VCU Together Update for faculty and staff - Nov. 13

Preparing for end of semester and more

Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and emotional — of every member of the VCU community. VCU continues to monitor, assess and address situations as they arise. This weekly update will be a resource to help keep you informed as details become available. All updates are available at together.vcu.edu. Receive notifications by downloading VCU Mobile from your iOS or Android app store.

Preparing for the end of semester and returning home

With most students finishing the end of the semester virtually, employees who remain working on campus will need their VCU identification card to access campus facilities Nov. 25 through Jan. 24. As a reminder, employees who are able to successfully telework should telework; designated employees and employees who must report to campus to perform their work may continue to report to campus. Managers and employees should work together now to make necessary adjustments to staffing plans for after the Thanksgiving break.

The Virginia Department of Health published guidance for students and employees who are returning home for holidays or extended breaks. The guidance provides considerations about the risk of COVID-19, ways to minimize exposure before leaving, COVID-19 testing, travel, activities while at home and prevention steps.

Daily health checks during fall/winter break

As a reminder, students and employees must continue to monitor their health and complete daily health checks.

  • All employees: All employees are required to continue to complete daily health checks, even those who telework.
  • Designated employees: Only designated employees who are working on-campus will be required to complete daily health checks over the university’s winter closing (Dec. 21, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021).
  • All students: Students are required to continue to complete daily health checks through the end of the semester.
  • Residential students: Residential students are required to complete daily health checks as long as they remain on campus.

Division of Student Affairs department operations

The Division of Student Affairs has created a department operations blog with information on which buildings and services will be operational during fall break, final exams and winter break and the weeks leading up to the start of classes for the spring semester. The blog will be updated ongoing when changes are made. For specific hours of operation, it is always best to visit the department’s website directly for up-to-date information.

Flu shot reminder

Public health experts advise that getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. As the pandemic progresses, a flu shot can help decrease your risk of other viral infections. Protect yourself and the people around you from the flu, and help reduce the strain on health care systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the on-site flu immunization clinics have ended, most pharmacies offer the flu vaccination. To receive the flu shot at no cost, call a convenient local retail pharmacy to verify that they offer onsite immunizations and that they participate in your health plan’s pharmacy network.

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