In line with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s statewide curfew, all faculty and staff who could work from home have been asked to do so, starting Nov. 30 through Jan. 23.
Reduced Population Model
As of Jan. 24, the university will transition to a reduced population model that was instituted in late fall (detailed in an Oct. 29 message). The goal is to adjust schedules so that the number of people on campus on any particular day is roughly 10% lower than it was in early fall. Given the broad range of units and their functions, the adaptations made to meet this goal are likely to vary widely.
For individuals who will continue to work on campus for any amount of time, we require weekly COVID-19 testing.
Faculty teaching in person should continue to do so, but may want to reduce other on-campus activities. Faculty engaged in research requiring their physical presence on campus should consider staggered schedules for faculty and staff in those spaces whenever possible.
To help inform approaches to reaching this goal for staff, consider the examples below:
Unit A: 10 people
- Current Schedule: Half of the members of this unit work on campus every other week (e.g. five one week, the other five the next week, and so forth).
- New Schedule: Half of the members of this unit work on campus every other week (e.g. five one week, the other five the next week, and so forth), with one person from each group staying home one of the days in the week when that group is on campus.
Unit B: 12 people
- Current Schedule: Staff alternate days reporting to campus over a two-week period, with half working M, W, F, Tu, Th, and the other half working Tu, Th, M, W, F.
- New Schedule: One fewer person from each group works on that group’s respective days, alternating through the entire group.
Unit C: 20 people
- Current Schedule: 15 people in the office every day, with each person working four days on campus, and one day off campus.
- New Schedule: 15 people in the office every day, with each person working four days on campus, and one day off campus. Those working on campus that day work staggered shifts to ensure that only 13 people are in the office at any one time.
Ultimately, the primary expectations of this staffing model are three-fold:
- Units providing service to the public and/or internal stakeholders find ways to maintain that service at a comparable level;
- Supervisors ensure equity to all in adapting schedules to meet this goal; and
- Supervisors continue to be as flexible and supportive as possible with their employees while addressing the first two expectations.
Returning to Campus
When offices return to campus, there may be individuals who do not feel safe doing so. If you have concerns about returning to campus because you or a member of your household meet CDC criteria for being at higher risk, you should discuss the matter with your supervisor. If that conversation does not lead to a workable solution, you may want to contact the Office of Human Resources at AskHR@case.edu to identify additional alternatives.
You are not required to disclose which criteria you (or a member of your household) meet to your supervisor; health information you disclose to HR will be held in strictest confidence.