Thank you for all that each of you has done to sustain the mission of the college through this unprecedented moment in history. The year ahead will no doubt be deeply challenging but we are confident in our people and our ability to navigate this time, and lead our students through it successfully. We will continue to take the public health measures in place since March, and we will introduce new measures. Details about both existing and new measures are provided below.
All employees are expected to review and comply with all information contained under Health and Safety Expectations for All Community Members and to follow Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on COVID-19 at all times.
In order to de-densify College workplaces and reduce the number of persons on campus, the College will promote telecommuting for employees in situations where telecommuting is a viable option for both the employee and their department. Telecommuting can be done on a full basis, partial basis (e.g., certain days of the week, certain hours of the day), or on an episodic basis. Revised work hours, staggered shifts, etc. are also tools available to units in order to reduce density and enhance social distancing.
Requests for Alternative Work Arrangements
Employees seeking alternative work arrangements or accommodations related to COVID-19 should review the Policy Regarding COVID-19-Related Alternative Work Arrangements.
All members of the LC Community are responsible for a daily self-check for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to a campus. Individuals are to stay at their residence if they have COVID-19 symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms are as follows:
- Primary symptoms of concern: cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
- Note that muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, nasal congestion, and runny nose are also symptoms often associated with COVID-19, but are non-specific. More information about COVID-19 symptoms is available from CDC here.
- Emergency signs and symptoms that require immediate medical attention:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to awaken
- Bluish lips or face
- Other severe symptoms
- Those who have a chronic or baseline cough that has worsened or is not well-controlled with medication should stay at their place of residence.
More information about COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the CDC webpage.
We are considering a self-assessment checklist or phone app to assist with daily self-screening and will share more information as it is available.
Employees with the symptoms identified above are expected to stay at their residence and may not come to campus. Employees should notify their supervisor and/or HR, should seek medical care and COVID-19 testing from their regular health care provider or public health authority, and are expected to comply with the COVID-19 Monitoring, Isolation and Quarantine Plan for Lewis & Clark Employees, Academic Year 2020-21.
Consistent with executive orders from Oregon Governor Kate Brown JD ’85, face coverings are required whenever indoors (except when alone in your own single-occupancy office) and in all areas—indoors or outdoors—where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Face coverings are required in classrooms, meeting rooms and the dining hall. Face coverings can be removed while eating or drinking. Face shields can be used either (a) as a supplement to a face mask; or (b) when a face mask cannot be worn for equity or accessibility reasons.
The College will provide two reusable cloth face masks to all students, staff and faculty. Please review this short video from the World Health Organization about the proper use of cloth face masks.
Any employee seeking an accommodation related to this requirement must contact Human Resources.
Social Distancing in the Workplace
Work stations must provide at least 35 square feet per person and six feet of distance between workers.
Modifications to Work Stations
Work stations will be modified as necessary. Departments should consider reconfiguration of office layout to accommodate non-contact work flow. Transparent plexiglass barriers are appropriate in high-traffic areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain and visual contact is required (i.e. reception areas, cashier desks, circulation desks, department admins). In other cases, non-visual barriers between work stations may be an appropriate protective measure. Facilities will work with departments to make necessary workplace alterations.
Shared Work Spaces and Equipment
Cleaning of shared work spaces, common areas (such as breakrooms) and high-touch equipment (such as copy machines) will be a shared responsibility. It will be necessary for each user to clean the area and/or equipment with supplied cleaning materials with each use.
Delivery of Face Masks and Cleaning Supplies
Facilities will deliver cloth face masks and cleaning supplies to all work areas prior to employees returning to campus. If you do not have necessary face masks or cleaning supplies, or if you run out of cleaning supplies, in your work area, please submit a request to Facilities through a Facilities Work Order.
Employees Who Become Ill at Work
Employees who appear to have symptoms upon arrival at work or who become sick during the day should immediately be separated from other individuals and sent home. An employee who cannot immediately leave will be isolated until appropriate transportation arrangements can be made. The employee’s supervisor is to immediately notify HR, and HR will follow-up with the employee.
The college plans to engage Kaiser to come to campus in September and October to offer flu shot clinics for employees. Employees are highly encouraged to be vaccinated against the seasonal flu.
Principal Investigators are responsible for making sure their research laboratories and facilities comply with applicable regulations; state, local public health, OHA, and HECC guidelines; and institution-wide expectations for the Lewis & Clark community as indicated on the Reopening for Fall 2020 webpages. Prior to reopening an on campus laboratory for research activities or resuming fieldwork, each PI is required to submit a Research Reopening Application to their department chair for consideration. The department chair will make a recommendation to the SPARC Office, which will issue approval; the Dean’s Office will be consulted as necessary. In addition, students who will participate in research in each lab need to complete and sign a Return to Laboratory Research Agreement, which PIs will collect and keep on file. Research involving Human Subjects requires additional review and approval by the IRB. All activities should ensure appropriate physical distancing and limit the total person density on campus as much as possible. Non-essential travel is not allowed, and any permitted activities must be able to quickly transition to an earlier stage if required.
Public Access to Campus
Per the Governor’s Executive Order, campus spaces and buildings will be closed to the general public until applicable state restrictions are lifted. Libraries and recreation facilities that are ordinarily available to the public will be limited to members of the Lewis & Clark community only. Please review our Interim Policy Regarding Campus Visitors Policy During COVID-19 Pandemic for more detail.
In-person events and gatherings are limited to “mission-critical events” that are approved by the relevant dean or vice president and that can be conducted in a safe manner that complies with all applicable public health requirements. Events must be planned with care to limit potential exposure and spread of COVID-19. Event attendance is limited to those invited to participate in official College business and is not to be open to the general public. For more information, please see our Interim Policy Regarding Events During COVID-19 Pandemic.
Non-essential College-sponsored travel will not be permitted in the fall semester. “Essential travel” is work that cannot be adequately accomplished through remote methods, cannot be postponed until next year, and which is essential to the performance of an employee’s job and/or the mission of the College. Deans/VPs will be required to approve any essential travel in advance, and such travel is expected to be minimal.
International Travel by Employees
Lewis & Clark requires that employees complete a 14-day period of self-isolation following international or cruise ship (including river cruise) travel prior to returning to campus and to follow CDC recommendations for the period of self-isolation. Employees must demonstrate compliance with this requirement to Kris Codron in Human Resources before returning to campus. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are expected to follow college policy for subsequent isolation.
Conference and Meeting Rooms
Most meetings will be conducted remotely and those conducted in person should include a remote option. Reduced occupancy limits will be established by Facilities for conference and meeting rooms, providing at least six feet of distance between persons. Maximum occupancy will be posted on entry doors for clarity.
Parking rates and rules will remain in effect. Employees who decide to not purchase a full-semester parking permit because they are coming to campus less frequently can choose a different parking option (such as daily passes, or 2 day per week passes).