As you may be aware, due to increasing coronavirus cases in Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo recently announced additional restrictions that will impact University operations after Thanksgiving break. While the University will remain open, beginning Monday, Nov. 30, we will move to remote instruction for the remainder of the year and we will have a reduced number of students on campus.
To comply with new guidance related to remote work and ensure that we are doing all we can to control the spread of coronavirus, telecommuting should be implemented in all offices whenever possible from Nov. 30 through the end of the year. Campus offices should be staffed to ensure that business operations can continue while keeping employee health and safety top of mind. Employees effectively able to work remotely that are not doing so already should discuss options and develop a plan with their supervisor, and complete a telecommuting form.
Additional Time Off for Thanksgiving
President Kelli J. Armstrong has graciously extended the Thanksgiving break for staff to include all of Wednesday, Nov. 25. The University will reopen Monday, Nov. 30 with remote instruction as explained above. We hope this extended holiday break gives you to time to relax and focus on self-care.
As you consider your holiday plans, please know that the University continues to discourage non-essential travel at this time for the safety of our community. Anyone considering travel should follow the travel guidance issued by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH).
If you do travel outside of Rhode Island over the holidays, you must follow the quarantine, testing and symptom monitoring guidance provided by RIDOH upon your return, paying close attention to requirements if returning from a state included in Rhode Island's travel advisory.
COVID-19 testing of asymptomatic employees after out-of-state travel must be done through an off-campus testing site. All symptomatic employees should continue to get tested through their primary care provider or a respiratory clinic.
Please reach out to the Office of Human Resources if you have any questions.
Best wishes for a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.