protocols detailed in this guide for returning to work on-campus.

As staffing on-site increases and operations expand, officials will closely monitor and assess the potential spread of the virus, as well as existing policies and procedures to mitigate it. Testing will be a critical part of assessing the impact of increased staffing. If localized outbreaks emerge, tighter restrictions and reduced staffing may need to be re-implemented.